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Mesa Community College - Senior Associate Vice President (Phoenix, Arizona)

Mesa Community College

Senior Associate Vice President

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The Senior Associate Vice President (SAVP) reports to the Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs (EVP) and works collaboratively with faculty, academic, and student affairs staff to strengthen a culture committed to the success of all students, building a comprehensive system of guided pathways, enhancing transfer and workforce partnerships, supporting a broad range of recruitment, retention and student success services, and promoting innovation and educational excellence.

The Senior Associate Vice President supports the EVP in providing leadership and support for academic and strategic enrollment planning, continuous improvement of academic, occupational, and student success programs and services to meet the needs of students, faculty, staff and community partners in a multi-campus, multi-modal environment; promotes integrity, collaboration, innovation and continued professional development; supports the College’s efforts in narrowing equity gaps for all students; engages business and community partners to strengthen the College’s relationships to promote student success, transfer, and employment; and demonstrates a commitment to service excellence, collaboration, innovation, student success, and diversity. The Associate Vice President will also use data and assessment to make informed decisions about Guided Pathways and to improve the completion rates for the College.

The Senior Associate Vice President will demonstrate success at leading in a collaborative manner with all areas of the College. An appreciation and understanding of the shared governance process will play an important role in building trust and breaking down silos at the College.  The SAVP will possess a positive leadership style, sense of humor, unwavering commitment to student success, and must operate with a high level of emotional intelligence and ethical conduct.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Minimum Qualifications for Student Affairs or non-academic pathway: Master’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution in education or field related to area of assignment and four years of progressively responsible management and/or leadership experience in field of assignment that includes two years of supervisory experience. Examples of student affairs academic support management/leadership experience includes: program management, project management, budget development and management related to programs or projects, staff supervision, policy development, administration, evaluation and compliance. Equivalency allowed for Non Academic area.


  1. Minimum Qualifications for Academic pathway: Master’s Degree in a teaching field related to area(s) of assignment and four years of experience in an academic leadership and/or supervisory role in higher education and three years of teaching that includes curriculum/coursework development. Examples of academic leadership/supervisory experience includes: division/department chair, project management, policy development, administration, evaluation and compliance, committee leadership, program director, and shared governance.  No equivalency.

Desired Qualifications:

  1. A conferred doctorate degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. A minimum of seven years successful post-secondary leadership and academic/student affairs administrative experience. Community college leadership experience highly preferred.
  3. Experience fostering an inclusive and equitable learning environment in a diverse setting.
  4. An exceptionally skilled communicator able to collaborate and build relationships internally and externally.
  5. Shared governance experience leading and managing within a multi-campus and multi-division environment
  6. Experience working with the Guided Pathways framework as a core business model.
  7. Demonstrated professional experience using evidence-based decision-making, short and long-term planning, and working within an accountability structure.

Challenges and Opportunities

The Senior Associate Vice President will be an innovative and collaborative leader prepared to successfully address the following opportunities and challenges:

  1. Provide leadership and support in implementing a comprehensive system of Guided Pathways with integrated support services.
  2. Develop and implement a strategic enrollment management plan that leverages the full spectrum of program offerings, addresses the demographic shifts in the local community, and supports enrollment, retention, and completion goals.
  3. Assist in the development and implementation of new organizational and shared governance structures designed to increase transparency, build more collaborative and trusting relationships across the college, and break down institutional silos.
  4. Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and narrowing the equity and achievement gaps of all students.
  5. Promote innovation in program and curriculum development, academic scheduling, student support services, professional development, and teaching and learning.
  6. Enhance partnerships with K-12 school districts, municipalities, transfer institutions, employers, and other key stakeholders for the purpose of advancing the college’s mission and creating opportunities for our students.

Salary Range: $102,566-$164,106 annually

College Overview:

Mesa Community College is known for service-learning, career and technical programs, civic engagement and innovative approaches to education. The college serves as a resource for career readiness, transfer education, workforce development and lifelong learning. Host to 30,000 students annually, MCC offers more than 195 degree and certificate programs at its two campuses and additional locations. Seamless transfer for students is facilitated by partnerships with more than 50 universities across the nation. A vibrant community, rich with alumni achievement and a part of the East Valley of Metropolitan Phoenix fabric for more than 50 years, MCC connects with those it serves through a range of business, industry, government, and K-12 partnerships.

