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Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs

Central Lakes College

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Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs


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Classification Title
Minnesota State Administrator 9

Working Title
Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs

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Vice President ASA



Full/Part Time
Full Time


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Work Schedule/Hours/Days
Monday – Friday
Telework Options Available

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220, Minnesota State Administrators/State Managerial Plan

Job Description
The VPASA provides the educational and administrative leadership to academic and student affairs faculty and staff with a clear focus on student success, achieving equitable student outcomes, and serving the community in support of the CLC mission, “we build futures.” The VPASA works to achieve excellence and innovation in the College’s academic and student services programs, ensures that the region’s workforce demands are met, strategically builds enrollment and student success, and prioritizes relationships in all aspects of the work.
Reporting to the President, the VPASA provides the vision and overall guidance for policy formulation, educational planning, the Higher Learning Commission accreditation process, budgeting, and new program development. This position serves as the chief administrative representative on Academic Affairs and Standards Council and participate in various Minnesota State, community, state, and national organizations. The VPASA leads the following positions: 6 Academic Deans/Administrators (Dean of Staples, Dean of Brainerd Technical Education, Dean of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Executive Director of Ag Partnerships, Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Success, Dean of Students, Wellness & Equity); Director of Small Business Development Center; Director of Technology; Management Analyst; Research Analyst; and an Office Administrator.

Required Qualifications
  • Master’s degree with highest degree earned from a regionally-accredited institution;
  • Five years of administrative experience leading faculty and staff in a postsecondary educational setting;
  • College-level teaching experience;
  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission of the comprehensive community and technical college;
  • Demonstrated success building relationships with faculty and staff based on shared values of trust, respect, transparency;
  • Demonstrated commitment to academic excellence and rigor;
  • Demonstrated commitment to enrollment management and student services that enhance equitable persistence, progression, and completion rates.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Doctoral degree from a regionally-accredited institution;
  • College level teaching experience in a community college environment;
  • Leadership behaviors that demonstrate support for academic freedom, shared governance, inclusion and participation in decision-making, and creating a positive, respectful culture;
  • Demonstrated willingness to take initiative by changing policy and/or process to benefit students and the college;
  • Demonstrated success developing and sustaining new academic programs.
  • Demonstrated success in designing and implementing effective enrollment management strategies;
  • Knowledge and experience with policies and practices relating to excellence in teaching; curriculum development; instructional program planning and budgeting; program innovation, assessment, program development and review; articulation/transfer; faculty evaluation; staff development; distance and on-line education; course and faculty scheduling; technology to support instruction and overall college infrastructure; and customized training.
  • Knowledge and experience in the areas of fostering relationships with public school and workforce partners;
  • Experience managing complex budgets;
  • Knowledge and experience in mentoring and professional development;
  • Experience working with faculty in liberal arts and technical education programs in a collective bargaining environment;
  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusion and diversity;
  • Authentic communication and listening skills;
  • Success in grant writing and administration;
  • Experience with customized training or revenue-generating workforce solutions.

Other Requirements

Central Lakes College invites applications and nominations for the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs.

About the Institution
Central Lakes College – Brainerd and Staples is one of 37 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities ( www.minnstate.edu), offering excellent, affordable education in 54 communities across the state. CLC’s roots run deep in tradition dating to 1938 in Brainerd and 1950 in Staples. CLC is a comprehensive community and technical college serving about 5,500 students per year. Learn more about the strategic plan here.
Central Lakes College focuses on inspiring learning, advancing innovation and transforming the lives of its students. With knowledgeable, caring faculty and staff, and results-oriented programs, The college is a regional leader in educating our future workforce. Together, we build futures.
Over a recent, five-year period, CLC experienced 53 percent enrollment growth, pushing to more than 6,000 the number of people taking at least one class from the college during an academic year.
Now offering over 70 programs – including an Associate of Arts Honors degree – the college has expanded partnerships with area school districts and the business community to work toward a sustainable economy with a workforce that earns living wages. College-in-the-Schools has built on educational partnerships across the region to enable qualified high school instructors to deliver CLC courses from home school districts to eligible students, all in collaboration with CLC instructors.
Home to the North Central Regional Small Business Development Center, CLC is the center of economic development helping young businesses thrive, while it remains at the cutting edge of farm research through its Ag and Energy Center. Research on irrigation and other farm operations is becoming a catalyst for agriculture research and demonstration in the coarse, sandy plains of central Minnesota.
Central Lakes College (CLC) begins making an impact early, meeting each student at different points along their educational journey and helping them toward their chosen pathway. A robust concurrent enrollment program, well-tailored technical programs, and an associate of arts degree enables a student to start at CLC, saving time and money. Students who have earned the associate’s degree may then elect to transfer to any Minnesota State four-year college or university.
Living in the Area
Nestled in the center of Minnesota and with a population of 14,000, Brainerd boasts small-town charm and is set along some of the most beautiful and popular lakes in Minnesota. For generations, dozens of resorts in the Brainerd area—130 miles northwest of the Twin Cities—have drawn travelers seeking laid-back lake escapes.
Brainerd is an inviting small city west of Minneapolis full of amazing places to explore like Brainerd International Raceway displaying its unique environment or Northland Arboretum offering fun rides and tour opportunities; they organize vivid festivals like Brainerd Jaycees Street Fest every August. Compared to the rest of the country, Brainerd’s cost of living is 18.3% lower than the U.S. average.
Residents can enjoy miles of biking, hiking, and off-road adventure trails. Fishing enthusiasts will find a thriving community to join. With a bustling shopping scene in Brainerd, Nisswa, Crosslake, and Pequot Lakes, there is something for everyone in Brainerd Lakes.
Staples is a small and vibrant community filled with activities for everyone including music, fine arts, sports, and outdoor recreation. Outdoor activities include fishing, hunting, swimming, hiking, biking, and camping.

Benefits Info
GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.
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Open until filled. First review of applicants will take place on 4/3/2023.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Central Lakes College is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in employment and education opportunity. No person shall be discriminated against in the terms and conditions of employment, personnel practices, or access to and participation in, programs, services, and activities with regard to race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, or membership or activity in a local commission as defined by law. This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling TTY 1-800-627-3529.

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