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Vice President for Academic Affairs
Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Florida
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Date Posted 03/26/2019
Executive-Academic Vice President and Provost
Salary -  USD Per Year
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Vice President for Academic Affairs

(Teaching and Learning)

at Northwest Florida State College

Northwest Florida State College announces an executive search for a proven, innovative academic administrator to serve as Vice President for Academic Affairs (a.k.a. Teaching and Learning), the chief academic officer of the College. Applications and nominations are accepted through this recruitment process.

Complete information is available in the Search Profile a

The Opportunity

Northwest Florida State College (NWF State College) is a multi-campus institution serving nearly 10,000 students and offers associate and baccalaureate degree programs in addition to vocational certificates and adult education.

NWF State College has been named one of the nation’s 150 top community colleges by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program every year since the inception of the program. The College recently was ranked #8 by on its list of the best community colleges in Florida based on factors such as cost, graduation rate, and flexibility.

Directly accountable to the College President, Dr. Devin Stephenson, the Vice President for Academic Affairs plays a positive leadership role in helping the College effectively manage change in an environment of continuous improvement.

As the chief academic officer, this administrator must be a proven visionary, strategic, innovative, and collaborative leader. The Vice President for Academic Affairs will have duties and responsibilities that require electronic accessibility both on and off campus and beyond the College’s regular operating hours. 



  • Provide leadership and administrative oversight for all instructional programs and services of the College.
  • Monitor legislative, regulatory, and accreditation-related issues and changes for impact and action at the college level as related to teaching and learning.
  • Approve and supervise the development of all academic program publications.
  • Represent the College at various state and local meetings, organizations, and conferences.
  • Develop continuous improvement plans for the areas supervised.
  • Develop annual budgets and manage financial resources in the areas supervised.
  • Keep the President informed of activities, challenges, concerns, and achievements.
  • Collaborate to create an annual academic calendar for review and approval by the President’s Cabinet.
  • Supervise the development of articulation agreements and academic program partnerships with public schools, technical career centers, colleges and universities, and business and industry partners, avoiding duplication of efforts and resources and ensure seamless pathways for students.
  • Work cooperatively with other members of the President’s Cabinet to ensure institutional and student success.


  • Provide leadership for the faculty in pursuit of excellence in teaching and learning.
  • Promote innovation in curriculum development and student learning outcomes assessment.
  • Ensure open communication and information-sharing throughout all areas of responsibility.
  • Foster integrity, quality, creativity, and innovation across all areas of responsibility.
  • Coordinate and facilitate a faculty/staff professional development plan that includes college-wide training events such as the Adjunct Faculty Workshop and the New Faculty Orientation Program.
  • Recommend full-time and part-time faculty for employment.
  • Guide, supervise, mentor, and evaluate faculty, administrative personnel, and support staff as appropriate.
  • Resolve student, faculty, and staff problems as appropriate.
  • Recommend the renewal, nonrenewal, or dismissal of faculty and college personnel in the areas supervised.


  • Provide leadership to foster teamwork and unite teams in an environment of collaboration to reach internal and external consensus to bring about positive change and innovation in areas supervised.
  • Provide leadership in the delivery of a comprehensive program of online learning.
  • Provide leadership for activities related to individual program accreditations.
  • Provide leadership for all aspects of the learning resources center.


  • Provide leadership for student learning outcomes and program outcomes assessment.
  • Promote collaboration in the areas of learning and technology.
  • Provide administrative oversight for the scheduling and use of all classrooms, labs, and other spaces through the College with a focus on improving effectiveness and efficiencies.

The Vice President will contribute to the overall mission of the College by performing other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Qualifications and Requirements

Candidates must have an earned doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university in a related education field. Full-time community/state college teaching experience is preferred; higher education teaching experience is required. Executive-level administrative experience in areas of teaching and learning/academic affairs is required.

In-state and out-of-state travel is required for meetings and professional development conferences, seminars, and workshops.

This is an administrative, exempt-level position. The Vice President is required to attend all Board of Trustees meetings as well as additional meetings requested by the President.

This position may require the employee to frequently work outside of the regular work schedule.

