Vice President for Student Success

Northwest Florida State College in Florida

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted March 17, 2017
Type Administrative
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

Northwest Florida State College invites applications and nominations for Vice President for Student Success

The Northwest Florida State College announces an executive search for a proven innovative, entrepreneurial leader to serve as Vice President for Student Success. Applications and nominations are accepted through this recruitment process. Complete information is in the Search Profile at

The Leadership Opportunity

Northwest Florida State College (NWF State College) is a multi-campus institution serving more than 13,200 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 for three consecutive years by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. It was recently ranked #8 on’s list of best community colleges in Florida based on factors such as cost, graduation rate, and flexibility.

Under direction of the College President, Dr. Devin Stephenson, the Vice President for Student Success provides overall strategic leadership for the development, delivery, and coordination of College-wide student support services in alignment with the College’s mission, values, and strategic plan. The Vice President is the senior administrator for student recruitment, enrollment management, admissions, records, registration, student success coaching/navigation, graduation, testing, services for veterans, international students, financial aid, and student life/activities.

The VP must be a proven visionary, strategic, collaborative, and innovative leader and team member. This senior officer promotes a student-oriented culture that ensures access, sustains education excellence, fosters student development, and supports high levels of student achievement and success.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Serve as chief student services/success resource for the College.
  • Create a culture of continuous improvement throughout all functional areas of student services.
  • Provide College-wide vision and leadership for the development, implementation, assessment, maintenance, delivery, and integrity of essential student services.
  • Direct the ongoing evaluation and revision of College standards, policies, and procedures that address the most effective/efficient and student-centered delivery of student services programs in support of the college mission.
  • Guide the professional development of all student services staff members. Supervise management, paraprofessional, and technical/support staff and perform both direct and indirect supervision through subordinates. Evaluate, discipline and recommend employment and dismissal of staff as necessary.
  • Ensure compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and administrative procedures.
  • Lead the development and implementation of data-informed strategies to reach strategic enrollment goals.
  • Improve student academic achievement, including progression, completion, job placement, and transfer.
  • Work closely with the entire College leadership team to guide and monitor College-wide implementation of student success initiatives.
  • Participate as a member of the College’s executive leadership team that integrates educational, fiscal, technological, physical, and personnel planning to attain the College’s vision and mission.
  • Cultivate collaborative relationships with educational partners, including secondary school district leaders, and high school principals and counselors, and agencies/organizations at the local, state, regional, and national levels.
  • Design and coordinate internal and external assessments to identify current and emerging economic, social, political, and technological trends and issues that may impact student academic achievement, persistence, and student development.
  • Plan, develop, and implement assigned budgets within fiscal guidelines.
  • Participate in preparation of state and federal grant applications.
  • Represent the College in District, community, government and professional organizations as appropriate to student services, serve on college committees, task forces and other groups and provide assistance and technical data to college staff and faculty as needed.
  • Present, in clear and compelling fashion, the benefits of an education at Northwest Florida State College to large and small groups.
  • Recommend and implement techniques to improve department policies and practices; increase efficiency; take advantage of opportunities; maintain state-of-the-art practices; keep abreast of current trends and practices in the field.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain a culture in student services operations that motivates students to believe in their goals, themselves, and Northwest Florida State College.
  • Cultivate a sense of belonging and self-confidence in students by training staff in theories that will reinforce good practices: social and academic integration, career integration, self-efficacy, and a growth mindset.
  • Provide administrative oversight for the effective disposition of non-academic student discipline issues.
  • Maintain a high level of customer service focus on all deliverables.
  • React to change productively and handle all other essential tasks as assigned.

Qualifications and Requirements

An earned doctorate from a regionally accredited postsecondary institution and five years of progressively responsible and successful leadership experience that includes higher education or state agency experience, specifically in the area of student services/success structures are required.

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated understanding of the complexities within a large, diverse, multi-campus educational institution, along with successful experience designing a student services delivery ecosystem and working in a team environment.

Other qualifications include:

  • Proven successful personnel management experience in a diverse organizational setting
  • Understanding of and demonstrated successes related to the “student recruitment to completion” continuum
  • Proficiency working with student information systems; Banner and BlackBoard Analytics experience preferred
  • Demonstrated expertise in data reporting and synthesis
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Proficiency with standard word processing and presentation software, familiarity with basic web and Internet functions
  • Demonstrated cultural competency, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college staff, faculty, and students

Demonstrated Knowledge of:

  • Budgeting principles and practices
  • Leadership, managerial, and planning principles
  • Regional accreditation standards with SACSCOC preferred
  • Strategic enrollment management in an open admission environment
  • Conflict mediation principles and practices
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion principles and best practices
  • Student recruitment and support services
  • Student development theory
  • Technological systems as they apply to student services and student support delivery
  • Operation of microcomputer equipment and a variety of software including word processing and advanced spreadsheet, statistical analysis and database management applications.
  • Project management
  • External data reporting, such as IPEDS
  • Applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures

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 joint campus with the University of West Florida 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, elementary education, middle grades general science, and middle grades mathematics; 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 2014-2015 Total Revenue was in excess of $40 million. State funding represented 40 percent of the total, while student fees and financial aid were 43 percent, and other revenues/transfers were 17 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 2014-2015, the Raiders won national NJCAA Division I championships in baseball and men’s basketball.

Campuses, Centers, and Collegiate High School of the College

  • Niceville Campus - The 264-acre campus houses the College’s central administration as well as a variety of other programs and services.
  • Fort Walton Beach Campus – This campus operates in conjunction with the University of West Florida, sharing the facilities and same general location, to provide higher education to the residents of the surrounding areas.
  • Hurlburt Field Center - This Center provides college credit courses and other programs designed to meet the needs of Hurlburt Field personnel.
  • Chautauqua Center - Located in DeFuniak Springs, the center serves Walton County residents of all ages and levels of education, from adult basic education to college degree programs.
  • South Walton Campus - This campus serves the residents of South Walton County, Destin, Freeport, and surrounding areas with college credit and non-credit programs, adult basic education, and college preparatory courses.
  • Robert L. F. Sikes Education Center – This center in Crestview serves the residents of north Okaloosa County.
  • NWF State College Collegiate High School - NWF State College operates a public charter school of the Okaloosa County School District for students in the 10th, 11th and 12th grade.

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 our 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) letter of interest, 2) current resume or curriculum vitae, 3) At least five references with full contact information, including emails (References will not be contacted without consent from applicants.), 4) Your answers to the required questions at:

Submit applications to:

For best consideration, submit application materials by May 2, 2017.

Nominations are invited and should include contact information, including emails, for the individual being nominated. Submit nominations to:

Kenny Daugherty, Executive Vice President of Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting, is 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
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(478) 330-6222 |


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