Vice President, Chief Campus Operations Officer

Position Overview

Durham Technical Community College seeks a strategic operational and business leader to serve as a senior officer of the College. The Vice President, Chief Operations Officer’s leadership in these important areas is central to the vision of President John (J.B.) Buxton, who joined the College as President in 2019. As President Buxton has described, “In 2021, Durham Tech adopted a five-year strategic plan that sets measurable goals for degree and credential completion and for job placement and wage premiums for our graduates. The goals and priorities in this plan signal our commitment to providing clear pathways to in-demand jobs with competitive wages and economic mobility, as well as to four-year universities. Our goals are ambitious, and we are committed to putting the systems, partnerships, resources, and, most of all, talented individuals in place to achieve them.”

The Vice President, Chief Campus Operations Officer (VP, CCOO) will provide operational and strategic leadership for Campus Police and Public Safety, Facility Services, Information Technology Services, and Campus Operations in both Durham and Orange Counties. Separately and together, these areas provide the core infrastructure, security, and technology support for the College. The VP, CCOO will ensure that key priorities are accomplished, and staff are supported and given the opportunity to develop their managerial and leadership skills.

Core Duties and Responsibilities

The VP, CCOO, together with senior colleagues/peers will, in addition to providing leadership and direction to the various offices reporting to them, provide support for the President in strategic planning, resource development, DEI, and stakeholder and regional engagement to ensure that the College best fulfills its role in the region and the sector. 

The VP, CCOO will be responsible for developing and maintaining policies and standards that maximize effectiveness and minimize cost; developing and monitoring operating and capital budgets; ensuring that strategic priorities are addressed and goals met; and maintaining a safe, comfortable, and welcoming campus environment that supports excellence in teaching and learning.

Nominations and Applications

The search committee will begin a review of applications in late September and continue its work until an appointment is made. All applications should be received by October 29 in order to be considered.

Candidates should provide:

  • A letter of interest stating how the candidate’s experiences and qualifications align with the required/preferred characteristics and priorities expressed in this position profile. The letter should also include a statement of the candidate's contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Curriculum vitae/resume;
  • Five professional references with emails, telephone numbers, and a description of the candidate’s professional relationship with each reference (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, CCOO position profile, along a listing of the required qualifications and preferred attributes may be found at:

For nominations and inquiries, please contact:

Dr. Margaret “Peggy” Plympton, Principal, / (484) 554-4542

Dr. Phillip Clay, Executive Search / (617) 253-6164

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.