Contra Costa College President Search

The Contra Costa Community College District Governing Board has announced the search for a permanent president of Contra Costa College. Application and nominations period is from March 23, 2018 to May 4, 2018. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Three finalists for president of Contra Costa College have been selected by the screening and interview committee and forums have been arranged. Three separate public forums have been scheduled for May 21-23, 2018, in CCC's Fireside Hall. The forums will begin at 4:00 p.m. and last 1 hour. At each forum, the finalist will make statements and answer questions. Please note the schedule below as well as a photo and biography provided by each finalist.

Should you be unable to attend the forums in person, live stream video will be available at the links provided below.

Further, should you be unavailable at the time of the live stream, you can watch the recording at a later time by using the same link noted below. An electronic comment form will be also be made available for your use 15 minutes before each forum begins.

The recorded videos and electronic comment cards will be available for your use until Friday, May 25th at 12:00 PM.

About the District

The Contra Costa Community College District (CCCCD) first opened its doors in 1949. It is one of the largest multi-college community college districts in California. CCCCD serves a population of 1,019,640 people, and its boundaries encompass all but 48 of the 734-square-mile land area of Contra Costa County. The Contra Costa Community College District includes three community college – Contra Costa College, Diablo Valley College and Los Medanos College. The District Office is located in historic downtown Martinez.

The mission of the Contra Costa Community College District (District) is to transform lives by providing outstanding learning opportunities that nurture and empower all students to achieve their educational goals. The dedicated faculty, classified professionals and administrators in the District are committed to core values and action that promote excellence in learning and equitable student success. The District is committed to hiring and developing a diverse staff that understand that cultural diversity in the academic environment promotes academic excellence; fosters cultural, racial and human understanding; provides positive role models for all students; and creates an inclusive and supportive educational work environment for its students, employees, and the community it serves.

About Contra Costa College

CCCContra Costa College (CCC) is the oldest and most diverse of the three colleges in the Contra Costa Community College District. A proud Hispanic Serving Institution, serving predominantly Latinx, African American and Asian students, CCC is situated in a socioeconomically diverse, resilient and culturally vibrant community. The college is located on 83 acres of a beautiful, naturally landscaped site accentuated by Wildcat Creek running through the rolling hills of San Pablo and Richmond. Since opening in 1949, CCC has provided exemplary educational services as the only institution of higher education in the West County area. CCC serves over 7,000 students each year, with superior faculty and staff dedicated to creating a premier learning environment. Both CCC and the District take great pride in their effective participatory governance structures and processes.

The campus has a new college center that opened in the fall of 2016. Students now enjoy a new activities building that houses all student functions, a bookstore, and a new facility for the culinary arts program that contains a dining center. The campus center also includes a new classroom building and a community hall, and there are new campus administration spaces as well. Slated for renovation/construction in the next few years are a new science building, remodeled physical education and athletic facilities, and a new campus safety center. Currently, the Applied Arts Building is being renovated, which is projected for completion in Fall 2018.

CCC has been recognized for many of its academic and career education programs locally, statewide and nationally. The Center for Science Excellence, a mentoring program providing a solid foundation in the sciences, mathematics and engineering, as well as transfer preparation, is funded through multiple grants including the National Science Foundation. Most recently, the college received a second Title III, part F HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution) STEM grant to continue the goal of increasing the number of students from under-resourced communities in the fields of science, technology and math.

One of the fastest growing curricula is that of "green energy" programs. The Career Education (CE) experience at CCC is notable for the Electric/Hybrid Automotive Technology Program and offers the only Hybrid Technician Certification in the Bay Area.


The Culinary Arts Program has also become one of the signature, job-training programs on campus. The program operates the elegant Aqua Terra Restaurant and hosts an annual Food and Wine fundraising event that has enabled CCC students to travel to Italy, China and France to study with notable chefs.

Other premier programs include:

  • Journalism: CCC continues to be a leader in journalism, with its college newspaper, The Advocate, winning state and national honors for excellence.

  • Nursing: One of the oldest CE programs on campus, responsible for preparing many local health professionals for careers throughout the Bay Area.

  • Metas: A mentoring and an academic support system that deals with issues in the Latinx community. The program model is a national pedagogy that assists students (one-on-one) to achieve their personal and career goals.

  • African American Male Leadership: African American male students participate in a "Speakers Bureau" on campus to advance their aspirations of a positive future. The students interact with successful African American male businessmen, professionals, and other role models associated with the national organization of 100 Black Men of the Bay Area.

  • Speech and Debate: CCC's team participates and garners awards in competitions throughout the state and nationally.

  • Middle College High School (MCHS): MCHS, housed on the CCC campus, has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School and a California Distinguished School.

  • International Education: CCC’s international education program now serves students from 11 countries.

