With credit enrollment of nearly 1500 commuter students, Arkansas State University Mid-South (ASU Mid-South) is a comprehensive community college committed to quality educational programming that fosters student success, workforce development, and lifelong learning. The college, situated on ninety-one acres in West Memphis, Arkansas, just fifteen minutes from downtown Memphis, offers diverse opportunities and pathways for personal and professional growth including a robust on-campus secondary technical education program; adult education and literacy programming; developmental studies; academic and technical degrees and certificates; industry recognized credentials; customized training for business and industry; as well as bachelor and graduate degree opportunities provided through unique university center partnerships. As the anchor institution for the Arkansas Delta Training and Education Consortium (ADTEC), the college engages in collaborative partnerships that help to connect the faculty, curricula, equipment, and intellectual capital of its consortium partners to better serve the training needs of industry sectors in eastern Arkansas and western Tennessee.
ASU Mid-South is seeking an experienced academic leader with a commitment to the community college mission to serve as its next Vice Chancellor for Learning and Instruction (VCLI). As the College’s Chief Academic Officer, the VCLI reports directly to the Chancellor and has primary responsibility for providing guidance, oversight, direction, and support to the teaching and learning activities of the college, including the adult education, academic (transfer) education, and workforce education divisions of the College. This position works collaboratively with other administrative leaders, faculty, and staff to ensure a coordinated approach to increasing student enrollment, retention, and success, and promotes quality relationships with policy makers, state agencies, business and industry, community members, and other institutions of higher education.
A successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to shared governance, academic excellence, student success, faculty and staff development, assessment of student learning, continuous quality improvement, innovation, community relations, economic development, and the use of data to inform decision making. Additionally, a commitment to effective communication, transparency, and a culture of collaboration is an important expectation for this position.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Provide executive leadership for the instructional functions of the college, including managing academic resources, providing budgetary oversight, and interpreting and resolving academic policy issues and complaints.
- Provide recommendations to the chancellor on all academic appointments and oversee all activities related to faculty and academic staff recruitment, development, and support, including the coordination of faculty assignments and approval of overloads.
- Oversee all matters related to curriculum development and review, ensuring compliance with external regulatory agencies and organizations.
- Provide instructional leadership and support to the college’s Strategic Planning, Enrollment Management, and HLC accreditation processes.
- Provide leadership for on-going program evaluation, faculty evaluation, assessment of student learning, and continuous quality improvement of instructional programs.
- Oversee the timely development and publication of the academic calendar, college catalog, and schedule of classes.
- Promote innovative approaches to teaching and learning, including best practices for online delivery and the use of effective instructional technology to support student learning.
- Represent the college at meetings of the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board and through active participation in relevant state, regional, or national organizations.
- Cultivate strong relationships with other educational institutions through the development of quality articulation agreements and collaborative secondary and post-secondary partnerships.
- Establish and maintain quality relationships with policy makers, state agencies, business and industry, and the community at large, cultivating partnerships and encouraging support to enhance the college’s ability to fulfill its mission.
- Serve on assigned committees.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Competencies / Knowledge / Skills & Abilities
- Excellent organizational, analytical, planning, technology, and leadership skills.
- Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to foster a collaborative work environment across all levels of the institution.
- Effective written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to respond to complex or difficult situations and complaints with professionalism, diplomacy, and tact.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively manage change and to create and implement innovative and effective solutions to management, organizational, and operational challenges.
- Demonstrated understanding of academic policy and the changing competitive landscape of higher education, particularly for community colleges.
- Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines, while maintaining a positive and professional attitude, as well as the ability to effectively organize and prioritize job tasks and to oversee a variety of tasks simultaneously.
- Sound judgement and decision-making ability, including uncompromising integrity and the ability to appropriately handle items of a sensitive or confidential nature.
- Demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse backgrounds of community college students and the communities in which they live.
Education and Experience
- Earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution and a minimum of five years of progressive leadership experience in academic affairs.
- A minimum of five years of college level teaching experience, preferably in a community college setting.
- Direct experience in strategic planning; budget management; academic assessment; faculty recruitment and development; curriculum development; institutional and program level accreditation; and personnel evaluation and management.
- Demonstrated experience with institutional and/or program-level accrediting bodies and processes. HLC experience is a plus.
- Willingness to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends as necessary
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Salary and Benefits
This position provides a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a benefits package that includes paid vacation and sick leave; health, life, dental & disability insurance; a flex benefit plan; a retirement plan; and educational discounts for employees and family.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. Please note: per ASU Board Policy, all employees are required to submit to a pre-employment background check.
Required Application Materials
Applicants should submit (1) a letter of application, detailing interest and fit for the position; (2) a current curriculum vitae; (3) a college transcript showing highest degree earned; (4) three letters of professional reference; and (5) a completed ASU Mid-South Employment Application https://www.asumidsouth.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Employment_Application.pdf.
Please submit all requested materials to Arkansas State University Mid-South, ATTN: Jackie Leech, 2000 West Broadway, West Memphis, AR 72301 by fax, 870-733-6719 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
ASU Mid-South and the Arkansas State University System are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers.