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Community Colleges of Spokane


PO Box 6000, MS 1001
Spokane, WA 992176000

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Job Category: Education

Employment: Full Time

Salary: $189,054 Annually



Listing Expires: December 14, 2018

Job Description:

SFCC President


The board, along with the Chancellor and SFCC administrators, faculty and staff, seeks an individual who possesses exceptional personal and leadership qualities, credibility, creativity and pragmatic abilities to lead the college in its quest for academic excellence.


The following traits, characteristics and personal competencies were cited during the survey process and are critical to the success of our future President.

Higher Education Leadership: An altruistic, student-centered leader passionate about the learning process; a demonstrated appreciation for the community college mission; committed to directing resources to further student success, focused consistently on the best interests of students, faculty, staff and the community, and knowledgeable about developing trends in education.

Integrity: A trustworthy leader, slow to make promises but quick to keep them; principle-centered and forthright with even the most difficult message; believes full disclosure is a prerequisite to effective problem-solving; and builds trust as an investment.

Communication: A genuine communicator who is accessible and listens more than they speak; values others' input as an opportunity to learn; models and demands professional decorum; negotiates and collaborates effectively; and appreciates reason, logic and differing viewpoints.

Commitment: A leader with a secure sense of self; who delegates and empowers vice presidents, deans and other administrators with appropriate levels of authority; personally invested in the success of our region, com- munity and institution; eager to be a part of our long-term success; inspires loyalty from others; and effectively advocates for our students, programs, faculty, and staff.

Organizational Leadership: A proactive student-centered leader who understands the dynamics of a multi-college/unit organizational structure; values strategic, fiscal and master facility planning; trusts, empowers and inspires enthusiasm among faculty and staff; entrepreneurial in finding resources and implementing strategies to take advantage of a new funding formula; fiscally responsible, risk prudent, action-oriented decision-maker; and possesses a systems perspective that appropriately considers all implications of potential decisions.

Wisdom: A savvy and humble leader with knowledge drawn from broad experiences; displays critical thinking skills, confidence and a systems perspective; has experience administrating in a unionized environment; and takes strategic risks informed by data, consistent with mission and driven by a commitment to student success.

Dynamic: A leader who inspires enthusiasm about our mission; projects a clear vision and motivates the entire institution to fulfill it; recognized by the public as synonymous with SFCC; accessible and able to connect authentically with faculty, staff, peers and students.

Change Leader: A leader who thrives in the face of significant and continuous change; effectively appeals to higher ideals and values as a cause for change; highly evolved self-management skills, including a sense of humor, to model and practice resilience through the inevitable setbacks associated with change; convenes and facilitates solution-focused conversations and processes; and challenges, motivates and empowers their team through change, creating an environment that supports deliberate action over inaction.

Decisive: A participatory leader who genuinely values differing viewpoints; creates venues for discussion and debate; believes that superior solutions result from collaboration but understands when informed decisions must be made in a timely manner, and accepts accountability thereafter.


Spokane Falls Community College faculty, staff, and students were interviewed regarding their views of the challenges SFCC will likely face in the near future, opportunities the college is particularly well positioned to take advantage of, and the personal traits and characteristics the next President must display to be successful in this environment. The summarized results follow.


  • Leading a comprehensive community college, part of a multi-college district, under the direct supervision of the district's Chancellor, consistent with the policy direction of the district's board of trustees, in collaboration with the peer college President at Spokane Community College, and effectively advocating for Spokane Falls Community College's unique mission and resource needs.
  • Developing a comprehensive enrollment management plan, including the supporting practices needed to effectively balance access, capacity, retention and success; Lead student success practices that allow students to efficiently register, access needed support services, efficiently progress toward and successfully complete stated academic goals.
  • Maintaining, further developing and leveraging the excellent partnerships established between SFCC and local, state and regional higher education, K-12 education, and community groups; Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges staff, district and state system peers necessary to achieve the college's mission.
  • Leading the college through major organizational changes, subsequent transitions and various initiatives, some in-progress, including integration of a new administrative computing system; Guided Pathways; multiple program and college-wide accreditations; a new state funding formula; and development of new programs such as applied baccalaureate degrees.
  • Providing the leadership needed to maintain high-quality instruction and student services during a time of increasing faculty and staff retirements, changing technology, budgetary pressures and increasing student demand for flexible and adaptable delivery of instruction and services.
  • Taking advantage of the changing demographics of SFCC faculty and staff to add new knowledge, abilities and skills, enhance innovation and creativity in the classroom and support services; mentor and encourage the ongoing development of institutional talent, and expand the benefits gained from a more diverse workforce.

An earned Master's degree from an accredited university with five (5) years of relevant administrative experience. A doctorate is preferred.


Salary: $189,054
Total compensation: $233,850
Anticipated Date of Employment: July 1, 2019

The person hired must be able to provide acceptable documentation of U.S. citizenship or lawful authorization to work in the U.S. This is an absolute condition of employment. In addition, CCS maintains a drug-free work and learning environment and prohibits smoking in all college buildings and vehicles. CCS employees must be able to successfully work in and promote a multicultural and diverse work and educational environment.

Individuals interested in this position should specifically state in a brief
(five pages or less) letter of application how they would address Spokane Falls Community College's challenges and describe how they meet the elements of the college's presidential profile.

Applicants also must submit a current resume and the names, business and home telephone numbers of eight references, including two supervisors, two subordinates
(including one classified or support staff), two faculty members, and two business or community members. Applicants from sectors other than higher education should
submit comparable references.

References will not be contacted without the applicant's prior permission.

Note: An acting SFCC president will not be eligible for consideration as a candidate for the permanent appointment as president.

Nominations and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. However, since the SFCC Presidential Screening Committee will begin reviewing applications December 14, 2018, submissions are encouraged prior to that time.

Applications should be addressed to the SFCC President Search Committee and submitted to:


Carolyn Casey, chair
501 N Riverpoint Blvd Suite 139
PO Box 6000, MS 1004
Spokane WA 99217-6000
Telephone: (509) 434-5037
Fax: (509) 434-5055


Greg Stevens, screening consultant
Telephone: (509) 434-5037