CCC affirms that all individuals have inherent worth and dignity and are entitled to develop their full potential. The college is an integral part of the greater community and serves as a model of excellence providing education to help its students fulfill their dreams. The college maintains that its students will enjoy an improved quality of life, that communities will prosper economically and socially, and that families and neighborhoods will be strengthened when residents share a commitment to lifelong learning.

The Position

The President is the chief executive at the college and reports to the Chancellor. S/he is responsible for the delivery of educational and other services provided by the college and for the supervision of the administrative staff and all educational programs and services of the college. The President operates with a growth mindset, a strength-based approach centered on students, and an unflinching commitment to equity, especially concerning the elimination of barriers to college access, success, and completion. S/he will be eager to help construct and maintain a collaborative culture of continuous improvement in instructional effectiveness, student service, and leadership.

By providing visionary leadership and understanding, s/he promotes the roles of the community college in a changing society. S/he is responsible for fostering a dynamic college atmosphere conducive to academic excellence and optimal functioning. The President is a District team member on the Chancellor's Cabinet.

The Position Responsibilities

  • Develops and maintains channels of communication with staff members regarding all aspects of college operations including curriculum; instruction; business administration; finance; planning; construction and maintenance of physical facilities; personnel; student services; and educational planning.

  • Maintains the college as a community institution by serving as the chief interpreter of the needs of the students and service area of the college, and promotes the development and implementation of needed programs and services.

  • Provides leadership for the college as a whole, including planning, development, implementation and evaluation of educational and fiscal programs of the college.

  • Assures compliance with college and District policies, state and federal regulations, and requirements of accreditation agencies.

  • Provides administrative direction in the development and initiation of college policies and procedures, as well as the organizational structure, which affect curriculum, instruction, student services and activities, and other college operations.

  • Presides over the decision-making process and participates in the governance structure of the college to ensure that final decisions and college policies are in accord with the general Districtwide policies and decisions officially adopted by the Governing Board.

  • Oversees the preparation of the annual college budget and directs operations of the college within the provisions of the budget once it is approved by the Governing Board.

  • Supervises, coordinates, and evaluates the general activities of all college administrators, and delegates to them such authority and responsibility as is required to perform their assigned duties.

  • Advises the Chancellor on matters related to District planning, policies, and operations as they affect the college.

  • Participates in hiring, training and evaluation of diverse faculty and staff highly qualified to achieve college goals.

  • Encourages professional excellence among faculty, staff and administration to achieve the college's mission and goals.

  • Maintains a highly visible leadership role in the communities served and develops strategic partnerships between educational institutions, corporations, businesses, civic and cultural organizations.

  • Serves as an advocate for the college and articulates the mission and vision of the college and the California Community Colleges locally, statewide and nationally.

Opportunities and Challenges

Contra Costa College seeks an experienced, collaborative and visionary leader with a high level of energy, who is ethical, honest, and trustworthy and will compassionately guide the college toward excellent programs and services that meet the needs of the community and ensure the success of its diverse student body. The college seeks candidates who embrace the community, the student population, and its central work: strengthening West County by meeting the students where they are and helping them get to where they want to be.

The new President will:

  • foster a campus climate that encourages and supports innovative teaching and learning and a collective responsibility for student success;

  • understand and support student-success strategies that result in equitable outcomes for all students;

  • honor and value the cultural diversity of the student body, and connect with students and their local communities;

  • provide a unifying identity and vision for the college that will be embraced by all members of the college community and create a cohesive leadership team responsible for implementing that vision;

  • lead the college through the development and implementation of an enrollment strategy that increases enrollment and supports the completion of students' goals;

  • assure the financial stability of the college by identifying and acquiring new sources of revenue in support of the college's mission, and, by working with the college foundation in its fundraising efforts to cultivate a donor base and other activities;

  • understand and value strategic planning and the importance of institutional effectiveness and continuous improvement in every aspect of the college;

  • evaluate and improve college administrative processes and procedures to enhance student access, equity, and success;

  • continue the college tradition of participatory governance and including all constituency groups in decision-making; and

  • expand K-12 partnerships that focus on preparing and encouraging local high school graduates and adult learners to enroll at Contra Costa College.

Desirable Characteristics

The President will be a leader who:

  • is passionately committed to the mission of the comprehensive community college;

  • embraces the unique nature of Contra Costa College, including the challenges faced by the communities and students it serves, and be visible, approachable, and active at the college and in the community, building relationships that increase opportunities and success for students;

  • practices cultural proficiency and moves comfortably in numerous and varied communities as a leader who builds strong relationships with grassroots, community-based, faith-based, and local government organizations;

  • recognizes the value of functional, well-maintained and aesthetically pleasing facilities and grounds;

  • has significant experience creating workforce development programs that proactively meet the needs of local business and industry, and supports community economic development programs and services of the college;

  • has knowledge and experience in the use of technology in higher education in promoting student learning and administrative efficiency;

  • models high standards of performance, honesty, integrity, caring and compassion, and inspire and expect the same from classified staff, faculty, and administrators;

  • has experience with interest-based bargaining and a demonstrated commitment to transparency and regular communication with all college constituencies in a union environments;

  • is a consensus builder with a management style that is collaborative, enthusiastic, inclusive of all constituency groups, and who values, supports, motivates and develops employees, acknowledges their contributions, and who is an open, transparent, approachable and accessible leader;

  • works with college leaders to resolve controversial issues and problems in a timely manner utilizing input from constituent groups;

  • engages with students and supports student development activities;

  • demonstrates effectiveness and commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and equal employment opportunity; and

  • has successfully led an institution of higher education through the integrated planning and accreditation processes.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A master’s degree from an accredited college or university is required.

