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Provost/Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs

Grand Rapids Community College
Grand Rapids

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Provost/Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs

Grand Rapids Community College

Job Information

Department: Academic & Student Affairs

Employee Group: Executive Leadership

Schedule: Full Time, Nonexempt

Compensation: Commensurate with Experience, Competitive

Benefits: Full Time

Reports to: President

Posting Closes: January 5, 2023


Grand Rapids Community College invites applications and nominations for the position of Provost/Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. The Provost reports directly to the President and serves as the Chief Academic and Student Affairs Officer with major responsibilities for strategic planning and guiding all aspects of teaching and learning in support of student success. The Provost also is charged with establishing the academic and student affairs vision for Grand Rapids Community College in pursuit of its Mission, Vision, Values, and strategic goals through the contributions of the deans, associate deans, faculty, staff, and their respective systems of support.

Grand Rapids Community College has a 100-year history of academic excellence and a sound reputation as a premier transfer institution. It is nationally recognized for its liberal arts and occupational programs. With approximately 250 full-time and 400 adjunct faculty, learning opportunities are provided for more than approximately 25,000 credit and non-credit students enrolled in transfer and occupational courses. GRCC has a physical presence that includes an eight-block downtown campus, a two-block presence known as the DeVos Campus, Leslie E. Tassell Michigan Technical Education Center (M-TEC), and a state-of-the-art Lakeshore campus in Holland, Michigan. Grand Rapids is the second largest city in Michigan.


• Provide balanced leadership to the administration, faculty, and staff of School of Business & Industry, School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts, School of STEM, Student Affairs, Student Success, Teaching, Learning and Workforce, Distance Education, Instructional Support and Institutional Research Planning.
• Lead and collaborate with the Academic and Student Affairs administration, faculty and staff to establish and communicate clear conceptual expectations, principles, and guidelines related to the academic vision and strategic planning.
• Model and champion GRCC's core values; Excellence, Diversity, Responsiveness, Innovation, Accountability, Sustainability, Respect, and Integrity.
• Work closely with the President and other College officers to provide overall internal executive leadership to, and support for, the faculty, staff, and their respective systems of support in Academic and Student Affairs through the creation, revision, and/or deletion of all policies related to Academic and Student Affairs.
• Lead college efforts to promote and sustain a rigorous and compassionate and learning-centered environment that supports student success in both credit and non-credit areas through collaborative decision making and strategic planning.
• Participate in the College¿s internal leadership conversations to set College goals and formulate strategies for achieving the goals that arise from these conversations.
• Guide the Academic Governing Council in the development and review of academic policies through collaborative decision making.
• Oversee academic programs and curriculum development to ensure that GRCC remains current and viable in the educational community.
• Ensure the primacy of the academic mission in all College decision-making including, but not limited to, physical and technological infrastructure, budget, fundraising, hiring, and internal and external communications.
• Oversee enrollment management to provide a learning environment that is conducive to learning, sustainable and responsive to financial conditions and community needs.
• Assure that college policies and procedures governing academic and student issues are equitable and enhance the learning environment and reflect current needs and appropriate practices.
• Accountable for maintaining the College¿s accreditation and standing in the academic community.
Collaborate with the chief academic officers of area institutions, transfer institutions, intermediate school districts, regional school district superintendents, government agencies, and other community organizations to promote academic partnerships, scholarships, and resources.
• Advocate for GRCC at public forums, including local, state and national meetings.
• Create an inclusive environment and ensure a diverse and representative population of faculty, staff and students through recruitment, enrollment and retention of all target populations who represent a wide range of age, ethnicity, national origin, and ability.
• Ensure an overall safe, secure, and appropriate learning environment for students, faculty, and staff.
• Oversee, as an executive budget officer, the administration of the overall budget, and collaborate with the Deans to establish budget priorities for the responsible allocation of resources for academic and student affairs including instruction, academic support, and institutional research.
• Identify new sources of revenue to support existing programs and create new programs that promote and advance the College's mission.
• Commit to the oversight of and following policies and procedures for performance evaluations of the College's collective bargaining units within Academic and Student Affairs that include Faculty Association and Educational Support Professionals plus non-union staff (Meet and Confer).
• Understand and administer the terms contracted with the College's collective bargaining units.
• Set direction for professional development programming for faculty, staff, and their respective systems of support in Academic and Student Affairs.
• Encourage and facilitate College service, community engagement, and experiential learning by all faculty and staff.
• Persons in this role are identified as a Campus Security Authority (CSA). CSA's will be trained and responsible for reporting Clery Reportable Crimes to Campus Police as required by the Clery Act.


Education Credentials

• The successful candidate must possess an earned doctorate from a regionally-accredited college or university.

