Vice President for Learning and Student Success - Pierce College Fort Steilacoom

Pierce College District
Washington, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Mar 05, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The mission of Pierce College is to create quality educational opportunities for a diverse community of learners to thrive in an evolving world.

Are you passionate about serving at a college that is centering racial equity, social justice, and intercultural engagement to eliminate equity gaps and advance student success? Are you yearning for the challenge of transformation as higher education confronts the Covid-era while maintaining the commitment to championing our most marginalized and vulnerable students? Are you passionate about leading institutional change to fully support equity, diversity, and inclusion in learning and student success?
Can you envision yourself as part of an innovative team of educators committed to building and sustaining an antiracist institution?  Are you excited about opportunities to be innovative in dismantling systemic barriers to ensure a holistic student experience? If these questions resonate with you, then we invite you to consider joining the team at Pierce College.

A key to our District’s success is a high degree of collaboration amongst and within administrative and instructional departments, our campuses, and sites. We invite applications from qualified individuals who value student and colleague engagement, are committed to racial and social equity, and are interested in working within a diverse, innovative, outcome and evidence-based learning-centered environment.

Recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the Top 5 community colleges in the nation and as a the recipient of the 2019 Community College Excellence Award, Pierce College is an innovative, equity- focused community college dedicated to helping all students achieve their academic and professional goals. Check out our Aspen Institute Rising Star Award

Essential Functions:

The Vice President for Learning and Student Success provides overall leadership and vision for instructional and student services programs, activities, and support functions to advance the institution's mission, with intentional focus on building an anti-racist institution. Working collaboratively with their counterpart at Pierce College Puyallup, the Vice President exercises sound judgment and provides leadership in: leading strategic planning, development, implementation, and assessment of instructional programs and student success programs; engaging as a collaborative team member on the Pierce College District Executive Team; building the college budgets; making sound fiduciary decisions; and participating in Pierce College Board of Trustees meetings. The Vice President for Learning and Student Success cooperatively leads a team of instructional and student service leaders in creating and implementing equitable, innovative, and meaningful learning experiences for students.

This position reports to the President at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom and interacts with students, faculty, and staff of the college, public and state agencies, and the general public.  This position interacts closely with the Vice President for Learning and Student Success at Pierce College Puyallup, the Vice President for Workforce, Economic, and Professional Development, the Vice President for Equity, Innovation, and Engagement, and the District Executive Team (E-Team).  The Vice President shares leadership duties with Puyallup VPLSS for Instructional and Student Success Deans, Student Services Directors, Shared Governance Councils, and other staff supporting the unit.

The Vice President is responsible for:

Providing innovative leadership and direction: Within a guided pathways framework, provide innovative and equity-centered leadership and direction in the following areas: Strategic planning, development, implementation, and assessment of instructional curriculum and programs and student success programs including faculty evaluation, enrollment management, and retention strategies.  Engages in projects, task forces, and committees as assigned by the President.  Using evidence-based decision-making, implement initiatives that lead to equitable student success and engagement.
The Vice President is responsible for directly supervising the instructional and student success deans, as well as other support staff.  This individual will engage as a collaborative team member on the Pierce College District Executive Team and participates in Pierce College Board of Trustees meetings and shares leadership responsibilities for Shared Governance Councils and committees.
College Governance: Providing input into district level vision, policies, and procedures as an active member of the district executive team. Functions as a collaborative leader/member of shared governance system.
Developing Budgets:   Coordinating development of, and monitoring compliance with, budgets for all areas of responsibilities, and working within the executive team to make district budget decisions.
Representing the College: Representing the college on community, state, regional, and national commissions and committees as appropriate.


Required Education: 

  • Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.  Doctorate desired. 

Required Experience:

  • Five (5) years of progressive leadership responsibilities in higher education.

Special Requirements and/or Conditions of Employment:

  • The successful candidate must consent to and pass a criminal background check after a conditional offer of employment. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will considered in determining the applicant's suitability to perform in this position.

Required Competencies: Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Behaviors:

  • Knowledge of sound and emerging instructional and student services best practices to achieve racial and economic equity in higher education, federal and state regulations, and SBCTC (State Board for Community and Technical Colleges) policies and practices.
  • Knowledge of and compliance with faculty and staff collective bargaining agreements.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership in accordance with the mission, vision, values, and goals established by the district, with a commitment to racial and social justice.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively within a matrix organization, leading with cultural humility and vulnerability.
  • Demonstrated commitment to a comprehensive and equitable community college student learning experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership in strategic planning and decision-making based on data and institutional research.
  • Strong coaching and mentoring skills, including the ability to encourage, inspire, and support employees in achieving the districts’ mission and their individual professional goals.
  • Skill in systems thinking and problem solving, with the ability to create plans and initiatives that ensure the understanding and commitment of others to engage in a strategy for the future in order to achieve the vision and goals.  
  • Skilled in modeling and maintaining the values of candor, openness, inclusiveness, and honesty to promote the integrity of the institution.   Consistently act in a way that is both trustworthy and trusting.  Build, maintain, and restore trust with others.
  • Ability to support, recruit, and lead continuous equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts to provide an antiracist environment for learning and student success. 
  • Knowledge of and ability to design ongoing assessment and evaluation processes and provide leadership for instructional and student services efforts associated with accountability, outcomes assessment, continuous improvement, resource management, and accreditation.
  • Ability to identify the need for change and effectively manage both the areas that remain stable and those that are changing. Exercise sound judgment and adaptability when dealing with ambiguous situations.  
  • Ability to recognize the impact of emerging technologies and integrate these technologies within the organizational processes.
  • Commitment to engaging instruction and student services in the implementation of equitable college-wide student persistence, enrollment management, and retention strategies.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and strengthen partnerships with community partners and other educational institutions.
  • Value continuous learning and foster a climate for the learning and development of self and others by listening, gathering input, learning, and adopting ideas from all levels of the organization.