  • A minimum of five years of senior-level management experience, preferably in a community college environment.

  • Three years of full-time teaching or student services experience. Current or prior experience as a college president or the equivalent may be used in lieu of other management, teaching or student services requirements.

  • Demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of diversity in the workplace and educational environment.

Desired Qualifications

  • An earned doctorate from an accredited college or university is preferred.

  • Demonstrated accomplishments in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the workplace and educational environment.

The Application Process

  • To ensure full consideration, qualified candidates must submit a complete on-line application (references to résumés or other uploaded documents within the on-line application will be considered an “incomplete” application; if any section does not apply, please enter “N/A”). The following document(s) should be assembled prior to completing the on-line CCCCD Application (these will need to be uploaded with your application):

  • 1. Letter of Application (described subsequently) 2. Current Résumé 3. Professional References 4. Unofficial Transcripts

  • In a Letter of Application, not to exceed five (5) pages, a candidate will succinctly state how s/he would address the Challenges, Issues, and Opportunities at Contra Costa College. Candidates should cite specific examples from background and experience to demonstrate knowledge and expertise necessary for this position. The letter of application should indicate to what extent personal qualities and professional characteristics and skills match the preferred qualifications sought for this position.

  • Professional references must be provided within respective section of on-line application. Preferably, references are to be from current and former institutions. References will not be contacted without a candidate’s permission. Candidates must provide 7 professional references which include the name, telephone number, and e-mail address for each of the following:

    1 supervisor;

    1 management level colleague;

    1 reporting support staff member;

    2 faculty members;

    1 student leader; and

    1 community member.

  • Application Deadline: Applications must be submitted on-line ( with all requested documents by May 4, 2018 (11:59 p.m. Pacific time). Please review the posting in its entirety and allow time to upload requested documents. Only complete on-line applications will be reviewed by the committee following the deadline date.

  • All inquiries and applications will be held in the strictest confidentiality.

  • Important: To ensure consistency and fairness to all candidates, please do not submit materials other than those requested (i.e., personal photo, articles you’ve written, etc.). Please only upload requested documents using respective document name labels. Uploading extraneous materials, unless specifically requested within this posting, may result in your application not being reviewed.

  • Application materials sent via mail, fax, or e-mail will not be accepted.

  • Note that correspondence may be sent to you via e-mail. Interview invitations will be via personal phone calls.

PPL, Inc. is pleased to have been selected to assist the College and District in this important search and selection process. Any questions or confidential inquiries you or others might have about the Contra Costa Community College District, or the Contra Costa College President position may be directed to either of the following:

For questions about the status of the process, or technical issues related to the application process, please contact:

  • Sophia Lever, Recruitment & Classification Analyst,, 925-229-6854

  • Stephanie Morgado, Human Resources Generalist,, 925-229-6870


Candidates selected as finalists for this position will be asked to participate in a public college forum as part of the search process.

Compensation/EEO Statement

Compensation: Salary and benefits package is highly competitive and commensurate with education and experience.

EEO Statement: It is the District’s policy to ensure that all qualified applicants for employment and employees have full and equal access to employment opportunity, and are not subjected to discrimination in any program or activity of the District on the basis of ethnic group identity, race, color, ancestry, religion, marital status, sex, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, parental status, citizenship or because an individual is perceived to have one or more of these characteristics or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.


Recruitment Timeline President, Contra Costa College

March 22, 2018
Position profile posted - application submissions process begins
May 4, 2018
Final date of submissions of applications.
May 14 - 15, 2018
Screening committee conducts interviews
May 21 - 24, 2018
Final campus interviews
June 27, 2018
Governing Board approval of hire for President, Contra Costa College
July 1, 2018
New President, Contra Costa College will begin transition activities

Committee Membership by Constituent Representation

2- Management representatives, 1- United Faculty representative, 3- Academic Senate representatives, 1- Local One representative, 2- Classified Senate representatives, 1- Associated Student Body President representative, 2- Community representatives selected by the Governing Board, 2- Management representatives appointed by the Chancellor, 1- District EEO Advisory Committee representative.

About the District

About the College

The Position

The Position Responsibilities

Opportunities and Challenges

Desirable Characteristics

Minimum Qualifications

Desired Qualifications

The Application Process


Compensation/EEO Statement


Committee Membership by Constituent Representation

Official Job Description

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