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Vice President of Education

College Overview

The College of Lake County (CLC) is a vibrant community college with a focus in advancing student learning and success, promoting diversity, global engagement and sustainability and ensuring a culture of innovation, excellence and continuous improvement. The College is a leader in areas such as international education, award-winning sustainability projects and the creation of strong pathways to bachelor’s degrees through university partnerships. In addition, the College provides an opportunity for near debt-free education with its Promise Program. Overall, the College stands out in the community as a leader in placing students with local employers—in fact, eight out of 10 local employers have hired graduates of CLC in the last 10 years.

The College of Lake County is a public, comprehensive community college serving northeastern Illinois. CLC is located in Lake County, a region that includes a rich diversity and a number of flourishing communities in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Lake County, Illinois has a great deal of recreational land and provides a home to many successful start-up businesses and Fortune 500 global headquarters. (Additional information may be seen at www.lakecountypartners.com).

CLC first opened for classes on September 25, 1969, welcoming 2,360 students. In the years since, the College has grown to include two additional campus locations as well as several extension sites and has served more than 400,000 students. The unduplicated student enrollment at CLC during spring 2019 totaled 14,455.

CLC’s main campus is centrally located in Lake County in the Village of Grayslake. The Grayslake Campus is the College’s original campus and is also the largest of the three campuses. In addition to Grayslake, CLC has two additional campuses: the Lakeshore Campus opened in 1976 in the urban city of Waukegan, and the Southlake Campus opened in 2007 in the suburban community of Vernon Hills.

CLC has a growing online presence with 12 percent of students enrolled exclusively in fully or partially (blended) online courses. The College offers a full range of student services to support learning at each campus. CLC offers 52 associate degree programs and 118 credit-bearing certificates across its three campuses. CLC designs its academic offerings at each location to meet the needs of transfer, career, adult and vocational education and continuing education students. In addition, the college offers GED test preparation, adult literacy, and English as a second language programs as well as a variety of non-credit course options for personal enrichment and professional development.

Additional information about each campus is accessible on the individual campus web pages on the CLC website www.clcillinois.edu.

With 1,589 full- and part-time employees, CLC is one of the larger employers in Lake County. CLC’s 215 full-time and 820 adjunct faculty members provide instruction both on campus and online. Five hundred and fifty-four full-time administrators and full- and part-time staff members ensure that the College is operating effectively in providing support and services for students and the community. The College also employs an additional 200 student workers in any given semester throughout the year.

CLC enjoys a AAA bond rating, and the College’s fiscal year 2020 operating budget is approximately $104.3 million. Nearly 28 percent of the College’s revenue comes from student tuition and fees and about 64 percent comes from local property taxes. State finances represent approximately 6 percent of the College’s operating budget. The remainder comes from interest earnings and other sources. The College was recently accredited for 10 years by the Higher Learning Commission.

College of Lake County Fact Sheet – Spring 2019

Mission, Vision, and Values

The College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves.

The College of Lake County is a leader in providing innovative education and workforce solutions.

Purpose • Integrity • Excellence • Inclusion • Unity • Compassion

Strategic Pillar 1: Access & Success for Students
Definition: Facilitate learning through a student-ready systemic design framework focused on creating an ideal and equitable student experience. Intentionally design curriculum to provide clear paths for all student entry points and a seamless transition to transfer or career.

Strategic Pillar 2: Equity & Inclusion
Definition: Create success for every student and employee by providing a supportive, barrier-free environment that enables them to achieve academic, career and personal goals.

Strategic Pillar 3: Teaching & Learning Excellence
Definition: Achieve teaching and learning excellence by empowering full-time and adjunct faculty in their central role in the Lancer Success Framework, including the examination of pedagogy through data, engagement in meaningful professional development and the integration of academic supports with classroom learning and student feedback.

Strategic Pillar 4: Community & Workforce Partnerships
Definition: Facilitate the economic vitality of Lake County’s diverse communities through collaborative partnerships with workforce and educational partners to ensure a sufficient skilled workforce talent pipeline.

Strategic Pillar 5: Collaborative Culture
Definition: Facilitate student learning through a values-based, student-focused collaborative culture that upholds individual, team and organizational accountability.

Strategic Pillar 6: Strategic Use of Resources
Definition: Ensure a sustainable and fiscally sound College through nimble, prudent use of resources focused on maximizing student success outcomes, achieving revenue growth and ensuring state-of-the-art physical and virtual environments to serve the diverse needs of Lake County.

