Information for Applicants

The San Joaquin Delta Community College District seeks a Superintendent/President with the qualifications, the demonstrated culturally competent professional skills and abilities, integrity, and the personal qualities that, in effective combination, will enable this person to lead the District in successfully addressing the challenges and pursuing the opportunities outlined above.

Information for Applicants

Minimum Qualifications

  • Earned a Master’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution or equivalent.
  • At least five years of progressive senior-level administrative experience in a higher education environment.
  • Demonstrated sensitivity in working with students, employees, and community members from diverse ethnic, racial, disability, gender, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Earned Doctorate Degree from an accredited institution or equivalent.
  • Experience and proven success in community college educational leadership.
  • Senior administrative/leadership experience in a higher education institution with an ethnically and racially and socioeconomically diverse student body.
  • Faculty experience in teaching or student services, and/or providing support for the roles of faculty, instruction and student services, in a higher education environment.
  • Proven record of successful management of all resources, including effective budget development and oversight, as well as external resource development through pursuit of grant funding and community support through community partnerships and/or a foundation.
  • Successful experience working with a Board of Trustees or the equivalent.
  • Experience effectively navigating the complexities of the California Community College policy, legal and accreditation environment or equivalent.
Ideal Characteristics/Qualities

The ideal candidate is one with a proven record of:

  • Advancing student success as the highest institutional priority, with a strong commitment to excellence in the learning and teaching process, including supporting innovative approaches to classroom instruction, new methods of instructional delivery, and technological changes, while placing the highest priority on student access, retention, and success;

  • Working effectively with all constituent groups, with strong demonstrated experience in participative decision making and building successful relationships, including those involved in employee collective bargaining; establishing and maintaining a constructive working relationship with the Board of Trustees;

  • Promoting a strong commitment to increasing diversity and fostering inclusion in the student, faculty, and staff population including differences in cultural, socioeconomic, age, gender, ethnic, religious, sexual orientation, and disability status;

  • Cultivating and maintaining positive and productive relationships in all segments of the community;

  • Successfully balancing institution goals in the efficient use of resources, including developing budgets that reflect the strategic goals and priorities of the institution;

  • Effectively navigating the complexities of state, federal and local policy, legal and fiscal environments as well as working successfully with regional accreditation agencies;

  • Successfully partnering with local school districts, baccalaureate-granting institutions, local government, business, and civic organizations in support of educational initiatives;

  • Working effectively with accreditation standards, integrated planning, effectiveness review cycles, and automated tracking of student learning outcomes;

  • Extensively understanding the accrediting process of the Western Association of Colleges and Universities/Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (WASC/ACCJC) with successful experience in leading or participating substantially in the accreditation process of a college or district;

  • Providing leadership in fiscal management, strategic planning, human resources development, collective bargaining, curriculum and instruction, enrollment management, student services, technology, and facilities management;

  • Successfully fundraising with an educational institution, and experience in engaging with the community in resource development;

  • Demonstrating the fiscal acumen to effectively promote, implement, and manage external resource development, including campaigns to successfully pass capital bond measures;

  • Supporting evidence-based best practices in student and learning support services, and providing advocacy for academically and economically challenged and historically underrepresented populations resulting in improved student access and success;

  • Valuing student leadership development, student government, a student-friendly atmosphere, a broad array of extracurricular activities, and a student-centered district; and

  • Effectively evaluating staff, supporting continuing education, and recognizing staff achievements to promote morale, efficiency, effectiveness, productivity and a stable campus workforce.

