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Bakersfield College is please to announce a search for its Vice-President for Finance and Administrative Services.

The Vice President, Finance and Administrative Services, under the direction of the President, serves as the Chief Business Officer of the College and is responsible for financial planning and analysis, budget development, facilities planning and construction, public safety, food services, maintenance and operations, and other administrative functions.

About the College, Team, District, and Community

Bakersfield College

Bakersfield College is at the cutting edge of several national and state initiatives, and has been recognized for its innovative work on student success. Over the last 5 years the College has seen significant enrollment growth, and an expansion of general fund budgets, categorical funding and grants. The College also secured $415,000,000 in a local facilities bond and has embarked on an accelerated six-year construction program to renovate and construct campus buildings and update its infrastructure. The president, Dr. Sonya Christian is seeking an innovative, experienced, detail-oriented, highly motivated and organized person capable of leading these critical initiatives for the college.

Memorial StadiumBakersfield College serves over 31,000 students from diverse economic, cultural, and educational backgrounds to attain Associate and Baccalaureate degrees and certificates, workplace skills, and preparation for transfer. Our rigorous and supportive learning environment fosters students’ abilities to think critically, communicate effectively, and demonstrate competencies and skills in order to engage productively in their communities and the world. Bakersfield College locations include the 153-acre main campus in northeast Bakersfield, the Weill institute in downtown Bakersfield, BC Southwest, the Delano Center, Shafter and Arvin.

In the 2016-17 academic year, Bakersfield College's headcount was 31,292 students, which was a 13.3 percent increase from the previous year. Almost 67 percent of BC students are Hispanic, and almost 39 percent of students are the age of 19 or less. Over 19 percent of students are enrolled in a Health Sciences program at BC, which is its largest metamajor pathway. The second largest is Social, Behavioral and Human Services at 16.6 percent. For a full statistical breakdown of BC's student body, visit the Student Profile page on the Renegade Scorecard.

Resources and Documents

BC's Executive Team

Delano CampusIs Committed to Student Access, Success and Equity

  • A leader whose commitment to improving student access, success and equity has been demonstrated by spearheading changes in institutional strategies and policies that result in improved student achievement.
  • A leader commitment to the collaborative integration of instruction, student services and business services to enhance the learning and working environment for students, faculty and staff.

Takes Strategic Risks

  • A leader willing to take data-informed risks that inspire changes in how everyone across the college works
  • A leader with demonstrated experience and knowledge of data-driven decision making

Builds Strong Teams

  • A decisive and pragmatic leader who has been successful in developing collaborative relationships with a diverse college constituency that fosters cohesion and a sense of pride in working together.
  • A leader guided by ethics and honesty, committed to transparency and inclusiveness in decision-making while promoting the application of ethics across the college and district.
  • A leader who resolves controversial issues and problems in a timely manner using input from constituent groups, and who is sensitive to the effects of decisions on students, the college and the district.
  • A consensus builder committed to faculty and staff diversity who uses and promotes an open, approachable management style that is inclusive, collaborative and enthusiastic, supporting and motivating employees. (Finance and Administrative Services Org Chart)

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Plans Lasting Internal Change

  • A thoughtful leader with a track record of fiscal integrity, responsibility and accountability who uses an integrated planning process to ensure that the college develops and institutes plans that signicantly improve student access and success.

Is Results-Oriented

  • A leader who ensures that the college follows an integrated planning process in compliance with accreditation standards by including effective implementation of plans, routine assessment of progress, and continuous data-informed improvement.

Communicates Effectively

  • A leader with exceptional interpersonal, written and oral communication skills, using those skills to foster strong relationships, develop shared priorities, identify problems, and resolve them with leadership.
  • A leader whose communication and management style is effective in the college's multicultural environment, instilling confidence and trust while provide a calm voice in the face of difficult situations.

Develops Effective External Partnerships

  • A leader who uses the college's influence and resources to forge partnerships with outside entities.
  • A leader who actively participates in community organizations for the sake of establishing and strengthening college/community partnerships.

Kern Community College District

The Kern Community College District (KCCD), which comprises Bakersfield College, Porterville College and Cerro Coso Community College, serves an area of over 24,800 square miles in Kern, Tulare, Inyo, Mono and San Bernadino counties. The mission of the Kern Community College District is to provide outstanding educational programs and services that are responsive to our diverse students and communities.

Porterville College in the Tulare County area is dedicated to students as its focus, providing quality education that promotes intellectual curiosity, personal growth, and lifelong learning, while preparing students for vocational and academic success. Cerro Coso provides students in the Ridgecrest area with tailored programs and equitable services, demonstrating a conscious effort to produce and support student success and achievement through traditional and distance delivery.

Bakersfield and Kern County

The City of Bakersfield and the College's expanded service area are home to approximately 871,000 residents and, according to Forbes, is one of America’s 20 fastest growing cities. PlaceWorks forecasts the County population is growing at a rate of 1.8-2.0% annually. Preliminary projections show Kern County is on its way to doubling its population by 2050. Nestled at the southern edge of California's expansive San Joaquin Valley, Bakersfield’s location is within easy travel distance to the west coast beaches, mountains, theme parks and large tourist cities, like Los Angeles. The City’s population continues to grow and with it, Bakersfield College’s population and importance within the community. This is an exciting opportunity for a qualified professional looking for a leadership role in a growing and thriving fine educational tradition, both at the College and in the community.

