Mercer County Community College seeks a strong visionary and innovative leader committed to the mission of the College and our student success to be our next Vice President of Academic Affairs. This position serves as the chief academic officer of the College and provides leadership in implementing the College’s mission and strategic goals, particularly with regards to faculty excellence, academic integrity and program quality. The Vice President of Academic Affairs plays a key role in developing partnerships with four-year institutions, local schools, community organizations, businesses, and government agencies to ensure our program relevance and excellence. Through the division deans, s//he supervises all full-time and adjunct faculty. Through deans and other managers, s/he supervises full-time and part-time academic personnel responsible for designing, delivering, supporting and assessing credit and non-credit programs. S/he recommends and administers academic policies and procedures. S/he serves as a member of the President’s Leadership Team, plays an important role in creating a culture of service and accountability on campus. S/he represents the President and the College to appropriate external and internal stakeholders. The successful candidate is a champion for academic excellence and student success.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
• Provides leadership for all credit and non-credit programs of the College. Encourage and assist faculty and staff members to assess and improve current programs and/or courses and to identify and pursue opportunities for new or enhanced programs and/or courses. Ensure the effective cultivation and use of advisory commissions to support college career programs and keep them current. Identifies, plans, and implements equipment and facility needs for all programs.
• Cultivates and practices data-informed decision making in all areas within the Academic Affairs, Innovation, Online, & Student Success, and Life Long Learning Divisions
• Oversees efficient academic operations focused on student success through retention and completion efforts. Oversees and takes appropriate action to ensure the assessment and effectiveness of teaching and learning. Works closely with the Student Affairs Division to ensure an effective system for advising students and potential students with respect to academic options and decisions. Encourages and supports improvement and innovation in teaching and learning.
• Oversees the management of the college’s full-time and part-time faculty and divisional staff. Provides strong leadership to academic deans and other direct reports and works with them to recruit and manage full-time and part-time faculty and staff. Develops and reviews professional objectives and plans; Assigns and directs the work of subordinates; appraises performance; Works closely the Human Resources Office in rewarding and disciplining employees and addressing all complaints within all responsible areas.
• Leads the College in developing and promoting partnerships with four-year institutions, high schools, businesses, trade groups, and organizations to promote academic programs.
• Administers all academic and workload-related aspects of the collective bargaining agreements between the MCCC Board of Trustees and (a) the MCCC Faculty Association and (b) the MCCC Adjunct Faculty Federation. Maintains productive relations and ongoing communication with designated leaders of both collective bargaining groups.
• Develops and recommends to the President annual and long-term objectives for the assigned area.
• Facilitates effective academic communication within the college. Convenes and chairs meetings as needed. Ensures close cooperation between faculty and staff within all responsible areas and with Student Affairs. Keeps faculty and staff informed of significant developments that affect their performance in their roles. Conveys faculty and staff concerns to the President and/or others responsible.
• Develops, communicates and enforces appropriate academic policies and procedures for the College. Oversees the effective participation by faculty and staff in college-wide governance bodies.
• Plans and implements academic orientation and professional development activities and contributes to college-wide professional development planning.
• Initiates and supports appropriate programmatic partnerships with transfer institutions, K-12 schools and external agencies. Ensures that college academic programs are properly articulated with secondary schools and transfer institutions.
• Recommends priorities for available external funding to support the division and related programs at the College. Participates as appropriate and ensures divisional participation in the solicitation of external funding and in grant administration.
• Participates as appropriate and ensures faculty and academic staff participation in college marketing and community relations programs and events.
• Participates actively with respect to statewide academic matters via the New Jersey Community College Academic Officers’ Association, and keeps abreast of best practices regionally and nationally via participation in appropriate professional and accreditation organizations.
• Performs other related duties as assigned by the President.
Cultural Sensitivity and Adaptability: Understanding or willingness to understand the institutional culture. Ability to adapt to change. Demonstrated effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work environment by adjusting effectively to work within new work structures, processes, requirements, or cultures.
Building a Successful Team: Using emotional intelligence and collaborative leadership approach to build a strong leadership team and to facilitate the accomplishment of team goals.
Delegating Responsibility: Allocating decision-making authority and/or task responsibility to appropriate others to maximize the organization’s and individual’s effectiveness.
Developing Others: Planning and supporting the development of individual’s skills and abilities so that they can fulfill current or future job/role responsibilities more effectively.
Facilitating Change and Innovation: Encouraging others to seek opportunities for different and innovative approaches to solve problems and to maximize opportunities; facilitating the implementation and acceptance of change within the workplace.
Leading through Vision and Values: Keeping the organization’s vision and values at the forefront of any decision making and action. Effectively exploring alternatives and possibilities to reach outcomes that advance the institutional vision and values.
• Master’s degree • Minimum of three years of senior administrative experience in higher education • Teaching experience in higher education
Internal Number: S-0133-2020
About Mercer County Community College
"As a community college faculty, we believe that...our students deserve a high-quality education that challenges them to acquire new knowledge and skills, test their accustomed ideas, and achieve competitive excellence. All of our students, regardless of where they find themselves when they come to us, deserve a caring, creative, and engaged pedagogy that helps them achieve their goals, and which cultivates lifelong learning and a passion to understand themselves and the world. We believe that we must create a college community that engages students in civic life and prepares them to fully participate in our democracy. We are responsible and accountable for giving our students? work our respect and critical evaluation, for holding students to the highest ethical standards, and for providing effective feedback that encourages our students to grow.
MCCC is an equal opportunity employer.
Under the “New Jersey First Act”, effective September 1, 2011 newly hired Mercer employees may be required to live in New Jersey or to move to the state within one year of taking a position. Failure to comply with this residency requirement shall render the person unqualified to continue emplo...yment in their position.
In compliance with Title IX requirements, Mercer County Community College does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs and activities.
TITLE IX COORDINATOR
The college’s Title IX Coordinator oversees compliance with all aspects of the sex/gender harassment, discrimination and misconduct policy. Questions and complaints regarding Title IX may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator or the Office of Civil Rights at the following locations and or contact information.
Elizabeth Mizerek, MSN, RN, FN-CSA, CNE, CEN, CPEN, FAEN
Interim Title IX Coordinator
Mercer County Community College
1200 Old Trenton Rd. - MS 125
West Windsor, NJ 08550
Phone: (609) 570-3526 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Individuals experiencing harassment or discrimination also always have the right to file a formal grievance with the government authorities:
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
32 Old Slip, 26th Floor
New York, NY 10005-2500
Telephone: (646) 428-3800
Facsimile: (646) 428-3843