Whatcom Community College is seeking a Vice President for
Instruction to serve as the lead academic officer for the
institution. The Vice President for Instruction provides strategic
and equity-driven instructional leadership that supports the
institution’s priorities in collaboration with President’s Cabinet,
the faculty, and other dedicated professionals.
The Vice President plans, implements, coordinates, and evaluates
the College’s instructional programs and services to meet the needs
of students and the community. The Vice President is a key
contributor and implementer of policy, strategic planning, and
The Vice President for Instruction exhibits the dynamic leadership
qualities of inclusion, innovation, and collaboration.
This position reports directly to the college president, and has
approximately fifteen direct reports.
The candidate will demonstrate successful experience in:
- Implementing institutional strategies and policies that result
in improved student achievement, based on a philosophical
commitment to equity and inclusion that promotes student access and
- Planning and decision-making based on:
o data and institutional and environmental research; and
o data-informed actions that inspire change in college culture to
improve student enrollment, retention, and outcomes.
- Creating and maintaining a work environment characterized by
collegiality and inclusiveness for all students, faculty, and
- Supporting evidence-based and culturally responsive approaches
- Building effective teams through strong communication,
interpersonal skills, transparent decision-making, and the use of
- Supporting and collaborating with faculty.
Student Learning, Success, and Equity
- Models and leads diversity, equity, and inclusion practices in
the instructional workforce and in the College’s curricular
offerings and instructional culture.
- Advances innovative instructional offerings and services in
response to the needs of students and the broader community.
- Promotes and collaborates with faculty and staff to implement
research-based practices for achieving improved student
- Uses both quantitative and qualitative data for an integrated
planning process to manage enrollment and student retention
decisions and strategies.
- Ensures a high quality instructional program for student
learning that is assessed for continuous improvement.
- Recommends, develops and implements instructional policies,
procedures, and practices, which foster and promote student
- Promotes and facilitates an organizational structure and
culture that ensures a student-centered environment.
- Fosters open and inclusive communication among administration,
faculty, staff, and students on matters related to
Leadership and Management
- Provides college leadership in the design, development, and
delivery of a comprehensive, efficient, and high-quality of
instructional programs and services.
- Works with faculty and instructional administrators to develop
an annual schedule of classes, which meet the educational needs of
students within assigned budget and staffing parameters.
- Leads efforts for the effective recruitment, selection,
retention, development, growth, support, and evaluation of faculty
for the purpose of consistently improving instruction.
- Develops, monitors, and administers the instructional budget in
conjunction with college-wide planning processes and with the
assistance of instructional administrators.
- Ensures an effective and capable instructional administrative
staff through culturally responsive training, development, and
- Collaborates with Whatcom Community College Federation of
Teachers (WCCFT) union leadership to advance a positive
instructional culture; to address instructional priorities; and to
implement the faculty negotiated agreement.
- Provides instructional leadership for the development and
implementation of grants and contracts.
- Engages and leads college governance.
- Develops, fosters and promotes new opportunities for
educational partnerships with public and private sector
- Engages with internal and external community stakeholders to
ensure relevancy of instructional programs and services.
- Represents the College at the Washington Association of
Community and Technical College’s (WACTC) Instruction Commission
and other local, state and national organizations.
- Serves as accreditation liaison officer (ALO) for the
- Supports college activities and special events through
attendance and/or participation.
Qualifications, Salary and Appointment
- Master’s degree.
- Three years of administrative experience with progressive
- Three years of teaching experience in a post-secondary
- Demonstrated knowledge, understanding and application of
- Demonstrated leadership and management, including effective
communication skills and a collegial management style.
- Significant budgetary experience.
- Doctorate degree OR equivalent experience and training in
higher education administration.
- Five years of teaching experience in higher education,
preferably in a community college.
- Leadership in designing and implementing initiatives and
strategies related to outcomes assessment, staff and program
evaluation, institutional effectiveness, and institutional and
Salary and Appointment:
- This is a 12 month, full-time Administrative/Exempt position.
Exempt from Washington State civil service law with an annual
salary starting at $140,000.00 DOE.
- Per Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21-14, state employees must
be fully vaccinated no later than October 18, 2021. Please note
that any offer of employment is contingent upon you providing
verification of your vaccine status, having an approved medical
accommodation, or having an approved religious accommodation. No
start date will be approved until you have either verified your
vaccine status or have an approved accommodation.
- The position comes with a full benefit package, including
health, dental, life, long-term disability insurance and a
Additionally, as a Washington State, public higher education
institution, WCC offers the following:
- Whatcom Community College is a qualified employer for
the PSLF program. If you work for the College
full time, have had Direct Loans and are on an eligible repayment
plan, you are eligible to apply.
- Full-time employees are eligible to apply and participate in
the Whatcom Community College Employee Tuition Program, which
provides a tuition waiver for available and eligible WCC
- As soon as can be arranged with successful candidate.
Application Due Date:
- For guaranteed consideration, application packets should be
received by Thursday, December 2nd, 2021 at 5:00 pm. Position open
Special Instructions to Applicant
A completed application consists of an online
- Letter of application communicating the candidate's interest in
the position and addressing the candidate's experience as it
relates to the position responsibilities.
- Equity statement prompt: Please share your thoughts about
equity in higher education and provide an example of how you have
(or might) influence an environment of inclusion on
- Current resume.
- Unofficial Transcripts for all earned degrees; official
transcripts required prior to official start date.
- List of five recent professional references with current