Vice President Administrative Services

Vice President Administrative Services

Job ID: 318127
Location: Rio Salado Community College
Full/Part Time:
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Hiring Salary Range

$127,170 - $165,321/annually DOE



Work Schedule

Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm; some evenings and weekends may be required

Work Calendar

12 Months

Maricopa Summary

Are you looking for a place to work where you can make a real difference in the lives of over 200,000 college students every year?

Would you like to be part of an organization that adds $7.2 billion dollars to the economy and supports nearly 100,000 jobs in the fastest growing county in the United States?

Whether you're teaching, working, or learning Make It Happen At Maricopa County Community Colleges!

About Us

What's Currently Happening at Maricopa
  • Many of our campuses have received grant awards through the National Science Foundation to improve undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving institutions program (HSI Program).
  • Commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity and employee groups to create an environment of shared governance
  • One of the largest community college systems in the country
  • 2020 Healthy Arizona Worksites Program recipient
  • Named 19th Best Employer for Women by Forbes
  • 2019 No. 42 in Arizona's Best Employers


The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) is committed to providing you with a competitive, comprehensive benefits program that provides the care you and your family need to lead healthy and productive lives. Our benefits are designed to provide support for every life stage and lifestyle in our community.

Benefits & Perks Options
  • Paid observed federal holidays & additional paid time off throughout the year
  • Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) & 12% Employee Contribution Match
  • Paid vacation, sick, and personal time (if applicable)
  • Multiple health and dental insurance coverage plans
  • Teladoc: Reach a doctor 24/7
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • Maricopa Perks & Gears Discount Program
  • Employee assistance program (EAP)
  • $4,000 Annual professional development growth funding (if applicable)
  • Tuition reimbursement for employee and dependents (if applicable)
  • Revised summer work schedule
  • Maricopa Employee Health & Wellness Program
  • Employee recognition opportunities
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Job Summary

The Vice President Administrative Services (VPAS) serves as the leader of the Administrative Services team and Chief Financial Officer for the institution. The VPAS serves as a thought partner for setting both short-term and long-term finance and operational strategies. The VPAS engages in a wide range of functions, including developing financial models, managing budgets, administering the college's financial operations, safeguarding the college's assets, the integrity of the resources, and the utilization of these resources. The role has oversight of Facilities and Human Resources Management, Business Services, Auxiliary Services, Contracts, and Public Safety. The VPAS plans, directs, and evaluates administrative functions to meet student, community, and industry needs. The successful candidate has a passion for student success, enjoys working collaboratively and creatively with internal and external stakeholders, has an authentic and appreciative leadership style, values humor, and is driven by a genuine desire to provide excellent service with the goal of student success. This position reports directly to the President and works collaboratively and with positivity as a member of the college executive leadership team to advance the colleges strategic goals and objectives.

*This position is a non-classified position that will have a contract. Any internal hires waive their rights to classified employment by accepting the position.

Additional Information

Rio Salado College is part of the Maricopa Community Colleges and is considered one of the premier colleges in the country known for innovation in education and a highly collaborative working environment. Rio Salado has been transforming the learning experience for students and setting the standard for innovation in higher education since 1978. Known as America's Online Community College, Rio Salado has a national reputation for online excellence and is one of the largest online public community colleges in the nation, serving 40,000 students annually with nearly 28,000 online in all 50 states and internationally. The College is dedicated to providing affordable and flexible educational opportunities to meet the needs of today's students offering non-traditional and in-person programs that include college bridge pathways, incarcerated re-entry, community-based learning, corporate and government partnerships, early college initiatives and university transfer. The College is committed to continuous improvement, adapts to meet the needs of its community, and uses analysis of data and empirical examination of student outcomes to make tactical decisions regarding education and learning. At Rio Salado College, you'll find a team that is thoughtful, energetic, and forward-looking in a progressive, collaborative, and innovative organization that is dedicated to supporting a highly diverse student body succeed with accomplishing their educational goals.


Rio Salado College is located in the heart of Tempe, Arizona. The sunny climate encourages a vibrant lifestyle of variety; cruise around Tempe Town Lake on a kayak or paddleboard. Go on a shopping spree at Arizona Mills, Tempe Marketplace or IKEA. See a Broadway show at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed theater. Take in an art exhibition or performance at Tempe Center for the Arts. Go for a hike along a cactus-lined Sonoran Desert trail, dine on one of the many outdoor patios or simply lounge by the pool. Tempe sits next to the nation's fifth-largest city, Phoenix. The Greater Phoenix region and its Valley continues to grow and remains a desirable destination for travelers and dreamers alike. Whether one pursues a career in the bioscience or technology fields, or desires to own and operate a business, the Valley is a hotbed for job and business ownership opportunities. With over 76,000 employers in the Valley of the Sun, several major corporations call the region home.

