Diablo Valley College President Search

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.

Diablo Valley College

DVC Campus PhotoDiablo Valley College is one of three publicly supported two-year community colleges in the Contra Costa Community College District. The larger of DVC’s two campuses is located in Pleasant Hill, and the newer San Ramon Campus serves the south county in Dougherty Valley.

The college's student body reflects the growing multiculturalism and diversity found in California. The college employs more than 1,100 faculty and staff, and serves nearly 22,000 students each semester at its 100-acre campus. Diablo Valley College has had a significant social, cultural and economic impact on the Bay Area. It enjoys a reputation as one of California's premier community colleges with annual transfer rates to the CSU and UC systems among the top five in the state; likewise, DVC's certificate-granting programs maintain impressive success and placement statistics. Because of its reputation for excellence and the breadth of its programs, DVC attracts a large percentage of students from outside its service area, including a substantial and growing number of international students.

Diablo Valley College - San Ramon Campus

The San Ramon Campus is an officially recognized "Center", providing educational services for those who live and work in the San Ramon Valley, and now serves over 5,000 students of all ages and interests each semester. San Ramon offers general education courses, which allow students to fulfill all their lower division pre-transfer requirements. In addition, San Ramon's extensive computer-training curriculum provides hands-on experience using hardware and software with business applications.

The Position

The President of Diablo Valley College plans, develops, administers, evaluates and supports instructional offerings, curriculum, co-curricular activities, staffing, and student services; directs, reviews, and recommends changes to campus facilities, including construction, repair, and maintenance; oversees the development and submission of a college budget for approval by the District and Board; directs operations within the provisions of the approved budget; and implements equal opportunity programs and hiring policies.

The President of Diablo Valley College serves as a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet with responsibilities of implementing and administering Board policies; reviewing and recommending legislation to benefit both District and college programs; participating at Districtwide, local, and state levels of community college planning and instructional articulation; and representing the college at social, professional, and political events to maintain continuous community relations and develop fund- raising capabilities.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The ideal candidate will be:

  • A progressive leader with a clear and compelling vision of the future of Diablo Valley College who is ethical, open, accessible, and trustworthy.

  • An effective communicator, facilitator, and listener who possesses exceptional interpersonal skills.

  • An individual with demonstrated cultural competence who values, motivates and develops a diverse faculty, staff and student population.

  • A transparent and inclusive leader, committed to consensus-building through participatory governance.

  • A leader who demonstrates an understanding of the complexity and competing priorities of a growing diverse, comprehensive community college within a multi-college district.

  • An individual who has successfully led an institution of higher education through the accreditation process.

  • A leader with demonstrated expertise in the budgeting and resource management of a complex multi-campus college within a multi-college district.

  • A student-centered leader, committed to offering integrated instructional and student services programs, who is sensitive to the effects of decisions on equitable student success and the larger community the college serves.

  • An articulate and politically astute advocate, responsive to the needs of the community and business and industry, with a solid understanding of legislative processes and issues.

  • A person who has successfully led facilities planning, development, renovation, and construction.

  • A leader with demonstrated success in developing and motivating diverse faculty, staff and management to meet the needs of 21st century students.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A master's degree from an accredited college or university; AND,

  • A minimum of five years of senior-level management experience.

  • 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.

Desirable Qualifications

  • An earned doctorate or other equivalent terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution in a recognized discipline, or substantial progress in attainment.

  • Senior-level management experience, preferably in a community college environment.

  • Demonstrated experience in community involvement and institutional advocacy, including fund-raising or other resource development.

  • College faculty experience in a classroom or non-classroom capacity.

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 she/he would address the Challenges, Issues, and Opportunities at Diablo Valley 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 (please upload a list of 7 professional references within the attachment section of the online application): Candidates must provide 7 professional references which include the name, telephone number, and e-mail address for each of the following:

  • 1 supervisor, 1 colleague, 1 reporting support staff member, 2 faculty members, 1 student leader, and 1 community member. Preferably, references are to be from current and former institutions. References will not be contacted without a candidate's permission.

  • Application Deadline: Applications must be submitted on-line (www.4cdcareers.net) with all requested documents by September 25, 2017 (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 confidence.

  • 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 Community College District, or the Diablo Valley 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, slever@4cd.edu, 925-229-6854

Stephanie Morgado, Human Resources Generalist, smorgado@4cd.edu, 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

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, Diablo Valley College 2017- 2018

July 27, 2017
Position Profile posted - application submissions process begins
September 25, 2017
Final date of submissions of applications
October 6, 2017
Review of applications to select interviewees
October 7, 2017
Preliminary reference checks on applicants invited for interview
October 25 - 27, 2017
Screening committee conducts interviews
October 28, 2017
Reference checks on people invited for final interview
November 13 - 16, 2017
Chancellor conducts final interviews
December 14, 2017
Governing Board approval of hire for President, Diablo Valley College
January 2018
New President of Diablo Valley College begins transition activities

Committee Membership by Constituent Representation

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

The District

Diablo Valley College

The Position

Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Minimum Qualifications

Desirable Qualifications

The Application Process

Compensation/EEO Statement


Committee Membership by Constituent Representation

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