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Vice Chancellor, Human Resources

Rancho Santiago Community College District


Rancho Santiago Community College District

Call for Applications and Nominations

Rancho Santiago Community College District
2323 N. Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92706

Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD), one of four community college districts in Orange County, California, offers associate degrees, vocational certificates, and adult education programs through its two colleges: Santa Ana College in Santa Ana and Santiago Canyon College in Orange. Both colleges provide education for academic transfer and careers, courses for personal and professional development, and customized training for business and industry. RSCCD, one of the largest of California's 72 community college districts, serves the communities of Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Anaheim Hills, Tustin, Orange, Villa Park and portions of Irvine and Tustin. RSCCD is one of the largest employers in the region with 3,731 full-and part-time employees.

The mission of the Rancho Santiago Community College District is to provide quality educational programs and services that address the needs of our diverse students and communities.


An earned Master's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in human resources management, public administration, labor relations, law or other related field.

Five (5) years of increasingly responsible and varied experience in administering a full range of human resources management programs in a public sector setting, including employment, employer/employee relations, staff training and development, classification and compensation, and negotiating collective bargaining agreements.

Demonstrated ability to promote and foster the principle of diversity in employee recruitment, retention, and advancement practices.

Experience in performing work as described above in a California public education environment is highly desirable.

An exceptional leader in this position will possess the characteristics necessary to guide the Office of Human Resources to the highest levels of effectiveness and efficiency. They include:

Demonstrates ability to plan for change in ways that ensure broad buy-in and commitment to action.
Commits to innovation, continuous improvement, and quality service to all who engage with the Office of Human Resources.
Cultivates and maintains effective working relationships with District and College leadership and various stakeholders, as well as designated leaders of employee groups, in pursuing Human Resources goals and responsibilities of the position. In doing so, employs excellent oral and written communication skills and is transparent and accessible.
Contributes to a culture of collaboration, mutual respect, creativity and continuous improvement throughout this multi-college District.
Actively participates in and supports a District-wide participatory governance structure and activities.
Encourages professional development and excellence in employee performance.
Demonstrates a strong personal commitment to equity and inclusion, related to the ability to work with diverse District constituents as noted above.
Exhibits strength of character. This is exemplified by: high ethics and integrity; an objective and fair approach to making decisions; expecting accountability in oneself and others; and the courage to lead effectively in an environment with competing needs and perspectives.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff at all levels within the organization.
Ability to effectively communicate complex and detailed concepts to all college groups including administrators, faculty, classified, and the Board of Trustees.
Ability to understand the organizational complexity of a multi-college District.
Ability to resolve personnel conflicts and personnel disputes in a timely manner.
Ability to negotiate Collective Bargaining Agreements with employee representatives.
Ability to investigate, evaluate and recommend resolutions to grievances, claims and complaints.
Ability to interpret and analyze data and apply laws, rules, regulations and policies.
Ability to compile data and prepare reports.
Ability to effectively use and participate in shared decision making through the District's Shared Governance structure.
Ability to understand and be sensitive to the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of students and employees, as well as needs of individuals with disabilities.
Develop services and programs to support the development and advancement of employees.
Provide sound and responsive service to both internal and external entities and personnel.
Consults with legal counsel, as necessary, to ensure that complaints of potential district liability are handled appropriately and monitors the performance of the District's claims management services.

Overall responsibility to the Chancellor for all aspects of District Human Resources and employer-employee relations. Provides supervision for assigned managers in the Human Resources and Risk Management departments. Serves as the District's Equal Employment Opportunity Officer, Title IX Coordinator and ADA/504 Coordinator and provides leadership for district-wide professional development programs. Recommends and executes board policy, rules, and regulations of the District and performs other duties as assigned by the Chancellor. Serves as a member of the Chancellor's Cabinet and provides effective counsel and support for all matters affecting District operations.

