Vice President of Academic Services

Harrison, Michigan
Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications
Feb 24, 2017
Administrative Jobs
Academic Affairs
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Institution Type
Community College


Chief Academic Officer responsible for providing leadership, management and support for all academic related activities. Oversees planning activities related to academic quality in course offerings, curricular design and development, and the assessment and evaluation of student achievement. Develops and monitors budgets and provides staff supervision. Reports directly to the President and serves as Acting President in his or her absence.

*Position posted until filled.  Review of resumes/CV's to begin March 6th.*


  1. Provides leadership, management, and support for long and short term planning activities related to all aspects of instruction. 



  1. Provides direct supervision of deans and administrative assistant in the Academic Division and has over-arching supervisory responsibility for full-time and adjunct faculty, directors, coordinators, and other academic administrators.
  1. Provides leadership within the College’s shared governance system, working across divisional areas to encourage student success.  Consults regularly with committees and departments within and beyond academic services to achieve the College’s strategic goals and objectives.
  1. Ensures the design and delivery of a coherent academic curriculum through appropriate collaboration and consultation with faculty, deans, and advisory councils.
  1. Ensures that clear and consistent student learning outcomes and assessment strategies are in place and in practice for all academic programs and courses.
  1. Ensures the maintenance, development, and application of academic standards for institutional quality and effectiveness.
  1. Ensures the development and deployment of an academic course schedule that is responsive to student needs and the timely completion of each academic.
  2. Ensures compliance with all accreditation, licensure, state and federal governmental requirements related to the College’s academic programs.  Works collaboratively with the Academic Liaison Officer (ALO) for the Higher Learning Commission to support the College’s Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP).
  1. Administers college policies related to personnel in instructional division.
  2. Develops and monitors budget and budget modifications for all academic programs, including those from the College’s general and reserve accounts and those from external grants.  Approves budget adjustments and purchasing requests pursuant to College policies.
  3. Works as an educational leader with area schools, colleges, universities, agencies and the private sector to develop positive community image and increase cooperation.
  4. Maintains and fosters and awareness of emerging issues and trends in higher education and applies that knowledge for quality improvement at MMCC.
  5. Provides leadership in the recruitment, development, evaluation, and retention of qualified instructional personnel in both administrative and faculty positions.
  6. Develops and implements in-service activities for instructional staff. Recruits speakers and presenters as well as oversees arrangements for workshops.
  7. Informs the President and Board of Trustees of major events within instructional division. Prepares and presents reports to Board of Trustees.
  8. Serves as member of the administrative bargaining team for faculty contract negotiations. Administers the collective bargaining agreement with the Faculty Senate Association.  Develops and proposes new contract language as needed.
  9. Resolves conflicts that may occur in the instructional division. Handles faculty grievances; personnel counseling related to job performance. Responsible for student grade grievance resolution. Chairs the student grievance committee.
  10. Serves as Acting President in his or her absence.
  11. Is a public champion of MMCC and its instructional programs and services.
  12. May perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned with the scope of the position or level of expertise.


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Demonstrates leadership and the ability to work effectively with individuals and with groups.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to student success through a working knowledge of enrollment, academic progress, instruction, retention and completion strategies.
  • Familiarity with academic policies, practices, and legal parameters in higher education.
  • Demonstrates an ability to work collaboratively with and motivate others in fulfillment of the College’s mission and goals.
  • Proven track record in coordinating and leading major projects and can manage multiple projects simultaneously. Must have good organizational and time management skills.  Is able to multi-task, to prioritize activities and decisions, and to manage in stressful situations.
  • Communicates effectively both verbally and in writing to a wide audience including the academic colleagues (administrative and faculty), staff, and students.
  • Experienced in managing a budget to achieve strategic priorities. 
  • Experienced in the collection, analysis, and use of data.
  • Technologically proficient.


  • Master’s degree in higher education, administration or closely related field or equivalent combination of degree and experience required.
  • Ph.D. preferred.


  • Minimum five (5) years of progressive supervisory/management experience.
  • Classroom teaching, preferably at the undergraduate level.


The working conditions described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be considered to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The job responsibilities of this position are performed in an office environment. The environment has little, if any discomfort due to heat, cold or dust. There is light noise within the environment.
  • There is moderate travel to other college locations for meetings.
  • Duties performed in an independent atmosphere without close direct supervision.
  • The job has intermittent periods during which continuous physical exertion is required, such as walking, standing, sitting, stooping, and bending.
  • Typical work schedule is 8:00am – 4:30pm with flexible or extended hours as needed by department demands.

Note: This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by a person assigned to this job.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties that may be performed by a person so classified.  Incumbents may be asked to perform additional duties as required by his/her supervisor.

Mid Michigan Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.