Associate Vice President, Liberal Arts

Cedar Rapids, IA
Oct 16, 2020
Institution Type
Community College

To advance the college’s mission, vision, principles, values and strategic initiatives through continuous improvement decisions.

The Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs supports the chief academic officer of the college by managing operational areas such as budget and equipment, monitoring the program effectiveness process, supervising Liberal Arts and Distance Learning deans, and providing support to credit instructional delivery and programming.


  • Advocate for Continual Improvement- empowering each other to identify opportunities for excellence.
  • Collaborate with Mutual Accountability- working together with a willingness to take ownership and account for our actions.
  • Champion Service- anticipating needs and create a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment.
  • Perseverance- commitment to excellence even in the face of adversity or delay in achieving success.
  • Lead- regardless of title, through positive influence.

  • Mentor and support deans, associate deans and faculty.
  • Working with the Liberal Arts deans and associate deans, oversee the evaluation of current programs and interest areas.
  • Working with the Dean of Distance Learning, oversee the delivery of high quality virtual instruction.
  • Coordinate the academic affairs budget including grants and equipment.
  • Assist academic deans with program development and Department of Education approval.
  • Represent the CAO in meetings and events when necessary.
  • Supervise office and support personnel.
  • Lead cross departmental projects and initiatives within the division.
  • Coordinate professional development activities, including funding.
  • Manage student and faculty concerns that are not resolved at the department level.
  • Perform other related work duties as assigned.

  • Be able and willing to represent the college in a positive manner with prospective, former, and current students; clients, suppliers, and the community; and state and national organizations.
  • Be a creative, energetic, self-motivated individual with strong communication skills, professional appearance, positive attitude, and demonstrated leadership and organizational skill.
  • Ability to communicate clearly, concisely, logically, and coherently both orally and in writing.
  • Be current in higher education research and instructional pedagogy.
  • Possess working knowledge of personal computers, general office equipment, educational software applications, and educational media equipment.
  • Must have high ability to multi-task, assume responsibility, deal effectively with conflict, and exercise independent judgment when making decisions.
  • Establish and maintain good working relationships with colleagues, staff, administrators, clients, and the general public.
  • Welcome, value, and nurture people of all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, as well as support and promote an environment that accepts differences.

The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential job duties/responsibilities and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.

Position involves working in an office setting. Occasional (10-33%) standing, pushing, pulling and grasping. Frequent (34-66%) reaching and viewing a computer and other types of close visual work. Constant (67-100%) sitting, walking, repetitive motion, talking and hearing.


  • Completion of a master’s degree.
  • Five years of community college administration experience.
  • Experience with Liberal Arts programs in a supervisor role.
  • Community college teaching experience.

  • Doctorate degree.
  • Demonstrated ability with scholarly research and professional presentations.


Kirkwood Community College shall not engage in nor allow unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment. This includes all employment practices, hiring practices, and unwelcome harassment of applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information or actual or potential parental, family, marital status or veteran status. If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with the policy, please contact the Vice President of Human Resources at Kirkwood Community College, 313 Kirkwood Hall, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd., SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, Telephone: 319-398-5572, Email: [email protected] or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison St., Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661-7204, Telephone: 312-730-1560, Fax: 312-730-1576, Email: [email protected]

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