Position Vacancy Announcement
Johnston Community College
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The Board of Trustees of Johnston Community College (JCC) invites applications and nominations for its fourth President. The President of the College serves as the Chief Executive Officer and is responsible to the appointed 12-member Board of Trustees. The Student Government Association President serves as a non-voting thirteenth member. The President will thoroughly understand and have a commitment to the mission and the purpose of JCC and is expected to provide leadership for the College and the educational effectiveness of all aspects of the institution. The President will build a vision for the College, shared by the Board, the College, and the Community that will ensure future growth. The President will also serve on the JCC Foundation Board of Directors.
Johnston Community College in Smithfield, North Carolina, is 30 miles east of Raleigh near the junction of I-95 and US 70. It is located midway between New York and Florida on I-95 and at the crossroads of I-95 and I-40. Johnston County connects the nation's North and South with East and West. Its location places it only a two-hour drive from Atlantic Coast beaches and a four-hour drive from the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The College, with locations throughout Johnston County, North Carolina, was established in 1969. The 175-acre main campus boasts state-of-the-art facilities, picturesque pines, colorful azaleas and scenic ponds and offers 35+ programs of study as well as numerous continuing education courses. Additional locations include the Cleveland Center, the Johnston County Workforce Development Center in Clayton, and the Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center, a 2800-acre wildlife preserve and teaching facility. The main campus in Smithfield is home to a 16-acre Arboretum and the 1007-seat Paul A. Johnston Auditorium attracting additional involvement on-campus by community members.
JCC awards associate degrees, certificates, and diplomas to students pursuing college transfer, occupational, technical, and continuing education opportunities. The College serves more than 11,000 students annually through curriculum and continuing education which includes workforce training and customized instructional programs. The full-time equivalent enrollment is approximately 4,100. JCC ranks 16th among the 58 colleges in the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS). With an annual state budget of about $30 million, JCC employs some 600 full-time and part-time employees. During its history, JCC has maintained its small-town values while progressively meeting the needs of one of the fastest growing counties in the state.
JCC is committed to understanding and meeting the educational needs of the area's citizens, businesses, industries, and service sectors. The College provides life-long educational opportunities consistent with our students' interests and abilities, prepares graduates capable of acquiring and applying knowledge and succeeding in the regional and global community, and serves as a positive economic, social, and cultural catalyst in our diverse communities. JCC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is in the process of its decennial review.
Professional Qualifications & Experience Requirements
An earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution is required. A minimum of three (3) years of senior-level executive experience in higher education is required. Preference given to candidates with work experience in a community or technical college as well as community or technical college presidential experience. Progressive experience with a proven record that demonstrates the following:
- Visionary and Entrepreneurial Leadership – A strategic, inspiring, leader who is goal-oriented, encourages innovation, promotes growth and progress, and is adaptable to new technologies;
- Integrity and Character – Personable, open-minded, fair, decisive, adaptable, empathetic, optimistic, and supportive; personal and professional ethics;
- Team Building – Delegates authority to and supports all faculty and staff to provide excellent educational programs and services that are focused on student success and client satisfaction;
- Communication Skills – Collaboratively creates a clear focus, vision and message; maintains campus visibility and open channels of communications with all of the campus community; an articulate spokesperson for the College, locally, statewide, and nationally;
- Focus on Community – Builds the college and the community through collaboration with its stakeholders and constituencies – education, Foundation, government, business, and agriculture; supports the economic development efforts of the service area;
- Experienced Educator – Experienced in classroom (knowledge and support of the classroom environment) and as community college administrator; political astuteness with proven advocacy skills; an understanding of the NCCCS, as well as local, state, and national legislative processes and issues;
- Fiscal Responsibility – Fiduciary-minded; has an astute comprehension of community college finances; holds others and themselves accountable;
- Student-Oriented – A strong commitment to students; is engaged with and serves as a student advocate; expectation of excellence in teaching, learning, and all programs and services with academic rigor; embraces and understands diversity within the college service area and practices inclusiveness; ensures a safe campus community.
All nominations and documents should be submitted electronically via the submission portal at: https://www.johnstoncc.edu/about/presidential-search/
No paper applications will be accepted. Applicants will submit the following for review using 12-point Times New Roman font:
- A cover letter not to exceed two pages in length demonstrating how you meet the qualifications, what aspects of JCC you find intriguing, and what excites you about moving to Johnston County, NC.
- A resume not to exceed five pages in length addressing qualifications and experiences.
- A list of five professional references, including names and telephone numbers (both cell or home and business).
All application materials must be received by 11:59 PM EST on October 5, 2022, to guarantee a full review. Applications received after October 5, 2022, cannot be guaranteed full consideration. The review of applications will begin October 6, 2022. Applications will be screened, and the most qualified applicants interviewed. All applicants will be notified once the position has been filled.
Please Note: All finalists will be required to travel to JCC’s campus in Smithfield, NC for presentations to the Board, faculty, staff, students, and the community at large.
The President’s salary and benefits will be based on the NCCCS salary scale plus a county supplement. JCC is an Equal Employment Opportunity institution. If you have any questions or suggestions or would like to make a confidential inquiry, please contact our JCC Liaison: Kismet K. Matthews, Ed.D.,