Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist Dallas College in their search for the El Centro Campus president.
Dallas College, formerly known as Dallas County Community College District, has served the community for more than 50 years operating as a district of seven independently accredited colleges. In 2020, those colleges united under a single name, offering students a more streamlined, convenient experience. The seven original campuses live on as primary locations.
This is a tremendous time to join the college and help to shape how Dallas College will continue to serve the community for the next 50 years.
This role is ideal for a cutting-edge, results-focused leader with a proven history of developing partnerships and collaborations, promoting student access and success, and advancing diversity, equity and inclusion while inspiring teams to deliver exceptional customer service and student experiences. The position requires an entrepreneurial fundraiser with the ability to develop external partnerships. The successful candidate is a proven change agent, highly skilled and comfortable navigating in a fluid and dynamic environment. They are an engaging leader with a strong background in community engagement and development.
The president is the chief executive officer of the campus and reports directly to the Dallas College chancellor. The president is responsible for business and community engagement, advancement, campus culture and the student experience. The president is a champion for removing barriers to success through student-focused actions and support of expanded comprehensive services to students. The president works closely with other Dallas College leaders, including the executive vice chancellor, provost, vice chancellors and the other campus presidents.
The president is responsible for leading both campus and collegewide initiatives that contribute to the vibrancy, growth and economic stability of Dallas County for future generations, with primary emphases in areas of:
- Business and community outreach to extend partnerships, expand resources and share capacity to advance and build Dallas College's career-connected learner network in support of current and future students
- Campus culture, including the student experience and the employee experience
- Diversity, equity and inclusion, working to ensure equitable outcomes for minority, low-income and other underserved students
- An expertise in understanding challenges of a community, developing solutions for employers, problem-solving and starting innovative programs or initiatives
- An entrepreneurial spirit in the development of partnerships — with and without funding — to expand the capacity of serving the population of Dallas County and beyond
- An ability to engage and work collaboratively with business, education and community leaders to develop and strengthen relationships and partnerships that leverage the talents, resources and facilities to meet the needs of students and other stakeholders
- A well-developed sense of the student population to be served and industry/community problems Dallas College can help address, based on consideration of broad input from both internal and external stakeholders
- An interest in, and a successful record of, strategic risk-taking, requiring the identification and elimination of barriers to the delivery of the required result
- An ability to promote and support a campus culture that is responsive and nimble, innovative and effective, and results-oriented
- Excellent communication skills and the ability to interact with diverse internal and external stakeholders and constituents within the Dallas College network in ways that inspire trust and action
- Ensuring that Dallas College achieves high and measurably improving levels of student success in the areas of learning, completion, four-year transfer, post-graduation success in the labor market, elimination of barriers to success and closing gaps based on race and income
- Building strong alliances among business and community leaders to articulate challenges, engage in problem-solving and leverage available resources to support solutions
- Pursuing supportive resources — individual, programmatic, agency-based, public and private channels — to fund new and emerging program initiatives
- Participating in a wide array of collaborative discussions and efforts with the chancellor, other college leaders and K-12 leaders to further the progress of Dallas College in achieving its goals
- Inspiring a values-based campus culture that clearly aligns with and advances the Dallas College mission, values and strategic priorities
- Inspiring and facilitating engagement, accountability, professionalism and continuous learning by all employees in a shared commitment to serving all students in an exceptional manner
- Engaging in succession planning efforts by facilitating the development of leadership skills within current employees
- Developing collaborative leadership strategies to promote the value of diversity, equity and inclusion at all levels of the organization in the areas of selection, training, coaching, development and evaluation of Dallas College employees
- Modeling effective communication that promotes transparency, professionalism and respect
- Making decisions that are data-informed and strategically sound for both short- and long-term initiatives
- Modeling a collaborative, noncompetitive leadership approach beginning with the needs of students, employers and the community, understanding that Dallas College students may be simultaneously learning on multiple campuses
- Earned master's degree
- Five years of management experience, including three years of upper-level administrative experience in a community college/higher education environment or in a business environment that is related to or compatible with a career-connected learner network approach to the delivery of educational services to meet the needs of students, employers and the community
- Demonstrated experience in oral and written communications confirming the ability to effectively research ideas, organize thoughts and persuade diverse internal and external audiences
- Earned doctorate from an accredited institution
- Prior leadership experience
- Administrative experience in a comprehensive community college system
- Demonstrated experience in teaching and/or student services in an academic environment
Dallas College El Centro Campus offers unique opportunities in size, setting, location and goals. El Centro Campus also commits to open access and offers opportunities for intellectual, professional and leadership development through credit and noncredit career, transfer and certificate programs.
El Centro Campus is designated as an HSI. Additionally, El Centro Campus has realized Achieving the Dream (ATD) status.
El Centro Campus desires a broad-thinking leader comfortable interacting with top industry executives, raising funds and helping to drive the brand-new downtown campus initiative to fruition. The El Centro Campus president must believe in the mission and see Dallas College as the solution to the challenges faced by companies today. The successful candidate is a passionate leader, ready to roll up their sleeves, interact with the community and local industry, and ensure resources are in place to accomplish campus goals.
For more than 50 years, Dallas County Community College District provided affordable, quality education to nearly 3 million people through seven independently accredited colleges in Dallas County.
In June 2020, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) approved the district's plan to unify as a single institution, Dallas College. The new Dallas College encompasses Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland, which will now be referred to as campuses instead of colleges.
By approving a comprehensive application detailing concrete steps on how the district would consolidate its colleges to better serve students, SACSCOC also granted the district a “level change," allowing what is now Dallas College to offer a Bachelor of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education and Teaching, the first four-year degree offered by the institution.
Dallas College El Centro campus, located in the center of Dallas' downtown area, is a designated HSI and Achieving the Dream campus serving more than 11,000 students. El Centro will be breaking ground on a brand-new downtown campus location as Dallas College develops an innovation center and maker space. The new location will partner with local four-year universities and feature a hotel and conference center, as well as other resources to create a collaborative teaching and learning environment with application tied to real-world needs.
El Centro was the first campus within the system to offer a nursing program and has established relationships with several top-notch hospitals in the Dallas area. It is also the only Dallas College campus that offers a Culinary, Pastry and Hospitality program. Signature programs include Culinary, Pastry and Hospitality; Nursing; Fashion Marketing/Fashion Design; and Google IT Support Certificate.
Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should include a cover letter and CV. Inquiries and nominations are treated confidentially and can be sent to
Jennifer Muller, Academic Career & Executive Search.
For full consideration, applications should be received by Sept. 7, 2020.
Dallas College is part of an equal opportunity system that provides education and employment opportunities without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Dallas College complies with the Americans with Disabilities and Veterans acts. If you require special accommodations in order to apply for a position, please contact the college Human Resources Office.
**Candidates are subject to a comprehensive background check. Official transcripts will be required. Some positions may be subject to a fingerprint check. **