Los Angeles Pierce College (LAPC) is one of the nine Colleges comprising the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD). Headed by a Chancellor and governed by an elected Board of Trustees, the Los Angeles Community College District is one of the nation's largest community college districts serving the residents of more than 36 cities and communities in an almost 900-square mile area within Los Angeles County. An average of about 230,000 full- and part-time students per year are educated at LACCD, and LACCD is proud to be the leading educator of Latino and African American students in California. LACCD educates nearly two times more Latino students and two times more African American students than all of the University of California campuses combined. Additionally, the District serves a substantial population of first-generation students, AB540 and undocumented students, students with disabilities, former foster care students and students who are either currently active in the military or military veterans, all of whom further enrich our vibrant community. The district provides educational programs that help students complete degrees and certificates, transfer to four-year colleges and complete career/technical education programs. LACCD also became a founding member of the California Community College Equity Leadership Alliance. Through this Alliance the LACCD will deploy a framework for racial equity and social justice to make structural and permanent change to root out the ill effects of racism and bias from the classrooms and workplace and move forward towards a more socially and racially-just academic community.
About The College Los Angeles Pierce College is a flourishing two-year public institution in California located in the west San Fernando Valley (approximately 25 miles northwest of Los Angeles Civic Center) providing opportunities for transfer education, occupational training, and life-long learning.
Los Angeles Pierce is a comprehensive college with more than 60 disciplines and over 150 degrees and certificate programs being taught to over 17,000 students each semester. The college offers a dual enrollment program enabling students to start their college education before graduating high school. It is one of nine colleges of the Los Angeles Community College District and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, a nationally recognized accrediting agency.
Located on 426 acres, nestled next to the thriving business district of Warner Center, Los Angeles Pierce College offers in person, online, hybrid and dual delivery instruction and learning with the picturesque beauty of its rolling hills. The college's setting among 2,000 trees, a nature preserve, botanical garden, and an arboretum makes it unique in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.
True to its beginnings more than 75 years ago as an agricultural college, Los Angeles Pierce College still maintains large sections of tillable and rangeland preserved as an enclave within a suburban environment. A 226-acre agricultural area that is used for instructional programs spans the west side of campus and features an equestrian center and farm animals.
Los Angeles Pierce College is recognized nationally for several outstanding academic programs, which include highly ranked Nursing and Veterinarian Technology programs. The college has programs in career and technical education and maintains close ties to the business community by providing successful job training programs that meet the workforce needs of local employers. In response to the needs of the community it serves, the college also provides basic skills education and works closely with local area high schools to promote and assist students in their transfer goals. Los Angeles Pierce College has one of the highest transfer performances in California. Many Los Angeles Pierce College students transfer to the University of California system, the California State University system, and private universities to earn bachelor's degrees.
Los Angeles Pierce College combines academic excellence with robust student services and support programs and a friendly and helpful faculty and staff. It has a solid reputation for being a student-friendly institution, offering students high-quality and challenging education that prepares them for university or vocational work. Students benefit from smaller class sizes and lower tuition as compared to a four-year university.
The college's facilities, funded by local and state municipal bonds, has have revitalized the campus, enlarging and modernizing the capacity of the physical plant, and restoring its original architecture. The Center for the Sciences, Student Services Building, College Services Building, Child Development Center and Library Learning Crossroads are now vibrant centers for student learning and support.
Mission Statement Engage. Enrich. Empower. Los Angeles Pierce College aims to make a positive impact in people's lives by providing quality, inclusive, and innovative academic, technical, and cultural educational opportunities. We are committed to providing caring, equitable services to help our diverse students as well as our local community achieve their goals and thrive in a rapidly changing world.
