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Executive Director of the Lakeshore Campus

Grand Rapids Community College
Michigan, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Apr 10, 2023

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Grand Rapids Community College provides an excellent benefits experience for our GRCC family. Our benefit package is designed to enhance employees' health and well-being. Part-time employees have different benefits outlined in the specific collective bargaining agreements and handbooks. Below is an overview of these benefits, additional details are available on the Human Resources/Benefits website:

  • Six health insurance plan options (includes a high deductible plan with a health savings account option).
  • A unique dental & vision reimbursement program (includes coverage for adult orthodontia & lasik eye surgery).
  • Employer sponsored retirement plans as well as voluntary retirement savings plans (403b or 457 plans)
  • Tuition benefits at GRCC for you, your spouse and your dependents.
  • Tuition reimbursement at other higher education institutions for you.
  • Generous time off that includes sick, vacation and personal leave banks.
  • Paid holidays and holiday shutdown period in late December.


The Executive Director of the Lakeshore Campus is responsible for leading the operations of GRCC's Lakeshore Campus, and working with the Provost and Deans to support programs and courses at the Lakeshore Campus. The Executive Director will create and sustain a working environment on the Lakeshore Campus that demonstrates a spirit of collaboration, innovation, access, and inclusion. The successful candidate will have a deep understanding of and experience with the critical role community colleges play in the fabric of a community. The Executive Director will work in cooperation with The Provost and Deans to sustain programs relevant to students and the Lakeshore community. To successfully achieve these results the Executive Director will need to cultivate effective and mutually beneficial partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Provide operational leadership, support, and supervision for the Lakeshore Campus.
  • Collaborate with leadership across the College to recommend and develop short and long-term goals for the Lakeshore Campus, including working in close partnership with the Provost and Deans to recommend the development and implementation of programs, course offerings, and enrollment targets.
  • Develop partnerships within the Lakeshore community.
  • Facilitate regular meetings of the Lakeshore Advisory Council in collaboration with the Provost and Deans.
  • Actively participate and engage within the Lakeshore community.
  • Serve as a GRCC representative within and for the Lakeshore community.
  • Advocate to the College leadership for the needs of the Lakeshore Campus.
  • Provide regular updates to the Provost regarding the activities of and opportunities for the Lakeshore Campus.
  • Responsible for tracking & monitoring enrollment at the Lakeshore Campus.
  • Advance the development of equity-centered best practices to provide access and success on the Lakeshore Campus.
  • Advocate for staff and programs on the Lakeshore Campus.
  • Identify new streams of revenue potential for the Lakeshore Campus.
  • Ensure alignment of the Lakeshore Campus to the Provost's vision, the College's Strategic Plan and mission of the College.
  • Support, hire, supervise, and evaluate professional support staff assigned to the Lakeshore Campus. Convene regular meetings, establish work expectations, and complete annual performance evaluations.
  • Set standards for hiring new staff and regularly review the hiring processes to maximize efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Allocate resources and other systemic supports to promote professional development for staff.
  • Participate in College-wide planning as appropriate, including but not limited to planning related to the strategic plan, budget development, emergency response, and facility master planning.
  • Actively participate in and retain membership in such statewide and national organizations and activities as are appropriate for the maintenance and improvement of programs.
  • Monitor legislative activity and best practices for student success.
  • Participate and provide feedback in Lakeshore recruitment and marketing initiatives as requested.
  • Participates in collective bargaining teams, as needed and assigned by the President.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Provost.



  • Master's degree from an accredited institution in an academic discipline offered by the College, Higher Education Administration, Educational Leadership, or a closely related field is required.

Work Experience

  • Minimum of three years prior experience in a role responsible for oversight of educational programming or services or of an educational center is required.
  • Demonstrated leadership is required.
  • Supervisory experience of staff is required.
  • Experience working in a community college is preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience with developing and moving forward initiatives that advance equity, access, and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated successful leadership of complex, collaborative initiatives.
  • Demonstrated successful advocacy for students and students' needs.


  • The following competencies are essential and will be evaluated for our candidates through the evidence-based selection process:

Foundational Competencies

  • Decisive
  • Responsibility
  • Achievement
  • Adaptability
  • Information Skills
  • Speaking
  • Ingenuity
  • Teamwork

Occupational Competencies

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies
  • Developing and Building Teams
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge

Mental Demands

  • Proven ability to work effectively both as a team leader and a team player.
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communications skills.
  • Highly motivated, focused and results oriented.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the significance of cultural competency and an understanding and appreciation for equity and inclusion.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and tact in all interpersonal contacts, and to maintain confidentiality at all times.
  • Ability to manage multiple, complex tasks according to required deadlines, and maintain composure under high stress conditions.
  • Ability to be optimistic, positive and supportive in all interactions with others.
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail.

Physical Demands

  • The position requires long periods of sitting, standing, reading, and writing, listening and speaking.

Working Conditions

  • Grand Rapids Community College will comply with any mandated health and safety requirements. Employees will be directed to our GRCC Policy(s) for compliance information.
  • Must be able to attend functions off campus and work weekends/evenings as required.
  • Professional travel required.


Grand Rapids Community College is only accepting online applications for this position at Submit a cover letter and resume in one document. The opportunity to apply for this position will close on May 19, 2023 at 11:59PM. Individuals with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Grand Rapids Community College is an equal opportunity employer. Visa sponsorship is not available.

Grand Rapids Community College creates an inclusive learning and working environment that recognizes the value and dignity of each person. It is the policy and practice of GRCC to provide equal educational and employment opportunities regardless of age, race, color, religion, marital status, sex/gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, height, weight, national origin, disability, political affiliation, familial status, veteran status or genetics in all programs, activities, services, employment and advancement including admissions to, access to, treatment in, or compensation in employment as required by state and federal law. GRCC is committed to reviewing all aspects of GRCC programs, activities, services and employment, including recruitment, selection, retention and promotion to identify and eliminate barriers in order to prevent discrimination on the basis of the listed protected characteristics. The college will not tolerate any form of retaliation against any person for bringing charges of discrimination or participating in an investigation. Further information may be obtained from the EEO Office or the Office of General Counsel, 143 Bostwick Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295.


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