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Vice President of Instruction and Learning Services

The Vice President of Instruction and Learning Services is the Chief Academic Officer of the College and reports directly to the President. The Vice President participates as a member of the College’s Executive Council and chairs the Joint Leadership Council that includes academic and student services deans. The Vice President provides leadership, vision, and administrative management for instructional programs and services at the College. The Vice President also collaborates with and supervises the academic deans; leads academic planning, policy, curriculum, and program development efforts; and establishes academic budgeting priorities.

Position Profile

Opportunity Overview

Reporting to the President and collaborating with a talented team of vice presidents, deans, and nearly 200 full-time faculty, the Vice President will champion excellence and innovation in teaching. A strong academic record, collaborative leadership style and strategic vision to advance academic program offerings and transform Delta College's delivery of career and transfer curriculum, are needed.

This candidate should have an exemplary record of academic administrative leadership experience, as well as the ability to plan, direct and evaluate a complex operation. It's essential that this candidate be able to think analytically and creatively in support of the College's strategic plan, mission and vision and to engage the academic community at all levels. The demonstrated desire and ability to expand external funding via grants, gifts and partnerships is an advantage.

This is an exciting role for an experienced educator who is interested in delivering the future of community college education.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serves as Chief Academic Officer, providing innovative leadership for the Academic Services unit of the College.
  • Provides leadership, vision, and administrative management for instructional programs and services at the College.
  • Leads academic planning, policy, curriculum, and program development, academic assessment, and program review efforts.
  • Provides leadership in developing and offering market-driven academic and career programs and in course scheduling with an emphasis on quality, access, student learning, and success while working collaboratively with enrollment.
  • Develops, promotes, and evaluates dual enrollment, partnerships, and articulation/transfer agreements.
  • Establishes academic budgeting priorities. Works with deans and division chairs to develop and monitor a budget that adequately funds Academic Services programs while ensuring the most effective use of the College's financial resources.
  • Ensures the development and implementation of continuous quality measures and system improvements for all of Academic Services.
  • Encourages and promotes the importance of meaningful professional development for faculty and staff.
  • Works closely with institutional advancement to access resources for grants, gifts and partnerships.
  • Serves as a member of the President's Executive Council in developing appropriate college policies, procedures and guidelines.
  • Works in a collaborative manner with other college departments and divisions in Delta College’s tradition of shared governance to accomplish all tasks.
  • Monitors technology trends, programs, and applications to ensure that Academic Services technology is up-to-date and available to meet the needs of faculty and students.
  • Engages in community – Represents the College by participating in appropriate boards, organizations, and activities.


  • Masters required, Doctorate preferred from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Progressive senior academic leadership experience with a record of professional accomplishments.
  • Successful college teaching experience.
  • Demonstrated understanding of, and experience in dynamic program and curriculum development, academic assessment, and instructional design.
  • Experience in developing successful delivery models of on-campus, off-site, and online learning.
  • An understanding of and commitment to the community college philosophy.
  • Familiarity with Higher Learning Commission or other regional accreditation process and requirements.
  • Senior level leadership experience in strategic planning and budget development.
  • Competence with the use of research, data, and assessment tools to monitor progress in meeting goals.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity.
  • Demonstrated willingness and ability to listen and communicate effectively with students, faculty, staff and community members.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with Student Services in advancing a transformative higher education experience.

College Information

Delta College, established in 1961, offers 150 transfer and career certificate and associate degree programs, and enrolls nearly 11,000 students each semester at its main campus and three learning centers.

Delta College enjoys a reputation as one of the nation’s leading community colleges. Contributing factors to this achievement are its enduring commitment to excellence, passion for innovation and focus on people. Those values can be seen in its AQIP Higher Learning Commission accreditation, charter membership in the National League for Innovation, Achieving the Dream participation, environmental stewardship and unique shared governance system.

The College’s service area is comprised of Bay, Midland and Saginaw counties, each with its own appealing personality and features, located adjacent to Lake Huron in mid-Michigan. The region is an outstanding choice to live and raise a family because it offers small-town appeal, yet is the corporate headquarters of The Dow Chemical Company and Dow Corning Corporation which gives residents many diverse cultural and entertainment opportunities.

Application Process

Please submit a detailed cover letter (not to exceed five pages) that addresses the required qualifications and a detailed resume or CV to aprovart@paulygroup.com.  All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be forwarded directly to the search committee for consideration.

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

The committee will begin review of applications immediately.   Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with materials submitted by Monday, December 16, 2013 receiving priority consideration.  All applications are confidential and references will not be contacted without the expressed authorization of the applicant.  

At this stage of the process, applicants are not required to submit transcripts or an official employment application.  However, if named a semi-finalist, both will be requested.

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