President, New Jersey Council Of County Colleges

The New Jersey Council of County Colleges is seeking a visionary leader to serve as its next President to support and advance the 19 community colleges in New Jersey. Community colleges are one of New Jersey’s greatest success stories. With a community college located within 20 minutes of every resident, New Jersey’s community colleges enroll nearly 400,000 students each year in over 2,000 transfer, career, and technical education programs, making them by far the largest provider of higher education in our state. The mission of the Council is to provide statewide leadership for the advancement of the 19 community colleges of New Jersey, perform assigned sector responsibilities as required by state law, and coordinate strategic statewide initiatives for participating member colleges. The President of the Council leads the efforts to fulfill this mission.

The New Jersey Council of County Colleges, based in Trenton,  was created by state statute (18A:64A-26) in 1989. The Council, a body corporate, operates under bylaws approved by its membership and has tax exempt status under Section 501-C-3 of the IRS Code. Membership is legally required of all of New Jersey’s community colleges. As an independent, trustee-headed organization that joins the leadership of trustees and presidents, the Council has three core areas of responsibility.

  1. Advancement/Advocacy: Since its beginning, the Council’s primary mission has been to be the voice of the community college sector to the Governor’s Office and Legislature while advocating for the advancement and state funding of New Jersey’s 19 community colleges.
  2. Statutory Responsibilities: In 1994, the New Jersey Higher Education Restructuring Act assigned statutory responsibilities to the Council, many which had previously been carried out by the State. This includes developing and recommending allocations for operating and capital funding and submitting an annual budget request to the State Treasurer.
  3. Statewide Coordinating Efforts: Since 1999, the Council has further expanded its statewide coordinating role by sponsoring statewide strategic initiatives, which add value for those member community colleges that choose to participate. (For example, a Center for Student Success, a Consortium for Workforce Development, and a Joint Purchasing Consortium.)

Reporting to the Council, the President is the chief executive officer of the Council and is responsible for all of the operations of the organization. A candidate should have proven commitment to the community college movement, strong management and communication skills, and have extensive knowledge of higher education policy. Working knowledge of the legislative process is essential, with experience in New Jersey preferred.  An advanced degree from a regionally accredited institution is required with a doctorate or professional degree strongly preferred. Residency in the state of New Jersey within one year of appointment is required.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The deadline to ensure full consideration is November 17, 2017. Please provide a letter of interest and a CV for consideration by clicking here. Every effort will be made to ensure the confidentiality of applicants until the finalist phase of the search process.

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Position Description:

The President is the chief executive officer of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges whose membership consists of the 19 community colleges in New Jersey.  He/she organizes, develops, administers, and directs the staff and support activities of the Council, within the policy framework established by the Council.  The President reports to the Council of County Colleges.


Duties and responsibilities of the position include:

  • Provide leadership on issues important to the success of New Jersey’s community colleges.
  • Develop annual goals and objectives for the Council at the beginning of each fiscal year.
  • Develop strategies to maximize state funding for community colleges.
  • Maintain an effective governmental relations program with state legislators and executive branch officials.
  • Maintain a public relations and promotion program that emphasizes the statewide role for community colleges in responding to statewide needs.
  • Foster relationships with state and national organizations which support the community college mission.
  • Maintain a research program based on statewide information and policy issues about community colleges.
  • Support state-wide student success initiatives.
  • Support the role of community colleges in state economic development initiatives.
  • Coordinate the delivery of a Trustee Education Program and a Presidents’ Academy.
  • Maintain effective communication with other higher education sectors and with state agencies as appropriate.
  • Hire, supervise, and evaluate all Council staff.
  • Develop the annual Council budget and maintain fiscal responsibility.
  • Produce an end-of-the-year report summarizing the progress on Council goals and objectives.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as determined by the Council Executive Committee and/or as directed by the Chairperson of the Council.



  • An advanced degree from a regionally accredited institution required, with a doctorate or professional degree strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the community college movement is required.
  • Senior management experience including staff supervision is required.
  • Working knowledge of the legislative process is required; preferably in the State of New Jersey.
  • Extensive knowledge of higher education policy issues.
  • Residency in the State of New Jersey is required within one year of appointment.


NJCCC Bylaws and Policies
New Jersey Licensure Rules – Title 9A – Higher Education
NJCCC FY2018 Budget
NJCCC FY2016 Audit Report
NJCCC Mission Statement and Related Activities
NJCCC Strategic Planning Goal Statements and Action Steps
NJCCC White Paper
NJCCC Welcome to the Board
New Jersey Community College Presidents Biographical Booklet
New Jersey Community College Affinity Groups