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Vice President Academic Affairs

Rio Salado College
Arizona, United States
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Jul 23, 2021

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Vice President Academic Affairs

Job ID: 315248
Location: Rio Salado Community College
Full/Part Time:
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Maricopa Summary
The Maricopa County Community College District (Maricopa) is the premier community college district in the nation, consistently cited for innovation and best practices. Known widely as the Maricopa Community Colleges, the system was created in 1962 and has grown to become one of the largest community college districts in the United States with ten regionally accredited Colleges, all dedicated to educational excellence, student success and meeting the education and work force needs of businesses and citizens of the greater Phoenix metropolitan area.

Serving over 168,000 students each year, the Maricopa Community Colleges offer a wide range of educational opportunities including thousands of degrees, certificates, and workforce skills training programs - taught by recognized faculty and delivered in multiple class formats. Maricopa strives to enhance the public's quality of life and give back to the communities it serves through service learning, K-12 programs, community workshops and lifelong learning opportunities. As a leader in training Arizona's workforce, Maricopa partners with business and industry leaders to help power Phoenix's economy by creating workforce development strategies to prepare employees for today's high-demand careers. Maricopa offers real-world learning opportunities in sustainability, paving the way for continued growth and prosperity for its service region while preparing the next generation of sustainability leaders. The Maricopa Community Colleges' unique Transfer Pathways partnerships provide students a smooth transition to a 4-year degree with the three Arizona state universities or over 40 additional state and national universities with a course-specific layout, allowing students to complete required courses at a fraction of the cost. The Maricopa Community Colleges - in the business of empowering and enriching lives through education.

The Maricopa Community Colleges are authorized to begin offering Bachelor's degrees in 2023. Maricopa enjoys a range of awards and accolades to include: grant awards through the National Science Foundation to improve undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving institutions program (HSI Program), eight colleges named to The Aspen Institute's Top 150 Community Colleges, 2020 Healthy Arizona Worksites Program recipient, 19th Best Employer for Women by Forbes, 2019 No. 42 in Arizona's Best Employers, and Rio Salado specifically has been named for its commitment to student success.


The greater Phoenix area's sunny climate, vibrant lifestyle and prospering business community attract thousands of visitors, new residents and entrepreneurs annually. The nation's fifth-largest city, Phoenix continues to grow and remains a desirable destination for travelers and dreamers alike. Whether one pursues a career in the bioscience or technology fields, or desires to own and operate a business, the Greater Phoenix region is a hotbed for job and business ownership opportunities. With over 76,000 employers in the Valley of the Sun, several major corporations call the region home.

The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) is committed to providing you with a competitive, comprehensive benefits program that provides the care you and your family need to lead healthy and productive lives. Our benefits are designed to provide support for every life stage and lifestyle in our community.

Benefits & Perks Options
  • Paid observed federal holidays & additional paid time off throughout the year
  • Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) & 12% Employee Contribution Match
  • Paid vacation, sick, and personal time (if applicable)
  • Multiple health and dental insurance coverage plans
  • Teladoc: Reach a doctor 24/7
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • Maricopa Perks & Gears Discount Program
  • Employee assistance program (EAP)
  • $4,000 Annual professional development growth funding (if applicable)
  • Tuition reimbursement for employee and dependents (if applicable)
  • Revised summer work schedule
  • Maricopa Employee Health & Wellness Program
  • Employee recognition opportunities
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Job Summary
Rio Salado College is part of the Maricopa Community Colleges and is considered one of the premier colleges in the country known for innovation in education and a highly collaborative working environment. Rio Salado has been transforming the learning experience for students and setting the standard for innovation in higher education since 1978. Known as America's Online Community College, Rio Salado has a national reputation for online excellence and is one of the largest online public community colleges in the nation, serving nearly 50,000 students annually with nearly 28,000 online in all 50 states and internationally. The College is dedicated to providing affordable and flexible educational opportunities to meet the needs of today's students offering non-traditional and in-person programs that include college bridge pathways, incarcerated re-entry, community-based learning, corporate and government partnerships, early college initiatives and university transfer. The College is committed to continuous improvement, adapts to meet the needs of its community, and uses analysis of data and empirical examination of student outcomes to make tactical decisions regarding education and learning. With registration access and classes starting most Mondays throughout the year, Rio Salado College has developed specific innovations to support student success, retention, and completion through scalable technology.

The Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA) is the Chief Academic Officer of the College and reports to the President. The Vice President works in a progressive, forward-thinking, student-centric, and highly collaborative environment. The VPAA provides dynamic leadership and administrative oversight to the college academic departments and academic support services with the members of the senior executive team in the leadership, planning, policy and budget development, and management for a comprehensive academic affairs program in a learning centered college to meet the needs of a diverse student body. The Vice President oversees partnerships, continuing education, curriculum, early college, faculty, library services, honors program, incarcerated re-entry programs, instructional design, instructional helpdesk, online & hybrid/blended learning, and certificate & degree programs. The position leads 5-6 direct reports, and a staff of 28. In addition, the position administers a budget of $35 million for a unit of over 1,000 employees.

Additional Information

Rio is known nationally for its best practices and leading edge online instructional delivery. The institution also boasts significant in-person education offerings at multiple locations. The college continues to evaluate ways to maintain its high standards and delivery of quality programs within an environment experiencing significant change. Improving persistence, retention and completion is a priority. An emerging focus on competency-based/skills education and the premium it places on student learning outcomes presents an opportunity to better provide a learning experience geared to success in the workplace. Committed to teaching and learning, the college seeks to improve and maximize its outreach and recruitment efforts, enhance the student experience and increase student goal attainment.


Rio Salado College truly embodies an innovative and collaborative culture. The college seeks an academic leader with an inspiring vision based upon new and different ideas and the re-evaluation of current ideas balanced with a practical, focused and results oriented approach. Without the traditional silos and barriers to collaboration, employees are encouraged to take measured risk, embrace creativity and explore the possibilities of BLUE OCEAN related to education, and ultimately student success - from enhancing community and partner engagement to researching and initiating meaningful growth and revenue generation.


Populated by talented faculty and staff, Rio envisions a leader who will empower employees and teams to peak effectiveness by reinforcing employees' attainment of core competencies, enhancing professional development strategies across all employee groups, encouraging employees' knowledge and implementation of the college's culture and building communication processes and strategies that support an atmosphere of inclusiveness and engagement. Externally, maintaining a prominent presence on the national higher education scene, advocating for the institution while collaborating with its peer colleges and in the community it serves, and making key connections with business and industry continue to be priorities.

Essential Functions
The Vice President is a member of the President's Executive Council and Cabinet and serves as an advisor to the College President in matters pertaining to instructional programs in the District.

Collaborative Administration & Management: Administers and supervises the development of academic affairs and various operational programs; provides oversight to the college's academic programs and assessment activities including planning, monitoring and evaluating; provides oversight and broad supervision to functional areas; meets with functional department heads to plan, review budgets and handle personnel issues; provides leadership regarding accreditation; provides supervision to the college's faculty, evaluates faculty, monitors projects and attends appropriate meetings.

Academic Planning & Leadership: Provides oversight to the system supporting the online learning program, chairs the Development Team as well as leads the development of policy and standards, strategic planning and outcomes related to online learning; oversees the preparation of the master class schedule and college catalog; oversees development of grant proposals and administration of grant-funded programs; participates with other college administrators in planning student recruitment/retention efforts; develops, supports and maintains liaison relationships with business, industry and community partners; resolves issues with student and faculty; prepares reports and presentations representing the college locally and nationally; participates in District leadership meetings as a member of the college's senior management team including setting strategic direction and budget input.

Partnerships: Success requires knowledge of current practices in the administration of community college instructional programs and related support activities; curriculum, program and staff development; at-risk and special needs students; the use of technology in teaching and learning; assessment of student learning; assessment of changing community educational needs and development of responsive programs; supervision of faculty and administrators in planning and delivering instructional services; coordination activities with a variety of college staff and departments; and preparation and monitoring of budgets.