The Great Outdoors

Bakersfield and Kern County offer plenty of outdoor activities, including biking, hiking, watersports and more. The City of Bakersfield hosts 59 parks and provides separate bike paths as well as bike lanes on existing roadways. The Kern County Parks and Recreation Department manages eight regional parks and 40 neighborhood parks. Kern County is also home to four California state parks:

Golfers can hit the links at one of 14 public and private golf courses in Kern County.

Water enthusiasts gravitate to the Kern River, whose whitewater has served as the training ground of U.S. Olympic kayaking teams.

Art & Museums

For a peek into Bakersfield past, visit the Kern County Museum and Buena Vista Museum of Natural History. The California Living Museum (CALM), a native zoo and garden, focuses entirely on native animals and plans. Art patrons will enjoy the Bakersfield Museum of Art, Juliana’s Art Studio & Gallery, Metro Galleries, Todd Madigan Art Gallery, Younger Gallery of Contemporary & Functional Art and the Bakersfield College's Wylie and May Louise Jones Art Gallery.


For the music fans, Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace is an all-in-one restaurant, museum and music venue that takes an in-depth look at the roots of The Bakersfield Sound. National acts and Broadway shows make frequent stops at Rabobank Arena Theater & Convention Center.

Other entertainment opportunities in Bakersfield include the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, the Bakersfield Community Concert Association, Bakersfield Music Theatre, Stars Dinner Theatre, Bakersfield’s historic Fox Theater, and the Gaslight Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall.

There’s always something special happening in Bakersfield with events scheduled year-round. Highlights include the Scottish Gathering and Games in April, Village Fest and the Kern County Fair in September, California Hot Rod Reunion and Via Arté Italian Street Painting Festival in October, and December’s Holiday Lights at California Living Museum (CALM), named one of the Ten Best Holiday Light Shows in the west by Los Angeles Times in 2016.


Sports fans can cheer on the Bakersfield Condors hockey team or the Jam Basketball team, not to mention Bakersfield College’s own 18 Renegades teams in 12 sports. Find more fast-track sports at the Bakersfield Speedway, Auto Club Famoso Raceway, Buttonwillow Raceway and Kern County Raceway.

Fun Facts

  • Bakersfield is within a 4-hour drive of 90% of California’s population.
  • Country music legends Buck Owens and Merle Haggard spent much of their lives in Bakersfield and pioneered a style of country music known around the world as “The Bakersfield Sound.”
  • Bakersfield is home to the largest selection of Basque restaurants in the United States.
  • Bakersfield’s Bolthouse Farms and Grimmway together provide 96% of the nation’s carrot supply.
  • Bakersfield ranks as third-highest city nationwide where millennials are buying homes, according to

More Information

City of Bakersfield
Kern County
School Districts
Other Kern County Cities

Position and Qualifications

Full Job Description

Annual Salary Range


Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To ensure initial consideration, please apply by June 8, 2018.

Examples of Duties

  • Oversee development and monitoring of College budgets consistent with District goals and applicable laws; advises the President on fiscal implications of budgetary decisions.
  • Prepare, edit, manage, and reconcile budgets for all programs supervised; provide for the internal allocation and regulation of funds though requisitions and internal adjustment of funds.
  • Conduct financial analysis.
  • Participate in policy development in matters of fiscal management and business operations.
  • Manage operations and provide innovative leadership for the following College functions: maintenance and operations, public safety, food services operations, and mailroom.
  • Select, train, supervise, and evaluate managers and other staff; coordinate the work of Finance and Administrative Services with other major College units.
  • Coordinate the planning, development, and implementation of innovative approaches to fiscal management.
  • Oversee the purchase, maintenance and repair of equipment and facilities.
  • Liaison with auxiliary service contractors.
  • Liaison with District Facilities Planning and Construction, as well as contractors.
  • Monitor budgets in areas of responsibility.
  • Serve as Bakersfield College Foundation Secretary/Treasurer.
  • Participate in appropriate committees, conferences, seminars, and workshops.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Audit and Fund Accounting experience in a community college preferred.
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems experience.

Two Faculty Smile at CommencementEducation and Experience

  • Master’s Degree from an accredited institution in Business Administration, Public Administration, Economics, Finance or Accounting and four years of experience managing an accounting operation.
  • OR Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and a Certified Public Accounting certificate with four (4) years Public Accounting experience with supervisory experience.
  • OR Bachelor’s Degree with an emphasis in Accounting or Finance and seven (7) years managing an accounting or finance operation.

Degrees and credits must be from accredited institutions (Title V Section 53406). Any degree from a country other than the United States, including Canada and Great Britain, must be evaluated by an evaluation service.

The screening of candidates will be conducted by a screening committee. The screening committee reserves the right to limit the number of interviews granted. Meeting the minimum qualifications for a position does not assure the applicant of an interview.

Equivalency Process

If an applicant believes to possess equivalent qualifications to the stated minimum qualifications for this position, applicants are required to provide a separate equivalency statement along with the required application materials. Applicants must provide the following evidence that support being equivalent to the stated minimum qualifications for this position:

  • Detailed work history with employment references
  • Transcript(s) from an accredited institution
  • Certificates and/or other related documents
  • AND Demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, and disability backgrounds of community college.

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