Vice President of Instruction

  • Clark College
  • Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, Washington 98663
  • Sep 27, 2023
Full time Administrative

Job Description

Clark College is currently accepting applications for a full-time, 12-month, exempt Vice President of Instruction (VPI). This position is in the Office of Instruction (OOI).
The Vice President of Instruction serves as the senior academic officer of the institution and is responsible for the academic enterprise, including credit and non-credit program development and assessment; teaching and learning assessment, faculty appointment, professional development, evaluation, and tenure processes and development of academic policy and procedures. They must be committed to academic and institutional excellence, student success, and the elimination of equity gaps. This position serves as an effective team player and member of the president’s executive cabinet, and is visible and present for faculty, and academic deans.

The VPI plays a leadership role in developing and ensuring execution of a vision that advances equity, inclusion, and student access, excellence in teaching and learning, and student success across all academic departments. They will help lead the College in achieving the goals of the equity- centered strategic plan, which includes the following tenets: equitable student experience, employee engagement and empowerment and excellence; community partners engagement; and institutional effectiveness and equity.

The ideal candidate will have Academic experience, commitment to the institution’s mission, commitment to equity-centered and student-centered teaching and learning and the belief that all students can succeed, experience making strategic change with determination and a sense of commitment and accountability, experience tackling complex issues and making bold decisions for the good of students and the institution.
Areas governed by Instruction include five academic divisions, non-credit and workforce training, Library Services, eLearning, Faculty development/Teaching and Learning Center, Adult/Basic Education/ESL and Adult Literacy, outcomes assessment, and accreditation, Guided Pathways, and academic supports.

At Clark, we value equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are committed to growing, learning, and supporting our employees.


  • Serve as a member of the Executive Cabinet.
  • Implement measures to increase equitable student success.
  • In coordination with the faculty, develop a strategic academic plan for the College.
  • Drive change to forecast and shape the academic profile to meet student and industry needs.
  • Oversee the alignment and execution of relevant and timely non-credit and workforce training.
  • Supervise instructional staff, including the Associate Vice President of Instruction, deans, and instructional office staff.
  • Serve as liaison with state and federal entities, accrediting associations, public and private schools, other higher education institutions, community agencies, and business and industry concerning instructional matters.
  • Monitor and manage expenditures of the instructional budget.
  • Lead, inspire and ensure faculty commitment to equitable learning opportunities and outcomes.
  • Ensure staff and faculty represent the diverse student population through equity-centered and data-informed approaches.
  • Serve as a key College leader in Guided Pathways and serve on the Guided Pathways Strategic Planning team and Guided Pathways Advisory Council.
  • Guide the work of the Curriculum Committee and Instructional Planning Team to systematically review policies, programs, outcomes, and course offerings.
  • Provide appropriate training and support for adjunct, probationary, and tenured faculty.
  • Foster open, inclusive, and candid communication among administration, faculty, staff, and students on matters related to Instruction.
  • Provide leadership for instructional efforts associated with accountability, outcomes assessment, and accreditation.
  • Serve as chair or member of designated College committees, councils, and teams.
  • Provide leadership in accordance with the Mission and Vision established by the College, furthering values, tenets, and priorities of the College.
  • Ensure areas of responsibility operate effectively within the policies and procedures of the College and applicable governing agencies.
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures for operating unit(s).
  • Train, supervise, and evaluate employees in accordance with negotiated agreements, applicable state and federal laws, and College policies and procedures.
  • Exercise effective stewardship over college resources.
  • Prepare reports and analytical materials to illustrate objectives, activities, and accomplishments of areas of responsibility.
  • Create a safe, bias-free working environment, which engenders respect for differences.
  • Work to achieve the core theme of fostering a diverse college community as established by the College.

Candidates will be evaluated on:

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout all levels of the organization.
  • Demonstrated commitment to ensuring that academic programs provide smooth pathways to further education and the workforce.
  • Ensures the integrity and accountability of academic programs by upholding professional and accreditation standards.
  • Has a strategic vision for the institution.
  • Demonstrated experience providing academic leadership.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively to further develop and implement student success strategies.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain collegial environment.
  • Engagement and promotion in shared governance.
  • Demonstrated budget development and management experience.


