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Executive Vice President and Senior Academic Officer

Company:
Northwest Technical College
Job Location:
Bemidji, Minnesota
Category:
Administrative Vice Presidents

NORTHWEST TECHNICAL COLLEGE (NTC) invites applicants to join our team as the Executive Vice President and Senior Academic Officer (EVP SOA). To accomplish our mission of “preparing students for rewarding careers”, we prioritize creating a culture in which diversity is embraced and all people are safe, welcome, and validated. NTC has prepared students for fulfilling careers in high-demand fields for more than 50 years. The college’s accessible, affordable, hands-on programs also help the region’s employers meet their ever-growing need for a highly skilled workforce. NTC serves more than 1,000 students with an excellent education, an open-enrollment policy and affordable tuition. Students may pursue nearly 40 degree, diploma and certificate programs in six distinct career paths. Classes are offered on campus, online, or as a combination of both. NTC is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities. 

The EVP is the senior administrative leader for Northwest Technical College (NTC) with responsibilities for academics, student success, and campus operations. The EVP is responsible for establishing and enacting a vision for holistic student success grounded in equity and inclusion, high standards for teaching and learning, and a culture of excellence and innovation. The EVP will provide the vision and overall guidance for policy formulation, educational planning, accreditation, budgeting, and new program development in an integrated academic and student affair setting. The EVP serves as the senior academic officer and participates in various Minnesota State, community, state, and national organizations. As SAO, the EVP provides leadership for outreach to regional businesses, educational and non-profit organizations, and Tribal Nations to forge mutually beneficial programs and academic offerings. The EVP reports to the president of Northwest Technical College and Bemidji State University and works in close collaboration with the senior leaders at BSU including the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Vice President for Student Life and Success, and the Vice President for Finance and Administration. 

Responsibilities of the EVP include:

  • Academic Affairs and Student Success (25%) – Providing vision and leadership to ensure that the academic and student success programs meet the needs of students, regional employers, and the Tribal Nations.
    • Providing creative and strategic leadership to ensure excellence in academic and student success programs and services throughout the college.
    • Providing leadership in curriculum development, review, and improvement that emphasizes student learning and responsiveness to regional and national workforce needs.
    • Administering an effective academic and co-curricular assessment program to improve student learning and to inform the prioritization of college resources.
    • Fostering workforce development through programming, training, and leadership in partnership with business and industry. 
    • Overseeing the development and implementation of dual-enrollment, dual admission, articulation, and transfer agreements with in-state and out-of-state public and private colleges and universities.
  • College-wide leadership and decision-making (20%) – Serve as the senior academic, operational, and student affairs leader for NTC.
    • Serve as Northwest Technical College’s Senior Academic Officer (SAO) and Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accreditation liaison officer (ALO).
    • In collaboration with BSU’s Vice President for Student Life and Success, providing the vision and support for achieving holistic student success goals grounded in equity and inclusion.
    • Working with the BSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs to advance academic collaboration and collective innovation.
    • In collaboration with BSU’s Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, leading strategic efforts to enhance program-specific and college-wide enrollment.
    • Facilitating the development of a college culture that draws upon cultural, communal, and identity-based assets to achieve educational outcomes.
    • Providing leadership for the ongoing negotiation, implementation, and review of college operations and services, including shared services and services provided by BSU.
    • Participating as a member of the NTC Cabinet and provide leadership to NTC administrative and supervisor teams.
    • Representing the college at functions and events throughout the college, community, and state.
    • Making well-informed decisions for the college and its stakeholders.
  • Planning and Evaluation (15%) -- Direct and support college employees in the planning, development, and evaluation of services and programs to ensure that student support and academic program needs are met.
    • Working with faculty and staff to identify, explore, and implement new opportunities, including partnerships with other institutions of higher education, K-12 schools, regional Tribal Nations, and business/industry as appropriate.
    • Ensuring that the college programmatic offerings are current and meet the needs of the region including area Tribal Nations through ongoing analysis of workforce and student needs to identify new programs and services.
    • Using institutional, program, and student learning assessment data to inform decision-making.
    • Ensuring that the college’s strategic plan is fully implemented through the development and management of subplans, including but not limited to, those addressing academics, enrollment management, student success, facilities, and technology.
  • Budget Management (10%) - Actively engaging in the budget process with the Vice President for Finance and Administration and administrative team to plan and monitor revenue and expenses so that the college budget is balanced and operates within the approved allocation.
    • In collaboration with the Vice President for Finance and Administration, establishing processes to identify, prioritize, and recommend budget needs for all instructional and student services areas. 
    • Participating in the budget allocation process to ensure equity and judicious use of resources needed to meet college goals and objectives. 
    • In collaboration with appropriate college employees, providing projected staffing, enrollment, and other needs as part of the college budget process. 
    • Monitoring expenditures of the approved allocations for each area to ensure budgets are adhered to and that appropriate policy, procedures, state statutes, and federal guidelines are followed.
    • Working with staff and faculty to identify and prioritize resource needs as part of the college budget process. This includes staffing, operating budgets, technology/equipment, facility, and capital budget needs.
  • Human Resources Management (10%) -- Supervising, evaluating, and promoting the development of faculty and staff.
    • Cultivating a culture in which all employees feel supported, valued, and respected.
    • Participating in the recruitment and selection procedures for employment of highly skilled and diverse academic and student affairs faculty, staff, and administrators. 
    • Providing leadership for employee professional development to ensure that all have the tools to be successful in their positions.
    • Providing leadership for onboarding, developing, and evaluating faculty and staff.
    • Ensuring the proper application of collective bargaining unit agreement/union contract provisions for faculty and staff assignments and responsibilities.
    • Promoting and encourage leadership and development opportunities at the college.
  • Provide leadership for opportunity and revenue generation (10%)
    • Leading efforts to generate opportunity and revenue through local, state, and federal grant programs.
    • In partnership with Advanced Minnesota, leading efforts to meet workforce training needs and maximize revenue generation.
    • Actively seeking opportunities to collaborate with other institutions, agencies, and industries to expand offerings and services to students.
  • Participating in System, state, and national initiatives
    • Providing leadership in statewide and national organizations that address issues related to student and academic affairs.
    • Participating in system-initiated meetings, committees, and task forces as appropriate.
    • Completing reports and evaluations on academic and student affairs programs as required by the system office, federal agencies, and the president.
    • Maintaining professional visibility to promote the college and its programs.
  • Other Duties as Assigned (5%)

