Location: Boston, MA Category: Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges (MACC) Posted On: Wed Jan 9 2019 Job Description:
The MACC Director is a collaborative and service oriented leader and manager who leads the Association's efforts on behalf of the 15 community colleges, fosters strong advocacy efforts, and provides excellent organizational, staff and fiscal management. In coordination with the Council Chair, she/he is the primary voice for Massachusetts's 15 community colleges on legislative and regulatory issues at the state and federal level.
Reporting to the Chair and the full Council of Presidents, the Director is responsible for the advocacy of the 15 Community Colleges of Massachusetts, the communication of the MACC strategic goals, the facilitation of all MACC activities in the achievement of those goals, the management of the MACC Office and Staff and all that is required to meet the mandates of the MACC Mission.
The MACC Council establishes policies and programs, and the Director is responsible for their implementation and administration, as well as the leadership and management of the staff and administrative operations.
Leads and Advocates on Behalf Community Colleges
Serves along with the Chair of the Council as the primary voice for MACC by advocating and coordinating with all key stakeholders advancing the MACC agenda. In harmony with the MACC Council and its Chair, the Director leads Association efforts for the community colleges on policy, state budget, and capital funding. Helps the MACC Council with organizational strategy to meet community college legislative goals. Works to enhance a culture of collaboration among all 15 colleges around common goals and the MACC agenda. Represents MACC agenda, as established by the Council to the media, the Massachusetts State Legislature, the Massachusetts Congressional delegation, the Massachusetts Governor's Office, state agencies and other associations/institutions to further the MACC agenda.
Oversees MACC Staff, Operations, and Budget
Leads MACC by promoting a sustainable and positive work culture that supports the MACC staff in meeting Association goals and in their development as professionals. The Director delegates hiring activity as appropriate within the Office of Counsel. The Director determines and communicates performance expectations and responsibilities and conducts employee evaluations of all direct reports. The Director is ultimately responsible for all projects pursued by MACC staff. The Director develops and implements strategic plans and annually provides a plan to the MACC Council to use for the Director's performance evaluation. The Director oversees MACC's finances and works with the MACC staff to develop the budget in order to meet the Association's needs and to provide the highest level of fiscal and operational integrity and transparency. The Director works closely with staff to ensure the Association follows established operations and fiscal policies and maintains best practices. The Director will also establish and maintain strong internal controls and procedures for financial operations and reporting; and assure that actual expenditures reflect MACC Council priorities as established in budgets and policies.
Supports MACC Council and Leadership
Alongside the Chair, the Director facilitates the MACC Council meetings, retreats and committee work. Prepares for and assists Council Chair with meetings. Creates MACC reports. Ensures MACC bylaws and policies and procedures reflect best practices for Council and association governance and operations. The Director is accountable for carrying out MACC goals and expectations set by the MACC Council.
Fosters Partnerships/Coalitions to Further Community College Interests
Acts, alongside the Council Chair as the primary community college voice and liaison to relevant state agencies and offices as well as boards and commissions. The Director is also responsible for effective coordination of advocacy efforts to such state-level administrative bodies. Works with and continues to develop relationships with students, business, and labor organizations, community college groups, the BHE/DHE, Governor's Office, and legislators, SUs, UMass, among others, to advance MACC's mission and goals.
Serves as Key Spokesperson to the Media and External Organizations
In conjunction with and at the direction of the MACC Council chair, the Director serves as the chief spokesperson for the Association with the media as well as with college partners such as business, higher education organizations, labor, community organizations and the general public.
At least 5-years work history demonstrating senior-level leadership and general management experience.
Community College/Higher Education knowledge and background.
Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with the MACC Council.
Excellent communication and presentation skills and ability to act as spokesperson for the Association in multiple venues.
Significant leadership experience in a collaborative environment.
Senior-level experience in higher education or a related agency/association. Knowledge of state-level agency and regulatory processes preferred.
Ability to conceptualize ideas and make decisions quickly and under pressure. Mental agility, flexibility, and entrepreneurial mindset.
Management Minimum qualifications:
Organizational management skills including strategic planning and budget management.
Ability to read financial statements and develop organizational budget.
Skill in team building, group leadership, and leading professional employees in the achievement of desired outcomes.
Demonstrated ability in strategic planning both organizational and fiscal.
Experience in promoting a culturally competent and diverse work environment.
Experience of program planning and administration, coordination, and staff management.
Ability to oversee concurrent planning and implementation, and establish and meet deadlines.
Policy/Advocacy Minimum qualifications:
Experience working with/understanding of legislative and regulatory processes. Demonstrated success with advocacy and communications in this area.
Ability to balance diverse interests successfully in a changing political environment.
Collaboration and Communication skills Minimum qualifications:
Excellent interpersonal skills and proven relationship management experience with a board of directors, with multiple and diverse internal/external constituencies and government policymakers.
Skill in effectively interacting and communicating, both orally and in writing, with staff, management groups and other stakeholders, including experience in presenting to boards, commissions or legislature.
Education and Basic Skills Minimum qualifications:
Masters Degree in a related field
Passionate commitment to the Community College Mission/Movement.
Ability to travel, work evenings and weekends.
Basic computer skills including proficiency in Word, Outlook, Excel.
Good oral and written communication skills, good critical thinking skills and the ability to learn.
Ph.D. or Ed.D.
Knowledge of and/or ability to learn about the Mass Community College System as well as each of the 15 Community Colleges.
Understanding of/ability to learn about the Massachusetts legislative process
Transferrable or Equivalent Skills Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every one of the qualifications listed. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. If you have strong written communication skills, a passion for political and policy work, and proven leadership experience, we would encourage you to apply, even if you don't meet every one of our qualifications listed. If you are unsure whether you meet the qualifications of this position, please feel free to contact us to discuss your application.
In this position, the employee must have the ability to lift 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. While performing the responsibilities of the position, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, or crouch.
The employee is required to travel throughout the state and accommodate evening and weekend schedules.
This is not a position at Mount Wachusett Community College. This position will be with the Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges (MACC) and will be located in Boston Massachusetts.
Salary commensurate with education and experience.
Application Deadline: January 25, 2019
Internal Number: 106348
About Mount Wachusett Community 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 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.