Vice President of Academic Affairs and Workforce Development

  • McHenry County College
  • Crystal Lake, IL 60012
  • Aug 25, 2021
Full time Provost/Academic Vice President Vice President/Associate/Assistant VP Workforce Education Other Academic Administration & Affairs

Job Description



Job Title Vice President of Academic Affairs and Workforce Development Department Academic Affairs Office FLSA Status Exempt Job Type Administrative Position Grade Cabinet Level Employee Type Full Time Hiring Range Commensurate with experience and qualifications Grant Funded No Work Year 12 Months Work Year-Other Information Typical Work Schedule Flexible schedule to meet department/division/institutional needs.   Bargaining Unit Eligibility No Work Week 40 Hours Work Week-Other Information Special Instructions to Applicants Position Introduction JOIN ONE OF ILLINOIS' MOST SUCCESSFUL AND PROGRESSIVE COMMUNITY COLLEGES - AND PLAY A PIVOTAL ROLE IN STUDENT SUCCESSAt McHenry County College (MCC), we inspire and equip our students to successfully live and work in the world. As the only community college in Illinois that has seen three consecutive years of enrollment growth, MCC serves our students and community through a unified and laser-focused mission of Student Success. Our people are crucial to fulfilling this mission, with every employee playing an essential role in getting our students to whatever is next in their journey. Our thoughtful and open environment allows us to respect and celebrate diverse ideas and perspectives. Making meaningful connections, practicing critical thinking, focusing deeply on the community which we serve, and practicing and inspiring excellence through passion and trustful stewardship - these are the values that we live through our vibrant and inclusive culture. Most importantly, our students are at the heart of everything we do and every decision we make. We seek our next Vice President of Academic Affairs and Workforce Development to join our successful, progressive institution. This talented, dedicated, and collaborative instructional thought leader must be a champion of the learning process, with a focused commitment to teaching and learning, and all activities that meet the College's mission of student success. The right candidate is able to balance strategic thinking and strategy with creativity, ultimately inspiring instructional team members to strive for excellence. This highly critical thinker has an adept ability to problem-solve and has strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills that allow for the utmost collaboration with faculty, staff, and community and workforce partners.

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Fully accredited through the Higher Learning Commission, and home to 11,000 credit students annually and thousands of noncredit students and community event participants, McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, Illinois is among the state's most successful and innovative community colleges, demonstrating an upward trend in enrollment and ranked highly in the areas of student success and completion. Conveniently located less than an hour from Chicago, MCC is located in the heart of McHenry County, a community of over 300,000 residents. Its location provides convenient access to the city and nearby suburbs, as well as to three international airports and public transportation. Its metropolitan amenities, combined with a relaxed pace, quality schools, and countless cultural experiences, makes McHenry County one of the most desirable locations in the Midwest.
Visit to view additional information, including the full job description, application process, and requirements. Thank you for your interest in McHenry County College. We look forward to hearing from you. Position Summary Under the direction of the President, the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Workforce Development serves as the chief academic officer for the College, vested with the authority for providing dynamic academic and administrative leadership and responsibility for strategic planning, implementing and evaluating the educational, workforce, and related academic/student support programs of the College, including credit and noncredit instruction. The Vice President of Academic Affairs and Workforce Development is responsible for articulating the College mission, goals, and priorities, working collaboratively with the President's Cabinet to achieve institutional objectives. This includes fostering a climate of academic excellence and student development for student success.