COMPETENCIES AND COMMITMENTS Los Angeles Pierce College seeks a visionary and strategic President to lead the college into the next phase of development. The President provides leadership and advocacy for the college, serves as a member on the Chancellor's cabinet, and participates in establishing institutional goals in accordance with the District's Educational Master Plan. The President is responsible and accountable for all college operations, fiscal stewardship, strategic enrollment management, competitiveness, and for providing leadership to the college's faculty, administrators, classified staff and student services. Additionally, the President represents the college to the community at large and promotes and develops partnerships and effective relationships with community business leaders, related organizations and others involved in educational services. The President will lead the college's recovery from the covid pandemic and its transition as the end of the ‘hold harmless' period approaches. The Chancellor and the Search Committee will evaluate potential candidates for the Presidency of LAPC based on the following competencies identified by faculty, staff, students and community at large.
The next President of LAPC must be a transformational leader who excels in the following areas:
Committed to Student Access, Success, and Equity
A student-centered president who is sensitive to students' needs and focuses on the holistic development of the student.
A president who is passionate about serving students, who has authentic concern about students, and who wants to create a welcoming and safe environment that supports teaching and learning.
A leader who is committed to identifying equity gaps in student outcomes on the basis of factors such as race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity and then mobilizing the college to improve results.
A president who acknowledges the vast inequalities systematically perpetuated within the United States of America, and is steadfast in their commitment to ensure success for all students, regardless of their background.
A president who appreciates, embraces and works with the rich diversity of LAPC students and makes the campus welcoming to all students, faculty and staff.
Financial and Operational Ability
A president who serves as a fiscally accountable leader and also holds everyone fiscally accountable.
A leader who exercises responsible stewardship of college resources.
A leader who fully understands statewide and district systems for funding that is based on Student Centered Funding Formula so the college can maximize new opportunities for funding.
A leader with understanding and experience in the use of technology to increase enrollment, student success, instruction and student support systems.
A leader who promotes the development of revenue through grants and other enterprise operations.
A leader committed to campus safety and emergency preparedness.
Builds Strong Teams
A president who unifies people and directs that energy toward service to students.
A leader who embraces collegial consultation and understands and practices participatory governance.
A president who can create an atmosphere of trust and respect across all categories of employees and builds and fosters community within the college.
A leader who supports a partnership between instruction, student services and administrative services.
Takes Strategic Risks
A leader who is willing to take significant data-informed risks, inspires change and acts ethically in alignment with the college's mission and values.
A president who is willing to have and can facilitate courageous conversations with the college community and community at large.
A president who has strong communication skills, values transparency, nurtures different viewpoints and engages the college and external communities.
A leader who is proactive with proven advocacy skills and solid understanding of recent local, state, and national legislation that impacts community colleges.
A president who articulates the vision of the college and who inspires collective action to take Los Angeles Pierce College to the next level.
Develops Effective External Partnerships
A leader who can build functional, mutually beneficial partnerships with K–12 school districts to expand dual enrollment and adult education.
A leader who develops partnerships with four-year universities to promote transfer and collaborative grants.
A leader who understands the needs of the local industries, and fosters partnerships between those industries and the college's Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.
A president who seeks to understand the community's needs and uses that information to promote the development of credit, non-credit and Career Development and College Preparation (CDCP) non-credit programs.
A president who understands public relations, college branding and marketing and actively participates in the community.
A leader who uses the college's influence and resources to pave the way for ongoing student access and success by forging partnerships with outside entities.
A president who provides leadership and support for the Foundation for Pierce College.
Master's degree or advanced degree of at least equivalent standard from an accredited college or university. The required degree must be completed at the time of filing an application.
One year of successful full-time experience in a senior leadership position in education, business, industry or government, preferably as a college or university administrator.
A sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of district faculty, staff, and students.
Earned doctorate from an accredited institution.
Teaching, student services or administrative services experience preferably at the postsecondary level.
Five years of experience in administrative positions with increasing levels of responsibility, preferably at the postsecondary level.
General Requirement Health: After selection and prior to employment, a medical certificate indicating fitness to engage in administrative work is required for new employees, at the applicant's expense.
COVID 19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENT Pursuant to LACCD Board of Trustee's Policy 2900, all students and employees must be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption. LACCD employees are required to provide their vaccination status in compliance with the LACCD Board of Trustees' policy. Newly hired employees will be required to provide their vaccination status prior to starting a position or, at the latest, by their position start date.
