Vice President of Learning

Location
Washington, United States
Salary
Competitive Salary
Posted
Sep 11, 2020
Employment Level
Executive
Employment Type
Full Time
For consideration, please submit materials by: October 2, 2020

Nominations and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. However, since the screening committee will begin reviewing applications October 2, 2020, submissions are encouraged prior to that time.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Master's degree in an academic discipline taught at SFCC, Education, or Organizational Leadership or another closely related field from an accredited institution.
  • Five (5) years of successful, relevant administrative or management experience, including fiscal management.
  • Five (5) years of successful teaching experience, including some postsecondary.
  • Experience in budget development, financial management, and strategic planning in a complex organization.
  • Ability to plan, develop, implement, manage and evaluate traditional and nontraditional instructional programs.
  • Ability to supervise employees.
  • Ability to represent the college effectively and productively within CCS, the community and state levels.
  • Knowledge of accreditation requirements.
  • Ability to work well with college faculty and instructional administrators.
  • Ability to analyze data to forecast educational trends.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to present data clearly.
  • Ability to effectively organize multiple work assignments, involving competing priorities, to produce work products that are accurate, of high quality and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to use computerized information/software relevant to the position.
  • Acceptance of the responsibility to promote the welfare and best interests of students at all times.
  • A demonstrable understanding and acceptance of the mission, values, goals, objectives and strategic plan of CCS.
  • The ability to perform assigned duties in a manner consistent with applicable laws, regulations and goals of the institution, and community and technical college system.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering and supporting a teaching, learning and working environment that honors diversity, equity and inclusion.
Preferred Education

Ph.D. or Ed.D is preferred.

Challenges and Opportunities

During the next three to five years the Vice President of Learning will assist the division with the following:

  • Enrollment Management
    • Building a strong enrollment management plan during a time of changing demographics, decreasing applications and increasing competition among educational institutions.
    • Building the supporting practices needed to effectively balance access, capacity, retention and success within our growing region.
  • Budget Administration
    • Providing open, transparent, resourceful and effective fiscal administration of Spokane Falls Community College during challenging budgetary times.
    • Working closely with the president and leadership team to establish short- and long-term sustainable financial strategies and goals.
  • Organizational Efficiency and Effectiveness
    • Promoting and enforcing collegiality, collaboration and fair play among departments and divisions.
    • Identifying and facilitating system changes that eliminate inefficiencies and outdated processes, incorporate best practices and promote student success.
  • Quality of Education and Services
    • Providing the leadership needed to maintain high-quality instruction during a time of increasing faculty and staff retirements, changing technologies, budgetary pressures and increasing student demand for flexible and adaptable delivery of instruction;
    • Leading the division in building and revitalizing programs, prioritizing initiatives and building upon innovative programming.
Character Traits

We are looking for a Vice President of Learning possessing the following character traits

Wisdom: A savvy and humble leader with knowledge drawn from broad experiences; displays critical thinking skills, confidence and a systems perspective; has experience administrating in a unionized environment; and makes decisions informed by data and driven by a commitment to student success.

Integrity: A trustworthy leader, slow to make promises but quick to keep them; principle-centered and forthright with even the most difficult message; believes full disclosure is a prerequisite to effective problem-solving; and builds trust as an investment. Someone who is approachable, available and visible on campus.

Student Services Expert: A knowledgeable leader who can communicate a vision that inspires others; a visible advocate, both externally and internally to the college; demonstrated experience in and knowledgeable appreciation for a comprehensive community college and student support services role.

Instructional Expert: A knowledgeable leader who can communicate a vision that inspires others; a visible advocate, both externally and internally to the college; demonstrated experience in and knowledgeable appreciation for a comprehensive community college mission;

Change Agent: A leader who thrives in the face of significant and continuous change; effectively appeals to higher ideals and values as a cause for change; resilient and uses their sense of humor and external interests as a coping mechanism for the inevitable setbacks associated with change; convenes and facilitates solution-focused conversations and processes; and challenges, motivates and empowers their team through change, creating an environment that supports deliberate action over inaction.

Communication: A genuine communicator who is accessible and listens more than they speak; values others’ input as an opportunity to learn; models and demands professional decorum; and considerate of reason and logic.

Commitment: A leader who displays loyalty; personally invested in the success of our students, division, college and region; eager to be a part of our long-term success; inspires loyalty from others; and effectively advocates for our students, programs, faculty, and staff.

Organizational Leadership: A proactive student-centered leader who understands the dynamics of a multi-college/unit organizational structure; values strategic, fiscal and master facility planning; trusts, empowers and inspires enthusiasm among faculty and staff; entrepreneurial in finding resources and implementing strategies to take advantage of a new funding formula; fiscally responsible, risk prudent, action-oriented decision-maker; and possesses a systems perspective that appropriately considers all implications of potential decisions.

Dynamic: A leader who inspires enthusiasm about our mission; projects a clear vision and motivates the entire institution to fulfill it; recognized by the public as synonymous with SCC; accessible and able to connect authentically with faculty, staff, peers and students.

Terms of Employment

Salary: $133,948
Total compensation: $168,891
Anticipated Date of Employment: March 1, 2021

Nominations and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. However, since the Vice President of Learning Screening Committee will begin reviewing applications October 2, 2020, submissions are encouraged prior to that time.

Conditions of Employment

The person hired must be able to provide acceptable documentation of U.S. citizenship or lawful authorization to work in the U.S. This is an absolute condition of employment. In addition, CCS maintains a drug-free work and learning environment and prohibits smoking in all college buildings and vehicles. CCS employees must be able to successfully work in and promote a multicultural and diverse work and educational environment.

Application Instructions

Individuals interested in this position should specifically state in a brief (five pages or less) letter of application how they would address Spokane Falls Community College Vice President of Learning challenges and describe how they meet the elements of the college’s Vice President profile.

Applicants also must submit a current resume and the names, business and home telephone numbers of eight references, including two supervisors, two subordinates (including one classified or support staff), two faculty members, and two business or community members. Applicants from sectors other than higher education should submit comparable references.

References will not be contacted without the applicant’s prior permission.

Nominations and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. However, since the Vice President of Learning Screening Committee will begin reviewing applications October 2, 2020, submissions are encouraged prior to that time.

Applications should be addressed to the Vice President of Learning Search Committee and submitted to:

Vice President of Learning Search Committee

Kathy Shearer, Chair
501 N Riverpoint Blvd Suite 139
PO Box 6000, MS 1004
Spokane WA 99217-6000

Telephone: 509-434-5037
Fax: 509-434-5055
HRO@ccs.spokane.edu

 

Additional Application Instructions Individuals interested in this position should specifically state in a brief (five pages or less) letter of application how they would address Spokane Falls Community College Vice President of Learning challenges and describe how they meet the elements of the college’s Vice President profile. Applicants also must submit a current resume and the names, business and home telephone numbers of eight references, including two supervisors, two subordinates (including one classified or support staff), two faculty members, and two business or community members. Applicants from sectors other than higher education should submit comparable references. References will not be contacted without the applicant’s prior permission. Nominations and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. However, since the Vice President of Learning Screening Committee will begin reviewing applications October 2, 2020, submissions are encouraged prior to that time. Applications should be addressed to the Vice President of Learning Search Committee and submitted to: Vice President of Learning Search Committee Kathy Shearer, Chair 501 N Riverpoint Blvd Suite 139 PO Box 6000, MS 1004 Spokane WA 99217-6000 Telephone: 509-434-5037 Fax 509-434-5055 HRO@ccs.spokane.edu