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About Highland Community College
Highland Community College is a public community college located in the heart of Northwest Illinois whose mission is to shape the future of its communities by providing quality education and learning opportunities through programs and services that encourage personal and professional growth.

HCC is strongly committed to its core values of integrity, compassion and respect; its vision of partnering with learners to successfully shape their futures; and its principles of operation, which include being grounded in purpose, mutual respect, ethics/integrity/honesty, sense of humor, shared responsibility and a climate that promotes competence.
Located in Freeport, Ill., 100 miles west of Chicago near the Wisconsin and Iowa borders, the college was established in 1962 as Freeport Junior College before becoming Highland Community College in 1966.
Today, it serves four counties: Stephenson, Ogle, Jo Daviess and Carroll, and had a fall 2021 FTE enrollment of 808 with an FY21 unduplicated headcount of 2,575.
Highland Community College, which is recognized by the Illinois Community College Board and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, offers more than 70 academic programs and certificates with degrees in Associates of Arts, Associates in Science, Associates in Applied Science, Associate of Engineering Science and Associate of General Studies. The student to faculty ratio is 14-1, and collectively HCC is proud to have served thousands of students at its campus in Freeport and through online learning opportunities.

In addition to its comprehensive academic programming, Highland provides a beacon of cultural opportunity for its students and the community. The 398-seat proscenium Ferguson Fine Arts Performing Center theatre hosts a variety of theatrical productions, musical performances and gallery openings; regular guest lecture series are well attended; and the Business Institute provides professional development and personal enrichment via a variety of programs and Lifelong Learning classes.

On campus, students enjoy a diverse group of clubs and activities as well as comprehensive student support services. Cougar athletics boasts a strong record of success, earning numerous NJCAA tournament appearances, Region IV Championships and Arrowhead Athletic Conference Championships across multiple sports throughout the years.
Highland Community College’s 140-acre campus, which has been designated as a regional arboretum by the Illinois Department of Conservation, includes natural prairie, woodland, a pond, outdoor study areas, four softball diamonds, a baseball diamond, physical education fields, and a multi-purpose athletic field.

On July 1, 2020, Chris Kuberski was appointed President of Highland Community College, after previously serving at the College as Executive Vice President since 2015. She has extensive experience in institutional planning and effectiveness, is a trained Peer Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission and lead the College through its reaccreditation process.
The college’s facilities consist of the Marvin-Burt Liberal Arts Center, the Natural Science and Health Center including the Ray and Betty Stamm Health Science Wing, the Dorothy and R.C. Clock Technology Center, the Ferguson Fine Arts Center, the Sports Complex, the Community Services Center, the Student/Conference Center, and the Child Care Training Center.
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About the Position

Highland Community College invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice President/Chief Academic Officer (CAO), Academic Services to begin on or before January 1, 2023.
The Vice President/Chief Academic Officer (CAO), Academic Services is the chief academic officer of the college. This vice president serves as a vital member of the senior management team, providing vision, leadership, strategic direction, and operational management to the College’s Academic and Academic Support areas and serves on the President’s Cabinet.
Essential Responsibilities: Serves as the College’s Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
Provides visionary leadership and evaluation related to the quality, relevancy, and growth of the College’s curriculum programs and partnerships and alignment to workforce needs
Leads achievement of academic institutional priorities. Develops academic strategic plans and tactical goals for the division, placement and evaluation, determines scope and priorities of projects; coordinates resources required to achieve goals
Supervises and evaluates departments within the division; oversees the supervision and evaluation of all employees within the academic services area to include the academic programs distributed over four instructional divisions, Library Services, Academic Technology Resources, Transitional Education, Dual Credit and transfer
Desired Competencies: Proven academic leader
Passion for the community college philosophy and mission
Visionary yet analytical thinker
Inspirational and servant leader
Effective communicator
Builder of strong collaborative teams
Required Qualifications: Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution (earned Doctorate Degree from a regionally accredited institution preferred)
Five (5) years increasingly responsible administrative experience in higher education, including experience in instruction and academic administration
Teaching experience in higher education (teaching at a community college preferred)
A collaborative and collegial leadership/management style, excellent communication skills, and the ability to forge effective working relationships with a broad range of internal and external constituents
Knowledge of and/or demonstrated ability in quality improvement processes, especially as related to accreditation
Effective communication and interpersonal skills
Advances academic quality via professional development and training for faculty and staff
A commitment to building a diverse campus community
Knowledge and in-depth understanding of academic programs and development of a learning-focused environment
Provides leadership and policy direction to achieve the highest standards of excellence in instruction and academic programs
Proven experience in successfully participating in the negotiation and management of a faculty collective bargaining agreement
Works with the internal and external campus communities (i.e. senior leadership, deans, department heads, industry, advisory boards, community partners, and other stakeholders) to identify new curriculum program opportunities and ensure the relevancy of existing curriculum programs
Can establish and maintain effective community partnerships and effective relationships with external stakeholders and with co-workers and others
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Martha Lavender, Ph.D. will be assisting Highland Community College with the search. If you have questions or would like to have a confidential conversation about the position, call 256-239-2305 or e-mail
Best consideration for candidates will be through September 23, 2022

Highland Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and specifically invites applications from women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities.

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