Job Description

Superintendent/President Job Description PDF


Under general guidance from the board of trustees, to direct, organize, supervise, and lead the total operation of the district, including articulation with board members, college staff, and community citizens; and to do related administrative duties as required.       

Class Characteristics       

This is an academic administrative position. The superintendent/president will be the chief executive and administrative officer of the district and will exercise those powers and duties imposed by the statutes of the State of California and the board of trustees. The incumbent exercises broad discretionary power within the framework of policy established by the board.

In addition, the incumbent acts as secretary and resource person to the board, is responsible for the fiscal integrity of the district, and articulates with staff and community in carrying out the philosophy and direction of the board in the attainment of the goals established by the board.       

Essential Functions       

  1. Directs the overall operation and general administration of the district in conformity with board policies and procedures.
  2. Formulates and recommends to the board of trustees new or revised policies and procedures.
  3. Develops the agenda for meetings of the board of trustees and ensures appropriate documentation of actions taken by the board.
  4. Submits to the board of trustees for study and approval the annual budget.
  5. Recommends the organizational structure for the district to include the staffing complement, the classification of positions, and compensation for positions.
  6. Reviews the educational program of the college on a continuing basis and recommends to the board of trustees modifications that will improve the scope and quality of college offerings and related services.
  7. Establishes and maintains programs including equal employment opportunity programs and professional development for effective recruitment, selection, orientation, development, and retention of highly competent personnel.
  8. Recommends to the board of trustees the appointment and termination and accepts the resignation and retirement of all management, faculty, and classified staff employees.
  9. Recommends to the board of trustees employment of all temporary employees.
  10. Assigns employees to all positions and directs, coordinates, and supervises their work in accordance with the policies and regulations established by state law and the board of trustees.
  11. Establishes and maintains an effective program of public relations and community outreach.
  12. Represents the district in the community by interpreting educational programs to the public, organizations, the press, other community agencies, and the educational system.
  13. Authorizes the establishment of committees and appointments to shared governance structures, except for committees and memberships designated in board policy and procedure.
  14. Makes recommendations to the board on all matters relating to facility acquisition and development, including sites, buildings and equipment.
  15. Establishes and maintains accurate and complete records required by law and by the board of trustees.
  16. Prepares reports required by law and the board of trustees.
  17. Delegates to members of the staff any of the powers and duties of the superintendent/president which may be delegated.
  18. Represents the district in its relationships with governmental agencies, attends meetings, and performs all duties assigned or delegated by the board of trustees.
  19. Directs institutional planning to meet student and community needs.
  20. Provides leadership in meeting accreditation standards.
  21. Provides leadership for fundraising and auxiliary programs.
  22. Directs labor negotiations in response to board authorization and advises the board on labor relations.

Other Requirements

A valid California driver’s license and ability to qualify for district vehicle insurance coverage.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • Mission of California community colleges;
  • Organization and control of California community colleges;
  • California Education Code and legal practices of community colleges;
  • Social and philosophical foundations of the community college structure;
  • Financial control of community college systems;
  • Role of technology to enhance instruction and support services;
  • WASC accreditation standards;
  • Student learning assessment;
  • Modern personnel supervision practices.     

Demonstrated ability to:

  • Successfully seek new revenue sources;
  • Exercise leadership to attain maximum efficiency and effectiveness of staff;
  • Direct the activities of managers to ensure organizational control;
  • Understand, modify and control a complex institutional budget;
  • Communicate effectively in writing and orally with staff, students, community, and state and federal officials;
  • Understand the philosophy and desires of the board and recommend courses of action to overcome problems and attain goals;
  • Promote participatory governance and collegiality;
  • Resolve conflicts;
  • Direct labor negotiations;
  • Participate in and collaborate with community organizations and other institutions;
  • Raise funds and garner community support for college projects;
  • Lead strategic planning and develop and implement an educational, technology, and facilities    master plan;
  • Advocate effectively for community colleges at the local, state, and federal levels;
  • Deliver oral presentations to campus and community groups.


  • A master’s degree from an accredited college or university is required.
  • Possession of a doctorate or the equivalent level degree is desirable.       


Minimum of four years recent, successful experience as high-level administrator of a community college.

Working Conditions

  • Required to work a flexible workweek which includes day and evening hours and weekend assignments and may be assigned to any district location.
  • Duties are primarily performed in an office environment, at a desk or at a computer terminal.
  • The incumbent will experience interruptions while performing normal duties during the regular workday.
  • The incumbent will have contact, in person or on the telephone, with executive, management, supervisory, academic and classified staff and the general public.
  • Work requires travel to other offices or locations to attend meetings or conduct work.

Physical Demands

  • Typically may sit for extended periods of time.
  • Operates a computer keyboard
  • Communicates over the telephone and in person.
  • Regularly lifts, carries and/or moves objects weighing up to 10 pounds.

Special Qualification

Evidence of a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of staff and students and to staff and students with disabilities.

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