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Santa Rosa Junior College
  • Position Number: 5281785
  • Location: Santa Rosa, CA
  • Position Type: Human Resources

Director, Strategic Initiatives (Temporary) (Internal)

Santa Rosa Junior College

Salary: $10,997.00 - $13,367.00 Monthly

Job Type: Management

Job Number: 21-01404

Location: Santa Rosa, CA

Department: President

Closing: 6/11/2024 11:59 PM Pacific


FILING DEADLINE: June 11, 2024

It is the candidate's responsibility to be sure that ALL required materials, noted under application procedures section of this job announcement are submitted by the filling deadline in order to be given consideration.

Please note: Only completed applications from applicants that meet minimum qualifications for this position will be forwarded to the search committee. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that ALL required materials, noted under application procedures section of this job announcement are submitted in order to be given consideration. Please contact the Human Resources staff persons assigned to this recruitment (see the more about SRJC section of the job announcement) if any questions.


  • Salary Range: $10,997.00 - $13,367.00 per month (2023/24 Management Salary Schedule); maximum salary placement of $12,124.00 is based on assessment of previous experience as documented in application materials. An additional 2% compensation will be added to the base salary for an earned doctorate degree.
  • Fringe benefits: The District offers a competitive benefit package which includes health & welfare (medical/dental/vision/life/long-term disability) benefits for employees and eligible dependents.
  • Leave/Holiday time: Management employees earn 1 day of sick leave and 1.8333 days of vacation for each month worked. They are also entitled to holidays recognized by the District (17 holidays/year).
  • Housing Assistance: Reduced fees for mortgage loans and real estate services may be available to the candidate selected for this position (contact Human Resources for more information).

Under the direction of the Superintendent/President, provides leadership and support in fulfilling the District's mission, vision and goals by managing, directing and implementing assigned strategic initiatives that are cross-divisional in nature and that align with institutional goals and priorities.

This is a full-time, temporary (one-year) assignment that is only open to internal applicants at this time. At the end of the temporary assignment, the individual will have the option to be reinstated in their former position.

Santa Rosa Junior College has been an integral part of the Sonoma County community and its rich history, beauty and culture for more than 100 years. Many of SRJC's students are drawn to the college for its academic excellence, superb faculty and staff, comprehensive student services and beautiful grounds. SRJC's mission is to passionately cultivate learning through the creative, intellectual, physical, social, emotional, aesthetic and ethical development of our diverse community. At SRJC, we value learning that includes:
  • Excellent and innovative instruction and support services;
  • A learning- and learner-centered environment;
  • A welcoming physical environment;
  • Equity-minded faculty and staff with a caring and supportive attitude among faculty and staff;
  • Access to programs and courses that lead to transfer and/or gainful employment.
  • Access to lifelong learning opportunities
In 2021, SRJC served approximately 21,000 students each semester and is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism. SRJC is a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), reflecting the great responsibility that the College has to the educational attainment and economic well-being of the surrounding community. We also support diverse learning communities including, APASS, HSI Connections, Puente, Umoja. SRJC received the INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award for the past three consecutive years and SRJC was the only California Community College recipient of this award. This award recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. The ideal candidate will share SRJC's commitment to be an inclusive, diverse and sustainable learning community that engages the whole person.

Please see the following Online Resources to learn more about SRJC:

Office of the President
Student Services
SRJC Factbook

Essential Functions

Examples of key duties are interpreted as being descriptive and not restrictive in nature. Incumbents routinely perform approximately 80% of the duties below.

  1. Provide support and guidance to the Superintendent/President and President's Cabinet regarding the management and coordination of strategic initiatives and special projects by advancing projects, initiatives, and programs in support of the District's mission, vision, and goals.
  2. Coordinate strategic initiatives across functions and ensure timely progress. Coordinate efforts to develop, implement, and track projects related to SRJC's District Plan and anticipated outcomes to ensure completion. Collaborate with leadership to articulate and implement continuous improvement and data-driven decision making related to assigned initiatives.
  3. Direct and manage special projects related to strategic initiatives, including the creation of the District Plan. Provide project management and leadership for short-term institutional projects at the Superintendent/President's direction.
  4. Manage complex projects including developing and maintaining project timelines, conduct research, perform analyses, produce reports, and provide recommendations.
  5. Define project success criteria and disseminate to the involved parties throughout the project life cycle. Effectively communicate project expectations to team members and stakeholders in a timely and clear fashion. Manage changes in project scope, identify potential risks, and devise mitigation and contingency plans. Develop and deliver proposals, required documentation, status reports, and presentations.
  6. Ensure continuous process and procedure improvement and ongoing assessment for assigned areas through utilization of data-informed processes.
  7. Train, supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned staff; interview and select employees and recommend transfers, reassignment, termination and disciplinary actions.
  8. Develop and prepare department budget; analyze and review budgetary and financial data; authorize expenditures in accordance with established limitations.
  9. Direct the preparation and maintenance of narrative and statistical reports, records and files related to personnel and assigned activities.
  10. Communicate with faculty, staff, students and external organizations to coordinate activities and programs, resolve issues and exchange information.
  1. Leadership and managerial principles.
  2. Organization, functions, and inter-relationships of operating units and programs of the District.
  3. Principles and practices of employee supervision, including work planning, assignment, review and evaluation, and the training of staff in work procedures.
  4. Business best practices and time management techniques.
  5. Various office equipment operations, including computers and peripheral equipment.
  6. Higher education practices, with a focus on current practices in community colleges.
  7. Federal state and local regulations, including Title 5, Education Code, California regulatory agencies, accreditation, and collective bargaining.
  8. Project management and organizational process skills.
  9. Techniques in planning and executing operational plans, managing projects and /or programs, budgeting, and cost control.
  10. Applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures.
  11. Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
  1. Provide judgment, diplomacy, and understanding of assigned areas.
  2. Serve as a communicator and leader who takes responsibility for short-term assignments, intervenes by means of strategic problem solving. Communicate with a wide range of contacts internally and externally with tact, diplomacy and courtesy, and in a manner that reflects positively on the District.
  3. Analyze situations, make informed decisions and adopt an effective course of action in a timely manner while assessing the risks and benefits of alternatives and long and short term impacts.
  4. Learn, interpret, and apply knowledge of the District's functions, policies, procedures, rules, regulations, goals, and objectives.
  5. Plan, organize, and prioritize work to meet schedules and timelines in a fast- paced environment.
  6. Adapt and be flexible and prioritize projects.
  7. Direct programs, staff and cross-functional teams in an efficient and effective manner.
  8. Motivate and encourage others to work constructively and cooperatively to achieve and sustain a student and mission-centered environment; coordinate work performed by others.
  9. Manage situations, create innovative solutions to challenging problems, recommend potential solutions and implement decisions in a timely manner.
  10. Establish and maintain effective and harmonious relations with students, faculty, staff, administrators, executive leadership, the board of trustees and the public, while developing support for District initiatives.
  11. Effectively train, supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned staff.
  12. Compile, prepare, direct the preparation of and maintain records reports, records and files related to assigned activities.
  13. Demonstrate sensitivity to, and respect for, a diverse population.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates/incumbents must meet the minimum qualifications as detailed below, or file for equivalency. Equivalency decisions are made on the basis of a combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities. If requesting consideration on the basis of equivalency, an Equivalency Application is required at the time of interest in a position (equivalency decisions are made by Human Resources, in coordination with the department where the vacancy exists, if needed.)

Bachelor's degree in business, communications, public administration, public policy or related field.

Significant experience in organizational leadership or project management in a college environment. Some teaching experience in an educational setting is preferred.

