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Provost and CAO
Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Missouri
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Date Posted June 15, 2020
Executive-Academic Vice President and Provost
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

A College Built for the Community: Jefferson College is a fully accredited, nationally recognized, public, two-year comprehensive community college set majestically among 400 acres of oak trees and rolling hills in Jefferson County near Hillsboro, Missouri, approximately 25 miles south of St. Louis. Additional attendance sites are located in Arnold and Imperial as well as a virtual campus called “JC Online.” Considered part of the metropolitan area, Jefferson County is a blend of suburban and rural lifestyles.

Jefferson College is among the few public institutions in Jefferson County that have an impact on every individual, regardless of age or residence. Since its creation by voters in 1963, residents have continually regarded the College as the preferred source for higher education. In addition to its core mission of preparing students for career and transfer education opportunities, the College plays an integral part in our community by leading and hosting numerous programs and services that reach far beyond the walls of its classrooms and locations.

While Jefferson College has continually evolved and improved each decade, its core mission of student success and community responsiveness, however, has remained resolute for over 55 years through an effective teaching and learning environment designed to improve educational attainment, enhance economic development, and enrich the lives of those it serves. The College’s highly regarded status is a result of its focus on helping students to achieve their individual goals, along with a desire to expand accessibility within the region so that a high-quality, affordable college education is available to all.

The College is also committed to the creation of a skilled workforce by meeting the educational needs of students in addition to training and professional development needs of employers through credit and non-credit instruction via online and on-site settings.

Jefferson College has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1969, having received the highest possible length of accreditation granted by the HLC during each of its six accreditation evaluations, the most recent in 2019.

As one of the longstanding premier places of employment in the region, Jefferson College employs 91 full-time faculty. Many of them hold advanced credentials and are industry-trained. In total, the College employs over 500 people.
A newly renovated library, on-campus childcare, a flexible four-day summer workweek, and employee health, wellness and professional development programs round out the long list of reasons for choosing Jefferson College for a successful career.

Academic Programs: As the preferred source for higher education and career training for many residents, Jefferson College offers five associate degrees and several career and technical certificate programs. Taking steps to continually improve student success, the College recently underwent a restructuring of academic programs by realigning more than 50 areas of study into four schools and career pathways – Humanities; Business, Social Science and Public Services; Math, Physics and Technology; and Science and Health.

Among the degrees offered is the Associate of Arts (AA), the Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT), the Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) and the Associate of Science (AS), primarily for students who want to transfer to a four-year institution to complete a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) is designed for entry-level employment through practical and theoretical courses. Some of Jefferson’s most notable programs include Nursing, Law Enforcement, Business Management, Teacher Education, Pre-Engineering, Veterinary Technology, Welding, and Liberal Arts/General Education.

High school students can earn college credit through Jefferson College’s wide array of early college programs. The College Accelerated Program (CAP) and STEM Academy provide students the opportunity to earn an Associate of Arts Degree while earning their high school diploma. The Area Technical School provides college-level career and technical training to high school students and helps them obtain employment upon graduation.

Beyond the classroom, the College also hosts numerous athletic events, cultural programs, community presentations, and outreach activities that improve the quality of life for residents of all ages.

Substantial Impact in the Region: This fall, Jefferson College is serving 4,179 students of which 45 percent attend full-time. The College has approximately 660 students who are attending via the state’s A+ scholarship program. The average student age is 22.

During the 2018-19 academic year, Jefferson College conferred 779 credentials. In its 56-year history, nearly 26,000 degrees and certificates have been awarded. In terms of academic and career achievement, the College’s job placement/continued education success rate is 95 percent.

The College recently completed a substantial $5 million Library renovation with numerous improvements to significantly strengthen student and community user experiences and educational resources as the informational, study/research, and gathering center of the Hillsboro campus.

As an enrichment of the learning experience, Jefferson College adopted a Civic Engagement Plan that infuses civic engagement into the culture of the College and builds a community of connection, caring, compassion, and service inside and outside the institution. Opportunities are being woven into coursework, athletics, student clubs and organizations, and employee experiences to help meet the diverse needs of students and our community.

Strategic Priorities and Goals 2020-25: The College uses a broad, collaborative strategic planning process to ensure that it continues to meet the changing needs of students and the community and is working to revise its existing five-year strategic plan with new priorities and goals for 2020-2024. Once completed, the plan will set the strategic course for the College as it strives to achieve its vision of inspiring our community to explore, develop, and engage in innovative learning experiences in a supportive and inclusive environment. The new plan includes four strategic priorities: Student Success, Instructional Innovation, Operational Excellence, and Community Engagement.

Jefferson College’s 10-Year Top Achievements: Over the past 10 years, Jefferson College has launched a multitude of initiatives that have improved learning and service to both students and our community:

  • $5 million renovation of Hillsboro Campus Library

  • Creation of an Academic Success Center

  • Establishment of an attendance tracking system via HLC Quality Initiative

  • Implementation of numerous safety initiatives (security cameras, crosswalks, Campus Police Department, safety training for campus constituencies)

  • Growth of Career and Technical Education third-party accreditations

  • Updates of campus-wide Information Technology infrastructure

  • Expansion of early college opportunities via NACEP accreditation, high school student completion of AA degree, high school completion of 42-hour general education core, online AA degree, and 1/3 shared cost partnerships

  • Addition of Health Occupation academic programs – Health Information Technology, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiologic Technology

  • Participation in health and wellness activities (Mercy on Campus Clinic, Active Minds Healthy Campus Award, Jefferson Foundation Grant funding)

  • Implementation of institutional process improvement/efficiency (document imaging system, online employment applicant tracking system, employee web time entry, online admissions application, online graduation application, online transcripts)

Jefferson College invites applications and nominations for the position of Provost and CAO, reporting directly to the incoming president and serving as the institutional leader in her absence. The ideal candidate will be an experienced, visionary, and collaborative leader who has a passion for student success and possesses the knowledge and skills required to lead the instruction, academic support, enrollment, and student services areas of Jefferson College. In support of the college’s mission, vision, values, and strategic plan, the Provost brings visionary and strategic leadership to develop and review all instructional programs and services, facilitate and support continued development of innovative teaching practices, enhance and promote student success initiatives, and enrich the campus life experience. The Provost will also foster an environment that supports effective use of data in decision-making, appreciates diversity and inclusion in teaching and learning, values the attainment of excellence in all aspects of the collegiate experience, and embodies openness, inclusion, collaboration, and teamwork. As a key member of the executive team, the Provost, alongside the President, ensures a coordinated and cohesive institutional approach to academic and organizational excellence, including a commitment to the institution’s Strategic Plan and Guided Pathways. (Please note: although the incoming president is new to this role, she has been with Jefferson College since 2007, serving most recently as dean of career and technical education)


  • Ensure the development of high-quality academic and career programs with market relevance and flexible delivery designed for optimized access, excellent student learning and transfer outcomes, and workforce employment, including the evaluation of existing programs.

  • Oversee the development of student services and work collaboratively to implement the strategic enrollment management plan that focuses on recruitment and retention; use strategic enrollment and success strategies across the student life cycle (pre-entry, enrollment, retention, and completion) to ensure that the packaging and offering of courses and programs meet student expectations, employer needs, and institutional goals.

  • Ensure academic standards of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and other external accrediting agencies are regularly monitored and met; maintain academic excellence and integrity within all course and program offerings, while promoting innovation, engagement, collaboration, and accountability.

  • As a member of the executive leadership team, help establish strategic priorities and corresponding achievement indicators in support of the institution’s Mission, Vision, Values, and Strategic Plan.

  • Work collaboratively with all areas of the college to deliver seamless services, recruit students, and develop college programs and curricula; and ensure periodic comprehensive evaluation of all programs and conduct outcome reviews including program effectiveness/impact, utilization and satisfaction.

  • Maintain fiscal responsibility and effective resource allocation in concert with goals and institutional priorities.

  • Provide continued programming through the Center for Teaching and Learning, and support Service Learning and Civic Engagement initiatives; establish and coordinate special initiatives to recognize faculty excellence; maintain a comprehensive mentoring/orientation program for new faculty.

  • Work closely and collaboratively with Faculty Senate and other constituent groups and institutional committees; demonstrate a commitment to shared governance and a collegial environment.

The ideal candidate will have the following professional qualifications and personal characteristics:

  • Earned doctorate from an accredited college or university required; master’s degree in an academic discipline preferred.

  • Combination of seven or more years of postsecondary teaching and progressively responsible academic administrative experience in higher education; including at minimum two years as dean or other equivalent administrative position. Full-time teaching and student affairs experience in a community college setting preferred.

  • Commitment to open access mission and student success agenda of community colleges, as it relates to transfer, career, workforce and personal and professional programming; a record of developing academic and career-focused programs that meet the changing needs of students, employers and the community.

  • Successful experience fostering an inclusive, diverse, and equitable learning environment.

  • Success working in collaborative/shared governance environment that requires exceptional interpersonal, communication, and diplomatic skills; must have a reputation of being approachable and eager to hear from those who will be affected by a decision.

  • Able to demonstrate success managing change, developing cohesive teams, empowering others, setting clear and measurable goals, and making difficult decisions.

  • Preference given to candidates with experience in Guided Pathways implementation.

Visit http://jeffco.peopleadmin.com and complete an online application. Position will remain open until filled. To ensure full consideration, submit all application materials by January 10, 2020. A minimum of one letter of recommendation is preferred. Recommendation letters may be uploaded to the online application or sent to hr@jeffco.edu.

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