Glendale Community College

Glendale Community College

Position Open Until Filled
Deadline for First Review: February 28, 2013

Superintendent/President Profile
The Glendale Community College District Board of Trustees is seeking a leader who is committed to the comprehensive community college and who has demonstrated skills in shared/participatory governance in order to carry on the institution’s tradition of outstanding service to the greater Glendale community.

The Position
The Superintendent/President is the Chief Executive Officer of the Glendale Community College District and President of Glendale Community College. Duties and responsibilities are carried out in keeping with the policies and directives of the five-member, elected Glendale Community College District Board of Trustees and the Education Code of the state of California.

The Superintendent/President is the administrative leader of the district and therefore is responsible for overseeing the operations of the entire district. These responsibilities include planning, assessment, budget, supervision of academic programs and administrative and student services, and the evaluation of key administrative personnel to make certain the institution is meeting the educational needs of the students and community. The Superintendent/President represents the district to community groups, business and industry, local public elementary and high school districts, federal, state, county and city agencies, public and private colleges and universities, and potential donors to the Glendale College Foundation.

The District and Student Body
The Glendale Community College District was founded in 1927 and the main campus moved to its current site in the foothills of the San Rafael Mountains in 1937. The district serves the communities of Glendale, La Crescenta, Montrose, and portions of La Canada/Flintridge as well as students from the surrounding communities. The fact that more than one half of Glendale Community College District students come from outside the district’s geographic boundaries is testimony of the high quality of the district’s programs and services. Situated in the northern half of the Los Angeles metropolitan area, Glendale is home to a number of key industries including financial services, entertainment, food services, and light manufacturing. The greater Glendale area is an economically, culturally, and ethnically diverse community.

Each semester Glendale Community College enrolls over 22,000 students in credit and continuing education programs. The student body reflects the diversity of the surrounding communities: 51% Caucasian (including Armenian), 25% Latino/Hispanic, 9% Asian (including Korean, Chinese and Japanese), 5% Filipino and 3% African-American.  Among the credit-student population, one third are full-time and two-thirds are part-time. Females outnumber males 55 to 45% in the credit programs and by slightly more in continuing education programs.  The average age of students in our credit program is 27 years and 47 years in continuing education. Approximately 60% of Glendale Community College students learned another language before learning English. Credit enrollment includes about 500 international students from approximately 50 countries.

Glendale Community College District has a reputation throughout the state as a cutting edge institution offering a comprehensive set of educational programs. Specifically the district is renowned for:
1. Rigorous and innovative academic programs in general education leading to transfer to four year universities, associate degrees, or personal enrichment;
2. Vocational training leading directly to job opportunities, career advancement, vocational certificates, or associate degrees;
3. Continuing and Community Education offered at the Garfield Campus and throughout the community, and noncredit programs including: English as a Second Language, Office Skills and Business Technology, Developmental Skills Lab (GED), Parent Education, Lifelong Learning, and free state-funded workforce training at the Professional Development Center;
4 . Special student programs including: a Scholars Program, Science Academy, Study Abroad, Baja Field Studies, Center for Student Involvement, International Students, Basic Skills, and the Professional Development Center as well as three Title V STEM grants;
5. Comprehensive and resourceful student support services, provided by a faculty and staff committed to a student-centered environment; and,
6. A wide variety of district activities that make for a rich student life for our student population.

District Mission Statement
Glendale Community College District welcomes students of all diverse backgrounds, goals, ages, abilities, and learning styles. As an institution of higher education, we are committed to student learning and success. Using personal interaction, dynamic and rigorous instruction, and innovative technologies, we foster the development of critical thinking and lifelong learning. We provide students with the opportunity and support to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to meet their educational, career, and personal goals. Our commitment is to prepare students for their many evolving roles in and responsibilities to our community, our state, and our society.

Challenges and Opportunities
The district currently faces a number of challenges and opportunities that will be central concerns for the new Superintendent/President:
1. Taking necessary steps to ensure sufficient enrollment, increase revenues, and maintain financial stability;
2.Recruiting and/or replacing faculty, staff, and administrative personnel, while increasing the diversity of the district’s employee base to reflect the surrounding community;
3. Maintaining the district’s position as a leading academic institution in the state;
4. Ensuring that the district maintains compliance with all accreditation standards and all legal mandates;
5. Participating in activities and partnerships that strengthen the district’s image and community relations by developing or maintaining relationships with educational, civic, and business organizations within the service area;
6. Maintaining the district’s commitment to providing a safe and secure student-friendly environment where everyone can reach their potential;
7. Continuing to provide student services and support in order to increase the success rates of at-risk and under-prepared students;
8. Continuing to improve transfer rates;
9. Providing state of the art technology that will enhance the learning experiences of students and assist them in interacting in a global society;
10. Revitalizing mutual respect and a sense of community among students, faculty, and staff across the district;
11. Aligning our career technical education programs to best match the interests of our students, the needs of area businesses, and emerging technology; and
12. Managing new construction and renovation projects.

