Vice President of Teaching & Learning

$70,000 - $75,000 yearly
  • Little Priest Tribal College
  • 601 E College Dr. Winnebago, NE
  • Jul 13, 2020
Full time Education

Job Description

Salary: $70,000 - $75,000; dependent on qualifications and experience


Organization and Location: The position is located at Little Priest Tribal College (LPTC) in Winnebago, Nebraska, 68071.


Nature of Work:


Under the general direction of the President, the incumbent is the chief academic officer for the college and is responsible for planning, staffing, leading, and controlling the academic division for Little Priest Tribal College.  The VPTL will oversee the college program of study and curriculum, the assessment of student learning, the faculty and adjuncts, the accreditation process, and develop, write, and implement plans, policies, and procedures for the academic division. The VPTL works closely with the President, faculty, and standing committees to develop academic policies and ensure the college is in compliance with the Higher Learning Commission and other relevant regulatory bodies. Further, the VPTL ensures the college offers competitive and relevant programs of study, oversee the college research activities, and develops strategic partnerships with key stakeholders. The VPTL also supports their peers offering guidance and modeling leadership. This is a full-time position and considered exempt under FLSA. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary job responsibilities.


We are looking for an individual performer who cares about the students and the Winnebago community, thinks outside the box for creativity to incorporate and the ability to resolve problems, embraces the idea of continuous improvement and thinks strategically for the benefit of the College and the Community.




  • PLANNING and EXECUTION: Managers and Directors are accountable for the production of others as well as self; make the right things happen the right way. Ensure that departmental operations are executed successfully and planned results are obtained; delegate appropriately; monitor activities of subordinates; create an environment so that subordinates can accomplish their assignments; respond to the needs of the department’s clients/customers; conduct necessary planning and organizing efforts, and coordinate and integrate activities and efforts within and outside of own department.
  • IMPROVEMENT: Maximize the performance of their respective department. Make the College as an organization stronger (more efficient, more effective). Provide appropriate leadership to ensure that departmental operations are improved; contribute to College-wide improvement efforts. Identify the need for change (identify goals and objectives); take initiative; foster a climate where subordinates generate suggestions for change.
  • STRATEGIC/COLLEGE PERSPECTIVE: Incorporate consideration of the broader organizational perspective into tasks and assignments; integrate the interests of stakeholders into planning, decision making and action. Conduct self as a spokesperson for College and as a member of the management team. Work collaboratively with other managers across the organization.
  • DEVELOP SUBORDINATES: Help them to maximize their contribution to the organization and to grow professionally. Take corrective action with subordinates when performance needs improvement. Foster effective teamwork. Formulate, share, and support the development and monitoring/follow through of Professional Development Plans for department staff and succession planning for home department and other departments of the College.
  • RELATIONSHIPS and COMMUNICATION: Build effective relationships both within and outside the department; seek input from and maintain effective ongoing communication with others. Manage conflict to ensure least disruption to organization.
  • PROBLEM SOLVING/DECISION MAKING: Analyze business problems; create effective solutions; exercise good judgment.
  • SAFETY: Create a safe work environment; manage risks; reduce exposure to liability
  • BEHAVIOR: Be a role model for subordinates; set the example


General Duties and Responsibilities:

  • All LPTC employees work to fulfill the mission, help to realize the vision, and to promote and support the preservation of the Ho-Chunk language and culture within the organization.
  • Demonstrate ethical and professional leadership at all times, and address issues that arise in a manner that adheres to LPTC’s policies, guidelines, practices, and procedures.
  • Ensures the College’s compliance with the Higher Learning Commission and other regulatory agencies Ensure that all organizational, local, Tribal, state and federal program guideline are being met and followed.
  • Maintain a clean and safe environment.
  • Attend required and assigned staff meeting and trainings.
  • Contribute to team effort by accomplishing assigned tasks outside of home department, and participation on cross- functional teams.
  • Remain competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses required by the College.
  • Cultivate an organizational culture of ethical behavior, positivity, professionalism, employee empowerment, satisfaction, productivity, retention, recognition, customer service, team building, communication, collaboration, trust, and participatory decision-making.
  • All LPTC employees must carry out duties designed to successfully support the position’s/department’s/organization’s key performance indicators, goals, objectives, and strategic initiatives (including but not limited to, analysis, adherence to budget, data collecting/reporting, A.O.P. development/duties, PDP development/duties).
  • All LPTC employees must know and follow job safety procedures, attend required health and safety trainings, proactively promote safety at work, and promptly report actual and potential accidents or injuries.