COMPENSATION and BENEFITS The current salary range is $217,323 – $269,225 annually. Employee benefits include 15.5 paid holidays and 24 days paid vacation annually, comprehensive medical/hospital, dental, and vision care plans, and a $50,000 group life insurance policy.
EVALUATION PROCEDURES A District Search Committee will review the eligible applications and select candidates for interview, and, after interviewing the invited candidates, will typically recommend to the Chancellor at least five unranked candidates as finalists. The Chancellor's Office will conduct background and reference checks and interviews, and will forward the selected candidates to the Board of Trustees, along with his recommendation, if any, of the candidate(s) best suited for the position. The Board of Trustees may conduct further background checks or interviews, as appropriate.
FILING AN APPLICATION To be considered for this position, applicants are required to complete the application using web-based software to create an applicant profile account, allowing documents to be saved and uploaded as attachments.
A letter of application of no more than three pages is requested. The letter of application must describe skills and experiences to demonstrate how the applicant's knowledge and expertise relate to the position as described in this job announcement.
A current résumé of professional experience, educational background, and other pertinent information.
A list of eight references with business, home and mobile telephone numbers, including two supervisors, two subordinates (including one support staff member), two faculty, and two community members.
Copies of transcript(s) (official transcripts will be required if selected for an interview). Documentation from an approved foreign transcript evaluator is required for degrees received from other countries. For a list of approved foreign transcript evaluation agencies, please go to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing: http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl635.pdf
The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications after 06/01/22; however, applications may be accepted until the position is filled. To be considered in the first reading, applications must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on 06/01/22. If selected for the position, additional information, including official transcripts, will be required.
Employment is contingent upon verification of qualifications. LACCD reserves the right to modify and/or withdraw this position at any time.
The Los Angeles Community College District website is www.laccd.edu; the website for Los Angeles Pierce College is https://www.piercecollege.edu.
For additional information regarding the application process, contact Sharmita Saha, LACCD Human Resources via e-mail at [email protected]
The executive search firm of PPL, Inc. has been retained to assist with the search. All confidential inquires and nominations should be directed to:
ADA Notice Applicants and nominees who believe they are covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and require accommodation during any part of the interview or selection process must submit a written request with documentation at least five business days prior to the date of need of the accommodation via e-mail to: LACCD Human Resources at [email protected]
EEO Non-Discrimination Notice It is the Los Angeles Community 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 actual or perceived ethnic group identification, race, color, naturalization, ancestry, religion, creed, sex (including gender-based sexual harassment), gender identity and expression, pregnancy, marital status, cancer-related medical condition of any employee, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.
The Board of Trustees commits the District to vigorous EEO in all aspects of its academic and classified employment programs, including recruitment, selection, assignment, retention, promotion, and transfer. The District strives to achieve a workforce that reflects the diversity of the state's population and is welcoming to all persons from all groups protected from discrimination to ensure the District provides an inclusive educational environment. Such an environment fosters cooperation, acceptance, democracy and free expression of ideas.
Board of Trustees Gabriel Buelna, Ph.D., President David Vela, 1st Vice President Nichelle Henderson, 2nd Vice President Mike Fong Andra Hoffman Ernest H. Moreno Steven F. Veres Coraima Martinez, Student Trustee
District Administration Francisco C. Rodriguez, Ph.D., Chancellor Melinda A. Nish, Ed.D., Deputy Chancellor Ryan M. Cornner, Ed.D., Vice Chancellor of Educational Programs and Institutional Effectiveness Mercedes C. Gutierrez, Ed.D., Interim Vice Chancellor of Human Resources Carmen V. Lidz, MS, Vice Chancellor/Chief Information Officer Jeanette L. Gordon, Vice Chancellor/Chief Financial Officer Vacant, General Counsel Rueben C. Smith, D.C.Sc., Vice Chancellor/Chief Facilities Executive