Director of Kenai Peninsula College

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Classification:Senior Administrator Director
Grade:Senior Administrator
Work type:Officer/Senior Administrator
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit:UAA Chancellor
Location: Soldotna
Categories: Executive/Director/Management

Position Summary:

University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of Kenai Peninsula College (KPC). KPC is a community campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). The Campus Director is a Senior Administrator position reporting to the UAA Chancellor with operational oversight provided by UAA Academic Affairs.


100The Kenai Peninsula College Director is the senior administrative officer and is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the College in coordination with the University of Alaska Anchorage and the University of Alaska system. Reporting to the UAA Provost, the Director must work closely with the Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, and Deans. The College Director is the senior administrative officer of Kenai Peninsula College responsible for the following: • Understanding and advocating for the best interests of Kenai Peninsula College within the University system and at the local and state government levels. • Facilitating the development and implementation of the College's strategic planning process and evaluating the plan's goals and objectives to ensure alignment with those of the University. • Promoting a productive academic and service environment. • Recruiting, developing, and evaluating staff. • Coordinating recruitment of full-time faculty members with appropriate academic departments of the University, conducting annual faculty evaluations, and participating in faculty reviews for tenure, promotion, post-tenure, and emeritus status. • In collaboration with appropriate academic departments of the University, providing consistent high-quality educational opportunities through planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating instructional programs to meet the varied community needs for academic, vocational, adult continuing education, professional development, and personal enrichment education. • Serving as chief advocate for the College in articulating needs and services, both internally and externally, and providing budget request input to UAA and administering the KPC budget. • Participating as a member of the University management team in setting strategic direction and advocating for the College. • Coordinating and communicating short- and long-range plans for best use of resources. • Promoting the College as an active participant in the area's workforce and economic development. • Promoting the College as a principal contributor to the quality of life in the community. • Serving as liaison between the University of Alaska campuses, departments, programs, governmental bodies and businesses. • Collaborating closely with other UAA campuses to include Mat-Su College, Kodiak College, and Prince William Sound College. • Serving on the University of Alaska Community Campus Directors Council. • Working effectively and collaboratively with members of multiple bargaining units.Essential

A leading community campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula College is poised for continued growth, innovation, and service to its community under the leadership of the new Director. Succeeding Director Gary Turner, the next Director will continue to champion this dynamic campus, serving as its lead spokesperson and advocate within the local community, the region, the broader UAA system, and the state. The incoming Director will uphold KPC’s strong connection to its community and will forge new partnerships that provide support for both the College and local industry. The Director will leverage the many strengths of the College, including its excellent academic program, exemplary distance learning approach, beautiful location, and unique residential opportunities, in order to ensure that the College remains strong in the years to come.

To succeed in this role, the incoming Director must be a demonstrated leader in community education with a passion for supporting students, faculty, and staff in a close-knit academic community. She/he/they should be an excellent communicator, able to build lasting relationships with everyone in the KPC community, including those in local and regional industry. This person should also be able to navigate the complexities of working within a multi-campus University as well as a large public system, demonstrating the capacity to serve as an ambassador and bring a strong voice to conversations around budget and community campus engagement and collaboration within the system.


• Knowledge of, and commitment to, the community college mission and student success through the scholarship of teaching and learning, and professional development.
• Exemplary ability to be accessible, interact and work effectively with faculty and staff, students, advisory committees, and administration in a collegial and multicultural environment.
• Collaborative, participatory, and consensus-based leadership and decision-making style with a successful track record, strong communication skills, vision, and integrity.
• Strong commitment to shared governance, faculty development, cross-cultural communication. and cultural diversity.
• Ability to manage and effectively allocate college personnel, fiscal resources, and assets.
• Ability to align organizational mission, structures, and resources with the college strategic plan.
• Awareness of the variety of technologies used in education and administration.
• Experience with, or knowledge of, post-secondary accreditation and assessment processes.
• Commitment to excellence in student performance, teaching, and public service.
• Ability to organize for productivity and responsibility with the enthusiasm and vision to lead the College into the future.
• Willingness to self-assess performance regularly using feedback, reflection, goal setting, and evaluation.
• Ability to represent the campus in the local community, in the broader educational community, at various levels of government, and as a model of higher education.
• Ability to build partnerships with other campuses and the university community to further the mission of both Kenai Peninsula College and the University of Alaska Anchorage.
• Demonstrated effective interaction with organizations and agencies at the community, state and national levels, including collaboration and partnerships with K-12, advisory boards, business/industries, government, and public and private agencies.
• Significant experience advocating for employees and organizations and significant documented success in acquisition of external funding.


Administrative leadership experience, including program planning, budget management, development and management of personnel. Experience in higher education/post-secondary setting is strongly preferred.

Significant experience advocating for employees and organizations. Significant documented success in acquisition of external funding.


A master's degree from a regionally accredited institution is required along with three to five years of administrative leadership experience, including program planning, budget management, and the development and management of personnel. A doctorate (or equivalent terminal degree) is preferred. Administrative leadership experience in higher education/post-secondary setting is strongly preferred. Successful applicants must provide official transcripts documenting academic credentials required for the position as a condition of employment.

The full position description and requirements for application can be found here.

Application Process

The search committee for the Director of Kenai Peninsula College will begin accepting nominations and reviewing applications immediately. Requested application materials include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and professional reference list. References will not be called without explicit permission. This position is anticipated to begin in the summer of 2021. Although applications will be welcomed until a new Director of Kenai Peninsula College is selected, for best consideration, all candidates should submit materials by February 1, 2021 to the following address:

For more information about Kenai Peninsula College, please visit

The University of Alaska Anchorage is being assisted in this search by Storbeck Search. For additional information, please contact:

R. Thomas Fitch, Partner

Julia Patton, Senior Associate

Storbeck Search

We especially encourage applications from candidates who understand the diversity present in Alaska, our local community and student body, and who will enhance and promote engagement with other cultures.

This position is designated as an officer of the university or senior administrator at the discretion of the president.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace. University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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