Vice President, Academic Affairs

  • Ohlone College
  • Fremont, CA
Full Time Academia Executive

Job Description

Vice President, Academic Affairs

Ohlone College

Position Description:

Ideal Candidate Statement:

The ideal candidate for this position is an experienced leader with a clear, focused commitment to teaching, learning and academic excellence to promote student success. This candidate is a creative, visionary leader who will inspire staff, students and the community. The candidate is an innovative thinker who seeks original and effective solutions to problems and is a critical thinker with outstanding interpersonal, written and oral communication skills. The candidate is highly ethical, trustworthy, credible, and is respectful of diverse views and opinions. The candidate is flexible and inter-culturally competent and is a person whose leadership style is collegial, approachable, and accessible on campus and in the community. The candidate is able to delegate responsibility and authority while maintaining accountability. This seasoned professional fosters cohesion and a sense of working together for the good of the College and is committed to the effective use of technology within academic and administrative environments.


The Vice President Academic Affairs, has primary leadership responsibilities for planning, implementing and coordinating the educational programs of the College. In assuming these responsibilities, the Vice President must work closely with all Academic Division Deans, other administrators, and members of the faculty. While the managerial functions related to curriculum and instruction rest with the Deans, the Vice President serves as a leader in long-term planning of educational programs, assuring quality of instruction, selection and development of a distinguished faculty, and furthering the Strategic Plan and the Educational Master Plan.

The Vice President, Academic Affairs will serve as advisor to the President/Superintendent in matters related to curriculum and instruction, faculty selection, assignment, development, and retention. Additionally, the Vice President may be designated as the Deputy Superintendent.

The Vice President, Academic Affairs, will be the primary link between the academic staff and the Vice President, Administrative and Information Technology Services in all budgetary matters related to instructional programs. The Vice President, Academic Affairs, will work with the Vice President, Student Services in all matters related to the coordination of instructional programs and student services. The Vice President, Academic Affairs will collaborate and work closely with the Vice President of Human Resources and Training to ensure that employee contractual agreements are followed and that the district’s training programs are aligned with the goals and objectives of the academic division.

The Vice President, Academic Affairs will be accountable for achievement of college goals and objectives within the scope of Academic Affairs as set forth in the College’s Strategic Plan, and for assessing and meeting the educational and vocational needs of citizens of the District.

The Vice President, Academic Affairs will be responsible for relationships with the wider educational and occupational community, particularly the public schools of the District, the higher education institutions to which Ohlone students transfer, and to the employers within the District. Working with the Academic Deans in planning, conducting, and evaluating instructional programs, the essential qualification of the Vice President is leadership.

Job Description Summary:

Under the direction of the President/Superintendent, the Vice President, Academic Affairs, serves as the chief academic officer of the College and is responsible for educational policy and academic programs. This includes Program and Services Review and improvement, accreditation and self-evaluation, assessment of student learning and advancement of student success, academic personnel decisions, budget development, enrollment management, fiscal accountability, program and curriculum development, and the encouragement and improvement of teaching and learning.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:


The Vice President, Academic Affairs will have:

• Ability to embrace the mission and values of the College and to focus on the good of the College as a whole.

• Knowledge and experience in curriculum development and innovation;

• Knowledge of the State and Federal codes, statutes and regulations that govern California Community College instruction, student support, auxiliary, and other student learning programs, including those relevant to the role of the Faculty Senate in issues of participatory governance;

• Knowledge and experience in accreditation, self-evaluation, and service on an accreditation evaluation team;

• Knowledge of data and data analysis relevant to academic areas;

• Knowledge of state initiatives and associated frameworks;

• Knowledge and experience in Student Learning Outcome (SLO ) design, development, implementation, and assessment;

• Knowledge of computers and computer applications that support management systems and business office functions;

Essential Duties:


The Vice President, Academic Affairs:

• Serves as assigned acting President/Superintendent in the absence of the President/Superintendent;

• Provides strong, dynamic academic and administrative leadership; fosters a collegial environment which encourages scholarship, teaching, and learning excellence;

• Possesses the vision to guide the College’s academic programs into the future;

• Understands and appreciates the mission of California Community Colleges and is able to relate it to all constituencies; aids in making decisions consistent with the mission and goals;

• Advocates and promotes quality instruction, student success, integrated planning, and Student Learning Outcomes to meet the educational needs of students in a diverse community college environment;

• Leads and supervises the work of the Executive Dean of Academic Affairs and the Academic Division Deans; assures oversight by the Deans for academic facilities;

• Works with the instructional staff in the development of educational programs, including the maintenance of standards and the evaluation of faculty;

• Plans, in coordination with other administrators and faculty, the schedule of classes to meet student needs;

• Provides leadership and oversight for enrollment management strategies, initiatives and efficiencies;

• Provides oversight of assessment of Student Learning Outcomes;

• Serves as the college Accreditation Liaison Officer;

• Works effectively with community groups, educational entities, business, industry, and government and legislative bodies to develop partnerships which result in improved service to students and to the community;

• Provides innovative and successful academic leadership and vision in instruction and program development in transfer, career education and noncredit as well as non-traditional programs;

