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Vice President of Academic Affairs
Upper Iowa University - Fayette in Fayette, Iowa
Date Posted 07/31/2020
Executive-Academic Vice President and Provost
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Full Time

Job Description

The Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA) is responsible for the academic mission of the institution, providing leadership to the faculty and managing processes through which teaching is conducted and administered. Operating as the Chief Academic Officer, the VPAA is responsible for recruiting and retaining quality faculty, establishing and ensuring academic curriculum quality, assessment of academic programs, as well as programs which contribute to student success, retention, career enhancement, and lifelong learning. The VPAA ensures the curriculum and programs accurately reflect the university's mission, vision, core values, and align with the University's strategic plan.

The VPAA reports to the President and works directly with the President's Council, Board of Trustees Academic Affairs Committee, the Faculty Senate, Faculty Committees, and supervises the School Deans, Dean of Student Life, Director of Library Services, Coordinator of Academic Affairs & Institutional Effectiveness, and Executive Assistant, to ensure accreditation, academic integrity and viability, assessments, compliance, student success, sustainable growth, strategic planning, and all other related functions to ensure successful accomplishment of Upper Iowa University's mission.

DIRECT REPORTS: Three School Deans, Dean of Student Life, Director of Library Services, Coordinator of Academic Affairs & Institutional Effectiveness, Executive Assistant, Csomay Honors Program, Assessment, Professional Development, and Study Abroad.

Essential Duties Summary

  1. Provide leadership and oversight of the academic community, student-centered learning, and academic quality while supporting the academic mission through: advocating for the faculty, curriculum, and teaching; upholding academic integrity and quality; guiding academic operations and services; preserving academic policies; integrating continuous improvement efforts; and establishing measurable goals and objectives with ongoing evaluation.

  2. Demonstrate successful experience, leadership, and oversight for the following: Planning and preparation for an Accreditation Comprehensive Review (4-Year or 10-Year) Accreditation Reaffirmation Standard Pathway Review; University Academic Program reviews, and Assessments of learning outcomes; Ensuring continuous improvement and compliance with accreditation criteria.

  3. Promotes the academic mission of the University by recruiting and retaining quality faculty, supporting strategies/resources for recruitment and retention of students, and implements academic programming consistent with the mission, vision and core values of the University and the University's strategic plan. In addition, provide oversight of professional development, the Csomay Honors Program, assessment, and all academic components of study abroad.

  4. Promotes student well-being, engagement, and future success as senior advocate for, and oversight of, Student Life. Initiate and implement strategies to enhance both academic and social integration, recruitment, and retention, and ensure continuous improvement to help meet the needs of a changing student population, an evolving student experience, and ongoing assessment of student services.

  5. Works collaboratively with the President and President's Council colleagues on issues relating to the academic mission and serves as a member of the President's Council. Updates members of the Board of Trustees Academic Affairs Committee, and the Board of Trustees on strategic issues relating to the academic mission. Creates reports and dashboards to include metrics for tracking and evaluating progress on strategic goals, and other reports, as needed.

  6. Strategically positions the University for sustainable growth while maintaining academic quality and rigor. Coordinates with School Deans and Department Chairs a systematic and routine assessment (internal and external) of academic programs to measure and plan continuous improvement and development of the curriculum, instruction, viability, and sustainability.

  7. Operates as an academic leader and fosters a campus climate of shared governance and collaboration across the University. Provides leadership to ensure teamwork and development of strategic growth initiatives and academic proposals by involving all stakeholders and considering best practices, data, and feedback to help ensure the best decisions are made while following the existing governing documents of the institution.

  8. Maintains regular communication and working relationships with all areas keeping them informed of current activities and working with them to achieve institutional priorities. Facilitates a collaborative work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds, and reflective of the University core values.

  9. Ensures University compliance with the Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission (HLC), and other accreditation associations; regulations; federal, state and local agencies; and internal policies and procedures.

  10. Provides leadership for academic program planning and development, educational policy, program assessment, faculty evaluations and faculty development consistent with the mission and strategic plan of the University.

  11. Collaborates with all areas within Academic Affairs and the Business Office to develop an Academic Affairs annual budget to allocate University resources in a manner consistent with academic mission and the University strategic plan. Continually manages the Academic Affairs budget throughout the year, in collaboration with the direct reports and the Business Office, to ensure efficiencies, maximize the use of resources, and to achieve annual budget goals and requirements.

  12. Ensures that miscellaneous assignments related to the Academic Affairs office are completed in the best interests of the University and perform other duties as assigned by the President.

Required Qualifications

  1. A doctoral or terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education

  2. A record of teaching excellence, service and scholarship commensurate with that of a tenured professor.

  3. Experience with accreditation, program reviews, and academic assessment processes and procedures.

  4. Experience in higher education with a record of progressively responsible administrative positions, including experience at the Dean level or above.

  5. Demonstrated experience at institution with similar structure (and intricacy) as UIU (residential campus, center locations, online, hybrid, international, and self-paced).

  6. Demonstrated experience with budget management with preferred oversight of varied modalities and operations that create multiple sources of revenue, expenses, discounts, and fund accounts.

  7. Demonstrated experience with Student Life operations and oversight.

  8. Other duties, as needed or assigned.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Demonstrated leadership in a tuition-dependent institution.

  2. Demonstrated experience developing and managing budgets with a strong sense of fiscal responsibility.

  3. Demonstrated experience with strategic planning.

  4. Champions innovative teaching and learning.

  5. Knows strategies to achieve Student Success.

  6. Proven leadership along with the ability to be a strong contributor to the team.

  7. Practices collegial shared governance - a team builder who continually seeks and values collaboration and involvement of all stakeholders.

  8. Preferred experience and familiarity with grants and the requirements for faculty and staff involvement/workloads related to grant management.

  9. Preferred experience with institutional research and effectiveness operations and management.

  10. Vision as it relates to innovation in accomplishment.

  11. A positive leader with excellent character and integrity who maintains total commitment to the university and its mission, its core values, its employees, and the students we serve.

  12. Experience with fundraising and an advocate for the importance of giving.

  13. Excellent communicator through various modalities, listens, and presents at University forums.

  14. Change agent with the right balance of urgency and 'buy-in'.

  15. Problem-solving skills and ability to make timely decisions through good judgement.

  16. Competence and confidence, with the ability to accept others solutions.

  17. Holds self and others accountable.

  18. Passion along with an appropriate sense of humor.

Physical Demands

  1. Sit at desk for long periods of time.

  2. Work with personal computer, keyboard and mouse for long periods of time.

  3. Standing, reaching and bending to access files.

  4. Walk across campus, ascend and descend stairs to attend meetings.

  5. Lift up to 30 pounds delivering materials, moving boxes of forms, etc.

  6. Indoors 95%

Location: Fayette, IA

Special Conditions for Eligibility

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

Posting Number: AS289P

Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions to Applicants


EEO Statement

Upper Iowa University provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination, harassment, and retaliation of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Upper Iowa University's policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, furloughs, use of facilities, participation in activities, compensation and training.

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