Vice President, Academic Affairs

Mar 26, 2019
Executive Administration Jobs
Vice Presidents
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Four-Year Institution

Vice President, Academic Affairs

Job Description

About the Opportunity:

At Polk State, our amazing faculty and staff create an inspiring workplace. This senior management position reports to the Provost and is an excellent opportunity on the College's administration and leadership team. We offer a collaborative, creative and culturally diverse work environment. If you want to be supported in your efforts to grow professionally and to be recognized for your contributions, then come work for Polk State.


About the Position:

The Vice President, Academic Affairs reports to the Provost and serves as the chief academic services officer of the College. Working under the direction of the Provost, the position is responsible for the development, administration, growth and quality of all academic, college credit programs (AA, AS, AAS, Baccalaureate and e-learning) and supporting functions. Work requires the consideration, evaluation and analysis of academic programs, learning outcomes, secondary and post-secondary articulation, planning of various interrelated activities, and the coordination of multiple projects or functions involving a variety of professional specialties, including accreditation and strategic planning. Directly participates in the formulation of broad policies and long-term programs requiring collaboration with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness on a thorough analysis of comprehensive learning outcomes/performance measures data. Decisions serve as guides and general directives for the entire College.

Essential Functions/Duties:

  • Coordinates academic programs and related activities with Campus Deans of Academic Affairs to ensure the consistent implementation of curriculum, academic policies and procedures across the college to promote actualization of a “one-college” concept.
  • Provides vision, leadership, accountability, and advocacy for academic units to support the College's mission. Maintains currency with state and national “best practices” in Academic programming. Serves as College's SACS liaison.
  • Provides supervision, evaluation and professional development for the administrative, faculty and support staff assigned to academic services units, including the recommendations for continuing contract for faculty. Works closely with Provost and Campus Deans of Instruction on issues of evaluation of and communication with annual contract and adjunct faculty.
  • Provides supervision in the development of new academic programs and courses that meet the needs of public and private agencies, in addition to expanding joint programs with other educational institutions. This includes the development and oversight of AA, AS, and Bachelor degree programs.
  • Directs and supports academic service units in the planning, development and evaluation of curriculum, services, course scheduling and program availability. Provides oversight for curriculum approval process, and integrity of statewide common-course numbering and common pre-requisite protocols, Works closely with Faculty Senate President on relevant academic matters.
  • Oversees the college Honors program, First Year Experience, Civic Engagement programs, Dual Enrollment, and International education liaison initiatives that promote innovation and enhanced learning.
  • Leads the academic units through a shared governance model. Facilitates substantive, ongoing communication with Faculty/Faculty Senate and Adjunct Faculty.
  • Administers the preparation and production of curriculum and instruction related materials for college course offerings and related marketing materials, including “e-learning.”
  • Provides for credit offerings through a schedule which ensures that classes are available to meet student demand and ensure faculty are assigned effectively.
  • Develops, implements and evaluates methods for assessing student perceptions of course content, programs and instruction and appropriate use of the information generated.
  • Participates in strategic planning activities of PSC in areas specifically effecting academic programs, policies, budget and overall college policies and goals. Works with Provost on college-wide instructional support budget.
  • Analyzes and monitors course lab fees and related continuing education fees.
  • Develops implements and evaluates methods for assessing student performance and competence.
  • Represents the college in civic/community/state and national organizations as appointed by Provost/President.
  • Prepares, analyzes and presents reports as required.
  • Represents the college on the Council of Instructional Affairs, and serves on President's Leadership staff.
  • Interprets College policies, practices and procedures related to academics for students, faculty and staff.
  • Serves as a representative on Academic Quality Council, Faculty Human Resources Committee and serves as member of College Budget Council, College Planning Council, Strategic Planning Committee, Strategic Enrollment Management Committee and others as requested by Provost.
  • Plans and monitors expenses so spending is within the approved allocation for academic services.
  • Participates in resource/grant development.
  • Leads SACS accreditation process for academic units.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of best practices in curriculum innovation and implementation.
  • Implements academic/faculty related changes initiated by the SBE or legislature, e.g. developmental education, teacher preparation, civic education, etc.

