Quinebaug Valley Community College
The Board of Regents of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) and QVCC seek applications and nominations for the position of Chief Academic Officer (CAO)/Dean of Academic Affairs to serve a close and vibrant academic community dedicated to its students and the greater community.
One of 12 community colleges in the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system, Quinebaug Valley Community College is located in the northeastern corner of the state – a rural and picturesque part of New England. Founded in 1971 to meet the education and training needs of residents, the College enrolls some 1,900 credit and 2,000 non-credit students served by 34 full-time faculty, more than 100 adjunctions, and 66 supporting staff.
The College comprises two locations – a 68-acre main campus in Danielson and a Center in downtown Willimantic. QVCC also is home to one of four Manufacturing Technology Centers in the state. QVCC offers 47 degree and certificate options, numerous online courses, English as a Second Language, credit for prior learning, and basic skills courses. The Center for Community Engagement provides continuing education and workforce development and training as well as Learning in Retirement, a robust program for lifelong learners.
The ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker, with the ability to navigate effectively the complexities of academic administration while advancing the mission of transforming students’ lives. The CAO will represent the College in the community and will actively engage in myriad activities and events that promote QVCC’s culture and mission. The new CAO will bring seasoned, inspired, and innovative leadership, championing students and empowering faculty and staff in their efforts to promote student success. Candidates must be committed to working within a multi-institution system of higher education and supporting the new strategic plan, Transform CSCU 2020. In addition, the CAO will play a significant role in articulation and shared programming with high schools as well as articulation/transfer programs with four-year colleges and universities.
Additional attributes include:
- demonstrated commitment to a “students first” focus and appreciation for students with diverse backgrounds, needs, and goals;
- ability to engage with and support the QVCC Foundation and its long history of adding value to the communities served;
- respect for and experience working in a unionized environment;
- record of advocacy for career/technical education, liberal arts transfer programs, manufacturing, training and workforce development.
The Chief Academic Officer/Dean of Academic Affairs works in a senior management role under the general direction and guidance of the President and is a member of the College’s Cabinet. The successful candidate will assume the major responsibilities outlined below.
- Provide leadership and direction, in collaboration with Department Chairs, to full- and part-time faculty with respect to curriculum development and assessment of student learning outcomes.
- Oversee the daily operations of QVCC’s Willimantic Center.
- Provide supervision for the Department Chairs, Learning Center, Library, and Continuing Education.
- With the other Deans, advise the President in matters relating to the work of the College and its relationship with the local community.
- Contribute to long- and short-term planning.
- Direct the development and careful administration of the Academic Affairs budget.
- Approve and supervise systems for evaluating faculty, as well as curricula and instruction, insuring that faculty and curricula remain current and responsive to student and community needs.
- Ensure appropriate integration of technology into instructional programs and services.
- Provide for and oversee the development of the class schedule and the assignment of individual instructors for each semester.
- Collaborate with the other CSCU CAOs about academic concerns at the system level.
- Earned doctorate or other terminal degree and a record of substantive service commensurate with that of a tenured professor.
- Substantial experience in community college teaching and three-five years of progressive administrative responsibilities including budget development and management and academic leadership such as department chair, assistant dean, or comparable role.
- Collaborative experience with K-12, higher education, and other public/private partnerships.
- Experience in a multi-campus system and collective bargaining environment.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively.
- Demonstrated ability to develop, establish, and sustain collaborative relationships across various College departments and community outreach organizations.
To be considered for this exceptional career opportunity, submit a cover letter and resume/vitae that demonstrates an ideal match for the qualifications listed, major responsibilities, and characteristics by February 6, 2015, to:
Ms. Randi Frank
Randi Frank Consulting, LLC
QVCC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F. Protected group members are strongly encouraged to apply.
QVCC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or criminal record in its programs or activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Laurie Dunn, Interim Vice President for Human Resources, Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU), 61 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT 06105; 860.723.0253; DunnL@ct.edu