Application Requirements:

To be considered for this position, applicants must:  

  • Meet the required qualifications as outlined in this announcement.
  • Complete the online application profile at 
  • Apply for the specific job opening.
  • Upload (attach) a cover letter that addresses how you meet the required  qualifications as outlined in this announcement. At Pierce College, we value culturally competent and compassionate individuals who bridge diverse backgrounds and perspectives in support of academic equity and excellence. In your cover letter, please address how you will support the mission of Pierce College to create quality educational opportunities for a diverse community of learners to thrive in an evolving world. Please include in your response how your previous education and/or professional experience contribute to your effectiveness in promoting a climate of student success for a diverse community of learners(Cover Letter)
  • Upload (attach) detailed résumé of all educational and professional experience. (Résumé)
  • Transcripts are not required in order to apply for this position; however, if you are selected for an interview, you will be asked to bring copies of unofficial transcripts showing completion of the required level of education. Please upload current copies of your transcripts, if available. Unofficial copies of all college and university transcripts must include degree received and conferral date. International transcripts must include a foreign transcript evaluation. For a list of approved credential evaluation services visit: (Unofficial transcripts acceptable for application process; official transcripts required upon hire). (Transcripts)  
  • Upload (attach) a list of at least two professional references with names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted(References)
  • Upload (attach) your response to the following question (Supplemental Questions):
    • As the Vice President for Learning and Student Success, how would you go about dismantling systemic barriers to ensure a holistic student experience, in order to impact the College's goal to support all students and to achieve racial and social equity in pursuit of mission?

Special Note: This position is open until filled.  To ensure consideration, application materials should be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 2, 2021.
Terms of Employment:
This is a 12-month, full-time (40 hours per week) administrative-exempt position with Pierce College District. The primary work location will be at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom campus but frequent travel to Pierce College campuses or sites may occur. Work hours are between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday with occasional evenings and weekends as required. This position may be subject to reassignment between campuses or sites. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2021.   

Salary and Benefits:
Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Your paycheck is just part of the total compensation package. There is an outstanding benefits package which is worth an additional value equivalent to about 30% of your salary. A comprehensive health care benefits package for you and your dependents includes medical, dental and vision insurance. Life and long-term disability insurance plans; vacation, sick and personal leave; reduced tuition; and retirement benefits are also provided. For more information, please visit our Benefits and Leave website at:

Physical Work Environment:
This position works indoors in an office environment. During this time, core staff approved by their supervisors to come onto campus are covered by a safety plan that follows social distancing and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) protocols. This includes minimizing close contact by limiting time on campus; conducting meetings virtually; and implementing other creative strategies to reduce the density of employees on campus to keep everyone safe.
Reasonable Accommodation:
Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the application and employment process will be accommodated to the extent reasonably possible. Requests should be made to the District Human Resources Office by calling 253-964-7342. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may dial 711 to place a call through Washington Relay, the state's free telecommunication access service.
Screening and Interview Process:
Only those candidates who have complied with the application process and meet the required qualifications will be considered. Following the review of application materials, the most qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. Check the email account you used for the application process for communication regarding the status of your application. Application materials submitted to Pierce College are the property of the College and will not be returned.

Please note: This is a competitive selection process. Your application materials will be reviewed and evaluated based on the minimum qualifications listed for the position. Applicants whose qualifications most closely correspond to the District's needs will be eligible for further consideration. Notification of application status normally occurs 4 to 6 weeks after the closing date. Short notice may be given to applicants to participate in further selection processes which may include written, oral and performance examinations, and final interviews.
Conditions of Employment:
An offer of employment will not carry with it any responsibility or obligation on the part of the District to sponsor an H-1B visa. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, proof of authorization to work in the United States will be required at the time of hire.

Pierce College has adopted a Drug Free Workplace policy. As a condition of employment, employees must agree to abide by the requirements established in that policy.
Equal Opportunity:
The Pierce College District is an equal opportunity employer. The Board of Trustees and Pierce College District are committed to providing equal opportunity and will not discriminate in terms and conditions of employment and personnel practices.  Decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, age, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal.

For more information about this position or assistance regarding your application, please contact Human Resources at: