Vice President of Academic Affairs

Nevada, United States
Salary Not specified
Nov 10, 2020
Position Type
Executive, Other Executive
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Vice President of Academic Affairs Search

About the Position

TMCC is seeking a visionary and results-oriented Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA) who embraces innovation to advance student learning. The VPAA is the Chief Academic Officer for the college and is a member of the President's executive leadership team. The Vice President is responsible for the overall design, organization, delivery, supervision, evaluation, and fiscal management of a comprehensive instruction program. Working in collaboration with Student Services and Finance and Administrative Services to promote and fulfill Truckee Meadows Community College's Mission and Core Values, the Vice President manages a budget of over $25 million, providing effective leadership and ensuring academic integrity for all academic affairs at the institution. The position leads a team of 861 employees including 5 academic deans, the Associate Dean of Assessment and Planning, and the Learning Commons Director.

Academic Excellence and Student Success

Students love this college because of the student-centered focus of the institution and its attention to academic excellence and student success. The position maintains high academic standards while managing pressure of achieving performance funding benchmarks. There is an opportunity to improve faculty engagement, embrace assessment, and honor academic freedom. It is important to balance traditional liberal arts and work force development offerings in ways that support the region TMCC serves while also inspiring faculty and staff to innovate when responding to community workforce needs. The Vice President will identify opportunities to expand access, while continuing to improve persistence, retention and completion.

Articulating an Inspiring Vision
We define the college by its opportunities and not by its constraints. TMCC has exceptionally talented and dedicated full and part time faculty, in addition to academic staff, that support the academic master plan. The Vice President will listen to all stakeholders, evaluate input and cast an inspiring academic vision that is strategic, participative and fully engages all subject matter experts. The Vice President is the academic affairs ambassador and advocate for TMCC within the Nevada System of Higher Education and the legislature.

Adapting to COVID-19
All of higher education has been impacted by COVID-19. Transitioning students, staff, and faculty to remote environments is challenging AND doable. The emphasis is on maintaining educational quality, incorporating best practices in online pedagogy, supporting faculty in delivering a fulfilling educational experience by offering additional training and/or resources, and improving student and worker engagement. TMCC has done an excellent job of adapting to remote education, yet there are always improvements on the horizon. The Vice President will continue to coordinate courses and programs both in the remote and online/hybrid form. These plans will follow all recommended safety guidelines keeping the health and well-being of students and staff in mind.

Budget Constraints
The Nevada System of Higher Education utilizes a funding formula that relies on a range of performance factors assigned to each institution, governed by state revenue. Budget constraints in the midst of seeking to improve enrollment, and corequisite mandates that may be unfunded creates an opportunity to continue to evaluate providing education in the most effective and fulfilling ways possible. Everyone is doing more with limited resources. TMCC's budgetary planning processes are inclusive, transparent and comprehensive. The Vice President will develop non-traditional ways to show appreciation for good work.

Please note that pursuant to Assembly Bill (AB) 3 passed by the Nevada State Legislature during the 32nd Special Legislative Session, employees are required to take furlough at a 4.6 percent monthly reduction in compensation from Jan. 1, 2021, through June 30, 2021.

Leadership Qualities of the Ideal Candidate
  • Collaborative
  • Transformational leader
  • Highly communicative
  • Team player
  • Values honesty and integrity
  • Decisive
  • Data-informed
  • Inclusive
  • Visionary with implementation success
  • Inspiring and motivating
  • Hard worker
  • Entrepreneurial within the methodology of a higher education environment
  • Empowering
  • Active listener
  • Servant leader
  • Sense of humor
  • Able to display empathy
  • Willing to challenge the status quo in pursuit of innovation
  • Experience enhancing a culture of trust

    Desired Credentials and Experiences
  • Earned doctorate in a specific academic discipline from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Three (3) or more years college level, full-time classroom teaching experience, preferably at a community college.
  • Experience in grant writing and obtaining external funding.
  • Experience with collective bargaining agreements and shared governance environments.
  • Demonstrated commitment to student undergraduate research, scholarship, and mentoring.
  • Understanding of the dynamics of a community college within a state system of colleges and universities.
  • Experience in curriculum development, instructional delivery and assessment.
  • Proponent of professional development for faculty and staff.
  • Experience that exemplifies the values of a teaching and learning college.

