Chancellor   Costa Mesa, CA   Full-time     Education
Posted on May 10, 2022


This is an open until filled position. However, interested, qualified applicants are encouraged to apply by the first closing review date of March 23, 2022.Applicants who apply after March 23, 2022 will be held for a second review, as needed.

Chancellor Position Profile
The Board of Trustees of the Coast Community College District invites applications and nominations for the position of Chancellor to replace Dr. John Weispfenning who will be retiring after 30 years in education and over 6 years of service and leadership with the Coast Community College District.

The Chancellor is the Chief Executive Officer of the District and reports to a 5-member Board of Trustees who are elected by the diverse residents of our communities. The Board seeks an individual with a record of proven leadership who demonstrates a well-developed understanding and sensitivity to the diverse students, staff, and community that is served, ensuring academic excellence and student success. A leader who will be visible in the District and the community, who fosters and supports an environment of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), who is prepared for the post-pandemic educational environment and beyond, and who inspires confidence and trust throughout the District.

Opportunities and Challenges
The next Chancellor of the Coast Community College District will be a thoughtful leader who will provide vision and inspiration through inclusion of faculty, students, staff, and administrators of Coastline, Golden West, and Orange Coast Colleges, and the District to effectively plan and address the following opportunities and challenges:

  • Provide leadership to a large and complex multi-college district committed to student success by providing quality instructional programs and support services while serving an increasingly diverse population and the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts of the District and College.
  • Provide leadership in promoting student access and success through innovative online, distance learning and other emerging modalities for providing instruction and student services.
  • Find the optimum balance between the autonomy of each college and the District to strengthen services to students, foster innovation, and support institutional excellence.
  • Provide leadership in the development and implementation of a comprehensive District Master Plan.
  • Strengthen ties with local communities, businesses and industries, colleges and universities, K-12 districts, and other entities.
  • Continue the District-wide process to ensure resources and sound budget practices that support student learning and pursue institutional excellence and improvement.
  • Identify new sources of revenues and funding; determine the capital and facility needs of the District; and manage funds and projects, including bond initiatives.
  • Anticipate, advocate, and strategically prepare the District for new state and federal legislation related to funding and the adjustment to California Community Colleges' mission.

Qualifications and Physical Demands

Expected Qualities and Characteristics
The Coast Community College District seeks an exemplary and experienced leader who possesses personal and professional characteristics and experiences consistent with the following profile:

Commitment to Students

  • An advocate for student success through support of teaching and learning;
  • A champion of innovative programs and support services that engage all aspects of students' college experience;
  • An approachable and open leader who fosters a diverse student body and identifies student needs.

Leadership & Management Skills

  • An effective communicator who listens and articulates a shared vision for the District;
  • A visionary leader who will work in close partnership with the Board;
  • An effective communicator with District entities;
  • An inspirational leader who will motivate faculty, staff, administrators, students, and other stakeholders by example to take initiative in improving the practices, programs, and services in which they are involved;
  • A fair, equitable, and open-minded leader who will engender trust and respect at all levels of the District;
  • A unifier who will build trust, earn respect, and value the contributions of all;
  • A person of integrity who appreciates and values the contributions of others;
  • An institutional leader who will create an environment for empowerment, innovation, creativity, and institutional excellence;
  • A leader who will guide an exemplary executive team and work in collaboration and partnership with the College Presidents, including District staff;
  • A leader who has demonstrated accreditation experience and has led one or more colleges through a successful accreditation process;
  • A leader who will institute inclusive processes to redefine procedures and systems to serve students better and strengthen District-wide communications;
  • A responsible leader committed to an inclusive and fiscally-sound budget proc
  • A leader who has demonstrated effective skills with collective bargaining, labor contracts, and labor law;
  • A leader who can work effectively with a governing board and can lead the District with confidence and distinction.

Shared Governance & Collaboration

  • A leader who seeks and values the contributions of all constituency groups;
  • A collaborator who respects, empowers, and encourages the contribution of students and employees at all levels of the District;
  • An educator who respects the role of the faculty in curriculum, academic, and professional matters;
  • A leader who institutes systematic, inclusive, and transparent processes to assure effective discussion, planning, and implementation.

Community Outreach

  • A leader who will connect, collaborate with, and serve the various components of the community by developing effective relationships;
  • A leader who will develop funding sources for District and college foundations;
  • A leader who will support workforce development and life-long learning;
  • A leader who will develop partnerships with business and industry.

Technology Implementation

  • A leader who will encourage and support innovation and the efficient and effective use of technology to improve services throughout the District;
  • A leader who will facilitate innovation and state-of-the-art educational technologies to improve student success and student support services.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Master's Degree from an accredited institution and one year of formal training, internship, or leadership experience reasonably related to the administrative assignment.
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning;
  • A minimum of at least three (3) years of senior executive level experience in higher education;
  • Teaching and/or faculty experience at an accredited institution of higher learning;
  • Dedication to principles of academic freedom;
  • A leadership role in a successful college accreditation process;
  • Active involvement and leadership in community and professional organizations at the local, state and national levels;
  • Demonstrated resilience and adaptability through challenges to support organizational sustainability post pandemic and beyond.

Conditions of Employment

Pay Philosophy: Movement to the next step placement is contingent on receiving a satisfactory performance evaluation AND a recommendation by the Board of Trustees.

