The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) invites applications and nominations for the presidency of New River Community College (NRCC). Founded in 1969 as a comprehensive community college, NRCC has received attention and acclaim for its programs and services in a number of areas. The college has also been featured in several prominent publications and has won a number of national awards. Its reputation for excellence is underpinned by a caring and supportive faculty and staff who have a genuine interest in each student’s success.
New River Community College (NRCC serves the residents of Virginia’s New River Valley, consisting of Floyd, Giles, Montgomery and Pulaski Counties, and the City of Radford. The main campus is located in Dublin with a significant instructional site located at the New River Valley Mall in Christiansburg. The College is governed by policies set by the State Board for Community Colleges with support and advice from the New River College Board. Primary funding for the college is provided by tuition and the state, supplemented by contributions from local communities. The college had a headcount enrollment of 4,477 in Fall 2015, with a Fall FTE enrollment of 2,707; annualized headcount enrollment for 2015-2016 was 6,605.
With the retirement of Dr. Jack Lewis after 17 years of outstanding service as president, NRCC is seeking its next president. The college seeks an accomplished, strong, goal-oriented, and visionary leader. The Local College Board and community have identified four broad categories for potential emphasis: College Culture, Programs and Student Success, Professional Acumen, and Partnerships. These can be addressed, in part by, fostering and supporting the college’s long-standing culture based on a sense of community, oneness, and mutual respect; insuring that the necessary academic, workforce training, and credentialing programs and activities are in place to sustain the college’s enrollment base, including continued growth in online learning; providing leadership and support for the institution’s recently expanded student success initiatives; offering strong leadership in strategic planning, financial management, and the able use of technology to advance college goals; and strengthening partnerships with four-year institutions, public schools, community, governmental leaders and other external constituencies.
Qualifications for President
To successfully accomplish the above, qualified candidates must have an earned doctorate and demonstrated successful senior executive experience at the highest levels. Previous experience must include significant responsibility for programs, budgets, personnel, facilities and other appropriate administrative duties. The successful candidate must have proven leadership abilities along with excellent communications skills, a strong belief in a collaborative administrative style, and a servant leadership perspective. He or she must have an understanding of the mission and goals of a comprehensive community college in the 21st Century, along with a clear commitment to instruction, student success, generating revenues, and community involvement. He or she must be able to develop a broad vision for the college along with possessing the skills and energy needed for implementation. Demonstrated ability to work with business, industry, government, and the community at large is required.
The search will remain open until the position is filled; however, to be considered for the initial screening, candidates should submit application materials by February 6, 2017. Information about NRCC, its community, the position, and application procedures can be found at http://www.vccs.edu/careers/nrcc-presidential-search.
To apply for this position, go to http://vccs.interviewexchange.com/candapply.jsp?JOBID=79886. A complete application packet will include a cover letter, résumé/CV, and a one-page statement of leadership philosophy. The leadership statement should address the applicant’s perspective on strategic risk-taking, making change, and how to fund and grow programs for the future. The salary range for this position is $152,863 - $229,946; the VCCS also offers a competitive benefits and perquisites package. Questions may be directed to 804-819-4685.
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