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20 Oct 2019

Full-Time Clark College President – Posted by Vancouver, Washington, United States

Job Description

Clark College’s Board of Trustees seeks to hire an outstanding leader as president for the nationally recognized premier community college of Southwest Washington. Since its founding in 1933, Clark, “the community’s college,” has played a transformative role in the lives of the students it serves by adapting to the needs of a continuously changing community. Clark’s new president will be called on to build upon this legacy, collaboratively accelerating the college’s mission to support the educational and professional success of an increasingly diverse community – now and in years to come.

Reports to:
Clark College Board of Trustees
Level of Supervision:
Chief Executive Officer

Purpose and Responsibilities of Position:
Provide leadership to achieve institutional goals established by the Board of Trustees for Clark College and Community College District 14. Effectively manage the core functions of the office of the president prioritizing equitable student outcomes and institutional success in all actions of the college.

Areas of Emphasis:
The Board of Trustees and the community our college serves expect that the president of Clark College will:
• Provide inspirational leadership by:
o Setting high standards, guiding, leading, and managing the college’s Executive Cabinet to operate as a high-performing team; building an environment of clear priorities, trust and empowerment, and accountability.
o Being a role model for the broader college community by fostering and maintaining authentic and productive relationships and being an advocate for faculty, staff, and students.
o Utilizing the 2019-20 climate survey as the baseline for improvement in mission aligned culture, communications, and staff/faculty professional development and morale.
• Demonstrate a deep appreciation for changes taking place in our community. Leading with racial equity, build recognizable improvement in community trust, disparities in student achievement, and employee retention, as a path to equity for all groups.
• Manage resources and agreements to a multi-year time horizon considering current and forecasted realities:
o Ensuring progress on key college plans and initiatives including the 2019-2021 Interim Strategic Plan, 2015-2020 Social Equity Plan, Guided Pathways, and campus expansion plans.
o Leading collaborative visioning and innovation in the creation of future strategic plans, and ensuring the necessary investments and change management to deliver on those plans.
• Effectively partner with the Clark College Foundation as required to support goals of the Promising Pathways and future fundraising campaigns.
• Ensure effective relationships with the community, region, technical college system, state college system, local businesses and legislators as the primary “face of Clark College.”

The Successful Candidate Will Have Demonstrated:
• Multi-year effectiveness in an educational organization position of leadership operating under a system of transparency, shared governance, and reporting to a Board. Preferred leadership experience in the academic and technical programs, economic and community development, and wide ranging student and community services that the college offers. Preferred sitting or past college president.
• Recognized results in placing the highest value on the success of students and eliminating disparities in educational outcomes including:
o Understanding and addressing the challenges pertinent to student success, curriculum development and relevance, inclusive practices, and outcomes assessment at the department and classroom level.
o Attracting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff reflecting the students they serve.
o Understanding college systems, processes, culture, and environment necessary for the success of Guided Pathways.
o Leading from an equity-minded framework and holding teams accountable for the same. Practicing personal leadership in equity, diversity, and inclusion in service of an open environment to people from all backgrounds and experience levels.
• Executive leadership qualities including:
o Inspiring others through effective communication and empowering actions aligned with the mission, vision, values, and supporting culture of the college. Ability to mobilize others, inside and outside of the college.
o Building and fostering an environment of innovation and excellence, trust and respect, empathy and engagement.
o A personal orientation toward teamwork, collaboration, and transparency.
o Holding teams accountable to accomplish outcomes and, when needed, using effective conflict resolution skills.
o Being a visionary and innovative change agent with the collaborative skills to bring others along. Possessing the flexibility/persistence to effectively navigate change and lead strategic initiatives.
o Ability to utilize data and analytics, best practices, and a multi-year time horizon in the planning and operations of the college.
• Effectiveness leading through all phases of the economic cycle.
• Effectiveness working with others in a collective bargaining environment including working knowledge of unions and applicable collective bargaining acts.
• Ability to cultivate necessary external relationships and to play an effective partnership role in support of foundation development activities.
• Ability to foster effective community partnerships and legislative relationships.
• Five years of successful senior level administrative experience required, preferably at the community college level.
• Teaching experience and/or student services experience in higher education preferred.
• An earned master’s degree from an accredited university required, doctorate preferred.

How to Apply

Start Date: It is anticipated that the successful candidate will begin onboarding in the summer of 2020 in preparation for the beginning of the 2020-21 academic year. The college operates on a quarterly schedule. Compensation package: A competitive salary with a multi-year contract will be negotiated based on the candidate’s successful experience and educational preparation. Applicant Process: To assure best consideration, applications should be received by Friday November 15, 2019. The application should include a letter of interest specifically addressing the applicant’s background in relationship to qualifications and demonstrated skills, behaviors, and experience described in the search profile (not more than four pages); a current resume or curriculum vitae; and the names of at least five professional references with each persons’ position, office or home address, e-mail address, and telephone number. References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant. All applications will remain confidential. The search is being assisted by Dr. Preston Pulliams, Gold Hill Associates. Nominations and applications should be sent electronically (MS Word or PDF Format) to citing “Clark College President” in the subject line. Additional information regarding the Clark College Presidential Search can be found at

Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 100,000 and above.

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