• Provides guidance to, and receives recommendations from the Faculty Senate and other representative organizations regarding the planning, implementation and review of academic programs, services, activities and related matters;

• Participates in the planning of new facilities for the purposes of instruction and student services;

• Drives and supports the college-wide effort to implement the Guided Pathways framework;

• Supervises the Executive Dean of Academic Affairs in the development of community education, distance learning, and college initiatives;

• Acts as the officer in the recruitment and selection of faculty, and to recommend to the President/Superintendent the employment of those selected;

• Understands and promotes the role and use of technology in the instructional environment;

• Reviews grant opportunities and supports applications for new grants; oversees implementation of grants within the Academic Affairs area;

• Represents the District as the Chief Instructional Officer at state meetings and conferences, serves as District representative on committees, commissions, and other activities, makes presentations at meetings, workshops and events as assigned;

• Participates in open sessions of the Board of Trustees and in closed sessions as needed;

• Prepares, submits, and monitors the annual budget for areas of responsibilities;

• Trains, supervises, evaluates, and directs the work of assigned personnel;

• Completes other duties as assigned by the Superintendent/President.

Education and Experience:


The Vice President, Academic Affairs will possess:

• A Master’s degree from an accredited institution;

• Five years of senior administrative level leadership and experience in higher education;

• Three years teaching experience in higher education with a demonstrated student-centered philosophy of education;

• Demonstrated commitment to academic quality and standards;

• Demonstrated skill in respectful, sensitive communication with people who are diverse in their cultures, languages and abilities; and demonstrated sensitivity and ability to work with the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of members of the College community, including those with disabilities.

• Proven experience in and commitment to participatory governance with meaningful involvement of all constituent groups.


The desired qualifications for this position are:

• An earned doctorate from an accredited institution;

• An understanding of the California Community College mission, its educational and financial issues, the laws and regulations of California, and the changing role of community colleges;

• Demonstrated experience with strategic planning, strong fiscal management linking resource allocation to planning and priorities (including data-driven decision-making) and leading the ongoing efforts of the College to meet accreditation standards;

• Demonstrated record of fiscal responsibility and accountability utilizing enrollment management in schedule planning;

• Demonstrated advocacy for and addressing the needs of underprepared students;

• Background of supporting efforts in environmental sustainability;

• Demonstrated experience in academic and Career Education (CE) programs and services;

• Demonstrated support for faculty and staff development;

• Demonstrated ability to work effectively and cooperatively with diverse constituents within a participatory governance environment;

• Demonstrated support for and encouragement of faculty and student scholarship;

• Experience in a union environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

Salary Range:

Range 237 ($185,828 - $237,170 per year); additional $2,500 stipend for doctoral degree; additional stipend if assume deputy superintendent responsibilities; $6,500 annual stipend for travel/phone expenses

Posting Detail Information:

Posting Number:

Number of Vacancies: 1

Desired Start Date:

Position End Date (if temporary):

Close Date: 1/20/2020

Open Until Filled: No

Foreign Transcripts: Transcripts issued outside the United States require a course-by-course analysis with an equivalency statement from a certified transcript evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the USA. This report must be attached with the application and submitted by the filing deadline.

Benefits Statement:

Ohlone offers a competitive benefits package. Employee pays for health benefits from salary. Below is a list of some of our offerings:

1. Medical, dental, vision, life insurance, EAP and LTD

2. Membership in Public Employees’ Retirement System Candidates hired on or after January 1, 2013 are subject to restrictions imposed by PEPRA )

3. Contribution to O.A.S.D.I. (Social Security)

4. Paid vacation

5. Paid sick leave

6. Paid holidays and district-paid floating personal days

7. Longevity pay step increase based on your years of service

8. IRS Section 125 Flexible Medical Spending Plan

9. 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan (employee contributes)

10. 403(b) Tax Shelter Annuity Plan (employee contributes)

*Benefits will be prorated for positions less than 100%

Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986:

Applicants selected for positions will be required to provide identification and employment eligibility as outlined in the federal “Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986.”

District Statement:

A multi-campus single community college district, Ohlone College is located in the southern portion of the San Francisco Bay in California; serving 12,000 students per year. The District has a main campus in the City of Fremont and a newly constructed campus in the City of Newark. Ohlone College is an ethnically diverse institution that promotes innovation and continuous improvement in departments and divisions. The College is named for the native population living in the area when Mission San Jose was founded. The Fremont campus is located just south of the historical Mission. The Newark Campus is located near Interstate 880 and emphasizes programs in health, environment, and technology.

EEO Statement Summary:

Ohlone College does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, or disabled veteran status in providing educational services and programs, or in the employment process, pursuant to Federal and State statutes and regulations pertaining to unlawful discrimination.

Conditions of Employment:

Offers of employment are contingent upon Governing Board approval. Employment with Ohlone Community College is not complete or official until applicants meet all pre-employment requirements. All new employees are required to submit official transcripts and proof of freedom from tuberculosis. In addition you will be required to provide identification and employment eligibility as outlined in the federal “Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986.” Pre-employment tests and/or medical examinations may be required. Ohlone Community College does not sponsor H1B visas. Employees must sign the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance and submit fingerprints for CA Department of Justice clearance.

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