Position Profile: President of Sylvania Campus

The Portland Community College District

Portland Community College (PCC) is the largest institution of post-secondary education in Oregon, serving about 90,000 students.The college serves more than two million residents in the metropolitan Portland area.It is located in northwest Oregon, and offers classes through four campuses and three workforce training centers, as well as in a variety of other community locations.

The College is governed by a seven-member board of directors.A College President oversees the operations of the College and selects executive officers.The Cascade, Sylvania, and Rock Creek campuses offer comprehensive associate degree programs and student services.PCC’s Southeast/Extended Learning Campus is the newest comprehensive campus.

Portland Community College Mission

PCC advances the region’s long-term vitality by delivering accessible, quality education to support the academic, professional, and personal development of the diverse students and communities we serve.

PCC is committed to hiring employees who are dedicated to providing quality education in an atmosphere that encourages the full realization of each individual’s potential.The college offers students of all ages, races, cultures, economic levels, and previous educational experience opportunities for personal growth and attainment of their goals.PCC seeks to hire people who value the mission of the comprehensive community college and who are open to change.

The Sylvania Campus

The Sylvania Campus is located in southwest Portland between Tigard and Lake Oswego. As the oldest and largest of the PCC campuses, Sylvania has many unique features and specialized programs. An impressive fitness venue complete with swimming pool, a state-of-the-art theater facility (the Performing Arts Center) and a newly created “MakerSpace” for students to create anything their minds can envision are just a few of the many amazing places to visit while on campus. Sylvania is the place for innovation, community collaboration and individual growth.

Minimum Qualifications

The President of Sylvania Campus will report to the College President and serves as a member of the college executive team.Together, they will work to navigate Portland Community College in an environment of educational, economic, political, and social challenges and opportunities.In participating in college-wide planning and budget development, the candidate will also act as an advocate for the needs of Sylvania Campus and its community.

Under the direction of the College President, the President of Sylvania serves as the executive officer for the campus.The Campus President provides leadership to all campus-based student development and instructional programs and services including college transfer, developmental education, and career technical education programs.The Sylvania President is also responsible for providing leadership in instruction and student development services at the Newberg Center located in Newberg, Oregon.

The candidate must be a visionary person of integrity, who has demonstrated an ability to lead, inspire, and manage a complex organization within a collective bargaining environment.With experience in a diverse, multicultural setting, the candidate will maintain and enhance outstanding relationships with a variety of internal and external communities.

Candidates should present a record of:

  • Progressive leadership experience, documenting success in assisting institutions in addressing change
  • Four years of responsible experience in education administration with a background in instruction and student development
  • Experience and competency in diverse multi-cultural settings
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience in developing a strategic plan and facilitating the changes associated with its implementation
  • Experience in budgeting, supervision, educational planning, and assessment

A master’s degree from an accredited institution is required; an earned doctorate is preferred.

Preferred leadership qualities:

  • Understands and is committed to the comprehensive community college mission and how students are served
  • Commitment to direct student engagement and active support of an environment fostering student leadership and development opportunities outside the classroom
  • Possesses effective interpersonal and communication skills, including public speaking, active listening, and engaging internal and external stakeholders
  • An adaptive and collaborative leadership style and the ability to sustain an innovative culture in a constantly changing environment
  • Experience with federal and state policies/regulations as they impact students and employees
  • An ability to lead in a collegial environment supporting and empowering faculty and staff in their commitment to high academic standards and high quality student services
  • Displays integrity, trustworthiness, vision, and courage to enhance a campus culture dedicated to student access, success, and completion
  • A demonstrated commitment to sustainability
  • Experienced with capital master planning in order to best serve students and the community
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership among diverse constituents and create a community dedicated to equity, cultural competency, and inclusion
  • Demonstrated leadership and support for those services that foster a safe and secure campus environment
  • Experience in fiscal management, building external partnerships, and developing alternative revenue sources
  • Evidence of creating an open campus environment that encourages continuous improvement balancing experimentation, creativity, and innovation with tradition

Application Procedure

Application materials will only be accepted through the PCC online application process. For complete details and to apply, please visit the PCC Employment Opportunities site.

The following items must be submitted:

  • In a letter of application of five pages or less, candidates should state how they meet the minimum qualifications and how they would address the preferred leadership qualities listed in the announcement.
  • Submit a current resume and unofficial graduate transcripts.
  • Provide, as references, names, titles, businesses and home telephone numbers of two supervisors; two direct reports, including one classified or support staff; two faculty members or business associates; and two external business or community leaders.

Salary Range: $123,658 to $179,306 per year; Starting Salary to be negotiated. Excellent benefits package. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.To receive maximum consideration, applications should be submitted by 5 pm December 1, 2014, as the Search Committee will select those for further consideration shortly after that date.  Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Interviews are scheduled to take place on January 26 and 27, 2015. Finalists will be invited back to the college during the week of February 16, 2015.

PCC provides qualifying veterans with preference in employment. AA/EEO.

For confidential inquiries please contact:

Neal Naigus, Assistant to the College President

For further inquires please contact:

Maureen Judge-Morris, PCC Employment Services Manager