Thomas Nelson Community College
Vice President for Student Affairs
Thomas Nelson Community College is located on the Virginia Peninsula in the heart of Hampton Roads, a region renowned for being the birthplace of America and home to communities rich in culture and industry. Bordering the Chesapeake Bay, the region boasts beaches, major attractions, world-class museums, and a vibrant visual and performing arts scene. The area is known for its economic vitality, which includes being home to several military bases, ship building facilities, the NASA Langley Research Center and Jefferson Lab, major colleges and universities, and varied commercial industries and enterprises.
Thomas Nelson is a comprehensive community college, offering more than 120 programs of study leading to an associate degree, certificate, or career studies certificate. In addition to the many popular transfer degree programs, the college is known for its strong technical and pre-professional programs and its outreach to the community as a partner and leader in workforce development. The college also provides underprepared students with developmental studies to help them to be successful in college-level coursework.
Founded in 1967, the college currently has an annualized enrollment of over 16,000 students and 7,000 FTEs in credit classes. In addition, some 12,000 students benefit from non-credit instruction. The college is served by over 110 full-time faculty, 500 adjunct faculty, and 200 staff members. Faculty and staff are strategic and responsive, committed to understanding and meeting the needs of the region.
The college has two campuses, one in Hampton and the new state-of-the-art Historic Triangle Campus located in Williamsburg. The college also has a satellite site at the Southeast Higher Education Center in Newport News. The primary communities served by the college are the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, and Williamsburg, and the counties of James City and York.
The Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) serves as the Chief Student Affairs Officer for Thomas Nelson Community College, providing leadership and operational oversight for all matters related to enrollment management, student services, and student life. In strong collaboration with faculty and staff, both within the Student Affairs unit and throughout the college, the VPSA ensures that all processes related to admissions, registration, and records function in a coordinated and efficient way to meet the needs of the varied student populations attending the college; that students are effectively supported in achieving their educational goals through a variety of services tailored to their needs; and that a broad range of activities are provided that that support students’ personal growth and academic success. The VPSA reports to the President and serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet. The VPSA works cooperatively with other Vice Presidents (Academic Affairs, Finance and Administration, Institutional Advancement, Workforce Development), the Provost of the Historic Triangle Campus, and other senior leaders and members of the college community to carry out the mission and to realize the vision and strategic goals of the college.
Major responsibilities include:
- Providing primary leadership for implementing a comprehensive enrollment management plan that ensures that all institutional resources are effectively deployed and efficiently coordinated to meet student enrollment needs, to carry out programmatic objectives, and to achieve designated enrollment targets.
- Promoting excellence and strong customer service in the delivery of all services to students. Ensuring that all Student Affairs staff have the support and professional development opportunities needed for them to carry out their responsibilities with high levels of proficiency as well as professional and personal satisfaction.
- Overseeing the effective operation of a variety of student services offices and units, to include admissions, records, counseling, self-service enrollment services, testing, advising, transfer center, and disability services.
- Ensuring the provision of a vibrant and extensive range of student activities that promote opportunities for leadership, service, affiliation, recreation, athletics, and cultural exposure and engagement.
- Overseeing the effective delivery of all Student Development (SDV) courses.
- Overseeing the college’s federally funded TRiO program, ensuring that it continues to successfully carry out its mission.
- Providing leadership and oversight for a variety of secondary school programs, to include recruitment, career coaches, dual enrollment, and early college.
- Overseeing the operation of the college’s Southeast Higher Education Center, ensuring that students are offered a suitable range of courses and programs, that the center is effectively engaged with the primary community it is intended to serve, and that the college’s partnership with An Achievable Dream is positive and productive.
- Managing all policies applicable to students, including Student Behavior Policy and Procedure, Student Code of Conduct, Student Grievance Procedure, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and associated disciplinary procedures.
- In conjunction with other college officials, ensuring a safe and secure environment for all members of the college community, including serving as a member of the Crisis Action Team.
- Ensuring compliance with all college and Virginia Community College System policies related to student affairs and all applicable standards of the Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
- In conjunction with the Vice President for Academic Affairs, ensuring that students are effectively served and supported at all stages of their experience with the college, from the point of initial inquiry through successful program completion.
- In conjunction with the Vice President for Finance and Administration, ensuring that qualifying students have ready access to financial aid as part of the college’s enrollment process.
- Maintaining ongoing contact and coordination with the Virginia Community College System in all matter related to student affairs.
The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications:
- Demonstrated commitment to the mission of the comprehensive community college, to excellence in the delivery of services, to student success, and to diversity and inclusion within the college community
- Record of leadership accomplishments in a collegial environment; ability to execute successfully on key decisions
- Excellent oral and written communication; excellent interpersonal skills
- Ability to work cooperatively with multiple constituencies, both internal and external
- Understanding of higher education policy and standards; familiarity with best practices and innovative strategies in community colleges
- Experience with programs designed to enhance student enrollment, retention, and success
- Demonstrated knowledge of the planning, implementation, and monitoring of budgets in an educational environment
- An earned doctorate
Salary Range: $104,628 - $127,851
Anticipated Start Date: July 1, 2013
Application Process: Submit an online application for this position by visiting:
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Complete application packages will include: an online application, cover letter addressing the responsibilities of the position, resume, transcripts related to the degree requirement, names of three professional references with current telephone numbers. Incomplete application packages will not be accepted. A review of application materials will commence on February 22, 2013 or shortly thereafter. There is a 5-day minimum posting requirement. Faxed or e-mail applications will not be accepted. Criminal history and other background checks will be required of the finalist for the position. Satisfactory reference and background checks are a condition of employment.
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