Think You can be a Two-Year College President?

MONTGOMERY, Ala., Aug. 14, 2007 -- So, do you think you have what it takes to be a two-year college president?  You might want to think again after you see these job requirements.  By the way, sourpusses need not apply (see below).

By way of example, here are the requirements for the position at Snead State Community College:

President-Snead State Community College

Applications are being accepted for the position of President of Snead State Community College, Boaz, Alabama. The college serves approximately 2,368 students with a staff of 83 full-time employees, including a faculty of 35.

Our next College President will be a person of the highest integrity and trustworthiness, who brings the vision and courage needed to ensure the continued success of the Alabama College System.

The President reports to the Chancellor of the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education. The governing board is the Alabama State Board of Education.


  • Successful candidate will possess a minimum of five years of senior-level, full-time administrative experience in an applicable institution, government agency or industry.
  • A master's degree from an accredited institution is required; an earned doctorate degree from an accredited institution is preferred.
  • Candidates must possess experience and knowledge of the mission and role of public two-year institutions, particularly their important role in community economic development and workforce development.
  • In addition, the successful candidate will possess: the capacity to be an energetic and highly visible leader who can articulate and communicate the System's mission and vision to internal and external constituencies;
  • a clear commitment to the System's statutorily defined purpose, including its special emphasis on workforce training and supporting economic development;
  • an understanding of the System's mission as defined by the State Board of Education and the ability to inspire the support of this mission by others;
  • an understanding of the global dimensions of the economy and workforce issues - and the role of community colleges in meeting contemporary education and training needs;
  • politically astute advocacy skills, with experience in working successfully with policy makers at the local, state and national levels;
  • strong management skills in financial/business systems, resource development, strategic planning, conflict resolution, team building, bond issues, and construction program support,
  • skills to lead and manage a complex organization,
  • a record as a consensus builder;
  • an understanding of and support for the System's open door philosophy, including a strong commitment to access for all citizens;
  • demonstrated sensitivity to and an appreciation of ethnic and cultural diversity, with an established record of building consensus and reaching out to various diverse groups;
  • a record of building partnerships and coalitions with business, government, public schools, universities and other community groups;
  • an established record as an innovative and creative leader who understands the importance of technology as it relates to economic development, institutional effectiveness, teaching, and administrative support;
  • evidence of being a visible and accessible leader with responsive listening skills and an active interest in the development of all employees;
  • strong evidence of being open-minded, a good listener and a persuasive communicator with a sense of humor;
  • strong student-orientation, recognizing that all aspects of the college exist to facilitate learning and student development, so that the student obtains the optimum level of competency and is kept informed of progress;
  • ability to communicate well, both orally and in writing;
  • ability to work as a team member with all segments of the college faculty, staff, students, and governing board.

Applicants must submit an official presidential application form and a comprehensive resume or curriculum vitae, as well as a list of five references, including addresses and telephone numbers, and addresses of current and immediate past employers.

Finalists will be required to furnish official college transcripts, medical examination report, and submit to a criminal background check.

For consideration as an applicant for the position, a complete application packet must be postmarked on or before September 12, 2007.

E-mailed and/or faxed application packets will NOT be accepted.

The successful candidate must be available to assume the position within a reasonable time and must be willing to relocate to the college community.

Application forms may be obtained on our website at using the link "Job Opportunities" or by writing to the address below. Application materials should be submitted to:

Mr. Bradley R. Byrne
Chancellor, Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education
Division of Legal and Human Resources
Post Office Box 302130
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-2130.

Questions regarding the application and selection processes should be directed to the Division of Legal and Human Resources, Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education.

The telephone number is (334) 242-2993 or contact Salary: Salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience.

A salary range of $119,062 to $153,640 and other allowances are provided.

Benefits include an excellent retirement plan, health insurance, and others. Selection process is subject to the Alabama Sunshine Law. The Alabama State Board of Education is an equal opportunity employer.