This is a contract, full-time, 12-month, Executive Level position. The work schedule is Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Flexible schedule and weekends might be necessary to address the needs of programs and job duties. The District also provides an annual mileage stipend of $4,800 for this executive level position. The District provides medical, dental, and vision insurance for the employee and eligible dependents and life insurance for the employee. (Salary Schedule: LL-3)

  • Regular attendance is considered an essential job function; the inability to meet attendance requirements may preclude the employee from retaining employment.
  • The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in Coast Community College District policies, procedures, and Title IX. (Reference: BP/AP 5910).
  • The Coast Community College District celebrates all forms of diversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators, and faculty thrive. Individuals interested in advancing equity and inclusion goals are strongly encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.

Additional Information

In order to receive consideration, applicants must submit a complete application packet consisting of the following six (6) items:

  1. A complete Coast Community College District Online Employment Application.
  2. Candidate Letter of Application (separate attachment) that succinctly addresses the position profile and opportunities and challenges of the job announcement, and how your experience and professional background prepared you for this role (not to exceed 6 pages, single sided).
  3. Current Resume (separate attachment) including an email address and telephone number.
  4. Reference List (separate attachment) with the names, home and/or business telephone numbers, and e-mail address of eight (8) references: include three (3) supervisors and three (3) direct-reports from current or former employers.
  5. Responses to Desirable Qualifications (separate attachment) address the desirable qualifications as they relate to your qualifications.
  6. Responses to Supplemental Questions answer the supplemental questions directly within the online application.

Submit an application online at:

Coast Community College District Human Resources
1370 Adams Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Individuals who need reasonable accommodations in accordance with ADA should notify the Human Resources Office for assistance or call 714.438.4716.

  • All online applications received by the deadline date will be screened to determine which applicants meet the minimum qualifications as stated in the job announcement. Please note: Possession of the minimum qualifications does not ensure an interview.
  • Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and who are also deemed to possess the highest degree of desirable qualifications will be invited to discuss their qualifications in an interview at the college. If any travel is required for an applicant to participate in person during the interview process, this will be done so at the candidate's own expense. During the campus visit, each candidate will be interviewed and may be asked to conduct a short teaching demonstration/presentation on a previously announced topic as well as participate in a writing exercise, or hands-on practical.
  • The search committee will rate the candidate's responses to the interview questions, the demonstration/presentation, and the applicable writing exercises and/or hands-on practical. Based on this rating, a number of candidates will be recommended to move forward and will be invited to the campus for a second-level interview.
  • The campus President will make the final recommendation for employment to the Board of Trustees.
  • The successful candidate will be offered the position and placed on the current salary schedule based on their education and experience.
  • The start date will be determined by the hiring manager depending on the needs of the campus and the conditions of employment as posted in the job announcement/recruitment.


  • To be considered in the initial committee review, all materials requested in this vacancy notice must be received no later than the filing deadline. Submission of all application materials is the responsibility of the applicant.
  • The District does not contact nor employ outside agencies or headhunters to assist us in the recruitment process for our vacant positions.
  • Applicants wishing to apply for more than one position must submit separate application materials for each desired position.
  • During the interview process, consideration will be given to factors in addition to education and experience, including but not limited to: professional development, ability to work with others, and commitment to meet student needs.
  • Applicants who are eliminated from consideration will be notified by email. All applicants are requested to provide an email address in their online application. Candidates should not expect official notification of the status of their candidacy until the Board of Trustees has acted upon the College's recommendation for employment.
  • The District reserves the right to contact the current or most recent employer and to investigate past employment records of applicants selected for interviews.
  • The District reserves the right to extend the deadline, re-advertise the position or delay filling this position based on the needs of the District and the student population we serve.
  • The College does not return materials submitted in the application for a position. (Copies of original supporting documents are acceptable).
  • Official transcripts will be requested by Human Resources during the 'new hire' process.

The District has retained Community College Search Services to support its search and selection processes. For confidential inquiries and nominations, please contact:

Community College Search Services
Dr. Erlinda Martinez
(714) 421-3235

District Search Liaison
Shannon O'Connor-Escudero
District Director, HR, Recruitment & Employment Services
Coast Community College District (714) 438-4713

Coast Community College District Title IX:

Coast Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer
The Coast Community College District is committed to employing qualified administrators/managers, faculty, and staff members who are dedicated to student learning and success. The Board recognizes that diversity in the academic environment fosters awareness, promotes mutual understanding and respect, and provides suitable role models for all students. The Board is committed to hiring and staff development processes that support the goals of equal opportunity and diversity, and, equal consideration for all qualified candidates. The District does not discriminate unlawfully in providing educational or employment opportunities to any person on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, or genetic information.

The Coast Community College District is a multi-college district that includes Coastline, Community College, Golden West College, and Orange Coast College. The three colleges offer programs in transfer, general education, occupational/technical education, community services, and student support services. Coastline, Golden West, and Orange Coast Colleges enroll more than 60,000 students each year in more than 300 degree and certificate programs.

Since its founding in 1947, the Coast Community College District has enjoyed a reputation as one of the leading community college districts in the United States. Governed by a locally elected Board of Trustees, the Coast Community College District plays an important role in the community by responding to the needs of a changing and increasingly diverse population.

This direct link2021 Coast Community College District Annual Security and Fire Safety Report(Download PDF reader)is the 2021 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for Coast Colleges. The crime statistics for calendar years 2018, 2019, and 2020 were submitted to the U.S. Department of Education as required under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. A hard copy can be provided from one of the Campus Safety Offices. Please contact any of the Campus Safety Offices for any questions regarding the report.

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