Vice Chancellor, Instructional Services and Chief Academic Officer

Location
Houston, TX
Posted
Jun 20, 2017
Institution Type
Community College


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Send your cover letter and CV to:

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For more information or to discuss this position, contact:

Lisa J. Marks, Managing Director & Chief Operations Officer

Florene Stawowy, Senior Search Consultant

941.240.8847

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Position Overview

Houston Community College (HCC) --- a unified system of academic college education, career and technical education, adult education, distance learning, customized business / industry instruction with on-site workforce training to advance the business community, and international educational partnerships --- is seeking a Vice Chancellor for Instructional Services & Chief Academic Officer for this expansive college system with 23 operating locations. Chosen Academic Executive will advance the institution's proud tradition of excellence in academics, student life, and community service.

The Vice Chancellor for Instructional Services & Chief Academic Officer reports directly to the Chancellor as a member of the Chancellor's Cabinet and serves as the Chief Academic Officer of the system, providing leadership in the development, implementation, and monitoring of faculty (academic/workforce) and policies and practices. The Vice Chancellor for Instructional Services & Chief Academic Officer will work in close collaboration with other members of HCCS executives, including Vice Chancellors, College Presidents, and academic and workforce deans at each of the colleges in developing comprehensive academic programs throughout the system.

Job Specifications

Specific background/experiences and skills/accomplishments that appear to be the most important for success in the position.

  • Career track of progressive, documentable accomplishments in increasingly complex leadership roles within an academic setting. Ideal candidate possesses demonstrated success within a large, diverse, academic or workforce education environment, with experiences in administrative leadership as a Provost, Dean, or department Chair along with experience overseeing faculty, personnel/HR issues, legal, and regulatory requirements inherent to higher education. Five years teaching experience in a higher education environment is desired.
  • Experience, knowledge and commitment to the mission and role of community colleges and their role in economic and workforce development, along with working knowledge of the global dimensions of economic and workforce issues and the role of two-year institutions in meeting contemporary education and training needs. Thorough knowledge of the latest trends in academic and workforce program development and delivery systems. Ability to work effectively in an institution with a technology-oriented, multicultural, urban student population. Considerable knowledge of academic and technical education and theory, and the ability to analyze program curricula.
  • Possesses strong student orientation skills, with the ability to recognize that all aspects of the college system exist to facilitate learning. Familiarity with instructional theories and best practices. Proven leadership in improving the graduation & persistence rates of students.
  • Experience cultivating and implementing innovation in both workforce and academic programs. Skill to ensure students have the technology skill sets and experience to enter the workforce in a competitive market. Ability to transform traditional teaching and learning models through the use of innovation (beyond distance education).
  • Leadership acumen to advise the Chancellor on relevant matters regarding academic and technical education, including interpretation and legislation and development of appropriate policies. Leadership presence and collaboration skills to serve on the Chancellor's Cabinet, to work alongside College Presidents and their staff, to interact effectively at the Board level, and to represent HCC within local, regional and national academic and professional organizations/associations.
  • Management skill to coordinate, monitor and support the instructional development and delivery functions of the system. Proven leadership in enforcing compliance with academic and instructional policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrated leadership proficiency to perform human capital management functions, including the hiring, training and evaluating of personnel directly responsible to the position. Proven success in orchestrating recruiting, screening, interviewing, hiring, placing, orienting and evaluating employees. Ability to oversee and orchestrate the hiring and performance evaluation process for reporting departments. Documented skill to certify faculty qualifications in compliance with accrediting agencies.
  • Demonstrated in methods of cost containment. Expertise to develop and manage budgets.
  • Record demonstrating the ability to work cooperatively and effectively with all system and governance and policy-recommending bodies.
  • Expertise to oversee the annual learning assessment process and recommend the initiation, continuation, and/or termination of instructional programs in accordance with federal and state policies and in compliance with appropriate accrediting agencies requirements. Skill to oversee the preparation of correspondence, reports, and proposals as required by federal, state, and local agencies.
  • Leadership presence and professional expertise to represent HCCS in collaborating with peers at other academic institutions to develop articulation agreements and other appropriate partnerships. Skill to cultivate and create partnerships with ISDs and 4-year programs, and ability to expand dual credit/ECHS partnerships with ISD partners.
  • Ability to serve as a catalyst for collaborative programs with community, business, educational, and other organizations to improve the educational and financial wellbeing of the community. Skill to expand career and technical education partnerships to align with industry demands for the region and to establish Centers of Excellence based on industry demands. Discernment and assessment skills to evaluate program viability to determine if programs meet market/industry demands and to assess existing international partnerships.
  • Marketing minded, with proven skill to work with the Communications department, Cabinet members, college presidents and others in the communication of the college's programs, services, initiatives, achievements, and opportunities in an effort to develop a positive image of the college. Willingness and ability to assist in marketing these college programs and services and in securing local, state and federal resources.
  • Demonstrates a track record of commitment to collaborative decision-making, results-based management, continuous improvement and student/customer service in an environment conducive to teamwork and mutual support.
  • A change agent with proven change management and change leadership skills, experience and success to restructure the Instructional Services division. Organizational transformation skills to align the institutional culture to become more student-focused and ensure accountability to accomplish tasks to a high standard of excellence at all levels.
  • Gathers and analyzes data to measure progress against strategic initiatives and timelines; thinks outside the box to develop innovative action plans to accomplish goals; adjusts action plans, as needed, to align organizational direction and focus.
  • Develops strategic relationships and builds cross-functional communication to identify needs and critical success factors and to strengthen the overall delivery of instructional effectiveness across the system.
  • Ability to build commitment and drive for results, establishing a culture of excellence. Proven skills in Ideation and Implementation - to put ideas into practice.
  • A team player and team leader with collaboration skills and proven track record of working cohesively and cooperatively across departmental lines.
  • Genuine appreciation of the department's role in establishing a workplace where faculty, staff, students and administration experience a healthy atmosphere.
  • Master's degree required (official copy of transcript required at time of employment). Earned Doctorate degree is preferred. Ten (10) years of progressively greater experience in higher education, to include five (5) years higher education classroom experience required. Administrative experience in the area of academic instruction preferred.


