North Orange County Community College District invites applications and nominations for the position of President, Cypress College.

The Position

The Board of Trustees of the North Orange County Community College District invites applications for the position of President, Cypress College. The President is the Chief Executive Officer of the College and reports to the Chancellor of the North Orange County Community College District.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Chancellor, the President will:

  • Plan, organize, coordinate and direct the educational programs and activities of Cypress College.
  • Provide leadership and develop goal strategies.
  • Formulate and articulate a constructive vision.
  • Maintain and build upon Cypress College’s academic, career technical education and student services programs.
  • Provide support for staff development, curriculum and technological innovation.
  • Serve as the primary advocate for Cypress College at the District level.
  • Promote and support participatory governance.
  • Support the needs of all students.
  • Provide leadership in promoting Cypress College’s commitment to equity and diversity.
  • Assure state, federal, District and Board of Trustees compliance.
  • Represent and effectively promote Cypress College.
  • Establish partnerships and work constructively with government, civic, educational and business/industry groups.
  • Direct the development, preparation and implementation of the Cypress College budget, and prepare recommendations for budget allocations.
  • Oversee the planning, construction and utilization if Cypress College facilities.
  • Actively promote resource development.
  • Attend a variety of meetings and participate in regional and state activities and organizations for developing community college education.


At minimum, applicants must possess a master’s degree from an accredited institution; have one year of formal training, internship or leadership experience; and have a demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diversity of college students, faculty and staff.

Desired applicant qualifications include possession of a doctorate from an accredited institution; teaching or student services experience, preferably at the postsecondary level; written and oral communication skills that encourage and facilitate participation at all levels; three years of administrative experience in a key position with decision-making responsibility, preferably in a postsecondary educational environment; and general knowledge of the complexities of and experience in administering public higher education funding and budgeting, including grants and bond-funded construction projects.

Desirable Characteristics

The Screening Committee and the Board of Trustees will consider the following ten desirable characteristics in their selection process of the next Cypress College President.

  1. Committed to Student Access, Success and Equity
  2. Takes Strategic Risks
  3. Builds Strong Teams
  4. Establishes Urgency for Improvement
  5. Plans Lasting Internal Change
  6. Results-Oriented
  7. Communicates Effectively
  8. Financial and Operational Ability
  9. Entrepreneurial Fundraiser
  10. Develops Effective External Partnerships


This is an executive position that offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including participation in the California State Teacher’s Retirement System.

Application Procedure

Nominations and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To be included in the first screening of applications, the deadline is Thursday, February 9, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. PST. All inquiries, nominations, and applications will be held in the strictest confidence.

For more information about the position and how to apply, visit the North Orange County Community College District Applicant Portal.