Thomas Nelson Community College, located on the Virginia Peninsula, is a comprehensive community college offering a variety of programs of study. In addition to many popular transfer degree programs, the College is known for its strong technical and professional programs and its outreach to the community as a partner and leader in workforce development. Each year, Thomas Nelson serves over 15,000 students in credit instruction and over 10,000 in non-credit instruction and workforce services. The College has two campuses: one in Hampton and the other, the Historic Triangle Campus, located in Williamsburg. Additionally, the College has a satellite site at the Southeast Higher Education Center in Newport News.
Thomas Nelson seeks a dedicated professional to join its leadership team as the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA). Reporting directly to the President, the VPAA serves as the Chief Academic Officer for the entire College and works cooperatively with the other Vice Presidents, the Provost of the Historic Triangle Campus, Cabinet-level Directors, and other senior leaders and members of the College community to carry out the mission and realize the vision and strategic goals of the institution. The VPAA provides leadership and oversight for the College’s instructional programs as well as the associated educational support services through collaboration with the faculty and academic administrators to ensure and promote the excellence, currency, integrity, and responsiveness of all instructional activities in an educational climate conducive to student success. The VPAA oversees four academic divisions that provide instruction in a variety of general education and career- technical disciplines and programs that serve students completing the first two years of baccalaureate education or preparing to directly enter the workforce. Additionally, the VPAA oversees Learning Resources (Library, Technology Learning Center, Tutor Zone) and the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness. To review a full position description, please visit http://rpainc.org/post/ThomasNelsonVPAAJD.pdf
Other major responsibilities of the VPAA include the following: overseeing curriculum development and review; ensuring compliance with the requirements and standards for regional and specialized accreditation, with particular attention paid to student learning outcomes; guiding the development and delivery of a comprehensive schedule of classes that meets the needs of students and community stakeholders; providing leadership and creative energy for initiatives and special programs; offering guidance and oversight for all matters related to the recruitment, support, and supervision of an excellent and diverse faculty; working with four-year colleges and universities to develop and maintain articulation agreements, guaranteed admission agreements, and other innovative partnerships that provide effective transfer pathways for Thomas Nelson students; working with the other vice presidents to ensure that the College offers a well-coordinated range of credit and non-credit programs that effectively prepare students for entry and advancement in the workforce, that students are effectively served and supported at all stages of their experience with the College, and that instructional programs function in a fiscally responsible manner, with adequate budgetary support complemented by due attention to efficiencies and effectiveness. The VPAA also maintains ongoing contact and coordination with the Virginia Community College System in all matters related to academic affairs and research.
The successful candidate will possess an earned doctorate and will demonstrate commitment to the mission of the comprehensive community college, academic excellence, and diversity. S/he will also possess a record of leadership accomplishments in a collegial environment and the ability to execute successfully on key decisions. The successful candidate must be an excellent communicator with strong interpersonal skills and must be able to work cooperatively with multiple constituencies, both internal and external. Furthermore, s/he should understand higher education policy and standards and be familiar with best practices and innovative strategies in community colleges.
Environment: Thomas Nelson 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 major tourist attractions, world-class museums, and a vibrant visual and performing arts scene. The area is 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.
Application: For a confidential discussion or to make a nomination, please contact Isaac Karaffa, Search Manager, at 800-992-9277. Applicants should submit a letter of application and a CV/résumé to TNVPAA@rpainc.org. Additional information will be requested as needed. For guaranteed full consideration, please submit materials by August 25, 2016. Thomas Nelson Community College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and actively seeks applications from veterans, people with disabilities, women, and minority candidates.