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Community Colleges of Spokane


501 North Riverpoint Blvd

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Job Category: Administrative

Employment: Full Time

Salary: $119,229



Listing Expires: January 31, 2020

Job Description:

Vice President of Student Affairs

For detailed information regarding this recruitment, please visit this site:

Spokane Falls Community College is conducting a nationwide search to identify the next Vice President of Student Affairs.

SFCC is a beautiful campus overlooking the Spokane River and near the urban center of Spokane, a mid-sized city in the inland Pacific Northwest with a high quality of life and quick access to the outdoors. More information about relocating to / living in Spokane is available here:

SFCC is one of two accredited community colleges that comprise the Community Colleges of Spokane. Serving about 8,200 students, SFCC strives to be an educational leader and a responsive partner with the community and region to provide access to relevant programs of the highest quality. We offer a large liberal arts/transfer program (approximately 75% of total enrollment) as well as state-of-the-art professional technical programs (about 25%). We strive to embrace diversity, promote equity, and foster global awareness at every level of our college.

Vice President of Student Affairs Profile

Minimum Qualifications
An earned Master’s degree from an accredited university with five (5) years of relevant administrative experience.

Preferred Education
Ph.D. or Ed.D. in a relevant field is preferred (Social science, education, public service, business, communication)

Preferred Qualifications


  • Experience integrating technology solutions to positively support student systems and processes
  • Higher education experience, preferably in a community college
  • Demonstrated experience leading student services to include registration and admissions, advising, counseling, development, dual enrollment and student conduct
  • Experience working in a college state system office and a district structure
  • Experience managing in a multi-site organization
  • Experience in implementing guided pathways
  • Experience in Title IX administration
  • Experience working with and providing services to high need/high risk students
  • Experience working in a unionized work environment
  • Experience managing budgets and ensuring fiscal responsibility

The following characteristics, traits and personal competencies are critical to the success of our future Vice President of Student Affairs.

Wisdom: A savvy and humble leader with knowledge drawn from broad experiences; displays critical thinking skills, confidence and a systems perspective; has experience administrating in a unionized environment; and makes decisions informed by data, consistent with mission and driven by a commitment to student success.

Integrity: A trustworthy leader, slow to make promises but quick to keep them; principle-centered and forthright with even the most difficult message; believes full disclosure is a prerequisite to effective problem-solving; and builds trust as an investment. Someone who is approachable, available and visible on campus.

Student Services Expert: A knowledgeable leader who can communicate a vision that inspires others; a visible advocate, both externally and internally to the college; demonstrated experience in and knowledgeable appreciation for a comprehensive community college and student support services role.

Change Agent: a leader who thrives in the face of significant and continuous change; effectively appeals to higher ideals and values as a cause for change; resilient and uses their sense of humor and external interests as a coping mechanism for the inevitable setbacks associated with change; convenes and facilitates solution-focused conversations and processes; and challenges, motivates and empowers their team through change, creating an environment that supports deliberate action over inaction.

Communication: A genuine communicator who is accessible and listens more than they speak; values others’ input as an opportunity to learn; models and demands professional decorum; and considerate of reason and logic.

Commitment: A leader who displays loyalty; personally invested in the success of our students, division, college and region; eager to be a part of our long-term success; inspires loyalty from others; and effectively advocates for our students, programs, faculty, and staff.

Organizational Leadership: A proactive student-centered leader who understands the dynamics of a multi-college/unit organizational structure; values strategic, fiscal and master facility planning; trusts, empowers and inspires enthusiasm among faculty and staff; entrepreneurial in finding resources and implementing strategies to take advantage of a new funding formula; fiscally responsible, risk prudent, action-oriented decision-maker; and possesses a systems perspective that appropriately considers all implications of potential decisions.

Dynamic: A leader who inspires enthusiasm about our mission; projects a clear vision and motivates the entire institution to fulfill it; recognized by the public as synonymous with SCC; accessible and able to connect authentically with faculty, staff, peers and students.

Challenges and Opportunities
Leading the student affairs division in building new team, new working relationships, a new workplace culture and processes during a period of significant personnel turnover, new initiatives and new software integration.

Leading the division in achieving the promise of guided pathways to improve student retention and success through the effective and efficient planning, implementation and integration of pathways methodology.

Leading the division in developing efficient and effective services and processes to support high need/high risk students, the increase of student conduct, mental health and socio-economic issues.

Leading the division in building and revitalizing programs, prioritizing initiatives and building upon innovative programming.

Leading the division in addressing on-going budget challenges Grants – ability to use grants to recruit students, make programs attractive, attainable

Developing a comprehensive enrollment management plan, including the supporting practices needed to effectively balance access, capacity, retention and success within our growing region; Lead student success practices that allow students to efficiently register, access needed support services, efficiently progress toward and successfully complete stated academic goals.

Terms of Employment
Salary: $119,229
Total compensation: $151,540
Anticipated Date of Employment: July 1, 2020

Nominations and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. However, since the SFCC Vice President Student Affairs Search Screening Committee will begin reviewing applications January 31, 2020, submissions are encouraged prior to that time.

Conditions of Employment
The person hired must be able to provide acceptable documentation of U.S. citizenship or lawful authorization to work in the U.S. This is an absolute condition of employment. In addition, CCS maintains a drug-free work and learning environment and prohibits smoking in all college buildings and vehicles. CCS employees must be able to successfully work in and promote a multicultural and diverse work and educational environment.

Application Instructions
Individuals interested in this position should specifically state in a brief (five pages or less) letter of application how they would address Spokane Falls Community College’s challenges and describe how they meet the elements of the college’s Vice President of Student Affairs profile.

Applicants also must submit a current resume and the names, business and home telephone numbers of eight references, including two supervisors, two subordinates (including one classified or support staff), two faculty members, and two business or community members. Applicants from sectors other than higher education should submit comparable references.

References will not be contacted without the applicant’s prior permission.

Nominations and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. However, since the SFCC Vice President Screening Committee will begin reviewing applications January 31, 2020, submissions are encouraged prior to that time.

Applications should be addressed to the SFCC Vice President of Student Affairs Search Committee and submitted to:

SFCC Vice President of Student Affairs Search Committee

Lora Senf, Chair
501 N Riverpoint Blvd Suite 139
PO Box 6000, MS 1004
Spokane WA 99217-6000
Telephone: 509-434-5037
Fax: 509-434-5055

For additional information, contact:

Greg Stevens, screening consultant
501 N Riverpoint Blvd., Suite 139
PO Box 6000, MS 1004
Spokane WA 99217-6000
Telephone: 509-434-5037

All inquiries, nominations and applications will be held in strictest confidence. Community Colleges of Spokane provides equal opportunity in education and employment. Applications and nominations of individuals who would increase the richness of the district’s diversity are welcome.