MCC is transforming through Guided Pathways, with the goal to improve college completion, transfer and job attainment for all students. A Hispanic Serving Institution with a diverse student body that enriches the learning experience, MCC welcomes more than 400 international students representing over 60 countries. Award-winning faculty are dedicated to student success, providing the education and training that empowers MCC students to compete locally and globally. MCC was named as one of the top 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges, and has been awarded the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

MCC, located in the sunny and warm East Valley of Phoenix, Arizona, is one of ten individually accredited colleges that comprise the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD). The District is the largest provider of post-secondary education in Arizona and one of the largest providers of higher education in the United States. MCC’s strategic plan and priorities, which focus on Effective Teaching and Learning, Strategic Enrollment Management, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, align with the District’s vision and Maricopa Transformation Plan

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Mesa Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

How to Apply:

For full consideration submit application materials by August 18 2019. Position will remain open until filled.

All inquiries, expressions of interest, nominations and applications are to be directed to the search consultant and are strictly confidential. Do not apply via the District job portal.
Please email the following to the search consultant listed below no later than August 18, 2019. Electronic transmissions are strongly encouraged.


  1. Letter expressing interest in the opportunity and how your background matches position requirements (not to exceed five pages)
  2. Resume
  3. Contact information for a range of professional references (six minimum) to include a direct telephone number and email

This position is a non-classified position that will have an employment contract. Any internal hires waive their rights to classified employment by accepting the position.

Search Consultant:

Dennis Michaelis
Gold Hill Associates

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) will not discriminate, nor tolerate discrimination in employment or education, against any applicant, employee, or student because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status (including document abuse), age, disability, veteran status or genetic information.

Montcalm Community College Presidential Search (Sidney, Michigan)

Montcalm Community College – Sidney, MI

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Executive Search Profile: President

Montcalm Community College seeks applications for the position of President. As Chief executive Officer of the college, the President has the broad responsibility for the operation of the college. Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the President is responsible for developing and implementing strategies for efficiently executing Board policy.

About Montcalm Community College

Montcalm Community College began in fall 1963 as an idea in the minds of a group of public-spirited citizens. It became reality on March 2, 1965, when it was established by an overwhelmingly favorable vote. The community continues to strongly support and benefit from its community college. The college’s most recent millage renewal request received a more than 80 percent approval rate from voters.

MCC is an essential component of the community because it is part of the community. The college is an active partner with multiple community organizations including businesses and industries, area hospitals, social service organizations, workforce development entities, the intermediate school districts and K-12 schools, and other colleges and universities.

Instructional Programs and Students

MCC offers more than 60 associate degree, certificate and job-training programs; courses for transfer to bachelor’s programs; online courses; and articulations with other colleges that offer students a seamless transfer.

With average semester enrollments of about 1,700 students, MCC combines state-of-the-art facilities and technology with its highly qualified instructors, small class sizes and affordable tuition to meet the educational needs of the communities it serves.

In addition to traditional offerings, MCC provides customized training services that are designed and delivered to area businesses and institutions, as well as a wide range of lifelong learning opportunities for personal enrichment. Career and personal development noncredit courses range from computers and professional development to personal fitness and art instruction. A variety of cultural offerings feature nationally and internationally known speakers as well as other presentations that cover a wide range of topics and aim to increase awareness of key issues.

Student Life

Students at MCC enjoy a vibrant student life environment with 16 student clubs, an award-winning Phi Theta Kappa honor society, and special events and celebrations throughout the year.

Only five presidents have served MCC, Including:

  1. Donald Fink, 1965-1971;
  2. Clifford Bedore, 1971-1978;
  3. Herbert Stoutenburg, 1978-1984;
  4. Donald C. Burns, 1984-2009; and
  5. Robert C. Ferrentino, J.D., 2009-present.