Application Procedures

Application Procedures

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must provide the following:
  1. A completed Santa Rosa Junior College/ Employment Application and responses to Agency-wide Questions. Please note resumes are not a substitute for completing the "Work Experience" section of the employment application. Applications will be considered incomplete if no work experience is listed, or if other required application fields are missing or incomplete.
  2. Contact information (phone number and email address) for three professional references. One reference must be from a current or previous supervisor.
  3. A brief cover letter explaining your interest in the position, including how you meet the minimum and preferred requirements and are qualified to perform the essential functions as listed in this section of the job posting.
  4. Current Resume.
  5. Copies of transcripts of all college-level coursework. Transcripts must state that the Degree(s) has been conferred or awarded. A copy of a diploma may be submitted in addition to the transcripts. If selected for the position, official transcripts must be submitted prior to employment. Unofficial copies (both sides) will be accepted if the unofficial document includes a seal, watermark, or other proof that the document was provided by an educational institution. If transcripts are from an institution outside of the United States, applicants must provide a formal evaluation of their foreign degree(s) at the time of application.
  6. If you do not possess minimum qualifications as noted under the Minimum Qualifications Section of the job posting, you must complete and attach the Management Equivalency Application (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader) and supporting documents, including narrative synopsis, to your employment application in order to be considered.

Following the filing deadline, applications which are complete for screening will be reviewed by a screening committee. Approximately 2-4 weeks after the filing deadline, Human Resources will notify you whether or not you have been selected for an interview. Those applicants most suitably qualified for the position will be invited to interview with a Screening Committee. The Screening Committee may include representatives from Faculty, Administration, Classified Professionals, and Associated Student Government.

Candidate Accommodations:
  • Candidates must be able to perform the job duties included in this job posting in order to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
  • Accommodation requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • If you are in need of special services or facilities due to a disability in order to apply or interview for this opening, please contact Human Resources.
For questions about the status of the recruitment, or technical issues related to the application process, please contact:
Jamie Cook, Human Resources Technician, (707)527-4644,
Theresa Richmond, Interim Human Resources Vice President, (707) 337-0350,

MAILING ADDRESS: 1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
PHONE: (707) 527-4954
EMAIL: Please contact Jamie Cook at

The office is located in the Bussman Building on the Santa Rosa campus. All documents included in your online employment application become the property of the District. Your employment application for this opening will not automatically be considered for future openings. New employment application(s) must be submitted for each opening.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT (Prior to beginning employment):
  1. n accordance with Federal Law all employees must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.
  2. Must be fingerprinted in California and have background clearance (at applicant's expense); and
  3. Must take a TB test (once hired and every four years thereafter).
  4. Within 6 months of employment, must complete required District trainings such as Title IX, Mandated Reporter.
Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Jeanne Clery Disclosure)
Sonoma County Junior College District's annual security report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Sonoma County Junior College District; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. Link to read or obtain a full copy of this report. Paper copies of the full report are available upon request by contacting Police Department Records at (707) 527-4963 or by visiting the Sonoma County Junior College District Police Department located at 2032 Armory Drive, Pedroncelli Center, Santa Rosa Campus.

Non Discrimination The Sonoma County Junior College District does not discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnic group identification, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic condition, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or sexual orientation in any of its policies, procedures or practices; nor does the District discriminate against any employees or applicants for employment on the basis of their age. This non- discrimination policy covers admission, access and treatment in District programs and activities-- including but not limited to academic admissions, financial aid, educational services and athletics--and application for District employment.

SRJC Strategic Plan

VISION: Santa Rosa Junior College commits to setting the standard in cultivating an accessible, open, barrier-free, sustainable environment for students, employees, and the community. The college envisions equitable, impactful, transformative, enriching, and holistic learning opportunities that inspire our students to thrive.

MISSION: Santa Rosa Junior College transforms the lives of our culturally rich student body, employees, and community by cultivating a welcoming and antiracist environment, centered on social responsibility and cultural awareness. We offer exceptional teaching and learning in support of associate degree, certificate, transfer preparation, workforce preparation and community education programs, integrated with comprehensive student support services.

Equal Employment Opportunity
SRJC attracts and retains the most qualified faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. This is achieved through an inclusive recruitment strategy and a rigorous, thorough hiring process that begins with the fair and consistent evaluation of each application for minimum qualifications and demonstrated skills specific to each position/assignment. Because the ability to serve students from broad cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds and genders is a key commitment of the District mission, SRJC actively encourages applications from candidates who recognize the value that diversity brings to a professional educational community.

The Sonoma County Junior College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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