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Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs
Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, Massachusetts
Date Posted 08/19/2020
Executive-Academic Vice President and Provost
Salary $100,000. - $110,000.  USD Per Year
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Location: Garder, MA Category: Administrative Posted On: Tue Aug 18 2020

Job Description:

General Statement of Duties

The Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs (AVPAA) supports the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs in the implementation of excellent teaching and learning through rigorous and vibrant academic programs. The AVPAA is responsible for the day to day administration, management, and supervision of all program assessment, educational technology, academic support and testing services, and library services and technologies and must understand, research, and conduct continuing assessment of national best practices in these fields. While striving to increase student retention, decrease the achievement gap, develop a sense of belonging, and improve overall student success, the AVPAA works closely and collaboratively with the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, the academic Deans, the Dean of Students, the Director of Retention, and other stakeholders within the college to realize the College's strategic vision and direction for the delivery of creative and student-centered curriculum, instruction, and learning support. Additionally, the AVPAA will work with faculty, staff, and Deans to ensure systematic measurement of student learning outcomes and deployment of assessment results to curriculum and instructional improvement plans.


  • Leadership: Provides passionate leadership in assessment, educational technology, academic support and testing services, library services and technologies, and accreditation; also, conducts environmental scans and feasibility studies to validate and support new proposed initiatives.
  • Retention: Using an outcomes-based approach, increases student retention and reduces the achievement gap within the college through a collective efficacy approach with different stakeholders within and outside of the college.
  • Students: Understanding the significant role that student services play in student success, the AVPAA supports and collaborates with the VPASA to addresses issues and concerns for students regarding their educational experience.
  • Enrollment Management: Works closely with the academic Deans, enrollment management staff, lifelong learning and workforce development, and program faculty in developing creative and student need-based programming.
  • Planning and Budgeting: Leads the planning and budgeting process within areas of supervision. Conducts planning and budget sessions with direct report staff to develop annual plans and budgets ensuring that key priorities/strategies are informed and driven by data/market analysis. Prepares an annual plan and budget for submission to the Vice President with recommendations for key priorities/best practices for quality improvement and advancing responsiveness, relevancy and student success. Identifies and recommends resource needs, including personnel and technology.
  • Curriculum Review/Student Learning Outcomes Assessment: Assists academic Deans and program chairs with the annual and five-year program reviews and associated data analyses. Works closely with the academic Deans and faculty to ensure systematic assessment of learning outcomes and improved student performance by incorporating more active and collaborative instructional approaches across the curriculum, as well as other strategies.
  • Collaboration: Actively initiates or participates in all relevant collaborative activities and events; e.g., participates on various College committees; schedules and conducts School meetings during the academic year; works cooperatively and collaboratively with other academic Deans and student services departments and staff.
  • Accreditation: Serves as the liaison for the college and leads the institutional accreditation (New England Commission of Higher Education) process by providing reports as required; participates in all necessary accreditation visits and activities. Serves as primary point of contact for the institution through the 5 and 10 year review process for accreditation.
  • Communication: Uses effective and professional written and spoken communication skills with administrators, faculty, staff and students.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements:


  • Master's degree in related discipline;
  • Six years college teaching experience;
  • Six years of progressive educational administrative or leadership experience;
  • High level of self-motivation and performance with a commitment to academic excellence, student learning, and improving student performance and success;
  • Knowledge of nationally-recognized reform efforts in the areas of instructional and curricular innovation practices, as well as practices in retention and enrollment development;
  • Thorough knowledge of and commitment to higher education principles, practices, and procedures, especially as they apply to the mission and philosophy of the community colleges
  • Personal and professional record illustrating honesty, integrity, and ethical decision making; the ability to maintain confidentiality; and the demonstrated ability to set and maintain professional boundaries with faculty, staff and students;
  • Strong interpersonal skills as demonstrated by the ability to effectively recognize, understand and manage one's own emotions, as well as effectively recognize and understand the emotions of others, and the ability to use such knowledge to guide thinking, behavior and problem solving;
  • Strong customer service orientation;
  • Proficiency in oral and written expression; and
  • Knowledge of curriculum development and instructional methodology.


  • Doctorate degree related to curriculum, instruction, assessment or evaluation.
  • Six years of experience in a community college setting
  • Demonstrated experience with infusing technology and learning outcomes in curriculum and instruction;
  • Demonstrated record of empowering, purposeful, inclusive, and relational leadership abilities that motivate and influence administrators, faculty and staff to achieve common goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to envision, lead and manage innovative initiatives.
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt quickly to changing priorities and conditions.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and mentor administrators and staff to improve performance.
  • Demonstrated persistence, tenacity and willingness to do what is best for students;
  • Demonstrated experience with increasing retention and decreasing the achievement gap.

Equivalency Statement
Applicants who do not meet the qualifications as stated above are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them with the equivalent combination of education, training and experience required for the responsibilities of this position.

Additional Information:

Salary: $100,000.-$110,000.
Employee Status: Full Time
Benefits: Yes
Hours per Week: 37.5
Number of Weeks: 52

Mount Wachusett Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, religion, age, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity or sexual orientation in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and college policies. The College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation or sexual violence shall be referred to the College's Affirmative Action and/or Title IX Coordinator, the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission or the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

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