MCC’s main campus is located on 220 acres in Sidney. The campus includes the Beatrice E. Doser Building, which houses classrooms and two large conference rooms for college and community use; the Kenneth J. Smith Instructional Building; the Stanley P. Ash Building for life sciences; the Les Morford Instructional Building; the Donald C. Burns Administration/Library Building; the Activities Building, which houses the bookstore, cafeteria, student cybercafé, gymnasium, fitness center and NCAA-sized pool; the Foundation Farmhouse; the historic Barn Theater; Instruction North Building, which houses visual arts classrooms; a power plant and maintenance facility; Montcalm Heritage Village; and the Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails, which includes four miles of self-guided trails.

Classes are also offered on our Greenville campus, which serves as the college’s center for skilled trades and advanced manufacturing training. Buildings include the Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center and the Bill Braman Family Center for Education.

Major initiatives

  • Master plan: In 2019, the college announced a $40 million five-year master plan that will touch every academic building on the college’s two campuses. A series of forums were held with faculty, staff, students and community members to gather input and complete a needs assessment. The plan was developed based on space utilization, academic changes, modernization related to student learning and engagement, community engagement, wayfinding, and general maintenance needs. The first step in implementation is expected to be complete for the start of fall 2019 classes and includes a $750,000 renovation of the Bill Braman Family Center for Education, the college’s skilled trades training center. The need for this project is immediate due to large existing enrollment in the welding program. The project will double the size of the welding lab, as well as enhance the associated equipment and support systems such as electrical, HVAC and ventilation. In addition, another area of the building is being converted into additional robotics training space.
  • Achieving the Dream: In 2010, MCC engaged with the national Achieving the Dream initiative. Through this affiliation, the college received technical assistance in evidence-based institutional improvement for the purpose of improving student success. At MCC, new projects were launched in areas such as developmental education, new student orientation, and supplemental instruction. Moreover, our participation led to creating a data-informed culture. Several key institutional metrics continue to show improved trends including developmental and gateway course success rates, as well as persistence, retention, and completion rates. MCC also signed onto participation in the Voluntary Framework for Accountability, an American Association of Community Colleges initiative. The college is in its fifth year with this initiative, which provides opportunities for colleges to benchmark their student progress and completion data against peer institutions and to provide stakeholders with critical information on the colleges.
  • Nursing Accreditation: In 2019, MCC completed the steps necessary to earn NLN Nursing Accreditation. Final approval is expected in the fall.
  • Strategic planning: The college maintains an updated three-year strategic plan, which provides a clear set of goals for the college and its constituents.
  • Community Conversations: Since 2016, MCC has hosted three community conversations to engage representatives from education, businesses, human services and other community organizations in sharing ideas and developing strategies to: provide more consistent career exploration for K-12 students; increase access to a range of new educational opportunities; systematize the preschool-through-college experience for students; and increase employability skills. One direct result of these conversations was the establishment of the Creating Futures Consortium. The consortium’s goal is to serve as a conduit to bring regional partners together to collaboratively address these identified needs.
  • Workforce Development: MCC has positioned itself as an integral partner in economic development at the local, regional and state levels. Through its workforce partnerships, the college has secured and administered more than $2 million in Michigan New Jobs Training Program grants in the last two years, providing training customized to meet individual business needs. The college is a key player in recruitment and retention of business and industry in our area through partnerships with the Montcalm Economic Alliance, the Ionia County Economic Alliance and the Right Place.

Points of Pride

Members of the Montcalm Community College community were recently asked to identify key attributes which made them proud of the college and would attract outstanding candidates to this position. Key attributes included:

  • Faculty who care about students and are focused on their success.
  • A small-town setting, but with easy access to big city adventures.
  • Great facilities and leading-edge technology.
  • Strong connections and partnerships with the community.
  • A culture of cooperation and support.

Commitment to Mission, Vision and Values

An obligation to uphold the Mission, Vision and Values of the college in carrying out duties is inherent in this position. A commitment to sustaining a student-centric approach to the student experience, professional interpersonal behavior, integrity, leadership, stewardship, strong oral and written communication, respect and accountability to students, employees and the community is essential.


