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                     Vice President for Instruction

College Overview

Located in the northwest corner of the United States, Peninsula College is nestled in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains. The main campus in Port Angeles, Washington overlooks the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the nearby city of Victoria, British Columbia, and has easy access to the Pacific Ocean, Olympic National Park, and Seattle. It is arguably the most beautiful community college setting in the United States.

Complementing our region’s physical beauty is a unique diversity of cultures and populations. Peninsula College recognizes the tribes, nations, cultures, and identities that form our College community, and we are committed to fostering success across all student populations. To this end, we seek candidates with demonstrable passion for, and experience with, successfully supporting such diverse populations.

As a public comprehensive community college with baccalaureate-granting authority, Peninsula College is highly regarded by businesses, schools, and community partners for its culture of innovation, high academic standards, and strategic vision. The College is part of the 34-college Washington State Community and Technical College System and is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.  

The College serves more than 3,800 students (1,328 FTE) through its main campus and Port Townsend and Forks campuses, its correctional facilities, and its online course offerings. In the last decade, the College undertook an ambitious construction campaign to provide a welcoming environment centered on teaching and learning. The College community is vibrant, engaged, and committed to serving the diverse needs of the local communities across its 3,600 square mile service district.

The College culture is defined by its Guiding Principles, which value respect, open and honest communication, integrity and collaboration. The College is a leader in the Guided Pathways work in Washington State, and is deeply engaged in creating institutional change to support this vision. The College is highly regarded as a warm and welcoming place. Click here for a video about Peninsula College.

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Facts and Figures

Campus Profile

Peninsula College is a public, comprehensive community college. It was founded in 1961 and is one of 34 community and technical colleges in the state of Washington. The College service district encompasses Clallam and Jefferson Counties on the Olympic Peninsula.

The North Olympic Peninsula is ecologically and culturally diverse. The area’s forests, mountains, rivers, lakes, and numerous watersheds have been central to its history and culture. Peninsula College emphasizes this diversity in a variety of unique degree opportunities, such as a BAS in Business Management, and working with university partners, the BA in Environmental Policy, BS in Environmental Science, and Native Pathways BA.

Through close collaboration with six local tribal nations—Hoh, Quileute, Makah, Port Gamble S’Klallam, Jamestown S’Klallam and Lower Elwha Klallam, Peninsula College built the first longhouse on a U.S. community college campus. The ʔaʔk̓ʷustəƞáwt̓xʷ House of Learning, Peninsula College Longhouse is an important space for cultural events, ceremonies, workshops, collaboration, and reflective learning.

The main campus is located in Port Angeles and occupies 75 acres in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains. Extension sites are located in Forks, 57 miles west of Port Angeles, and in Port Townsend, 46 miles to the east. Peninsula College is the only resident institution of higher education on the North Olympic Peninsula.

Mission, Vision and Guiding Principles

Mission
Peninsula College educates diverse populations of learners through community-engaged programs and services that advance student equity and success.

Core Themes:

  • Advancing Student Success
  • Achieving Academic Excellence
  • Fostering Equity and Inclusion
  • Strengthening Communities

Vision:
Peninsula College is a destination of cultural and environmental diversity where academic excellence transforms students’ lives and strengthens communities.

Guiding Principles:

The college community is guided by the following principles:

  • The teaching/learning process is at the center of the mission of Peninsula College.
  • Members of the campus community will treat each other with mutual respect and dignity.
  • Members of the campus community will be open and honest in their communications.
  • Members of the campus community shall promote a positive work environment and avoid adversarial relationships.
  • Each member of the campus community shall act ethically and with integrity.
  • The campus will engage in collaborative decision-making processes.

Opportunity Overview

The Vice President of Instruction (VPI) serves as Chief Academic Officer and, in collaboration with other College leaders, is responsible for implementing the shared College vision and direction of academic programs and instructional delivery. The Office of Instruction encompasses the Arts and Sciences, Professional/Technical Programs, Longhouse, Basic Skills, Workforce Education, Corrections Education, Library, and eLearning. In leading these areas, the VPI’s responsibilities include strategic planning, assessment, accreditation fulfillment, program development, innovation in instructional technologies, budget management and the recruitment, development, and support of faculty.

Position Responsibilities

  • Demonstrate and advance the Guiding Principles of the College;
  • Advocate strongly for teaching, learning, and student success as a member of the College leadership team;
  • Communicate effectively and accurately regarding the needs and interests of the institution per its strategic priorities and those needs and interests specific to areas of Instruction;
  • Manage and collaboratively advance the Instructional mission of the College, which includes a strategic focus on Guided Pathways to build opportunities for success across all student populations;
  • Provide leadership in the assessment of institutional effectiveness and mission fulfillment, ensuring compliance with NWCCU accreditation standards, and nurturing a culture of inquiry;
  • Collaborate with faculty and institutional research staff to identify and strategically resolve inequities affecting student success in courses and academic programming;
  • Work with College leadership team and all areas of Instruction in ongoing, systematic strategic enrollment management;
  • Assess needs for new Instructional programs and services and direct the implementation of new programs;
  • Initiate, facilitate, and collaborate in innovative program planning, delivery, and ongoing evaluation;
  • Support the development of entrepreneurial non-credit and workforce training programs;
  • Support faculty in their efforts to continuously improve the integrity and quality of curricula and pedagogies;
  • Champion the professional development of faculty and Instructional staff;
  • Coordinate evaluation procedures for faculty and Instructional support staff.

Required Professional Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree;
  • Teaching experience in higher education setting;
  • Demonstrated commitment to student success, innovative teaching approaches (I-Best, learning communities, competency-based programs, etc.), and use of technology to enhance the teaching/learning process;
  • Experience with and passion for promoting success among diverse student populations;
  • Demonstrated commitment to the Teacher/Scholar model;
  • Evidence of dynamic leadership and management of faculty, staff, and programs;
  • Demonstrated commitment to shared governance;
  • Ability to solve problems effectively, efficiently, and collaboratively;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with faculty, students, staff, and the community in multiple modalities.

Preferred Professional Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate or substantial progress towards the doctorate;
  • Experience in an administrative position in higher education with community and/or technical college experience;
  • Experience teaching in higher education at the community college level;
  • Experience with Guided Pathways redesign;
  • Experience developing and supporting international programs.

Employment Terms:

  • Full-time annual exempt position.
  • Salary: Dependent upon qualifications and experience.
  • Excellent benefits package including medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance; paid vacation and sick leave; retirement plan; optional credit union and tax deferred annuity programs. Peninsula College contributes $939.00 per month (minimum) towards the cost of the Washington State employee insurance programs. The College also supports professional development.
  • The successful candidate must pass a National Criminal Background Check.
  • In compliance with the Immigration and Naturalization Act, proof of authorization to work in the United States will be required at the time of hire.

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; (3) unofficial transcripts; and (4) 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, March 16, 2020 receiving priority consideration. All applications are confidential and references will not be contacted without the expressed authorization of the applicant.

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