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VP, Academic Affairs

Pacific Oaks College & Children's School
Pasadena, CA

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Executive Administration Jobs
Vice Presidents
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job Description:


The Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) is responsible for providing strategic direction and oversight for all academic programs, faculty development, assessment of student learning, accreditation, and budget management. The VPAA is also responsible for leading and supporting faculty and academic staff in the delivery of instruction that meets Pacific Oaks College’s goals for academic excellence and is responsible to contribute to the development of sound academic policies and processes that support the academic goals of Pacific Oaks College. This position is integral in fostering a dynamic and inclusive learning environment that engages students in the learning process while promoting student success and advancing the college’s mission. The VPAA reports directly to the President.

The VPAA reports directly to the College President and is a member of the President’s Cabinet. The position is located on the Pasadena (CA) campus.


  • Oversee the development, maintenance, and assessment of academic programs to ensure alignment with industry standards, accreditation requirements, and emerging trends in higher education. Supervise all academic aspects of the college including but not limited to instruction, faculty scheduling and overloads, outreach, and student grievance.
  • Oversee faculty and academic staff recruitment, hiring, and professional development activities;
  • Provide advisory recommendations to the President on all academic appointments, promotion, and teaching loads and ensure that such processes comply with the terms of faculty agreements;
  • Provide academic input to institutional enrollment management and retention efforts.
  • Lead the strategic academic planning process for the college by working with operations, chairs, faculty, committees and governance groups to assure the delivery of high quality, effective academic programs that meet the campus’ fiscal, operational, and quality goals
  • Assure that academic programming and processes meet the minimum standardized structures and content established by the college;
  • Ensure program and institutional compliance with criteria for professional accreditation and state certification
  • Oversee the preparation of sound annual budgets for the academic departments and ensure compliance with these budgets. Allocate academic resources to best support the academic goals of the departments and the campus. Mentor department Chairs in budget development and utilization
  • Recruit and retain diverse and qualified faculty and staff
  • Implement faculty governance structures and establish regular communications with the leadership of Faculty Council
  • Develop and recommend major academic, student, and faculty policies to the President to assure innovation, quality, continuous improvement, and growth of POC
  • Support and participate in the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees
  • Assess, encourage, and help develop administrative skills in POC faculty members
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Is regular attendance an essential function? ☒ Yes ☐ No


  • A proven track record of success in recruitment.
  • Demonstrated academic leadership, excellent communication and interpersonal skills and good judgment.
  • Ability to formulate and articulate sound policies and demonstrated ability to identify, resolve, and consult on a wide range of administrative and personnel issues with a clear sense of institutional needs and priorities.
  • Strong organizational and management skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the promotion of diversity, inclusion and equity.



  • A terminal degree in a relevant discipline from an accredited institution is required.


  • A history of progressively responsible and successful experience as an academic administrator at the dean level or above required.
  • A strong record of academic leadership, including experience with all aspects of program review and online education.
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic planning, direct assessment of student learning and program effectiveness and development of policy to enhance academic units within the College and with national accrediting bodies.
  • Experience with undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • Demonstrated experience in accreditation.
  • Demonstrated experience in curriculum and faculty development.


  • Office environment; typically, 70 degrees
  • Noise level is usually quiet to moderately noisy while in the office


  • Computer/Laptop
  • Calculator/10-key
  • Telephone
  • Copier, scanner and fax machines

ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL & MENTAL TASKS: (Check all that apply):

Physical Demands:

☒ Standing ☐ Lifting: _# Lbs. ☐ Pushing/Pulling ☒ Driving

☒ Walking ☒ Carrying ☒ Hearing ☒ Speaking

☐ Reaching ☒ Writing ☐ Squatting/Kneeling ☒ Seeing

☐ Climbing ☒ Pushing ☒ Other: Typing

Physical Environment - Exposed to:

☒ Noise ☒ Heat/Cold ☐ Fumes/Gases ☐ Human Tissue/Fluids

☐ Chemicals ☐ Carcinogens ☐ Dirt ☐ Animal Tissue/Fluids

☐ Toxic Chemicals ☐ Radiation ☐Other:

☐ Biohazardous Material

Mental Demands:

☒ Reading ☒ Frequent Interruptions ☒ Periods of Concentrated Attention

☒ Detailed Work ☒ Irregular Work Schedule ☒ Frequent Contact with People

☒ Frequent Deadlines ☐Other:

☒ Multiple Concurrent Tasks

Compensation & Benefits

This opportunity is budgeted at $150,000.00-168,750.00 base compensation. Additional compensation factors may impact total compensation. To learn more about our competitive benefits and additional rewards, including generous paid time-off, medical and dental insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, retirement plan with employer contribution, multiple flexible spending accounts, tuition reimbursement, click the link below.

Pacific Oaks is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Pacific Oaks participates in E-Verify and verifies identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Pacific Oaks offers equal employment opportunities to all persons without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, parental status, housing status, source of income or military status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local EEO laws.


Working at Pacific Oaks College & Children's School


Grounded in its social justice heritage, Pacific Oaks College prepares students to be culturally intelligent agents of change serving diverse communities in the fields of human development, education, and related family studies.

Pacific Oaks College is a nonprofit, accredited higher education institution offering bachelor’s completion, master’s, and certificate programs in human development, counseling, education, early childhood education, and teacher credentialing. The school offers classes at its main campus in Pasadena and at a number of convenient instructional sites throughout California, as well as online.

Founded more than 60 years ago by a small group of Quaker families, Pacific Oaks College has remained dedicated to the fundamental Quaker principles of inclusion, social justice, and the valuing of every human being. Three basic concepts underlie the educational philosophy at Pacific Oaks:

  • that every individual has a fundamental worth;
  • that growth is a dynamic and life-long process;
  • and that every individual has a unique identity and human potential.

Pacific Oaks has a long history of serving non-traditional and adult students and has become known and recognized for its progressive approach to teaching and learning—valuing real-world experiences in addition to academic achievements. This philosophy is embodied in the school’s Experiential Learning, approach, and opportunities such as the Credit for Life Experience option which allows students to gain academic credit for real-world experiences.

Pacific Oaks is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and has been since 1959.

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