Vice President Of Academic Affairs

Las Vegas
Feb 19, 2021
Executive Administration Jobs
Vice Presidents
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Community College


The College of Southern Nevada seeks applications for the position of the Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA). The Vice President of Academic Affairs reports to the College President and provides leadership for Academic Deans, academic faculty, directors, department chairs, program leaders, students, and staff within all of Academic Affairs. The Vice President of Academic Affairs is a member of the President's Cabinet with executive responsibility for planning, management and evaluation of the assigned academic divisions. The position provides senior-level leadership to CSN Academics including structure, strategy, quality, access, scheduling, budget, and innovation Working collaboratively with other vice presidents, academic deans, chairs and faculty, the VPAA participates in the development and implementation of the Academic Strategic Plan, recommends academic policies and procedures, and ensures the development, implementation, communication and evaluation of the College's curriculum for the assigned academic division.

The VPAA will oversee and monitor all academic programs, library, professional faculty and staff development, curriculum and scheduling, academic policies and procedures, faculty hiring and termination. The scope of the position is: approximately 550 full-time faculty,1,200 part-time faculty, a budget of about$70 million, approximately 36,000 students, and appropriate administrators. The VPAA provides leadership in collaboration with key constituencies across the college in enrollment, graduation rates, student persistence and retention, and other key performance metrics.

The VPAA works closely with the community and industry advisory boards to assess needs, to initiate and sustain partnerships, and to develop, enhance and promote all academic programs. The VPAA represents CSN in the local, state, and national health care community, collaborates with other leaders across the Nevada System of Higher Education colleges and universities, promotes a students-first culture, and seeks to maintain and continuously improve the academic standards of all academic programs. The VPAA is responsible for advancing the College's mission, implementing College policies, and assuring compliance with all applicable accreditation requirements, education codes, and state/federal laws.

The College of Southern Nevada is a comprehensive, multi-campus community college and the largest and most ethnically diverse institution of higher education in the state of Nevada. The college is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) by the U.S. Department of Education. CSN is one of four community colleges within the Nevada System of Higher Education, which also includes two universities, a state college and a research institute.

Founded in 1971, CSN is the largest college in the state, operating in over 50 locations including three main campuses and eight learning centers in Clark County, covering over 8,000 square miles. CSN educates more than 50,000 unique students annually in credit, non-credit and workforce development programs. Three of every four students attend part time, 57 percent are female, and nearly two-thirds are students of color. Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, CSN offers educational opportunities in more than 70 academic programs featuring more than 180 degrees and certificates (26 degrees and certificates available entirely online), including nine bachelor's degrees.

The College's Charleston Campus is located in the city of Las Vegas. The campus is situated on a 76-acre parcel and has 743,000 square feet of academic, student service, and support space. The Charleston campus is home to the Ralph & Betty Engelstad School of Health Sciences, which houses cardio-respiratory sciences, nursing, surgical technology and sonography. Dental assisting and hygiene programs, along with a state-of-the-art veterinary nursing program, are located on this campus alongside general education classrooms and science labs. Executive administration, the CSN Foundation and Human Resources are located on this campus, as well. In addition, a new student union opened in the fall 2019 semester, which includes a food court, meeting rooms, study space, courtyards, student government offices, advising offices, a multicultural center and other student services.

The campus location is home to unique partnerships with Clark County Library District, KNPR, southern Nevada's public radio station, and City of Las Vegas Fire Station 6 that also serves as a learning laboratory. Located adjacent to Bonanza High School, the Charleston Campus houses CSN High School West, a collaboration with the Clark County School District that ranks among the highest achieving schools in the nation.

The College's North Las Vegas Campus is located on a 71-acre parcel. The campus has 612,000 square feet of academic, student service, and support space. Unique features of the campus include the only planetarium in Southern Nevada, the Nicholas J. Horn Performing Arts Center, Fine Arts Gallery and the CSN recreation center, home to the women's volleyball team and the newly formed men's and women's basketball teams. In addition, a new student union opened in the fall 2019 semester, which includes a food court, meeting rooms, study space, courtyards, student government offices, advising offices, a multicultural center and other student services.

This was CSN's first campus location in the Las Vegas Valley, established in 1971. Featured academic programs at this campus include automotive technology, hospitality and gaming, early childhood education, information technology and music alongside general education classrooms and science labs. Our student-run restaurant, Russell's, as well as financial services and print services are located on this campus. The North Las Vegas Campus houses CSN High School East, a collaboration with the Clark County School District that ranks among the highest achieving schools in the nation.

