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Green River College Presidential Search

Presidential Search

The Green River College Board of Trustees has announced their search for the next president of Green River College. Green River College is conveniently located between Seattle and Tacoma. The President serves as the chief executive officer of the College, reporting to a five-member board appointed by the Governor of the State of Washington. The President will lead the College academically, administratively and fiscally, as guided by the mission and Strategic Plan of Green River College.

Update (Feb. 1, 2017): The Presidential Search Advisory Committee Members are reviewing applications. Semifinalist candidates will be notified by Feb. 17, 2017.   

Position Description

College President

General Description: The President serves as the chief executive officer of the college under the authority granted by the State of Washington and delegated by the supervising Board of Trustees of Community College District 10. The president directs college operations by setting and implementing the College vision and goals. As a student-centered leader with a proven record of effective leadership and skills in decision making, motivating others, and achieving institutional goals, the president provides the overall leadership, administration and direction for the college's comprehensive education and support programs in accordance with applicable federal and state laws and board policy. The President shall use demonstrated leadership and management skills to develop partnerships and coalitions with businesses, communities, and government; manage fiscal and budgetary matters; and work effectively with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the community, recognizing the diversity within the Green River College service area. 

Position Responsibilities: Directs the implementation of district policies and programs in the education, support and operational activities of the college through:

  • College Planning:  Provide leadership by assessing community and college needs.  Conduct formal planning activities to project and plan for future educational programs of the college, including the support and promotion of diversity in service to students and college activities.
  • College Management:  Provide direction for the college.  Plan ahead.  Anticipate problems and use resources effectively.  Analyze a problem, gather and evaluate facts, and reach sound conclusions.  Express ideas both verbally and in writing.  Set rational priorities and implement them in a timely fashion.  Support and promote diversity in all college activities.  Consult willingly with appropriate constituencies as a part of the decision-making process.  Manage college affairs calmly and effectively.                
  • Personnel and Labor Relations:  Support and pursue good faith negotiations with employee groups and associations.  Assure all employees of a fair hearing if disciplinary action is initiated against them.  Develop and promote professional development activities and promotional opportunities for faculty, staff and administrators.  Support and promote diversity in hiring, training, and promotion of all college staff.  Employ fair and equitable employment selection and promotional practices.  Recruit and select highly-qualified and capable employees through thorough selection processes.  Provide opportunities for members of the college community to be represented in college governance.   
  • Budget Control:  As chief executive officer, instill an awareness of fiscal responsibility and accountability across the college.  Conduct a thorough and sound process of annual budget development.  Present the budget in an organized and understandable manner to the board.  Recognize the approval of the budget as the board of trustees' expression of fiscal priorities.  Comply with board fiscal policies and delegations.  Pursue external and supplemental funding and resources to support special college projects and to augment the regular fund allocations.
  • Community Relations:  Maintain effective relationships with the media in order to make the public aware of the college, its programs, and activities.  Continuously update an effective college marketing plan.  Participate in community activities and organizations to gain visibility for the college. Communicate the college's needs to the community and the community needs to the college.  Foster effective communications with other educational institutions including the local public schools and other higher education institutions and assessment to determine program quality and needs. 
  • Legislative Relations:  Assist the Board and provide leadership in informing and educating local legislators about issues important to the College and maintain ongoing communication on emerging issues concerning the college.  Participate in SBCTC legislative activities to support and promote issues of importance to the College and the college system.  Inform the internal college community on legislative issues.
  • Board Relations:  Provide adequate background information for the board in advance of meetings.  Provide relevant information, including appropriate policy recommendations, for the board to make sound decisions.  Implement the board policies in a timely manner.  Seek guidance from the board on important matters.  Assist the board in understanding its legal responsibilities.  Keep the board informed of matters of importance to the college.
  • Relations with internal constituencies:  Foster effective relationships with the faculty and staff in carrying out college programs.  Ensure accessibility to students and demonstrate concern for the welfare of all students.  Communicate regularly with faculty, staff and students.
  • Relations with external groups:  Be sensitive to community needs; represent the college effectively to the community.  Represent the college effectively to the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and establish effective working relationships with the state staff.  Participate in the activities of the Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges, Board of Presidents.  Maintain contact with other agencies of government, promoting the interests of the college, college personnel, and the citizens of the district.  Assure accreditation standards of the regional and program specific accrediting bodies are met.  Actively participate with the college Foundation; represent the ideas and practices of college to the foundation board; listen to and collaborate with Foundation board members.
  • College Activities:  Support and encourage student leadership development. Be a supporter of college activities while promoting the diversity of the college. Support faculty and staff functions and activities.
  • Professional Growth:  Maintain meaningful participation in professional organizations to remain abreast of the new innovative practices and programs. Participate in seminars, workshops, and classes to renew, refresh, and extend technical and professional expertise.

Presidential Search Profile

The Presidential Search Profile is the product of collaboration by members of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee to best articulate the qualities required of the next leader of Green River College. 

The Board of Trustees of Green River College welcomes candidates to the position of President. Potential candidates should possess the following qualities or characteristics:

An earned Master's degree or higher from an accredited institution and senior-level higher education administrative experience are required.

