Vice President of Administrative Services
The Dalles, OR President's Office
Job Type

Compensation: $110,000 – $125,000 plus excellent benefits including generous employer contributions to medical, dental and vision premiums, and participation in the Oregon PERS retirement system.

We offer an opportunity for…

A collaborative, equity-minded leader to serve as Vice President of Administrative Services (VPAS). The VPAS is responsible for creating, assessing, and continuously improving the policies, processes, and practices necessary to: facilitate equitable student learning and success; deliver excellent service; and accomplish the work of the administrative services division. The administrative services division includes finance, budgeting, purchasing, information technology systems, facilities and grounds, and auxiliary services, including the bookstore and food services. 

This role reports directly to the College President and serves on the President’s Council. The successful candidate will be driven by a genuine desire to advance the College’s Mission and Priorities and will work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders. Accordingly, the VPAS will provide innovative, excellent service with a commitment to closing equity gaps in educational access and attainment and will promote inclusive prosperity throughout the greater Columbia Gorge region.

Who we are…

Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) is a comprehensive community college dedicated to promoting an academic and social environment that serves the evolving needs of the vibrant and diverse communities across its district and beyond. The College aims to foster an inclusive and equitable climate where employees and students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. We understand these values are foundational to our mission and are important in supporting the well-being of the communities in our service area. As a college, CGCC commits to being accountable to communities who have been historically excluded from higher education, and to the land in the area it serves. Candidates from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Mission: CGCC prioritizes equitable access to education, empowers all students through learning, and drives inclusive prosperity throughout our community. 

Vision: As an institution of higher education, CGCC innovates and excels, champions equity and inclusion, and nurtures belonging among our students, employees, and the community.


  • Ensuring equitable access to education
  • Advancing equitable student learning and educational outcomes
  • Fostering economic growth, inclusive prosperity, and a thriving community

Guiding Principles: Open Communication, Respect, Integrity, Collaboration, and Equity and Inclusion.

Where we are…

Columbia Gorge Community College serves a diverse region in north-central Oregon and south-central Washington. CGCC acknowledges we are on the homelands of the Confederated Tribe of the Yakama Nation and neighboring tribes as well as the 14 bands along the Inchi I’wana (Columbia River). Our main campus is within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in The Dalles, Oregon. We also have a beautiful campus in the city of Hood River. 

What the area offers…

Nestled in the breathtaking beauty of the Columbia River Gorge, our college offers more than just a job; it offers a unique lifestyle. Imagine waking up to stunning mountain views, enjoying outdoor adventures in your backyard, and being part of a tight-knit community dedicated to educational equity and innovation. 

As a center of Native American trade for over 10,000 years and situated near the end of the Oregon Trail, the Columbia Gorge has a rich history. Much of the area is connected to agriculture, with large acreages of wheat fields, cherry, pear, and apple orchards. There are also dozens of world-class vineyards, wineries, and breweries that, together with outdoor recreation, have created a strong hospitality and tourism industry.

Organizations like Comunidades, The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, Washington Gorge Action Programs, and The Next Door are representative of the groups that span the Gorge area to provide community resources and leadership. Manufacturing, technology, and IT companies are expanding rapidly in the area, which is home to companies such as Insitu, Tofurky, Cardinal Glass, Sagetech, HoodTech, and Google. Portland is roughly an hour away, with its various urban attractions and access to international travel.

What you will do…

The Vice President of Administrative Services (VPAS) is responsible for leading the Administrative Services division and performs the following duties:

Unit Leadership

  • Oversee the recruitment, supervision, evaluation, and talent management of staff within the Administrative Services unit to promote innovation, excellence, equity, inclusion, and belonging across the college community.
  • Inspire a diverse group of employees through mentoring, professional development, and coaching; provide leadership, coordination, and oversight for the college's Administrative Services unit to integrate and support all areas of the college in service to the Mission.
  • Oversee management of facilities and information technology 
  • Manage enterprise services, including the college bookstore and cafe.

Budgeting and Operational Planning

  • Develop administrative goals and strategies to ensure the achievement of college priorities.
  • Develop short-term and long-term financial forecasts to project the college's financial health and identify potential budget challenges and opportunities. This includes revenue projections, new or innovative revenue streams, and other relevant data.
  • Maintain a strong commitment to equity-minded assessment practices, using data to inform decision-making, budgetary planning, as well as facilities, technology, and operational planning.

Partnership Development

  • Cultivate relationships with business, community, industry, municipal, and higher education leaders; collaborate with other college leaders to design, lead, and support initiatives leveraging community partnerships and business relationships to maximize equitable learning opportunities and outcomes for all learners.
  • Represent and advocate for the college's institutional interests to external constituencies; develop, support, and maintain effective relationships with external partners; represent college interests within community groups, councils, and committees.
  • Establish positive working relationships to advance college priorities with external organizations to include architects and construction, Oregon Community College Association, legislatures, auditors, legal counsel, grant sources, etc.

Financial Operations/Services

  • Plan, direct, and implement the financial and general operation of the college including oversight of fiscal operations, evaluation, forecasting, and reporting on all budgets (e.g., operational, capital, enterprise) status and cost/benefit analyses.
  • Collaborate with and support the college community on the development of additional revenue streams (grants, enterprise accounts, alternate revenue streams, etc.).
  • Monitor appropriated investments of temporary cash balances and safeguard all financial assets and resources.
  • Prepare annual audit with independent auditors. 
  • Oversee all capital and fiscal planning affecting the college.
  • Work collaboratively with the college community to develop and implement both short and long-term financial and operational strategies that contribute directly and indirectly to student persistence and success.

College Leadership

  • Foster inclusive communication and collaboration with all faculty, staff, and students to provide administrative support; develop equitable processes and procedures that support integrated strategic planning and organizational efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Actively participate in Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) to adhere to accreditation standards; integrate student-centered principles in decision making and actions.
  • Provide leadership and support for contract negotiations, policy monitoring, and purchasing; ensure compliance with regulatory agencies’ requirements and college policies and procedures.
  • Encourage the use of environmentally sustainable practices and procedures across the college. 
  • Develop and use intercultural fluency to support community-led advancement across the college's service area.
  • Use culturally responsive practices to benefit students, employees, and communities with historically marginalized identities.
  • Dismantle systems and barriers in order to achieve equitable student success.

What you bring….

  • Master’s degree in Accounting, Business Administration, or related field is preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of principles and standards of fund accounting for public colleges and universities as defined by AICPA and GASB.
  • Experience implementing/managing Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) software.
  • Experience working in higher education is a plus.
  • Experience promoting equity-minded and diversely represented communications and materials, experience in responsiveness to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and employees as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practices. 

Minimum Requirements…

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is required, preferably in a related field such as business, economics, finance, or similar related field.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of senior-level experience in finance and administrative services with demonstrated technical expertise.

Position information 

Studies have shown that women and people of color may be less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every one of the qualifications listed. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job. We would encourage you to apply, even if you don't meet every one of our qualifications listed. If you are unsure whether you meet the qualifications for this position, please feel free to contact us to discuss your application. 

Open until filled. An initial review of applications will begin July 5th, 2024.

In alignment with Pay Equity principles, the starting salary is based on qualifications, experience, and internal equity.

Please include a resume and letter of interest with your application materials