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Vice President of Student Services

Institution: Taft College
Location: Taft, California
Admin-Student Affairs and Services
Posted: 08/01/2013
Application Due: 09/09/2013
Type: Fulltime

Taft College

Educational Administrator Position

Taft College is seeking applications for the position of Vice President of Student Services. The Vice President reports to the Superintendent-President. Along with the Vice President of Instruction and the Executive Vice President of Administrative Services, the Vice President of Student Services is an important member of the senior leadership team at Taft College.

About the Position: Under the direction of the Superintendent-President, the Vice President of Student Services provides leadership in the development, direction and evaluation of the student affairs program within the West Kern Community College District. This position is responsible for anticipating the student services programs needed to meet the educational needs of students and the community college district at large, and ensuring excellence in both ongoing and developing student affairs programs and services. In order to accomplish this, the Vice President of Student Services must work collaboratively with faculty, staff, educational partners, community organizations, and regional businesses to plan and implement high quality student services programs which are responsive to the needs of the community and reflect the District’s mission, goals and values.

About Taft College: The West Kern Community College District is a publicly-funded single college district. Established in 1922, Taft College serves approximately 2500 Full Time Equivalent Students annually in transfer programs, career-technical education programs and basic skills. The College offers 39 associate degrees and 31 certificates at its main campus as well as online through distance education. With the passage of a local General Obligation bond in 2004, the District updated its technology infrastructure, expanded the Library and learning resources, modernized science and technology classrooms, created a new Student Services and Administration building, and recently completed the Transition to Independent Living (TIL) facility. Over the next five – ten years, the District plans to update dormitory facilities, construct a new Student Center which will house the College Bookstore, Cafeteria, and Student Center, modernize and expand the Gymnasium, and construct a new Vocational Education Center.

Taft College is located in Taft, California. Taft is nestled in a small valley in the southern foothills of the Temblor Mountain Range in the heart of California’s oil country. It is at the southwestern edge of the San Joaquin Valley, just 35 minutes southwest of Bakersfield, two hours north of Los Angeles and two hours from California’s center coast. The Taft area is home to 18,000 residents and numerous companies who enjoy friendly neighbors, temperate climates and bustling economy. Cultural and recreational opportunities include the West Kern Oil Museum, Carrizo Plain National Monument, Tule Elk State Reserve, the Historic Fort, the Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation area, Taft Airport skydiving and Honolulu Hills Raceway. Residents enjoy a reasonable cost of living along with affordable housing and good schools.

Taft College seeks candidates who bring a combination of knowledge, skills and commitment to:

• Student learning
• Strategic planning and data-driven decision making with a focus on enrollment management
• Use of technology to advance teaching and learning
• Continuous evaluation and improvement of educational processes
• Teamwork and teambuilding within the student services programs and across the District
• Innovative student services program development based on research and analysis of emerging trends
• Professional development
• Inclusive, collaborative leadership style that embraces diversity


The Vice President of Student Services assists the Superintendent-President by:

• Working collaboratively across the District to support student success at Taft College.
• Providing leadership to the Directors and Coordinators of Admission and Records, Athletics, Counseling Services, EOPS/CARE, Financial Aid, TRIO, Veterans, CalWORKS, Assessment/Testing, Student Activities, Student Housing, Security and Safety, and Student Support Services.
• Engaging academic and classified personnel within the Student Services area in planning processes based on the College’s comprehensive program review process.
• Providing leadership to the development and assessment of Student Learning Outcomes for the student services program. Participates and contributes to the ongoing evaluation of institutional effectiveness of Taft College.
• Leading the development and prioritization of budget recommendations from all student services areas, and assists in the preparation and administration of the annual budget. Ensures resource requests reflect institutional priorities. Monitors and controls expenditures and participates in identifying and implementing budget management strategies.
• Collaborating with the Vice President of Instruction to ensure that marketing and outreach efforts support the District’s enrollment management plan. Chair the Public Information Committee and coordinate advertisement to promote Taft College awareness.
• Serving as the administrative representative to the State Community College Athletic Association and complying with all athletic eligibility and registration regulations.
• Providing leadership to and supervising the student insurance program.
• Administering the Student Code of Conduct, due process and student discipline, including adjudicating student appeals and grievances within areas of responsibility.
• Directing the supervision of college and student-sponsored activities, including student clubs.
• Supervising and evaluating assigned academic, classified and management personnel.
• Assisting in the preparation of the master class schedule, college catalog and academic calendar, in cooperation with the Vice President of Instruction.
• Serving as Title IX Coordinator as well as Chair of the Student Equity Committee.
• Working with the Academic Senate on those areas of shared governance as defined by statute and implemented by Board of Trustee policy.
• Assisting in collective bargaining with Taft College Faculty Association and the California School Employee Association. Serves on the District’s negotiation teams, embracing an Interest Based Bargaining philosophy. Administers the provisions of the certificated and classified contract within assigned area of responsibility.
• Ensuring compliance with state regulations and the Education Code as well as Board policies and procedures. Analyzes and interprets pending or current legislation impacting student services programs and /or funding and recommends policy changes as appropriate.
• Recommending agenda items for Board approval; attends Board of Trustee meetings as a member of the Superintendent-President’s staff and participates by reporting and discussing matters pertaining to the student affairs of the College when requested by the Superintendent/President.
• Ex-officio member of all College councils and committees, as assigned.


Possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited institution. Earned doctorate is preferred.

Demonstrated academic leadership experience of at least three (3) years related to an administrative assignment at an accredited institution of higher education.

Demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.


Knowledge of California Community College procedures, legislation and other directives.
Knowledge of California Community College student populations and demographics.
Advocate for student-centered learning and faculty development.
Motivated, innovative leader experienced in all aspects of student affairs.
A problem solver able to make and support difficult decisions.
Possess a strong commitment to diversity.
Ability to work cooperatively with students, elected Trustees, faculty, staff and community.


This is a full-time, 12-month per year educational administrator position. Compensation range is $110,352.00 to $142,328.00 per year based upon education and experience. The successful applicant will be offered a starting salary within this range commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Fully paid employee benefits include medical, dental, vision and life insurance for employees and dependents. The District and the employee contribute to the State Teacher’s Retirement System (STRS) or the California Public Employee’s Retirement System (PERS).


To be assured full consideration, completed application packets should be in the Human Resources Department by Monday, September 9, 2013 by 4:30p.m.

Application materials must include:
1. Completed District Management Application Form.
2. Cover letter describing your interest, qualifications, and desirable characteristics (limited to three (3) pages).
3. Current Resume/CV.
4. Transcripts documenting the baccalaureate degree and graduate work/degrees. (unofficial transcripts are acceptable. Candidates with foreign degrees must provide official certification of equivalency to U.S. degrees by a recognized U.S. credential evaluation service.)
5. Three (3) letters of recommendation that address your professional and interpersonal skills; one from a subordinate.

You may access the Application information online at http://apptrkr.com/375607


The position will remain open until filled. The District reserves the right to re-open, re-advertise, delay or cancel the recruitment of this position.

Applicants expecting to be considered at this time must have all materials submitted to the District by September 9, 2013. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that all required materials reach the Human Resources Department by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, September 9, 2013 to receive priority consideration for the position.

The District will stress confidentiality in every stage of the search and selection process. Candidates are also expected to respect the confidential nature of all such practices and those involved in the search.

Candidates selected for an initial interview will be required to travel to the campus at their own expense. Candidates invited to finalist interviews will be reimbursed for appropriate travel expenses, consistent with Board Policy and Procedures. Please note that meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee an interview.


The District is committed to equal opportunity/equal access to all of its employment programs and services. It is dedicated to a policy of nondiscrimination, and, as such, is an equal opportunity employer. If you require special services or accommodations due to a disability in order to apply or interview for this position, please contact the District HR Department at 661-763-7805 or email to tcjobs@taftcollege.edu.


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