Demonstrated leadership and a commitment to the mission of Green River College:

  • Engage and motivate members of the College to achieve the mission through instructional excellence, innovative programs and responsive services;
  • Decision making based on a governance style of collaborating with students, faculty, staff and the community;
  • Excellent communication, public speaking and interpersonal skills;
  • Innovative financial ventures in the service of the college mission and vision;
  • Appreciation of the synergy between a college and its non-profit foundation, including fundraising experience and community engagement;
  • Foster partnerships with external constituencies;
  • Commitment to work collaboratively with collective bargaining units and their representatives, and knowledge of labor relations and professional issues relating to higher education;
  • Advocacy for the College at the community, state, and national levels;
  • Understanding of and support for the College's role in cultivating global awareness.

As evidenced by:

  • Proven record of increasing student success, especially for underrepresented and underserved students;
  • Proven record of transforming an organization to increase and support diversity, equity & inclusion for students and employees;
  • Management experience in the assessment of community and college needs, strategic planning, resource development, budgets and capital development;
  • Experience working collaboratively with a Board of Trustees of an institution of higher education;
  • Experience and commitment in fostering a culture of accountability.

Presidential Search Advisory Committee Members

The Presidential Search Advisory Committee is a group of faculty, staff, students and community members at Green River College who have volunteered their time and efforts to prepare the Presidential Profile, a document that details the requirements for the next president of Green River College. The committee will also screen applications before recommending finalists to the Board of Trustees.

Jie Gao Student Chief Justice, Associated Student Government
Tiffaney Gibson Student Former, Associated Student Government
Jaeney Hoene Faculty President, United Faculty Union
Steve Kinholt Faculty Instructor, Mathematics
Liz Becker Faculty Division Chair, Humanities
Vik Bahl Faculty Co-Chair, Green River Diversity & Equity Council
Todd Henderson Classified Chief Shop Steward, IT
Jenny Park Classified Registrar’s Office
Nancy Kremer Exempt International Programs
George Frasier Administrator Executive Director, Foundation
Bruce deJong Foundation Board Mutual of Enumclaw
Kip Herren Community Member Superintendent, Auburn School District
Claudia Kauffman Board Chair, Green River College Board of Trustees (Ex-Officio)
Sharonne Navas Board Member, Green River College Board of Trustees (Ex-Officio)
Scott Morgan Committee Chair Interim President (Ex-Officio)


December 9, 2016 Position posted and advertised
December 9, 2016 — January 30, 2017 Applications accepted via NeoGov
February 15—17, 2017 Semifinalist candidates notified
February 27—March 9, 2017 On-Campus Interviews—candidates will be reimbursed for travel to our Auburn, WA campus
March 17, 2017 Finalists Notified
March 27—April 7, 2017 (tentative) “Home” visit by College representatives
April 10—April 14, 2017 Finalist Interview
April 20, 2017 Green River College Board of Trustees offers position

Frequently Asked Questions

What is NeoGov? NeoGov is the application platform utilized by Green River College. If you encounter an issue while using NeoGov, the site has a support function or you can contact our recruiting office during normal business hours. Our office can be reached at (253) 288-3320 or (253) 833-9111, ext. 2604.

How strict are you on the word limit for the cover letter? Our Search Committee was clear on the amount of content they felt was appropriate for the cover letter; please do not exceed the 3,000 word limit. 

What else should I know about the application materials? For the ease of evaluation by our Presidential Search Advisory Committee, we will be converting all cover letters into double spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font with 1" margins. The Presidential Search Advisory Committee will review the cover letter, your resume (which will not be converted) and your completed NeoGov application. 

How will I be notified of my application status? You will be notified in the date ranges indicated in the Timeline, either by email or by phone.

What happens at my on-campus interview? You will meet a group of dedicated students, faculty, staff, community members and ex-officio members, including our interim president and members of our Board of Trustees. This group of 18 people will conduct an interview that will last approximately 90 minutes.  There will also be a tour of Green River College's main Auburn campus and an opportunity for you to ask questions of us.

How will I get reimbursed for my travel? Through the hard work and dedication of our professional staff.  To be more specific, a member of the Human Resources team will provide you with everything you need to complete for a reimbursement during your visit.  Once you submit the information back to us, members of our Business Affairs team will process your reimbursement. 

What is a "Home" visit? Representatives of Green River College will visit your current place of employment to get a better sense of your working style and relationships. We will arrange this meeting to ensure that our visit is minimally disruptive.

What should I expect in the Finalist Interview? The finalist interview will include (at a minimum) a campus forum and an interview with the Board of Trustees.  You will be meeting our entire campus that day.

What is a Campus Forum? The Presidential Search Advisory Committee in coordination with the College Administration will provide all candidates with a topic to present to the Green River College campus community.  All candidates will receive the topic information in advance and will present on the same topic.  The forum will be recorded and made available for community members who are not able to attend.  You will be given a set amount of time to present on your topic and then will be asked to answer questions based on your presentation.

What if I have questions during the process? You can always ask.  We are here to help.  While your contact may change as your go through the process, you can always email hr@greenriver.edu and your question will be directed to the appropriate person for a response.