*Deadline to Apply: January 12, 2024, is the preferred deadline to apply. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled!
Located 45 minutes from the Nation’s Capital, nestled in a history-rich community of southern Maryland, The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) is a two-time Aspen Award-winning institution (top 15% of Community Colleges) with academic programs in over 100 disciplines. CSM is among America’s top 100 producers of Minority Associate Degrees in twenty categories, according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education. CSM offers excellent health insurance benefits; State Retirement Pension plan; wellness programs; Code Green early closure Fridays in the summer; college closure for spring break and several major holidays, including the week between Christmas and New Year; and for several days in March for Spring Break. We are an innovative institution committed to student success and well known for our flexibility to meet student and community needs.
Position Summary The primary focus of the Vice President of Learning is to create a student-centered culture around learning based on equity and inclusion competencies. Reporting to the College President and serving on the Executive Cabinet, the Vice President of Learning serves as the Chief Academic Officer. The Vice President of Learning provides strategic leadership to the Division of Learning, which includes the Schools of Liberal Arts, Professional and Technical Studies, and Science and Health, as well as all academic operational and support areas to ensure they reflect the mission of the College. The Vice President of Learning serves as an advocate for all educational programs, providing leadership to faculty, staff, and administrators to ensure consistent high-quality standards in curricula and programs that meet the needs of students and the region. The Vice President of Learning oversees the academic integrity of the College and provides leadership in long-range planning, budgeting, curriculum, program development, and faculty support. The Vice President of Learning ensures compliance with various accrediting bodies as well as with Maryland and federal regulations.
This position is open until filled. The College of Southern Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
Essential Job Functions
Provides visionary leadership for the academic operations of the College and embodies a positive collaborative leadership style that values diverse perspectives and approaches to decision-making.
Fosters a student-centered culture around learning that cultivates student retention and success and promotes educational equity.
Ensures that processes and policies reinforce the strategic priorities of the College and removes unnecessary barriers for student progression and completion.
Strengthens a culture of evidence and data-driven decision making to improve student learning.
Enables innovative teaching and learning and encourages transformational practices that promote student success and engagement.
Envisions and advocates for the importance of transfer and technical education for the development of a world-class workforce.
Ensures seamless alignment among credit and noncredit workforce programs.
Provides leadership for all learning programs and policies to facilitate appropriate program development and to meet the standards of accrediting bodies.
Coordinates accreditation efforts and the preparation of reports to various accrediting bodies.
Ensures educational excellence while leading people and managing the effective allocation of resources.
Ensures systematic review of programs to ensure quality and current course content.
Coordinates with the Deans and approves the hiring, support, development, and evaluation of faculty, staff, and administrators of instructional programs and services.
Works with direct reports to plan, develop, and administer the annual budget for the instructional division of the College.
Identifies new sources of revenue to support existing programs and provides leadership for the creation and funding of new programs, which foster the mission of the College.
Recruits, develops, and retains outstanding and diverse faculty and staff and maintains an effective plan that supports the recruitment and retention of highly qualified diverse faculty and instructional staff.
Embraces collaboration and ensures communication with faculty by working closely with the Faculty Senate and college-wide participatory governance.
Serves as an important member of the Executive Cabinet and the College’s leadership team.
Provides counsel to the President on all matters pertaining to the instructional operations of the College.
Builds relationships between the Division of Learning and the Division of Student Equity and Success to ensure seamless and equitable services to students that promote and enable student success.
Participates in statewide higher education efforts to improve instruction and its delivery to all students and promotes these activities at the division level.
Represents the College in community organizations such as Chamber of Commerce, nonprofit boards, and other related organizations.
Ensures the development and active participation of advisory committees for instructional programs.
Supervision: The Vice President of Learning supervises the following positions:
Dean, Learning Resources
Dean, Science and Health
Dean, Liberal Arts
Dean, Professional and Technical Studies
Director, Educational Partnerships
Director, Academic Programs, Planning, and Assessment
Director, Academic Programs, Planning, and Assessment
Internal and External Contacts:
Internal: Students, faculty, staff, and other entities of the college. Close supervisory contact and professional guidance of administrators, faculty and staff assigned to the division.
External: Personnel from the Maryland Higher Education Commission, Maryland Association of Community Colleges, local public-school systems, Maryland colleges and universities, advisory committee members, community groups, and other agencies of the public and private sectors
Responsible for Working Knowledge of the Following Guidelines/Procedures/Regulations: The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 State Laws and regulations pertaining to minimum academic requirements, transfer, etc. Federal and state regulations applicable to grants and contracts assigned to the division Middle State Commission on Higher Education policies and guidelines College policies and procedures.
Special Requirements: This position requires financial disclosure.
This search is being facilitated by Dr. Kate Hetherington and Dr. Preston Pulliams of Gold Hill Associates. Candidates must send their materials directly to www.collegepresidentsearch.com/searches/ to be considered.
The following items are required to be submitted directly and only to the search consultants via email attachments:
COVER LETTER, limited to no more than four typed pages, detailing how your education experiences/background align with this Position Profile.
RESUME, limited to no more than six typed pages. Important Note: All attachments must be in Microsoft Word or PDF format, and file names must begin with the applicant’s initials (example: ABCcover, ABCres, ABCref). The subject line in the email should reference the position for which the candidate is applying. Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. For application materials to receive full consideration, it is preferred that application materials be submitted by January 12, 2024. Applications will be accepted until filled.
REFERENCES will be requested only of finalists and should be limited to one typed page, and include two supervisors, two direct reports, two full-time faculty members, two peers, and one community reference. The references must include names, titles, business and personal phone numbers, and email addresses. References will not be contacted without the consultant’s prior notification to the applicant.
TRANSCRIPTS will be required of all finalists. The successful candidate must provide official transcripts to the College of Southern Maryland as a condition of hire. For questions related to the search process, calendar, and Position Profile, contact Search Liaison, Dr. Kate Hetherington, Consultant, firstname.lastname@example.org and Dr. Preston Pulliams, Consultant, email@example.com.
*Important Note: All attachments must be in Microsoft Word or PDF format, and file names must begin with the applicant’s initials (example: ABCcover, ABCres, ABCref). The subject line in the email should reference the position for which the candidate is applying. Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. For application materials to receive full consideration, it is preferred that application materials be submitted by January 12, 2024.
Minimum Education and Training
Professional Qualifications and Personal Characteristics
Doctorate Degree required from an accredited institution.
Minimum of three years of successful academic experience leading an instructional area at a dean level or higher.
Must be capable of leading faculty, be sensitive to students’ needs and interests, demonstrate commitment to fostering excellence in teaching and learning, be able to work with faculty to demonstrate excellent student outcomes in transfer and career programs, and be able to envision and advocate quality in general education and effectiveness in developmental education.
Must demonstrate experience with successfully managing a multimillion-dollar budget.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS The work is sedentary work which requires exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly. WORK ENVIRONMENT Work is performed in a relatively safe, and secure work environment.
Located 45 minutes from the Nation’s Capital, nestled in a history-rich community of southern Maryland, The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) is a two-time Aspen Award-winning institution (top 15% of Community Colleges) with academic programs in over 100 disciplines. CSM is among America’s top 100 producers of Minority Associate Degrees in twenty categories, according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education. The College of Southern Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer.