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Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, Michigan
Date Posted 08/19/2021
Executive-Administrative Vice President
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Founded in 1951, Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) is a publicly funded community college offering 103 transfer, career degree, and certificate programs. Serving more than 50,000 learners annually, as well as the people, organizations, and businesses throughout the local region and beyond, Northwestern Michigan College has earned a reputation for academic excellence and friendly, personal attention. With its commitment to philanthropic support, the College established the NMC Foundation in 1981, which has consistently been ranked among the top 20 in the nation. Northwestern Michigan College is located in what is commonly known as the “Grand Traverse Region” or “Northwest Lower Michigan.” With the proximity to Lake Michigan and Grand Traverse Bay, as well as many inland lakes and rolling hills, the Grand Traverse Region is a major tourist destination and known for its high quality of life. NMC is located in Grand Traverse County, whose county seat, Traverse City, is well known as the Cherry Capital of the World.

Reporting to the president and serving as a partner to Northwestern Michigan College’s academic and administrative leadership, the inaugural vice president for strategic initiatives will serve as Northwestern Michigan College’s senior planning officer and collaboratively lead the college through implementation of an institution-wide strategic plan that centrally places students at its core. The vice president will play an essential role in helping to ensure that the College’s strategic plan is implemented, and results are realized, including the achievement of growth goals through innovation. Specifically, the vice president will be accountable for leading Northwestern Michigan College through the implementation of an innovative and transformative strategic plan in partnership and collaboration with the campus community and key stakeholders, capitalizing on the collective expertise of faculty, staff, and trustees, as well as extensive community-wide engagement. In addition to strategic plan implementation, the vice president will be accountable for leading the College’s innovation management process (e.g., how the College moves ideas into innovations/new revenue-generating ventures), including leading a portfolio of existing ventures that are early in their life cycle or in need of renewal (e.g., International Affairs Forum, Extended Educational Services, University Center, Marine Center). The vice president will serve as the point person for business partnerships, as well as a liaison who can take on primary responsibility for developing productive relationships between the college and local employers, specifically helping the college identify and even anticipate the labor needs of local industries. The vice president will develop and manage an annual budget and lead a staff that includes three direct reports: director of business development, NMC Marine Center; director, Educational Extended Services; and director, International Affairs Forum and International Services and Service Learning.

Candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree; an earned advanced or terminal degree is preferred. The ideal candidate will possess progressive executive leadership experience including evidence of administrative success in higher education or an industry of similar complexity; knowledge of contemporary strategic planning and innovation management practices; experience and skill in strategic planning and new venture development; and an entrepreneurial approach to problem-solving. The successful candidate must be a results-oriented, relationship-driven, and high-performance leader who thrives in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. The role requires an innovative, driven executive who values high engagement with all faculty and staff, is committed to working in a student-centered shared governance model, and is focused on inventive business strategy. The successful candidate must be a highly collaborative leader with practical experience in both strategy and innovation endeavors; work effectively with a broad range of constituents, including administrators, faculty, staff members, and members of the wider Traverse City community; and lead a complex organization through the implementation of a transformative institution-wide strategic plan ensuring alignment of vision and tactical execution.

Review of applications will begin August 31, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Quincy Martin III at qm3@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Visit the Northwestern Michigan College website at https://www.nmc.edu/

Northwestern Michigan College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, height, weight, marital status or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities and admissions.

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