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The Vice President of Education and Chief Academic Officer for the College of Lake County (CLC) is the executive leader responsible for academic, workforce, and learning support services within the organization. The Vice President of Education is an equity-minded, visionary leader committed to advancing student access and success outcomes for CLC's diverse student body. The Vice President of Education demonstrates collaborative, values-driven leadership and is responsible for creating a dynamic work environment characterized by collegiality and inclusiveness for all students, faculty, and staff. The Vice President of Education is a strategic thought leader for the organization, reporting directly to the President, and serving on the College Leadership Team.
The Vice President of Education ensures inclusive, equitable, personalized, culturally relevant, high quality learning experiences across three campuses (Grayslake, Lakeshore, and Southlake). The Vice President of Education ensures continuous improvement of student success outcomes through hiring and ongoing development of faculty, leaders and staff. Responsibilities also include developing strategic and collaborative partnerships with educational and workforce partners in Lake County to increase educational attainment and meet workforce needs within diverse communities through intentionally designed pathways, the development, implementation, and evaluation of instructional programming, and the alignment of divisional work with the college's strategic priorities, vision, and mission.
The Vice President of Education provides leadership for the academic, workforce, learning support services and community education areas of the College as follows:
Biological and Health Sciences
Business and Social Sciences
Communication Arts, Humanities, and Fine Arts
Engineering, Math, and Physical Sciences
Libraries and Instructional Services
Academic Success, Tutoring, and Testing
Lakeshore Campus Academic Operations
Southlake Campus Academic Operations
Teaching, Learning, and Educational Technology
James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts
Dual Credit/College Readiness
TRIO-Student Support Services
Workforce and Professional Development Institute
Essential Job Functions
Collaborative leadership skills which cultivate internal and external partnerships that achieve excellence in student success outcomes, community engagement, and a highly engaged team-based culture are paramount in this role. The Vice President of Education will:
1. Serve as an engaged member of the College Leadership Team, which is responsible for fostering, developing, and prioritizing organizational culture, strategic priorities, planning, talent management, fiscal viability, policy, and community relations within a shared governance structure.
2. Champion the values of learning, integrity, quality, service, accountability and diversity as an executive leader of the College. Drive student and employee success through the value of diversity by demonstrating a commitment to equity, inclusion, and respectful interactions with persons of diverse ethnic, cultural, socio-economic, or educational backgrounds.
3. Implement best-practices in recruitment, evaluation, succession planning, recognition, and retention of highly qualified faculty, academic leaders and staff. Retain and nurture top talent in the College ensuring meaningful professional development focused on specific roles exists for each employee within the academic unit, particularly scholarly activities for faculty.
4. Design and implement an equitable data-informed systemic student success framework to improve student retention and progress to completion through collaborative partnership with the Vice President of Student Development to ensure the College achieves strong integration of instruction and student services.
5. Routinely advocate for and engage students across three campuses to ensure the student voice is represented in the design of curricular, co-curricular and student success initiatives.
6. Uphold the responsibilities of Chief Academic Officer including the development and evaluation of high quality instructional programming with curriculum that provides flexible delivery, accessibility, and success outcomes for learners throughout the college. Ensure academic standards of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and other external accrediting agencies are met. Develop and implement an effective and comprehensive system of assessment of learning.
7. Ensure the development of high-quality academic and career programs with market relevance and designed for optimized access, excellent student learning and transfer outcomes, and workforce employment, including the evaluation of existing programs.
8. Manifest a collaborative leadership style across all functional areas of the College to support innovation, experimentation, and an entrepreneurial spirit.
9. Provide leadership in collective bargaining, serving on the negotiations team, and upholding confidentiality in negotiations and collective bargaining matters. Ensure compliance with faculty and adjunct labor union contracts, be responsive to labor concerns, and nurture positive labor relations.
10. Oversee the operational leadership of the Lakeshore and Southlake campuses, online and flexible education programs, dual credit and college readiness partnerships.
11. Develop partnerships and lead collaborative initiatives with external stakeholders to advance the economic strength of the region. Serve as a key College liaison to area school districts, colleges and universities, business and industry, and various public agencies.
12. Model lifelong learning attributes by continuously seeking professional development opportunities and professional networks that help advance the organization.
13. Support College efforts to seek and obtain alternative funding sources including state and federal grants, as well as corporate and foundation sponsorship, particularly those focused on academic initiatives.
14. Perform other related duties and responsibilities as may be assigned by the President.
The duties listed are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.
1. An earned doctorate degree from an accredited college or university.
2. A minimum of seven years successful post-secondary leadership and academic administrative experience with ongoing professional development.
3. A minimum of three years teaching, or related experience in higher education, with a proven record of improved student success outcomes and scholarly excellence.
4. Experience fostering an inclusive and equitable learning environment in a diverse setting.
5. An exceptionally skilled communicator able to build relationships internally and externally.
6. Experience in leading and managing within a multi-campus and multi-division environment.
7. Demonstrated professional experience using evidence-based decision-making, short and long-term planning, and working within an accountability structure.
Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Experience
1. Community college leadership is highly preferred.
2. Community college teaching experience is also preferred.
3. Experience in student-focused initiatives to improve access, success, and completion.
4. Ability to inspire others and build a culture of engagement through high energy and skill in communicating a vision of academic excellence with personal strengths in ethical values and relational leadership.
5. Demonstrated success in enhancing equity, diversity, and inclusion for students, staff, and faculty, including diversity initiatives in hiring of faculty and fostering multicultural competence.
6. Developing academic and career-focused programs that meet the needs of students, employers and the community.
7. Commitment to the open access mission of community colleges, including experience with career, transfer and continuing education programming.
8. Developing partnerships with outside entities such as local and state governments, other secondary and post-secondary educational institutions, workforce, and community organizations.
9. Mentoring and supporting faculty and staff in their professional development.
10. Securing state or federal grants or other such funding.
11. Experience with the Higher Learning Commission and other professional external accrediting agencies.
12. Working within a shared governance system and a collective-bargaining environment.
13. Experience in the successful development and management of multi-division budgets, across a multi-campus system.
14. Experience collaborating with units, divisions, departments outside of own direct area of responsibility specifically Student Development, Information Technology, Marketing, Human Resources, and Administrative Affairs.
15. Experience with a multi-campus system, flexible delivery programs, and integration of instructional technology.
16. Experience incorporating multi-disciplinary and college-wide sustainability initiatives within instructional practices.
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