Presidential Position Profile


Established in 1925, Trinidad State Junior College (TSJC) was the first community college to be established in Colorado. TSJC serves students of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. With campuses in Trinidad and Alamosa, geographically divided by the Sangre de Cristo mountain range, the college service area covers eight rural counties. TSJC has also been recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution.

The president of TSJC reports to the President of the Colorado Community College System (CCCS). CCCS is Colorado’s largest provider of higher education and career training, serving over 137,000 students annually at 13 colleges and 40 locations across the state. CCCS’s open access mission ensures all Coloradans who aspire to enrich their lives have access to quality higher education and career training opportunities. CCCS students are able to save time and money with affordable tuition and fees, concurrent enrollment, and guaranteed transfer to any public university in Colorado.

TSJC has a students first focus and offers a wide variety of academic programs, with tuition rates consistently 40% below Colorado’s state colleges and universities, student housing on the Trinidad campus, and 11 athletic programs.  In the fall of 2018, to address a shortage of public school teachers in rural areas, TSJC entered an innovative partnership with the University of Colorado Denver to launch a Teacher Preparation for Rural Education Program (TPREP). The TPREP program offers a bachelor’s degree in elementary education that can be completed entirely at TSJC’s Trinidad Campus. The college is home to a premier Gunsmithing School; the oldest degreed program in the United States.

Challenges and Opportunities:
The next president will be a passionate and innovative leader committed to student success who will embrace the southern Colorado region while addressing the following challenges and opportunities to improve the lives of students and residents of this unique rural service area:

  • Provide leadership to the College by expanding and fostering partnerships and building strong alliances with local business, industry, school districts, colleges and universities to meet the region’s workforce and educational needs.
  • Serve as an effective spokesperson and create and implement an effective strategic enrollment management program.
  • Provide sound fiscal and resource management while identifying new sources of funding to support the diverse needs of the students and the community.
  • Lead fundraising efforts and utilize people skills to share the college’s story and connect with donors.

Ideal Characteristics:

  • A leader who is open to new ideas, has a track record as an advocate of student success, access and completion, and who is responsive to changing workforce needs and developing new programs.
  • Demonstrated success in meeting enrollment and completion goals.
  • An inclusive leader who is visible and accessible and will become an active member of the community.
  • A strong and transparent communicator, who is an exceptional listener, and demonstrates integrity, honesty and humility.
  • A fundraiser who is adept at obtaining resources through private fundraising, entrepreneurial activities, and grants.
  • An advocate for the college who will also work cooperatively with the team of Presidents within the system.

The College President is responsible for improving the quality of life and the economic well-being of the Colorado citizens and communities by providing access to a quality learning environment and fostering student success.

The college president is expected at all times to act:

  • in accordance with the standards, policies, procedures, and Annual Plan approved by the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education (“Board”) for the Colorado Community College System (“CCCS”) and the College,
  • in compliance with all state, local and federal rules, regulations, and laws applicable to the operation and accreditation of the College and its services, and
  • consistent with reasonable and customary standards of ethics, fairness, and honesty.

IT IS ESSENTIAL that the President demonstrate,
on a consistent and continuous basis,

Commitment to the successful achievement of the goals of CCCS, which include achieving the highest standards of excellence in educational programs as demonstrated by offering and maintaining affordable, accessible and high-quality educational programs for all of the students of the College.
The skills (including but not limited to the training, experience, and abilities) to perform all of the responsibilities of the position;
The full, diligent and conscientious devotion of time, attention, and efforts to discharge all duties as the chief administrative officer of the College.


  • Provides leadership for the marketing of the College’s extensive educational programs to potential students, including coordinating and assisting all other members of the College staff to achieve maximum performance and results. Establishes strategies and specific measurable goals to increase enrollment, attendance and persistence at the College by recent high school graduates.
  • Is available and fully prepared to accurately and completely discuss with the public, media, prospective students and their families the benefits of the College programs.
  • Develops, implements, and maintains routine and preventive maintenance programs that ensure a safe and attractive appearance appropriate for a CCCS College.
  • Is involved with the local community to the extent necessary to achieve the successful promotion of the image and reputation of the College, and to ensure familiarity with local community resources that may improve the services provided by the College to its students.

