St. Petersburg College — VP, Academic Affairs

VP, Academic Affairs
St. Petersburg College

Compensation: Negotiable
Openings: 1
Formal review of applications begins: Dec 20, 2019
Department: Academic Affairs
Location: District Office

Key Position Information:
St. Petersburg College (SPC) is the largest post-secondary certificate, AA/AS and Baccalaureate degree awarding institution located in Pinellas County Florida. Serving over 47,000 students on multiple campuses and online, the college is forward-thinking and committed to student success, career development, civic engagement and workforce programs and partnerships. The College has a large dual enrollment program, and four early college programs – including two collegiate high schools. Through a community of care, students, employees and, community members are valued, engaged, and thriving.

Our foundation is built on three principles:
Academic Excellence: We will provide a high-quality education for our students by creating an innovative and engaging learning environment within a supportive, collegial culture.
Economic Mobility: We will provide opportunities for our students to be prepared for high-wage, high-need careers and professional growth, which will contribute to their economic success and improve the quality of life within our community as well as assist in ending generational poverty.
Community Engagement: We will invest in the well-being and growth of our community by serving as a leader, a convener and a catalyst for positive change. We will maintain this commitment by creating strong partnerships, participating in civic learning and cultivating a community of care for our employees and those we serve.

The College is seeking an experienced, dynamic, innovative leader to serve as Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA). The VPAA serves as an advisor and reports directly to the President on all matters related to planning, implementing and coordinating academic and workforce programs college-wide, faculty selection, assignment, development and retention. The VPAA provides leadership to a large academic division consisting of over 600 employees and works closely with Vice Presidents, Academic Deans, Provosts, support staff, administrators, and Faculty. The Academic Deans are responsible for managerial functions related to course schedules, curriculum and instruction, under the direction of the VPAA. The VPAA provides leadership for accreditation, budget development, long-term planning of academic programs and services, ensuring that students have access to courses and are learning, selecting and developing a distinguished faculty, and furthering the academic master plan that is aligned with the College's strategic plan. The VPAA is also responsible for developing relationships with the broader educational and workforce community.

The ideal candidate for this position is an experienced leader with a clear, focused commitment on all aspects of teaching and learning, academic excellence and student success. This individual must be an enthusiastic, energetic, highly visible, great communicator, collaborator and forward thinking. This candidate must be inclusive, approachable, and respectful of diverse opinion and thought. He or she must possess demonstrative evidence for developing and executing transformational change, establishing and developing community and business partnerships, and producing quality instruction, programs and student outcomes. We are seeking a leader who possesses organizational strategy and promotes staff development and progression. Experience leading a large and diverse team of professionals across a multi-campus organization is a must. The ability to work as a team with fellow colleagues is a must to carry out the college-wide effectiveness as identified in SPC's mission, vision and values. Additionally, the successful candidate will develop and maintain internal and external relationships; participate in leading a variety of initiatives; and represent the college on committees, and related groups supporting student success.

For consideration, please include in your cover letter your record of leading in a complex multi-campus environment; creating new academic programs, spearheading innovation; and fostering a workplace and environment committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Position Summary:
This is the Chief Academic Officer of the institution. Reporting directly to the President, the Vice President for Academic Affairs is responsible for the overall management of College-wide academic functions providing strategic leadership for the development, implementation, assessment, and oversight of academic programs, services, and initiatives through a system designed to meet the needs of a diverse student body resulting in student learning and completion.

Essential Job Functions
• Understand and support St. Petersburg College's mission, vision, and values;
• Serve as a member of the President's Cabinet, the Executive Leadership Council, and college-wide committees as appropriate;
• Provide strategic direction to Deans and academic staff that is, innovative, empowering and engaging to develop and grow a diverse workforce and student populations;
• Develop an academic system that integrates program/curriculum development and implementation, course offerings (all instructional modalities) that meet the needs of students, and a commitment to academic pathways resulting in closing the achievement gap and increasing student success;
• Foster an academic culture based on integrity, transparency, collaboration and accountability focused on student learning, encouraging faculty and academic staff to improve student outcomes;
• Seek and support opportunities to foster collaboration within all areas of the college, including campus-leadership, to sustain student success and completion.
• Plan and coordinate workforce (career & technical education) programs (credit/non-credit) to meet college priorities and employer needs;
• Empower academic leaders to effectively provide curriculum services, dual credit/Collegiate High School, and Online Learning Services, Institutional Research, and learning resources;
• Manage the budget and financial resources strategically college-wide for the academic division and oversee the planning and implementation of operating and capital budget requests;
• Use data to inform and create a culture of success;
• Collaborate and build relationships with college leaders and stakeholders, to ensure effective planning analysis, and evaluate campus academic priorities;
• Identify challenges and opportunities to develop partnerships with business and industry, community-based organizations, and educational institutions;
• Advise the President on issues such as: student learning and success, academic programs and structure, hiring and retention of a diverse faculty and staff, resources and facilities, and accreditation;
• Represent the College and the President in community engagements, public events, and college programming with local, state and federal agencies; and
• Performs other duties as assigned.

