President Wanted In Gresham

Published 2017-12-25
Expires 2019-06-15
ID #11637
President Wanted In Gresham
United-states, Oregon, Gresham,
Published December 25, 2017

Job details:

Job type: Full time
Occupation: President

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Presidential Profile

The Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) Board of Education invites nominations and applications for the position of president. The new
president will be an innovative, inclusive and collaborative leader who promotes the success of the college and its students, faculty, and
staff while fostering close ties with the community. They will have an understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing MHCC and
community colleges operating in the 21st century. The new president has the opportunity to build upon the success and progress of the
current president, Dr. Debbie Derr, who is retiring after five years in the position.

MHCC is one of the largest community colleges in Oregon. It serves more than 25,000 students annually. Classes are offered at the Gresham
Campus, Maywood Park Center, Bruning Center for Allied Health Education and public schools within the district. MHCC students choose from
120 associate degrees, certificate programs and transfer options including unique offerings such as Cybersecurity, Mechatronics, Fisheries
Technology, Funeral Studies and automotive partnerships, as well as community education, and offerings from the college's Small Business
Development Center and Head Start program.

The community surrounding MHCC has grown in terms of population and diversity the past few years and the area continues to grow. MHCC's
student body mirrors the community. The college is committed to remaining accessible to an ever-increasing population with diverse needs.

MHCC is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The college is financed by local property tax revenue, state
reimbursement funds and student tuition. The annual budget is $195,000,000, with a general fund budget of $70,000,000.

MHCC's service area encompasses about 950 square miles, including rural and urban communities. With a population of more than 300,000, the
district boundaries extend as far east as the lofty peak of Mt. Hood and to the Wasco County line, south into Clackamas County including the
communities of Sandy, Boring and Damascus and west into the City of Portland. Within this area are the seven public school districts of
Corbett, David Douglas, Gresham-Barlow, Parkrose, Reynolds, Centennial, and Oregon Trail. In addition, the college has expanded its online

Challenges and Opportunities:

The president of MHCC will embrace the entire community, and address the following challenges and opportunities to improve the lives of
students and residents of its service area by:

  • Building and expanding programs and services that respond to the needs of the
    college's diverse economy and changing community demographics, including a student body that is becoming more diverse and
  • Strengthening alliances with local business and industry, school districts, elected officials, and colleges and
    universities to meet the region's workforce and educational needs.
  • Continuing to build a student-focused campus directed at helping
    students successfully meet their personal, academic and professional goals in a safe and accessible learning environment with a focus on
    equitable student outcomes.
  • Serving as an effective spokesperson and advocate for MHCC throughout the local service region as well
    as at the state and federal levels.
  • Continuing to build confidence and support in the community by promoting the college to local
    businesses, educational institutions, and residents to increase the college's visibility and reputation.
  • Actively seeking input
    from all constituents to strengthen cross-campus communication and collaboration, as well as inspiring and engaging employees, students, and
    stakeholders to work together to address the unique challenges of the college.
  • Providing leadership in assessing and upgrading
    facilities, infrastructure and technology, ensuring a safe and modern place for learning.
  • Providing organizational leadership to
    support instruction, staff and students.
  • Developing and implementing a sustainable funding model that will support the college's
    strategic plan and allow the institution to meet the diverse needs of its students and its community.
  • Leading efforts in
    recruitment, hiring, and retention of employees who reflect the college's diverse student population.
  • Continuing to create a
    global-minded campus culture and economy, which includes support for study abroad programs and international students.

Ideal Characteristics:
  • A proven track record as a student-focused advocate dedicated to student success, access
    and completion.
  • An instructional leader with knowledge of best teaching practices and classroom experience in higher
  • A proven track record of fostering innovation with successful results.
  • An instructional leader with knowledge
    of best teaching practices and classroom experience in higher education.
  • An inclusive, visible, accessible, and courageous leader
    who is able to make difficult decisions. An exceptional listener who demonstrates integrity, honesty and humility.
  • A visionary who
    can define a path and stay the course; one who is determined to make a long-term commitment to the college.
  • A community focused
    leader who is experienced at fostering partnerships with business and industry, and who foresees changing workforce and community needs and
    develops relevant programs to respond.
  • A passionate and compassionate leader with a comprehensive understanding and demonstrated
    support of diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • A demonstrated ability in process and system improvement, as well as management of
    complex budgets.
  • Ability to identify and obtain resources through private fundraising, entrepreneurial activities, grants and
    passing bonds.
  • A leader who has successfully met enrollment, retention and completion goals.
  • A genuine collaborator with a
    track record of building strong relationships with K-12 schools and partnerships with colleges and universities.
  • A leader who can
    advocate in the community as well as with local government and state and federal representatives and offices.
  • A technologically
    savvy administrator, who is experienced with prioritizing college wide technology needs.
  • A successful record of positive labor
    relations working collaboratively with faculty and classified staff unions.
  • A committed educator who will work effectively with an
    elected Board of Directors.
Examples of Duties:


  • Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution, Doctorate preferred.

  • Progressively successful experience as a senior level college administrator, preferably at a community college.
  • Experience
    working with diverse communities.
  • Higher education teaching experience preferred.
Supplemental Information: />
How to Apply:

To ensure full consideration, application materials should be received no later than January 26, 2018. The
position will remain open until filled. This is a confidential search process.

Candidates will need to have the following information or materials available to complete the application:

  1. A completed Candidate
    Summary sheet that can be found on the left-hand side of the ACCT Searches web page.
  2. A letter of application that succinctly
    addresses the opportunities and challenges identified in the Position Profile and demonstrates how the candidate's experience and
    professional qualifications prepare them to serve the needs of Mt. Hood Community College (not to exceed 5 pages).
  3. A current resume
    including an email address and cellular telephone number.
NOTE: Candidates must combine their candidate summary sheet, cover
letter, and resume into a single Pdf file.
  1. Candidates will follow the prompts they are given while completing the application
    form. Candidates must input eight references: three supervisors, two direct reports and three faculty members from current or former
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For additional information, nominations or confidential inquiries please contact:

  • Jill Wakefield, Ed.D., ACCT Search Consultant,
    206-234-6752, [email protected]
  • Julie Golder, J.D.,
    Board Services Coordinator, [email protected], 202-775-4466 (office) or
    202- 384-5816 (mobile)
*An ACCT Search*

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