Position Type: Academic Vice Presidents and Provosts
Associate Vice President of Workforce
NorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) provides quality and affordable higher education to empower lives and strengthen communities within Northwest Arkansas and surrounding areas.
As the largest community college in Arkansas, NWACC is recognized as a leader in education. NWACC offers a full range of associate degrees, certificates and workforce training programs that prepare students for rewarding futures and careers.
NWACC employees are dedicated to fostering a diverse educational community and cultural learning environment that supports student success.
The Associate Vice President for Workforce provides leadership for the support and advancement for the credit and non-credit Workforce Programs and Adult Education offered at NWACC.
As the Associate Vice President for Workforce (AVPW), this individual collaborates with other internal academic leaders and staff on all academic and student related initiatives. The AVPW working closely with the Associate Vice President for General Education (AVPG) and the Senior VP for Learning establishes and maintains working relationships with external partners, appropriate staff at peer and transfer institutions, collaborating on state initiatives and advocating transfer/articulation agreements and other initiatives to support NWACC students. The AVPW also manages the daily operations for an Academic Division including the hiring of faculty, supervision of faculty and staff, annual evaluations, department budget(s), and facilities and equipment management.
The AVPW collaborates with other internal academic leaders and staff on all academic and student related initiatives. The AVPW serves on the Academic Deans Council, the Expanded Cabinet, and other leadership groups and committees as needed to further advance the College's academic mission. The AVP for Workforce reports directly to the Senior VP of Learning.
Duties and Responsibilities
Establishes and maintains working relationships with external partners, appropriate staff at peer and transfer institutions, collaborating on state initiatives and advocating transfer/articulation agreements and other initiatives to support NWACC students.
Provide leadership and advocate in the development and implementation of goals and priorities and monitor their achievement for workforce programs at NWACC. Supervises College's Service Learning program.
Leads an academic division in the role of an academic dean in daily operations.
Supervise and evaluate full-time faculty and staff.
Recruit and recommend for hiring all full-time faculty and staff. Hire all part-time faculty and staff.
Recommend staff for appointment, assignment, and other personnel actions. Respond effectively and appropriately to all personnel performance issues.
Coordinate division staff development programs and activities and provide for the orientation of new employees.
Direct the preparation of the annual budget for academic units and supervise its implementation. Monitor budgets appropriately.
Lead efforts to identify needs for facilities, equipment, technology and materials to support delivery of instruction, and to manage their appropriate use.
Provide leadership to advisory boards of academic programs and report results to the Senior Vice President annually. Represent academic programs to external stakeholders and program partners.
Provide leadership to explore options and/or develop new certificates or degrees that meet community needs and provide viable career options for students.
Provide leadership for conducting program accreditation and/or program review processes. Establish and maintain effective relationships with accrediting body representatives.
Provide oversight for maintaining accurate and quality standard course outlines according to College and department standards.
Provide leadership for program, course and curriculum review processes.
Plan and develop course schedules for all academic units. Staff and schedule all faculty according to acceptable load policies and practices. Collaborate with other college staff for timely completion and compliance.
Maintain effective communication with members of the academic units and other units across the college.
Coordinate the preparation and submission of all reports and studies required from the academic units, departments or division.
Cooperate with other departments and offices within the College to foster communications and services to meet the educational needs of students.
Maintain contacts with area high schools and colleges, appropriate businesses, agencies, organizations and community members to foster continuous support of students and programs.
Maintain compliance with standards for supervisory duties through appropriate training and development.
Resolve student complaints, concerns and requests (e.g. conflicts, exemptions, waivers, recommendations, transfer articulation questions). Assist students as needed with advising and registration processes.
Communicate administrative policies and actions to the faculty and staff.
Collaborate with the Grants Office and other staff on grant applications.
Contribute to the College's student success efforts and initiatives.
Rate of Pay: Commensurate with education and experience
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Extensive financial and budget management experience in higher education.
Experience and understanding of the mission, challenges, and governance of public higher education institutions.
Knowledge of the best practices employed in higher education administrative and operational functions.
Evidence of the ability to think creatively and strategically with proactive problem solving and consensus/team building skills.
Skill in working collaboratively with community partners and government agencies
A collaborative, inclusive, and collegial leadership style; personal integrity; demonstrated good judgement, intellectual curiosity; superior organizational and leadership skills; resilience; energy; and commitment to the mission of the NorthWest Arkansas Community College.
Significant overall management and reporting skills, including communication with the State, NWACC Board of Trustees and the College administration, faculty, staff and students.
The following physical activities 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 disabilities to perform the essential functions and expectations.
While performing the functions of this job, the employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Work is performed in an office setting that may be, at times, noisy and intense with multiple interruptions.
Crouching, Driving, Grasping, Kneeling, Lifting, Pulling, Pushing, and Stooping
Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding, Feeling, Hearing, Reaching, Repetitive motion, Sitting, Standing, Talking, and Walking
The following 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 level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Master's Degree from a regionally accredited institution
Three years of higher education work experience
Strong communication skills
Effective interpersonal skills, particularly listening skills
Ability to function within a team environment
Earned a Doctor Degree from an accredited institution
Five years of NWACC work experience
Experience supervising post-secondary academic faculty
NWACC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, please see our EEO policy.