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College President (Merritt)
Peralta Community College District in Oakland, California
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Date Posted May 15, 2020
Executive-President and Chancellor
Salary Annual Salary Range: $167,472 - $212,130 - The maximum initial placement is normally Step 3 depending on experience. -  
Employment Type Full Time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Peralta/College Information

Merritt College

Merritt College is located on a 125-acre site in the hills of East Oakland and combines modern spacious facilities with a spectacular view of the entire Bay Area. An integral part of a large, busy urban community, the location provides a sense of tranquility and peace.

With a comprehensive day and evening program of transfer, technical, occupational, and basic skills education, Merritt is committed to meeting the educational needs of the diverse student population it serves. For example, the Associate Degree Nursing Program includes instruction in applied nursing sciences; related natural, social, and behavioral sciences; and clinical nursing experience in healthcare agencies. Graduates earn an Associate of Science Degree and are eligible to take the national licensing exam. The Child Development Program prepares students to function in a variety of early childhood programs and for professional advancement within the childcare field. The Environmental Management Program is one of the first in the nation, and is well known for both its introductory courses and hands-on field courses, such as Green Building and Sustainable Urban Planning and Policy. Merritt also offers opportunities for intellectual and cultural growth at the Fruitvale Education Center in Oakland.

The Maximum Achievement Project Program, a nationally distinguished program that was visited by the United States Secretary of Education, is designed to increase the graduation rate of African-American males and other at-risk students. Merritt’s Puente Program is an academic preparation program whose mission is to increase the enrollment of educationally disadvantaged students in four-year colleges and universities. The Puente Program has distinguished itself as an eminent program throughout the state as a result of its work and success in promoting positive images of the Latino Community,. One of Merritt’s Phi Theta Kappa students was honored as a member of the 2011 All-USA Community College Academic Team. Only 20 students from more than 1,600 nominations were selected.

The Peralta Colleges
The Peralta Colleges are located in the beautiful San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area, which, adjacent to Silicon Valley, is known for its technology and innovation. The Peralta Community College District was founded in 1964, and serves six cities in the East Bay Area, including Albany, Alameda, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, and Piedmont. The colleges are Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, and Merritt College. The District has a reputation for developing effective approaches to serving the varied interests and needs of its vibrant community. The District serves over 30,000 students, and is one of the top community college districts in California in transferring students into the UC system. Currently the District has about 800 full-time employees and over 1,250 part-time faculty and part-time staff.

On June 5, 2012, Alameda County voters overwhelmingly passed the Peralta Community College District’s Parcel Tax that will directly benefit our students. Measure B, which passed with 72 percent of the vote, will have a positive impact on the students attending the Peralta Colleges by providing $8 million in annual funding which will help make up for State-imposed budget cuts and allow our colleges to offer additional classes.

Special Instructions to Applicants



1. Required documents will include:

· Current resume of experience, formal education/training and qualifications.

· Copies of supporting credentials, if applicable.

· Copies of transcripts from fully accredited college or university institutions.

(Copies of diplomas will not substitute for  transcripts.) (If hired, it will be required to submit official transcripts from fully accredited college or university.)

Information on transcripts must include degree awarded and confer date.Transcripts without this information and online applications without transcripts will be disqualified. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT AN APPLICATION IF YOUR DEGREE WILL NOT BE CONFERRED UNTIL A LATER DATE.

Note:  A written evaluation by an official foreign credentials/transcripts evaluation and translation service must be submitted for Foreign Degree(s)(non-U.S.degrees) by the application deadline date.

2. Applications and attachments (resume, cover letter, copies of transcripts, letters of recommendations, etc.) will ONLY be accepted through the online process. WE DO NOT ACCEPT MAILED OR FAXED APPLICATIONS OR ITS ATTACHMENTS.

3. Travel expenses for the interview and selection process will be borne by the candidates.

4. Video conference (Zoom) interviews may be conducted for first-level interviews if the candidate lives in excess of 250 miles from the Peralta Community College District office.

Appointment to the position is conditional upon the approval of the Chancellor.


Employees must satisfy all pre-employment requirements to work for the District which include, but are not limited to, the following items:


Tuberculosis Examination:  Prior to employment, the successful candidate will be required to submit evidence (either skin test or X-ray report) of being free of tuberculosis within the past sixty (60) days.  The TB test is a condition of employment and any expense must be borne by the successful candidate.