Essential Functions

The Vice President Administrative Services is a member of the President's Executive Council and Cabinet. The VPAS oversees Human Resources Management, Auxiliary
Services, Business Services, Facilities, Public Safety, and Contracts departments. The VPAS acts as an advisor to the College President in matters pertaining to those areas in the Maricopa County Community College District. The position leads 6 direct reports, and a staff of 107.

Strategic Planning & Budgeting

Provides leadership for strategic and operational planning; oversees administrative initiatives related to institutional vibrancy and
outcomes; works to attain and exceed Governing Board outcomes related to improving operational efficiency and financial structures to support student learning. Provides
collaborative leadership with the members of the college community, collaborates with Vice Presidents from other Maricopa Community Colleges, as well as the District Office
to develop operational processes and procedures that will affect the system-level strategic transformation; maintains a strong commitment to operational assessment practices, uses data to inform decision making, budgetary planning, as well as facilities and operational planning - to include oversight of property services to lessees which are leased out by Rio Salado College.


Oversees the recruitment, supervision, and evaluation of staff within Administrative Services, Business Services, Employee Services, Facilities, and Grants in a manner that promotes excellence, creativity, and service to the college community. Leads strategy, budgeting, planning and resource allocation for respective departments in collaboration with faculty, staff, administrators, and appropriate College councils and committees; engages with Rio's shared governance model.

Collaborative Partnerships

Builds and maintains relationships with the District Office, community partners, universities, and business and industry leaders; the VPAS serves as a member of college and district councils and committees; collaborates with other divisions to design, lead, and support initiatives leveraging community partnerships and business relationships to maximize learning opportunities for all learners.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications for Student Affairs or non-academic pathway: Master's Degree from a regionally accredited institution in education or field related to area of assignment and four years of progressively responsible management and/or leadership experience in field of assignment that includes two years of supervisory experience. Examples of student affairs academic support management/leadership experience includes: program management, project management, budget development and management related to programs or projects, staff supervision, policy development, administration, evaluation and compliance. Equivalency allowed for Non-Academic area.


Minimum Qualifications for Academic pathway: Master's Degree in a teaching field related to area(s) of assignment and four years of experience in an academic leadership and/or supervisory role in higher education and three years of teaching that includes curriculum/coursework development. Examples of academic leadership/supervisory experience includes: division/department chair, project management, policy development, administration, evaluation and compliance, committee leadership, program director, and shared governance. No equivalency.

Desired Qualifications

A. Earned Master of Business Administration degree from a regionally accredited post- secondary institution

B. Demonstrated experience with strategic budget planning and implementation.

C. Proven experience at the vice president level at a comprehensive community college

D. Experience in a highly distributed, complex environment with both centralized and decentralized decision-making, especially a multi-campus and/or multi-college
E. Proven ability to thrive in a progressive, forward-thinking, high-energy and highly collaborative work environment - a builder of effective teams, strategic thinker, able
to prioritize initiatives, and mentorship

F. Demonstrated knowledge of the trends, challenges, and compliance issues inclusive of Human Resources knowledge

G. Demonstrated expertise in accessing, assimilating, and analyzing information and the use quantitative and qualitative data for decision-making, institutional planning,
and mobilizing resources

H. Demonstrated commitment to developing equitable practices and building inclusive environments for a community of trust

I. Proven ability to work effectively with the College's internal and external constituencies to communicate financial and other information, to ensure appropriate partnership in financial planning, and to enhance the institution's business and financial posture

J. Demonstrated excellent communication and advocacy skills having authenticity, high integrity and a good sense of humor

How to Apply

The position is open until filled. Materials received by March 26, 2023 will receive priority consideration. (email applications are strongly encouraged)
ATTN: Sheila Lehker, President
Cizek Associates, Inc.
2415 East Camelback Road, Suite 700, Phoenix, AZ 85016
602-553-1066 office | 602-553-1166 fax

Application materials include:

- A letter of interest that aligns experience and skills with the position requirements (not to exceed 5 pages)

- A resume (chronological preferred)

- Contact information including email and direct telephone number for a range of at least 6 professional references

Posting Close Date

Open until filled. First review of applications, March 26th, 2023.
Applications received after the review date may not be screened.

EEO, Title IX, & Clery Act

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) will not discriminate, nor tolerate discrimination in employment or education, against any applicant, employee, or student because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status (including document abuse), age, disability, veteran status or genetic information.

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