Vice President for Gillette College

Gillette, Wyoming
Apr 11, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Community College

The Northern Wyoming Community College District is a vibrant, growing, improvement-oriented, multi-campus system that is actively engaged in the national effort to improve completion rates at the community college level. Goal 1,000 makes clear our intention to double our outcomes by 2020. Our strategic plan emphasizes improving the entire throughput experience for students to maximize student success, partnering with local communities to ensure economic success and vibrant social life, and developing strong communication and shared leadership in our operating culture. We are an exciting opportunity for an energetic, forward-looking, team-focused, experienced academic leader. Founded in 1948 in Sheridan as the Northeast Agricultural Junior College, Northern Wyoming Community College District (NWCCD) provides locally based higher education for all of Northeast Wyoming. We have comprehensive residential campuses in both Sheridan and Gillette; our service area encompasses over 11,000 square miles of the least populated state in the United States. We offer a rich array of professional and technical programs as well as transfer preparation.

Classes were first offered in leased space in Gillette, a city about 100 miles southeast of Sheridan, in 1969. Today Gillette College sits on 90 acres and includes multiple state-of-the-art facilities. Enrollment at the college continues to grow.  In addition to robust transfer and career programs, Gillette College is particularly valued in the community for its contribution to the local economy and as an important contributor of cultural events.

The Vice President for Gillette College provides leadership for Gillette College, integrating it within the community, and the District.  Community relations in Campbell County are a significant part of the position.  The Vice President works closely with the Gillette Foundation on advancement and community relations, and directly supervises the Foundation Director.   Key relationships for the VP for Gillette include the Gillette Advisory Board, Board of Cooperative Higher Education Services (BOCHES), and Campbell County School District #1.

The VP for Gillette reports to the President, sits on Executive Staff and District Council, and leads the Gillette Campus Council.  With the other members of Executive Staff the Vice President is responsible for District-level strategic planning and for developing and implementing District mission, policies and philosophy. 

The VP Gillette provides overall leadership for Gillette College; operating units function within a matrix-type structure.  Gillette unit-level managers are responsible to both the VP for Gillette and to a functional Vice President; the Vice Presidents share responsibility for overall outcomes in Gillette. 

Essential characteristics of the successful candidate include: ability to lead and inspire faculty and staff, ability and confidence to partner with other members of Executive Staff as that team provides leadership and strategic direction to all members of the District family, ability to play a strong external role with donors and to work with Student Affairs to build student enrollments and completions.

Key professional characteristics important to this position include:

  • Able to play a strong role in strategic planning and high-level decision-making based on information and data analysis
  • Able to perform well and be unfailingly diplomatic in a complex environment and lead by example and inspiration
  • Able to serve as a representative of the Campus and District at the state and regional level, as assigned by the President
  • Able to rationally and objectively engage in problem-solving and shared  decision-making that may involve difficult outcomes
  • Organized and efficient, curious and creative, collegial and outgoing

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s required; candidates currently in a master’s program and making progress toward the degree will be considered.
  • A minimum of three years of increasingly responsible leadership experience in a college or university setting.
  • Strong communication skills including report writing and public speaking.
  • Demonstrated ability to build teams and create a collaborative culture.
  • Solid understanding of Continuous Quality Improvement and ability to utilize data in decision-making.

Application Process  

Please submit a resume and cover letter (maximum five pages) that addresses how the candidate’s experience matches the characteristics and qualifications of the position. 

Candidate submissions should be submitted through the NWCCD jobs site: