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Provost and Senior Vice President (Chief Academic Officer)

Institution: Sinclair Community College
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Executive-Other Executive
Posted: 01/23/2020
Application Due: Open until filled
Type: Fulltime

Sinclair Community College, based in Dayton, Ohio, is on the move, reaching record levels of student success, while maintaining extraordinary levels of organizational health and stability.

The college is searching for a Chief Academic Officer who will join the college's team of faculty, staff, administrators, students and community leaders in taking Sinclair to the next levels of diversity, growth and community alignment.

Founded in 1887, Sinclair College is the oldest community college in America.  Its namesake, David A. Sinclair, challenged the college and the community to “Find the need and endeavor to meet it.”  Over 133 years, the college has grown to be part of the fabric of the Dayton, Ohio region and serves nearly 30,000 college credit students annually, offering nearly 300 degree and certificate programs.

Sinclair has for years offered the lowest tuition of any community college in Ohio.  In FY2019, Sinclair awarded more than 8,000 degrees and certificates.  With a team of more than 3,000 full- and part-time faculty and staff, Sinclair operates in five locations throughout the Dayton region with a $150 million annual budget.

Reporting to the college President and serving on the President’s Cabinet, the Provost and Senior Vice President serves as the Chief Academic Officer.  The Provost provides strategic leadership to all academic areas of the college to ensure that teaching and learning reflect the mission and values of the institution. The Provost serves as an advocate for all academic programs, providing leadership to faculty and academic administrators to ensure consistent quality standards in curriculum and programs that meet the needs of students. The Provost oversees the academic integrity of the college and provides leadership in long-range planning, budgeting, curriculum, program development, and faculty support. The Provost ensures compliance with various accrediting bodies as well as with state and federal regulations.


Interested and qualified professionals are invited to apply for this senior level administrative position at one of America's largest and notable community colleges.

For more information about Sinclair Community College and the Provost and Senior Vice President position, visit the website:  www.sinclair.edu/provost-position.


While no one candidate will embody every desired quality, the successful candidate will bring many of the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:


  • Earned doctorate from an accredited college or university

  • At least five years of combined experience as a senior leader in higher education academic affairs (Department Chair, Assistant/Associate Dean, Dean or Assistant/Associate Provost)

  • At least ten years of demonstrated successful experience (in aggregate) in progressively responsible teaching and administrative leadership positions in higher education



Academic Administration:

  • Strong record of successful academic administrative experience in progressively responsible community college positions, which include budgeting, policy, and academic program development

  • Experience with evaluating tenure-track faculty, as well as experience in faculty leadership, mentoring, and faculty development

  • Experience in curriculum development, international programs, online learning, educational technology and academic advising/counseling

  • Successful experience in strategic planning, accreditation, retention, articulation agreement development, and international education

Leadership and Collaboration:

  • Spirit of imagination, openness and collegiality, coupled with the ability to act decisively, proactively, and fairly

  • Strong commitment to shared governance and a creating and maintaining a collegial environment

  • Record of achieving institutional goals and directing major projects

  • Initiator of change and advocate for strategic direction to evolving needs of higher education in today’s competitive landscape

  • Experience in fostering collaboration between academic programs to create interdisciplinary educational experiences for students

  • Ability to work with faculty, staff, and students as well as community groups of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds

Accreditation and Compliance

  • Knowledge of accreditation standards set forth by one or more of the regional accreditation agencies

  • Knowledge of state and federal education regulations and guidelines


To assure priority consideration, applications and nominations will be accepted until February 29, 2020, at noon EST.  The search remains open until filled.

All inquiries, nominations, and applications will be held in confidence to the degree allowable under the law.

In order to receive consideration, applicants must submit a complete application consisting of the following:

  1. A cover letter, preferably no more than five pages, which provides examples from background and experience and addresses the Preferred Qualifications and Attributes in this position announcement;

  2. A current resume of professional experience, educational background, and other pertinent information;

  3. Transcripts of graduate course work (unofficial);

  4. A job description of your most recent position; and

  5. A list of five references, including two supervisors, one direct report, one faculty member (or equivalent).  Include telephone and email address for each reference. Applicants will be informed before any references are contacted.


All application materials must be submitted electronically in PDF format to:  sinclairsearch@gmail.com


Equal Opportunity Employment

Sinclair Community College is strongly committed to a policy of equal opportunity in its employment practices, educational programs and activities, and the many services it offers to the community. The College does not discriminate against applicants, employees, or students on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veteran status, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, or disability.


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