Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs - Mount Wachusett Community College
Mount Wachusett Community College
Location: Gardner, Massachusetts
Internal Number: 159864
Location: Gardner, MA Category: Administrative Posted On: Thu Mar 9 2023 Job Description:
General Statement of Duties
Mount Wachusett Community College seeks a visionary leader to oversee all aspects of academic affairs. The Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs (SVPAA) will leverage all academic activities and programs to promote student success. The leader will be responsible for supervision, accountability, and providing an environment where students can be successful. The SVPAA will be responsible for ensuring a safe and welcoming campus with particular emphasis on reaching the racial equity objectives established in the College's Strategic Plan. The SVPAA will provide vision and action to drive growth and new program development. Responsible for developing a collegial environment that is conducive to the scholarly interaction of students and faculty, the SVPAA will foster an inclusive environment promoting understanding and respect within a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff.
As the institution's chief academic officer, the SVPAA provides leadership, management and support for all academic related activities of the college. The position oversees planning and implementation of activities related to curricular design and development, academic quality in course offerings, and strategies to support student success and college completion. The SVPAA leads the work of deans, directors, coordinators, department chairs and has oversight of full-time and adjunct faculty and academic staff. The SVPAA exercises collaborative approaches to shared governance and the administration of collective bargaining agreements.
Provides overall direction to integrated academic programs in the establishment, implementation, and management of the following: academic scheduling and programming; accreditation matters; faculty advising; student retention; curriculum development; education policy; institutional and faculty professional development; library service; program review; and divisional resource allocation;
Champions student-centered learning and support services. Sustains and improves an environment that meets the needs of students in a multicampus, multi-delivery environment;
Advises the president in formulating comprehensive academic plans, policies, and procedures for the execution of the goals and mission of the College;
Leads the process of faculty and staff personnel decisions, which includes appointment, rank and tenure recommendations, as well as sabbatical leave recommendations, for action by the president;
Serves on the president's leadership team and other committees (internal and external) and represents the president or College in a variety of settings as requested;
Supervises and evaluates the academic deans and all other direct reports;
Participates in the development and implementation of division and institutional long- and short-term plans;
Ensures compliance with College policies, procedures, and collective bargaining agreements. Ensures compliance with all regulatory and accrediting agencies and associations;
Provides leadership needed to strengthen and grow distance and hybrid delivery education;
Develops program, service, and student learning outcomes standards and regularly assesses outcomes with improvement actions taken as needed. Regularly evaluates the financial viability and return on investment of programs and services;
In association with deans and direct reports, prepares, manages, and assumes fiscal responsibility for all budgetary matters in the academic areas;
Oversees the development of our multicampus academic programming, college catalog, college calendar, semester course schedules, student handbook, and related publications in conjunction with designated personnel and divisions;
Maintains communication with colleagues in the Massachusetts system, as well as with other post-secondary institutions and other community college leaders;
Provides management support to grant-funded academic student-serving programs;
Works cooperatively with Workforce Development, Life Long Learning, and Enrollment Management divisions to develop academic ladders, partnerships and processes to ensure programs remain relevant and responsive to communities served by MWCC;
Other duties as assigned.
Masters from an accredited institution of higher education required;
Five years of college-level progressive, academic administrative experience at the director/chair/dean or higher level; preferably with in a community college setting;
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, administrators, and staff to enhance student success, promote faculty development and achieve institutional goals;
Experience and familiarity with online learning and information technology.
Demonstrated experience with change management, specifically with regard to equity and racial equity.
Significant experience in budget development and administration; personnel administration and evaluation; curriculum review, evaluation and development; and contract administration;
A strong and demonstrated commitment to the philosophy of the mission-driven community college, to broad-based institutional planning, participative management, and to student development issues;
Demonstrates strong and responsive interpersonal skills;
Ability to work effectively in a collective bargaining environment;
Proficiency in oral and written expression utilizing technology to produce professional presentations and reports.
Additional Desired Attributes:
Demonstrated collaborative leadership style that is inclusive of varying viewpoints, values diversity, and honors shared governance to build consensus among faculty and staff for improvements needed to advance teaching, learning, and student success;
College-level teaching experience preferred, preferably within a community college setting;
Visionary leader with a proven ability to address competing demands simultaneously and to serve as a catalyst for changes necessary for the continued success of the College;
Demonstrated experience in creating a positive environment for campus leaders to grow and develop academic programs;
Demonstrated experience addressing and/or understanding of challenges, opportunities, needs of highly complex, multicampus institutions;
Creative, innovative, and collaborative leader who is comfortable with the vulnerability inherent to transparent decision making processes;
Demonstrate a passion for and an understanding of the mission of public community colleges and a deep love of working with others toward student success;
Ability to foster the traits and qualities requisite to lead through institutional culture change;
Commitment to community engagement (with K-12 partners, regional chambers of commerce, non-profit service agencies, regional business community, etc.);
Collaborative with other divisions (i.e., student services, workforce development, business and finance, early college, etc.);
Commitment and demonstrated experience in valuing the importance of making data-informed decisions.