Minimum qualifications for this position include:
  • Demonstrated achievement in advancing holistic student success grounded in equity and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated commitment to champion the mission of a two-year technical college.
  • Demonstrated success in key areas of academic affairs, e.g., program development, review, and accreditation; assessment of student learning; postsecondary teaching.
  • Advanced competency in communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking.
  • Master’s degree with the highest degree earned from an accredited institution.
  • At least five years administrative experience in postsecondary education.
Preferred qualifications include:
  • Terminal degree from an accredited institution.
  • Administrative experience in two-year technical education institutions (ideally) and/or two-year community colleges.
  • Evidence of excellence in postsecondary instruction (in-person, hybrid, and/or online) and instructional leadership.
  • Experience with shared governance in a collective bargaining environment.
  • Evidence of the ability to provide leadership for the assessment of student learning, continuous improvement, and accreditation efforts.
  • Demonstrated competency in multiple areas from the following: (a) new academic program development; (b) managing change; (c) professional development initiatives for faculty, student affairs educators, and staff; (d) technology enabled learning for in-person, hybrid, and online learning; (e) planning and budgeting; (f) enrollment management, (g) enacting dual enrollment, dual admission, articulation, and transfer agreements; (h) performance evaluation and improvement; (i) fostering partnerships with public school and workforce partners; and (j) grant-writing, resource development, and fundraising.


Apply online:
https://ntcmn.peopleadmin.com/

Inquiries:
Kimberly Lynch, Interim Vice President Northwest Technical College
Email: kimberly.lynch@ntcmn.edu

If you have general questions about this posting or submitting an application, please contact Melanie Pakonen at melanie.pakonen@bemidjistate.edu.

COLLEGE / COMMUNITY:

Northwest Technical College (NTC) and Bemidji State University (BSU) are guided by the leadership of a single president. The Executive Vice President (EVP) is the senior administrative leader for NTC with responsibilities for academics, student success, and campus operations. The EVP is responsible for establishing and enacting a vision for holistic student success grounded in equity and inclusion, high standards for teaching and learning, and a culture of excellence and innovation. The EVP will provide the vision and overall guidance for policy formulation, educational planning, accreditation, budgeting, and new program development in an integrated academic and student affair setting. The EVP serves as the senior academic officer and participates in various Minnesota State, community, state, and national organizations. The EVP reports to the president of NTC and BSU and works in close collaboration with the senior leaders at BSU including the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Vice President for Student Life and Success, and the Vice President for Finance and Administration. 