Montcalm Community College is a leader in creating a learning community, contributing to shared economic, cultural and social prosperity for all our citizens.


Montcalm Community College is west-central Michigan’s preeminent provider of and preferred choice for education, training and life-long learning opportunities.


Montcalm Community College subscribes to the following institutional values:

  • We provide a caring environment for our students, staff and community.
  • We expect competence and the pursuit of excellence from our students and staff.
  • We work in concert with our community stakeholders to advance the philosophy of life-long learning.
  • We are committed to providing open access and fostering success for all our learners.

Candidate Profile

The next President of Montcalm Community College will be an outstanding leader demonstrating the following qualities, characteristics, and skills:

  1. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills: approachable, diplomatic, a good listener, able to collaborate with students, community, stakeholders, and staff
  2. Commitment to being an active and involved spokesperson for the College in the community
  3. Knowledge of and support for the comprehensive educational needs of the community
  4. A person of high integrity, honesty, and trust
  5. Possesses the ability to actively lobby at the local, state and, federal levels for support of the College
  6. Knowledge of and commitment to the mutual gains approach to collective bargaining and problem solving
  7. Ability and interest to serve as the College’s chief fundraiser
  8. Successful experience and demonstrated ability in fiscal management
  9. Ability to effectively work with an elected Board of Trustees using the policy governance model
  10. Successful experience in developing strategic plans
  11. An educational visionary
  12. Experience as a senior leader in the community college sector strongly preferred.
  13. An earned doctorate preferred but not required
  14. College teaching experience strongly preferred but not required

Application Process

To assure the best consideration, applications should be received by September 30, 2019. The application should include a letter of interest specifically addressing the applicant’s background in relationship to qualifications described in the search profile (not more than four pages); a current résumé (or curriculum vitae); and the names of at least five professional references with each person’s position, office or home address, e-mail address, and telephone numbers. References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant. All applications will remain confidential.

The search is being assisted by Dr. Preston Pulliams, Gold Hill Associates. Nominations and applications should be sent electronically (MS Word or PDF Format) to

Tentative Timeline

September 30: Deadline for applications

October 3: Selection of semi-finalists

October 7-9: Arrange video interviews with semi-finalists

October 21-25: Semi-finalists video interviews

October 28-29: Selection of finalists

November 4: Board of Trustees reviews and approves finalists

November 5: Gold Hill consultants begin finalists in-depth reference checks

November 18-21: On-campus finalists interviews

December 3: Selection of new president

December 9-10: If desired, selected Board members visit the campus of the finalist

December 12: Contract negotiations begin with the selected candidate

January 2, 2020: Start date (negotiable)

The Board may make exceptions to this timeline to ensure selection of the best possible candidate. The services of Gold Hill Associates have been secured to assist the Board in the search process and in the screening of candidates. The Board will make all decisions with respect to the process, evaluation of candidates, and appointment of the successful candidate. Candidates are discouraged from contacting individual members of the Board. Any questions regarding the search should be directed to Dr. Preston Pulliams, Ed.D., President, Gold Hill Associates at 503-704-3425.


A competitive salary with a multi-year contract will be negotiated based on the candidate’s successful experience and educational preparation.

MCC Facts

Credit enrollment: 1,700


  1. Faculty: 31 full time
  2. Administrative Staff: 30 full time, 5 part-time
  3. Support Staff: 28 full time, 70 part-time

Annual Operating Budget: $16.5 million

Total Net Assets: $42 million

Tax Base: $2,480,567,762

Operating Tax Levy: 2.93 mills

Board of Trustees

  • Chairperson – Karen Carbonelli, Gowen
  • Vice Chairperson – Robert Marston, Sheridan
  • Treasurer – Roger Thelen, Stanton
  • Secretary – Joyce Kitchenmaster, Stanton
  • Trustee Esther Combs, Crystal
  • Trustee Patricia Hinrichs, Trufant
  • Trustee Kurt Peterson, Sidney

North Lake College (Dallas County Community College District) Vice President of Business Services (Irving, Texas)

North Lake College (Dallas County Community College District) Vice President of Business Services (Irving, Texas)

Executive Search Profile – Vice President for Business Services

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North Lake College seeks applications for the position of Vice President of Business Services (VPBS). Reporting to the President, the VPBS is responsible for the organization and administration of the fiscal and business affairs of the college. Additionally, the VPBS is responsible for the administration of the non-instructional support services of the college including, Facilities Services, IT support, Accounting/Cashier’s Office, and Auxiliary Services.

