Valencia College Provost

An Unprecedented Opportunity to Join our Senior Leadership Team

What if you brought your leadership talent and experience to this place where every day, tens of thousands of students write another page in their success stories?

Just imagine how, together, we could improve the lives of nearly 70,000 students each year and take them from what is to what can be.


The Position

In fall 2021, Dr. Kathleen Plinske, president and CEO of Valencia College, announced a new, academic organizational model to meet the needs of our students and community. Our new model includes the introduction of five new provost positions to lead the following areas:

  • Career and Professional Programs
  • Downtown and Winter Park Campuses and Transfer Initiatives
  • East and Lake Nona Campuses
  • Osceola and Poinciana Campuses
  • West and Horizon West Campuses (Horizon West Campus coming soon)

The provost of career and professional programs will provide leadership for Valencia College’s career and professional programs. The campus provosts will provide campus-based and collegewide leadership with an emphasis on general education programs. All provosts will be members of Valencia College’s Senior Team and will report to Dr. Isis Artze-Vega, college provost and vice president of academic affairs

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About Valencia College

Valencia College is an open access, multi-campus community college serving Orange and Osceola counties in Central Florida. As the second largest state college in Florida, Valencia College offers a comprehensive range of programs, including associate degrees (A.A. and A.S.), baccalaureate degrees (B.S. and B.A.S.), Career and Technical certificates, Accelerated Skills Training and continuing professional education programs.

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Steps to Apply

If you are interested in joining our team, we invite you to apply for the position of provost. In addition to completing an application, you will be asked to submit:

  • A letter of interest that describes the alignment of your knowledge, skills, abilities and qualifications to the job description and also summarizes your approach to leadership, commitment to equity and experience partnering with faculty to advance learning.
  • A resume or curriculum vitae.
  • The names and contact information for five professional references. Professional references will only be contacted for finalist candidates.

All application materials must be submitted by
Monday, October 18, 2021,
at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

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Valencia College is an equal opportunity institution. Given the rich diversity of the students and communities we serve,we encourage individuals with underrepresented identities and those committed to advancing a more just society to apply.

Note: Valencia College is a public institution of the State of Florida. The College’s records are subject to public inspection and disclosure under Florida’s Sunshine Law.

Frequently Asked Questions

Overall Position & Organizational Model

Why are there five senior-level position openings at one time?
The responsibilities of four new Campus Provost positions were previously held by three Campus President roles. Two of our former campus presidents (including President Plinske) are in new positions, and the third campus president retired. This means we have interim leadership in each of these roles, facilitating the process of reorganizing and reimagining our academic leadership model. The move from three to four campus leaders reflects our growth and includes leadership of a campus that’s yet to be built.

The Provost, Career & Professional Programs position is a new role that was created to begin to align and coordinate our portfolio of career and professional programs for our students and community, and to elevate and prioritize the importance of our entire portfolio of career and professional programs. It also creates capacity for the Campus Provosts to engage in collegewide design around general education, developmental education, and improving transfer outcomes.


How has the renaming from Campus President to Campus Provost changed the role? Is it simply a change of title?
More than a title change, the Campus Provost title and primary responsibilities, as described in the job description, are the result of a collaborative process that included the articulation of design principles (an essential step in our collaborative processes at Valencia). We aimed to:

  • Design positions with appropriate and manageable scope to enable effective leadership
  • Add capacity to the overall system and specifically, to campus leadership - with additional consideration of regional/community outreach and needs
  • Create the conditions to establish, develop, and support deans as disciplinary and learning partners for faculty
  • Align collegewide systems to better support campus implementation of academic programs and initiatives and reinforce coordination among the campuses. Build upon and strengthen collegewide collaboration, including within discipline areas, and in course scheduling and enrollment planning
  • Consider the future (post-pandemic institution) and what will be needed to support and connect transfer and workforce programs, schools, campuses, and the college
  • Consider how to reduce inefficiencies and duplication of work in the system while leveraging expertise and bandwidth to support collegewide priorities
  • Clarify leadership model for "Schools of…" and elevate priority on the college’s portfolio of workforce programs
  • Create capacity for campus leaders to engage in collegewide design around general education, developmental education, and improving transfer outcomes

Implicit in several of these principles is the alignment we sought among the goals outlined in our strategic impact plan and the academic leadership model. We believe this model will help us accelerate our work, providing greater opportunity for campus provosts to engage in meaningful partnerships with area schools to support college access, support deans as learning partners to improve student learning and graduation, and focus their attention on strategic transfer efforts. As noted above, the new model also elevates and prioritizes the importance of our entire portfolio of career and professional programs.

Applicant Qualifications

Must all candidates have experience working in a community college?
No, they do not. Instead, the committee will be focused on the qualifications, knowledge, skills, and competencies described in the job description. Notably, these include "knowledge of and commitment to the mission, vision, and values of the community college and its role in the community, notably in the areas of access, transfer, and workforce development."


Is it necessary that candidates have served in senior leadership roles?
No, it is not. Instead, the committee will be focused on the qualifications, knowledge, skills, and competencies provided in the job description.


Is it necessary to have a doctorate to apply?
No, it is not. As listed in the required qualifications, successful applicants will have a terminal degree in field from a regionally accredited institution or the equivalent based on a combination of education and experience.


Other

Can I express my interest and apply for a single Campus Provost position?
Of course, candidates can choose to describe some of their preferences in their letter of interest. However, the committee will begin by reviewing the alignment between applicants’ materials and the overall provost role qualifications, skills, knowledge, and abilities. Later in the process, and in collaboration with applicants, we will discuss specific campus preferences as well as level of interest in the Provost, Career & Professional Programs role.

Why does there appear to be a heavy focus on equity?
There are several reasons for this. First, as described in the position profile, we serve a diverse community and population of students, and we see value in employing qualified faculty, staff, and leaders whose identities reflect those of the communities and students we serve. We also explicitly seek equity-mindedness as a commitment and competency in light of our Strategic Impact Plan and the ambitious, equitable goals we have established. Specifically, our District Board of Trustees has approved a model of planning focused on student outcomes in four areas: Access, Completion, Transfer and Workforce success. All have a powerful focus on equity in both our uses of evidence and our strategies to achieve them. The model also names the underlying, unifying platform — Opportunity and Equity — as the core of Valencia’s mission. A recent effort involved collaboratively defining "equity-mindedness," as well as related terms such as diversity, equity and inclusion. This article describes the process and provides our current definitions.

When will candidate information be made public?
Collaboration is a central element of the culture of Valencia. Given that members of the Valencia and Central Florida community will have the opportunity to engage with all finalist candidates during the interview process, finalist names will be announced prior to finalist interviews. References will only be contacted for finalist candidates. Please note Valencia College is a public institution of the State of Florida. The College’s records are subject to public inspection and disclosure under Florida’s Sunshine Law.


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