For more than 50 years, NTC has prepared students for fulfilling careers in well-paying, in-demand fields. The college’s accessible, affordable, hands-on programs also help the region’s employers meet their ever-growing need for a highly skilled workforce. NTC and BSU engage with indigenous communities in pursuit of their goal to become model collaborators and destination institutions of higher learning for American Indian students. With an open-enrollment policy and affordable tuition, NTC meets students where they are with a convenient mix of on-campus, online, and hybrid courses.

Walk in the main entrance and straight ahead is the OneStop center, a central hub for a vibrant campus where students can meet with admissions and financial aid staff and start their path toward their dream jobs. The college’s Student Success Center, opened in 2019, provides tutoring and other services. The benefits have been clear — over the last two years, 89 percent of students who use tutors through the Student Success Center pass their classes. NTC is dedicated to ensuring that our students succeed.

Northwest Technical College and Bemidji State University have a relationship like no other pair of institutions in Minnesota. While there are other examples within the Minnesota State system of two-year colleges aligned under as single president, nowhere else will you find this between a two-year college and a four-year university. This unique relationship both reinforces institutional independence and fosters close partnerships. BSU and NTC were aligned under one president by the Minnesota State system in June 2002. In 2004, the Minnesota State system’s Office of Finance merged the state appropriation for the two institutions, and BSU accepted responsibility for managing the budgets for both institutions.

The institutions retain separate missions, visions, accreditations, and academic leadership — BSU under a provost and vice president for academic affairs and NTC under the EVP. In areas where services and processes require consistency, and where efficiencies could be maximized, functions have been combined rather than duplicated. For example, for both food service and bookstore operations, one contract serves both institutions. In addition, services such as human resources, financial aid, physical plant, payroll and travel, purchasing, and business services are aligned, providing a greater degree of service and consistency of processes. Other services are shared such as the business office; information technology; communications & marketing; institutional research; diversity, equity and inclusion; the American Indian Resource Center; enrollment services; and public safety. This collaboration allows for coordinated support and greater resources than could be provided with independent offices.

WHY BEMIDJI:

In this Northwoods setting, students, staff, and faculty have a variety of activities at their fingertips. Possessing all the charm and character of a college town, Bemidji remains a tight-knit community of good neighbors and engaged citizens. While the city of Bemidji — named after the Ojibwe Chief Shaynowishkung (nicknamed Bemidji) — is home to a diverse population of more than 15,000 people, it serves a regional population of more than 100,000.

Located between three American Indian reservations – Leech Lake, Red Lake, and White Earth, students have an opportunity to experience a dynamic local culture and history. Bemidji also sits at the center of the legends of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. The famous statues of Paul and Babe greet students as they drive along Lake Bemidji.

Though quaint and historic, the city offers the urban conveniences upon which college students rely. Northwest Technical College is conveniently located minutes away from affordable restaurants, cozy coffee shops, grocery stores, city parks, and more. Small, locally-owned shops and art sculptures line the streets of downtown Bemidji, while national chains can be found in and around the Bemidji area, including an uptown selection of department stores and restaurants.

The thriving downtown community presents ample opportunities for engagement off-campus. Among other things, there are fine-dining restaurants, cafes, and a natural foods co-op in downtown Bemidji. The historic Paul Bunyan Playhouse has a calendar of classic shows; restaurants and lounges offer weekly live music performances; the First Friday Art Walk provides a tour of new monthly art exhibits; and annual events such as the Loop the Lake Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival, the Blue Ox Marathon, Bemidji Winterfest, and The Minnesota Finlandia bring the community together.

For those who love the outdoors, there are wooded, multi-use trail systems within minutes of campus and community parks with walking trails, playgrounds and a skate park. Lake Bemidji State Park and its miles of navigable trails is located directly across the lake from BSU, and the Buena Vista Ski Area — just 12 miles north of town — offers downhill skiing and BSU-sponsored student transportation in the winter months. Further, the Mississippi River Headwaters is a mere 45 minutes from Bemidji.

For further information, visit our website at: https://www.ntcmn.edu

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Statement of Notice

Northwest Technical College prohibits discrimination and sexual violence of any kind. Contact the Center for Civil Rights Investigation Office if you have concerns regarding discrimination and/or sexual violence. Per Minnesota State System Procedure 1B.3.1, all universities and colleges must provide contact information of their Title IX Coordinator.

Steven D. Parker, Campus Diversity Officer & Title IX Coordinator
Email: TitleIX@bemidjistate.edu
Phone: (218) 755-4121
1500 Birchmont Drive NE, Deputy Hall, Room 211, Bemidji, MN 56601

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