The College's Henderson Campus is located on 72 acres and includes 218,554 square feet of building space. This campus features a variety of general education courses and specialized classes in fields such as air conditioning, aviation, welding and police training. It is also home to the Southern Desert Regional Police Academy, and the Morse Stadium and Lied Sports Complex, used by CSN's national championship baseball and softball teams. Solar panel arrays on many of the buildings at this campus showcase CSN's commitment to green initiatives.

In addition, a new student union opened in the fall 2019 semester, which includes a food court, meeting rooms, study space, courtyards, student government offices, advising offices, a multicultural center and other student services. Construction has begun on a new 73,000-square-foot health and science building that will be operated in partnership with Nevada State College. Classes will begin in this new facility in fall 2021.

Clark County Community College opened its doors to 402 southern Nevada students in August 1971 and enrollment grew rapidly. By the early 1990s more than 20,000 students studied at what was then called the Community College of Southern Nevada. In 2007, the name was changed to the College of Southern Nevada to reflect the addition of niche bachelor's degrees. Today, CSN serves more than 35,000 students across the Las Vegas Valley each semester. Each of CSN's campuses in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Henderson cover more than 70 acres, with other sites and centers throughout southern Nevada. CSN specializes in two-year degrees, niche bachelor's degrees and workforce development that lead directly to high-demand careers or transfer to a university. The College has become an economic force within the region, with an estimated $1.1 billion annual impact.

CSN provides a grounded education based on real-world applications for real life. An academic curriculum, diverse programs and hands-on teaching delivery allow students to learn and apply practical solutions for their educational success and personal growth. The College provides excellence in teaching with an innovative, student-centered education through active learning and appropriate technology. The faculty steps outside traditional approaches, consistently demonstrating an adventurous and entrepreneurial spirit while the facilities reflect the College's commitment to the latest in technology. CSN provides access for all to higher education, regardless of age, race, ethnicity or economic barriers. The College community is a welcoming one for a wide range of students, faculty and staff.

The College of Southern Nevada empowers our students and communities to achieve, succeed, and prosper. Situated in the greater Las Vegas metropolitan area, CSN's mission ensures the College serves the diverse educational needs of the communities and businesses within the southern Nevada service area.

An Institutional Advisory Council helps link the College to the community it serves and to anticipate regional educational trends. The council, comprised of community and business leaders, provides input on College operations to the College President and state higher education ofcials.

The College's Division of Workforce and Economic Development helps meet the training needs of southern Nevada's workforce and employers.

The Division is an entrepreneurial and self-supporting arm of CSN that works with the region's business and key industry sectors in the assessment, design and implementation of customized curricula and training programs. It also provides services to students, employers, employees and adult learners seeking education opportunities, new skills and career advancement.

CSN is a growing and influential network that enables students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends to advance personally, professionally and intellectually. Its vibrant network of people and programs creates lifelong benefits for all students. As the communities of southern Nevada continue to grow in both population and diversity, CSN's commitment is to remain highly accessible to serve the diverse needs of an increasing population.

The selected candidate will discover an environment where professional satisfaction and career achievement are paired with optimal quality of life in a locale with abundant opportunities for work and play. Las Vegas has drawn millions of visitors and trillions of dollars in wealth to southern Nevada, and the economy is on the rise, named the No. 11! “Best City to Start a Business” by Forbes in 2014. Las Vegas is an excellent base camp for outdoor recreation. Popular nearby hiking and rock-climbing spots include Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Red Rock Canyon, the National Conservation Area, Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, and Valley of Fire State Park. Residents enjoy pleasant suburban communities, including the cities of North Las Vegas and Henderson, world-class restaurants and beautiful parks. Las Vegas features an ultra-reasonable cost of living, with affordable prices on everything from housing to utilities to groceries compared to most major cities across the nation. Thanks to its mild winters and ample sunshine, Las Vegas appeals to a variety of age groups, from retirees to millennials. There are plenty of kid-friendly activities available to keep families busy including Springs Preserve, which offers family-friendly events, in addition to its museum exhibits, botanical gardens, and unique, desert-themed playgrounds. It's all here for the higher education professional prepared to step up to this key leadership role.

The VPAA engages the primary academic mission of the college, its faculty and academic staff through transformational leadership. The finalist will oversee all academic programs for the college providing effective leadership in collaboration with faculty, staff, senior administration and external stakeholders. The VPAA will be responsible for analyzing the effectiveness and appropriateness of the programs and services and guides quality improvements to programs and services relative to meeting the needs of the college's constituents.
The VPAA will build and sustain a culture that leverages the principles of shared governance to develop effective and innovative instructional methodologies and practices to ensure student success. The VPAA will provide leadership and assistance with the articulation, development, implementation, and execution of the college's Strategic Plan and all measurable outcomes associated with the plan.