Fingerprinting Requirement:

As a condition of employment, all employees working for community colleges in the State of California are required to be fingerprinted within the first ten (10) working days of the date of employment pursuant to Education Code Section 88024. The District Office of Human Resources processes fingerprints electronically. During the employment intake process, new employees will be given information to have their fingerprints taken at another location.

Immigration Requirement:  According to the Immigration Reform and Control Act, the Peralta Community College District is required to verify that all new employees are:

1) A citizen or national of the United States;

2) An alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States; or

3) An alien authorized by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service to work in the United States.

All new employees are required to complete and sign a verification form and provide documentation attesting that he/she is a United States citizen, national, or an alien lawfully authorized to work in the United States.

District Policy:  A Social Security Card will be required following selection and prior to completion of the hiring process.  The employment process cannot be completed without a copy of the Social Security Card on file in the Office of Human Resources.


Medical Examination:  Under state regulations and as a condition of employment, certain positions may require a medical examination prior to employment.  Expenses incurred will be borne by the employee.


We are a collaborative community of colleges.

· Together, we provide educational leadership for the East Bay, delivering programs and services that sustainably enhance the   region’s human, economic, environmental, and social development.

· We empower our students to achieve their highest aspirations. We develop leaders who create opportunities and transform lives.

· Together with our partners, we provide our diverse students and communities with equitable access to the educational   resources, experiences, and life-long opportunities to meet and exceed their goals.

The Peralta Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The District is strongly committed to achieving staff diversity and the principles of equal employment opportunity. The District encourages a diverse pool of applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age religion, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or genetic information, gender identity or expression, citizenship status, veterans status, status with regards to public assistance, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law, in any of its policies, procedures or practices.

In conformance with the Fair Employment and Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, requests for Reasonable Accommodations may be made to the Office of Human Resources by calling (510) 466-7283.

The Peralta Community College District reserves the right to close or not fill any advertised position.

Job Title

College President (Merritt)

Time Base

Full Time


Annual Salary Range: $167,472 - $212,130 - The maximum initial placement is normally Step 3 depending on experience.

Benefits Information


The Peralta Colleges proudly offers a competitive and comprehensive core of work-life benefits. Benefit-eligible employees have access to coverage for themselves and eligible dependents:

• Medical coverage. Depending on choice of coverage, you may be required to make a contribition.
• Dental coverage. Depending on choice of coverage, you may be required to make a contribition.
• Life insurance of 150% of your income up to $100,000.
• Long-term disability coverage.
• Employee Assistance Program.
• 22 days/year vacation leave, 12 days/year sick leave, and 18 holidays/year

In addition to your contribution, Peralta pays 17.10%* of your salary to the State Teachers Retirement System (STRS). Effective January 1, 2013, the PEPRA (Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act) went into effect. Changes have been implemented as a result of the adoption of this legislation that impact new and existing employees enrolled in CalSTRS. Specific information regarding the changes can be found at http://www.calstrs.com/post/frequently-asked-questions-ab-340-public-employees-pension-reform-act-2013. For further up to date information on CalSTRS retirement eligibility and PEPRA, please visit the website at www.calstrs.com. The CalSTRS member handbook is available at http://www.calstrs.com/calstrs-member-handbook. After 10 years of creditable service, medical benefits in retirement are extended until age 65.

Other voluntary benefits include:

• Flexible benefit plan participation in the Medical Reimbursement Plan, Dependent Care Reimbursement Plan (under tax code 125)
• Pre-tax commuting expenses (under IRS code 132)
• Tax-deferred plan participation in the 403(b) and 457 plans
• Credit union membership
• Prepaid legal plan participation 
• Additional Life Insurance for yourself, spouse or children

* Kaiser and United Health Care Dental are fully paid by the District.  Other plans require employee contribution. 

Subject to change.

Position Type



President's Office (601)

Job Description Summary


The College President

This position offers a unique opportunity to lead a key college in the San Francisco Bay Area. The successful candidate will provide energetic and creative leadership to the college as it seeks the fulfillment of its mission and goals.

College Presidents in the Peralta Community College District serve as executive officers and responsible agents for the total operation of the college as directed by the Chancellor. The President has full authority to administer and manage the college and participates in district policy making. The President reports directly to the Chancellor.

