VP, Academic Affairs

Aug 07, 2019
Executive Administration Jobs
Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Community College

VP, Academic Affairs

Compensation: $126,814.80-$190,222.20
Openings: 1
PeopleSoft ID: 149
Formal review of applications begins: Sep 20, 2019
Department: Academic Affairs
Location: EpiCenter

Key Position Information:
St. Petersburg College (SPC) is the largest post-secondary certificate, AA/AS and BAS degree awarding institution located in Pinellas County Florida. Serving over 47,000 students on multiple campuses and online, the college is forward-thinking and committed to student success, career development, civic engagement and workforce programs and partnerships. The College has a large dual enrollment program, four early college programs and two collegiate high schools. Through a community of care students, employees and community members are valued, engaged, and thrive.

Our foundation is built on three principles:
  • Academic Excellence – we will provide a high-quality education for our students by creating an innovative and engaging learning environment within a supportive, collegial culture.
  • Economic Mobility – we will provide opportunities for our students to be prepared for high-wage, high-need careers and professional growth, which will contribute to their economic success and improve the quality of life within our community as well as assist in ending generational poverty.
  • Community Engagement – we will invest in the well-being and growth of our community by serving as a leader, a convener and a catalyst for positive change. We will maintain this commitment by creating strong partnerships, participating in civic learning and cultivating a community of care for our employees and those we serve.

    The College is seeking an experienced, dynamic, innovative leader to serve as its next Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA). The VPAA reports directly to and serves as an advisor to the President on all matters related to planning, implementing and coordinating academic and workforce programs college wide, faculty selection, assignment, development and retention. The VPAA provides leadership for the academic division and works closely with Academic Deans, other administrators, and members of the Faculty. The Academic Deans are responsible for managerial functions related to course schedules, curriculum and instruction, under the direction of the VPAA. The VPAA provides leadership for accreditation, budget development, long-term planning of academic programs and services, ensuring that students have access to courses and are learning, selecting and developing a distinguished faculty, and furthering the academic master plan that is aligned with the College's strategic plan. The VPAA is also the primary connection between the academic staff and other college divisions requiring collaboration with the vice presidents for administrative affairs, student affairs and institutional advancement. The VPAA is also responsible for developing relationships with a wider educational and workforce community – k-12, technical colleges, universities, workforce employers, etc.

    The ideal candidate for this position is an experienced leader with a clear, focused commitment on all aspects of teaching and learning, academic excellence and student success. This candidate must be enthusiastic, energetic, highly visible, great communicator, collaborator and forward thinking. Must be inclusive, approachable, and respectful of diverse opinion and thought. Must possess demonstrative evidence for developing and executing transformational change, establishing and developing community and business partnerships, and producing quality instruction, programs and student outcomes. We are seeking individuals who possess organizational strategy and promote staff development and progression. The ability to work as a team with fellow colleagues is a must to carry out the college-wide effectiveness as identified in SPC's mission, vision and values. Additionally, the successful candidate will develop and maintain internal and external relationships; participate in/lead a variety of initiatives; and represents the college on committees, and/or related groups that support student success.

    Position Summary:
    Essential Job Functions

  • Understand and support St. Petersburg College's mission, vision, and values;
  • Develop an academic system that integrates program/curriculum development and implementation, course offerings (on campus, online and blended), student-friendly schedule, academic programs and campus/online activities;
  • Foster an academic culture based on integrity and accountability that is focused on student learning that encourages faculty and academic staff to invent ways to improve student outcomes;
  • Provide leadership to Deans and academic staff that is strategic, innovative, empowering and engaging and results in the development and growth of a diverse workforce and student populations;
  • Regulate workforce (credit/non-credit) planning and goal attainment by effectively allocating resources to meet priorities;
  • Empower academic leaders to effectively provide curriculum services, dual credit/Collegiate High School, college libraries, and out of class support;
  • Manage the budget and financial resources creatively college-wide for the academic division and oversee the planning and implementation of operating and capital budget requests;
  • Use data to inform and create a culture that is comfortable with data to make decisions
  • Take a proactive approach to collaborate and build relationships with college leaders and stakeholders to ensure effective planning, analysis and evaluation of campus academic priorities;
  • Serve as a member of the President's Cabinet, the Executive Leadership Council, and college-wide committees as appropriate;
  • Identify challenges and opportunities to develop partnerships with business and industry, community-based organizations and educational institutions;
  • Advise the President on issues related to student learning and success, academic programs and structure, hiring and retention of a diverse faculty and staff, resources and facilities, and, accreditation and planning and effectiveness, budget;
  • Represent the College and the President in community engagements, public events, and college programming with local, state and federal agencies; and
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
    This is the sixth of six levels in the Academic Management series. The classification is responsible for the overall management of the College-wide academic functions. Incumbent will set the strategic direction for academic programs at the College. Oversees the development of the academic programs, and ensures they align with the overall mission and goals of the College.