About North Lake College

North Lake College is a two-year public community college located in Irving, Texas, serving Irving, Coppell, and northwestern Dallas County. North Lake College opened in 1977, becoming the sixth of seven colleges in the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD). The DCCCD consists of seven separately accredited colleges led by a Chancellor who reports to an elected Board of Trustees. College operations are supported by centralized District offices. As part of the DCCCD education network, North Lake College works in collaboration with its six sister colleges and the District offices. The college’s Central campus sits on 276 acres in the Las Colinas area of Irving. Notable Facilities include a 380-seat performance hall, a 59,000 sq. ft. library, 2,000 seat gymnasium, Olympic-size covered natatorium, lake-view walking/ jogging trail, an Outdoor Education Center shared with Irving Independent School District and on-site DART Orange Line light rail station. In addition, North Lake operates three community campuses:

  1. North Campus in Coppell,
  2. South Campus in South Irving,
  3. and West Campus adjacent to DFW Airport.

Courses are offered at area high schools for dual credit, and implementation is underway for four Early College and P-Tech High Schools. Courses are offered at area high schools for dual credit and implementation is underway for four Early College and P-Tech High Schools.


Irving, Texas, is located between the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth close to the DFW International Airport. The DFW Metroplex offers numerous options for dining, entertainment, arts, and sporting events. The Las Colinas area of Irving is home to some of the most iconic corporations in the United States, as well as other national and international companies.


North Lake’s student body is racially and ethnically diverse. Of the 11,539 credit students enrolled in fall 2018, 41% identified as Hispanic, 19% as Caucasian, 14% as Asian, and 18% as African American. Approximately 8% of the student body are international students. Approximately 4,000 additional students per year take non-credit courses. Approximately 80% of our students attend college part-time. While many students pursue Career and Technical programs, approximately 75% declare their goals as transfer to a university.


Students at North Lake enjoy a vibrant student life environment with 24 student clubs, numerous honor societies including an award-winning Phi Theta Kappa chapter, and special events and celebrations throughout the year. Athletic programs include men’s basketball and baseball; and women’s soccer and volleyball. The student newspaper and literary magazine are consistent award-winners.


The college offers technical and academic courses at the freshman and sophomore level and is authorized to grant the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and the Associate of Applied Science degrees. Instruction is offered in class, online, and in hybrid combinations of in-class and online. The college’s signature programs include construction management and technology, logistics, the sciences, information technology, and video technology. MAJOR INITIATIVES • A new 96,000 square foot Construction Technology facility is being designed in partnership with industry leaders on the North Campus. • $1.1 billion General Obligation Bond Special Election on May 4, 2019, authorized by DCCCD Board of Trustees.


• Achieving the Dream Leader College • Guided Pathways to Success • State of Texas Strategic Plan 60x30TX • Dallas Promise • Early College High Schools • Pathways in Technology (P-Tech) Early College High Schools • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) • Sustainability and Global Citizenship


An obligation to uphold the Vision, Mission and Values of the college in carrying out duties is inherent in this position. A commitment to sustaining a student-centric approach to the student experience, professional interpersonal behavior, strong oral and written communication, diversity, integrity, leadership, stewardship, respect and accountability to students, employees, and the community is essential.


  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Innovation
  • Inclusiveness
  • Perseverance

Position Description

Responsible for the organization and administration of the fiscal and Timeline and business affairs of the college. Additionally responsible for the administration of the non-instructional support services of the college, including Auxiliary Services.


Master’s degree or higher in related field. Minimum of four (4) years’ experience to include fund accounting and high level supervisory/ management/budgeting experience. Additional four years of full-time experience as an administrator in a community college environment.

Requires advanced knowledge of computerized business/accounting/budget applications. Demonstrated ability to professionally engage with individuals from diverse backgrounds. The ability to model high-quality customer service. The ability to lead collaboration across the college, and the DCCCD network.


  • Responsible for the financial planning of the college. Projects income and expenditures, analyzes and coordinates budget development within the college budget allocation.
  • Monitors and controls expenditures within guidelines established by DCCCD policies and limitations of budget allocations.
  • Responsible for fiscal accountability for the college, including final responsibility for all financial transactions, recordkeeping, report preparation, inventory control, financial and personnel/ payroll document control.
  • Develops, negotiates, and maintains contractual agreements on behalf of the college.
  • Hires, trains and supervises the personnel responsible for directing Facilities Services, IT support, Accounting/Cashier’s Office, college safety and security, mail/copy/print shop services.
  • Provides guidance to lease operations in the areas of food service, vending, and the college store. Interprets and ensures compliance with college/DCCCD policy and procedures and state and federal laws as they apply to the business office and personnel/payroll functions.
  • Supervisory liaison to police force assigned to the college.
  • Responsible for sustainability efforts and environmental health and safety programs on campus.
  • Serves on the college Executive Team reporting to the President.
  • Participates as a member of the Vice President of Business Services Council for the DCCCD.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Application Process and Timeline

North Lake College of the Dallas County Community College District has retained the executive search services of Gold Hill Associates to assist in the recruitment and evaluation of potential candidates for the North Lake College Vice President of Business Services position. To ensure full consideration, application materials must be received by Friday, May 31, 2019.


To be considered for this position, submit the following:

  1. Application form (
  2. Current resume.
  3. A cover letter that succinctly addresses the position profile and demonstrates how the candidate’s experience and professional qualifications prepare them to serve the needs of North Lake College (not to exceed two pages). Cite examples from background and experience to demonstrate knowledge and expertise.
  4. Unofficial college transcripts required with application.

For confidential inquiries, please contact:

Gold Hill Associates
Dennis Michaelis
Phone: 254-297-9896

Grand Rapids Community College Provost Search (Grand Rapids, Michigan)

Grand Rapids Community College


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Hours:                                     40 hours/52 weeks
Salary:                                     Salary is commensurate with experience and competitive
Reports to:                             President

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 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 vision for Grand Rapids Community College in pursuit of its Mission, Vision, Values, and Ends 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 500 adjunct faculty, learning opportunities are provided for more than approximately 30,000 credit and non-credit students enrolled in liberal arts and occupational courses. GRCC has a physical presence that includes an eight-block downtown campus, a two-block presence known as the DeVos Campus, two Michigan Technical Education Centers (M-TECs ®), and several learning centers. Grand Rapids is the second largest city in Michigan.


  • Provide balanced leadership to the administration, faculty, and staff of School of Arts and Science, School of Workforce Development, Student Affairs, Student Success and Retention, Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies, Institutional Research and Planning, and Instructional Support.
  • 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 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.


Education and Credentials

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


  • Distinguished record of a minimum of five years as a full-time 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 and inclusivity
  • Experience in a community college is preferred (but not required)
  • Prior experience with collective bargaining in a college environment is preferred (but not required)

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 faculty, administration, and staff
  • 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.


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 the best consideration, applications should be received by May 17, 2019. The application should include a letter of interest specifically addressing the applicant’s background in relation to qualifications described (not more than four pages); a current résumé (or curriculum vitae); and the names of at least five professional references with each person’s position, office or home address, e-mail address, and telephone numbers. References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant. All applications will remain confidential.

The search is being assisted by Dr. Preston Pulliams, Gold Hill Associates. Nominations and applications should be sent electronically (MS Word or PDF Format) to

Grand Rapids Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive work and learning environment. GRCC 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 (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, height, weight, national origin, disability, 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. Further information may be obtained from the EEO Office or the Office of General Counsel, 143 Bostwick Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295.

Pending College Executive Job Searches

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