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Presidential Search: Position Profile

The President reports to the Chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) and is accountable through the Chancellor to the Board of Regents. The Nevada System of Higher Education includes four community colleges, one state college, two universities and one research institute. The successful presidential candidate for Western Nevada College will offer visionary, collaborative and transformational leadership to the college and focus on immediate opportunities and challenges while working with a wide range of constituencies to plan for the future.

Students enjoy the welcome BBQ at Western Nevada College

OVERVIEW

Western Nevada College (WNC, Western), a member of the Nevada System of Higher Education, is a comprehensive community college that serves more than 4,600 students each year primarily within a five-county area spanning more than 8,000 square miles. Since 1971, WNC has offered a wide range of educational opportunities with a balanced focus on accessible pathways to careers, transfer degrees and sustainable student success.

Western’s main campus is in Nevada’s capital, Carson City; WNC also has rural campuses in Fallon and Minden, and serves smaller Nevada communities including Fernley, Yerington, Silver Springs and Dayton. By offering diverse degree, certificate, and university transfer programs, scheduling classes at convenient times and offering a number of degrees and certificates completely online, WNC ensures students an accessible, positive and supportive college experience. The college offers a Bachelor of Applied Science, Associates of Arts, Science and Business, non-transfer Associates of Applied Science and General Studies, and Certificates of Achievement and Completion.

Western Nevada College has a number of noteworthy programs, initiatives and facilities. The Jump Start College program enables students to earn an associate degree before they graduate from high school, the Veterans Resource Center has become a model Nevada program helping veterans and their families transition to higher education, and the Jack C. Davis Observatory is open to the public and provides a research-level facility for WNC students and the community. The Nursing & Allied Health Division provides one of the top ranked nursing degree programs in Nevada. In response to the growth of high tech manufacturing in the region, the Career and Technical Education Division has initiated many program changes including the internationally recognized Siemen’s Certified Mechatronics Systems Certification. Western has an outstanding Musical Theater Company that operates in Carson City through the college’s performing arts program. The college has just been recognized for having the fourth best online associate in multimedia design in the country.

Dr. Herring displays a chemical reaction for students

OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AND STUDENT SUCCESS

Support opportunities for the retention and success of all students. Continue trend of increasing enrollment. Strengthen student development beyond the classroom and demonstrate support of innovative teaching and learning practices with a high priority on academic excellence. Address changing student demographics. Possess an understanding of traditional and non-traditional students, career and technical education, and transfer education and maintain a good blend of transfer education and career and technical education programs to meet workforce needs. Understand the implications of higher education as a critical driver and component of the economic engine in the state of Nevada. Collaborate with community and business to plan programs, services and campus facilities to enhance work force development.

BUDGET CONSTRAINTS AND ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

Everyone is doing more with less and budget constraints have fostered collaborative relationships across functional areas to meet student access and success needs. A continued focus on internal organizational processes and staff committed to those processes is imperative for the institution to continue its nimble responsiveness to the regions it serves. It is important to align organizational structure with college mission and vision priorities and strategic planning and budgeting. Funding challenges require friend and fundraising both within the context of specific programs and also in the development of sustainable revenue streams presenting the opportunity to raise private and public funds and engage in developing alternative revenue sources. Partner with the WNC Foundation to embrace its contributions and the college’s future development plans.

VISIONARY LEADERSHIP AND COMMUNICATION

Possess visionary, innovative and inspirational leadership skills. Display a distinguished record of academic and administrative achievement as well as ethical leadership and integrity. Honor and respect the dedication, talent and contributions of faculty and staff whose efforts are always focused on student success. Demonstrate an understanding of and appreciation for the mission and vision of a community college serving suburban and rural Nevada. Embrace the unique culture and large service area of WNC to effectively lead the institution. Be student-centered, a great listener and learner, and mindful of engagement. Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills that facilitate successful relationships on behalf of the College with the legislature, college supporters, economic development entities, media, NSHE Board of Regents, Chancellor and other NSHE institutions. Effectively communicate and collaborate with internal administrators, staff and students at remote facilities. Execute chief ambassador responsibilities in the community to business and industry, K-12, university partners and all other relevant constituent groups; be highly effective in branding and marketing the institution.

Western Nevada College 2017 Commencement

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Increasingly responsible administrative and leadership experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to and support of diversity, equity and inclusion

DESIRED PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES, CHARACTERISTICS AND EXPERIENCES

  • Earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution
  • Post-secondary teaching experience, especially at a community college
  • At least five years of senior level administrative experience in higher education, especially at a comprehensive community college within a complex system
  • Ability to be an ambassador for the college and collaborate within the system, its colleges and universities
  • Track record of success related to business and industry and community partnerships
  • Preference for data informed decision-making
  • Able to balance workforce development with transfer education at a comprehensive community college; experience with both general education and CTE
  • Understanding of non-traditional students and developmental education needs
  • Experience evaluating internal controls and organizational structure for maximized efficiency and effectiveness
  • Experienced friend and fundraiser, ability to expand the institution’s grant making capabilities and sustainable revenue streams along with scholarships, and business and industry partnerships
  • Experience with operationalized strategic plans tied to budget
  • Experience working with local government officials
  • Accreditation experience
  • Collective bargaining experience; supportive of faculty
  • Shared Governance (or similar decision-making model) experience
  • Success in promoting a holistic student experience both in and out of the classroom; support of collaborative relationships between academic and student affairs functional areas
  • Possess an entrepreneurial spirit in support of the college’s culture to include fostering creative thinking and measured risk-taking
  • Evidence of effective team-building, ability to hold courageous conversations; embraces participative, student centered decision making; communicates decisions widely
  • Good listener, caring, trustworthy, authentic; ability to motivate, empower, mentor and inspire

HOW TO APPLY

The Nevada System of Higher Education, the Board of Regents Search Committee and the Institutional Advisory Committee invite nominations and expressions of interest for the position of President, Western Nevada College.

Minimum qualifications include a Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, increasingly responsible administrative and leadership experience and a demonstrated commitment to and support of diversity, equity and inclusion.

The Soft Application Deadline is MARCH 11, 2018
Please send the following application materials to the search consultant (electronic transmissions are strongly encouraged).

  • Letter expressing interest in the opportunity and how your background matches position requirements (not to exceed five pages)
  • Resume
  • Contact information (direct phone and email) for a range of professional references (six minimum)

All inquiries, expressions of interest, nominations and applications are to be directed to the search consultant and are strictly confidential. Open meeting law applies to final candidates.


Marti J. Cizek, President, Cizek Associates, Inc.
wnc@cizekassociates.com
(602) 553-1066


Western Nevada College (WNC) is a member of the Nevada System of Higher Education and an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer that values diversity in its work force and does not discriminate on the basis of race; creed; color; religion; sex; age; national origin; veterans status; physical/mental disability; gender, including a pregnancy-related condition; gender identity or expression; sexual-orientation; or genetics in its programs and activities and provides equal access to facilities to all. For additional information, contact the WNC Title IX Coordinator at (775) 445-4236.