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Vice President of Academic Affairs

About Scottsdale Community College

Scottsdale Community College (SCC) is student centered, with a focus on active, engaged and intellectually rigorous learning in a collaborative environment. The college is known for high quality, accessible educational opportunities and innovative teaching, learning and support services. SCC serves approximately 10,000 students a year, offering more than 100 degrees and 60 certificates of completion in diverse occupational areas. SCC is a leader in Developmental Education, Open Education Resources, Undergraduate Research, and Service Learning, all designed to improve and facilitate student success – the college’s highest priority. Students have the freedom to find balance between academics and extra curricular involvement. Through athletics, student organizations, Service Learning co-curricular programs or partnerships with the community, there are countless ways to get involved. As a comprehensive community college, SCC offers exceptional academic programs, state-of-the-art career preparation, engaging continuing education and more, including general education to a transfer pathway and specialized instruction toward a high-demand career with a Certificate of Completion or Associate’s degree. The college’s 2+2 agreements with Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, University of Arizona and others streamline progress to a four-year degree, currently in such fields as Culinary Arts, Hospitality & Tourism, Nursing, and Education. Other noteworthy programs include Film, Equine Science, Biology, Mathematics, Dance, and Fine Arts. SCC’s reputation for excellence includes talented and dedicated faculty and staff, a beautiful campus, and a state-of-the-art library. The college offers a range of regionally and nationally recognized athletic programs and enjoys a unique and much loved mascot – Artie of the Fighting Artichokes.

Through a partnership with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, SCC is honored to be the only two-year public higher education institution located on Native American Land. The college has a robust Native American Indian support program and is establishing an Indigenous Scholars Institute to better serve its growing Native American student population, and to encourage all students to understand and appreciate the history, contributions and future of Indigenous peoples.

The Aspen Institute has named SCC a Top 150 Community College for a third consecutive season.  SCC is a winner of the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce Sterling Award in the Big Business category, has been a Bellwether Finalist for Community College Innovation, and is a Veteran’s Supportive Campus. SmartAsset recently named SCC the 4th Best Community College in the U.S.

The Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA) serves as the Chief Academic Officer by leading, planning, organizing, and administering academic programs and related support activities that serve the needs of the diverse student body at Scottsdale Community College. The VPAA reports directly to the President and provides oversight to all instructional programs. This individual acts as an advisor to the College President in matters pertaining to instructional programs and services in the Maricopa County Community College District, works closely with the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Vice President for Administrative Services, and thus serves the best interests of the entire college. May act on behalf of the College President in the President’s absence.

The Vice President of Academic Affairs provides leadership and administrative oversight to the college instructional divisions. Plans, directs and evaluates college instructional offerings to meet student, community, and industry needs including college transfer, career education and continuing and professional education. Provides oversight for institutional and specialized accreditation; coordinates college curriculum development; assures compliance with all external regulatory agencies and organizations for all areas of responsibility and promotes innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

Provides supervision of the college's faculty, which may include approving faculty load assignments (in conjunction with appropriate faculty chairs), evaluating faculty, is requisite administrator for the Faculty Staffing and Probationary Faculty Peer Assistance Review committees, monitors projects related to faculty; resolves conflict; and addresses personnel and complex legal issues.

Provides leadership for strategic and operational planning; oversees academic initiatives related to student success and outcomes including persistence, retention and graduation; and works to attain and exceed Governing Board outcomes related to improving developmental education, graduation, and transfer.

Represents the college to external constituencies; develops, supports, and maintains effective relationships with business, industry, and community partners; and actively participates with college Community Advisory Committees.

Provides oversight and broad supervision to academic support services such as the library, learning center, center for teaching and learning, instructional design, college catalog, and development of master course scheduling; provides leadership and administrative direction for the college's online learning programs; provides administrative oversight of institutional research; and supports development for externally funded grant programs.

Prepares and monitors budgets; prepares reports and presentations that represent the college locally, regionally, and nationally; addresses student academic grievances; and serves as a member of the college executive leadership team.

Participates in District leadership meetings such as the VP of Academic Affairs Council, Curriculum Council, and in other district-wide initiatives; and builds positive, collaborative relationships with peers.

  • Culture of trust: highly collaborative, team oriented and student focused, the college maintains a culture that promotes creativity, entrepreneurial thinking and measured risk taking
  • Operational and organizational changes at the Maricopa Community Colleges in the midst of budget constraints require the ability to assess, support, and yet evaluate keenly matters that impact the best interests of SCC, its mission, vision and values
  • Declining enrollment: working cross functionally, support and offer collaborative focus on strategic enrollment initiatives, including more efficient and effective scheduling design that maximizes resources, sustained, renewed and expanded community, business and industry, university and K-12 relationships and partnerships, and telling the SCC story
  • Accreditation: HLC Open Pathways assessment of student learning Interim Report is due in 2019 requiring focus on Early College, dual enrollment, and Guided Pathways for Success
  • Budget: friend and fund raising, develop alternative and sustainable revenue streams including grant making
  • Earned Master’s degree from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution
  • Five years of increasingly responsible instructional, administrative leadership experience in a higher education institution, including the supervision and evaluation of faculty
  • Post-secondary teaching experience
  • Budget management experience, including resource allocation, strategic planning and implementation
  • Experience in accreditation, curriculum development and delivery formats, assessment, and instructional program evaluation
  • Experience with both transfer education and career and technical/occupational education programs
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion as it relates to students, faculty and staff
  • Earned Doctoral degree from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution
  • Five (5) or more years’ experience in academic affairs administration at a comprehensive community college in a complex system
  • Experience leading multiple career and technical programs in a community college institution
  • Experience leading student support services in areas such as library, center for teaching and learning, college catalog, scheduling, and instructional design
  • Residential faculty experience at the community college level
  • Record of successful partnerships with business, industry, and/or community organizations
  • Experience developing and implementing organizational and academic strategic plans
  • Experience planning and implementing new career and technical and/or college transfer programs
  • Success with developmental education practices and student learning outcomes
  • Inspire academic excellence through leadership, creativity, and exceptional communication
  • Sense of humor, prosperity consciousness
  • Evidence of working collaboratively with faculty to develop and implement academic policy and procedures, and leading collaborative cross-functional teams
  • Inspiring, visionary leadership that includes high emotional intelligence, the ability to empathize, support creative problem solving and innovation, empower, motivate and mentor staff, be open, approachable, and results oriented
  • Record of timely decision-making in a Shared Governance environment, accustomed to data-informed decisions, willingness to engage in courageous conversations, while being inclusive and transparent
  • Exceptional communication skills adapted to a range of audiences internally, externally and as a representative at the District level
  • Understanding of interest-based negotiation
  • Well versed in the trends and challenges of today’s community college, to include an understanding of student development theory in the student life cycle and increasingly stringent compliance matters
  • Appreciation of global and civic engagement
  • Participation in academic affairs organization at the national level

Ten individually accredited colleges, two skill centers, and multiple satellite locations comprise the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) located throughout metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona. The District was established in 1962, and has since grown to serve over 200,000 students annually in credit and non-credit programs, making it the largest provider of post-secondary education in the state of Arizona and one of the largest providers of higher education in the United States.

MCCCD is recognized as one of the most innovative community college organizations in the country, is a board member of the League for Innovation in the Community College and RC 2020, a group of innovative, large community and technical colleges located in the United States and other parts of the world.

In a time of defunding of higher education, the District maintains exemplary financial stability as one of a few community college districts nationally to hold a Triple A bond rating from all three rating agencies. Today, the district's colleges and centers offer comprehensive educational programs in university transfer, occupational, professional, special interest, and continuing education curricula to serve the needs of the county area. The Maricopa Community Colleges has an operating budget of over $774 million and employs approximately 10,000 people including 1,600 full-time faculty, 5,100 adjunct faculty, and 3,100 administrative, clerical and support staff.

Eight Maricopa Community Colleges were named among the Aspen Institute’s top 150 community colleges in the United States, the signature acknowledgment of high achievement and performance recognizing exceptional student outcomes in four areas: student learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earning, and access and success for minority and low-income students. Each year the Maricopa Community Colleges receive awards and recognition for innovation and best practices in community colleges. Its leaders proactively serve on the boards of associations and organizations that further the mission of the community college nationally, regionally and locally.
Tempe, Arizona

The President of Scottsdale Community College and the search committee invite applications for the position of Vice President of Academic Affairs. All inquiries, nominations, and expressions of interest are confidential and are to be directed to the search consultant.

DO NOT apply through the District job portal

While the position is open until filled, applications received by the soft deadline of December 10, 2017, are guaranteed full consideration.
(602) 553-1066

Marti J. Cizek, President
Cizek Associates, Inc.
2415 East Camelback Road, Suite 700
Phoenix AZ  85016

A complete application includes (email transmission strongly encouraged):

  • Chronological resume
  • Letter of interest aligning experience with the Position Profile
  • References (6 minimum to include direct telephone and email)

Scottsdale Community College and the Maricopa County Community College District are EEO/AA employers including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Diverse and inclusive, interest from all protected class applicants is encouraged.