Associate Vice Chancellor Student Engagement and Success
Houston Community College System (HCCS) --- 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 an Associate Vice Chancellor Student Engagement and Success for this expansive college system. Chosen leader will advance the institution's proud tradition of excellence in academics, student life, and community service.
Reporting to the Vice Chancellor of Student Services, the Associate Vice Chancellor (AVC) for Student Engagement and Success will administer key Student Services programs. The AVC for Student Engagement and Success will coordinate and oversee student support services including Advisement, Counseling services, Career, and Job Placement services, Transfer services, Student Life, Recreational Sports and Code of Conduct services. The Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Engagement and Success will have a thorough understanding of retention and student support services programs, both nationally and at the state level.
This executive is responsible for evaluating and assessing programs and services to produce outcomes that align with strategic priorities; assisting the Vice Chancellor of Student Services in the development, management and implementation of Houston Community College's student engagement, retention and student support services programs; providing administrative supervision and leadership for Student Support Services, retention programs and grant-funded programs within Student Services; assisting the Vice Chancellor for Student Services in strategic planning, grant writing and researching funding opportunities. In addition, the Associate Vice Chancellor is responsible for modeling inclusive excellence through specific actions that support the College's diversity goals in the recruitment, hiring and retention of talented and diverse faculty and staff; and keeping the Vice Chancellor of Student Services fully informed on emerging issues that have the potential for significantly affecting the College and surrounding communities.
Houston Community College is one of the largest institutions of higher education in the country with 23 operating locations and more than 100,000 students each semester, including more international students (nearly 8%) than any community college in the country. HCC provides academic courses for transfer to four-year institutions, technical degrees and certificates in more than 70 fields of work, continuing education, corporate training, lifelong learning and enrichment programs, the largest adult education program in Texas and a diversity of Distance Education offerings (18,000 online students and growing). Since opening in 1971, more than 2 million students have obtained education and training from Houston Community College.
HCC's international profile was recently featured in a New York Times article: "Few campuses illustrate globalization better than Houston Community College, which tops the institute's list of colleges that grant associate degrees. HCC has 5,208 international students from 200-plus countries, more foreign students than any other two-year college. And among all institutions of higher education, four- or two-year, it ranks 29th, ahead of prestigious destinations like Stanford, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, George Washington University and the University of California, Davis."
Houston Community College's Vision "to be a leader in providing high quality, innovative education leading to student success and completion of workforce academic programs - and to be responsive to community needs and drive economic development in the communities they serve," continues to be realized daily, as more students get placed into jobs and with more exemplary workforce programs than any college in Texas (twenty-six have been rated exemplary by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board), first in the nation in producing minority graduates in the country among 2-year public community colleges, more classes taught by PhD's, and the nation's most innovative financial aid programs. HCC's ROI to the community is $5 for every $1 invested; past students have contributed $4 billion to the community. One of HCC's campuses - Coleman College for Health Sciences - has a stated vision to be the preeminent health sciences community college in the nation, providing its students unsurpassed access to world-renowned health science resources as a member institution of the Texas Medical Center - the world's largest medical district with one of the highest densities of clinical facilities for patient care, basic science, and translational research of any location on the planet.
Other Personal Attributes
• An open, energetic, well grounded, innovative, success oriented personality with a record of setting and surpassing objectives.
• Vision, initiative and self discipline, with confidence and charisma to lead, encourage and enable. Inspires conviction and enthusiasm in others, and instills vision for great achievement.
• Proven experience making sound judgments in a complex environment.
• Successful experience in managing and resolving conflict.
• Skilled consensus builder with capacity to initiate and foster collaborative partnerships.
• Places a high value on people. Possesses a strong moral compass and unquestioned integrity.
• Possesses a sense of humor, humility and a servant heart.
• Prefers transparency in operations and decision-making processes.
• Sensitive to, understands and encourages cultural diversity throughout the college, system and community.
• A recognized advocate for students with outstanding mentoring skills.
• Credits success to co-workers, takes responsibility for less than positive outcomes.
• An enabler and facilitator with outstanding diplomatic skills.
• Excellent follow through skills with record of responding to constituents in a timely way.
• A calculated risk taker and strategic thinker.
• Communicates information clearly and succinctly. Ability to sell a point in a non polarizing manner. Effective social skills.
• Trustworthy, with the ability to readily engender confidence and trust.
• Possesses instinct to be politically astute, yet not political.
Select candidate will discover an environment where professional satisfaction and career achievement are paired with optimal quality of life in an economically thriving and highly desirable metropolitan area in vibrant, diverse Houston, allowing students, faculty and staff to draw on a wealth of resources. The city is rich in the arts and culture, thanks to its world-class performing arts organizations and renowned museum exhibitions, and is also a major economic and business hub. Twenty-one Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in Houston - second only to New York City. Family members of all ages will find the elements that contribute to a safe and enjoyable lifestyle. It's all here for the academic executive professionally prepared to grasp this superb opportunity.
This is a security sensitive position.
It is the policy of the Houston Community College System to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran's status. Individuals with disabilities, who require special accommodations to interview, should contact the Employment Services Office at (713) 718-8565.
HCC values its employees and their contributions, promotes opportunities for their professional growth and development, and provides a positive working and learning environment that encourages diversity, innovation and creativity, and inclusion.
Reporting to the Vice Chancellor of Student Services, the Associate Vice Chancellor (AVC) for Student Engagement and Success will administer key Student Services programs. The AVC for Student Engagement and Success will coordinate and oversee student support services including Advisement, Counseling services, Career and Job Placement services, Transfer services, Student Life, Recreational Sports and Code of Conduct services.
The Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Engagement and Success will have a thorough understanding of retention and student support services programs, both nationally and at the state level.
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 Human Resources 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.
- Evaluate and assess programs and services to produce outcomes that align with strategic priorities;
- Assist the Vice Chancellor of Student Services in the development, management and implementation of Houston Community College's student engagement, retention and student support services programs;
- Provide administrative supervision and leadership for Student Support Services, retention programs and grant-funded programs within Student Services;
- Plan, direct, manage and oversee the activities and college operations of selected student services initiatives;
- Assess student engagement and development outcomes;
- Assist the Vice Chancellor for Student Services in strategic planning, grant writing and researching funding opportunities;
- Provide leadership in collecting and analyzing student support services data;
- Keep the Vice Chancellor of Student Services fully informed on emerging issues and brief the Executive Cabinet on all matters that have the potential for significantly affecting the College and surrounding communities;
- Develop and monitor assigned program budgets;
- Participate in program planning, analysis and review;
- Conduct research, gather data and prepare reports on program activities in collaboration with the Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment;
- Oversee campus student activities programs;
- Model inclusive excellence through specific actions that support the College's diversity goals in the recruitment, hiring and retention of talented and diverse faculty and staff;
- Develop and manage Student Services budget(s); and
- Responsible for the protection and safe-keeping of confidential data.
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.
Master's degree in student affairs, counseling, higher education leadership or related field required; PhD in Higher Education or related field preferred.
The successful candidate should have a minimum of eight (8) years of progressively responsible higher education administrative experience within a successful student services or student retention environment. Experience in academic advising; staff development and assessment of student services program outcomes highly preferred.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
- Applied knowledge of assessment strategies in Student Services, excellent leadership, management and organizational skills;
- Strong leadership skills to promote excellent customer service;
- Ability to work effectively on a team and maintain a positive attitude in a fast-paced dynamic environment;
- A strong commitment to the community college mission; and
Interact effectively and engage faculty, administrators and students as well as the communities we serve to successfully implement the strategic priorities.
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.