The Board of Trustees of the Desert Community College District invites applica ons and nomina ons for the next Superintendent/President.
Application Deadline March 15, 2012
College of the Desert (COD) seeks a Superintendent/President who will provide leadership and advocacy for the College and be directly
accountable to the Board of Trustees for the implementa on of all District policies and procedures. The Superintendent/President will also
serve as the College’s leader of all facets of campus wide opera ons focusing on learning and student success.
About College of the Desert
Founded in 1958, College of the Desert is one of 112 community colleges in California, a vital part of the world’s largest system of higher
educa on. The college’s annual student popula on is approximately 15,000 and the opera ng budget is approximately $41 million per year.
The governing Board of the Desert Community College District is comprised of ﬁve elected Trustees and a Student Trustee elected by the
As a comprehensive California community college, COD oﬀers transfer students the opportunity
to complete lower division course requirements prior to transfer to four‐year ins tu ons. COD
also oﬀers a number of voca onal and technical programs including nursing, digital design and
produc on, turf grass management, advanced transporta on technologies, culinary arts, and a
full range of administra on of jus ce courses at the Public Safety Academy training facility. As a
result, the College plays a signiﬁcant role in the overall economy of the Coachella Valley region,
contribu ng over $30 million annually.
The main campus is located in Palm Desert, California, in the beau ful and diverse Coachella
Valley, a thriving year‐round community of approximately 450,000 residents with the natural
beauty and recrea onal ameni es typical of a resort des na on. Recrea onal opportuni es,
such as world‐class golf and superb hiking, abound thanks to an average of over 350 days of sunshine per year. The Coachella Valley is also
home to a rich and varied agricultural produc on featuring citrus groves, table grape vineyards, and dates. Irriga on for the valley’s
agriculture industry comes from both the All American Canal and underground aquifers. In addi on to the original campus in Palm Desert,
COD has campuses in both the Eastern Valley with sites in Indio and Mecca and the Western Valley located in Palm Springs.
COD is a federally recognized Hispanic Serving Ins tu on (HSI) and has been a recipient of several recent Title V grants from the U.S.
Department of Educa on. With the goal of strengthening COD as an HSI, the grants have provided millions of dollars in increasing transfer
rates and improving academic support services focusing on Hispanic and ﬁrst genera on college students.
The College is also a na onally recognized leader in renewable energy and alterna ve fuel training. COD is the administra ve home of the
Advanced Transporta on Technology and Energy (ATTE) statewide ini a ve and operates one of seven centers established by the California
Community College System to develop curriculum and conduct training for workforce development in emerging transporta on and energy
COD’s McCarthy Family Child Development and Training Center at the College earned na onal accredita on in August 2011 from the
Na onal Associa on for the Educa on of Young Children. This is a dis nc on held by only 8% of the childcare centers in the na on. The
Center not only provides child care to students, employees, and the public, but also serves as a training facility for students interested in
becoming early childhood educa on professionals.
The College enjoys strong community support as evidenced by the 2004 passage of a $346.5
million bond measure to upgrade the infrastructure, renovate buildings, and construct new
buildings to accommodate the college's growth. The construc on phase is well under way with
the comple on of an infrastructure upgrade, a new Alumni Center, Public Safety Academy,
Student Services building, Nursing Complex, renovated classrooms, and athle c ﬁeld ligh ng.
With its upcoming new facili es and an excellent faculty and staﬀ (107 full‐ me faculty, 350
adjunct faculty, 200 support staﬀ, and 37 administrators), the College’s future is very bright. The
College enjoys strong ﬁnancial support from both the COD Alumni Associa on and the COD
Characteristics of the Next Superintendent/President
The successful candidate will be an accomplished educa onal leader with a profound respect for the COD mission as well as a consen‐
sus builder who is able to work eﬀec vely with the Board of Trustees and the campus community as a whole. The next Superinten‐
dent/President will be a strong, dynamic individual with highly eﬀec ve interpersonal skills that inspire conﬁdence. More speciﬁcally,
the college seeks a leader who:
Works eﬀec vely in the local, state, na onal, and interna onal arenas of higher educa on while represen ng the interests and needs
of the district.
Demonstrates ins tu onal accountability that involves faculty, staﬀ, and students.
Exhibits strong leadership and eﬀec ve direc on across the campus while maintaining op mism and community spirit.
Manages complex academic, ﬁscal, physical, technical, and human resources ac vi es.
Proves to have a strong commitment to the principles of shared governance.
The Successful Candidate for the Position of Superintendent/President will:
Work eﬀec vely with the Board of Trustees in the implementa on of District policy and
Understand state, local, and na onal rules, regula ons, and laws governing the opera on
of a community college district.
Ensure ins tu onal team building, delega on of authority, and eﬀec ve employee hiring
and evalua on.
Make strategic but fair decisions and ar culate their implementa on all while listening
and communica ng openly with all campus groups.
Demonstrate innova on and an entrepreneurial spirit that supports and enhances the mission, vision, and values of the ins tu on.
Eﬀec vely manage ac vi es related to bond issuance, facili es planning, and ﬁnancing as the college completes a capital construc on
Ins ll energy, enthusiasm, and inspira on to mo vate students, faculty, and staﬀ.
Represent the College eﬀec vely and build consensus in District discussions, community rela ons, and various poli cal arenas.
Acquire resources through fund development, grant acquisi on, and partnership development in order to augment state appor on‐
A minimum of a Master's degree required and a Doctorate is preferred both from an ins tu on accredited by one of the six regional
accredita on agencies.
Five years of increasing administra ve experience in higher educa on with signiﬁcant decision making responsibili es. Comparable
business and industry experience are acceptable.
Evidence of a sensi vity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, culture, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of
community college students.
Teaching experience is preferred.
Comparable with other superintendent/president salaries of a similar size within the
California Community College System. College of the Desert oﬀers a generous beneﬁt
package including health, vision, dental and life insurance.
Filing an Application:
Electronically submit the following materials by March 15 in order to be considered in
the ﬁrst review:
A le er of applica on (3 to 5 pages) which provides examples from the applicant’s work history that demonstrates how his/her
knowledge and exper se apply to the posi on as described in this announcement.
A current resume of professional experience, educa onal background, and other per nent informa on.
A list of eight professional references with e‐mail address and telephone numbers. In your references please include two supervisors,
two members of the faculty, two community members, and subordinates, one of which is a support staﬀ member. These documents
must be sent electronically as a achments to your e‐mail response. Paper applica ons will not be accepted.
If selected, addi onal informa on such as an oﬃcial transcript will be required.
Please submit all applica on materials electronically via the search website at
All nominations and confidential inquiries should be forwarded to:
Dr. Edward J Valeau, the ELS Group
Telephone (510) 566‐3426, fax (510) 881‐1018
Ms. Sallie Savage, the ELS Group
Telephone (831) 241‐8379
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