Human Resources

Provides District-wide leadership for Human Resources planning and policy development.
Promotes the principle of diversity in employee recruitment, retention, and advancement practices. Fosters and advances diversity through hiring pools, outreach activities, and professional development.
Advises the Chancellor, District managers and responsible employees regarding the interpretation and application of laws, policies and regulations affecting academic and classified personnel, and recommends appropriate new/revised personnel policies and regulations.
Oversees procedures for recruitment, hiring, promotion, job classification, layoff, discipline, salary placement and advancement and ensuring the timely evaluation of employees.
Provides for the orientation of new employees and for the on-going professional development of faculty and staff.
Administers collective bargaining agreements as well as individual employment agreements.
Serves as the District's chief labor negotiator and oversees the processing and resolution of grievances.
Provides for the on-going training of District managers in areas related to effective human resources management and employer-employee relations.
Ensures District-wide compliance with all legal requirements related to equal employment opportunity and discrimination. Consults with both special and general counsel on contract issues, litigation and compliance issues.

Risk Management/Employee Benefits
Oversees the District's Risk Management department including all aspects of employee benefits, worker's compensation and property/liability insurance.
Oversees the investigation, processing and response to complaints of discrimination and harassment. Mediates employee grievances; represents the District in grievance hearings; directs disciplinary actions; intervenes in supervisor/employee relation problems. Receives, investigates, and seeks to resolve employee and student complaints of unlawful discrimination and harassment.
Interfaces with cognizant agencies such as the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights.
Consults with legal counsel, as necessary, to ensure that complaints of potential district liability are handled appropriately and monitors the performance of the District's claims management services.

The annual salary is $176,577.33 - $222,322.75/year. Benefits include a medical/dental plan and life insurance, plus an additional $564 a month toward a tax sheltered annuity and/or a deferred compensation plan. One paid sick day and two and one-fourth vacation days are earned per month. Employee payroll deductions include Public Employees Retirement or State Teacher's Retirement Systems.

For further information about the position, the search and selection process, and how to apply, please visit the Vice Chancellor, Human Resources Search Website at

If you are interested in applying for this position, please click on this link:

Nominations should include the full name, address, preferred phone and email contact, description of professional or personal relationship of the proposed candidate and other pertinent information that may be known by the nominator.
To be considered for this position, an applicant must:
1. Complete an electronic application form.
2. Submit a letter of application, three pages or less citing specific examples from his/her experience that demonstrate the knowledge, skills and ideal characteristics necessary for this position.
3. Submit a current resume.
4. Submit eight references from current or former employment settings. References should include: two supervisors, two direct reports, two employee group leaders, and two peer administrators. The following information for each reference must include: name, title, relationship with the applicant, address, preferred phone and email contacts. Any references in addition to the required eight will be disregarded. Note that references will only be contacted for finalists, along with any other individuals able to assess the applicant's suitability for the position, as identified by those assigned to conduct background investigations.
All application materials must be submitted electronically through the RSCCD website.

Please upload the following application materials in the appropriate boxes with your online application:
Resume (Required)
Letter of application, three pages or less (Required)
List of eight references as described above (Required)

Applications and nominations may be accepted until the position is filled. However, submission of completed applications is strongly encouraged no later than Monday, April 9, 2018. This will ensure the candidate is considered in the Screening Committee's first review.

It is anticipated that the screening activities will be conducted as follows:
April 10, 2018: Screening begins
May 4, 2018: Initial Interviews
May 15, 2018: Final Interviews with Chancellor Raúl Rodríguez
July 1, 2018: New Vice Chancellor assumes office

For confidential inquiries about the position, please contact:
Dean C. Colli, Ed.D.
PPL Inc. – Vice President
Phone:(619) 517-6133

Lisa A. Sugimoto, Ed.D.
PPL Inc. – Vice President
Phone: (562) 972-8983

All inquiries, nominations and applications will be held in strict confidence.
Travel reimbursement is available to those meeting established district criteria.
Applications from all persons interested in the position are encouraged.


Nelida Mendoza, President
Phillip Yarbrough, Vice President
Claudia C. Alvarez, Clerk
Arianna P. Barrios
John Hanna
Zeke Hernandez
Lawrence "Larry" R. Labrado
Gregory P. Pierot, Student Trustee

Raúl Rodríguez, Ph.D.

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