Vice President for Academic Affairs and Head of Campus

The University of Maine at Machias
Machias, Maine
Up to $140,000 + benefits
Jul 25, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Maine at Machias together with the President of the University of Maine invites applications for the position of Vice-President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) and Head of Campus for the University of Maine at Machias. This position is responsible for overseeing and providing leadership in academic affairs and administrative and operational matters on the Machias campus and on behalf of the President.

This newly established position is an exciting opportunity to implement and achieve the strategic objectives of the primary partnership between the University of Maine at Machias (UMM) and the University of Maine flagship campus.

For more information about the University of Maine at Machias and the partnership with the University of Maine, please visit:

The responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to, campus and community leadership, promotion of a collaborative culture, curriculum development, program assessment, academic policies and standards, academic support services, planning and budgets, campus operations, and UMM representation at all levels.

The VPAA and Head of Campus will be expected to reside in the geographic area served by UMM.

Supervisory Responsibility

The VPAA and Head of Campus has direct supervisory responsibility for the Registrar, Library Director, Division Chairs, Director of Academic Services and Community Outreach, Director of Public Media and Communication, two administrative assistants, and (on occasion) externally funded, fixed-length staff positions.

Reporting Relationship

This position reports directly to the President of the University of Maine.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Sought

  • Strong leadership skills that combine decisiveness and flexibility
  • Creativity and resourcefulness, including the ability to adapt in an environment of rapid change
  • Ability to work in teams and with varied constituencies to build consensus
  • Commitment to shared governance and to professional development of faculty and staff
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Up-to-date knowledge of academic practices, including assessment, pedagogy, and educational technology
  • Quantitative skills consistent with effective financial management
  • Evident commitment to ethnic, cultural, and gender diversity, including a record of success in advancing the interests of underrepresented groups
  • Familiarity with serving rural populations in higher education
  • Ability to articulate and implement a strategic vision for growth and success as well as to conduct effective short-term planning

Required and preferred qualifications

  • Earned doctorate from an accredited institution, preferably in a field taught at UMM
  • At least three to five years of progressively responsible experience in higher education administration, including experience supervising faculty and managing budgets
  • Successful record of college teaching and scholarship

Description of campus and community

The University of Maine at Machias, a member of the University of Maine System, sits on the Gulf of Maine, surrounded by rivers, forests, fishing villages, and blueberry barrens. This unspoiled portion of the Atlantic coast is known for its outdoor recreational opportunities and quality of life. As members of Maine’s Coastal University, faculty and students approach the liberal arts with a focus on coastal, environmental, and community issues. The academic experience emphasizes learning both in the classroom and experiential settings. UMM’s fifteen undergraduate degree programs serve approximately 800 students. The University’s applied research and public engagement contribute to the quality of life and economic development in Downeast Maine. For more information about the University visit