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Peralta Community College District in the Oakland, California
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Date Posted 06/20/2019
Executive-President and Chancellor
Salary $305,000 - $343,396 -  
Employment Type 40 hrs/week 12 month
Application Deadline Open until filled

Peralta/College Information

District Office

The Peralta Community College District is a two-year college system, dedicated to providing comprehensive educational and community services to the communities it serves, including the cities of Albany, Alameda, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont California. The District enrolls over 25,000 students in a broad range of transfer and occupational curricula. The colleges in the District include College of Alameda, Laney College, Merritt College and Berkeley City College, which operate under the governance of a seven- member Board of Trustees and are administered by a Chancellor/Superintendent.

Special Instructions to Applicants


1. Required documents will include:

· In a letter of application of five pages or less, candidates should state how they would address the “Opportunities, Issues and Challenges” and “Leadership/Management Characteristics and Expectations” listed in the brochure.

· Current resume.

· Copies of unofficial transcripts from fully accredited college or university institutions.

(Copies of diplomas will not substitute for  transcripts.) (If hired, it will be required to submit official transcripts from fully accredited college or university.)

Information on transcripts must include degree awarded and confer date.Transcripts without this information and online applications without transcripts will be disqualified. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT AN APPLICATION IF YOUR DEGREE WILL NOT BE CONFERRED UNTIL A LATER DATE.

Note:  A written evaluation by an official foreign credentials/transcripts evaluation and translation service must be submitted for Foreign Degree(s)(non-U.S.degrees) by the application deadline date.

·The names, titles, business and home telephone numbers of two supervisors, two direct reports including one classified or support staff, two faculty members and two business or community leaders.

2. Applications and attachments (resume, cover letter, copies of transcripts, letters of recommendations, etc.) will ONLY be accepted through the online process. WE DO NOT ACCEPT MAILED OR FAXED APPLICATIONS OR ITS ATTACHMENTS.

3. Travel expenses for the interview and selection process will be borne by the candidates.

4. Teleconference (Zoom) interviews may be conducted for first-level interviews if the applicant lives in excess of 250 miles from the Peralta Community College District office.

Appointment to the position is conditional upon the approval of the Board of Trustees.


Dr. Brice W. Harris, Search Associate
Collaborative Brain Trust (CBT)
Telephone 916-715-7272


Chanelle Whittaker, Interim Vice Chancellor
Human Resources & Employee Relations
Peralta Community College District
333 East Eighth Street Oakland, CA 94606
(510) 587‐7883 –


Employees must satisfy all pre-employment requirements to work for the District which include, but are not limited to, the following items:


Tuberculosis Examination:  Prior to employment, the successful candidate will be required to submit evidence (either skin test or X-ray report) of being free of tuberculosis within the past sixty (60) days.  The TB test is a condition of employment and any expense must be borne by the successful candidate.

Fingerprinting Requirement:

As a condition of employment, all employees working for community colleges in the State of California are required to be fingerprinted within the first ten (10) working days of the date of employment pursuant to Education Code Section 88024. The District Office of Human Resources processes fingerprints electronically. During the employment intake process, new employees will be given information to have their fingerprints taken at another location.

Immigration Requirement:  According to the Immigration Reform and Control Act, the Peralta Community College District is required to verify that all new employees are:

1) A citizen or national of the United States;

2) An alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States; or

3) An alien authorized by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service to work in the United States.

All new employees are required to complete and sign a verification form and provide documentation attesting that he/she is a United States citizen, national, or an alien lawfully authorized to work in the United States.

District Policy:  A Social Security Card will be required following selection and prior to completion of the hiring process.  The employment process cannot be completed without a copy of the Social Security Card on file in the Office of Human Resources.


Medical Examination:  Under state regulations and as a condition of employment, certain positions may require a medical examination prior to employment.  Expenses incurred will be borne by the employee.


We are a collaborative community of colleges.

· Together, we provide educational leadership for the East Bay, delivering programs and services that sustainably enhance the   region’s human, economic, environmental, and social development.

· We empower our students to achieve their highest aspirations. We develop leaders who create opportunities and transform lives.

· Together with our partners, we provide our diverse students and communities with equitable access to the educational   resources, experiences, and life-long opportunities to meet and exceed their goals.

The Peralta Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

In conformance with the Fair Employment and Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, requests for Reasonable Accommodations may be made to the Office of Human Resources by calling (510) 466-7283.

The Peralta Community College District reserves the right to close or not fill any advertised position.

Job Title


Time Base

40 hrs/week 12 months/year


$305,000 - $343,396

Benefits Information


The Peralta Colleges proudly offers a competitive and comprehensive core of work-life benefits. Benefit-eligible employees have access to coverage for themselves and eligible dependents:

• Medical coverage. Depending on choice of coverage, you may be required to make a contribution.

• Dental coverage. Depending on choice of coverage, you may be required to make a contribution.
• Life insurance of 150% of your income up to $100,000.

• Long-term disability coverage.

• Employee Assistance Program.

• 24 days/year vacation leave, 12 days/year sick leave, and 18 holidays/year

In addition to your contribution, Peralta pays 10.25%* of your salary to the State Teachers Retirement System (STRS). Effective January 1, 2013, the PEPRA went into effect. Changes have been implemented as a result of the adoption of this legislation that impact new and existing employees enrolled in CalSTRS. Specific information regarding the changes can be found at For further up to date information on CalSTRS retirement eligibility and PEPRA, please visit the website at The CalSTRS member handbook is available at After 10 years of creditable service, medical benefits in retirement are extended until age 65.

