Golden West College President

Coast Community College District

Golden West College President

Coast Community College District

Salary: $255,454.00 – $317,957.00 Annually

Job Type: Full Time

Job Number: DM-001-24

Location: Huntington Beach, CA

This is an open until filled position. However, interested, qualified applicants are encouraged to apply by the first closing review date of November 3, 2023. Applicants who apply after November 3, 2023 will be held for a second review, as needed.

Please note that as part of the interview process, finalists may be asked to participate in an onsite forum, tentatively scheduled for December 15, 2023.

Golden West College founded in 1965 and located in the coastal community of Huntington Beach, also known as “Surf City,” Golden West College is regarded as one of the most beautiful campuses in Southern California. Golden West College is part of the Coast Community College District, a multi-college district that includes Orange Coast College, and Coastline Community College.

Golden West College is recognized as a Hispanic and Asian American & Native American Pacific Islander serving institution that is committed to eliminating achievement gaps and promoting equity. At Golden West College, the programs offered reflect a commitment to inclusivity and cultural awareness. The curriculum supports a wide spectrum of interests and aspirations ranging from innovative arts and sciences to cutting-edge technology, transfer pathways, career technical education, and workforce training. Students can embark on educational journeys that respect and celebrate their diverse backgrounds, preparing them to thrive in a competitive and interconnected world.

The Golden West College President is responsible for advancing the mission, vision, and values of the college, supporting student success, and strengthening connections within the communities served and reports to the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees.

The successful candidate will share qualities aligned with the mission, vision, and values of Golden West College, the Coast Community College District, and the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. Desired qualities of Golden West College President that would reflect this alignment may include:

  1. Commitment to Student Success: The ideal president should demonstrate a strong commitment to student success and equity, recognizing that every student, regardless of background, deserves access to high-quality education and support to achieve their academic goals. The president should prioritize the needs and interests of students in all decision-making processes, ensuring that their voices are heard, and their concerns are addressed.
  2. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility: The president should champion diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, fostering a campus environment where all students and employees feel welcome and valued. This includes promoting a campus culture that embraces different perspectives and background.
  3. Academic Excellence: The president should prioritize academic excellence, ensuring that Golden West College maintains rigorous academic programs and upholds high standards of teaching and learning.
  4. Communication Skills: Strong and open communication skills, including the ability to engage with diverse stakeholders, are crucial. The president should be a transparent and effective spokesperson for the college, both internally and externally.
  5. Collaboration and Partnerships: An effective president should have the ability to build and nurture partnerships with community organizations, both on and off campus, businesses, and government agencies to support the college’s mission and enhance opportunities for students.
  6. Fiscal Responsibility: The president should be adept at financial management, strategic planning, fund raising, and making sound budgetary decisions that allocate resources effectively to support both short-term needs and long-term sustainability.
  7. Visionary and Innovated Leadership: The president should possess a clear and inspiring vision for the future of Golden West College, aligning that vision with the goals of the California Community College Chancellor’s Office and the Coast Community College District. In an ever-evolving educational landscape, the president should embrace innovation and be willing to adapt to changes and emerging trends in higher education.
  8. Advocacy: The president should be a strong advocate for the college, its students, and the community it serves. This includes advocating for policies and resources that benefit the college and its mission.
  9. Integrity and Ethics: The highest ethical standards should guide the president’s actions, demonstrating integrity, transparency, and accountability in all endeavors.
  10. Governance, Consultation, and Collective Bargaining: The president should respect autonomy and shared governance and understand the unique challenges and opportunities within the California Community College System, including collective bargaining, labor relations, employee contract administration, and conflict resolution practices.

Qualifications and Physical Demands


  • 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 and employees.
  • Or a combination of education and experience that is at least equivalent to the above.


  • An earned Doctorate from an accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Classroom teaching, student services experience, or experience in support of student learning and development, preferably at the collegiate level.
  • At least five years of demonstrated and responsible administrative experience, preferably in a higher education environment supporting instruction, student services, or business services.
  • At least three years of experience managing a multi-million-dollar budget in higher education.
  • Experience in shared governance and demonstrated understanding of collective bargaining in California higher education.


  • The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
  • The work environment characteristics are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • A detailed list of physical demands and work environment is on file and will be provided upon request.

Conditions of Employment
Start Date: January 1, 2024, or as soon as can be arranged.

Pay Philosophy: Movement to the next step placement is contingent on receiving a satisfactory performance evaluation AND a recommendation by the Chancellor. An annual stipend of $3,000 is offered for possession of an earned doctorate from an accredited institution. The District also provides an annual mileage stipend of $3,400 for this executive level position.

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 provides medical, dental, and vision insurance for the employee and eligible dependents and life insurance for the employee. (Salary Schedule: LL-2)

  • 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 online application packet consisting of the following:

Completed Online Application.

  1. Current Resume (separate attachment, not to exceed six pages).
  2. Reference List (separate attachment) with the names, telephone number(s), and e-mail address of eight references: three supervisors, two direct reports, one classified professional, and three faculty members from current or former institutions.
  3. Letter of Application (separate attachment, not to exceed six pages) that addresses the desired qualities of GWC President.

Submit an application online at:

Submission of all required application information and materials is the responsibility of the applicant.

Disability Accommodations: Individuals who need reasonable accommodations in accordance with ADA should notify the Human Resources Office for assistance or call 714.438.4714 or 714.438.4716.
Information for TDD users is available by calling (714) 438-4755.

Applications must be received no later than the posted closing date. Instructions for completing applications and applying to posted positions are available online or by calling Applicant Processing at (714) 438-4714.

All application materials become the property of the Coast Community College District and will NOT be copied or returned.

Any documents that you are unable to attach can be faxed to (714) 782-6065. Faxes must clearly indicate your name and the job to which you are applying.

All applications will be screened under a process of utmost confidentiality by a committee of representatives from the college community.

Search and Selection Committee Liaison – PPL, Inc.
Pam Walker, Vice President PPL, Inc. – (916) 768-8565,
Jim Riggs, Vice President, PPL, Inc. – (209) 559-6550,

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:

This direct link 2023 Coast Community College District Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (Download PDF reader) is the 2023 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for Coast Colleges. The crime statistics for calendar years 2020, 2021, and 2022 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.

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 provide 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.

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