Vice President, Chief Academic Officer

Position Overview

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Durham Technical Community College announces a national search for its next Vice President, Chief Academic Officer (VP, CAO). With the recent adoption of its 2021-2026 Strategic Plan, Durham Tech is prioritizing its twin goals of accelerating student success and supporting community prosperity. Opportunities to contribute to this important and substantial work await the VP, CAO.

The College seeks an experienced and dynamic academic professional with a record of successful leadership and innovation. The VP, CAO will bring a thorough understanding and commitment to the philosophy, mission, and purpose of the North Carolina Community College System and will possess the ability to build relationships and work collaboratively within the College and the broader community. 

The successful candidate will serve as an executive leader of the College and will provide oversight and support for Academics and Guided Career Pathways. The VP, CAO will join a committed, student-focused College community and will be expected to foster and maintain collaborative partnerships to promote student success and completion. The VP, CAO will value and advocate for the dignity and engagement of people from all backgrounds and will develop and mentor faculty and staff to ensure a mutually beneficial experience.

Core Duties and Responsibilities

The Vice President, Chief Academic Officer (VP, CAO) provides the strategic vision and senior leadership for Academics and Guided Career Pathways; works collaboratively with peers/colleagues, local industry partners, public schools, government, and community organizations; and provides executive-level support to the President and the Board of Trustees.

The VP, CAO is responsible for leading the development of innovative programs that address the region’s educational and workforce development needs; advancing student access, success, and completion through instructional initiatives and collaborative strategies; strategic planning, oversight, execution, assessment, and continuous improvement of instructional programs; and ensuring the alignment of instructional programs to achieve institutional goals and objectives.

Nominations and Applications

The search committee will begin a review of applications in early November and will continue its work until an appointment is made. All applications must be received by November 19, 2021 to be considered. Candidates must provide the following:

  • A letter of interest stating how the candidate’s experiences and qualifications connect with the required/preferred characteristics and priorities expressed in this position profile. The letter should also include a statement of the candidate’s contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • A curriculum vitae/resume; and
  • Five professional references with email addresses, telephone numbers, and a description of the candidate’s professional relationship with each reference listed (references will not be contacted without prior written authorization from the applicant). 

Applications and nominations should be sent electronically (PDF or MS Word) to:

Complete information regarding Durham Tech’s Executive Search process may be found here:

The VP, CAO position profile, along with a listing of the required qualifications and preferred attributes, may be found above.

Inquiries and nominations should be directed to:

Dr. Concetta M. Stewart, Principal, / (908) 341-2178

Dr. Jeanne F. Jacobs, Executive Search Consultant, / (937) 470-9068

Durham Tech is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, ADA, Section 504 Institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, or disability. In our classrooms and campus work areas, we believe in giving everyone the opportunity to succeed and we are committed to creating a climate that is safe and welcoming for all.