Vice President, Academic Affairs

  • VP/VC Other
  • Fremont, CA
  • March 1, 2024

Website Ohlone College

Vice President, Academic Affairs

Ohlone College

Salary: $221,699.00 – $282,953.00 Annually

Job Type: Full-Time

Division: Academic Affairs

Opening Date: 01/26/2024

Location: Fremont Campus

Job Number: 202300082

Department: Academic Affairs

Bargaining Unit: N/A

Ideal Candidate Statement

The ideal candidate is a visionary and articulate leader who supports and inspires faculty and staff to do their best work and has a demonstrated track record of building confidence, trust, and respect amongst all constituents. The ideal candidate:

• Values diverse opinions and leverages them to build consensus.

• Has knowledge of a wide range of institutional and operational models, structures, policies, and procedures that improve work climate and efficiency.

• Has experience and interest in fostering thoughtful enrollment growth.

• Is a team player who is approachable and able to engage a wide range of stakeholders and audiences.

• Enjoys working with other executive leaders and across units to foster cohesion and contribute to the institution’s overall strength.

Position Description

The Vice President, Academic Affairs provides collegial and visionary leadership for credit and non-credit programs, instruction, academic services and operations at the Fremont Campus, Newark Center, and online. The VPAA leads and manages faculty and other personnel, budgets, student success and learning outcomes assessment, program and curriculum development, and high-quality teaching and learning. They provide institutional leadership for program review and improvement planning, accreditation, institutional self-evaluation, and enrollment management. Under the direction of the President/Superintendent, the VPAA guides the work of the Academic Deans, Institutional Research, and all academic support units. They serve as a key member of the Executive Team and as Acting President as needed.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Provides dynamic, collegial, and visionary academic and administrative leadership, fosters an environment which enables quality teaching, learning, and scholarship.

• Anticipates and responds to educational and industry needs and guides the College’s academic programs into the future.

• Provides effective academic leadership for pre-college, transfer, career and technical, as well as non-credit programs and pathways.

• Leads processes related to the evaluation of faculty.

• Provides leadership and oversight of enrollment management strategies and initiatives which increase student enrollment.

• Oversees the promotion of quality instruction, student success, integrated planning, and Student Learning Outcomes which meet the educational needs of students in a diverse community college environment.

• Leads and manages the team of academic deans, including instructional planning, learning outcome assessment, and institutional improvement.

• Trains, supervises, evaluates, directs the work of, and addresses personnel issues for all assigned employees.

• Works with faculty and staff to develop educational programs, the college catalog, and schedule of classes.

• Supports the submission of grant proposals and provides oversight of grants within Academic Affairs and related areas.

• Participates in open sessions of the Board of Trustees and in closed sessions as needed.

• Serves as the college Accreditation Liaison Officer, as needed.

• Prepares, submits, and monitors budgets for Academic Affairs units.

• Represents the district at Chief Instructional Officer state meetings and conferences; collaborates with other regional CIO’s.

• Works effectively with community groups, educational entities, businesses, industry, and government and legislative bodies to develop partnerships which result in improved service to students and the community.

• Provides guidance to and receives recommendations from the Faculty Senate and works collaboratively with other representative bodies.

• Participates in the planning of new and renovated facilities for the purposes of instruction and student services.

• Understands and promotes the use of technology in instruction, including best practices in effective distance education.

• Acts as the hiring officer for the recruitment and selection of faculty and formulates hiring recommendations to the President/Superintendent.

• Demonstrates cultural sensitivity, skills, and knowledge to effectively engage with the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, and ability backgrounds of faculty, staff, and students.

• Serves as acting President/Superintendent in their absence.

• In coordination with the Department of Human Resources and the faculty bargaining unit, ensure adherence to contractual obligations affecting faculty, including faculty evaluation, and tenure review.

• Carries out other duties as assigned by the President/Superintendent.Knowledge Of:

• Student Learning Outcome (SLO) design, development, implementation, and assessment.

• Curriculum and program development.

• Innovation related to distance education and technology-enabled instruction.

• State and Federal codes, collective bargaining agreements, statutes and regulations which govern California Community College instruction, student support, auxiliary, and other student learning programs.

• Faculty Senate, particularly as related to participatory governance.

• Accreditation, self-evaluation, and external evaluation teams.

• Statistical analysis, program planning, and trend projections.

• College and curricular educational policies and procedures.

• Personnel management.

Skills Of:

• Inspire the best work of faculty and employees.

• Foster trust, teamwork, and collaboration.

• Promote advancement of the District’s diversity and equity goals and Equal Employment Opportunity Plan.

• Plan, implement, administer, and evaluate instructional programs and services.

