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Chief Academic Officer/ VP of Academic Affairs

Jackson College
Jackson, MI, MI

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C-Level & Executive Directors, Vice Presidents
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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Community College

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The Chief Academic Officer/Vice President of Academic Affairs is a key member of the Executive Leadership team at Jackson College and is responsible for overseeing the entire academic areas of the institution. This position works closely with faculty, staff, administrators, and external partners to provide strategic direction for academic programs and policies. The role ensures that educational offerings are of high quality, relevant, and aligned with the needs of the community, thereby fostering academic excellence and student success.

Apply by: March 14th, for Highest Consideration

Essential Functions

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Strategic Academic Leadership - Collaborate with the President and other members of the Leadership Council to develop and implement the College's academic vision and strategy aligned with its overall institutional mission and Strategic Agenda;
  • Curriculum and Program Development - Oversee curriculum planning, development, and evaluation of the instructional program including a five-year academic master plan. Ensure academic programs are current, innovative, and responsive to community and workforce needs;
  • Accreditation and Compliance - Lead accreditation efforts for all academic programs and work to maintain compliance with local, state, and federal regulations related to academic affairs and the registrar;
  • Faculty and Staff Oversight - Manage the recruitment, hiring, evaluation, and professional development of faculty, part-time faculty, as well as academic staff. Encourage a culture of academic excellence and continuous improvement;
  • Budget Management - Develop and manage the budget for the Academic Division, aligning resources with strategic priorities;
  • Student Success Initiatives - Coordinate with the Chief Student Services Officer and other departments to design and implement strategies that improve student retention, graduation rates, and overall academic success;
  • Community and Industry Partnerships - Develop and maintain strong relationships with K-12 schools, higher education institutions, employers, and community organizations to facilitate program development and student educational pathways;
  • Corrections Education, Dual Enrollment & the Jackson College Preparatory and Early College organization – Oversee the continuing development and success the College’s corrections program in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Corrections. Oversee and advance the growth of the College’s dual enrollment and partnership with the Jackson Career Access Network organization. Oversee the Jackson Preparatory and Early College, a public school academy;
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Promote an instructional culture that values and practices inclusivity and actively works to enhance diversity among faculty, staff, and ensures curricular sensitivity to diverse cultures and contexts;
  • Continuing Education and Economic Development – Provide oversight and leadership to the Colleges Job Hub, economic development and workforce training initiatives, including maximizing the Michigan New Jobs Training Program;
  • State Representation - Represents the district as the Chief Instructional Officer at state meetings and conferences, serves as the College’s representative on committees, commissions, and other activities, makes presentations at meetings, workshops and events as assigned;
  • Contractual Obligations - Maintains compliance with the terms of contracts with employee bargaining units; participates in the negotiating process by assisting in the formation of negotiating strategy, formulating proposals and counterproposals and advocating the Board and management’s position;
  • Vital Communications - Maintains regular communication and working relationship with other areas of the college, keeping them informed of current activities and working with them to achieve institutional priorities.
  • Data-Driven Decision-Making - Utilize data and analytics to make informed decisions related to program quality, faculty and staff productivity, student retention and success, as well as resource allocation; and
  • Other Responsibilities - Participate in local, state, and national discussions regarding academic affairs in community colleges and undertake special projects as assigned by the President.
  • Responsible for understanding, supporting and actively demonstrating the College’s beliefs, values, mission and vision and being in agreement to be evaluated by same.


    Internal: Contact with all students, faculty, administration and other constituencies of the college.

    External: Regular community contacts with K-12 and Intermediate School Districts, other institutions of higher learning, civic organizations, business, industry, contractors, community committees and organizations, and the public.Minimum Qualifications

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    Masters degree in Education, Higher Education, Academic Discipline, or related field from an accredited institution.
    Minimum of 10 years of academic experience in higher education, with at least 5 years in a significant leadership role.
    Proven track record of managing budgets, strategic planning, and leading academic programs.
    Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctorate degree in Education, Higher Education, Academic Discipline, or related field from an accredited institution.
  • Previous experience in a community college setting.
  • Knowledge of Michigan's higher education system and regulations.
  • Strong community relations and partnership-building skills.

  • Competencies:
  • Strong Leadership and Management Skills
  • Effective Communication
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Financial Acumen
  • Collaborative Teamwork
  • Cultural sensitivity and commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Total commitment to student success.

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with special needs to perform the essential functions.

    While performing the duties of the job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Close vision is required for computer accuracy.

    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    The noise intensity level to which the worker is exposed in the job is moderate.

    “This description is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty that will be required and shall not be construed as declaring the specific duties and responsibilities. It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under his or her supervision. The use of a particular expression or illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind or level of difficulty.”Supplemental Information

    Jackson College only accepts on-line applications though this system. For assistance with this, please call 517-796-8468.

    Please use your legal first and last names on your application. If you are hired you will have the opportunity to identify and utilize your preferred name.

    The Jackson College Nepotism policy prohibits hiring of a relative or someone with a familial relationship to work in the same instructional department, office or administrative unit of the College including spouse, child, stepchild, parent, stepparent or sibling of the employee or spouse, aunt, uncle, niece/nephew, grandparent, grandchild, and members of the same household including domestic partner.

