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Niagara County Community College Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences) in Sanborn, New York

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Position Title Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences)

Position Category Full Time Staff

Position Status 12 Month

FLSA Exempt

Advertised Salary $85,900 - $98,785

Department Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Working Hours Monday - Friday (Evening and weekend hours may be required)

General Description

SUNY Niagara is seeking a dynamic and visionary leader to serve as the Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs ( AVPAA ) for the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Division. Reporting directly to the Vice President of Academic Affairs ( VPAA ), the AVPAA will be responsible for providing strategic leadership and oversight for all academic programs within the division. The AVPAA is responsible for the development, direction, and maintenance of effective and efficient instructional and support services within the division. The AVPAA ensures the programs meet all accreditation standards and assists the VPAA in conducting annual evaluations of full-time teaching faculty. The AVPAA plays a key role in promoting excellence in teaching, fostering faculty development, and supporting student success. This position will collaborate with faculty, staff, and administrators to advance the college’s mission and goals and will also serve as an active member of the Academic Council.

The successful candidate will possess demonstrated leadership skills with a track record of fostering collaboration among stakeholders of different departments and divisions. They will have the ability to establish trust, goodwill, and strong relationships with faculty, staff, students, and community partners. The AVPAA must be flexible and adaptable, able to navigate diverse perspectives and changing circumstances.

Strong interpersonal and communication skills are essential, as the AVPAA will engage effectively with diverse stakeholders. They must be able to inspire and motivate others, while also actively listening and responding to the needs and concerns of the college community. Additionally, the AVPAA must have a proven ability to effectively manage conflict and make sound judgments in complex situations.

SUNY Niagara provides phenomenal benefits to our employees. Please visit to view our benefits offerings. Our exceptional work environment fosters growth and personal fulfillment. As an employee, you can expect:

Work-Life Balance: When employees can balance their work and personal lives, they are happier, more productive, and better positioned to support our students. At SUNY Niagara, generous paid time off, holiday, and leave policies make this possible. Our college closes for winter break from late December through early January and a week in mid-March for spring recess. In the summer, employees observe a four-day workweek, allowing them to enjoy all that Western New York offers.

Professional Growth: SUNY Niagara cares about employees’ professional advancement and development. You will have access to ongoing training, programs, and workshops. We support career growth and encourage employees to pursue further education.

Welcoming Culture: SUNY Niagara values the principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice as they create a sense of belonging for our students and employees. We foster a collaborative culture that respects and appreciates different perspectives, ideas, and backgrounds which contribute to the richness of our institution. We believe that our diverse, inclusive community enriches the experiences of students and employees alike.

Meaningful Work: At SUNY Niagara, your work will directly impact the lives of our students and the region we serve. Our college is for all who are passionate about teaching and focused on supporting students. Our small class sizes facilitate engagement. You will shape students’ futures, prepare them for successful careers, and empower them to contribute to society. Your dedication and expertise will propel students to achieve their educational goals.

Become part of an institution that values employees, positively impacts students’ lives, and invests in its community.

Typical Work Activities

  1. Administer and oversee the programs within the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Academic Division.

  2. Provide leadership to advance the division’s mission and goals and develop a divisional strategic plan in alignment with the college’s strategic plan.

  3. Provide leadership and support for faculty development, including mentoring, professional development opportunities, and performance evaluation.

  4. Develop and implement academic policies, procedures, and initiatives to enhance the quality of instruction and student learning outcomes.

  5. Recommend appointments, evaluate, and supervise faculty, program coordinators, and staff with the Academic Division.

  6. Collaborate with faculty and external stakeholders to incorporate interdisciplinary approaches and emerging pedagogies.

  7. Be the liaison to the specialized accrediting agencies as well as state and SUNY entities, ensuring that each program meets accreditation standards, produces timely documents and reports for self-studies, and responds to accrediting agency, state, or SUNY queries. Facilitates on-site visits by accrediting agencies.

  8. In consultation with the program coordinators, oversee the development, review, and revision of curricula to meet academic standards; scheduling of classes; and admissions requirements.

  9. Ensure the assessment of student learning outcomes and the continuous improvement of academic programs and student evaluations for each of the programs.

  10. Coordinate and develop master schedule and teaching assignments consistent with student needs, ensuring programs are staffed with qualified instructors to meet the requirements of the program within budget parameters.

  11. Implement and monitor recommendations and required changes as a result of accreditation/PEERs as well as changes in college policies and procedures.

  12. Implement Academic Affairs policies and procedures for all Academic Policies and Standards and regulations and propose changes to current standards

  13. Prepare the annual budget, facilities, and equipment requests for the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences programs for review by the VPAA and Executive Council.

  14. Allocate resources effectively to support instructional needs, faculty development, and student services and identify external funding opportunities and grants to support programmatic initiatives and innovation.

  15. Establish and conducts meeting with each of the programs and program coordinators.

  16. Coordinate with other college departments and divisions as needed to facilitate faculty and student success.

  17. Collaborate with student services departments to enhance student success and retention initiatives; provide academic advising and support services to students within the division; and address student concerns and complaints in a timely and effective manner.

  18. Respond to faculty and student questions and concerns regarding curriculum or course requirements.

  19. Updates College catalog and web site; develop program brochures as appropriate; and attend meetings as appropriate.

  20. Provide and/or approve professional development opportunities for full-time and part-time faculty and staff.

  21. Represent Arts, Humanities, and Social Science programs to the public, media, Board of Trustees, and internal and external groups.

