The Northwest College Board of Trustees seeks nominations and applications for President, a position that reports to an elected, seven member board. Northwest is the second oldest of seven Wyoming community colleges coordinated by a governor-appointed commission in a state with one university and a citizen legislature. Now in its 66th year, the college's historical distinction in Wyoming is its instructional integrity, residential campus, and extensive student activities and services.
Candidates must have a minimum of 5 years of senior-level leadership experience comparable in scope with this position, plus progressive management responsibilities; proven abilities to lead institutional planning and generate public and private funding; records reflecting successful, engaging relationships with internal and external constituencies, including governmental entities; and an understanding of and commitment to the educational philosophy of the comprehensive community college. An earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution is required.
The successful applicant will possess expert levels of the following critical competencies identified by the Board of Trustees and supported by the college community.
Strategic agility and innovation management
Integrity and trust
Decision quality and problem solving
Building effective teams
NWC’s next president will be. . .
♦ A strategic and long-term thinker who accurately anticipates future consequences and trends; brings creative ideas to the forefront and introduces competitive and breakthrough strategies; recognizes systemic elements involved—both organizationally and process-wise—in creating an environment necessary for change
♦ A skilled communicator who is widely trusted and seen as a direct, truthful individual with an approachable, open style; provides feedback in a manner that strengthens accountability; engages others in the decision-making process through shared governance
♦ An exceptional decision-maker who uses analysis, wisdom, experience and logical methods to make solid decisions and solve difficult problems, appropriately incorporating multiple inputs to establish shared ownership; brings vision, context and engagement to collective decision-making processes
♦ A visionary and informed leader who thoroughly understands organizational behavior and builds cohesive teams within the college community, valuing team spirit that inspires and motivates deep engagement
♦ A supportive administrator who creates a climate in which people want to do their best; motivates with ample positive energy; appropriately rewards and acclaims individuals, groups and organizations for achievements; and supports professional development by recognizing each person’s unique talents and inspiring them to succeed
♦ An empathetic individual who is able to address complex interpersonal issues effectively; skillful in conflict resolution at all levels; open and direct without being intimidating
Preferred Qualifications and Characteristics
♦ A highly visible, student-centered leader familiar with the unique needs of a rural, residential campus where student learning is the first priority and is reflected in planning, decision making, budgeting, developing policy and implementing institutional practices
♦ A leader who understands, values and is committed to an effective relationship with the Board of Trustees under a policy governance model
♦ A supporter of economic and workforce development enhanced by partnerships with area industries, businesses and public entities; a knowledgeable administrator who understands and supports current technology and nurtures a keen interest in future developments
♦ Collegiate teaching experience
Opportunities and Challenges
The Northwest College President will be expected to address the following opportunities and challenges.
♦ Inspire and lead the college every day to embrace the future by creating an environment where bold initiatives are thoughtfully undertaken and related to the following Institutional Imperatives in NWC’s 2012-17 Strategic Plan.
-Northwest College shall be the preeminent two-year educational institution in Wyoming
-Northwest College shall be a great place to work
-Northwest College shall be meaningfully connected to the high schools and workplaces
of the communities it serves
♦ Orchestrate a positive transformation of organizational culture and shared governance, engaging and empowering others to act on a vision of inclusion, support, cooperation and collegiality
♦ Build upon NWC’s reputation as a top-performing regional transfer institution offering a complement of high-quality technical programs, comprehensive residential life, a variety of student development programs and learning opportunities outside the classroom
♦ Provide students with pathways to transfer institutions and employers by building innovative partnerships with education and industry
♦ Ensure ongoing, stable revenues by increasing enrollment and other funding sources; support the continued alignment of the Northwest College Foundation’s vision and mission with that of the college; inspire a vision that compels action in fundraising initiatives including the new academic building
♦ Lead the college’s continuing accreditation process
Nominations and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. However, to ensure full consideration, individuals should submit complete online applications by November 30, 2012. Anticipated start date is July 1, 2013. This is a confidential search process.
Please submit the following four separate documents along with an online application. The online application and these documents will be the only application information presented to the Search Committee.
■ A letter of application that addresses the identified opportunities and challenges and describes how the candidate meets the minimum and preferred qualifications (not to exceed five pages)
■ A current resume that includes an e-mail address and telephone number
■ A reference list with the names, business and home telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of eight references—three supervisors (one board member), two direct reports and three faculty members from current or former institutions
■ A Candidate Cover Sheet, which is a one-page, professional career synopsis; a template for this sheet is posted at www.northwestcollege.edu/presidentialsearch/process.dot
Submitting an application
For instructions on applying online, go to www.northwestcollege.edu/presidentialsearch.
■ College website: www.northwestcollege.edu
■ Northwest College Human Resources Director: Jill Anderson, Jill.Anderson@northwestcollege.edu, 800.560.4692 ext.6401 or 307.754.6401
■ Gold Hill Associates: Dr. Preston Pulliams, President, firstname.lastname@example.org, 503.704.3425.
Northwest College is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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