The Position

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The Long Beach Community College District includes one college with two campus locations. The Superintendent-President serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the District and of the College itself. The incumbent reports directly to the five-member elected Governing Board. The Superintendent-President is responsible for assessing, planning, organizing, and evaluating the resources, programs, and services of the District to meet the educational needs of the students and the community. 

As the educational and administrative leader of the District, the Superintendent-President represents the District to community groups, business and industry, labor organizations, public school districts, the Chancellor’s Office of the California Community Colleges, the University of California, California State University, private colleges and universities, city and county agencies, and the California legislature.

Superintendent-President Profile

Founded in 1927, Long Beach City College (LBCC) is a nationally recognized two-year community college that has proudly served its community including the cities of Long Beach, Lakewood, Signal Hill, and Avalon. The College has a long-standing history and memorable traditions of excellence in education, community volunteerism and philanthropy. Yet, there continues to be a need to balance history and tradition with innovation, flexibility, and nimbleness to move quickly to address the changing environment in which we live. Long Beach City College is well positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves as well as a global society that is changing demographically, economically, technologically, and environmentally, especially in a post pandemic world. With this focus on addressing the future needs of its students and the communities it serves, LBCC is committed to providing equitable student learning and achievement, academic excellence, and economic workforce development by delivering high quality educational programs and support services to our diverse communities.

The College’s strategic plan outlines LBCC’s mission and values which include:

  • Providing students with clear pathways and support to attain their career and educational goals.
  • Embracing a long-term commitment to innovative student success that is equitable and inclusive in meeting the educational, social, and financial needs of our diverse student body.
  • Providing an environment in which students, faculty, and staff build relationships that are understanding and supportive.
  • Continuing to be recognized as integral to an inclusive, vibrant, and prosperous local, regional, and global community.
  • Continuously valuing and celebrating the exemplary contributions of faculty, staff, and its community partners in supporting students.

LBCC employs approximately 1,900 full-time and part-time faculty and staff and helps nearly 36,472 students meet their educational and career goals. The College boasts a rich diversity in its student population and maintains the designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). LBCC offers its students 333 degrees and certificates in various fields, 93 courses of study, approximately 1,423 courses, and 5,650 class sections per year. LBCC also offers 18 intercollegiate athletic programs for its student-athletes and holds more national and state titles and bowl appearances than any other California Community College. LBCC has been selected by Cal-Hi Sports as the best community college athletics program in the nation twice. Long Beach City College prides itself on its history of innovative thinking and strategic teamwork to help ensure that the College, and most importantly, the students achieve their goals. Notable innovations include The Long Beach College Promise, a groundbreaking partnership with Long Beach Unified School District (K-12), California State University, Long Beach, and the City of Long Beach. This effort includes an extensive set of intersegmental reforms aimed at increasing college preparation, access, and completion. Within this effort, local high school graduates who immediately enroll in Long Beach City College are afforded free tuition for one year, and subsequent priority access to California State University, Long Beach. The College’s Economic and Workforce Development Programs provide training for good jobs and assist local small businesses through the Southern California Regional Center for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses and the Los Angeles Regional Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network. Working with its education partners, the College is also focusing on developing Career Pathway Programs to provide a highly qualified workforce for rapidly developing industries such as advanced manufacturing.

From academics to entrepreneurship and athletics, Long Beach City College students have achieved remarkable success. LBCC is well-positioned to build on its strengths, with its new strategic plan, strong partnerships, and a recently approved $850-million bond measure to fund capital improvements.

Challenges & Opportunities

Long Beach City College seeks a visionary, innovative, strategic, passionate, and experienced collaborative leader who will foster collaboration and advance the next stage of growth and achievement for the District while addressing the following challenges and opportunities:

Strategic Plan and Vision

Honor the completion of the Long Beach City College 2016-2022 Strategic Plan, while fostering an environment that builds trust, strengthens collaboration, and builds goodwill across all constituencies in developing the 2022-2028 Strategic Plan. Provide overall leadership to the College in maintaining continuous compliance with accreditation standards.

Commitment to Student Success, Equity & Inclusion

Foster the College’s ongoing commitment to student success, equity, and inclusiveness by leveraging current initiatives and identifying new initiatives to ensure District-wide engagement and commitment to students. Provide leadership in promoting social justice, anti-racism, training, and events that have had a demonstrated effect in changing the campus climate in these areas. Continue the work of creating a framework to take action that would support rooting out racism and inequity by developing policies and practices to address intended and unintended racial inequities that exist. Provide support for District efforts to recruit, hire and retain talented and diverse faculty, staff, and administrators who reflect the District’s service area and provide them with the opportunity to achieve high standards of performance in order to succeed. Monitor the campus climate on race and equity and ensure progress in diversity in hiring that reflects the diversity of students we serve.

Financial and Operational Accountability

Faithfully undertake building projects and support implementation of the 2041 Facilities Master Plan that was derived from the long-term capital investment made by the citizens of Long Beach to grow and modernize the College’s facilities when they approved the $850-million bond measure. Serve as a leader who will establish a campus culture of fiscal accountability and stewardship. Provide leadership and fiduciary oversight of the District’s facilities bonds to assure accomplishment of the construction and modernization of buildings, technology enhancements, and other facility priorities particularly in a post-COVID-19 return to campus

Economic Development and Community Partnerships

Address the economic and workforce needs of the region by advancing the development of relevant credit and non-credit occupational programs, training for industry, and entrepreneurial initiatives to support small businesses and create jobs. Encourage grant initiatives to support workforce preparation and economic development for the region. Be committed to addressing educational issues and priorities by improving articulation among educational segments and joint ventures with business industry and community groups. Leverage opportunities for LBCC to serve as a leader in regional economic development by partnering with business and industry and other potential partners.