Equivalency Statement Applicants who do not meet the qualifications as stated above are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them with the equivalent combination of education, training and experience required for the responsibilities of this position.
Employee Status: Full Time Benefits: Yes Hours per Week: 37.5 Number of Weeks: 52
Mount Wachusett Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, religion, age, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity or sexual orientation in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and college policies. The College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation or sexual violence shall be referred to the College's Affirmative Action and/or Title IX Coordinator, the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission or the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.
We are an innovative institution for teaching and learning excellence. Students and faculty are at the center of everything we do. If you are looking for the opportunity to come to work every day and help students achieve their dreams, Mount Wachusett Community College is the place for you. Our faculty, staff, and administration forge the direction of the college together - from governance to defining our mission. We understand that for our institution to remain relevant we must continually examine and refine the ways we serve our students. We strive to create an environment where students, faculty and staff feel comfortable and where new ideas and perspectives are encouraged and rewarded. We respect and honor our differences and make them work toward the advantage of all. The college is committed to attracting the best faculty and staff for our students, regardless of race, color, religious creed, age, physical or mental disability, sex, national origin or ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information or veteran status. About the College Mount Wachusett Community College is an accredited, public two-year institution serving 29 cities and towns in North Central ...Massachusetts. The picturesque269-acre main campus is located in Gardner, Massachusetts; satellite sites are located in Leominster, Fitchburg, and Devens. The college offers over 45 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as adult basic education and high school equivalency programs, education and training for business and industry, and noncredit professional and personal enrichment programs. MWCC is on the forefront of state and national civic engagement and service learning initiatives and is nationally recognized as a veteran- friendly school. MWCC is in the process of constructing a $42 million science and technology building to support growing STEM programs. The college community enjoys many resources including the East Wing Art Gallery; the 555-seat Theatre at the Mount which hosts a variety of productions annually; the Fitness and Wellness Center, which offers a wide assortment of fitness classes, exercise equipment and an Olympic-size swimming pool; a complete library with access to thousands of on-line publications and data bases, as well as electronic classrooms. In addition, through its membership in the CWMARS regional library system, access is available to all other public and academic libraries in the region. Our Green Commitment In addition, if sustainability is important to you, Mount Wachusett Community College offers the chance to work at one of the greenest colleges in the nation. We are the largest greenhouse gas reducer of any Massachusetts state college, university, or agency, as recognized by the 2011 Leading By Example Award from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We have also been nationally recognized with a Climate Leadership Award from Second Nature, the supporting organization of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, and several other organizations. Our Gardner campus features two 1.65 MW Vestas V82 wind turbines that are propelling us to near-carbon neutrality for campus operations. With the college's biomass and solar technologies incorporated into the mix, coupled with significant efficiency improvements, MWCC generates nearly all of its energy on-site to operate as a near-zero net energy campus. About our benefitsOur full-time faculty and staff enjoy a liberal benefits package, including generous retirement plans, eleven health insurance options, dental care, life insurance and long-term disability insurance. In addition, we offer a tuition remission program which provides education benefits at Massachusetts state colleges, community colleges, and University of Massachusetts Colleges for full-time employees, their spouses and dependent children. Education and lifelong learning are valued here. Additionally, sabbatical opportunities and other professional development opportunities are possible. About the regionMount Wachusett Community College is located a few hours from the stunning beaches of the Cape Cod National Seashore, an hour's drive from the cultural attractions and big city lights of Boston, and forty-minutes from the county seat of Worcester, with museums, a thriving restaurant scene, and excellent amenities. A wide variety of state and national parks, including the Appalachian Trail, the White Mountains, the Berkshires and the Green Mountains are all a day-trip away. The best that New England has to offer is here: quaint villages, bustling cities, and beautiful vistas. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Worcester Art Museum and the Fitchburg Art Museum offer incredible collections. There are opportunities for great shopping in area cities, towns, and nearby outlet malls. North Central Massachusetts is home to excellent public, charter and private schools as well as an affordable lifestyle. Hiking, biking, and walking trails are spread throughout the region as well, for those seeking to maintain an active outdoor lifestyle. We hope you will consider applying for one of our open positions, and discover all that Mount Wachusett Community College and the North Central Massachusetts region have to offer.