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Associate Vice President of Planning and Effectiveness

Job Description

Associate Vice President of Planning and Effectiveness

$105,000.00 - $120,000.00 Annually

Mount Vernon, WA

Job Type

Institutional Planning

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Position Summary

The Opportunity: Skagit Valley College (SVC) is seeking qualified equity-minded applicants to fill the position of Associate Vice President of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness. This position will be responsible for providing leadership in the areas of research and planning related to institutional assessment.

The position reports directly to the College President and supervises the Director for Institutional Research. In addition, the Associate Vice President works closely with the Vice President of Instruction in developing instructional research agendas, data analysis, and reporting. The Associate Vice President will develop and lead the College’s institutional effectiveness efforts and communicate the results via effective, concise narratives and graphical representations to the College community and local, state and national audiences.

This is a full-time, Exempt position based at the campus in Mount Vernon, WA.

About SVC

Established in 1926, Skagit Valley College is a comprehensive community college providing associates and bachelor’s degrees, as well as certificates, in high-quality academic transfer pathways, workforce training, basic education for adults, and lifelong learning opportunities. SVC's commitment to equity and social justice drives our collective work to increase access to higher education, inspire student learning and achievement, and strengthen our diverse community. SVC aspires to reflect the diverse racial, ethnic, and linguistic demographics in the district, particularly a growing Latinx population. This aspiration reflects both our commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice, and our desire to maintain the excellence of our faculty.


Skagit Valley College cultivates student learning and achievement; contributes to the educational, personal, and economic success of students; and promotes equitable and thriving communities.


The primary focus of Skagit Valley College is student-centered teaching and learning. We are committed to:

  • Equitable student outcomes in access, achievement, and community;
  • Our Guiding Principles;
  • Decisions based on strategy and evidence;
  • The development of our employees;
  • A diverse and inclusive college community where everyone belongs.

Guiding Principles : Respect, Integrity, Open and Honest Communication, Collaboration, and Compassion.

The Location

Skagit Valley College is nestled between the Cascade Mountains and the Salish Sea in the scenic northwest corner of Washington State. Located in a geographically diverse region between the dynamic metropolitan hubs of Seattle and Vancouver, BC, SVC is never far from world-class outdoor recreation, urban arts scenes, and local cultural events. SVC serves our local communities with a campus in Mount Vernon, Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, and centers in Friday Harbor, a Marine Technology Center in Anacortes, and a Brewing Academy in Burlington.

Did You Know: Skagit Valley College is an innovative community college committed to offering inclusive access to educational opportunities, supporting student achievement, and engaging our community. SVC is nationally known for learning communities and support for high impact teaching practices that improve the lives of our students. We are committed to creating student learning experiences that foster equity and diversity to strengthen our local and global communities. We practice a high degree of collaboration among faculty, staff, and administrators to lead initiatives that advance student success and strengthen our increasingly diverse district. We value student and colleague engagement in creating an equitable, diverse, innovative, learning-centered environment.

Skagit Valley College offers:

  • An unrelenting focus on our mission to improve the lives of our students and to strengthen our diverse community.
  • Support for innovative teaching, learning, and scholarship.
  • Exciting opportunities for personal and career growth.
  • Diverse cultural and environmental benefits of rural, suburban and urban lifestyles.
  • Friendly, supportive, and diverse work environments.
  • Excellent benefits including competitive leave packages and an array of health, dental, vision, and retirement plans to meet your current and future needs.

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Facilitate the College’s strategic and operational planning processes and report on the results;
  • Maintain the College’s annual planning calendar;
  • Develop, implement and manage administrative and institutional assessment efforts including program development, monitoring and reporting;
  • Facilitate the development of metrics and indicators to measure institutional effectiveness;
  • Develop appropriate research designs (quantitative and qualitative) in assessment efforts;
  • Organize and summarize data into useful and readable reports and presentations that can be understood by non- research audiences;
  • Identify information needed in reports and dashboards; identify appropriate data sources; and develop, deploy and maintain web-based reporting systems;
  • Facilitate continuous improvement for assessment efforts and provide evidence that college goals are being reached;
  • Prepare reports and analytical materials to illustrate objectives, activities, and accomplishments of areas of responsibility;
  • Provide ongoing guidance/support for the development, revision, and implementation of the College's strategic plan;
  • Direct data maintenance and timely reporting for compliance with the state-managed reporting requirements;
  • Ensure accurate reporting to the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) of courses, programs, and enrollment;
  • Cultivate a positive, customer-service atmosphere in responding to all institutional requests
  • Provide comprehensive data support for the college;
  • Prepare and present board-level data analysis and presentations;
  • Support the administrative and academic program review processes with qualitative and quantitative data;
  • Support the Accreditation Liaison Officer to ensure compliance with accreditation standards and federal, regional, and state reporting by providing technical, research, and analytical expertise and leadership;
  • Manage the College’s data governance, data security, data management, and ensure compliance with state and federal data mandates;
  • Manage, update, and maintain SBCTC data warehouse and other databases; provide documentation; and ensure data integrity;
  • Prepare presentations to the College community, local, state and national audiences;
  • Hire, supervise and evaluate department staff;
  • Assist the President with special project and initiatives;
  • Serve on system-wide committees;
  • Serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet;
  • Prepare annual departmental plans;
  • Develop and monitor the departmental budget.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge or understanding of:

  • Microsoft Office applications, academic databases, electronic records management, spreadsheets, querying software and reporting platforms.
  • Qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation methods using best practices
  • Data management systems such as ctcLink, PeopleSoft or similar
  • Techniques for effective presentations and communication in a multicultural environment