Ideal Characteristics 

Long Beach City College seeks a leader who will continue the College’s tradition of delivering accessible, affordable, and high-quality education and who possess the following characteristics:

Collaborative Leadership
  • An experienced educator with a track record of respect for collegial consultation, collaboration, and unifying constituencies.
  • A collaborative leader who has the ability to bring divergent perspectives together to achieve consensus.
  • An exemplary communicator, who listens, empowers others and acknowledges and values the contribution of others.
  • A leader with collective bargaining experience and a demonstrated commitment to transparency and communication with all college constituencies.
  • A leader with experience in working collaboratively with an elected board of trustees and who understands and appreciates the role of the Board of Trustees and is committed to establishing a solid CEO/Trustee relationship.
  • A proactive leader with proven advocacy skills and a solid understanding of recent local, state, and national legislation and regulation that impacts community colleges.
  • A leader with experience in guiding an institution through unanticipated and unprecedented challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Strategic Planning
  • A leader who will guide the institution in the development and implementation of Long Beach City College’s 2022-2028 Strategic Plan, while infusing his or her own footprint and values, and be able to implement the goals, and builds upon the College’s success and achievements.
  • A leader committed to investing in the professional development of faculty, staff, and others.
  • A leader who is skilled in organizational planning and will lead LBCC in all areas, including accreditation, enrollment management, human resource management, collective bargaining, curriculum and instruction, student support services, technology, bond program management, facilities planning, risk services, and economic and workforce development.
  • A leader with experience balancing the competing priorities of transfer, career and technical education, non-credit, basic skills education, honors, and co-curricular programs at a comprehensive community college.
Student Success & Equity
  • A leader who understands and supports student success strategies to close racial equity gaps and holds themselves accountable for student success outcomes.
  • A visible and approachable leader who is active at the College and becomes part of the community, building relationships that increase opportunities and success for students.
  • A leader who embraces the rich diversity of LBCC is passionate about serving students and will create a welcoming and safe environment that supports teaching and learning.
  • A leader who will effectively use data to identify gaps in student outcomes based on factors such as race, ethnicity, and gender, and then mobilizing the College to improve effectiveness in serving all students and addressing academic gaps and disparities.
  • A leader who makes evident a high-level of understanding and concern for students’ basic needs beyond academic support, such as food, housing, and mental health, and has a strong working knowledge of how to best support those needs.
  • A leader who encourages innovation in academic and student support services of the highest quality for students of diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • A leader who supports college-wide efforts in programs such as Guided Pathways and implementation of AB705 legislation to ensure access and success for students in college-level Math and English courses.
  • A leader with cultural competence and responsiveness in creating and sustaining a campus environment that is welcoming to all students and LBCC’s entire community.
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
  • A leader who honors and values the cultural diversity of the student body and connects with students, their campus, and local communities.
  • A leader with demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of diversity in the workplace and educational environment.
  • A leader with experience bringing an institution together through reconciliation efforts and other DEI initiatives to enhance the student and employee experience.
  • A leader with experience in reducing student racial inequities to enhance success.
  • A trustworthy and ethical leader, who will serve as a role model for the College, the students, and the community.
Community
  • A leader who embraces the unique nature of Long Beach City College, the College’s values and the strong ties to the communities and students it serves.
  • A leader that recognizes and embraces the close collaboration required with educational and community partners within the District and champions and participates in joint initiatives such as the Long Beach College Promise.
  • A leader who advances the efficacy of the College Foundation and pursues community support and philanthropic contributions to support students and the College’s mission.
  • A leader who can engage in developing community support for the College through regular participation at community and college events, fundraising, foundation activities, and alumni, as well as business and industry partnerships, which may occur outside of normal business hours.
  • A leader who can advocate and engage in activities and partnerships that strengthen the District’s image, reputation, and community relations by developing and maintaining relationships with local educational, civic, and business interests.
Budget/Administration
  • A leader who is experienced with the preparation and implementation of the annual budget and is able to effectively balance the demands for academic, student services, personnel, facility, student, and community needs while maintaining plans for the long-range financial health of the district.
  • A leader with experience implementing a multimillion-dollar bond measure and major capital projects.
  • A leader with experience in identifying and securing additional funding opportunities in support of the College mission.
  • A leader who embraces the challenges and opportunities related to a growing community college in an urban setting.
  • A leader who can provide leadership in organizational planning, human resource development, collective bargaining, curriculum and instruction, student support services, facilities planning.
  • A leader who will act effectively and creatively within the fiscal constraints and budget uncertainties associated with the evolving funding models of the Student-Centered Funding formula and the pandemic.

Duties

Disability Accommodations

Individuals who require reasonable accommodations in the Application or Examination Process in accordance with ADA should notify the Human Resources Office at least two days prior to the closing date, by calling (562) 938-4372.

Long Beach City College Is An Equal Opportunity Employer

The Long Beach City College is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and equity-minded hiring practices. It is the District’s policy to ensure that all qualified applicants for employment and employees have full and equal access to employment opportunities and are not subject to discrimination in any program or activity of the District on the basis of ethnic group identification, race, gender, color, language, accent, citizenship status, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, marital status, veteran status, physical or mental disability or medical condition, or on the basis of these perceived characteristics.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. A master’s degree from an accredited college or university is required.
  2. Progressive senior-level management experience.
  3. Evidence of a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

Desirable Qualifications

  1. An earned doctorate from an accredited college or university.
  2. Classroom teaching experience at a post-secondary institution.
  3. Experience at a post-secondary institution.
  4. Experience working with and supporting an elected board of trustees.
  5. Evidence of success working in a participatory governance environment.