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Associate Vice President of Academic & Career Pathways

Class: Management | Exempt status: Exempt | Grade: Q

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The Associate Vice President of Academic & Career Pathways is responsible for oversight of one of the College’s portfolios of integrated academic, career, and workforce pathways. The position ensures relevant and interdisciplinary instructional programs and services that provide strong learning opportunities and equitable educational/career outcomes for students. The incumbent directs a College-wide operational infrastructure that emphasizes teaching excellence, accountability for student outcomes, and support for full and part-time faculty. The position fosters and maintains relationships with external workforce, transfer, and other key partners to ensure alignment of curriculum to community needs for credit, non-credit, training, and academic non-credit programs. The incumbent ensures integration of institutional effectiveness and planning efforts, holistic student support through pathways, and other College priorities such as Strategic Planning, Equitable Student Success, and Equity & Inclusion. This position serves as liaison to associated external groups/committees/boards as determined by the identified portfolio of integrated academic, career and workforce pathways.  This role collaborates extensively with the counterpart Associate Vice President of Academic & Career Pathways.

Leadership competencies

  • Advances Racial and Social Justice
    Actively works toward the elimination of racism and social oppression; utilizes culturally responsive practices and processes to achieve equitable student and employee outcomes
  • Drives Vision and Purpose
    Participates in the creation of and executes a vision for the College’s mission balancing compliance with flexible, multimodal, inclusive delivery of financial services.
  • Drives Engagement
    Initiates and drives authentic exploration and engagement cross-departmentally to arrive at collaborative solutions that lead to employee and student success.
  • Accelerates Agility and Innovation
    Analyzes systems, policies and practices and commits to continuous program improvement through the strategic use of culturally responsive data.
  • Builds Partnerships
    Partners to solve problems, adapts communication and approaches, supports healthy conflict, and develops strong relationships with associated areas to advance institutional goals.

Our mission

To support student success by delivering access to quality education while advancing economic development and promoting sustainability in a collaborative culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Our vision for equitable student success

Recognizing the unique value, perspectives, strengths, and challenges of every person who comes to PCC for education, all students will achieve their academic goals through equitable support, quality instruction, clear guidance to persist, and an unwavering commitment to completion shared by the entire College community.

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Yes to Equitable Student Success (YESS)
Our roadmap to dismantling barriers and building inclusive systems of education and support.

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Strategic planning
The College’s overall map for ongoing planning and strategic actions.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provides institutional strategic level leadership and accountability for the coordination and alignment of a large portfolio of academic, career and workforce program pathways; exercises leadership in achieving optimal organizational efficiency and effectiveness, including initiatives to improve work processes and enhance systems and staff performance.
  2. Ensures culturally responsive and inclusive academic programs and operations that center on historically underserved and marginalized communities; accountable for flexible service delivery modalities that support access and equitable student outcomes.
  3. Ensures development, execution and measurement of the impact of College-wide operations, infrastructure, and support as it relates to teaching excellence, accountability for student outcomes, and support for full and part-time faculty within the assigned portfolio of academic, career and workforce pathways.
  4. Guides and supports program innovation and growth through alignment of curriculum to community and workforce needs for credit, non-credit, training, and academic non-credit programming.
  5. Creates and maintains collaborative and productive relationships with external partners (e.g., business, industry, higher education institutions, K12); serves as the College’s primary point of administrative contact for external agencies and groups related to assigned portfolio of integrated academic, career and workforce pathways; analyzes, assess, and acts on institutional participation and compliance as appropriate.
  6. Supervises management, academic professionals, classified staff, technical/support, and/or student staff. Evaluates and provides guidance and support regarding professional development plans and goals for assigned areas of responsibility in accordance with good management practices, District policies, and collective bargaining agreements. Hires, evaluates, trains, disciplines and recommends dismissal of staff as necessary.
  7. Ensures institutional compliance with federal/state/College regulations, policies, and guidance related to academic, career and workforce programs in portfolio, and all related accreditation standards.
  8. Creates and maintains collaborative and productive partnerships across Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, administrative/systems services, and shared governance bodies in order to integrate institutional effectiveness and planning efforts and holistic student support; provides leadership for College-wide strategic initiative execution (e.g., Strategic Plan, Guided Pathways, Equity & Inclusion Plan, Advising Redesign, Pathways to Opportunity).
  9. Conducts ongoing needs assessment and gap analysis related to effectiveness of the designated portfolio of academic, career and workforce programs and pathways; directs modification of programming for continuous process and outcomes improvement.
  10. Analyzes need for and oversees development and execution of policies, administrative procedures, and practices related to assigned areas; responsible for working with appropriate shared governance bodies.
  11. Develops, oversees, analyzes, and makes budget decisions in alignment with College strategic plan, values and priorities. Forecasts funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies. Approves expenditures and implements budgetary adjustments as appropriate. Assumes institutional authority for grants, contracts and technology portfolio that directly supports academic, career and workforce programs.
  12. Supports, implements and promotes advancement of the district’s equity goals and assists in the hiring of a staff that reflects the diversity of the district.  Participates in and supports activities that enhance equity-minded recruiting, hiring, and employee retention practices.
  13. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Work Environment

Work environment includes frequent disruptions and changes in priorities. Work is generally performed in an office environment with frequent interruptions and irregularities in the work schedule. Working hours may vary and occasional evening or weekend work is required. Frequent travel to other locations is required. No special coordination beyond that used for normal mobility and handling of everyday objects and materials is needed to perform the job satisfactorily.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s Degree and eight (8) years of progressively responsible professional experience related to the area of assignment, providing program/project management or program/project coordination. Four (4) years of higher education management/supervisory experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:
  • Strategic leadership and management;
  • Program development, budgeting, and management;
  • Policy and procedure development and administration;
  • Applicable local, state and federal laws, codes, rules, and regulations;
  • Public administration and Higher Education principles and practices;
  • Conflict mediation;
  • Health, safety and emergency preparation, business and operational continuity, and response.
Skills in:
  • Directing and providing strategic leadership to staff;
  • Planning, implementing, improving, and evaluating programs, policies, procedures, operational needs, and fiscal constraints;
  • Evaluating research to identify potential solutions, resolve problems, and provide information;
  • Utilizing data and assessment outcomes for communication and to make continuous improvements for programs and services;
  • Managing change and sensitive topics;
  • Speaking in public;
  • Managing multiple priorities simultaneously.
Ability to:
  • Drive systemic change for racial and social equity and justice;
  • Communicate and execute a vision for student-centered (flexible, multimodal) delivery of instruction and services through oral and written mediums;
  • Manage healthy conflict to resolve issues in alignment with College mission and goals;
  • Counsel, direct, and facilitate professional development of employees while motivating them toward goal achievement;
  • Apply independent judgment to interpretation and application of rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.



Portland Community College is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or any other protected class.