Attributes Desired

Those human traits and abilities which appear to be most important for the success of this position.

  • Strategically focused. Possesses a system-thinking approach to leadership. Skilled in continuous process improvement.
  • Drive, initiative and self discipline, with confidence and charisma to lead, encourage and enable. Performs many tasks personally and motivates by setting high standards and expecting self-direction from employees.
  • Demonstrated transparent and transformational leadership. Encourages and facilitates collaboration and innovation among faculty.
  • Transformational leader with skill to bring about affirmative results and positive change via working through others.
  • An inclusive leadership style. Invites all levels of the department to bring forth ideas and fosters an environment of innovation and collaboration.
  • Delegates and empowers employees to do their work in an environment of trust and accountability. Listens to and values the opinions of others.
  • An innovative, success oriented personality with a record of setting and surpassing objectives.
  • Visible and accessible, with responsive listening skills and active interest in the personal and professional development of others.
  • Proven experience making sound judgments in a complex environment. Possesses ability to analyze existing paradigms and create streamlined processes. Demonstrated ability to balance strong, action-oriented leadership with collegial decision-making practices.
  • Demonstrates fair consideration and respect to various viewpoints. Proven to be discreet with confidential information.
  • Enjoyment in identifying problems and opportunities, using creativity to map and bring about solutions. Successful experience in managing and resolving conflict.
  • Maintains composure under pressure.
  • Possesses instinct to be politically astute, yet not political.
  • Skilled relationship builder with capacity to initiate and foster collaborative partnerships. Outstanding mentoring skills. Interacts with consistency throughout the organization and adapts easily to the institution's culture.
  • Trustworthy. Possesses a strong moral compass and unquestioned integrity. Prefers transparency in operations and decision-making processes.
  • Sensitive to, understands and encourages cultural diversity throughout the system and the community. Appreciation for ethnic and cultural diversity, with established record of building consensus and proactively reaching out to diverse groups.
  • Ability to foster/engender an environment that promotes teamwork and teambuilding. Credits success to co-workers, takes responsibility for less than positive outcomes. An enabler and facilitator with outstanding diplomatic skills. A consensus builder and team leader.
  • Able to facilitate multiple competing priorities and divergent viewpoints, with attention to detail. Excellent follow through skills with record of responding to constituents in a timely way.
  • Excellent presentation, negotiation, verbal and written communication skills. Communicates information clearly and succinctly.
  • Effective social skills. Ability to readily engender confidence and trust.


