PRESIDENTIAL PROFILE Riverside City College, Riverside Community College District Riverside, CA
The Chancellor of the Riverside Community College District (RCCD) welcomes nominations and applications for the position of President at Riverside City College (RCC), presenting an opportunity for a skilled individual to guide and support a flourishing community college.
About the College Riverside City College is the largest community college in the Riverside Community College District and the Inland Southern California region. RCC provides a premier education to a diverse community of students, offering a wide range of dynamic and high-quality academic and technical career programs supported by comprehensive student services. Students pursue studies across a broad range of degree and certificate programs, including career and technical education certificates, to prepare for the workforce. RCC takes pride in its status as a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). With a makeup of 66% Hispanic, 15% Caucasian, 7% African American, 7% Asian/Pacific Islander, and 4% from mixed ethnicities, the campus is a thriving college environment.
Through its educational, economic, and workforce initiatives, community partnerships, and services, RCC plays a vital role in shaping the lives of its students and the regional economy. With an operating budget of almost $90 million, RCC employs over 1,000 dedicated and diverse full- and part-time faculty, administrators, and classified professionals. The college has garnered unwavering support from the community, as demonstrated by the presence of its cosmetology salon, cybersecurity center, theatre, dance, planetarium, Inland Technical Training Center, and world-class musical performances and athletic competitions.
About the District The Riverside Community College District is dedicated to serving and enriching the diverse communities it serves through three colleges - Moreno Valley College, Norco College, and Riverside City College - with the support of the District Office. RCCD provides certificates, degrees, and transfer programs to assist students in achieving their educational and career objectives, focusing on ensuring access, success, and equity for all students. The district endeavors to promote its students' social and economic mobility by providing high-quality educational opportunities available to everyone.
About the Region Riverside boasts an impressive history, with 24 nationally registered historic sites and over 100 city landmarks commemorating the city's rich cultural heritage. Known as the 'City of Arts and Innovation,' visitors and residents alike can enjoy various cultural activities, including downtown museums, restaurants, and performing arts centers. The city's growth over time is exemplified by the Glenwood Cottages guest house, which eventually expanded to become the world-renowned Mission Inn Hotel and Spa, the largest Mission Revival-style building in the United States. The inn has hosted several famous guests, including Presidents Nixon and Reagan, film stars, and even royalty. In addition to its storied past, Riverside is home to four colleges and universities: RCC, the first college established in the area, followed by the University of California, Riverside, Cal Baptist University, and La Sierra University. The historic Fox Performing Arts Center, a 1929 Spanish Colonial Revival theater in downtown Riverside, is also worth mentioning as it held the first public screening of the classic film, 'Gone with the Wind.'
The Position RCC is searching for a President dedicated to ensuring student success and access, promoting academic excellence, achieving institutional effectiveness, developing and allocating resources, and fostering community engagement. Additionally, the ideal candidate should genuinely appreciate the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Challenges and Opportunities
Work in partnership with faculty, staff, and District Offices to increase enrollment and expand student access through strategic outreach, innovative programs, and customized support.
Collaborate with all employees to build a robust, collegial, and mutually supportive working environment.
Provide leadership in partnership with all College constituents and the community to address the economic needs of students and actively address equity gaps.
Develop a financially resilient institution through workforce partnerships focused on innovative economic development and anticipating the region's future needs.
Articulates a clear understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion and its critical relationship to the mission of the College.
Apply lessons learned in the COVID-19 environment to achieve cohesive delivery systems and remain agile to serve the diverse needs of students and employees.
Work with District leadership, the District's Colleges, and the community to strategically prepare for anticipated changes in higher education, the workplace, and the economy.
Position RCC as the region's higher education leader by strengthening alliances with local businesses, industries, K – 12 districts, and universities.
Expected Qualities and Characteristics
The following are non-exhaustive qualities and characteristics sought in the new President:
Utilizes understanding of the diversity of the Riverside community and Riverside City College to organize, negotiate, and build consensus on important internal and external issues.
Executes a vision that is grounded in innovation, inquiry, and care.
Shows evidence of leading and managing transformational change, especially in equity and student success.
Adept at systems thinking and integrated strategic planning, budgeting, and operational implementation.
Experienced in the process and data-centric nature of accreditation.
Champions participatory governance and transparency as core values of higher education.
Demonstrates success in fundraising, experience informing and energizing a bond campaign, and working effectively with legislative and other governing bodies.
Possesses a range of personal traits of or related to servant leadership, including social justice, deep listening, commitment to human growth and development, and a sense of humor.
Required An earned doctorate from an accredited institution. Teaching experience in higher education. Record of progressively responsible senior administrative positions in higher education. Experience in managing the financial needs of a large multi-layered organization. Demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college faculty, staff, and students.
Preferred Knowledge of the California Community Colleges system.
How to Apply This is a confidential search process. To ensure full consideration, application materials should be received no later than Monday, April 10, 2023. The position will remain open until filled.
Candidates will need to have the following information or materials available to complete the application:
A letter of application (not to exceed five pages) that succinctly addresses the opportunities and challenges identified in the Position Profile and demonstrates how the candidate's experience and professional qualifications prepare them to serve as the President of Riverside City College. A current resume, including an email address and cellular telephone number. A list of eight references: for example, two to three supervisors, two to three direct reports, and two to three faculty and/or staff members from current and former institutions.
For additional information, nominations, or confidential inquiries, please contact: Bradley Ebersole, Ph.D., ACCT Search Consultant, firstname.lastname@example.org, (740) 538-7989 (mobile)
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The Riverside Community College District through its three colleges—Moreno Valley College, Norco College, and Riverside City College supported by the District Office—serves and enriches its diverse communities by offering certificates, degrees, and transfer programs that help students achieve their educational and career goals.Working for Riverside Community College District is an opportunity and a privilege. It is an opportunity to contribute in a variety of ways to ensure student success for those who are here for their personal development and education. We all contribute in some way, shape, or form to that District priority. We all h?ave the privilege to contribute in an environment that values the qualities of inclusiveness, diversity, and hard work. Diversity and Human Resources is a department of primacy in the organization and strives to assure that its people have the tools, resources, and qualities to serve stakeholders at all levels.We balance service and regulatory requirements with a goal to help RCCD provide a safe and discriminatory free work environment for all. We assure to the community that our environment is fair, open, legally compliant, and customer friendly.