Vice President for Student Services
The Vice President for Student Affairs reports directly to the college president and is the chief student affairs officer for the college. The Vice President provides dynamic and collaborative executive leadership and supervision of all staff devoted to the student affairs functional area. Within student affairs, the position is responsible for long-range planning and budget development. Coordinates the implementation of college student affairs policy and procedures, staff professional development and special projects as directed.
Great Basin College, www.gbcnv.edu, a member of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE). The institution is an award winning comprehensive college serving both a four year and two-year mission and is committed to enriching the lives of the students and the broad range of diverse communities served by providing student-centered, post-secondary baccalaureate and associates education and creating relationships to meet the educational, cultural, and related economic needs of GBC’s multi county service area through innovative business and industry partnerships, broad community service, and student involvement.
Elko maintained its record of “first in state” in higher education when the institution opened its doors in 1967 as Elko Community College. Community leaders crafted an ambitious and innovative fundraising campaign when citizens donated to “Give a Day’s Pay.” The campaign crystallized a year later when the enigmatic Nevada billionaire, Howard Hughes, contributed a quarter-million-dollar gift, making the Elko Community College dream a reality. In 1973, the college changed its name to Northern Nevada Community College and in 1995 became Great Basin College. In addition, Elko is the site of the first university in the state, the University of Nevada, which moved to Reno in 1885.
Great Basin College provides educational opportunities to over 3,500 students across a vast geographic service area of 86,514 square miles, two-time zones, ten of Nevada’s largest counties and borders five states. In 1996, Great Basin College became one of the first community colleges in the nation to offer both Associate and Baccalaureate degrees, awarding its first Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education degrees in 1998 to fill the teacher shortage in rural Nevada. Today GBC is Carnegie classified as a mixed four year and two year institution, having been recognized for, Best Four Year College in Nevada, No. 1 Ranked Nursing Program in Nevada with a five year NCLEX pass rate of 100%, Best Online Associates Degrees, 2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Baccalaureate English Degrees, Most Affordable Online Early Childhood Education Associate Degree, Best Online Colleges in Nevada, Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Management and Best Electrician Program in the Nation by The Community for Accredited Online Colleges.
Innovative distance technologies afford more than 154,000 residents of rural Nevada educational opportunities. GBC utilizes a range of multi-faceted delivery options for courses including conventional classroom instruction, distance education using high-tech interactive video technology and web-based learning platforms. The original campus in Elko is home to an educational community that attracts students interested in a small residential college experience. Campus Centers are located in Battle Mountain, Ely, Pahrump, and Winnemucca. Satellite facilities can be found in twenty other frontier communities. GBC’s online campus continues to grow rapidly and the college is a pioneer in long-distance education and online education delivery, offering a diverse array of certificate and degree programs that are completely online.
GBC has established strong relationships and unique partnerships with employers in business and industry (mining and natural resources, engineering, technology, healthcare, education, tourism) in its service area. "Growing our own" has become a strategy for student recruitment and retention, as well as to provide a trained workforce and retain quality professionals for rural Nevada. With industry support, GBC has developed 48-week accelerated associate degree programs in five technical areas – Diesel, Welding, Electrical Systems, Industrial millwright and Instrumentation Technologies. Over 90% of graduates from these programs are employed within a year of completion. Bachelor and Associate degrees in health sciences, education and technology provide graduates to supply the needs of local health care providers and school districts.
Accredited by The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, GBC completed the Mid-Cycle Evaluation and site visit in the spring of 2016. Faculty and staff are addressing recommendations regarding assessment of student learning outcomes in preparation for the Year Seven Evaluation. The Great Basin College Foundation has a rich history and is a testament to the commitment of the community to the college’s mission, focusing its efforts on Scholarships, the Virtual Humanities Center, Health Sciences, Career and Technical Education, General Education and Industrial Sustainability. With a new director, the foundation is also aggressively working to establish a GBC Alumni Association.
As a rural place to live, the area is known for its spectacular mountain ranges and picturesque valleys and the Great Basin provides a myriad of outdoor recreational opportunities. For more information visit the GBC website at http://gbcnv.edu or the area at www.elkonevada.com .
OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
- Identify and achieve common goals across all student affairs units
- Inspire and support talented and committed staff by articulating a shared vision and practicing transparent, inclusive and timely decision-making
- Tight funding during the recession has contributed to doing more with less; success motivating and inspiring a team with diverse responsibilities
- Continued creative approach to student affairs in the midst of a growing college with an equally growing Latino student population
- Geographically distant locations offer an opportunity to more effectively manage student affairs matters
- Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Five (5) years of progressively responsible comprehensive college experience in student affairs including supervisory experience.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; the ability to work effectively with a variety of individuals and groups for a synergistic and supportive college community.
- Experience in the following areas:
- Title IX management
- Enrollment management
- Financial aid
- Student behavioral issues
- Budget development and strategic planning
- Staff and organizational development
PREFERRED ATTRIBUTES, CHARACTERISTICS AND EXPERIENCES
- Earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution in a related discipline
- Accomplishments in building and maintaining effective relationships with the internal and external college community, various for-profit businesses, non-profit agencies, civic organizations, advisory boards, foundation, school districts, and NSHE constituencies
- Demonstrated conflict resolution skills to effectively mediate and resolve issues at the lowest possible level in a reasonable and timely manner
- Collaborative approach to problem solving, consensus builder, proficient multi-tasker
- Ethical, honest and of the highest integrity
- Demonstrated skills in teamwork, problem solving and follow-through
- Strong, visionary leadership skills to include a track record of frequent and consistent communication to all stakeholders and an open, welcoming and approachable demeanor
- Supportive of innovation and measured risk taking to achieve a holistic student experience and student success
- Track record of professional and collegial leadership with staff, students, faculty and the community
- Understanding of, and future demonstrated commitment to, the Great Basin College mission and vision
- Understanding and support of a shared governance decision-making model
The Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) has full responsibility and accountability for the leadership of a comprehensive student affairs program. The VPSA is a senior-level executive position along with the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Vice President for Business Affairs. The position participates and collaborates in institutional strategic planning, budgeting, and policy creation and implementation, as well as participates with colleagues in policy discussions and implementation within the Nevada System of Higher Education. The Vice President frequently meets with individuals on/for allegations/grievances; and is the institutional Title IX Coordinator (Administrative Officer/Student Conduct Officer) as well as mediator for various allegations. The position has oversight and supervision of the following areas: recruitment; retention; admission/registration/student records; student information system; degree audit reporting; student financial services; housing; admissions, advising and career center, disability services; as well as supervision of the student advocate, who is the advisory for the Student Government Association (SGA). The Vice President leads the Behavioral Intervention Team in conjunction with colleagues.
The position requires travel throughout the 86,514 square mile service area to other Great Basin College campuses, sites and centers, the Nevada System of Higher Education system office, sister institutions, and other locations. The Vice President works closely with the State of Nevada Department of Veteran Services, DETR (Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation), Job Connect, School Districts, etc.
HOW TO APPLY
The Great Basin College President and the Search Committee invite interest, nominations and applications for the position of Vice President for Student Affairs. The soft application deadline is July 8, 2018. The position is open until filled, but materials received by this date are guaranteed full consideration.
All confidential inquiries, nominations and applications are to be directed to the search consultant and email transmissions are strongly encouraged.
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Marti J Cizek, President
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Phoenix AZ 85016
A complete application includes:
- Letter of interest aligning skills and experiences with the position profile, not to exceed 5 pages
- Chronological resume
- Contact information (not letters) for a range of six professional references to include direct email and telephone
Great Basin College, a member of the Nevada System of Higher Education, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity educational institution. It is guided by the principle that equal opportunity means more than equal employment opportunity, and that access to facilities and services shall be available to all people regardless of their race, age, religion, color, gender, including pregnancy related conditions, sexual orientation, disability, whether actual or perceived by others and including service related disabilities, national origin, military status or military obligation, gender identity or expression or genetic information. This principle is applicable to every member of the GBC/NSHE community, both students and employed personnel at every level, and to all facilities and services. GBC employs United States citizens and persons lawfully authorized to work in the United States. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.
INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES REQUIRING ACCOMMODATION DURING THE HIRING PROCESS SHOULD NOTIFY THE HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICE AT (775) 753-2155 OR THE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION OFFICE AT (775) 753-2181 BY THE FILING DEADLINE.
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