DO NOT APPLY TO THIS SITE

PLEASE APPLY DIRECTLY TO WHELESS PARTNERS

Send your cover letter and CV to:

CAO@WhelessPartners.com



For more information or to discuss this position, contact:

Lisa J. Marks, Managing Director & Chief Operations Officer

Florene Stawowy, Senior Search Consultant

941.240.8847

www.whelesspartners.com

SUMMARY

Serve as the system's chief academic officer and provide leadership in the development, implementation, and monitoring of faculty (academic/workforce) policies and practices. Collaborate with other members of HCCS executives, including Vice Chancellors, College Presidents, and academic and workforce deans at each of the colleges in developing comprehensive academic programs throughout the system.

Responsible for the design, execution and effectiveness of a system of internal controls which provides reasonable assurance that operations are effectives and efficient, assets are safeguarded, financial information is reliable and compliant with applicable law, regulation, policies and procedures.

Manages Talent Engagement activities for direct reports in regards to: recruiting and selection; hiring and termination, training, development, mentoring, counseling, and performance evaluations.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
1. Leadership/Management:

a. Coordinate, monitor and support the instructional development and delivery functions of the system. Provide leadership for, and enforce compliance with academic and instructional policies and procedures. Oversee the preparation of correspondence, reports, and proposals as required by federal, state, and local agencies. Provide leadership in developing and implementing strategies for student recruitment and retention;

b. Advise the Chancellor on relevant matters regarding academic and technical education, including interpretation and legislation and development of appropriate policies;

2. Talent Engagement:

a. Perform management functions, including the hiring, training and evaluating of personnel directly responsible to the position and oversee the hiring and performance evaluation process for reporting departments. Certify faculty qualifications in compliance with accrediting agencies;

3. Finance/Fundraising:

a. Prepare and manage the Instructional Division budget;

4. Strategic Planning/Assessment:

a. Work cooperatively and effectively with all system and governance and policy- recommending bodies. Oversee the annual learning assessment process and recommend the initiation, continuation, and/or termination of instructional programs in accordance with federal and state policies and in compliance with appropriate accrediting agencies requirements;

5. Community Relations:

a. Represent HCCS in collaborating with peers at other academic institutions to develop articulation agreements and other appropriate partnerships. Call for collaborative programs with community, business, educational, and other organizations to improve the educational and financial wellbeing of the community;

6. Marketing:

a. Work with the Communications department, Cabinet members, college presidents and others in the communication of the college's programs, services, initiatives, achievements, and opportunities in an effort to develop a positive image of the college. Assist in marketing these college programs and services and in securing local, state and federal resources;

7. Student Achievement:

a. Support the college's student services, providing input and consulting in the areas of counseling and testing, career development and placement, student activity, support programs and other related functions;

8. Teamwork:

a. Demonstrate commitment to collaborative decision-making, results based management, continuous improvement and student/customer service in an environment conducive to teamwork and mutual support;
QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above. The qualifications listed below are representative of the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required.

EDUCATION

Master's degree is required (official copy of transcript required at time of employment).

Earned Doctorate degree preferred.

EXPERIENCE

Twelve (12) years of progressively greater experience in higher education, to include five (5) years higher education classroom experience.

Administrative experience in the area of academic instruction preferred.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
  1. The following are skills and abilities critical for the incumbent:
  2. Thorough knowledge of the latest trends in academic and workforce program development and delivery systems;
  3. Familiarity with student development theories and best practices;
  4. Strong written and oral communication skills;
  5. Demonstrated ability to influence change within a complex academic and instructional environment;
  6. Ability to work effectively in an institution with a technology-oriented, multicultural, urban student population;
  7. Demonstrated ability to balance strong, action-oriented leadership with collegial decision-making practices; and
  8. Considerable knowledge of academic and technical education and theory, and the ability to analyze program curricula.

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by their supervisor.

This job description may be revised upon development of other duties and changes in responsibilities.

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