Work Experience

• Distinguished record of a minimum of three years, five years preferred, as a fulltime classroom faculty member in a college or university setting
• Experience in curriculum development and design
• Five or more years of progressively responsible supervisory and management experience in a college or university with a diverse student body
• Experienced, creative administrator with demonstrated leadership skills needed to foster the continuing academic progress and vitality of the College
• A record of academic and scholarly achievement sufficient to earn the respect of the academic community
• Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.
• Experience in a community college is preferred(but not required)
• Prior experience with collective bargaining in a college environment is preferred (but not required)
• Proven record of partnership development (w/private, public, philanthropic entities)
• Possess project management skills
• Proven record of entrepreneurship skills
• Possess systems thinking ability
• Understanding of change management and enterprise leadership skills

Skills and Mental Demands

• Articulate with the ability to embrace and promote the Community College identity and philosophy
• Problem solver who shows foresight and initiative as the College faces change
• Energetic and enthusiastic with an interest in helping and supporting students, staff, faculty and the general public
• Collaborator with the ability to build trust among internal stakeholders (faculty, administration, and staff) as well as college's external stakeholders (partners, employers, and elected officials)
• Flexible and handles pressure while possessing mature judgment in regards to interruptions and change
• Organized with the ability to manage numerous complex task at once
• Professional when handling sensitive or difficult situations
• Resilient and persistent and able to effectively manage setbacks
• Considerate of whole systems and the implications of plans, policies, and decisions
• Approachable and builds consensus and a shared commitment from others
• Respectful of the talents and skills of others and creates an inclusive environment

Physical Demands

• Must be able to stand or sit for long periods of time
• Excellent written and oral communication skills

Working Conditions

• Highly visible academic position requiring a strong presence at the College and in the community at large.


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Grand Rapids Community College offers the next Provost the opportunity to be part of a unique student-focused academic community and to build upon what already is exceptional to make it even better. Applicants must have a terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, along with a substantial leadership background. Salary considerations will be competitive.

To assure best consideration, applications should be received by January 5th. The application should include a letter of interest specifically addressing the applicant's background in relationship to qualifications described (not more than five pages); a current resume (or curriculum vitae); and the names of at least give professional references with each person¿s position, office or home address, email address, and telephone numbers. References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant. All applications will remain confidential. The new Provost will assume office on or about July 1, 2024.

The search is being assisted by Gold Hill Associates. Visit to submit your application. For application materials to receive full consideration, application materials should be submitted by January 5, 2024. Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made.


Grand Rapids Community College creates an inclusive learning and working environment that recognizes the value and dignity of each person. It is the policy and practice of GRCC to provide equal educational and employment opportunities regardless of age, race, color, religion, marital status, sex/gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, height, weight, national origin, disability, political affiliation, familial status, veteran status or genetics in all programs, activities, services, employment and advancement including admissions to, access to, treatment in, or compensation in employment as required by state and federal law. GRCC is committed to reviewing all aspects of GRCC programs, activities, services and employment, including recruitment, selection, retention and promotion to identify and eliminate barriers in order to prevent discrimination on the basis of the listed protected characteristics. The college will not tolerate any form of retaliation against any person for bringing charges of discrimination or participating in an investigation. Further information may be obtained from the EEO Office or the Office of General Counsel, 143 Bostwick Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295.

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Working at Grand Rapids Community College

Grand Rapids Junior College (GRJC) was founded in 1914 by the Grand Rapids Board of Education after a resolution was passed by the University of Michigan’s faculty which encouraged the establishment of junior colleges in Michigan.

Today, GRCC’s eight-block downtown campus, encompassing more than 25 acres in downtown Grand Rapids, includes several classroom buildings, a learning center (including the Diversity Learning Center) and library, Spectrum Theater, the Applied Technology Center (which features a green roof), a remodeled music building, a fieldhouse with natatorium, a student center, Bostwick Commons, and the Calkins Science Center.

The college also offers instruction from a variety of regional centers in the metropolitan Grand Rapids area (including numerous local high schools, regional centers and its two Learning Corners on Wealthy St. and Seward Ave.) and on the West Michigan lakeshore (including West Ottawa High School, Careerline Tech Center, the Midtown Holland Center and Grand Valley State University's Meijer Campus in Holland).

In addition, GRCC has two Michigan Technical Education Centers (M-TECs in West Michigan. The Patrick Thompson M-TEC, part of GRCC's Lakeshore Campus, located in Holland, opened in Fall 2000 in partnership with the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District. The Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC ® in Grand Rapids opened in 2002. This world-class facility offers training in manufacturing, auto service, and building and construction trades.

To increase capacity to meet unprecedented demand, GRCC acquired the former campus of Davenport University on Fulton St. in downtown Grand Rapids and began offering courses at Sneden Hall beginning in the Fall 2009 semester.

In Winter 2010, more than 17,000 students enrolled in more than 1,900 liberal arts and occupational courses. The diverse student body represents students from Kent and surrounding counties as well as students from across the U.S. and 22 other nations. Another 10,000 learners are served by non-credit instructional opportunities. In addition to traditional classroom environments, students may also receive instruction through community and distant service-learning offerings, seminars, workshops, training classes, distance learning options and other educational formats. GRCC employs a faculty of more than 260 full-time and 590 part-time members as well as a staff of 430, all of whom are focused on the College’s priorities to be student-centered, collaborative, and flexible. Throughout its 90-year history of academic excellence, GRCC has maintained a solid reputation as a premier transfer institution and is nationally recognized for both its liberal arts and occupational programs. Many GRCC faculty members have been recognized regionally and nationally for their expertise and innovative teaching styles.

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