The President plans, organizes, and administers the college, develops and recommends goals and objectives and oversees recommendations for the selection of personnel. Working within limits established by Board policies and Chancellor’s directives, the President develops and administers the college budget and serves on committees and councils as directed by Board policies or the Chancellor.

The President has a major role is assessing, planning, and implementing capital projects funded by bond measures.

The President should maintain effective working relationships with faculty, students, and staff, as well as other educational institutions. The President must have knowledge of community college educational philosophy and top management administrative practices and procedures, as well as college curricula and instructional programs. The President must promote a student-centered culture that ensures access, sustains educational excellence, fosters student development and supports high levels of student achievement.

The President works independently for the college, making decisions based upon Board policies, district goals and Chancellor directives, but participate as a member of the Chancellor’s senior management team for the district. The President establishes cooperative relationships in a multicultural, urban community, and must be able to communicate effectively orally and in writing, and make effective public presentations.

Each of Peralta’s colleges has programs of distinction that require unique and specialized skills. The successful candidate will possess a skill set that matches the requirements of Merritt College and will be expected to demonstrate a proven ability to continue to expand on the college’s commitment and work in achieving excellence in education and service for students and the community.

Individuals are invited to apply who are interested in joining a team of educational leaders who understand the principles and distinction of excellence in management and commitment to visionary leadership, and who are committed to community service and academic excellence.

The Chancellor will consider educational background, professional experience, accomplishments, reputation, and character in the search for the President.

Duties & Responsibilities

I. Professional Qualifications and Personal Characteristics
The President of Merritt College will:

A.Possess a master’s degree from an accredited college or university, which is required. An earned doctorate is highly preferred.

B.Demonstrate evidence of a thorough understanding of and commitment to the comprehensive community college mission, as described in the College’s mission statement.

C.Be a strong leader that assures the college responds in a timely and appropriate manner to the educational needs of students and the community.

D.Be an effective communicator who can lead the development and promotion of a shared vision of the college to both internal and external college constituents.

E.Be a leader who understands and appreciates complex political organizations and is confident of his/her ability to lead effectively in a multi-cultural, urban environment.

F.Be a strong visionary leader with successful administrative and teaching experience, preferably in a community college.

G.Be a strong leader to ensure student enrollment, retention, and success.

H.Be a credible academic leader who understands teaching and learning, and is guided by student needs in his/her decision-making.

I.Be a resourceful advocate for the college who will lead in the development of alternative sources of revenue to expand programs and services.

J.Demonstrate a proven capacity to administer budget and financial management operations.

K.Be a well-respected leader who maintains integrity and high ethical standards, and engenders trust.

L.Be a leader who demonstrates empathy for others, regardless of background, race, ethnicity, religion, personal belief, disability, age, or sexual orientation and for under-represented groups or those who have suffered from discrimination.

M.Be an effective change agent who, while addressing the needs of the college community, respects, encourages, and supports responsible risk-taking as a vehicle to strengthen the college.

N.Be a team-builder who attracts excellent management talent, brings out the best in their abilities, and who will mentor and develop leadership abilities in others.

O.Be a skillful manager with a commitment to empowering members of the leadership team, both individually and collectively, to accomplish specific goals and objectives.

P.Be committed to learning, understanding, and interfacing with the City of Oakland and surrounding communities.

Q.Be an accessible leader who takes the responsibility to insure his/her appropriate availability to the college community.

R.Demonstrate competency through understanding, sensitivity, and respect for the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and multicultural, linguistic, disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

S.Be a builder of partnerships with a proven record of successful collaboration between the college, the district office, and the external communities, including business, government and community agencies.

T.Be an action-oriented leader who will move the college community from discussion to action in addressing important issues facing the college.

U.Demonstrate the ability to effectively build morale and to motivate and relate to students, faculty, and staff.

V.Be an effective communicator both orally and in writing who will represent the college with pride and dignity in the larger community.

W.Be a self-assured leader who is comfortable with the spirited dialogue and diverse opinions and life-styles that are part of an urban multicultural environment.

X.Demonstrate a leadership framework that is grounded in equity and excellence.

Y.Demonstrate a commitment to the PCCD Leadership Standards of Excellence.

II. Institutional Needs and Related Selection Criteria

A. Enhance Merritt College’s comprehensive community college mission and values:

1. Ability to articulate a vision and extend the understanding and implementation of the comprehensive community college mission to all Merritt College constituencies.