Other Duties:
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. Job descriptions are not intended to and do not imply or create any employment, compensation, or contract rights to any person or persons.


REQUIRED Qualifications and Competencies

  • Master’s degree in business or public administration, higher education, law, Native American or American Indian Studies, or related field. Doctorate degree preferred.
  • Five years of combined experience working for tribal organizations.
  • Five years of combined leadership, management, and team building experience is required.
  • Experience and a working knowledge of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, of the Higher Learning Commission and accreditation criteria, of relevant tribal, state, and federal laws for higher learning institutions.
  • Experience with academic research-based activities including effective academic research and reporting skills.
  • Experience in problem solving academic and accreditation issues in higher education
  • Must be proficient in the use of all Microsoft Office Applications.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid motor vehicle operator’s license and be able to maintain an acceptable driving record to be an approved driver
  • Must be able to meet and maintain all organizational, local, state, tribal, and federal licensing and training requirements associated with this position
  • Capable of coordinating efforts and collaborating with a variety of individuals having conflicting agendas and diverse opinions
  • Ability to work independently with minimal guidance and often remote but supportive supervision, and as part of a team
  • Ability to establish priorities and manage multiple activities to meet deadlines.
  • Able to complete assignments/tasks with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Must champion change and continuous improvement
  • Strong communication skills (oral, written, and presentation if applicable)
  • Strong interpersonal skills including tact, diplomacy, and flexibility to work effectively with administration, faculty, staff, students and the public.
  • The ability to exercise tact and handle information that is confidential, sensitive or controversial
  • Must be customer focused and have a genuine interest in supporting higher education.


PREFERRED Qualifications and Competencies:

  • Master’s degree required, Ph.D., DBA or J.D. is preferred.
  • Three years of Tribal College or University experience is preferred.
  • Experience working in tribal organizations in Native American communities, or for a Tribal College or University
  • General Knowledge of higher education policies, practices, and procedures
  • Additional software and/or technological proficiency as it relates to the position
  • Strong organizational skills

Work Schedule:

This is a fulltime position scheduled for 40 or more hours. General work hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 – 5:00 p.m. but can vary as needed to perform duties assigned.



Some Travel is required.

Work Environment:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to indoor and outdoor conditions. While performing the duties of this job, the noise level in the work environment ranges from mild to loud.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Must be able to work on a computer for long periods of time. The employee is required to remain in a stationary position for long periods, move about in the office and between buildings, operate job specific tools and equipment, move or position items over and under weighing up to 25 lbs. Able to communicate, manual dexterity, utilizes memory for details, gives/receives verbal instructions, emotional stability, critical thinking.



To Apply:

Applicants can submit a cover letter, resume, college transcripts and a letter of reference to Human Resources Coordinator, P.O. Box 270, Winnebago, NE 68071 or email to


Applicants may also go to and complete the on-line application.

At LPTC, we are committed to hiring a workforce that is as diverse and inclusive as the people and communities we serve. We are an equal opportunity employer. Employment practices are free of discrimination. Indian preference applies. All other applicants have equal opportunities of employment irrespective of their race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, gender identity, physical or mental disability, or veteran status. LPTC will uphold these principles and ensure that this philosophy is administered appropriately. Arrangements for reasonable accommodations required by disabilities can be made by contacting the Human Resources office.