  22. Other duties as assigned by the VPAA .

    Essential Functions

Ability to relate to students, staff, faculty, senior administration, and the public; ability to navigate relationships with diverse populations; ability to operate computers; ability to travel to meetings and conferences; ability to make oral presentations; and ability to prepare written reports.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Education, Education Leadership, Higher Education Administration, or related program of the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences division;

  • Experience in an administrative role in a higher education institution including exercising budgetary responsibilities as well as monitoring or conducting staff and faculty recruitment, hiring, and supervision;

  • Experience with curriculum development and assessment;

  • Experience with development and/or review of accreditation self-studies, program reviews and/or responses to site visits; experience in conducting faculty orientations, evaluations, and classroom observations; and experience with mentoring faculty.

    Desirable Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree with course work in administration or education.

  • Prior teaching experience in courses related to a program within Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

  • Experience working at a community college.

  • Experience with grant writing and external funding procurement.

  • Experience with online and hybrid learning modalities.

  • Working knowledge of any of the following: Banner, Microsoft 365 (Word, Outlook, Excel, SharePoint, Teams, PowerPoint), Brightspace, Degree Works, Zoom, and Argos.


    About SUNY Niagara

    SUNY Niagara is a thriving educational institution located between the picturesque landscapes of Niagara Falls and the vibrant city of Buffalo, NY. Our college serves a diverse student population and is committed to providing a supportive and inclusive learning environment. With a commitment to academic excellence and student success, SUNY Niagara offers a supportive and collaborative environment for both faculty and staff.

    SUNY Niagara is an accredited institution of higher education that offers high-quality academic programs leading to degrees and certificates that are supported by outstanding student services. The top 4 majors of our students are Liberal Arts and Sciences, Nursing, Psychology, and Criminal Justice. In 2023, SUNY Niagara ranked #1 in graduation rate among community colleges in New York State!

    SUNY Niagara provides a variety of cultural, athletic, social, and international experiences, as well as community education, small business, and workforce development that supports economic development that positively impacts the quality of life of valued stakeholders. The college operates through a collegial model of shared governance and transparency and is accountable for meeting the highest standards of professionalism and integrity.

    SUNY Niagara has two locations in western New York consisting of 287 acres and 11 buildings. The Sanborn, campus is minutes from Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and the Canadian border and is centrally located between the county’s three main cities of Lockport, Niagara Falls, and North Tonawanda. The Sanborn campus offers a traditional college experience with world-class academics, knowledgeable faculty members, state-of-the-art classrooms, NJCAA athletics, and on-campus housing. We continue to invest in our facilities with the addition of the Learning Commons Center, which has become the nucleus of the campus; a place for faculty to collaborate and help students develop critical thinking skills while incorporating state-of-the-art technology and innovative student support services. We also modernized our campus dining commons, providing quality meal options in a sleek, comfortable, collaborative environment.

The Niagara Falls Culinary Institute ( NFCI ) is located in the heart of one of the world’s biggest tourist destinations, Niagara Falls. Fully outfitted with modern labs and tools for students to use as they train in both classic and trendy techniques, NFCI is home to Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry Arts, and Hospitality programs. The college also operates Savor, a fine dining restaurant, and La Patisserie, a European-style pastry café, at NFCI .

Our college nurtures and empowers its students and employees in ways that recognize and value our common humanity as well as the richness of our diversity. SUNY Niagara welcomes applicants who want to join a leading regional institution that provides a dynamic, educational environment, responds to students’ current and emerging needs, and strengthens its community. At SUNY Niagara we embrace diversity and promote inclusion throughout the institution by recognizing, accepting, and celebrating differences within our campus and surrounding communities. Therefore, we desire and pursue candidates who share those principles and encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply to our positions.

EEO Statement

SUNY Niagara does not discriminate and prohibits harassment or discrimination related to any protected category including creed, ethnicity, citizenship, national origin, sex, gender, pregnancy, disability, marital status, political or social affiliation, age, race, color, veteran status, military status, religion, sexual orientation, domestic violence status, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression or perceived gender. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number S284P

Open Date 04/09/2024

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Special Instructions Summary

For full consideration, applications must be submitted by May 12, 2024. If a viable candidate is not found during the initial review, applications submitted after May 12, 2024 will be considered.

SUNY Niagara considers only those applications that clearly demonstrate the applicant meets all required qualifications as indicated on the posting, please review the qualifications before applying. Persons meeting the required qualifications as stated above should submit the following:

• cover letter that addresses each of the qualifications

• resume

• unofficial transcripts

• names and contact information for three (3) current, work related references

Incomplete packets will be rejected for lack of information.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

    • Do you have at least a Master’s degree in Education, Education Leadership, Higher Education Administration, or related program of the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences division?
  • Yes

  • No

    • How many years of experience do you have in an administrative role in a higher education institution including exercising budgetary responsibilities as well as monitoring or conducting staff and faculty recruitment, hiring, and supervision?
  • No experience

  • Less than 1 year

  • 1 - 2 years

  • 2-4 years

  • 5 plus years

    • Do you have experience with curriculum development and assessment?
  • Yes

  • No

    • Do you have experience with development and/or review of accreditation self-studies, program reviews and/or responses to site visits?
  • Yes

  • No

    • Do you have experience in conducting faculty orientations, evaluations, and classroom observations; and experience with mentoring faculty?
  • Yes

  • No

    Documents Needed to Apply

    Required Documents

  • Resume

  • Cover Letter

  • Transcripts

    Optional Documents

  • Letter of Recommendation

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Transcript 2

  • Transcript 3