Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs

Job description

The Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs (VPASA) role is new to Holyoke Community College. It combines two historically different positions to create an opportunity for a more unified approach to academic excellence and student success. Guided by the College’s strategic plan, this new leadership structure will encourage increased collaboration and communication across the College. In addition to the following qualifications and characteristics, the successful candidate will possess the ability to inspire and unite faculty and staff in a shared vision to educate best, serve, and support all students. This executive-level VPASA will be key in promoting a college-wide climate consistent with HCC’s Values: Innovation, Collaboration, Kindness, Inclusion, and Trust.

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Demonstrated Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The ideal candidate must have the ability to promote an inclusive environment that reflects the broad diversity and backgrounds represented by our students, employees and our local community, one in which every individual feels respected and valued. The VPASA must demonstrate cultural humility and the ability to work with a college community with diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, including those with disabilities and veterans.

The VPASA must have demonstrated experience and ability to work collaboratively with institutional committees such as an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion where the mission includes but not limited to, assessing the campus climate relative to issues of equity, support and foster civil discourse and social justice and facilitate campus-wide dialogue on the topics of race, class, ethnicity, ability, LGBTQIA+ and other identities.

The VPASA must have a proven record of effective and innovative leadership in diversity programming and first-generation student engagement programming. As a designated Hispanic Serving Institution, HCC seeks a VPASA with experience in the recruitment and retention of students from diverse backgrounds, including but not limited to students from racially underrepresented backgrounds and English Language Learners. Leadership Opportunity Overview

The VPASA will oversee major areas of the institution that are highly impacted by the HCC Strategic Plan. Key components of this plan are focused on equity and professional development. The VPASA must demonstrate proven success in the development, support, and enhancement of HCC diversity/ equity initiatives, specifically in curriculum development (e.g., culturally responsive pedagogies) and in recruiting and sustaining a diverse faculty that contributes to and complements the academic experience.



  • An earned terminal degree from an accredited university.
  • Demonstrated effective leadership in areas such as academic planning, program development, advising, student orientation, student mental health and behavioral support, disability services, first-year experience, veteran’s services, and student life/government, preferably at a community college.
  • A distinguished record of teaching, preferably in higher education, scholarship and collegiate service with a thorough knowledge of higher education principles and practices and future trends.
  • Demonstrated experience serving a diverse, adult learner, first-generation student population, preferably at a Hispanic Serving Institution, which includes evidence-based practices for the promotion of student success (including improved retention and graduation rates).
  • Experience working with a diverse faculty, staff and student body and an ability to promote a campus climate that supports HCC’s values and encourages equity and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated experience in curriculum development, pedagogy, student learning outcomes assessment, distance learning, universal design, honors, integrated learning, use of technology in instruction and institutional research data.
  • A doctoral degree in an academic discipline is preferred.
  • Success in supporting college strategic and divisional plans with large budgets; ensure continuous and measurable improvement in student life cycle benchmarks including enrollment, retention, persistence, completion and post-completion success; effective resource allocation in alignment with strategic initiatives and operational needs.
  • Success in building collaborative relationships that promote a culture of student-centeredness and a record of developing programs and services that encourage transfer to four-year institutions.
  • Prior experience establishing and/or improving a strong collaborative relationship between academic and student affairs.
  • Experience working within a collective bargaining environment.
  • A data-informed problem solver with experience collaboratively moving initiatives forward and implementing change within a complex organization.
  • Experience collaborating with workforce development programs and an understanding of the intersection of workforce and academic programs and initiatives such as the non-credit to credit pipeline.
  • Prior experience establishing credit for prior learning initiatives.
  • An understanding of and experience integrating trauma-informed practices into leadership and also the student experience.


Please direct all confidential inquiries and nominations to the College’s search consultant,

Angela Provart, President
Pauly Group Inc.
3901 Wood Duck Dr., Suite E
Springfield, IL 62711
Phone: 217-541-5400
Fax: 217-241-5401

Email: [email protected]

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The committee will begin review of applications immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with materials submitted by Monday, February 15, 2021 receiving priority consideration. All applications are confidential and references will not be contacted without the expressed authorization of the applicant.

HCC strongly encourages the application of women, Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), and persons of all abilities to apply.

It is the policy of Holyoke Community College not to discriminate on the basis of sex, creed, color, race, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or disability in its educational programs, activities, or employment policies as required by Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments and other Federal and State anti-discrimination laws.




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Posted: 1/7/2021
Application Due: 2/15/2021
Work Type: Full Time