Other voluntary benefits include:

• Flexible benefit plan participation in the Medical Reimbursement Plan, Dependent Care Reimbursement Plan (under tax code 125)

• Pre-tax commuting expenses (under IRS code 132)

• Tax-deferred plan participation in the 403(b) and 457 plans

• Credit union membership

• Prepaid legal plan participation

• Additional Life Insurance for yourself, spouse or children

• Kaiser and United Health Care Dental are fully paid by the District. Other plans require employee contribution.

• Subject to change.

Position Type



Chancellor's Office (112)

Job Description Summary

The Board of Trustees of the Peralta Community College District invites applications and nominations for the position of Chancellor.

The Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District is responsible for improving access to higher education in the many communities served by the four colleges while creating a quality learning environment designed to ensure student success. The Chancellor will also lead and oversee all operations of the District to ensure that the colleges are administered in accordance with federal and California laws and regulations, as well as the policies adopted by the seven‐member elected Board of Trustees.

Duties & Responsibilities


In leading the Peralta Community College District, the next chancellor will:

• Demonstrate a deep commitment to student access and success for currently enrolled students, former students and those who have not yet arrived;
• Demonstrate a passion for, and sensitivity to, the wonderful diversity of the District’s service area and relentlessly support that diversity through actions designed to enhance student access and success;
• Provide leadership District-wide to align expenditures with strategies for student access and success, while achieving defined financial goals and maintaining financial stability;
• Embrace a style of leadership that respects shared governance and a transparent environment of decision making designed to include those who will ultimately implement the decisions;
• Fully engage and work with the elected Board of Trustees to understand their priorities and to support their responsibility for leadership and oversight of the District;
• Work with the Board, faculty, staff, students and community to develop and articulate a vision for the future of the Peralta District in a clear and compelling manner;
• Bring together leaders of the faculty, staff, students and administration from across the district as a team working to enhance student access and success;
• Lead the District in the revision of systems in support of the work of the colleges, including the areas of finance, information technology, facilities, and human resources;
• Communicate effectively with the Board, staff and community in ways that ensure a clear understanding of the District’s reality, create a passion for the mission and encourage everyone to achieve the goals of student access and success;
• Be entrepreneurial in working to attract sources of funding to support the outstanding programs and services of the District designed to improve student access and success;
• Increase reliance on data‐driven information in making informed decisions at all levels of governance designed to enhance student access and success;
• Respond to changing demographics within the community and ensure that District programs and services are reflective of the current needs of the service area;
• Aggressively advocate for the District with the state legislature, as well as local and federal governments and agencies;
• Be responsible for ensuring that board policies, applicable bargaining agreements and state and federal education statutes are consistently adhered to in the District by holding accountable those responsible for their implementation;
• Be committed to a District‐wide curriculum that addresses civic engagement and justice issues;
• Be committed to staff development of the district’s talented and diverse faculty, staff and administrators; and
• Foster mutual respect and democratic values, which have historically created a unique esprit de corps among the students, faculty and staff of the Peralta District. 


The next Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District shall have a strong, documented leadership and management style:

• That puts the access of citizens and community members to the colleges and the success of students enrolled as the driving priority in everything undertaken in the District;
• That demonstrates a strong set of core values based on ethical principles that value integrity, honesty, candor, fairness, humility and flexibility;
• That embraces a communication style that includes listening as well as effective written, interpersonal and formal presentation;
• That includes strong skills in team-building, recruiting and appointing outstanding staff, delegating to them responsibility for accomplishing the work of the District, and evaluating their performance in achieving clearly defined, measurable goals;
• That demonstrates an appreciation of the unique mission of the comprehensive community college;
• That demonstrates experience in and a commitment to the collective bargaining process for all employee groups as mandated for the California Community Colleges;
• That demonstrates knowledge of and success in fulfilling accreditation and compliance demands;
• That demonstrates experience with planning, development and the construction of educational facilities, and bond financing programs;
• That demonstrates an ability to work productively with an elected seven‐member Board of Trustees;
• That demonstrates commitment to the integration of environmental sustainability;
• That demonstrates a history of successful implementation of student equity and success initiatives;
• That respects and utilizes the District’s Planning and Budgeting Integration Model (PBIM), which is based on a shared/participatory system of governance that relies on transparency, open communication and listening in dealing with District employees, students, the community and the Board of Trustees;
• That invites all college constituencies to work together in creating a shared vision and governance process for accomplishing the District Strategic Plan and the Educational Master Plans of the colleges; and
• That will work to strengthen the Peralta brand and prestige while articulating the uniqueness of the colleges through vigorous community involvement with local organizations, groups and activities.

Minimum Qualifications


• A Master’s Degree from an accredited institution or equivalent.
• Demonstrated commitment to, and evidence of, leading a college or district to achieve higher levels of student access and success.
• Documented successful experience at the senior administrative level in a complex organization, preferably within a community college setting or another institution of higher education.
• Demonstrated understanding of, promotion of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, gender, sexual orientation, disability and ethnic backgrounds of Peralta Colleges’ students, faculty, staff and community.


• Candidates meeting the minimum requirements are not guaranteed an interview.

Desirable Qualifications

• Minimum of five years demonstrated experience as a successful senior administrator.
• Postsecondary teaching experience, preferably in community colleges.
• Experience in a multi-college district.
• Experience in supporting and providing technical assistance to individual colleges within a multi-college district.
• Experience in shared governance and collective bargaining within a college environment and demonstrated respect for the process.
• Knowledge of the role of community colleges in economic development.
• Earned Doctorate strongly preferred.

Application Deadline Date

August 19, 2019. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. However, initial review of applicants will begin on August 19, 2019. Submissions are encouraged prior to that date.

Open Date

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