Mercer County Community College is seeking a dynamic leader who embraces the College’s mission and our strategic goals of student success, innovative partnerships and organizational effectiveness. Reporting directly to the President, and serving as Vice President for Student Success (COSS), s/he directs and manages areas of strategic enrollment services, student support services, Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) and athletic programs. The VPSS is accountable for championing for student success by working with all areas of the college and providing strategic and operational leadership in managing the College’s progress in advancing student success. Specific responsibilities include: 1) long-range planning for student success agenda; 2) coordination of different departments to ensure student-centered and proactive services to students with all backgrounds and needs; 3) management of daily operations to ensure efficient and effective services to all students; 4) oversight of the compliance with all federal, state and county laws and institutional regulations, policies and procedures regarding students and student services. The Vice President serves on the President’s Leadership Team (PLT).
Strategically, the Vice President for Student Success is expected:
• To collaborate with the administration and the Board of Trustees to develop a Division Strategic Plan that will enable the college to advance our strategic goal of student success; • To assess and recommend appropriate changes in the departmental organizational structure, job content, and workflow to ensure the highest level of services to students; • To foster and maintain an inclusive culture of service and accountability in all departments within the division; • To continuously seek input and feedback from both internal and external constituencies with an emphasis on continuous improvement of services to students.
• Oversees all functions including, but not limited to, Admissions, Registrar, Bursar, Financial Aid, Advising, Counseling, Veterans Affairs, Student Life and Leadership, Athletics, and EOF; • Supervises and evaluates all employees through inclusive and empowering leadership; • Serves as a champion for student success; • Provides leadership for college-wide initiatives that lead to student success; • Develops and manages annual budget by working with all departments; • Oversees major student events such as commencement; • Is responsible for developing and updating (annually if necessary) all major documents such as Student Handbook; • Advises the President in regard to student success; • Monitor and analyze effectiveness of all initiatives regarding student success by working closely with all departments; • Evaluates and recommends appropriate policies and procedures to ensure the College’s strategic goal of student success is being advanced; • Regularly updates the President on the college’s progress in advancing student success.
• A Master’s degree with 10 years of commensurate experience in Student Affairs, Educational Leadership & Administration, Business Administration, or Management • Ten years of progressively responsible student affairs experience, adult education or higher education administration experience including seven (7) years of supervisory experience. • Demonstrated experience working with & providing oversight for units that manage student information systems, Admissions, Registrar, Bursar and Financial Aid. • Demonstrated experience working with & providing oversight for units that manage student Advising, Counseling, Veterans Affairs, Student Life and Leadership, Athletics, and EOF departments. • Experience in leading change across a complex organization and in building successful inter-organizational relationships. • A successful record of administration including planning, resource and personnel management and program development. • Demonstrated experience integrating student affairs and academic affairs. • Ability to establish cohesive and collaborative student affairs leadership and staff teams. • Demonstrated experience with strategic/operational planning & managing organizational transition. • Ability to work collaboratively with Faculty/Staff/Students. • Knowledge of and strong commitment to the community college concept and mission. • Knowledge of and demonstrated abilities in all phases of Student Success at the college level. • Strong leadership, communication, and human relations skills. • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and responsibilities. • Strong problem solving and decision-making skills. • Advanced experience in budget management, multi-departmental administration, forecasting, conflict resolution • Possess knowledge of and be able to lead investigations in areas related to Title IX, Clery Act, Higher Education Act, and related federal laws and regulations. • Familiarity with policy and legal landscape of related to diversity, equity, and inclusion preferred.
Desired Qualifications • PhD or its equivalent preferably in Student Affairs, Educational Leadership & Administration, Business Administration, or Management. • Knowledge and experience in higher education in general, and community college in particular. • Demonstrated skill in leading with gravitas, confidence, and wisdom, including the flexibility to shift from resolving an emotionally charged conflict one moment to critically assessing technical policy details the next; • Familiarity with the theory and implementation of restorative practices in a student affairs leadership context; • A willingness to be accessible and visible to students, and open to hearing their concerns, their priorities, and their aspirations, as well as a readiness to advocate for their needs as appropriate; • An ability to work closely, credibly, and creatively with faculty and academic affairs staff as partners in the academic enterprise.
"As a community college faculty, we believe that...our students deserve a high-quality education that challenges them to acquire new knowledge and skills, test their accustomed ideas, and achieve competitive excellence. All of our students, regardless of where they find themselves when they come to us, deserve a caring, creative, and engaged pedagogy that helps them achieve their goals, and which cultivates lifelong learning and a passion to understand themselves and the world. We believe that we must create a college community that engages students in civic life and prepares them to fully participate in our democracy. We are responsible and accountable for giving our students? work our respect and critical evaluation, for holding students to the highest ethical standards, and for providing effective feedback that encourages our students to grow.
MCCC is an equal opportunity employer.
Under the “New Jersey First Act”, effective September 1, 2011 newly hired Mercer employees may be required to live in New Jersey or to move to the state within one year of taking a position. Failure to comply with this residency requirement shall render the person unqualified to continue emplo...yment in their position.
In compliance with Title IX requirements, Mercer County Community College does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs and activities.
TITLE IX COORDINATOR
The college’s Title IX Coordinator oversees compliance with all aspects of the sex/gender harassment, discrimination and misconduct policy. Questions and complaints regarding Title IX may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator or the Office of Civil Rights at the following locations and or contact information.
Elizabeth Mizerek, MSN, RN, FN-CSA, CNE, CEN, CPEN, FAEN
Interim Title IX Coordinator
Mercer County Community College
1200 Old Trenton Rd. - MS 125
West Windsor, NJ 08550
Phone: (609) 570-3526 Email: [email protected]
Individuals experiencing harassment or discrimination also always have the right to file a formal grievance with the government authorities:
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
32 Old Slip, 26th Floor
New York, NY 10005-2500
Telephone: (646) 428-3800
Facsimile: (646) 428-3843
Email: [email protected]