    It is important that your application show all the relevant education and experience you possess (even if you are repeating it from your resume or cover letter). For instance, do not say, "See Resume or C/V." Your resume, cover letter that includes your salary requirements and an unofficial transcript for the degree required must be attached to your application. Applications will be rejected if incomplete. When you apply for the position, you will get to the document upload area where you will be given an opportunity to attach your documents such as your resume/vita, transcripts, etc. Instructions will also be found there.

    The College reserves the right to request proof of degree or certification at a later date, if these documents are required as part of the qualifications for the position.

    Final candidates will be subject to a criminal background as part of the employment process.

    If selected you will be required to complete the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Employment Eligibility Verification form I-9 and provide documentation verifying identity and eligibility to work in the United States. Jackson College is NOT able to support Visa applications for employment at the college. Applicants must already be eligible to work in the United States to be considered.

    Applicants with disabilities may request accommodation to complete the application and interview process. Please notify Human Resources at least three (3) working days prior to the date of need.

    A copy of Jackson College's Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report is available on the JC Campus Safety & Security website. The security report contains crime statistics for the previous three years for all of our campus locations and the annual fire safety report, which contains statistics for any reported fires in campus housing units and fire safety systems in these buildings. Additionally, the report contains policies, available resources and information concerning personal safety, fire safety and reporting procedures for both crimes and fires.

    Applicants have rights under Federal employment laws. Jackson College is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively supports workforce diversity.


    What we are all about

    Jackson College is deeply committed to promoting the importance of equity and diversity for all students, staff, and faculty. It is our utmost desire to continue to provide an educational atmosphere that is inclusive to the work of diversity, equity and belonging.

    Our history

    Jackson College offers quality, transformational educational opportunities to prepare students for today’s career fields or transfer to a university.

    Founded as Jackson Junior College in 1928, the College operated as a division of the public Jackson Union School District and was located near the high school in downtown Jackson, Mich. In 1962, Jackson County voters created Jackson Community College as a distinct entity; and in 1964, they passed a charter millage that still helps to fund the College today. Rapid enrollment and program growth in the 1960s spurred construction of a new campus on its present site. In 2013, in light of the College’s decision to begin development of curriculum for bachelor’s degree programs and increased efforts in international studies, the Board of Trustees voted to change the name to Jackson College.

    Today, the College owns more than 500 acres and sits on a scenic rural site six miles south of the city of Jackson, and also operates Jackson College @ LISD TECH in Adrian, Clyde E. LeTarte Center, Hillsdale, and W.J. Maher Campus, Jackson. Online learning opportunities offer education around the world.

    Mission Statement

    Together we inspire and transform lives.

    We are committed to diversity

    • Promote a positive attitude toward diversity and serve as an active voice for the institutional changes and cultural learning required of a diverse college community.
    • Promote research and serve as a resource on issues of diversity.
    • Promote dialogue on issues of diversity.
    • Promote a curriculum sensitive to diversity.
    • Uphold the vision and purpose of JC’s commitment to inclusion and diversity.

    Jackson College Equity Statement

    Jackson College is an equal access/equal opportunity institution that embraces diversity as one of its highest priorities and is firmly committed to establishing and maintaining excellence through diversity in education and employment. We respect and value differences among our student body, workforce and community and are dedicated to intentionally fostering a welcoming environment of openness and appreciation for all.

    Through our commitment to equity, we will establish and sustain a learning environment that supports the recruitment, retention and success of students from all backgrounds, including those readily visible differences and the underlying differences.

    Through our commitment to equity, we are dedicated to advancing and building a diverse workforce through intentional hiring practices, marketing strategies, and performance review procedures to best position ourselves to attract, retain, and develop a talented and highly skilled faculty, staff, and administration from diverse backgrounds.

    Through our commitment to equity, Jackson College will sustain and enhance its role as a world-class institution of higher education in a global community.

    Jackson College Diversity and Equity Committees

    Diversity, Equity & Belonging Committee focuses on establishing and enhancing a culture of diversity and belonging at Jackson College, offering programs, professional development, and ensuring policies and practices are inclusive and equitable.

    Lux et Veritas focuses on enhancing diversity of thought,  perspectives, worldviews,  with civility through conversations and symposia..

    Committee on Equitable Outcomes (CEO) focuses on equity in curriculum, pedagogy, training, academic outcomes, completion, accountability measures and classroom experiences. No one leaves Jackson College with a degree or certificate without an understanding of our history regarding racial bias, conscious or unconscious.

    Equity Audit Committee

    Equity Audit Committee is conducting a thorough analysis of Jackson College from an equity lens, researching its history to identify equity gaps and any racism while identifying opportunities to make improvements where appropriate.

    Equity Initiatives Documentation Committee A standby committee that warehouses all equity initiatives, data and programs and helps with equity-related applications for grants, surveys, proposals, etc.

    Jackson College Affinity Groups In an effort to better understand and serve the various ethnic communities in the College’s service area, the College has established several affinity groups from the various local ethnic communities. These groups meet to strategize on ways the College can better serve each respective community. In an effort to increase the affinity group’s effectiveness, the College is hiring a part-time liaison for each group. There are five affinity groups: Latinx, Asian/Pacific Islander, Black/African American, Pakistani, and Indian.

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