Employment Opportunities

Vice President for Academic Affairs/Chief Academic Officer

(Position No. FA418)

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J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College (Reynolds) invites applications for the position of Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer (VPAA/CAO). Reporting directly to the College President, the VPAA/CAO will be an experienced, inspirational, and visionary academic leader responsible for fostering and sustaining an academic culture that promotes collaboration, innovation and excellence in teaching and learning. The VPAA/CAO will also have a strong commitment to equitable opportunities and outcomes for all students, particularly for underrepresented populations. The VPAA/CAO will serve as the chief academic officer and provide leadership for the implementation of the college’s strategic goals to enhance student learning and success.

As Reynolds approaches its half-century mark, we recently launched the college’s strategic direction entitled, It’s a New Day. The VPAA/CAO will be an essential contributor to its implementation and to the future direction of Reynolds. The VPAA/CAO will join Reynolds during a seismic shift in higher education. The role will require a person who understands and can adapt to changing financial considerations (both for the college and for students), changing student demographics and a rapidly changing American higher education landscape. 


Serving as a key member of the President’s Executive Cabinet, the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer (VPAA/CAO) has the opportunity to lead the academic enterprise during a period of significant institutional transformation in a rapidly changing higher education landscape. The role calls for an experienced leader who is skilled at working collaboratively with leadership across organization lines, and inspiring and leading faculty to develop and adopt strategies that will increase student learning and success and close equity gaps.

Opportunities and Challenges

  • The VPAA/CAO will work with faculty and deans to develop and implement a coherent vision and identity for academic programming and innovative course scheduling design and delivery across all of our instructional sites.
  • The VPAA/CAO will provide leadership for all academic programming on campus, including transfer preparation, career and technical education, articulation and alignment with workforce and non-credit programs, and dual enrollment. 
  • The VPAA/CAO will be skilled at creating partnerships and developing capacity to meet workforce, career development and occupational needs. 
  • The VPAA/CAO will lead comprehensive and strategic assessments of academic programs and identify opportunities for enhanced alignment with regional industry and expansion of work-based learning.
  • The VPAA/CAO will lead academic deans, faculty and academic staff and collaborate with the college Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success in strategic enrollment management inclusive of access, engagement, retention, and success.
  • The VPAA/CAO will oversee hiring and evaluation of Academic Affairs personnel and will recommend appropriate staffing and budget plans to achieve excellence, consistency and efficiencies among campuses and programs.
  • The VPAA/CAO will appreciate innovation among faculty members and support further innovation through professional development and other means.
  • Recognizing the diverse faculty and staff at the college, the VPAA/CAO will further develop cultural fluency and ensure a welcoming, inclusive environment for employees and students. 
  • The VPAA/CAO will take a holistic approach to student success by partnering with all areas of the college to collectively understand and effectively address student needs. 
  • The VPAA/CAO will collaboratively lead, support, and participate in curriculum and instruction processes and program review.
  • The VPAA/CAO will play a leadership role in the implementation of the recently launched strategic direction with primary responsibilities for focus area one: Teaching and Learning: Build Capacity in and Deliver Academic Programs that Prepare Students for High Demand Career and Transfer Pathways.


  • An earned doctorate from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting organization.
  • Progressively responsible academic administrative experience at a college or university including two years of experience at or above the level of dean or division chair.
  • Teaching experience at a college or university.
  • Experience creating collaborative partnerships with business, industry, and education partners to meet the community’s employment needs.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and equitable student outcomes.
  • Experience, confidence, leadership, and diplomacy to interact with all levels of college operations, partners in business, industry, education, and local and state government leaders as appropriate.
  • Demonstrated sensitivity, knowledge, and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, gender, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of the students we serve, and sensitivity to and knowledge and understanding of groups historically underrepresented.
  • Demonstrated successful experience in strategic planning, fiscal management, resource allocation and supervision of personnel.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with all employees and students as well as community groups of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the employment and development of an ethnically and culturally diverse workforce.
  • A leadership style that emphasizes collaboration, team building, accessibility and open communication.


  • Demonstrated successful experience in curricular and program development and assessment preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the open access mission of the comprehensive community college.
  • Demonstrated experience in both academic and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs and services preferred.
  • A strong record of commitment to meeting student needs, including the effective use of online learning and other alternative teaching methods to optimize course delivery, student engagement and innovative scheduling preferred.


Full-time twelve-month administrative faculty-ranked appointment. Salary range: $140,000 -$155,000. Salary commensurate with the education and experience of the applicant.



Application reviews will begin January 24, 2022, and will be accepted until the position is filled.  Anticipated start date is May 2022. To apply for this position, please visit the Virginia Community College Applicant Tracking System. For full consideration, the cover letter and curriculum vitae/resume must be received with the online application. The cover letter should speak to the challenges and opportunities outlined in the prospectus. Unofficial transcripts and other supplemental materials may be submitted with the online application. Official transcripts will be required upon hire.



Emily Duncan, Recruitment Coordinator


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J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College does not discriminate on the basis of age (except when age is a bona fide occupational qualification); color; disability; gender identity or expression; genetic information; military service; national origin; political affiliation; pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, including lactation; race (or traits historically associated with race including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists); religion; sex; sexual orientation; veterans status, or any other non-merit based factor in its employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities. Employment-related inquiries regarding the college’s nondiscrimination policy should be addressed to: EEO Officer,



Reynolds Community College Office of Human Resources Parham Road Campus Workforce Development and Conference Center, Suite 121  1651 E. Parham Road Richmond, VA 23228 (804) 523-5249