IDEAL CHARACTERISTICS The ideal candidate for the position of Vice President of Academic Affairs and Workforce Development is an experienced leader with a focused commitment to teaching, and learning, and all activities that meet the College's mission of student success. This candidate is able to balance strategic thinking and strategy with creativity and forward thinking, ultimately inspiring academic affairs team members to strive for excellence and innovation. This highly critical thinker has an adept ability to problem-solve and has strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills that allow for the utmost collaboration with staff and community partners. The candidate has appreciation for diverse thought and opinions, and is highly ethical, trustworthy, and credible. Ultimately, the candidate for Vice President of Academic Affairs and Workforce Development has the ability to collaborate and delegate using sound judgment and expert planning skills, with a constant commitment to upholding excellent services to students-both inside and outside of the classroom.  Reports to President Essential Functions and Responsibilities - Plan, organize, and administer the total direct instructional and academic affairs services program with an innovative and dynamic manner consistent with the philosophy, mission, goals, and resources of the College, fostering a collegial environment- Provide successful academic leadership and vision in instruction and program development in basic skills, transfer, vocational developmental, and non-traditional programs- Advocate and promote quality instruction, student success, integrated planning, and the expansion of Student Learning Outcomes to meet the educational needs of students in a diverse community college environment- Coordinate MCC's strategic initiatives in meeting the needs of industry and businesses concerning training, assessments, and technical assistance and career placement- Provide leadership for course, program, and policy development/refinement in collaboration with the Associate Vice Presidents and Deans and Faculty Council in an effort to enrich the educational, social, and cultural life of the community and to address the community's workforce needs- Direct the development and administration of the annual instructional, workforce, and academic support services budgets- Provide leadership in the recruitment, orientation, evaluation, and professional development of faculty and staff associated with the educational and service mission of the College- Provide leadership in establishing sound academic standards which lead to effective outcomes assessment, while consistently promoting a commitment to open College admissions, supported by a responsible developmental education program and a commitment to student engagement - Provide direction for the College's education planning initiatives and other related reporting- Provide guidance and support leading to the annual development of an academic calendar, giving particular attention to semester-specific daytime, evening, and weekend course/program/service schedules which meet identified student needs- Cooperate with the Office of Human Resources to coordinate the administration of the collective bargaining agreement with the Full-time Faculty Association and Adjunct Faculty Association- Serve as the Chief Academic Officer and maintain a general liaison relationship with staff of the Illinois Board of Higher Education, Illinois Community College Board, Higher Learning Commission, and such other state and federal agencies which relate to the educational and service mission of the College- Develop and maintain relationships with school districts and businesses in order to better understand educational and training/workforce needs in the community- Collaborate with Student Affairs around student services, including enrollment management- Assist the President, as requested, in the development and review of policies to be recommended to the Board of Trustees- Participate in the President's Cabinet- Effectively deploy resources to achieve College goals and support student success- Identify and promote the role and use of technology in the instructional environment, programs, and services- Work collaboratively with the Institutional Advancement Division to identify alternative opportunities for program(s) support - Work collaboratively with others (e.g. colleagues, stakeholders, vendors) to accomplish functions and responsibilities- Assume other duties and responsibilities as delegated or assigned by the President Required Education Master's Degree from a regionally accredited institution Other Required Qualifications - Seven years of experience- Distinguished record of service- Five years of full-time classroom teaching (at the two-year college level is strongly preferred)- Five years of progressively more responsible administrative experience (preferably at the two-year college level)- Professional record documenting an understanding of changing trends and issues in higher education- Demonstrated experience in the assessment of academic programs, including learning outcomes assessment- Demonstrated experience in effectively engaging diverse student populations  Desired Qualifications - Doctorate from a regionally accredited college or university- Familiarity with the Higher Learning Commission and the AQIP model of accreditation.  Experience as a HLC peer reviewer preferred- Administrative experience working in a unionized environment Skills and Specifications - Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills- Strong problem solving, time management, and analytical skills- Demonstrated ability to think creatively, strategically, and proactively- Technological competence; the ability to proficiently utilize technology including database software and Microsoft Office- Knowledge of the organization of the community college- Collegial management style- Record of successful leadership and team management- Ability to collaborate, build consensus, and resolve conflict- Demonstrated ability to manage fiscal and personnel resources- Demonstrated ability to develop, foster, and promote new opportunities for educational partnerships with public and private sector entities- Ability to oversee, plan, and implement major programs and services for the organization- Ability to assess and measure effectiveness of programs and services- Ability to work in a dynamic environment, sensitive to change and responsive to changing goals, priorities, and needs- Ability to develop policies, long-range plans, and fund allocation within assigned divisions- Ability to determine goals and desired outcomes for multiple areas- Ability to provide updates to senior managers, elected officials, or other community groups or organizations- Ability to create plans for and guide implementation of new technology systems- Ability to work independently yet with a strong team orientation and to develop productive working relationships at all levels of the organization- Commitment to and respect for diversity and inclusion- Understanding of and commitment to the College mission and goals - Ability to perform all of the essential functions, skills, and specifications of the position Location Main Campus

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