Vice President for Academic Affairs and Workforce Development

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Workforce Development


Western Piedmont Community College
1001 Burkemont Avenue
Morganton, NC 28655
Phone: 828-438-6000

Job Location

Main Campus


Commensurate with experience and credentials



Job Category

  • Executive/Administrative/Managerial

Application Period

Opens: Monday, April 26, 2021
Closes: Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Target Start Date

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Expected Work Hours


Reports to


Employment Type


Minimum Qualifications

1. A Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education is required.
2. Minimum of 10 years of increasing management experience with five years’ experience in an institution of higher education, preferably in a community college.
3. Possess and demonstrate effective written and oral communication and human relation skills.

Preferred Qualifications

1. Doctorate degree preferred.
2. Teaching experience in a community college is highly desired.

Position Description

The Vice President for Academic Affairs serves as the Chief Academic Officer and is responsible to the President for the academic credit and non-credit/workforce development enterprise, including program development and assessment; teaching and learning assessment; faculty appointment, professional development, and evaluation; and development of academic policy and procedures. The principal responsibility is to facilitate an environment that promotes excellence in teaching, learning, and cultural enrichment for all faculty and staff across all teaching modalities. The VPAA facilitates the establishment and delivery of economic and workforce development training that is designed to respond to the needs of students, businesses, and industries in Burke County and across the southeast region.

Essential Responsibilities/Duties
1. Responsible for the direct supervision of:
a. Dean of Arts and Sciences
b. Dean of Applied Technologies
c. Director of Workforce Development and Continuing Education
d. Director of Distance Learning
e. Director of Law Enforcement Training
f.  Director of College and Career Readiness
g. Director of Nursing
h. Coordinator for Academic Programs

2. Strategic Vision and Program Development
a. Plays a leadership role in developing and ensuring execution of a vision that advances student access, excellence in teaching and learning, and student success across all academic and workforce departments.
b. Propose and develop new and innovative curriculum programming to further the mission of the College and grow enrollment.
c. Responsible for recommending and implementing an organizational structure and plan for the academic division that supports student success.
d. Propose and develop plans for facilities that meet the expanding needs of the college.
e. Demonstrates an understanding of the importance of aligning teaching practice to different learning styles and utilizing multiple modalities, and works to advance the capacity and practice of faculty college-wide.
f. Demonstrates a commitment to evidence-based practice by using data to make decisions, celebrate successes, and communicate priorities; regularly modifies evidence-based strategies and programs to account for changing landscapes, policies, and student needs.
g. Demonstrates a commitment to improving student learning and success through strategic approaches to faculty appointment, professional development, evaluation and assessment.

3. Collaboration
a. Deeply values the engagement of faculty and academic leaders throughout the College in advancing a strategic vision and understands the roles of academic leaders and decision-making processes in institutional transformation.
b. Maintains strong relationships with other college executives, including the Vice President for Student Success and Support Services, Vice President for Administrative Services and Executive Director of the Foundation.
c. Work cooperatively with the Project Manager for Innovation and Partnership to develop curriculum programs.
d. Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout all levels of the organization.
e. Responsible for coordinating a liaison program with higher education and secondary education institutions that strengthens articulation programs.

4. Operations
a. Responsible for cooperating with the Chief Financial Officer in the formulation and implementation of the budget as it applies to academic success personnel’s salaries, benefits, and departmental operation expenses.
b. Responsible for cooperating with the Vice President for Student Success and Support Services in promotion of the College and programs, developing sound recordkeeping and student tracking, managing student learning challenges, developing additional funding sources through grant opportunities, and working with the WPCC Foundation to develop funding for the College and for students.
c. Assign instructional and support staff in cooperation with the Division Deans and Directors.
d. Responsible for the coordination of a comprehensive plan for curriculum program development, implementation and evaluation.
e. Responsible for recommending academic personnel for employment, reappointment, and termination.
f.  Responsible for the assignment of classrooms, laboratories, and other institutional spaces related to the support of instructional programs as well as academic affairs personnel work spaces.
g. Direct, review and approve the preparation and distribution of all master class schedules.
h. Responsible for working across the college to develop and maintain record keeping structures for FTE program compliance with state regulations and laws.
i.  Perform other assignments as assigned.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online at

Job Post Contact

Anita Berry

Benefit/Recruitment Specialist

Western Piedmont Community College

(828) 448-3127


Western Piedmont Community College, an equal opportunity employer, values and encourages campus diversity in students, faculty, and staff.