Location: Gardner, MA Category: Administrative Posted On: Fri Oct 20 2017 Job Description:
General Statement of Duties
Mount Wachusett Community College seeks a visionary leader to oversee all aspects of academic and student affairs. The Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs will leverage all academic activities and programs with student services to promote student success inside and outside of the classroom. Responsible for supervision, accountability, and providing an environment where students, particularly first generation and economically disadvantaged students, can be successful and ensuring a safe and welcoming campus environment. The Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs will provide vision in the areas addressing growth and new program development. Responsible for developing a collegial environment that is conducive to the scholarly interaction of students and faculty. Celebrates an inclusive environment that promotes understanding and respect within a diverse student body, faculty, staff and community.
Provides overall direction to integrated academic and student affairs in the establishment, implementation, and management of the following: academic scheduling and programming; accreditation matters; advisement and counseling; curriculum development; education policy; institutional and faculty development; library service; program review; divisional resource allocation; and student life.
Demonstrates a passion for education and student-centered learning and support services and serves as a champion for sustaining and improving an environment that meets the needs of students.
Advises the president in formulating overall 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 and student services 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 all formats of distance education.
In association with deans and direct reports, prepares, manages, and assumes fiscal responsibility for all budgetary matters in the academic and student affairs areas.
Oversees the preparation of the college catalog, college calendar, semester course schedules, student handbook, and related publications in conjunction with designated personnel and divisions.
Maintains communication with counterparts 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.
Ability to work effectively in a collective bargaining environment.
Other duties as assigned.
Master's degree required. Earned doctorate from an accredited institution of higher education strongly preferred.
Four years of college-level progressive, administrative experience, which includes both teaching and academic administrative at the director/chair or higher level; preferably within a community college setting.
College-level teaching experience, full or part-time; preferably within a community college setting.
Experience and familiarity with online learning and institutional technology.
Significant experience in budget development and administration; personnel administration and evaluation; curriculum review, evaluation and development; and contract administration.
Record of achievement in contract administration.
A strong and demonstrated commitment to the philosophy of the community college, to broad-based institutional planning, participative management, and to student development issues.
Demonstrates strong interpersonal skills.
Proficiency in oral and written expression utilizing technology to produce professional presentations and reports.
Additional Desired Attributes:
Demonstrate collaborative leadership which is inclusive of varying viewpoints, which values diversity, and which honors shared governance. Build consensus among faculty and staff for improvements needed to advance teaching, learning, and student affairs.
Must value and appreciate the importance of fostering inclusion and diversity within a higher education setting.
Visionary leader with a proven ability to work in a fast-paced environment and to serve as a catalyst for changes necessary for the continued success of the College.
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 defi...ning 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.