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Director of Academic Affairs - University Center for Academic and Workforce Development

SUNY System Administration
Albany, New York
Commensurate with experience

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Director of Academic Affairs - University Center for Academic and Workforce Development

About The State University of New York:
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY's 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, the state's only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.3 million students in credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide were more than $1.0 billion in fiscal year 2020, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum.

Job Description:
The State University of New York (SUNY), System Administration, invites applications for the position of Director of Academic Affairs in the office of the University Center for Academic and Workforce Development (UCAWD) in Albany, New York.  The mission of UCAWD is to promote the social and economic well-being of the academically and economically underserved residents of the State of New York by developing and maintaining quality education and workforce training programs and services through our Educational Opportunity Centers (EOCs) and Advanced Technology Training And Information Networking (ATTAIN) labs.

The Director of Academic Affairs will serve as the Chief Academic Officer for SUNY UCAWD and will have primary academic oversight for educational and training programs and special initiatives offered by the statewide system of Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) and Advanced Technology Training and Information Networking (ATTAIN) Labs.  Reporting directly to the Associate Provost and Director of UCAWD, the Director of Academic Affairs, will be responsible for directing academic policies and learning strategies and ensuring that system wide goals and objectives are met.   This position will also serve as a system wide resource on technology based education and online instructional design.  This position is responsible for creating and sustaining an environment of academic and professional excellence for students and participants and a collaborative working environment with internal and external constituencies.

Position Duties/Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the day-to-day oversight of all UCAWD educational and training programs and special initiatives throughout New York State;
  • Supervise, develop and evaluate Program and Development team members within UCAWD;
  • Ensures that UCAWD programs are prepared for effective remote teaching and learning; 
  • Ensures that education and training programs are strategically consistent with University plans and goals for the delivery of academic and career training programs;
  • Responsible for reviewing labor market research, curriculum development, distance learning platforms, academic calendars, and program assessment within EOCs;
  • Develops policies for UCAWD programs that are consistent with current goals, objective and practices;
  • Coordinates system wide data collection, analysis and reporting for SUNY leadership, UCAWD and system stakeholders;
  • Responsible for the development and monitoring of standards for effectiveness based on  site reviews, campus reports, external studies and other comparative data;
  • Oversees the implementation of corrective action plans based on internal audits and reviews;
  • Chairs UCAWD statewide committees (High School Equivalency and College Access and Opportunity) as appropriate;
  • Serve as the primary convener of regular meeting for statewide EOC academic leadership; and
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of UCAWD.

Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree and minimum of 8 years of progressive administrative and leadership experience in education and/or human services;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Educational technology experience; and
  • A minimum of five years of supervisory/personnel management experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced or Doctoral degree in higher education, counseling, administration or related area;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively as a leader or as a team member to ensure department goals are met;
  • Experience in developing relevant and engaging blending training content with a focus on virtual and online learning;
  • A proven record of program assessment and evaluation;
  • Experience working with low income and underrepresented populations, adults, families and youth at risk;
  • Working knowledge of Memoranda of Understanding, contracts, and articulation agreements;
  • Experience in managing complex programs and budgets;
  • Familiarity with MS Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publishers, and Outlook), Virtual Platforms (Teams, Zoom, WebEx, Skype), Social Media Platforms (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn) and G-Suite (Google Docs, Google Mail, Google Hangout, etc.);
  • Familiarity with educational learning management systems, student management and reporting systems such as Blackboard, Canvas, Schoology, Banner and Argos; 
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills; ability to manage multiple priorities, projects and work deadlines, and ensure timely follow-up;
  • Strong supervisory skills; and
  • Ability to work with a culturally diverse population.

Additional Information:
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent fringe benefits.

Application Instructions:
Please apply online at

Interested candidates are invited to apply online. The Search Committee will begin the review of applications immediately and continue until the position is filled.

State University of New York System Administration is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction, or retaliation.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation.  If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at [email protected]

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