Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs

Raritan Valley Community College
Branchburg, New Jersey

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Raritan Valley Community College

Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs

Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC), invites applications for the position of Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs, a full-time administrative position with the College. 

Ranked by and as the #1 community college in New Jersey, Raritan Valley Community College has been serving as an academic and cultural center for Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for more than 50 years. The College has been nationally recognized for its service to the community, environmental stewardship, and commitment to diversity. It is home to a Planetarium, Science Education Institute and 3M Observatory, a 1,000-seat Theatre, an Honors College for high achieving students and much more.

The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, small business assistance through the Small Business Development Center, professional development, and adult and youth personal enrichment courses. RVCC is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. For further information, visit 

Job Description:
Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) seeks an experienced and dynamic academic leader to accept the challenge of being appointed as the College's Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs is the Chief Academic Officer of the College and provides the academic leadership and policy direction required to achieve the highest standards of excellence in instruction and academic programs. Partnering with the President and leading a seasoned Executive Staff, the Provost/VP will assume an ever-expansive portfolio of responsibilities: leading comprehensive program review, promoting the work of the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship, leading innovative partnerships with K-12 and with regional employers, sustaining our transformational prison education program, building a college-wide grant seeking culture, developing online learning and other entrepreneurial programming, and crafting vital strategic plans, especially those related to recruitment, retention, closing the equity gap and student success.  In the capacity of chief academic officer, the Provost/Vice President assumes leadership of the College in the absence of the President.

The Provost/ Vice President will lead campus-wide transformations, always supporting student success and promoting a culture of innovation and advocacy. Ideal candidates will recognize this opportunity to lead and the possibilities of creating institution wide change.

Responsibilities include, but not limited to:
Assumes leadership of the College in the absence of the President, provides academic vision and leadership in the development of sound academic policy, and is responsible for the development, quality, and operation of all academic programs and services.

Collaborates with the Deans, other administrators, department chairs, and faculty to develop a learning-focused environment that promotes academic innovation and student success through faculty excellence and comprehensive student support services.

Promotes enthusiasm among faculty for involvement in creative and alternative teaching techniques and faculty engagement in the collegial nature of the academy.

Coordinates strategic and operational planning for all academic programs and services.

Directs the College's academic programs, including the development of curricula, and the implementation, coordination, and assessment of student learning outcomes and the assessment of all academic programs.

Leads the faculty to ensure effective teaching and learning; establishes an environment that fosters academic innovation, and oversees a comprehensive program of faculty development, including an evaluation process for full-time and part-time faculty.

Analyzes academic program effectiveness and student learning outcome assessments; Reviews and recommends to the President all new academic programs; reviews and approves all new courses and curricular revisions; determines new program needs; and initiates new programs.

Provides leadership in the formulation and implementation of academic policies and procedures.

Provides direction and leadership for course schedule management to meet the needs of students and to create maximum efficiency in staffing and facility usage.

Develops and recommends an annual budget request to support academic goals and objectives; allocates and monitors spending of the academic budget, including academic department budget.

Recommends faculty personnel actions to the President, including appointments, reappointments, tenure, promotions, and sabbaticals.

Reviews the organizational structure of the College and recommends changes to make the College more effective and more responsive to the students and the community.

Serves as a member of the Executive Staff. Attends all Board meetings and Board committee meetings as required.

Assumes a leadership role, along with the president, with external groups to help meet local workforce needs and to prepare students for productive careers.

The successful candidate will have:
An earned doctorate from an accredited institution
A distinguished and demonstrated record of academic accomplishment in teaching and service
A minimum of five years of creative and visionary leadership in academic initiatives at a dean's level or higher
A demonstrated commitment to the multiple and complex goals of a community college. 
Leadership that provides and supports student centered services with a commitment to diversity, inclusivity and equity in the classroom and on campus. 
Demonstrated commitment to student retention and completion. 
A willingness to seek new methods of delivery to accomplish these goals.

Preferred Qualifications:
Significant teaching experience, preferably at a community college. 
Thorough understanding of classroom practices, including teaching methodologies, assessment systems and educational technology. 
Experience in curriculum development, outcomes assessment, and faculty development. 
Competence in financial matters. 
Commitment to providing quality student-oriented and student-centered services.

Application Instructions:
Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of interest, CV/Resume, five references and other application materials that reveal how they meet these requirements and why this opportunity appeals to them.

Please submit your interest online at: 

Applications received by May 15, 2022 will be considered in the first review of candidates. 

Raritan Valley Community College is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Plan Employer. We will implement the policy to assure that the employment opportunities offered at the institution are available to all persons.


Welcome to Raritan Valley Community College, where we’re dedicated to transforming lives by providing high-quality, affordable, and innovative education. RVCC is committed to meeting the higher education needs of the communities we serve, whether it’s preparing students for transfer to a four-year institution or offering technical training for those interested in pursuing a new career path or upgrading their skills. RVCC is nationally recognized for its educational excellence, innovative programming, extensive service to the community, and environmental leadership.

RVCC is a great place for students to start their college education and then transfer to a four-year college or university. To facilitate students’ seamless transfer after graduation, the College has agreements with close to 80 colleges and universities in New Jersey, across the country, and abroad. Our students have transferred to the top colleges and universities in New Jersey and across the nation, including Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, the University of Pennsylvania, and New York University. 

For students looking to train for a career, RVCC is leading the way thanks to a $4.6 million workforce training grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. In partnership with local industry, RVCC is reinventing workforce and technical training by identifying the long-term workforce needs of the region and developing programs that provide students with all the skills and hands-on experience they need to succeed.

We also recognize that there is more to a successful college experience than just classroom learning. Our co-curricular offerings—including clubs, student government, athletic programs, and leadership development opportunities—are thriving. RVCC’s chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and its Enactus team have earned regional and national honors. And the College’s Service Learning Program has been included on the President’s Community Service Honor Roll for eight consecutive years. Service Learning provides students with the opportunity to serve their communities while enabling community organizations to benefit from the students’ time, energy, and knowledge. 

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