This is the sixth of six levels in the Academic Management series. The classification is responsible for the overall management of the College-wide academic functions. Incumbent will set the strategic direction for academic programs at the College. Oversees the development of the academic programs, and ensures they align with the overall mission and goals of the College.

Education: Earned Doctorate from a regionally accredited institution.

Experience: Ten(10) years' experience in higher education, including five (5) years top-level administrative experience in academic affairs.

* An equivalent combination of education and experience satisfactory to successfully perform the essential duties of the job may be acceptable in lieu of those requirements listed above.

• Leadership principles;
• Comprehensive understanding of all modes of teaching and learning- traditional, online, and blended;
• Advanced principles and practices in assigned area of responsibility;
• Program development and administration principles and practices at a College-wide level;
• Higher education institutional operations, structures, policies, and practices;
• Strategic planning principles;
• Budgeting principles;
• Public relations principles;
• Community agencies and resources;
• Financial management principles;
• Research methods;
• Applicable Federal, State, and Local laws, and regulations;
• Policy and procedure development and implementation practices;
• Understand application of technology to academic situations.

• Managing multiple initiatives;
• Directing, monitoring, and evaluating Collegiate policies and procedures;
• Planning, coordinating, and implementing college-wide components and activities;
• Developing, managing, and administering budgets;
• Interpreting and applying applicable laws, and regulations;
• Developing long-term strategic and tactical plans;
• Analyzing academic and administrative projects, programs, and processes for areas of improvement;
• Ability to successfully navigate organizational culture and implement change where needed;
• Prioritizing and assigning work;
• Preparing and analyzing a variety of reports;
• Making program decisions based on financial considerations;
• Adapting to rapidly changing environments;
• Evaluating statistical data, ensuring data sufficiency;
• Implementing public relations initiatives;
• Mediating conflict;
• Collaborating with internal departments and external agencies;
• Operating a computer and related software applications;
• Utilizing social media tools to engage students and community stakeholders
• Modeling effective communication, interpersonal skills when interacting with direct reports, coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. enough to exchange or convey information and to give and receive work direction.

• Positions in this class typically requires reaching, standing, walking, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.
• Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.


These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.
1. Directs staff to include: prioritizing and assigning work; conducting performance evaluations; ensuring staff is trained; ensuring that employees follow policies and procedures; maintaining a healthy and safe working environment; and making hiring, termination, and disciplinary recommendations. Daily 20%
2. Provides overall management and development of operating and capital budgets for assigned departments; prepares cost estimates for budget recommendations; monitors and controls expenditures; identifies and pursues alternative funding sources; allocates funds across academic functions. Daily 10%
3. Provides leadership in the design, development, strategy, implementation, and assessment of goals, policies, objectives, and activities related to academic functions. Develops long-range strategies and goals. Daily 30%
4. Provides oversight, direction, and vision for strategic planning objectives; develops projects, academic plans, and priorities to ensure alignment with the overall mission and goals of the College. Daily 30%
5. Develops and maintains internal and external relationships; participates in/on a variety of meetings, committees, task forces, and/or other related groups to communicate information regarding services, programs, areas of opportunity, and/or other information; represents assigned academic area on committees, advocacy groups, and/or related groups. Daily 10%
6. Performs other duties of a similar nature or level. As Required

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Equal Access/Equal Opportunity
The Board of Trustees of St. Petersburg College affirms its equal opportunity policy in accordance with the provisions of the Florida Educational Equity Act and all other relevant state and federal laws, rules and regulations. The college will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or against any qualified individual with disabilities in its employment practices or in the admission and treatment of students. Recognizing that sexual harassment constitutes discrimination on the basis of sex and violates this Rule, the college will not tolerate such conduct. Should you experience such behavior, please contact Pamela Smith, the director of EA/EO/Title IX Coordinator at 727-341-3261; by mail at P.O. Box 13489, St. Petersburg, FL 33733-3489; or by email at