Other qualifications include:

  • Demonstrated skills as an innovative and entrepreneurial leader.
  • Demonstrated successes in working at a comprehensive community/state college with transfer education, health sciences, and career education workforce development divisions.
  • Effectiveness in leading teams for improvement.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and emotional intelligence skills.
  • Demonstrated competence in staffing, evaluating, and directing higher education faculty.
  • Demonstrated proactive vision that places student success at the heart of the areas of responsibility.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use of technology and in promoting a student learning-centered approach.
  • Participatory leadership style with demonstrated creativity and flexibility in problem-solving.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage fiscal and personnel resources, plan and evaluate programs, and think strategically and proactively.
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and employees.
  • Demonstrated support of and participation in student activities, including, but not limited to, the fine and performing arts, athletics, and student organizations. 
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the development of and appropriate approvals of new curriculum proposals, and the periodic review and revision of all credit and non-credit courses and programs of the College.

Northwest Florida State College

Northwest Florida State College has a distinguished history of providing outstanding educational opportunities for students. Located in the heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast between Pensacola and Panama City, the College was established by the Florida Legislature in 1963 as Okaloosa-Walton Junior College. Its current name reflects the expansion of the College’s mission to provide educational access and opportunity for success to the region.

NWF State College’s service area stretches from the Gulf of Mexico to the Alabama state line and is centered primarily in Okaloosa and Walton counties.  Two Air Force installations, Eglin AFB, including Duke Field, and Hurlburt Field, are in the service area.

The College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

In addition to the picturesque 264-acre main campus located in Niceville, the College operates a campus in Fort Walton Beach, the Chautauqua Center in DeFuniak Springs, the Robert L.F. Sikes Education Center in Crestview, and centers at Hurlburt Field and in South Walton County.

NWF State College offers four baccalaureate degrees: Bachelor of Applied Science in Management and Supervision; Bachelor of Applied Science in Project Management; Bachelor of Science in Education, including early childhood and elementary education; and Bachelor of Science in Nursing. More bachelor’s degree programs are being developed.

The College’s Associate in Arts degree provides full transfer of credit for those students who plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree. The Associate in Science degrees have companion certificates that may be used as a career path toward the AS degree.

Courses for adults in literacy, English for Speakers of Other Languages, Adult Basic Education, vocational preparatory/job readiness skills, and GED preparation programs are also available.

Dual enrollment allows high school students to enroll and earn college credit and credit for high school graduation simultaneously. This is offered to public, private, and home-schooled students.

In its latest year of record, the college’s 2018-2019 Total Revenue was in excess of $44 million. State funding represented 49 percent of the total, while student fees and financial aid were 30 percent, and other revenues/transfers were 21 percent.

NWF State College offers intercollegiate baseball, softball and men’s and women’s basketball programs that consistently compete for conference, regional, and national titles. In 2015, the Raiders won the national NJCAA Division I championships in Men’s Baseball and Men’s Basketball.

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Northwest Florida

Home to the main campus of NWF State College, Niceville offers towering pine trees, majestic oaks, unspoiled streams, cold water creeks, and the picturesque bayous of Northwest Florida. The city is known for living up to its name to residents and visitors alike.

Niceville has welcoming neighborhoods, top-ranked schools, a responsive city government, and mild weather. Outdoor and indoor recreation are plentiful, and the beach is only 18 miles away.

Named the “Best Place to Raise Kids in Florida in 2012” by Bloomberg Businessweek, Niceville has numerous youth programs and activities, sports leagues, parks, outdoor recreation, church youth ministries, outstanding schools, a thriving arts and entertainment center, state college, and residents who support and care about young people.

Okaloosa and Walton counties are the primary service areas of the College. Okaloosa County has a population of nearly 200,000 with Walton County having more than 63,000 residents.

Application and Nomination Process

Confidential inquiries are welcomed; nominations are invited.

To Apply - Applications must include: 1) A letter of interest, 2) Current curriculum vitae, and 3) At least five references with full contact information, including emails (References will not be contacted without consent from applicants.)

Submit application materials to by April 24, 2019, for best consideration.

Submit nominations to with complete contact information, including email address, for the individual being nominated.

Kenny Daugherty, President, and Emily Parker Myers, CEO; and Jennifer Barfield, Senior Vice President, of Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting are assisting Northwest Florida State College with this search.

NWF State College is dedicated to the concepts of equity and equal opportunity. It is the specific intention of the College not to discriminate on the basis of age, color, ethnicity, disability, marital status, national origin, race, pregnancy, religion, genetic information or gender, in its employment practices or in the admission and treatment of students in its programs or activities.

Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting

515 Mulberry Street, Suite 200, Macon, Georgia 31201

(478) 330-6222 |



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