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Vice President of Student 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 Student Affairs (VPSA) reports directly to the college president and works collaboratively as a member of the college executive leadership team to advance the strategic goals and objectives. The individual in this position leads student affairs units, including: Enrollment Services, Admissions and Records, Financial Aid, Testing, Academic Advising, Veterans Services, Student Life and Leadership, ACE Programs and other outreach/bridge programs, ·New Student Orientation (SOAR), Civic & Global Engagement, Service Learning, Intercollegiate Athletics, and Disability Services. This individual acts as an advisor to the College President in matters pertaining to student affairs and services in the Maricopa County Community College District, works closely with the Vice President of Academic Affairs and the Vice President of 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.

Administers and supervises the development of student services and various operational programs to promote student success; prepares and monitors all budgets Involving student, college activities and athletic programs, and compliance with Title IX; supervises research activities concerned with the evaluation, improvement and monitoring of student services programs; develops and implements student discipline procedures; consults with administrators and faculty to resolve student disciplinary issues to assure procedural fairness; maintains an ongoing awareness of constituents; performs related duties as assigned

Supervises, develops, and manages grants and specially funded positions; assesses student needs in order to develop, evaluate and coordinate responsive programs; analyzes and interprets data; manages assigned staff in planning and delivering services; coordinates activities with a variety of college staff and departments; prepares and monitors budgets; communicates effectively orally and in writing; establishes cooperative working relationships with persons contacted in the course of performing assigned duties.

Guides, develops and implements strategic development initiatives for all areas of student affairs; performs and evaluates program reviews for all departments within student affairs; recommends for appointment faculty advisors and supervisors for all student and college activities.

Acts as an advisor to the College President in matters pertaining to student and community service programs in the District; functions as a member of the college senior management team.

  • 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, the college is committed to the continued implementation of a college-wide strategic enrollment management plan, the Guided Pathways for Success model, and a seamless student affairs function including an improved application process, working both internally and District-wide with other Chief Student Affairs Officers
  • 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
  • Student demographics: changing student demographics include increasing diversity, wide ranging backgrounds, and varying degrees of student preparedness. The ability to relate to students, help them achieve success, and support the holistic experience of students is important.
  • Earned Master's degree from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution
  • Five years of progressively responsible leadership experience in student affairs or student affairs support administration in a higher education environment
  • Knowledge and experience implementing learning-centered student affairs practices including administration of a range of outcomes assessments
  • Experience with procedural and program development related to student affairs
  • 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 years of experience in administrative student affairs leadership in a community college, three of which have been in a comprehensive community college that is part of a complex system
  • Experience collaborating with college academic and administrative areas to improve student success
  • Experience implementing systemic assessment and program review and improvement in student affairs  
  • Demonstrated success initiating, developing, and implementing comprehensive student success and student development programming, resulting in improved student retention and completion
  • Understanding of all student affairs functional areas to include financial aid, athletics, the goal of technology’s ability to affect a positive student experience and achieve internal efficiencies, tutoring centers, dual enrollment, and co-curricular programs to facilitate student engagement and success
  • Participation in institutional planning for and/or execution of processes related to an institutional accreditation review
  • Well versed in the trends and challenges of today’s community college to include increasingly stringent compliance matters
  • Teaching experience

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 Student 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.