Personal Characteristics
For over a quarter century Glendale Community College District has integrated democratic practices into virtually every aspect of its academic and administrative operations. The district’s shared/participatory governance procedures were institutionalized almost a decade before AB 1725 mandated the practice. The Glendale Community College District’s shared/participatory governance system has been used as a prototype by many sister institutions. Faculty members elect the chairs of 15 academic and student services divisions to serve as key administrators assigned to schedule classes, hire adjunct professors, and oversee curriculum changes. The district values an environment of caring, mutual respect, community service and compassion that recognizes the inherent worth of every student and employee. It is universally accepted among students, faculty, and staff that Glendale Community College District is a very special place to learn and work. Consequently, the preferred candidate will possess the following personal characteristics:
1. The ability to access and assimilate information, mobilize resources, and motivate individuals to creatively overcome challenges facing the district;
2. A sense of fairness and ethics, leading the candidate to be an inclusive educational leader who demonstrates respect, integrity, confidence, and compassion and has the ability to inspire these qualities in others;
3. Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills that include respectful listening, encouragement of diverse opinions as well as the ability to mediate conflict and build consensus and unity among various district constituencies;
4. Commitment to a high level of visibility and accessibility across the district; and
5. Above all, demonstrated commitment to maintaining learning environments in which democratic values are embraced and an unwavering commitment to collegial relations with students, faculty, and staff and to decision-making through shared/participatory governance and consensus building.

Minimum Qualifications
1.A Master’s Degree or Professional Degree from an accredited college or university is required. An earned doctorate from an accredited institution is strongly preferred.
2. At least five years of senior administrative experience in higher education is required. Senior administrative experience in a community college is preferred.
3. An in-depth understanding of teaching, learning, and student development processes.

Desirable Qualifications
1. Teaching experience at the community college level;
2. Commitment to increasing diversity in the student, faculty, and staff population including differences in cultural, socio-economic, age, gender, ethnic, religious, sexual orientation, and disability status;
3. A vision that encompasses the changing role of community colleges in twenty-first century society and the ability to inspire others with that vision, work with district constituencies to establish priorities and allocate resources in order to accomplish these goals;
4. A history of valuing student contributions including, student leadership development, student government, a student-friendly atmosphere, and a broad array of extracurricular activities that make for a rich, student-centered district;
5. Knowledge of and leadership in fiscal management, strategic planning, human resources development, collective bargaining, curriculum and instruction, enrollment management, student services, facilities management, fundraising, and working closely with local school districts and local government, business, and civic organizations;
6. Commitment to academic freedom and academic excellence in the learning and teaching process, while placing the highest priority on student access, retention, and success;
7. Knowledge of California and federal laws and regulations governing community colleges;
8. The ability to establish and maintain a constructive working relationship with the Glendale Community College District Board of Trustees; and
9. Commitment to innovative approaches to classroom instruction, new methods of instructional delivery, and technological changes, which have an impact on every aspect of district operations.

Compensation and Benefits
Salary and other conditions of employment will be competitive, negotiated with the Board of Trustees, and commensurate with the candidate’s background and experience. Glendale Community College District offers an outstanding benefits package including full medical coverage, including dental and vision for employees and their families, as well as life insurance.

Application Process
The position is open until filled. The deadline for the first review of applications is February 28, 2013. All inquiries, nominations, and applications will be held in the strictest confidence.

In order to receive consideration, candidates for this position must submit the following documents. These documents will be the only application materials reviewed. All applications must be submitted online at

1. An online application;
2. A letter of interest that succinctly addresses the minimum and desirable qualifications and the personal characteristics identified in this announcement, and describes how the candidate’s experience and professional qualifications prepare him or her for the challenges and opportunities listed in this announcement (not to exceed 5 pages);
3. A current resume including an e-mail address and cell telephone number;
4. A list with the names, home and business telephone numbers, and e-mail address of five references. It is preferable for the list to include references from the following categories: current and/or past supervisors including board members, employees reporting directly to the applicant, faculty members from current or former institutions/employers, community members, and students. Applicants will be notified before references will be checked. Finalists will be subject to reference checking beyond those listed or authorized; and
5. Copies of transcripts showing graduate-level coursework and degree completion. (Official transcripts are required prior to employment for the successful candidate).

Inquiries about the process or the position should be directed to:

Dr. Eva Conrad
Community College Search Services
Email: [email protected]
Cell: 805-660-1527

Dr. James Walker
Community College Search Services
Email: [email protected]
Cell: 805-279-0009

Ms. Donna Voogt
Administrative Dean, Human Resources
Glendale Community College District
1500 N. Verdugo Rd.
Glendale, CA 91208
Email: [email protected]
Tel: (818) 551-5165
Fax: (818) 291-6652

Selection Process
1. The completed applications and supporting materials will be reviewed to ensure that the minimum required qualifications stated in the job announcement are met.

2. The search committee, consisting of faculty, staff, administrators, students, and community leaders, will evaluate the applications to identify candidates that most closely reflect the desired job-related qualifications and personal characteristics identified in this position announcement.  These candidates will be invited for an interview in early April 2013. Based on the interviews, the search committee will identify and recommend finalists to the Board of Trustees. 

3. The Board of Trustees will interview the finalists and a public forum will be held in April 2013.

4. The new Superintendent/President will be selected by the Board of Trustees in April or May 2013 and will assume his or her duties on or about July 1, 2013.

5. Complete confidentiality will be maintained until the search committee recommends the finalists to the Board of Trustees.  Reference checks will be conducted on the finalists and candidates will be notified before the reference check process begins.

6. The district will reimburse reasonable travel expenses for those invited as finalists and up to $500 for those invited for an initial interview.  All travel reimbursements are contingent upon prior approval of expenses by the district.   

Glendale Community College District Board of Trustees
Dr. Armine G. Hacopian, President
Ms. Ann H. Ransford, Vice President
Dr. Vahé Peroomian, Clerk
Mr. Anthony P. Tartaglia, Member
Mrs. Anita Quinonez Gabrielian, Member
Mr. Arman Marukyan, Student Trustee

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
It is the policy of the Glendale Community College District to provide all applicants for district employment with equal employment opportunities and to provide present employees with training, compensation, promotion, and all other attributes of employment without regard to a person’s race, religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, medical condition, or disability.


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