VP Academic Affairs (VPAA)

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Job DetailsJob Location Life Chiropractic College West HQ - Hayward, CAPosition Type Full TimeDescription ABOUT USLife Chiropractic College West (Life West), is a leader in chiropractic education. Our dedicated focus on the profession sets us apart from other institutions making our doctoral and continuing education programs some of the most sought-after in the world.

Through a leading-edge curriculum and clinical training experience, we provide graduates with the knowledge, skills, philosophies, attitudes, and competencies to be the best in their field. Life West also empowers transformation. We believe that an outstanding education provides opportunities and resources far beyond the classroom experience. Our mission is to support the full career lifecycle from the classroom to retirement.

CORE VALUESThe vision of Life West is to create a brighter future for humanity through graduating chiropractors who have a deep understanding of service, and of the innate potential of the human body to heal and adapt to its environment. The Doctor of Chiropractic program prepares graduates for personal and professional fulfilment in a climate of giving, doing, loving and serving from a place of abundance.

PURPOSE The VP Academic Affairs (VPAA) is the Chief Academic Officer of the institution and reports to the President of the College. This person is responsible for the development, presentation, evaluation, and modification of the curriculum of the College as well as of the faculty of the College for both in-class and online curricular requirements. The VPAA coordinates and interacts with the various heads of Student Success and Student Services to facilitate the instructional needs of the faculty and the student body. The VPAA also interfaces with the VPCO of the Health Center and with other executive leaders of the College. The VPAA is responsible for ensuring compliance with all matters of accreditation and state authorization and approval by any and all licensing entities related to the chiropractic profession and those of higher education.

The VPAA is the Chair of the Academic Planning Group (APG), an ex-officio member of all College committees, and the appeal point for all formal actions of the Student Judiciary Committee.

The VPAA meets regularly with the President, the department chairs, and other senior administrators and leaders of the College. The VPAA, in cooperation with the Chief Financial Officer, is responsible for the development of the education and general expenditures portion of the College’s budget.

The VPAA supervises the support staff related to the VPAA’s Office, the support staff related to the faculty offices, and the instructional support personnel.


  1. Maintain congruence between the College's board-approved mission statement and all academic activities including the Student Success initiatives (Housing, Work-Study program, Student Life, etc.) and Student Services operations (Registrar, Financial Aid, etc.).
  2. Advise, counsel, and oversee any and all matters concerning the Admissions process for the testing, interviewing, and evaluating of applicants for enrollment.
  3. Oversee the Enrollment department, the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching Technology department (CELTT), the Director of Institutional Research and Assessment, and the Dean of Academic Faculty.
  4. Be a thoughtful leader and an active implementer for developing and leading efforts towards building Master’s and Ph.D. online programs for the College.
  5. Act as the academic leader of the College. Be responsible for its day-to-day operation: schedule students and oversee the academic advising and College counseling programs; monitor student academic progress; convoke "swat" teams to address student academic emergencies; and coordinate the efforts of department heads and the Academic Affairs committee.
  6. Manage day-to-day conflicts in a professional and proficient manner.
  7. Observe, supervise, and help evaluate the faculty in the development and implementation of curriculum; supervise the teaching process; and review and evaluate the academic programs.
  8. Oversee and direct the activities of the department chairs, the sponsors of various student organizations and activities, and the faculty committees.
  9. Ensure compliance with the legal requirements of governmental regulations and agencies and maintain the educational standards established by those agencies that examine and accredit the College.
  10. Make recommendations to the President regarding the hiring, retention, and assignment of faculty.
  11. Establish programs for the orientation of new faculty, for the in-service training of all faculty, and for the evaluation of classroom faculty in order to ensure that instructors are familiar with and adhere to College policies in all areas of the College’s operation.
  12. Conduct regular meetings with faculty and department chairs, which deal with routine College matters and the stimulating exchange of ideas on issues of educational and philosophical interest and concern.
  13. Oversee the coordination of the co-curricular and extra-curricular activity programs of the College; assist with the planning and presentation of College assemblies and programs; assist in maintaining a comprehensive calendar of College events; and keep the entire College community informed of various College programs and activities.
  14. Provide for the academic guidance of students; maintain complete academic records on all students; and oversee the grading and reporting of standards and methods used by instructors and faculty in measuring student achievement.
  15. Prepare a master College class schedule and assign faculty and students to classes and other obligations.
  16. Serve as a consultant to faculty in matters of classroom management, teaching methods, and general College procedures;
  17. Support the College and its leadership.
  18. Other duties as assigned by the President.


