The Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA) serves as the Senior Academic Officer of the college and is expected to provide the educational and administrative leadership to achieve a high standard of excellence and innovation in teaching and learning, student success, and faculty and staff professional growth. The VPAA will provide the vision and overall guidance for policy formulation, strategic direction, educational planning and assessment, and new program development in an integrated instructional and academic support setting. The VPAA will report to the college president and will serve as the Senior Executive Officer in the president's absence. Serving as members of the Vice President's leadership group will be the Deans of each instructional unit, Associate Deans, Director of Professional Training and Development, Student Success, Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, and Director of Institutional Research.
The VPAA serves on the President's Executive Cabinet and provides broad advice and assistance to the President in establishing and meeting the strategic direction of the college. As a member of the president's senior administrative team, the Vice President represents the college as designated by the President, within Minnesota State, external agencies and bodies, and serves as a College officer/representative on public occasions. The person in this position serves on key College committees. The ideal VPAA combines both strategic thinking and strong execution skills across various forms of education styles as well as a clear and transparent communication style.
The successful Vice President will be defined by colleagues as a trusted advisor, whose empathy is demonstrated through inclusiveness and service to others. This person will be described as having integrity, humility, and an inviting demeanor that puts those around him/her at ease. Consistent with the college's mission, this leader will demonstrate a strong commitment to the value of diversity among students and staff, as well as sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of NHCC students. The Vice President works together with colleagues to create a strong sense of fiscal accountability across campus, and to create an atmosphere of trust and respect in which all can succeed.
Experience teaching at a 2-year community and/or technical college
Experience in supervision and management of faculty
Demonstrated history as a collaborative leader in working with cross-functional teams to achieve institution goals
Demonstrated history of fostering trust and developing staff and faculty
Experience in higher education accreditation, curriculum development, assessment, and evaluation
Experience leading strategic initiatives
Experience using data-driven evidence and proven practices to analyze problems/issues and identify solutions
Demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills
Demonstrated commitment to diversity and success in addressing the challenges and opportunities inherent in a diverse environment
Ability to create trust, teamwork, cooperation, and cohesion among faculty, administrators and staff
Ability to delegate, collaborate, and promote consensus in accomplishing the college's strategic plan
Terminal doctoral degree such as a PhD, EdD, or JD
Five years of relevant experience
Executive experience working in a unionized college or university environment
Record of leading innovation and organizational change as it relates to academic programs and career and technical education
Demonstrated success in building and maintaining partnerships
Knowledge and commitment to fulfilling the mission of a community and/or technical college that is student centered
Why Choose NHCC? Choose to work at North Hennepin Community College (NHCC) and you will be joining a vibrant, and diverse professional community who believe in the power of education to change lives. NHCC welcomes their students and values their employees.
About the College: NHCC has a rich tradition of excellence in teaching and learning. Founded in 1966, the college is a respected, thriving comprehensive community college with a strong history of liberal arts education and career programs. NHCC is one of the largest and most diverse community colleges in the state of Minnesota. NHCC is a member of Minnesota State which is the fourth-largest system of two-year colleges and four-year universities in the nation.
Offering more than 70 academic programs to over 10,000 students NHCC prepares students to transfer or for immediate entry into the workforce. The thriving campus is also home to more than 25 clubs and organizations supporting a largely part-time student body with co-curricular and recreational activities.
Join our NHCC community and help us create opportunities for students to reach their academic goals, succeed in their chosen professions, and make a difference in the world.
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Conveniently located in Brooklyn Park, North Hennepin Community College offers a variety of quality programs with flexible scheduling options and affordable tuition. NHCC offers more than 70 associate degrees and certificates that prepare students for transfer to university baccalaureate programs and/or for immediate entry into the workforce. NHCC also offers professional training programs and certifications that can lead to career-advancement opportunities. Highly credentialed faculty and staff are dedicated to our students success.