  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Three (3) years teaching experience.
  • Five (5) years in upper management in instruction (Dean-level or above) and/or educational administration.
  • Experience developing initiatives that advance social equity working in a diverse environment.
  • Ability to work well with people of all ages from academically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds.
  • Successful candidates should have knowledge of:
    • Culturally responsive, inclusive, and anti-racist practice and instruction; a strong understanding and ability to apply knowledge of the teaching and learning process.
    • Curriculum and Instructional Planning.
    • Implementation of student success strategies such as Guided Pathways.
    • Comprehensive budget development and management.
    • Outcomes assessments and accreditation.
    • Shared governance.
    • Collective bargaining.
    • Effective pedagogy in online and face-to-face Instruction.
    • Use of educational technologies.
    • Establishing strategic partnerships.
    • Creating professional development plans.
    • Collaborative and community-building leadership.
    • Program articulations and workforce development.


  • A healthy work/life balance for our employees with the opportunity for flexible work schedules and remote work depending on position and college needs.
  • McClaskey Culinary Institute offers fast, fresh, and healthy dining options for students, faculty, staff, and the community. The space, located in Gaiser Hall, features three kiosks, a full-service retail bakery and barista bar, grab-and-go items, and a student-run restaurant.
  • Coffee Lounge in Hannah Hall and Clark Café in Joan Stout Hall.
  • Campus bookstore offers snacks, apparel, and specialty supplies.
  • On-campus early childhood education care program (pending registration and availability).
  • Gym and recreation facilities available for membership.
  • Clark promotes wellness with a variety of different workshops and events.

SALARY RANGE: $139,724-$161,786 (commensurate with qualifications and experience).
Successful candidates are typic ally hi red at the beginning of the salary range and receive scheduled salary increment increases.
Clark College offers an exceptional benefits package that includes vacation/sick leave; medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance; retirement; and tuition waiver.
Required Online Application Materials:

  • Clark College Online Application
  • Current resume, with a minimum of three (3) references listed.
  • Cover letter describing background and experience related to qualifications and responsibilities of the position.
  • Responses to the supplemental questions included in the online application process.

Please apply online at .
To contact Clark College Human Resources, please call (360) 992-2105 or email 

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Date of First Consideration: October 23, 2023, at 3:00 pm.
Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform i n the position. Completion of academic degrees will also be verified through receipt of official transcripts.
Upon request, accommodations are available to persons with disabilities for the application process. Contact Human Resources at (360)992-2105 or by video phone at (360)991-0901.
The security of all the members of the campus community is of vital concern to Clark College. Information regarding crime prevention advice, the authority of the Security/Safety Department, policies concerning reporting of any crimes which may occur on or near college property, and crime statistics for the most recent 3-year period may be requested from the Clark College Security/Safety Department, (360) 992 -2133 or The most recent Annual Security Report, written in compliance with the Clery Act, can be reviewed here:
If you are hired, you will need proof of identity, and documentation of U.S. citizenship or legal authorization to work.
Corrected or extended notices will be posted online and in the Human Resources Office.
Clark College’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) supports individuals with their academic, personal, and professional development, as well as provides training and educational resources for all members of the college community around diversity, inclusion, power, privilege, inequity, social equity, and social justice. The college offers further professional development for our employees through opportunities such as Employee Resource Groups, Social Justice Leadership Institute, Cross Institution Faculty of Color Mentorship program, Administrators of Color Leadership Program, and Faculty and Staff of Color Conference.
Clark College values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator. Protected group members are strongly encouraged to apply. Clark 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, honorably discharged veteran or military status, citizenship, immigration status or use of a trained guide dog or service animal. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment (unwelcome sexual conduct of various types). The college considers equal opportunity, affirmative action, and non-discrimination to be fundamental to the mission, vision and values of the college. All faculty and staff hired at Clark College are encouraged to embrace, continually support and enhance social equity on our campus and in our community.
The college provides reasonable accommodations for qualified students, employees, and applicants with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Federal Rehabilitation Act. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non- discrimination policies, Title II and Title IX, and Affirmative Action: Gerald Gabbard, Director of Labor and Compliance, 360 -992-2317,, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Baird 142, Vancouver, Washington 98663. Clark College is a smoke-free/drug free environment. This recruitment announcement does not reflect the entire job description and can be changed and or modified without notice.
Clark College Human Resources
September 26, 2023


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$139,724.00 - $161,786.00 Annually

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