  • Proficient with standard statistical packages and statistical research methods.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships at all organizational levels
  • Excellent written communication skills to include writing and editing in English with capacity for critical thinking while simultaneously maintaining the highest degree of accuracy and attention to detail when preparing documents in final form.
  • Preparing clear and concise written materials for a variety of diverse audiences
  • Exceptional oral communication skills with a customer-service orientation.
  • Handling difficult or sensitive situations using sound independent judgment within legal guidelines
  • Demonstrated organizational skills.
  • Time management, multitasking, and coordinating work outcomes/activities with multiple partners
  • Accurately interpreting applicable laws, regulations, and policies for application in assigned work

Ability to:

  • Interact collaboratively and cultivate partnerships with departments
  • Prioritize and complete multiple projects within non-negotiable deadlines.
  • Work on multiple tasks simultaneously and follow through on all project phases to completion
  • Work independently as well as in a team environment
  • Foster a climate of equity and belonging through multicultural awareness and responsiveness
  • Work well with people of all ages from academically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds.
  • Uphold professional conduct that demonstrates commitment to the mission, vision, values, and goals of Skagit Valley College.


Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in education, statistics, or other research-based discipline, OR equivalent education and experience
  • Supervisory experience with a demonstrated ability to provide strong leadership in a dynamic work environment.
  • Experience overseeing program assessment and/or institutional research.
  • Experience with project management.
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse populations.

Desired Qualifications

  • Master's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Three (3) years of experience in higher education administration
  • Experience with planning/assessment of program outcomes within accreditation requirements
  • Experience with analyzing/evaluating data for strategic feedback/reporting
  • Experience with processes for academic program reviews; assessment of student learning outcomes; and survey research methodology, analysis, and report generation.

Salary, Benefits, Conditions of Employment, Application Procedure

Salary and Benefits:

  • Annual salary rate for this twelve-month, 100% of full-time position is $105,000 - $120,000 depending on experience;
  • Contracts are written annually for the period of July 1 to June 30. This position will be filled as soon practical after a candidate is identified and the salary will be pro-rated for the remaining contract period.
  • This position is exempt from the overtime pay requirements of The Fair Labor Standards Act and is civil service exempt;
  • Salary, retirement, medical and insurance benefits are provided in accordance with state regulations and may be subject to change in accordance with legislative mandates. Additional information on benefits can be found at

Conditions of Employment:

  • Prior to employment, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

    Additionally, pursuant to RCW 28B.112.080, applicants must declare whether they are the subject of any substantiated findings of sexual misconduct in any current or former employment or are currently being investigated for, or have left a position during an investigation into, a violation of any sexual misconduct policy at the applicant’s current or past employer. By law, post-secondary education institutions cannot hire an applicant who refuses to declare the existence or non-existence of an investigation or findings subject to this statute.
  • In the interest of providing a healthy, safe and secure educational and work environment, and in order to meet the requirements of federal legislation, it is the policy of Skagit Valley College to maintain an alcohol and drug-free workplace for our employees and students.
  • If hired you will be required to provide proof of identity and documentation of U.S. Citizenship or appropriate authorization to work in this position as required by the Immigration Reform Control Act of 1986.
  • Per Proclamation 21-14, employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than date of hire. As a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 Vaccination as part of the hire process. Exemption may be granted for religious or medical purposes, subject to approval based on the essential functions required of the position.
  • Completion of academic degree(s) will be verified through receipt of official transcripts at the time of hire.

Application Procedure:
To be considered for this position, applicants must:

  • Meet the minimum qualifications and;
  • Submit a complete application to the online recruitment system at that includes the following:
  • The online application, which includes answers to all supplemental questions and contact information for at least three (3) professional references;
  • A current resume; (Attachment: Resume)
  • A letter of interest addressing the minimum, desired qualifications, and your education and experience as it supports the responsibilities of this position; (Attachment: Cover Letter).

In order to be considered for the position, you must complete the online application in full and attach the required supplemental documents. Failure to provide this information may eliminate you from consideration for this position.

Application Deadline: Priority screening will begin after October 31, 2022. Applications received on or before this date will receive first consideration. Applications received after the screening date may be considered until the position is filled.

Please be aware that the College hiring authorities reserve the right to hire one or more candidates and may exercise the option to make a hiring decision prior to the conclusion of the recruitment process. Only candidates selected to interview will be contacted.

Application Assistance: If you have questions about the position or require special accommodation, you may contact Human Resources at (360) 416-7794, Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Pacific Time. SVC complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the recruitment process may leave a TDD/TTY message at (360) 416-7718 by the application closing date. Information on SVC's Reasonable Accommodation policy can be found at OPPM 3040 .

For questions regarding the online application system, you may call NEOGOV Applicant Tech Support at (855) 524-5627 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Pacific Time. For best results, apply using one of the following browsers supported by NEOGOV: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Microsoft Edge, and later versions of Internet Explorer.

SVC Annual Security Report: The U.S. Department of Education and the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act requires all colleges to provide information to current and prospective students and employees about campus safety policies, procedures and statistics on certain crimes, including hate crimes, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and sexual assault. We are required to report our campus security information and statistics in an Annual Security Report, which is updated annually each October. All prospective employees may obtain a copy of the Annual Security Report from the Human Resources Office by calling (360) 416-7794 or by accessing the Report at:

Skagit Valley College is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing equitable opportunities for all groups in terms and conditions of employment and personnel practices. SVC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity, pregnancy, genetic information, age, marital status, honorably discharged veteran or military status, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal. All faculty and staff hired at Skagit Valley College are encouraged to embrace, continually support, and enhance diversity and equity on our campus and in our community. Annual Notice of Non-Discrimination.

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