    Minimum Qualifications
  • Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Five (5) years progressively responsible executive-level administrative experience in a specific discipline.
  • The equivalent of two (2) years full-time classroom teaching experience at the college level.
  • Demonstrated understanding of a comprehensive community college.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully cultivate, expand, and sustain productive relationships with students, faculty, staff, and external constituents.
  • Demonstrated successful experience with assessment, workforce development, and developmental programs.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering an environment of diversity, inclusion, and equity.

    Position Responsibilities
    The Vice President of Academic Affairs exhibits an appreciation of, sensitivity to, and respect for a diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of varying social, economic, cultural, ideological and ethnic backgrounds. The position:
  • Cultivates and sustains an innovative environment that prioritizes learning and academic excellence.
  • Provides leadership and strategic program planning and evaluation in collaboration with a strong and committed faculty, administration, and staff in a shared governance structure.
  • Leads the efforts to establish new degree and certificate programs.
  • Recommends policies related to instructional programs to the college President.
  • Works collaboratively with the President's Cabinet to implement institutional policy.
  • Leads enrollment management efforts, retention, and persistence strategies.
  • Actively participates in external revenue generation.
  • Provides support to the Nevada System of Higher Education Academic Affairs committees.
  • Leads efforts to promote online teaching and learning in collaboration with Web College, faculty, and staff.
  • Leads effort to incorporate digital technology in support of teaching and learning.
  • Leads effort to establish and promote student undergraduate research scholarship, and mentoring in collaboration with faculty and staff.
  • Effectively mediates conflicts at the instructional and administrative levels to resolve disputes in a reasonable and timely manner.
  • Communicates and interacts effectively with students, faculty, staff, and the community.
  • Works in a professional and collegial manner with students, faculty, staff and the community .
  • Ensures accuracy of college catalogs and class schedules; ensures ongoing, systematic assessment of academic programs.
  • Ensures adherence to academic-related accreditation standards.
  • Special projects as assigned by the college President.

    How to Apply
    On behalf of the Truckee Meadows Community College President, the search committee invites inquiries, recommendations and applications for the Vice President of Academic Affairs position. Do not apply via the college or system job portal. All expressions of interest are to be directed, confidentially, to the search consultant.

    Soft Application Deadline: December 20, 2020

    While the position is open until filled, materials received after this date are not guaranteed full consideration and will be reviewed at the sole discretion of the search committee.

    Application materials are to be sent by secure upload and include:
  • Letter of Interest, not to exceed 5 pages, articulating a match to the position profile
  • Resume, chronological preferred
  • References, six minimum (name, relationship, direct email and phone), include some that can be checked early in the search process

    To secure upload, please go to the Cizek Associates website and follow the instructions:

    NSHE and Truckee Meadows Community College are committed to providing a place of work and learning free of discrimination on the basis of a person's age (40 or older), disability, whether actual or perceived by others (including service-connected disabilities), gender (including pregnancy-related conditions), military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race, color, or religion (protected classes).

    Truckee Meadows Community College does not discriminate on the basis of sex in any education program or activity that it operates. Non-discrimination on the basis of sex is mandated by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. ยงยง 1681 et seq.) and the corresponding implementation regulations (34 C.F.R. Part 106). The College's commitment to nondiscrimination in its educational programs and activities extends to applicants for admission and employment. Inquiries concerning the application of these provisions may be referred to: Kim Studebaker, Title IX Coordinator, Truckee Meadows Community College, 7000 Dandini Blvd. Red Mountain Building, Room 211 Reno, Nevada 89512; Telephone: 775-674-7502; Email:; to The Assistant Secretary of the United States Department of Education, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20202-1100; Telephone: 1-800-421-3481 FAX: 202-453-6012; TDD: 1-800-877-8339; Email:; or to both.