The VPAA will serve as the College's primary academic liaison to the Board of Regents and Nevada State Higher Education (NSHE) staff. They will represent the College in various capacities as assigned by the president while supporting initiatives to ensure the college's compliance with requirements established by the Board of Regents, NSHE and all other specialized accrediting agencies for the College.

Required Qualifications
A earned doctoral degree conferred from a regionally accredited college or university at the time of application but no later than September 1, 2021.
Minimum five years of full-time progressively responsible higher education administrative experience. Two years of equivalent full-time teaching experience at the post-secondary education level.

Preferred Qualifications
Experience in the community college setting, with extensive knowledge of community college best practices, i.e., Guided Pathways, Achieving the Dream, etc..
Experience directing/overseeing a multi-site community college, with an in-depth understanding of complex organizational structures.
Experience with the development, evaluation and expansion of programs and degrees that meet workforce and industry needs and/or lead or seamless transfer.
Experience building collaborative programs and demonstrated success in developing articulation agreements with universities and in fostering K-12 connections.
Experience with the development, evaluation and expansion of distance education and/or alternative modes of instructional delivery.
Experience with grant writing and management of grant funds.
Experience promoting collaboration, diversity, multiculturalism, internationalism and academic accountability in a complex community college environment in support of the college's mission, goals and strategies.
Experience in student learning outcomes assessment and data-informed program review and assessment, including budget management.
Experience successfully collaborating with stakeholders in creating a positive work and learning environment in support of the college's mission, goals and strategies.
Experience with accreditation of health science programs and compliance with clinical site requirements.
Experience working in a collective bargaining environment.

Salary will be competitive and based on finalist's education and experience.

CSN provides a robust and generous benefits package. Please visit our Human Resources Page for more

State Operating Budget (FY19): $150,671,866

Student Enrollment (Fall 2018) FTE: 19,155.7

Headcount: 35,103

Non-Credit Enrollment (Fall 2018): 3,291

Full-time Teaching Faculty (FY18): 537

Full-Time Non-Teaching Employees (FY18)
Administrative: 294
Classified: 377

Number of Part-Time Faculty (Fall 2018): 1,093

Full-Time Employee Diversity Statistics (FY18)
Male: 43.8%
Female: 56.2%
White: 59.6%
Non-White: 40.4%


Student Enrollment
FTE: 19,155.5
Headcount: 35,103

Student Gender
Male: 43%
Female: 57%

Student Ethnicity
Hispanic: 33%
White: 30%
African American 11%
Asian: 11%
Pacific Islander: 2%
Other/Unknown: 14%

The College of Southern Nevada has retained the executive search services of Gold Hill Associates to assist in the recruitment and evaluation of potential candidates for the position of Vice President of Academic Affairs. The position description can be found at Submission of application materials will be accepted only by email to: [email protected].

1.A cover letter addressing the candidate's qualifications, experience, commitment to inclusion and diversity, the community college, and leadership philosophy
2.A current resume or CV3.Copies of unofficial transcripts required only for those selected as finalists (official transcripts required of the finalist to whom the position is offered)
3.Copies of unofcial transcripts required only for those selected as nalists (ofcial transcripts required of the nalist to whom the position is offered)
4.Contact information for five (5) professional references, to include faculty, peers, and supervisors (required only for those selected as finalists)

Travel reimbursement for allowable costs are provided for semi-finalists for an approved maximum amount. Travel costs are not reimbursed if the selected finalist declines the offer of employment.

Dennis Michaelis, Ph.D.
Search Consultant,
Gold Hill Associates
[email protected]

The College of Southern Nevada is committed to providing a place of work and learning free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability (whether actual or perceived by others), religion, age, sex/gender (including pregnancy related conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, veteran status (military status or military obligations) in the programs or activities which it operates.

Gold Hill Associates is dedicated solely to community college executive searches. Operating since 1990, Gold Hill Associates has assisted over 100 community colleges in searches for new presidents and executives. We are the most comprehensive independently owned community college executive search firm in the country. We work in colleges throughout the country, from small rural institutions to sizeable urban multi-college districts. Our search procedures are effective and rely on input from all college constituencies. At all times, we respect the need for confidentiality and ensure all applicants that their application materials will be honored as such.

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