Vice President for Workforce, Strategy and Innovation

SUNY Orange County Community College   Middletown , NY   Full-time     Education
Posted on May 3, 2023
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Vice President for Workforce, Strategy and Innovation

About SUNY Orange:

Orange County Community College (SUNY Orange), located in the scenic Hudson Valley, is a multi-campus College with locations in the cities of Middletown and Newburgh, NY. We proudly claim the distinction of being the first county-sponsored New York State Community College. And, for over 70 years, SUNY Orange has been the primary workforce provider and educational resource for residents of Orange County and neighboring counties.

Our students come from all walks of life and are committed to their education and career development. Our graduates speak highly of a curriculum that challenges them and prepares them upon graduation to be competitive and successful if they are directly entering the workforce or to thrive when they transfer to four-year institutions. SUNY Orange values diversity, has been certified as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and has been named a Military Friendly college.

The College seeks dynamic individuals eager to engage in thoughtful, energetic and impactful leadership, and to help shape the future of a College that is respected within its community. If you desire the opportunity to mold the members of our diverse student body into the accomplished professionals and leaders they wish to become, crave an administrative atmosphere where creativity and forward-thinking ideas are welcomed, and are willing to roll up your sleeves to make it all happen, we encourage you to consider joining our College community.

Job Description:

SUNY Orange is fulfilling a vital role in the innovation, development and delivery of workforce training and certification programming that will spark greater economic development throughout Orange County and the entireMid-Hudson Valley region. Numerous opportunities exist, with more on the horizon, where the College can expand its regional non-credit workforce programming footprint in order to further realize its strategic goal of strengthening the region's economic future.

The region's growing workforce is diverse and the College anticipates offering an array of programming that is as varied as the population it serves. The Vice President for Workforce, Strategy and Innovation will leverage existing partnerships and develop new relationships that will enable SUNY Orange to teach and train for a brighter tomorrow. This role will help define SUNY Orange as a realistic educational and training destination for all residents and work alongside the College's academic leadership to find pathways to degree completion for those whose first experience with SUNY Orange is as a non-credit student. The College recently launchedOrange County FoodTEC, which provides workforce training related skills programming in support of the region's growing food, beverage and hospitality sectors; established locally relevant offerings such as Pharmacy Technician training and aligned with neighboring community colleges to build a cannabis consortium. Sponsored in part by the County of Orange, the College also boasts strong relationships with the Orange County Chamber of Commerce, the Orange County PartnershipVision Hudson Valley, the Orange County Industrial Development Agencyand many others whose mission it is to attract business and industry to the Hudson Valley, and to make the region a great place to live, work and play.

Reporting directly to the President, the Vice President for Workforce, Strategy and Innovation is responsible for providing leadership for the College's strategic and operational planning, and will develop and direct the strategic and long-range goals of the college including proposals to enter new markets and to expand existing market presence by building and maintaining strategic partnerships, directing and managing projects assigned by the President and Executive Leadership team. This critical role leads grant development and administration, the Continuing and Professional Education programs, the Office of Institutional Planning and Research as well as provides strategic innovation around sustainability and green initiatives, while maintaining a strong commitment to operational assessment practices.

The successful candidate will possess strong communication, leadership, and visionary skills that engage the College community in advancing excellence in teaching, learning, and supporting student success. The Vice President for Workforce, Strategy and Innovation will also have organizational and strategic planning experience and strong analytical data skills; demonstrated passion for higher learning and a commitment to inclusion and diversity as it relates to students, staff and faculty.


Education Required:  Master's degree

Experience Required:  Minimum of five years of progressively responsible administrative positions with an emphasis on growing relationships with internal and external stakeholders, building and maintaining relationships with community partners, as well as business and industry leaders; a demonstrated analytical disciplined approach and dynamic abstract problem-solving skills; project management skills.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Worker Characteristics:

  • Higher Education experience
  • Community College experience
  • Multi-campus environment
  • Experience with shared governance
  • Experience with collective bargaining groups
  • Strong leadership, program planning and organizational skills to develop, administer and advance a wide range of services across diverse functional areas
  • Grants writing and/or administration experience
  • Project Management experience 
  • Demonstrated administrative, problem solving, conflict resolution, collaboration, and crisis management skills
  • Must be able to travel between the College's two campuses and other sites.
  • Bilingual Skills.

Additional Information:

Deadline for Applying: Review of applications begins on May 22, 2023 and will continue until successful candidate has been identified.

Position begins ASAP

Salary: This is a Management Confidential position, commensurate with experience

Orange County Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identification, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, veteran status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction or any other category protected by law. The College adheres to all federal and state civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination in public institutions of higher education. Inquiries regarding this non-discrimination policy may be directed to: Iris Martinez-Davis, Civil Rights Compliance Officer, 115 South Street, Middletown NY 10940, (845) 341-4662,

Application Instructions:

Create a SUNY Orange Employment Account by clicking on the APPLY NOW button. Upload the following documents, which are required for consideration:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • References: Include three (3) professional references (including names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses). References will not be contacted without prior permission of the candidate.
  • Orange County Community College values a diverse and inclusive community. Please include in your cover letter an answer to the following questions:
    1. How has diversity and inclusion played a part in your career?
    2. How would you bring that insight into your position at the college?

Official transcripts will be required upon employment. Foreign transcripts which are not accompanied by an evaluation from an approved agency may not be reviewed. Applicants may contact NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluating Service) at to obtain a list of members providing this service. Any expenses incurred for this service must be borne by the applicant. Foreign transcript translations by applicant or educational institution are not acceptable.

All applicants must have the legal right to accept employment in the United States. SUNY Orange does not support visa applications.

Employment at the College may be subject to the favorable result of a background investigation.

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