Chief Academic Officer

Feb 06, 2017
Institution Type


The Chief Academic Officer of the SANS Technology Institute manages the educational affairs and activities at the school, working in concert with the enrollment management and business staff. The Chief Academic Officer engages with both the faculty, governance committees, and staff to augment SANS courses and GIAC elements to achieve our stated learning outcomes and educational goals.  This resource is directly responsible for managing those components of the graduate programs that are not directly delivered in the normal course by SANS or GIAC operations, including: the direction and management of student research; delivery of written reports; group projects; evaluation of formal oral presentations; independent research; and employer-sponsored research.  The Chief Academic Officer also oversees our institutional quality and effectiveness reviews, and is responsible for implementing ongoing improvements.


  • Promote a comprehensive academic vision, integrating academics into all major decision-making, including resource planning and allocation, information technology, enrollment management, academic program planning, management and review, and institutional effectiveness and learning assessment
  • Participate in setting strategic directions for STI and guidance for the planning, implementation and evaluation of strategic initiatives
  • Working closely with the Executive Director, develop long and short-term plans to support STI’s mission, goals and strategic initiatives, as set forth in the STI Strategic Plan
  • Develop and update administrative and academic policy, and provide an overall direction to STI within the guidelines set up by the Board of Directors, the President, and the Executive Director
  • Develop, implement and monitor the Institute’s policies and procedures for operations provided by the SANS Institute and GIAC to ensure compliance with STI, state and federal policies and regulations
  • Coordinate with SANS instructors for the evaluation, support, and monitoring of STI students
  • Monitor, evaluate, revise, and, as necessary, update grading rubrics for major academic assignments
  • Coordinate for or conduct the grading of presentations for STI students attending live training events
  • Review STI student abstracts and monitor the work of Gold Paper advisers and reviewers to ensure consistency and continuous process improvement
  • Coordinate, supervise, and when necessary conduct the grading of major writing assignments
  • Develop and supervise/execute a program to enhance the presentation skills of STI students
  • Implement special projects of an academic nature as required by the Executive Director
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Extensive knowledge of the postsecondary education policy sphere, to specifically include institutional effectiveness and program review
  • Knowledge of the Information Security discipline and engaged communities of practice
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills with a collaborative and collegial, yet decisive leadership style
  • Demonstrated track record as an aggressive and effective problem solver
  • Ability to work well in a virtual environment with dispersed team members


  • A minimum of five years related experience within higher education or information security education and training is required. 
  • An earned doctorate, appropriate terminal degree, or academic credentials sufficient to engender respect from the academy and the community at large is preferred.

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