    Graduation from an accredited institution with an earned Doctorate degree in a related field to assigned area.

    Ten (10) years' experience in higher education, including five (5) years top-level administrative experience in academic affairs.

    * An equivalent combination of education and experience satisfactory to successfully perform the essential duties of the job may be acceptable in lieu of those requirements listed above.

  • Comprehensive understanding of all modes of teaching and learning- traditional, online and blended;
  • Leadership principles;
  • Advanced principles and practices in assigned area of responsibility;
  • Program development and administration principles and practices at a College-wide level;
  • Higher education institutional operations, structures, policies, and practices;
  • Strategic planning principles;
  • Budgeting principles;
  • Public relations principles;
  • Community agencies and resources;
  • Financial management principles;
  • Research methods;
  • Applicable Federal, State, and Local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes;
  • Policy and procedure development practices;
  • Computers and related software applications.

  • Directing, monitoring, and evaluating Collegiate policies and procedures;
  • Planning, coordinating, and implementing college-wide components and activities;
  • Developing, managing, and administering budgets;
  • Interpreting and applying applicable laws, rules, and regulations;
  • Developing long-term strategic plans;
  • Analyzing academic and administrative projects, programs, and processes for areas of improvement;
  • Prioritizing and assigning work;
  • Preparing and analyzing a variety of reports;
  • Making program decisions based on financial considerations;
  • Adapting to rapidly changing environments;
  • Evaluating statistical data, ensuring data sufficiency;
  • Implementing public relations initiatives;
  • Mediating conflict;
  • Collaborating with internal departments and external agencies;
  • Using a computer and related software applications;
  • Communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with subordinates, coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to give and receive work direction.

  • Positions in this class typically require: reaching, standing, walking, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.
  • Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.


    These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary. Potential Frequency
    1. Directs staff to include: prioritizing and assigning work; conducting performance evaluations; ensuring staff is trained; ensuring that employees follow policies and procedures; maintaining a healthy and safe working environment; and making hiring, termination, and disciplinary recommendations. Daily 20%
    2. Provides overall management and development of operating and capital budgets for assigned departments; prepares cost estimates for budget recommendations; monitors and controls expenditures; identifies and pursues alternative funding sources; allocates funds across academic functions. Daily 10%
    3. Provides leadership in the design, development, strategy, implementation, and assessment of goals, policies, objectives, and activities related to academic functions. Develops long-range strategies and goals. Daily 30%
    4. Provides oversight, direction, and vision for strategic planning objectives; develops projects, academic plans, and priorities to ensure alignment with the overall mission and goals of the College. Daily 30%
    5. Develops and maintains internal and external relationships; participates in/on a variety of meetings, committees, task forces, and/or other related groups to communicate information regarding services, programs, areas of opportunity, and/or other information; represents assigned academic area on committees, advocacy groups, and/or related groups. Daily 10%
    6. Performs other duties of a similar nature or level. As Required

    Equal Access/Equal Opportunity
    The Board of Trustees of St. Petersburg College affirms its equal opportunity policy in accordance with the provisions of the Florida Educational Equity Act and all other relevant state and federal laws, rules and regulations. The college will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or against any qualified individual with disabilities in its employment practices or in the admission and treatment of students. Recognizing that sexual harassment constitutes discrimination on the basis of sex and violates this Rule, the college will not tolerate such conduct. Should you experience such behavior, please contact Pamela Smith, the director of EA/EO/Title IX Coordinator at 727-341-3261; by mail at P.O. Box 13489, St. Petersburg, FL 33733-3489; or by email at [email protected].

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