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Yosemite Community College District

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President - Modesto Junior College
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Modesto Junior College

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The District currently pays for a health option for the employee and dependents. Employees may elect to pay a premium for a higher health option. Vision care and dental insurance premiums for the employee and dependents is District paid. Income protection and life insurance premiums for the employee are also District paid.
Position Summary Information


Scope of Assignment
The President serves as the educational leader and the Chief Executive Officer of the college. The primary responsibility of the President is to ensure an excellent education for the students of Modesto Junior College. Consistent with educational excellence the President shall provide sound financial management of the College.

Reports to the Chancellor of the District.
Provides direct supervision to the Vice President of Instruction, the Vice President of Student Services, the Vice President of College and Administrative Services, the Dean of Advancement & Executive Director of the MJC Foundation, the Director of College Research and Planning, and the staff of the Office of the President

Minimum Qualifications
    • Decisive leadership experience and a collaborative decision-making style based on participatory governance that seeks to empower others.
    • Evidence of accountability for decisions.
    • Management skills in resource development, financial management, strategic planning, team building and labor relations.
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
    • High visibility management style with an enthusiastic approach to internal and external responsibilities.
    • Sensitivity to diversity issues with ability to lead an institution which values differences.
    • Leadership experience with a focus on learning, teaching excellence, student success and student support services.
    • Program development, evaluation and outcomes assessment experience with an ability to motivate members of the College community to pursue excellence.
    • Advocacy at all levels of government with an understanding of key issues affecting small urban colleges, higher education and society.
    • Proactive approach to the implementation of technology in academics, administration, and/or management environments.
    • Senior level administrative experience and teaching, counseling, and/or other faculty experience.


  • Education: An earned Master’s degree from an accredited university is required. An earned Doctorate is preferred.
  • Experience:
    • Seven (7) years senior leadership experience at a post-secondary institution including program development, evaluation and outcomes assessment experience
    • Five (5) years proven successful leadership experience in educational planning, fiscal management, personnel relations and community relations
    • Demonstrated commitment to inclusion and diversity
    • Senior level administrative experience overseeing instruction, counseling and/or faculty experience at a post-secondary institution
    • Highly effective written communication skills and interpersonal skills

Desirable Qualifications

Desirable Professional Characteristics
The Search Committee will consider a candidate’s educational background, professional experience and accomplishments, reputation, and leadership characteristics in its search for a new President of Modesto Junior College.

Example of Duties
  • Serves as the educational leader of the College.
  • Represents the College to the community and other educational and professional organizations.
  • Formulates immediate and long-range plans regarding all facets of the College.
  • Informs the College staff and constituencies regarding issues and trends affecting the College.
  • Directs the establishment of administrative procedures for the efficient conduct of operations of the College.

Licenses and Certificates
Possession of valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.

Physical and Mental Standards
  • Mobility: ability to sit for long periods, move about an office, stand occasionally, reach above and below desk level.
  • Dexterity: fine manipulation sufficient to operate a keyboard, handle individual papers, write and take notes.
  • Lifting: occasional lifting of papers, files, equipment and material weighing up to 25 pounds.
  • Visual Requirements: close vision sufficient to read files, documents, and computer screens and do close-up work; ability to adjust focus frequently.
  • Hearing/Talking: ability to hear normal speech, speak and hear on the telephone, and speak in person.
  • Emotional/Psychological Factors: ability to make decisions and concentrate; frequent contact with others including some public contact; frequent deadlines and time-limited assignments.

Additional Applicant Information

All interviews will be held in-person.

The District: The Yosemite Community College District is a multi-college district. Modesto Junior College, the larger college in the District, was founded in 1921. It is located in the city of Modesto. The second District college, Columbia College, was founded in 1968 and is located near Columbia State Historic Park in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains. The Colleges work closely with nearby universities: California State University, Stanislaus; University of the Pacific; Brandman University; and University of California, Merced. Modesto Junior College also promotes and sustains partnerships with local businesses, government, and agencies in order to support economic and community development, and improve the area’s quality of life. The District is governed by a seven member elected Board of Trustees and the Chancellor who serves as the Chief Executive Officer. College Presidents report to the Chancellor and serve as the Chief Administrative Officers and academic leaders on the campuses. Columbia College and Modesto Junior College are comprehensive community colleges with excellent reputations for serving their communities.

The District’s college campus pages:
Columbia College
Modesto Junior College

To Be Considered:
The Yosemite Community College District requires that all applications be submitted online. To apply, please go to www.yosemite.edu/hr/ On the “Human Resources Office” page, use the link on the left margin that reads “Job Openings.”

1. An online Yosemite Community College District Application.

2. A personal letter of application (Cover Letter): Individuals interested in this position will state in a (six pages or less) letter of application specifically why they are interested in the position, how they meet the criteria and qualifications for the position (ideal characteristics, essential duties and responsibilities, knowledge of, and ability to), and how they meet the desirable characteristics (education and experience).

3. Resume or Vita: Applicants will also submit a current resume of professional experience, accomplishments, educational background, and other pertinent information.

4. References: Under Required Documents Area: The names and contact information of eight references: two supervisors, two subordinates (including one classified or support staff), two Faculty Leaders and two Community Members. Applicants from sectors other than higher education will submit comparable references.
    • Two Supervisors
    • Two Subordinates (who report(ed) directly to the applicant)
    • Two Faculty Leaders
    • Two Community Members


5. Unofficial transcripts: Employment history, degrees awarded, certifications and other accomplishments will also be verified.

The Board of Trustees of Yosemite Community College District assures that all employees and applicants for employment will be provided equal opportunity regardless of race, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, or veteran status.

Applicants with ADA needs may contact Human Resources 209-575-6900 to arrange for computer assistance.

Applications will be reviewed by a screening committee, which will select candidates to be interviewed. After interviews, a recommendation will be forwarded to the Chancellor and Board of Trustees.
Appointment Information: In accordance with Board Policy, official offers of employment will be made by Chancellor or designee. Final appointment is subject to confirmation by the Board of Trustees

Federal law requires that the District employ only U.S. citizens and aliens authorized to work in the United States. Written verification of employment eligibility is required.

A background investigation of new employees is required, including reference checks and a state criminal history report. The cost for the criminal history report will be the responsibility of the successful candidate.

Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

The Yosemite Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. YCCD BP 3410 Nondiscrimination can be found at:

Title IX Sexual Harassment regulations define Title IX Sexual Harassment to include four terms “as defined in” the Clery Act and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA): Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, and Stalking.
In accordance with 34 C.F.R. §§ 100.6(d), 104.8, and 106.9; and 28 C.F.R. § 35.106, the following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding Title IX, Section 504/Title II policies:
District Title IX/Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator
Yosemite Community College District
2201 Blue Gum Ave., Modesto, CA 95358
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