In addition to satisfactory performance on all of the responsibilities for this position, all College employees must fulfill the following basic performance expectations:

  1. Values, Mission and Goals: All employees are expected to know and work by the College's values, mission and goals as set out in the college Strategic Plan.
  2. Customer Service: All College employees will strive to provide outstanding customer service to everyone they serve including students, the community and fellow employees.
  3. Grooming and Appearance: College employees are expected to maintain a neat and professional image at all times. When issued, College personnel must wear uniforms, and maintain a neat, clean, and well-groomed appearance.
  4. Safety Awareness: College employees are expected to work diligently to maintain safe and healthful working conditions, and to adhere to proper operating practices and procedures designed to prevent injuries. Employees are required to wear personal protective equipment as provided, depending on the position.
  5. Attendance Standards: College employees are expected to attend their work assignments and schedules at all times, pursuant to the College's Employee Handbook.
  6. Training: College employees are expected to attend College-provided training sessions and meetings when deemed necessary or required.
  7. Continuous Improvement: College employees are expected to give attention to continuous assessment and improvement of the position's assigned set of duties and responsibilities.


Education, Training, and/or Experience

  1. Doctorate preferred; Master’s Degree required,
  2. 10+ years of experience working in adult higher education programs.
  3. 10+ years of experience working in complex organizational environments, preferably higher education.
  4. A minimum of 5 years of experience influencing and working closely with executive-level leaders.
  5. Experience in teaching preferred.
  6. Compliance-minded with proven compliance-related experience.
  7. Experience in academic advising and counseling of adult students on curricular and degree completion requirements.
  8. Ability to demonstrate leadership abilities and administrative accomplishments in positions of increasing responsibility.
  9. Ability to work with faculty, staff, students, and College-wide constituencies.
  10. Ability to take initiative on projects, follow through on details, and balance various tasks simultaneously.
  11. Knowledge of computer technology and instructional learning systems, procedures, and policies.
  12. Proven track record of developing effective partnerships across disparate groups to organize and facilitate decisions and ensure implementation.
  13. Experience with governmental relations and external relations, especially accreditation entities such as WASC, CCE, etc.
  14. Experience in balancing strategic leadership with detailed involvement in support of accountabilities.
  15. Exceptional written, presentation, and verbal communication skills that can be applied across levels.
  16. Excellent demonstrated judgment and diplomacy in working with diverse groups to address complex issues.
  17. Highly-regarded people management skills.
  18. Unquestioned integrity.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Personal Characteristics

  1. Successful candidate will have experience making independent judgments.
  2. Ability to coordinate office detail in conjunction with policy. Proven experience handling highly confidential and sensitive materials and situations.
  3. Ability to master a wide range of relationships, tasks, and perspectives required. Increasing responsibility working with higher education executives at an academic institution is preferred.
  4. Must have exceptional organizational and analytical skills; demonstrate strong problem-solving skills; and be competent with a variety of Windows-based computer programs including MS Word and Excel.
  5. Must be able to work independently, prioritize work, and independently manage multiple and competing priorities while meeting deadlines.

  1. Nature of work requires an ability to operate standard business office equipment.
  2. Requires ability to communicate and exchange information; collect, compile, and prepare work documents; and set up and maintain work files.
  3. Must be able to lift 25 lbs., retrieving and placing materials on high shelves and on floor-level shelves; standing, walking, carrying, grasping, hearing, seeing, sitting, kneeling, climbing, balancing, stooping, crouching, and reaching.


  1. Work performed in a general office environment.

Life West is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the College's policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons, regardless of age, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, political affiliations, marital status, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization or on the basis of personal favoritism or other non-merit factors except where otherwise provided by law

This job description is not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties or skills required for the job and is subject to review and change at any time, with or without notice, in accordance with the needs of Life Chiropractic College West. Since no job description can detail all the duties and responsibilities that may be required from time to time in the performance of a job, duties and responsibilities that may be inherent in a job, reasonably required for its performance, or required due to the changing nature of the job shall also be considered part of the jobholder’s responsibility.


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Posted: 12/30/2020
Application Due: 1/31/2021
Work Type: Full Time