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West Valley College, one of two colleges in the West Valley-Mission Community College District, was founded by the voters of the Campbell, Los Gatos-Saratoga, and Santa Clara high school districts. The college offered its first classes in September 1964 at the remodeled Campbell Grammar School site. That same year, 143 acres in the beautiful city of Saratoga were purchased. In 1968, the college offered classes for the first time on the Saratoga site.
West Valley enrolls over 10,000 students and strives to reflect the ethnic and racial diversity of the Santa Clara County region. Students benefit from a full array of student support services that are well integrated with the instructional programs.
Our college has diverse educational and career programs that address the needs of a dynamic community and workforce. West Valley has one of the highest transfer rates to four-year colleges and universities in the state, with a strong core of general education courses, many taught by nationally-recognized faculty. The college provides well-recognized, high-quality, unique career and vocational programs. West Valley is also recognized for its popular distance learning course offerings. Basic Skills and personal enrichment programs are equally vital to our commitment to serving the community.
West Valley College is undergoing major construction and upgrades to our facilities infrastructure and campus environment aided by nearly $400 million in local and state bond funding to the District.
The College’s accreditation was reaffirmed by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges in 2008. The Commission’s Visiting Team recognized West Valley College for:
- Building partnerships with the community in support of the college including the ongoing communications with the neighborhood, the support of the city, and the passage of Measure H.
- Identifying new goals to improve technology including information technology, general education requirements, and the implementation of goals to prepare students for a global economy.
- Establishing the team work and commitment of all employees to ensure the success of the college in meeting its missions, even in troubling times.
- Developing technology to better serve the instructional and support services of the college.
- Having a Board of Trustees that initiated the Land Corporation Foundation as a jewel of opportunity for the colleges to serve the one-time or capital construction needs of the District.
The West Valley College community supports students along their pathways to reach transfer and career goals in an environment of academic excellence.
Originating from our mission, values, and commitment to student learning and success, the following core competencies are identified from the foundation of West Valley College’s focus and vision. These eight competencies represent the outcomes of a West Valley College education.
- Critical thinking and Information Literacy
- Quantitative and Qualitative Reasoning
- Effective Communication
- Technological Competency
- V. Personal Responsibility
- VII. Global Awareness and Diversity
- VIII. Creative Problem Solving
Santa Clara County, home of the Silicon Valley, is a world-renowned center for high technology and an important business and financial center. It is also the Bay Area’s most populous county, with almost 2 million residents, and the site of California’s third largest city, San Jose. West Valley and Mission Colleges serve an area of approximately 350,000 residents. The West Valley-Mission Community College District is one of the largest employers in Santa Clara County.
The Colleges are actively involved in corporate training, economic development, community education, and partnerships with community agencies and businesses on and off-campus. Grant development and foundations provide innovative fundraising and financial support to the colleges.
Opportunities and Challenges
Our college’s culture and system of participatory governance embody the agile, dynamic, and supportive qualities necessary to achieve our mission. West Valley College has invested time, energy, and personnel to address challenges and opportunities necessary for leadership in the 21st century. A District organizational review study and Strategic Plan, and a West Valley Educational and Facilities Master Plan provide impetus for moving forward. More specifically, the following opportunities and challenges have been identified by the search committee:
Effective Leadership and College Governance
- Provide visionary leadership with a high degree of energy and creativity to create an effective, systemic approach to fulfill the mission and strategic goals of the college.
- Foster inclusive and collaborative leadership that respects the ideas and needs of all stakeholders by supporting and complying with the District and college’s participatory governance system.
- Promote a strong relationship between the two colleges and the District.
- Attract and retain outstanding faculty, staff, and administrators, and motivate them to achieve high standards in pursuit of academic excellence.
Program and Service Excellence
- Support and enhance innovative teaching and learning in a student-centered, student-focused culture.
- Effectively implement the Student Success Act of 2012 to ensure that students attain goals set in their Educational Plans.
- Foster faculty and staff development to meet the needs of future program, course development, and student support services.
- Promote seamless partnerships between student support services and instruction to enhance student learning.
Fiscal Accountability and Facilities Development and Planning
- Ensure the fiscal health of the college, while staying competitive with surrounding academic institutions.
- Lead the continued redevelopment and construction of college facilities and the campus environment.
- Pursue new revenue opportunities to include resources for the implementation of the Educational and Facilities Master Plan.
College and Community Relations
- Be accessible to students and adaptable to the ever-changing diversity of our student population.
- Articulate the philosophy of a positive campus community while promoting a culture of relationship building.
- Promote positive relationships and build bridges with the communities served by the college, and establish a visible and prominent presence in the community.
- Strengthen partnerships with other educational institutions to promote program, student, and educational excellence.
The minimum qualifications for the position include:
- Any combination equivalent to: Master’s degree in education, public administration or related field; and
- Five years of increasingly responsible management experience in managing major segments of an educational institution, including instructional experience.
- Educational preparation from an accredited institution; an earned doctorate.
- Previous professional experience, including senior administrative experience in a community college, other post-secondary educational institutions, and/or business and industry.
- Experience as a faculty member in a community college or other segment of higher education.
- A demonstrated history of innovative, visionary planning leading to achieved goals.
- High professional standards and a personal code of ethics characterized by honesty, integrity, openness, and fairness.
- A positive outlook with effective critical thinking, problem-solving, conflict resolution, and team-building skills.
- Experience in pursuing new revenue opportunities to support the college’s overall operation and future development of programs and services.
In addition, leading candidates for the position of
President of West Valley College will have:
- Excellent communication skills with an open-door, trust-building leadership style, a commitment to fairness and equity, and a willingness to learn from others as well as sharing his or her own experience and knowledge;
- Demonstrated successful experience with participatory governance;
- Demonstrated commitment to innovative teaching strategies and programs;
- Investment in student-centered learning in a climate that embraces diversity;
- Appreciation for the culture of the college and the contributions and talents of the faculty, staff, students, and the community;
- Knowledge and support of the increasing role of technology in higher education; and
- Personal qualities that include flexibility, enthusiasm, creativity, empathy, listening skills, friendliness, humor, and the ability to facilitate change when needed.
Required Documents-Letter of Application
- No more than five pages
- Candidates should state how they will address the identified “Opportunities and Challenges” noted above
- How they meet the "Presidential Profile" as stated above
-A Current Resume
At least one from each group (References from either current or former institutions are acceptable)
- Direct reports (including one support staff member)
- Faculty members
- Student leaders
Please be sure to include names, titles, business and home phone numbers, and email addresses for each reference. Note: References will not be contacted without applicants’ permission.
Important Application Information
- Submission of complete electronic application documents to Human Resources is the applicant’s responsibility.
- Incomplete documents will not receive committee consideration.
- Application documents will not be sent to applicants nor received by Human Resources via fax.
- All materials in your file become District property, will not be returned, and will be considered for this vacancy only.
- Applicants who, due to a disability, require accommodations to complete
the application, testing, or the interview, should contact Human Resources at
(408) 741-2171 to arrange assistance.
Nominations and applications will continue to be accepted electronically until the position is filled. However, the Search Committee will begin reviewing applicants’ materials on Wednesday, March 20, 2013; therefore submissions are encouraged prior to that time.
For nominations and confidential inquiries contact:Dr. Frances White, Ph.D., CCSS Search Consultant