2. Capacity to maintain, develop and direct appropriate and innovative curricula, including applied technology education/training, general education/transfer programs, continuing and community education, and community service.

3. Ability to promote economic development in the Peralta Community College District and the state by timely responsiveness to the training needs of local business and industry.

4. Provide appropriate Emergency Operations Plan direction and leadership.

B.Provide administrative leadership for the present and future of Merritt College:

1. Demonstrated commitment to the achievement of excellence in all elements of institutional operations.

2. Ability to champion the use of technology in all areas that support teaching and learning.

3. Proven leadership skills with a decisive, yet open, participatory and consultative approach.

4. Ability to build dynamic, productive administrative team, by selecting multi-culturally competent staff members, effectively delegating responsibilities and requiring appropriate accountability.

5. Demonstrated committment to the recruitment, selection and retention of strong and diverse faculty and staff.

6. Demonstrated experience supporting and/or developing curricular and extracurricular programs which enhance the development and learning of all students, including those with varying cultural and ethnic background abilities, disabilities and levels of college readiness.

7. Proven ability to relate to a diverse student body and its issues, and to focus on what is important for students when making decisions.

8. Awareness of and commitment to the use of technology in the delivery of programs and the maintenance of institutional data and information.

9. Skill in strategic/master planning and implementation processes.

10. Recognition of the important role all parts of the college (e.g., academic and applied technology programs, student services, libraries, public relations, development, physical plant, etc.) play in the overall contribution to education.

11. Proven ability to lead, direct and manage organizational and fiscal resources while delegating appropriate decision-making authority to divisions and departments.

12. Ability to provide college leadership and oversight in the coordination of capital projects with the Department of General Services and campus constituencies in the facilitation of multiple construction and renovation projects on a sprawling urban campus.

13. Committment to and support of the Sustainable Peralta Initiative.

C.Encourage and support increased diversity, including race, ethnicity, personal belief, religion, disability, age, and/or sexual orientation, and under-represented groups:

1. Commitment to keep the college accessible to a diverse urban population and to diverse personal, cultural, economic and ethnic values.

2. Sensitivity and commitment to the crucial role that diversity and pluralism play in a community college.

3. Experience with successful implementation of effective equal opportunity, affirmative action, and nondiscrimination policies and programs.

4. Demonstration of a commitment to increase the number of minoritized students, faculty and staff through effective recruitment, retention, and development programs and services.

5. Demonstrated success in developing and/or implementing multicultural curriculum development.

6. Demonstrated success in developing and/or implementing pedagogies and student service strategies designed to meet the needs of a diverse student body.

7. Demonstrated success in developing and implementing programs to enhance student equity.

D.Fundraising and general support for the college:

1. Ability to develop effective relationships with the Peralta Colleges Foundation, the PCCD Board of Trustees, and other constituencies to promote general and financial support for the College.

2. Ability to create and successfully administer capital campaigns, private fund-raising, and other development activities.

3. Encourage and support external funding and innovative programs.

4. Ability to develop strong partnerships with business and industry for mutual benefit.

5. Commitment to maintain and establish positive relationships and partnerships with the other colleges and universities.

6. Ability to develop strong alumni relations.

Minimum Qualifications

1. A Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university.

2. A minimum of five (5) years of senior level management experience, preferably in a community college environment.

3. Applicant must have demonstrated cultural competency, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college staff, faculty, and students.

Desirable Qualifications

• A Ph.D., Ed.D., or equivalent

• Extensive senior level leadership experience within a community college or university setting

Environmental Demands

Occasional work performed alone. Constant work around and with other people.

Other Requirements


The position requires prolonged sitting, standing, walking, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting and stooping in the performance of daily activities. Also, the position requires grasping, repetitive hand movement and fine coordination in keeping records and preparing reports using a computer keyboard. Additionally, the position requires near and far vision in reading written reports and work related documents and acute hearing is required when providing phone and personal service.

These requirements are governed by statutes covering reasonable accommodation for persons with qualified disabilities.

Ability to work and cooperate with faculty, students, managers, the public and employees at all levels in order to exchange ideas, information and opinions.

This position description has been prepared to assist in defining job responsibilities, physical demands, working conditions and skills as needed. It is not intended to serve as a complete list of job duties, responsibilities and/or essential functions.

Application Deadline Date

Open Until Filled. First Review Date: March 25, 2020; In order to be considered for the first screening, application materials must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm PST on March 24 , 2020.

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