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Vice President of Division of Learning

College of Southern Maryland - La Plata, MD
La Plata, Maryland
$121,000.00 - $163,000.00 per year
Posted Date
Sep 11, 2023

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The primary focus of the Vice President of Learning is to create a student-centered culture around learning based on equity and inclusion competencies. Reporting to the College President and serving on the Executive Cabinet, the Vice President of Learning serves as the Chief Academic Officer. The Vice President of Learning provides strategic leadership to the Division of Learning, which includes the Schools of Liberal Arts, Professional and Technical Studies, and Science and Health, as well as all academic operational and support areas to ensure that they reflect the mission of the college. The Vice President of Learning serves as an advocate for all educational programs, providing leadership to faculty, staff, and administrators to ensure consistent high-quality standards in curricula and programs that meet the needs of students and the region. The Vice President of Learning oversees the academic integrity of the college and provides leadership in long-range planning, budgeting, curriculum, program development, and faculty support. The Vice President of Learning ensures compliance with various accrediting bodies as well as with Maryland and federal regulations.


· Provides visionary leadership for the academic operations of the college and embodies a positive collaborative leadership style that values diverse perspectives and approaches to decision making

· Fosters a student-centered culture around learning that cultivates student retention and success and promotes educational equity

· Ensures that processes and policies reinforce the strategic priorities of the college and removes unnecessary barriers for student progression and completion

· Strengthens a culture of evidence and data-driven decision-making to improve student learning

· Enables innovative teaching and learning and encourages transformational practices that promote student success and engagement

· Envisions and advocates for the importance of transfer and technical education for the development of a world-class workforce

· Ensures seamless alignment among credit and noncredit workforce programs

· Provides leadership for all learning programs and policies to facilitate appropriate program development and to meet the standards of accrediting bodies

· Coordinates accreditation efforts and the preparation of reports to various accrediting bodies

· Ensures educational excellence while leading people and managing the effective allocation of resources

· Ensures systematic review of programs to ensure quality and current course content

· Coordinates with the Deans and approves the hiring, support, development, and evaluation of faculty, staff, and administrators of instructional programs and services

· Works with direct reports to plan, develop, and administer the annual budget for the instructional division of the college

· Identifies new sources of revenue to support existing programs and provides leadership for the creation and funding of new programs, which foster the mission of the college

· Recruits, develops, and retains outstanding and diverse faculty and staff and

· Maintains an effective plan that supports the recruitment and retention of highly qualified diverse faculty and instructional staff

· Embraces collaboration and ensures communication with faculty by working closely with the Faculty Senate and college-wide participatory governance

· Serves as an important member of the Executive cabinet and the college’s leadership team

· Provides counsel to the President on all matters pertaining to the instructional operations of the college

· Builds relationships between the Division of Learning and the Division of Student Equity and Success to ensure seamless and equitable services to students that promote and enable student success

· Participates in statewide higher education efforts to improve instruction and its delivery to all students and promotes these activities at the division level

· Represents the College in community organizations such as Chamber of Commerce, nonprofit boards, and other related organizations

· Ensures the development and active participation of advisory committees for instructional programs

· Performs other related work as required


The Vice President of Learning supervises the following positions:

  • Executive Assistant
  • Dean, Learning Resources
  • Dean, Science and Health
  • Dean, Liberal Arts
  • Dean, Professional and Technical Studies
  • Director, Educational Partnerships
  • Director, Academic Programs, Planning, and Assessment

Internal and External Contacts:

  • Internal: Students, faculty, staff, and other entities of the college. Close supervisory contact and professional guidance of administrators, faculty and staff assigned to the division
  • External: Personnel from the Maryland Higher Education Commission, Maryland Association of Community Colleges, local public school systems, Maryland colleges and universities, advisory committee members, community groups, and other agencies of the public and private sectors

Responsible for Working Knowledge of the Following Guidelines/Procedures/Regulations:

  • The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974
  • State Laws and regulations pertaining to minimum academic requirements, transfer, etc.
  • Federal and state regulations applicable to grants and contracts assigned to the division
  • Middle State Commission on Higher Education policies and guidelines
  • College policies and procedures


Education and Experience:

· Doctorate Required

· Minimum of 3 years of successful academic experience leading an instructional area at a Dean level or higher

· Must be capable of leading faculty, be sensitive to student’s needs and interests, demonstrate commitment to fostering excellence in teaching and learning, be able to work with faculty to demonstrate excellent student outcomes, in transfer and career programs, be able to envision and advocate quality in general education and effectiveness in developmental education

· Must demonstrate experience with successfully managing a multi-million-dollar budget

· Experience in accreditation activities, learning outcomes assessment, and global education preferred

Special Requirements:

This position requires financial disclosure.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

· Excellent communication and human relations skills required

· Excellent, complex oral and written communication skills required to varied audiences

· The position requires complex long- and short-term planning to ensure the viability of the college. Every day brings different challenges—there is little routine. The incumbent must be able to multi- task regularly

· As the primary educational leader, the Vice President of Learning must be aware of and respond to internal and external forces. There is considerable environmental uncertainty which makes decision-making difficult

· The Vice President of Learning must motivate and encourage faculty to innovate and grow. He/she sets the tone and determines the direction of the academic division and developed policies and procedures that guide the division. Creativity is an important skill-set of this position and is an expectation by the President

· This position impacts the entire academic division of the college. The Vice President of Learning oversees over 400 instructors and an academic program composed of hundreds of courses and scores of academic programs. Although the Vice President does not directly work with students, his/her activities have a major impact


The work is sedentary work which requires exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly.


Work is performed in a relatively safe, and secure work environment.

Application Process

Candidates should send their materials directly to

The following items are required to be submitted directly and only to the search consultant via email attachments:

  1. COVER LETTER, limited to no more than four typed pages, detailing how your education experiences/background align with this Position Profile
  2. RESUME, limited to no more than six typed pages. Important Note: All attachments must be in Microsoft Word or PDF format, and file names must begin with the applicant’s initials (example: ABCcover, ABCres, ABCref). The subject line in the email should reference the position for which the candidate is applying. Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. For application materials to receive full consideration, it is preferred that application materials be submitted by October 13, 2023Semifinalist candidates will interview with the Search Advisory Committee in November, with finalist candidates interviewing in November and early December.
  3. REFERENCES will be requested only of finalists and should be limited to one typed page and include two supervisors, two direct reports, two full-time faculty members, two peers, and one community reference. The references must include names, titles, business and personal phone numbers, and email addresses. References will not be contacted without the consultant’s prior notification to the applicant.
  4. TRANSCRIPTS will be required of all finalists. The successful candidate must provide official transcripts to the College of Southern Maryland as a condition of hire.

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