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Spokane Falls Community College Vice President of Student Affairs

Spokane Falls Community College
Washington, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted Date
Dec 15, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Chief Student Affairs Officers & Vice Presidents, Executive, Other Executive
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Full Time
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The Spokane Falls Community College President is conducting a nationwide search to identify the next Vice President of Student Affairs.

In November 2019, Spokane Falls Community College (SFCC) faculty and staff were interviewed regarding their views of the challenges SFCC will likely face in the near future, opportunities the college is particularly well positioned to take advantage of, and the personal traits and characteristics the next Vice President must display to be successful in this environment.  The summarized results follow.


An earned master’s degree from an accredited university with five (5) years of relevant administrative experience.


Ph.D. or Ed.D in a relevant field is preferred (Social science, education, public service, business, communication)

  • Experience integrating technology solutions to positively support student systems and processes
  • Higher education experience, preferably in a community college
  • Demonstrated experience leading student services to include registration and admissions, advising, counseling, development, dual enrollment and student conduct
  • Experience working in a college state system office and a district structure
  • Experience managing in a multi-site organization
  • Experience in implementing guided pathways
  • Experience in Title IX administration
  • Experience working with and providing services to high need/high risk students
  • Experience working in a unionized work environment
  • Experience managing budgets and ensuring fiscal responsibility

Leading the student affairs division in building new team, new working relationships, a new workplace culture and processes during a period of significant personnel turnover, new initiatives and new software integration.

Leading the division in achieving the promise of guided pathways to improve student retention and success through the effective and efficient planning, implementation and integration of pathways methodology.

Leading the division in developing efficient and effective services and processes to support high need/high risk students, the increase of student conduct, mental health and socio-economic issues.

Leading the division in building and revitalizing programs, prioritizing initiatives and building upon innovative programming.

Leading the division in addressing on-going budget challenges Grants – ability to use grants to recruit students, make programs attractive, attainable

Developing a comprehensive enrollment management plan, including the supporting practices needed to effectively balance access, capacity, retention and success within our growing region; Lead student success practices that allow students to efficiently register, access needed support services, efficiently progress toward and successfully complete stated academic goals.


The following characteristics, traits and personal competencies are critical to the success of our future Vice President of Student Affairs.

  • Wisdom: A savvy and humble leader with knowledge drawn from broad experiences; displays critical thinking skills, confidence and a systems perspective; has experience administrating in a unionized environment; and makes decisions informed by data, consistent with mission and driven by a commitment to student success.
  • Integrity: A trustworthy leader, slow to make promises but quick to keep them; principle-centered and forthright with even the most difficult message; believes full disclosure is a prerequisite to effective problem-solving; and builds trust as an investment.  Someone who is approachable, available and visible on campus.
  • Student Services Expert: A knowledgeable leader who can communicate a vision that inspires others; a visible advocate, both externally and internally to the college; demonstrated experience in and knowledgeable appreciation for a comprehensive community college and student support services role;
  • Change Agent: a leader who  thrives in the face of significant and continuous change; effectively appeals to higher ideals and values as a cause for change; resilient and uses their sense of humor and external interests as a coping mechanism for the inevitable setbacks associated with change; convenes and facilitates solution-focused conversations and processes; and challenges, motivates and empowers their team through change, creating an environment that supports deliberate action over inaction.
  • Communication: A genuine communicator who is accessible and listens more than they speak; values others’ input as an opportunity to learn; models and demands professional decorum; and considerate of reason and logic.
  • Commitment: A leader who displays loyalty; personally invested in the success of our students, division, college and region; eager to be a part of our long-term success; inspires loyalty from others; and effectively advocates for our students, programs, faculty, and staff.
  • Organizational Leadership: A proactive student-centered leader who understands the dynamics of a multi-college/unit organizational structure; values strategic, fiscal and master facility planning; trusts, empowers and inspires enthusiasm among faculty and staff; entrepreneurial in finding resources and implementing strategies to take advantage of a new funding formula; fiscally responsible, risk prudent, action-oriented decision-maker; and possesses a systems perspective that appropriately considers all implications of potential decisions.
  • Dynamic: A leader who inspires enthusiasm about our mission; projects a clear vision and motivates the entire institution to fulfill it; recognized by the public as synonymous with SCC; accessible and able to connect authentically with faculty, staff, peers and students.

Salary: $122,806

Total compensation: $155,117

Anticipated Date of Employment: July 1, 2022

Nominations and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  However, since the SFCC Vice President Student Affairs Search Screening Committee will begin reviewing applications January 7, 2022, submissions are encouraged prior to that time.

Visit the SFCC Vice President Student Affairs Search website for additional information and application instructions.

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