Minimum Qualifications
Minimum Qualifications for Student Affairs or non-academic pathway: Master's Degree from a regionally accredited institution in education or field related to area of assignment and four years of progressively responsible management and/or leadership experience in field of assignment that includes two years of supervisory experience. Examples of student affairs academic support management/leadership experience includes: program management, project management, budget development and management related to programs or projects, staff supervision, policy development, administration, evaluation and compliance. Equivalency allowed for Non-Academic area.


Minimum Qualifications for Academic pathway: Master's Degree in a teaching field related to area(s) of assignment and four years of experience in an academic leadership and/or supervisory role in higher education and three years of teaching that includes curriculum/coursework development. Examples of academic leadership/supervisory experience includes: division/department chair, project management, policy development, administration, evaluation and compliance, committee leadership, program director, and shared governance. No equivalency.

Desired Qualifications
A. Earned Doctorate degree from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution
B. Teaching experience, preferably at a community college
C. Three (3) or more years' experience at the Dean's level or higher in academic affairs at a comprehensive community college
D. Experience in a highly distributed, complex environment with both centralized and decentralized decision-making and program delivery, especially a multi-campus and/or multi-college system
E. Experience at a higher education institution that offers comprehensive online and distance education program delivery, and includes an understanding of system processes and support
F. Experience in course development and instructional design
G. Proven ability to thrive in a progressive, forward-thinking, high-energy and highly collaborative work environment
H. Demonstrated commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging; proactively embrace DEIB
I. Experience with innovation in an academic setting; success leading innovative teaching and learning practices
J. Experience with instructional/occupational programming, organizational and academic strategic planning, accreditation (reaffirmation in 2022), budgeting, and personnel management
K. Experience leading academic programs and services such as Assessment, Center for Teaching and Learning, Developmental Education, Honors, Online Learning, and/or related services
L. Demonstrated knowledge of the trends, challenges, and compliance issues facing today's community college, to include an understanding of student development theory in the student life cycle and applied to online and virtual learning
M. Demonstrated commitment to participatory/shared governance and fostering a culture of collaboration with a diverse campus constituency emphasizing consensus building, conflict resolution, and problem solvin
N. Creative and inspiring leadership skills - a builder of teams, strategic thinker, able to prioritize initiatives, articulate a vision, bias for action
O. Knowledge of the impact of emerging technologies on the teaching and learning environment
P. Demonstrated experience and knowledge of data driven, evidence-based decision­ making
Q. Authentic, high integrity and a good sense of humor
R. Current knowledge of applicable federal and state laws, statutes, processes, and awareness of law and policy proposals affecting academic affairs service areas

How to Apply
The position is open until filled. Materials received by August 22, 2021 will receive priority consideration. (email applications are strongly encouraged)

ATTN: Sheila Lehker, Senior Vice President

Cizek Associates, Inc.

2415 East Camelback Road, Suite 700, Phoenix, AZ 85016

602-553-1066 office | 602-553-1166 fax

Application materials include:
    A letter of interest that aligns experience and skills with the position requirements (not to exceed 5 pages) A resume (chronological preferred) Contact information including email and direct telephone number for a range of at least 6 professional references

EEO Information
Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) will not discriminate, nor tolerate discrimination in employment or education, against any applicant, employee, or student because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status (including document abuse), age, disability, veteran status or genetic information.

Title IX
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, states: "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."

The policy of the MCCCD is to provide an educational, employment, and business environment free of gender discrimination. Incidents of misconduct should be reported to the college Title IX Coordinator, as outlined in policy, contact information is available at this link Title IX Coordinators. Rio Salado College's Title IX/504 Coordinator is O.Tafari Osayande,, 480-517-8196

Clery Act
The Clery Act is a Federal law requiring United States Colleges and Universities to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses. Crime reporting data for each of the Maricopa Community Colleges, as required under the Clery Act, is available at this link Clery Act

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