Mercer County Community College seeks a strong visionary and innovative leader committed to the mission of the College and our student success to be our next Vice President of Academic Affairs. This position serves as the chief academic officer of the College and provides leadership in implementing the College’s mission and strategic goals, particularly with regards to faculty excellence, academic integrity and program quality. The Vice President of Academic Affairs plays a key role in developing partnerships with four-year institutions, local schools, community organizations, businesses, and government agencies to ensure our program relevance and excellence. Through the division deans, s//he supervises all full-time and adjunct faculty. Through deans and other managers, s/he supervises full-time and part-time academic personnel responsible for designing, delivering, supporting and assessing credit programs. S/he recommends and administers academic policy and procedures. S/he serves as a member of the President’s Leadership Team, plays an important role in creating a culture of service and accountability on campus. S/he represents the President and the College to appropriate external and internal stakeholders. The successful candidate is a champion for academic excellence and student success.
The essential Duties and responsibilities include: • Provides leadership for all credit programs of the College. Encourage and assist faculty and staff members to assess and improve current programs and courses and to identify and pursue opportunities for new or enhanced programs or courses. Ensure the effective cultivation and use of advisory committees to support college career programs and keep them current. Identifies, plans, and implements equipment and facility needs for all programs.
• Cultivates and practices data-informed decision making in all areas within the Academic Affairs Division.
• Oversees efficient academic operations focused on student success through retention and completion efforts. Oversees and takes appropriate action to ensure the assessment and effectiveness of teaching and learning. Works closely with the Student Affairs Division to ensure an effective system for advising students and potential students with respect to academic options and decisions. Encourages and supports improvement and innovation in teaching and learning.
• Oversees the management of the college’s full-time and part-time faculty and academic staff. Provide strong leadership to academic deans and other direct reports and works with them to recruit and manage full-time and part-time faculty and staff. Develops and reviews professional objectives and plans; assigns and directs the work of subordinates; appraises performance; rewards and disciplines employees; addresses all complaints pertaining to academic affairs and resolves problems.
• Leads the College in developing and promoting partnerships with four-year institutions, high schools, businesses, trade groups, and organizations to promote academic programs.
• Administers all academic and workload-related aspects of the collective bargaining agreements between the MCCC Board of Trustees and (a) the MCCCFaculty Association and (b) the MCCC Adjunct Faculty Federation. Maintains productive relations and ongoing communication with designated leaders of both collective bargaining groups.
• Develops and recommends to the President annual and long-term objectives for the assigned area.
• Facilitates effective academic communication within the college. Convenes and chairs meetings as needed. Ensures close cooperation between faculty and staff within Academic Affairs and those with related functions in other parts of the College, especially with Student Affairs. Keeps faculty and academic staff informed of significant developments that affect their performance in their roles. Conveys faculty and academic staff concerns to the President and/or others responsible.
• Develops, communicates and enforces appropriate academic policies and procedures for the College. Oversees the effective participation by faculty and staff in college-wide governance bodies.
• Plans and implements academic orientation and professional development activities and contributes to college-wide professional development planning.
• Initiates and supports appropriate programmatic partnerships with transfer institutions, K-12 schools and external agencies. Ensures that college academic programs are properly articulated with secondary schools and transfer institutions.
• Recommends priorities for available external funding to support the division and related programs at the College. Participates as appropriate and ensures divisional participation in the solicitation of external funding and in grant administration.
• Participates as appropriate and ensures faculty and academic staff participation in college marketing and community relations programs and events.
• Participates actively with respect to statewide academic matters via the New Jersey Community College Academic Officers’ Association, and keeps abreast of best practices regionally and nationally via participation in appropriate professional and accreditation organizations.
• Performs other related duties as assigned by the President.
Master’s degree plus at least three years of experience in higher education, and some teaching experience in higher education.
"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, 2011newly 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 employment 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. The Coordinator reports to the Vice President for Finance and Administration, and is housed in the Administrative Building office # AD 254A. 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.
Exec. Dir. For Compliance and Human Resources and Title IX Coordinator
1200 Old Trenton Rd. – AD 101
West Windsor, NJ 08550
Mail to: PO Box 17202, Trenton NJ 08690
Voice Phone: (609) 570-3635
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