Position Summary

The Vice President of Education and Chief Academic Officer is the executive leader responsible for the culture of teaching and learning excellence at the College of Lake County (CLC). The Vice President of Education is an equity-minded, visionary leader committed to advancing student access to high quality, active and collaborative learning experiences and success outcomes for CLC’s diverse student body. The Vice President of Education demonstrates collaborative, values-driven leadership and is responsible for creating a dynamic work environment characterized by collegiality and inclusiveness for all students, faculty, and staff. The Vice President of Education is a strategic thought leader for the organization, reporting directly to the President, and serving on the College Leadership Team.

The Vice President of Education ensures inclusive, equitable, personalized, and culturally relevant, learning experiences across three campuses (Grayslake, Lakeshore, and Southlake). The Vice President of Education is responsible for full-scale alignment of divisional standards and work within the College’s strategic priorities to achieve the mission and vision of the organization. The Vice President also ensures continuous improvement of student success outcomes through the ongoing development of faculty, leaders and staff within Educational Affairs. The Vice President is also responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of programming and credentials focused on increasing educational attainment through intentionally designed pathways and aligned with workforce needs for the diverse communities in Lake County.

The Vice President of Education provides leadership for the academic units across all campuses, including faculty development as follows:

  • Adult Education and ESL
  • Biological and Health Sciences
  • Business and Social Sciences
  • Communication Arts, Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Engineering, Math and Physical Sciences
  • Lakeshore Campus Academic Operations
  • Southlake Campus Academic Operations
  • Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence

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Opportunity Overview

Equity and Inclusion and Student Access and Success are key pillars in the College of Lake County’s newly developed strategic plan along with its designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution. This Vice President will play a critical role in its implementation and will have a history of developing and putting into place successful student success initiatives and programs. A collaborative worker with a strong drive to initiate change and a leader who can find early credibility among the faculty is most welcomed. College of Lake County seeks a leader with a history of working within an institution that has focused on evidence-based initiatives that have led to improved student success. At CLC, this commitment is demonstrated by the College’s recent membership with Achieving the Dream.

Experience / Skills

Required Qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • A minimum of seven years successful post-secondary leadership and academic administrative experience with ongoing professional development.
  • A minimum of three years teaching or related experience in higher education, with a proven record of improved student success outcomes and scholarly excellence.
  • Experience fostering an inclusive and equitable learning environment in a diverse setting.
  • An exceptionally skilled communicator able to build relationships internally and externally.
  • Experience in leading and managing within a multi-campus and multi-division environment.
  • Demonstrated professional experience using evidence-based decision-making, short and long-term planning and working within an accountability structure.

Desired Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • Community college leadership is highly preferred.
  • Community college teaching experience is also preferred.
  • Experience in student-focused initiatives to improve access, success and completion.
  • Ability to inspire others and build a culture of engagement through high energy and skill in communicating a vision of academic excellence, with personal strengths in ethical values and relational leadership.
  • Demonstrated success in enhancing equity, diversity and inclusion for students, staff and faculty, including diversity initiatives in hiring of faculty and fostering multicultural competence.
  • Developing academic and career-focused programs that meet the needs of students, employers and the community.
  • Commitment to the open access mission of community colleges, including experience with career, transfer and continuing education programming.
  • Mentoring and supporting faculty and staff in their professional development.
  • Securing state or federal grants or other such funding.
  • Experience with the Higher Learning Commission and other professional external accrediting agencies.
  • Working within a shared governance system and a collective-bargaining environment.
  • Experience in the successful development and management of multi-division budgets, across a multi-campus system.
  • Experience collaborating with units, divisions and departments outside of own direct area of responsibility, specifically Student Development, Information Technology, Marketing, Human Resources and Administrative Affairs.
  • Experience with a multi-campus system, flexible delivery programs and integration of instructional technology.
  • Experience incorporating multi-disciplinary and college-wide sustainability initiatives within instructional practices.

Application Process

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Please direct inquiries and nominations to the College’s search consultant: Angela Provart, President, Pauly Group, Inc., 3901 Wood Duck Drive, Suite E Springfield, IL 62711, Phone: 217-241-5400, Fax: 217-241-5401, E-mail: aprovart@paulygroup.com.

Please submit electronically to aprovart@paulygroup.com the following documents as Adobe Acrobat or MS Word attachments: (1) a cover letter that addresses the Opportunity Overview; (2) a current résumé; and (3) names and contact information of five professional references.

The committee will begin review of applications immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with materials submitted by Monday, September 16, 2019 receiving priority consideration. All applications are confidential and references will not be contacted without the expressed authorization of the applicant.

Candidates selected for an interview will be required to complete and submit a formal College of Lake County application.

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