WASC Senior College and University Commission — Vice President

(Alameda, California)

WSCUC is seeking a dynamic individual to serve as Vice President, to provide professional support to an assigned portfolio of institutions and to the Commission in order to ensure an efficient and effective accreditation process.

Primary Responsibilities
Institutional Support: The Vice President will work with assigned institutions on an ongoing basis to provide support related to WSCUC accreditation standards, policies, and processes including but not limited to: eligibility and seeking accreditation; reaffirmation of accreditation; annual, interim, and progress reports; mid-cycle reviews; and substantive change. Activities include institutional training; the selection, preparation, and support of peer review teams; and support throughout various institutional review processes, including accompanying teams during institutional visits.

Commission Support: The Vice President will participate in all Commission meetings to provide informed support for the Commission as it engages in deliberations related to Commission actions, the political cross-currents surrounding accreditation, and national issues related to higher education. The Vice President may be assigned to work with standing or ad-hoc committees of the Commission, based on recognized areas of expertise, and to support other activities of the Commission beyond formal committees.

Travel: Significant travel (30-40% time during fall and spring) is required to accomplish primary duties and responsibilities. Most travel is within California.

Desired Characteristics and Competencies
Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes: Leading candidates will bring experience that will allow them to foster collaborative working relationships with colleagues at WSCUC and with institutional representatives and peer review teams. The Vice President must have experience working with diverse groups of individuals and demonstrate sensitivity to a wide range of institutions, interests, and stakeholders represented in the region. Candidates must have excellent listening skills, effective writing and oral communication skills, and be able to self-start and organize a complex workload under competing deadlines.

The successful candidate will be curious, open to new ideas, and comfortable operating in a rapidly changing environment. Candidates must appreciate and be responsive to the region’s cultural diversity and be able to support the needs of the diverse constituencies served by the Senior College and University Commission Commission. Other desired characteristics include the abilities to be diplomatic yet decisive, flexible yet consistent, politically astute and culturally sensitive, and self-motivated. The Vice President must possess high ethical standards and exhibit consistent integrity.

Career Paths Leading to this Position: Candidates must have had substantial experience in higher education at a senior administrative or faculty level. The successful candidate will be knowledgeable about diversity issues and initiatives and will have a broad understanding of postsecondary education operations, from student learning to faculty roles to governance. Experience with accreditation processes is preferred; service as an Accreditation Liaison Officer and/or peer reviewer is desirable.

Education: An earned doctorate is required.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience and a generous benefits package will be provided. Relocation assistance is negotiable.

Mission: The WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) is one of seven regional accrediting agencies in the United States. It serves a highly diverse set of 187 accredited public and private higher education institutions in California, Hawai’i, and the Pacific, as well as a limited number of international institutions. WSCUC practices a peer-review, standards-based process to ensure quality assurance and continuous institutional improvement. The Commission is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as certifying eligibility for federal funding, including student access to financial aid.

Context: WSCUC member institutions enroll widely diverse student populations; one-third of its membership is classified as Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). The Commission is committed to publically accessible evidence of student achievement (including student learning and graduation rates) and the promotion of the diverse missions and constituencies of its institutions. Institutions are encouraged to be responsibly innovative in a postsecondary environment of incessant change. The professional staff works collaboratively with institutional representatives to further the Commission’s Core Commitments and to achieve ongoing compliance with Commission Standards in the context of institutional self-examination.

Inquiries, Nominations, and Application
Inquiries and Nominations: We welcome nominations for this position. Please direct all nominations for and inquiries about this position via email to Christopher Oberg, Vice President/COO at coberg@wascsenior.org.

Application: A current curriculum vita and a cover letter expressing interest should be sent in confidence to (electronic submission is preferred):
Christopher N. Oberg, PhD
Vice President and Chief Operations Officer
985 Atlantic Ave., Suite 100
Alameda, CA 94501

Deadline: The position will remain open until filled. Review of applications will begin August 1, 2016.

WASC Senior College and University Commission is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive higher education community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, medical condition, military/veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. WSCUC is dedicated to achieving a diverse staff and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply.