Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs

Position Details

Tacoma Community College invites applications and nominations for the position of Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA). The Provost and VPAA serves as the chief academic officer of the college, providing vision and leadership for the college's overall educational program.  Reporting to the college President, the Provost & VPAA serves as the second-in-command of the college, and in absence of the President, serves in that role. The Provost & VPAA has primary leadership responsibilities for planning, implementing, and coordinating an effective and inclusive academic program. The Provost & VPAA works closely with academic deans, faculty, and other members of the administration to address educational policy, instructional planning, program review, academic personnel actions, resource planning and allocation, and faculty development. As part of the college's executive cabinet, the Provost & VPAA will work with the President and other vice presidents to provide overall leadership for the college's enrollment, student success and retention efforts, equity, diversity and inclusion, and Guided Pathways efforts. 

The Provost & VPAA will provide direct leadership over the following areas of the college:

  • Academic Divisions
    • Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
    • Communication & Transitional Studies
    • Health, Business & Professional Programs
    • Math, Science & Engineering
  • Bachelors of Applied Science Degrees
  • Corrections Education
  • eLearning
  • Library
  • Learning Communities
  • Honors Program
  • Workforce Education
  • Gig Harbor Campus (including Continuing Education)

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree from an accredited institution.
  • Teaching Experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years of senior level academic administrative experience in higher education.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree.
  • Community college experience.
  • Experience as a faculty lead, department chair or dean.
  • Experience working in unionized environments. 
  • Experience and leadership in serving, advocating for, collaborating with, and representing underrepresented and marginalized communities.
  • Experience creating equitable, inclusive and responsive academic programming.

Ideal Characteristics

The successful candidate for this position is an experienced leader with a clear, focused commitment to teaching, learning and academic excellence to promote student success. This candidate is a creative, visionary leader who will inspire staff, students and the community with the ability to create and maintain strong relationships and build trust and consensus with college and community constituents. The candidate is an innovative, critical thinker and problem solver with outstanding interpersonal, written and oral communication skills and a dedication to transparency. The candidate is highly ethical, trustworthy, credible, loyal, and respectful of diverse views and opinions, with a commitment to intentional institutional work in equity, diversity, and inclusion. The candidate is flexible and inter-culturally competent whose leadership style is collegial, approachable, and accessible on campus and in the community. The candidate is able to delegate responsibility and authority while maintaining accountability. This seasoned professional fosters cohesion and a sense of working together for the good of the College and is committed to the effective use of technology within academic and administrative environments while keeping a focus on the importance of sustainability.

Terms of Employment

This is full-time professional administrative position contracted on an annual basis. The salary range for this position is $150,000 to $160,000 annually DOE/DOQ. The salary will be prorated to reflect the actual number of contract days worked in the remainder of the fiscal year. Flexibility in scheduling is required to meet the needs of the department. The College offers a generous benefits package. Degrees must be from accredited colleges or universities recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and verified by National Student Clearinghouse.

Nominations and Applications

Nominations and expressions of interest are encouraged and will be accepted through April 30, 2019. The search committee will begin screening applications as they arrive. Although applications will be accepted until an appointment is made, candidates should submit materials as soon as possible for full consideration. An appointment is anticipated late-spring 2019 for the assumption of responsibilities by early fall.

The search is being assisted by Dr. Vance Peterson and Dr. Thomas Kowalik.

Nominations and inquiries may be directed to:

Dr. Vance Peterson,,  (818) 304-5233

Dr. Thomas Kowalik, (607) 759-5285

Application materials should be submitted as specified directly through Tacoma Community College at:

Complete application packages must include the following: 

  1. Tacoma Community College online application.
  2. Resume & cover letter describing how your educational background and experience align with the responsibilities and qualifications.
  3. Copies of transcripts for all colleges and universities attended.
  4. Tacoma Community College is committed to creating and supporting a multi-cultural climate that welcomes, fosters, respects, and celebrates diversity.  Please attach a statement (maximum two pages) describing your experiences with other cultures and communities, your level of cultural self-awareness and how you have integrated both experience and self-awareness into your living/working environment.

All nominations, inquiries, and applications will be received and evaluated in full confidence.

* Please download the Tacoma Community College and position profile from the left column for more details.

About Tacoma Community College (TCC)

Since opening its doors in 1965, TCC has provided a high-quality, affordable education to more than 500,000 people. Serving Tacoma, Gig Harbor, the Key Peninsula, online students and the women's prisons, TCC educates about 11,000 students annually. Many TCC students are the first in their families to attend college, 58 percent receive financial aid, 13 percent have children, 42 percent are students of color, and 48 percent work while attending school. Tacoma Community College has two campuses, the main campus in Tacoma and another in Gig Harbor.  Situated northwest of Tacoma across the Narrows Bridge, the Gig Harbor campus offers credit and non-credit courses.  Known for providing a small, intimate learning experience, the Gig Harbor campus is ideally located for residents of the peninsula community and is also the home of TCC's Continuing Education department, which provides non-credit classes for both the Gig Harbor and Tacoma communities. 

Tacoma Community College provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, religion, or status as a veteran of war. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment (unwelcome sexual conduct of various types). Provides reasonable accommodations for qualified students, employees, and applicants with disabilities in accordance with the American with Disabilities Act and Federal Rehabilitation Act. Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Stephen Smith, Title II and Title IX, 253-566-5055; Dolores Haugen, Section 504 Officer, 253-566-6090. 
Tacoma Community College is a smoke-free/drug free environment.