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Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs

Mount Wachusett Community College

Job Description

About Mount Wachusett Community College:

Since 1963, Mount Wachusett Community College has built a tradition of providing innovative undergraduate education, workforce development, personal enrichment, and community service to North Central Massachusetts and beyond.Mount Wachusett Community College is located in Gardner, MA, with satellite campuses in Fitchburg, Leominster and Devens. An award-winning, national leader in the area of renewable energy, MWCC is also nationally recognized for its veterans' services, civic engagement and K-12 partnerships.

We hope you will consider applying for one of our open positions, and discover all that Mount Wachusett Community College and the North Central Massachusetts region have to offer.



Job Description:

General Statement of Duties

Mount Wachusett Community College seeks a visionary leader to oversee all aspects of academic affairs.  The Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs (SVPAA) will leverage all academic activities and programs to promote student success.  The leader will be responsible for supervision, accountability, and providing an environment where students can be successful. The SVPAA will be responsible for ensuring a safe and welcoming campus with particular emphasis on reaching the racial equity objectives established in the College's Strategic Plan.  The SVPAA will provide vision and action to drive  growth and new program development.  Responsible for developing a collegial environment that is conducive to the scholarly interaction of students and faculty, the SVPAA will foster an inclusive environment  promoting understanding and respect within a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff.

As the institution's chief academic officer, the SVPAA provides leadership, management and support for all academic related activities of the college. The position oversees planning and implementation of activities related to curricular design and development, academic quality in course offerings, and strategies to support student success and college completion. The SVPAA leads the work of deans, directors, coordinators, department chairs and has oversight of full-time and adjunct faculty and academic staff. The SVPAA exercises collaborative approaches to shared governance and the administration of collective bargaining agreements.


  • Provides overall direction to integrated academic programs in the establishment, implementation, and management of the following: academic scheduling and programming; accreditation matters; faculty advising; student retention; curriculum development; education policy; institutional and faculty professional development; library service; program review; and divisional resource allocation;
  • Champions student-centered learning and support services. Sustains and improves an environment that meets the needs of students in a multicampus, multi-delivery environment;
  • Advises the president in formulating comprehensive academic plans, policies, and procedures for the execution of the goals and mission of the College;
  • Leads the process of faculty and staff personnel decisions, which includes appointment, rank and tenure recommendations, as well as sabbatical leave recommendations, for action by the president;
  • Serves on the president's leadership team and other committees (internal and external) and represents the president or College in a variety of settings as requested;
  • Supervises and evaluates the academic deans and all other direct reports;
  • Participates in the development and implementation of division and institutional long- and short-term plans;
  • Ensures compliance with College policies, procedures, and collective bargaining agreements. Ensures compliance with all regulatory and accrediting agencies and associations;
  • Provides leadership needed to strengthen and grow distance and hybrid delivery education;
  • Develops program, service, and student learning outcomes standards and regularly assesses outcomes with improvement actions taken as needed. Regularly evaluates the financial viability and return on investment of programs and services;
  • In association with deans and direct reports, prepares, manages, and assumes fiscal responsibility for all budgetary matters in the academic areas;
  • Oversees the development of our multicampus academic programming, college catalog, college calendar, semester course schedules, student handbook, and related publications in conjunction with designated personnel and divisions;
  • Maintains communication with colleagues in the Massachusetts system, as well as with other post-secondary institutions and other community college leaders;
  • Provides management support to grant-funded academic student-serving programs;
  • Works cooperatively with Workforce Development, Life Long Learning, and Enrollment Management divisions to develop academic ladders, partnerships and processes to ensure programs remain relevant and responsive to communities served by MWCC;
  • Other duties as assigned.



Minimum Qualifications:

  • Masters from an accredited institution of higher education required;
  • Five years of college-level progressive, academic administrative experience at the director/chair/dean or higher level; preferably with in a community college setting;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, administrators, and staff to enhance student success, promote faculty development and achieve institutional goals;
  • Experience and familiarity with online learning and information technology.
  • Demonstrated experience with change management, specifically with regard to equity and racial equity.
  • Significant experience in budget development and administration; personnel administration and evaluation; curriculum review, evaluation and development; and contract administration;
  • A strong and demonstrated commitment to the philosophy of the mission-driven community college, to broad-based institutional planning, participative management, and to student development issues;
  • Demonstrates strong and responsive interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work effectively in a collective bargaining environment;
  • Proficiency in oral and written expression utilizing technology to produce professional presentations and reports.

Additional Desired Attributes:

  • Demonstrated collaborative leadership style that  is inclusive of varying viewpoints, values diversity, and  honors shared governance to build consensus among faculty and staff for improvements needed to advance teaching, learning, and student success;
  • College-level teaching experience preferred, preferably within a community college setting;
  • Visionary leader with a proven ability to address competing demands simultaneously and to serve as a catalyst for changes necessary for the continued success of the College;
  • Demonstrated experience in creating a positive environment for campus leaders to grow and develop academic programs;
  • Demonstrated experience addressing and/or understanding of challenges, opportunities, needs of highly complex, multicampus institutions;
  • Creative, innovative, and collaborative leader who is comfortable with the vulnerability inherent to transparent decision making processes;
  • Demonstrate a passion for and an understanding of the mission of public community colleges and a deep love of working with others toward student success;
  • Ability to foster the traits and qualities requisite to lead through institutional culture change;
  • Commitment to community engagement (with K-12 partners, regional chambers of commerce, non-profit service agencies, regional business community, etc.);
  • Collaborative with other divisions (i.e., student services, workforce development, business and finance, early college, etc.);
  • Commitment and demonstrated experience in valuing the importance of making data-informed decisions.

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: $165,000.00-$180,000.00

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.


Application Instructions:

Candidates for employment should be aware that all Community College students, faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated by January 2022. 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. For addition information on COVID19, please visit:https://mwcc.edu/covid/

The following documents are required:
1. Resume
2. Letter of Interest

3. Five Professional References 

Anticipated Effective Date:  June/July 2023

Priority will be given to applications received prior to  April 2, 2023

Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Candidates may be subject to employment screening to include both a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) request and a Sexual Offender Registry Information (SORI).

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