Who We're Looking For

Our new leader will exemplify the following traits:

  • Be guided in philosophy and experience, by a clear understanding and deep commitment to the mission of the community college, particularly as it fits within California higher education;

  • Be a courageous and ethical leader who creates a climate where innovation is valued and encouraged;

  • Be a strategic thinker, transformational leader, and a creative and reasoned risk-taker, yet one who values the positive contribution of stability and tradition;

  • Effectively embrace and interact with people of different cultures to provide effective educational services and programs that address the social, linguistic, and diverse needs of students, employees, and the communities the District serves;

  • Articulate a clear vision that encompasses the changing role of the California community colleges in the 21st century and the ability to inspire others with that vision, while being responsive to new and ongoing statewide initiatives (i.e. AB 705, Guided Pathways, New Funding Formula, the Chancellor's Vision for Success, etc.);

  • Demonstrate respect, honesty, integrity, trust, confidence, compassion and have the ability to inspire these qualities in others as a mentor and as leader of the institution;

  • Have outstanding interpersonal and communication skills that include respectful listening and the encouragement of diverse opinions as well as the ability to mediate conflict and build consensus and unity among various constituencies; and

  • Possess a tolerance for ambiguity, function under stress with an even temperament, have a sense of humor and a willingness to take unpopular positions when necessary.

Demands, Accommodation and Salary Information

Physical Demands

Must possess physical ability and stamina to do the job. Additionally, this position will require frequent travel to other locations in order to successfully accomplish the required work duties and responsibilities. Frequent evening and weekend work are required.

Environmental Elements

Employees work in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances. Employees may interact with District personnel, students and/or private representatives in moving forth the District’s mission.

Reasonable Accommodation

Reasonable accommodation is available upon request.


Compensation is competitive and negotiable, commensurate with background and experience. Benefits include medical, dental, and vision for employees and their dependents, and life insurance for the employee at the District's sponsored rate. This position is eligible for CalPERS or CalSTRS retirement.

Conditions of Employment
  • Successful completion of background check, credit check, fingerprint clearance and TB screening.
  • Proof of eligibility to work in the United States and signing of loyalty oath per Government Code sections 3100-3109.
  • Meeting applicable eligibility requirements under CalPERS or CalSTRS if you are a current or former member.
  • Board of Trustees approval.
Application Process

Application Deadline:

  • April 15, 2019 at 8 p.m. PST.

To Apply:

Send the required documents to both of the following email addresses:

If you do not receive an email reply acknowledging receipt of the completed application within 48 working hours, contact Rita Kilgore, Delta College Human Resources Specialist, at or (209)954-5055.


Required Application Documents

  1. Cover Letter/Statement of Qualifications limited to 4 pages
  2. Current Resume
  3. List of References (maximum eight) to include phone and email contact information for:
    1. One direct supervisor
    2. One peer
    3. One faculty member
    4. One direct report
    5. One member of a governing board or member of the community,
    6. One classified or support staff member
  4. Supplemental Questions (.docx)
  5. Unofficial Transcripts showing date of degree conferment
  6. Written Authorization to conduct a background check, a credit check, a physical, and a fingerprint clearance process following a successful interview and advancing to final screening

Special Instructions

  1. Applicant files with all required application materials received by April 15, 2019 at 8 p.m. PST will be reviewed by a College Screening Committee.
  2. The committee will conduct first-level interviews on May 13, May 14 and May 15, 2019.
  3. Final candidates will conduct on-campus open forums the week of June 3, 2019.
  4. Applicants invited to interview may request the reimbursement of reasonable travel expenses.
  5. A final determination will be rendered during an open meeting of the Board of Trustees.

Confidential Inquiries and Questions About the Process

Benjamin T. Duran, Ed.D.
President, PPL Inc.
(209) 761-0534

Jim Riggs, Ed.D.
Vice President, PPL Inc.
(209) 559–6550

Pam Walker, Ed.D.
Senior Associate, PPL Inc.
(916) 768-8565


Additional Information

  • The Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1987, Public Law 99-603, requires that employers obtain documentation from every new employee which authorizes that individual to accept employment in this country. This requirement applies to both United States citizens and aliens. Any employee who is unwilling/unable to fulfill this requirement will not be employed.
  • The District will not sponsor any visa applications.
  • If accommodations are needed for the application process in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, please inform Benjamin T. Duran, EdD, President PPL Inc.
  • The Board of Trustees reserves the right to extend time limits or reinstate the search process at any time. Moreover, the Board of Trustees may choose to pursue an external appointment pursuant to the guidelines set forth in Title 5 regulations. The District is an equal opportunity employer. Finally, the District encourages applications from underrepresented minorities and the disabled.