This position is a level P21. To determine starting salary, Polk State College takes into consideration the pay level minimum, the candidate's qualifications and internal equity factors.

Required Skills:
  1. The ability to establish an effective rapport with faculty, staff, co-workers, and economic development and civic group members.
  2. Knowledge of accreditation guidelines is required.
  3. Knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, procedures and processes governing the academic administration process.
  4. Knowledge of principles and practices of academic administration, curriculum planning, instructional theory and methods, and Student Services.
  5. Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with officials of government, community and leading organizations involving situations of significant importance to the long range prosperity of the college.
  6. Ability to work independently on broad general activities with the responsibility for planning and delegation of work.
  7. Ability to make major decisions within broad limitations of policies, professional standards with work reviewed through consultation and agreement with others rather than by directives from superiors.
  8. Excellent organizational skills, with special attention to details.
  9. Must be able to handle multiple tasks and deadlines while working independently.
  10. Must be able to exercise sound independent judgment and discretion within assigned role to complete assignments.
  11. Experience with computer, word processing, spreadsheets and databases.
  12. Ability to maintain confidential information.

Required Education:

Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum of a master’s degree with a major in education, educational administration/leadership, community college leadership, or an academic field is required.

Preferred Education:

A doctorate degree is highly preferred.

Required Experience:

A minimum of eight (8) years of experience in higher education, academic instruction and administration, including prior experience as an Academic Dean or higher in a college-wide position is required.

Preferred Experience:

Higher education experience on a multi-campus community or state college is highly preferred.

We offer an excellent employer-paid benefits package including the following: Medical, Dental, Life, Long-Term Disability, Vacation (except faculty), Holiday and Sick Leave, Retirement (if eligible) and college fee waivers. Other employee-paid, voluntary benefits (vision, short-term disability, etc.) are also available.

Important Information:

  • Application Requirements: A completed online application consists of:
    • a resume,
    • unofficial transcripts (with evaluation for international degree), and
    • an electronic job application (all sections completed).
Submissions that do not include all required information will not be considered.

  • Background Screening: Reference checks, successful completion of a Level II background check (fingerprinting), and third-party Education Verification for all stated degrees will be required prior to employment.

  • Administrator/Executive Transcripts: For professional/salaried positions (P17 and above), please upload your unofficial transcripts and redact any of the following items which appear on the transcript: Social security number, birth date, age, gender, and date of high school graduation.

    • Foreign Transcripts: For staff positions where degrees are required, all international degrees must have their coursework evaluated in terms of U.S. "equivalency." Polk State College requires that all international credential evaluations be conducted by one of the companies affiliated with the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES®). More information about NACES® affiliatescan be obtained at the NACES® website.

    • Submission of official transcripts will be required as a condition of employment following receipt of job offer.

  • Veterans’ Preference: Administrator-level positions (P17 and above) are exempt from veteran’s preference consideration, per Florida Statute 110.205.

  • As a general rule, Polk State College does not provide H1-B visa sponsorship. Exceptions may be made based on the College's need for a candidate with unique skills and expertise and where the College cannot otherwise recruit and hire qualified non-sponsored candidates.

  • Relocation: Polk State College does NOT provide relocation assistance for this position.

  • This position will close at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, April 22, 2019.

NOTE: We encourage applicants to provide feedback of their experience or request help at [email protected].

Polk State College is an equal access/equal opportunity institution committed to excellence through diversity in education and employment. The College complies with all state and federal laws granting rights to students, employees, and applicants for employment or admission to the College. Polk State College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, genetic information, disability, or pregnancy in its programs, activities, or employment. For questions or concerns, please contact: Valparisa Baker; Director, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (Title IX Coordinator); 999 Avenue H, NE; Winter Haven, FL 33881; Office: WAD 227; 863.292.3602 Ext. 5378; [email protected].

Polk State College is a drug-free workplace and participates in E-Verify.

Polk State College is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to applicants and employees with disabilities. If you feel you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a position with Polk State, please call 863-297-1070 or e-mail [email protected] and let us know the nature of your request, along with your contact information. Reasonable accommodations are considered on a case-by-case basis. Please note that only those inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will receive a response.

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