• Hire, supervise, develop, and evaluate faculty and staff.

• Develop, manage, and administer complex budgets.

• Implement effective tenure review processes.

• Provide leadership, management, and team building.

Abilities Of:

• Communicate effectively in oral and written formats.

• Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills.

• Provide attention to detail.

• Anticipate and resolve difficult and sensitive issues.

• Implement collaborative decision-making processes.

• Effectuate innovative solutions to management and operational issues.

Minimum Qualifications (Title 5 Section 53420 – Minimum Qualifications for Educational Administrators)

Possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited institution;


Five years of senior administrative level leadership and experience in higher education;AND

Three years teaching (or related Academic Affairs) experience in higher education with a demonstrated student-centered philosophy of education;ANDCommitment to community college goals/objectives of being an equity-based and anti-racist institution, and providing quality programs and services for culturally, socio-economically, ethnically, and academically diverse students and students with disabilities; personal qualities to work effectively and with sensitivity in a multicultural environment; awareness of and commitment to the needs of non-traditional and/or re-entry students with diverse abilities and interests;ANDMust have evidence of responsiveness to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practices.

Environmental Elements:

• Primarily Office;

• Indoor/Outdoor split;

• Constant interruptions;

• Evening/Variable hours;

• Remains on call.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Required Application Materials: The below items must be uploaded as attachments for your application to be complete and considered.

• Resume/Curriculum Vitae;

• A cover letter addressing the listed desirable qualifications and personal/professional qualities;

• A list of three (3) professional references including name, position, organization, phone number, email, and relationship to the applicant;

• Unofficial copies of all college transcripts. Official sealed transcripts will be required at the time of hire;

• Diversity question response: What does it mean to have a commitment to diversity, and how would you apply this commitment as you conduct your responsibilities in this position? Equivalency

If you do not meet minimum qualifications as stated, a completed equivalency form with all related documents must accompany the application or your application will not be considered. The equivalency form can be found on our website at:

Foreign Transcripts

Transcripts issued outside the United States require a course-by-course analysis with an equivalency statement from a certified transcript evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the USA. This report must be attached with the application and submitted by the filing deadline. Here is a list of approved foreign degree evaluations services:

District Statement

Founded in 1967, Ohlone College is named in honor of the early Ohlone People who inhabited the San Francisco Bay Area. Ohlone College is committed to providing a high-quality education to serve our diverse population of over 15,000 students per year. Ohlone College is nationally recognized for our Deaf Studies and Interpreter Preparation programs, and is widely known for our nursing, health sciences, liberal arts, biomedical science, and smart manufacturing programs. As a learning community, we embrace and champion inclusivity, integrity, student expression, global citizenship, and continuous improvement.

Ohlone College is one of the top-ranked community colleges in California, serving the cities of Fremont, Newark, and Union City. Our campuses in Fremont and Newark are centrally located in the East Bay between San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose. This region is known as a hub of innovation and economic activity, and home to some of the most advanced manufacturing, biomedical research, and clean energy companies in California, including Tesla, Meta, Seagate, and Lam Research.

The main campus in Fremont is located near Interstate 680 at the base of Mission Peak, just south of the historic Mission San Jose, and is the primary gateway to year-round hiking, biking, and hang gliding in the Mission Peak Regional Preserve. The Newark Center for Health Sciences and Technology is located near Interstate 880 in a hub of new residential and commercial development. The two campuses are connected by shuttle to each other and the Warm Springs BART station, which offers convenient access to public transit throughout the Bay Area.

EEO Statement

The District is strongly committed to the principles of equal opportunity and to hiring qualified staff who reflect the diversity of our community. The District encourages a diverse pool of applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age (40 or over), medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, disability, military and veteran status, pregnancy/childbirth/breastfeeding or related medical condition or any other protected basis in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. The college encourages applications from all qualified applicants. If you have a disability and are in need of special services, equipment, or facilities in order to apply or interview for this opening, please call the Human Resources office at: (510) 659-6088.

Conditions of Employment

Offers of employment are contingent upon Governing Board approval. Employment with Ohlone Community College is not complete or official until applicants meet all pre-employment requirements. All new employees are required to submit official transcripts, proof of freedom from tuberculosis. In addition, you will be required to provide identification and employment eligibility as outlined in the federal “Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986.” Pre-employment tests and/or medical examinations may be required. Ohlone Community College does not sponsor H1B visas. Employees must sign the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance and submit fingerprints for CA Department of Justice clearance. Employees must be California residents on their date of hire and for the duration of their employment with Ohlone Community College District.

Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986

Applicants selected for positions will be required to provide identification and employment eligibility as outlined in the federal Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986.

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