$150K — $200K *
A 40-hour work week is required to allow the employee to fulfill the assigned duties and responsibilities, including occasional evening and weekend hours. Summer schedules may vary to enable four-day or four-and-one-half-day work weeks.
Durham Technical Community College announces a national search for its next Vice President, Chief Academic Officer (VP, CAO). With the recent adoption of its 2021-2026 Strategic Plan, Durham Tech is prioritizing its twin goals of accelerating student success and supporting community prosperity. Opportunities to contribute to this important and substantial work await the VP, CAO.
The successful candidate will serve as an executive leader of the College and will provide oversight and support for Academics and Guided Career Pathways. The VP, CAO will join a committed, student-focused College community and will be expected to foster and maintain collaborative partnerships to promote student success and completion. The VP, CAO will value and advocate for the dignity and engagement of people from all backgrounds and will develop and mentor faculty and staff to ensure a mutually beneficial experience.
Challenges and Opportunities for Leadership
Durham Tech provides pathways to academic excellence by defining, aligning, and assessing clear student learning outcomes that prepare students for work-based learning opportunities, university transfer, and seamless job placement. The College seeks an experienced and dynamic academic professional with a record of successful leadership and innovation. The Vice President, Chief Academic Officer (VP, CAO) will bring a thorough understanding and commitment to the philosophy, mission, and purpose of the North Carolina Community College System and will possess the ability to build relationships and work collaboratively within the College and the broader community.
Teaching and Learning Practice
Durham Tech continues to pursue innovation in teaching and learning practice, including incorporating state-of-the-art technology to enhance the teaching and learning environment and creating more opportunities for experiential and work-based learning. The VP, CAO will guide faculty and staff in the continued development of new pedagogies as well as forward-looking programs and initiatives.
The VP, CAO will also direct and support the ongoing assessment of programs to evaluate the currency and effectiveness of academic offerings in achieving student success outcomes.
Student Success, Equity, and Diversity
Durham Tech has a long-standing commitment to student success and equity and a history of seeking out and implementing evidence-based approaches to improving student outcomes. The College has embraced national reform initiatives and “best in class” innovations prioritizing student-centered pedagogy, including equitable policies and practices in online environments. The VP, CAO will lead efforts to improve enrollment, persistence, completion, transfer, and post-college employment metrics by focusing on closing equity gaps and committing to continuous academic and institutional improvement.
Program Excellence and Innovation
Durham Tech aspires to be a teaching and learning environment that promotes ongoing and productive communication and collaboration across the College and the region. The VP, CAO will collaborate with colleagues, Durham and Orange county schools, and industry to expand the range of viable and innovative programs and initiatives.
Leadership in the Community and the Region
Durham Tech enjoys many long-standing and mutually beneficial partnerships with public schools, colleges and universities, and community organizations. The College also recognizes the importance of engaging business leaders in discussions about career and professional development opportunities, including work-based learning activities and internships. The VP, CAO will work to cultivate, strengthen, and expand community collaborations and will encourage faculty and staff to leverage these partnerships to provide additional pathways to student success and to assert Durham Tech as a leader in workforce development.
Core Duties and Responsibilities
The Vice President, Chief Academic Officer (VP, CAO) provides the strategic vision and senior leadership for Academics and Guided Career Pathways; works collaboratively with peers/colleagues, local industry partners, public schools, government, and community organizations; and provides executive-level support to the President and the Board of Trustees.
The VP, CAO is responsible for leading the development of innovative programs that address the region’s educational and workforce development needs; advancing student access, success, and completion through instructional initiatives and collaborative strategies; strategic planning, oversight, execution, assessment, and continuous improvement of instructional programs; and ensuring the alignment of instructional programs to achieve institutional goals and objectives.
Credentials and Experience
Durham Tech seeks candidates with the following qualifications:
Attributes, Skills, and Abilities
Successful candidates also will possess the following:
Valid through: 12/16/2021