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Desired Qualifications and Priorities

Learn more about what it takes to be our next Superintendent / President at SBCC

SBCC is committed to hiring and retaining employees who reflect the rich diversity of its student body and communities and to providing equal opportunity/equal access in all of its employment, programs, and services. 

SBCC is dedicated to a policy of nondiscrimination and is an equal opportunity employer. Veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Master’s degree from an accredited institution.
  2. Significant leadership experience in an executive level position.
  3. Demonstrated understanding of, sensitivity to, and commitment to equity, inclusion and anti-bias in an institution that serves and employs a population that is diverse in multiple ways including income, academic, socio-economic, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, politics, philosophy, religion, and cultural background.

Desired Qualifications

  1. Earned doctorate from an accredited institution.
  2. Three to five years of recent progressively responsible senior administrative experience with major supervisory and decision-making experience in an educational institution.
  3. Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to the comprehensive California Community College mission and system.
  4. Highly skilled in fiscal management.
  5. Excellent demonstrated communication skills.
  6. Experienced in college fundraising and enhancing community support for higher education.

Scope of Duties

The Superintendent/President is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Santa Barbara Community College District who reports directly to the seven member elected Board of Trustees and responsible for implementing the policies and directions set by the Board of Trustees. The Superintendent/President oversees all operational aspects of the District including accreditation, planning and strategic development, fiscal stability and the programs and resources of the College with a central focus on student success. In alignment with the values, mission and vision of the District, the Superintendent/President works collaboratively with college constituencies, the diverse communities in the District and the SBCC Foundation to provide students with excellent credit and noncredit educational opportunities to attain their goals for employment, career advancement, entrepreneurship, or personal enrichment. As the CEO of the District the Superintendent/President is also the face of the District - an active visible leader in the community who represents the College to community members, groups, businesses, nonprofits, public school districts, other higher education institutions, the Chancellor’s Office of the California Community Colleges, and local, state and national government agencies and elected officials.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

The key duty and responsibility of the Superintendent/President is to provide visible, positive, engaging leadership for the District internally and externally. The following duties are typical for this classification.  However, incumbents may be required to perform additional or different duties from those listed below and the broad scope of duties set forth above are basic and continuing.

Priorities for the new Superintendent / President:

  • Build and maintain positive relationships and trust with and among students, employees, the Board, and the community,
  • Foster a culture of belonging that values and demonstrates inclusion, equity, diversity, anti-racism, and accessibility.
  • Provide effective leadership of the District’s human, fiscal, physical, and technological resources to increase organizational effectiveness and 
    environmental sustainability.
  • Focus the College on equity-minded student success, educational and organizational excellence, and data-informed decision-making.
  • Work collaboratively with the Board and College constituencies to advance SBCC’s mission and strategic priorities through effective participatory 
    governance structures and processes.
  • Serve as an active, visible community leader, engaging with the full range of community members, organizations, businesses, educational partners, 
    and local/state/national government agencies and officials to represent the College, build partnerships, identify community needs, reach underserved 
    populations, and promote support for the District.
  • Promote a caring, supportive campus environment where all persons are treated respectfully and differences are heard and expressed in civil discourse.
  • Address issues with student participation, organizational efficiencies, and enrollment management related to the COVID-19 pandemic, changing demographics, and other factors such as new educational competitors and student preferences for diverse learning modalities.
  • Demonstrate strong financial skills including coping with difficult financial periods and issues.


SBCC offers a highly competitive executive compensation package that includes base salary, medical, dental, vision benefits and life insurance benefits, vacation, sick leave and opportunities for professional development.

Conditions of Employment

The Board of Trustees and the selected candidate will agree mutually on the terms of employment and the start date. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2023.