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Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs

Greenfield Community College

Job Description

Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs


Job Type: Full-time


Full Job Description

Job Description:


Reporting directly to the President, the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs provides leadership and direction to the academic and student services departments and strategic counsel to workforce development and community education programs. The position oversees the Dean of Faculty, the Associate Dean of Nursing, the Career Services/CTE Grant Coordinator, the Dean of Students and the Dean of Enrollment Management, with a strong advisory and coordination role with the Director of Workforce Development.




  • Serve as a member of the President's Cabinet and as part of internal shared governance, advocating for the needs and interests of students, faculty and staff, academic programming, workforce training, and skills development of students and program participants; leveraging data on College program trends, keeping abreast of current awareness in academic innovations, and relying on evidence to help inform institutional decision making with regard to instruction, learning outcomes, and responsiveness to local needs both current and future. Contribute ideas for the advancement of the College and its graduates.
  • Represent the president and College at various activities across the Commonwealth, in national dialogue on higher education, and in the community. The VP will make regular presentations to the College, the Cabinet, and the Board of Trustees as requested.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with the business community, government agencies, think tanks, high schools, other community colleges, and universities to ascertain (1) skills needed by local and global industry, (2) learning outcomes required of community college graduates to progress to further education, and (3) evidence-based instructional and delivery methods that will ensure the college operates on best practices. The VP should also apply current awareness to academic innovation and planning, while encouraging the faculty to experiment with methods that show promise to increase learning outcomes and work readiness, along with retention and completion; wherever practicable, the VP should work with the Director of Institutional Effectiveness in developing and applying evaluation methodology to such pedagogical innovations to develop a strong evidence base for decision making.
  • Ensure the development, operation, and coordination of student engagement and support activities, skills development efforts, faculty professional development, and strategic planning to ensure institutional effectiveness through knowledge sharing and inter-departmental collaboration.
  • Oversee all credit-bearing academic programs and validation of workforce training activities; these include the selection and evaluation of faculty / instructors, as well as summary recommendations regarding program offerings and staffing levels of the academic branch of the College.
  • Provide strategic and operational leadership to the core functions of Student Affairs, including recruitment, admissions, registration, student records, career advising, and student services.
  • Oversee the planning, development, and implementation of academic programs and student services in order to provide a rich and supportive student learning environment.
  • Collaborate with deans, faculty and staff to develop, implement and refine an assessment model for all academic and workforce development programs.
  • Work collaboratively with other College leaders to establish and manage enrollment strategies for the College, to build and retain enrollment to fulfill College goals.
  • Participate in developing and implementing the College's strategic plan and provide leadership for the implementation of the College's strategic goals in the areas of student and academic affairs.
  • Ensure the institutional focus on multiculturalism and diversity is reflected throughout the academic program and student support services.
  • Interpret and implement national, state and local policies relating to academic and student affairs; including regional and specialized program accreditation.
  • Oversee the onboarding, employment progress, and evaluation of all academic and student affairs staff in accordance with collective bargaining agreements and/or personnel policy handbooks in consultation with the College president and the Director of Human Resources.
  • Identify grants and help the College to develop proposals to enrich and support innovative academic and training programs.
  • Plan, develop, and implement the academic and student affairs annual and long-range budgets.
  • Ensure College preparedness for a range of accreditation procedures, including NECHE regional accreditation, and specialized accreditation in key academic areas including nursing, allied health, and other disciplines with accreditation requirements.
  • Perform other duties as assigned at the direction of the College president.





  • Earned Doctorate or a Master's degree with meaningful progress toward doctoral degree.
  • Demonstrated leadership that inspires trust, supports transparency, and fosters collegiality and collaboration across campus and in the community.
  • Achievement in higher education as an academic administrator.
  • Full or part-time teaching experience in higher education.
  • Commitment to the comprehensive community college mission of open access.
  • Knowledge of emergent trends in higher education that affect community colleges.
  • Demonstrated leadership in the integration of instruction and services to students as a way to create and maintain a supportive student-centered learning environment.
  • Record of successful experience in creating and leading inclusive and diverse organizations.




  • Demonstrated leadership in academic and student affairs administration
  • Experience working within the Guided Pathways model
  • Record of success fostering productive internal and external relationships with various stakeholders and constituents in a small college environment.
  • Experience with emerging pedagogy, including distance learning.
  • Experience working in a shared governance and collective bargaining environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to assess internal and external initiatives in context of college mission, culture and competing demands.

Additional Information:


Candidates for employment should be aware that Greenfield Community College faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Accordingly, initial employment is dependent upon receipt and verification of full vaccination status records; details of how to fulfill vaccine record verification requirements will be provided during the hire and onboarding process.

ANNUAL SALARY: The College offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package.



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.

Application Instructions:


Greenfield Community College requires that all cover letters, resumes, and contact information for 5 professional references be submitted online at www.gcc.mass.edu/hr/apply. Official copies of all academic transcripts will be required at the time of hire.

When preparing your cover letter and resume, please refer to the minimum and preferred qualifications and, if applicable, include an equivalency statement.

Successful completion of a CORI check WILL be required as a condition of employment.

Review of applications will begin with those received up to and including November 4, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.




Greenfield Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Greenfield Community College will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.




Greenfield Community College's Annual Security Report is available online at chrome-extension: //efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/https://www.gcc.mass.edu/safety/files/2021/08/2021-Annual-Security-Report.pdf The report contains crime statistics for the three most recent calendar years for certain locations associated with the College as well as other campus security and personal safety topics such as: crime prevention; campus safety authority; crime reporting polices; campus alerts (Timely Warnings and Emergency Notifications), programs to prevent dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking; and other matters of importance related to security on campus.

If you would like to receive a paper copy of the Annual Security Report, you can stop by the Public Safety Office or Human Resources at One College Drive, Greenfield, MA 01301 or you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling 413-775-1212 (Public Safety) or 413-775-1314 (Human Resources).

***Greenfield Community College is proud to value diversity in our community of faculty,

staff and students and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. ***






  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Professional development assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance


  • Day shift

COVID-19 considerations:
Candidates for employment should be aware that Greenfield Community College faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

Work Location: One location

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