Student Success:
  • Ensures that the College has staff that is qualified, trained, and motivated to perform the responsibilities set forth in their respective position descriptions. Ensures the efficient and effective performance of all College employees.
  • Establishes strategies and specific measurable goals to increase graduation rates and success at the college.

Leadership and Management:
  • Leads, recommends, and executes all functions and activities of the college, consistent with the Annual Plan for the College, established policies, procedures and the standards of CCCS, and all applicable laws and regulations.
  • Develops, implements and maintains, within the approved staffing and support budgets for the College, the following programs for the College: Academic Affairs, Career and Technical Education, Student Services, Financial Aid, Workforce and Economic Development, Administration and Finance, Human Resources, Operations and Maintenance of the Physical Plant, and Information Technology.
  • Through positive, effective, and efficient leadership, ensures the efficient and effective use of all of the College’s resources, safeguards its assets, maintains appropriate internal controls and ensures the quality and integrity of all financial or non-financial reporting and disclosures.
  • Participates in staff development programs offered by CCCS. Communicates this knowledge promptly as part of the staff development programs for the College and promptly integrates the knowledge gained in the operations of the College.
  • Maintains open, co-operative, appropriate and effective verbal and written communication, and otherwise cooperates with the Department Supervisors and Academic Officers, all staff members of the College and CCCS, the students, the students’ families, and with all other persons, directly or indirectly, involved with the College and with the Board.
  • Treats as confidential any information obtained concerning the students, prospective students and employees of the CCCS that is not public information under the Colorado Open Records Act. During his/her employment or at any time thereafter, shall not disclose such information, in whole or in part, to any person, firm or corporation for any reason or any purpose whatsoever, or for his/her own personal use without the prior written consent of the Board.

System/College Interface:
  • Cooperates and interacts effectively with the System President, CCCS staff and the Board and exercises sound judgment in helping to develop and implement system-wide initiatives. Consistently and positively complies with CCCS standards, policies and procedures.
  • Ensures the accurate, timely, and complete preparation of reports and other record-keeping responsibilities required by CCCS. Prepares timely and accurate head count and FTE reports, and operating reports and analyses as requested by the System President and the Board.
  • Promptly advises and consults with CCCS in a timely manner about emerging problems with operations, staff or students of the College, and makes recommendations for constructive solutions to identified problems.
  • Performs all other tasks as may be assigned from time to time by the Board or the System President or their respective designees to meet the needs of students, faculty and staff and the current operational needs of the College as they may change from time to time.


The qualifications that must be met to be considered for this position and to continue in this position include:
  • A Master’s degree.
  • Must have prior leadership experience with management responsibilities comparable to this position for a minimum of two years.
  • Must have the ability to meet all of the demands of the position in a safe, efficient and effective manner.
  • Must be an organized individual with effective time management skills and the ability to work as an effective team member.
  • Must have effective problem solving skills, analytical ability, interpersonal skills and time management skills.
  • Must have all other skills and abilities that are necessary, in the sole discretion of the System President and the Board, to safely, efficiently and effectively perform all of the functions and responsibilities of the position as they currently exist and change and develop from time to time.
  • Doctorate degree from an accredited institution
  • Familiarity with rural areas and how to leverage funds to serve the needs of the community
  • Experience fundraising and working with a Foundation
  • A track record of fiscal and budget management
  • Experience building effective partnerships and ties with local communities

The search committee will accept confidential applications and nominations until the position is filled. Screening of candidates will begin immediately. Applicants must successfully complete the interview process to be considered as a finalist, which includes a questionnaire (available upon request and/or at the time of application). For best consideration, applications and nominations should be provided before November 28th, 2018. An application should include a letter describing relevant experiences and interest in the position (please limit to three pages); a resume; and the names of five references, with titles, addresses, business and home telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses. Submission of all materials in one PDF attachment to is strongly encouraged. Individuals wishing to place names in nomination should submit a letter of nomination, including the name, position, address and telephone number of the nominee to the email address above.

Applications and letters of nominations should be submitted to:

Narcisa Polonio, Ed.D.
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.
42 Business Center Drive, Suite 206
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
Phone: 850 650-2277
Fax: 850 650-2272
Email: or call 202-276-1983 (Mobile)