Vice President, Academic Affairs

Firestone Park, Los Angeles County / Los Angeles, Los Angeles County
Mar 15, 2014
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Location: Los Angeles, CA
Office Building/Campus: Los Angeles- Downtown
Home Department: Academic Affairs
Position Type: Staff Position


Founded in 1979, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is an independent professional graduate school with a dynamic student body and a professionally accomplished faculty. Our curriculum and training opportunities prepare graduates to deliver outstanding professional services emphasizing the ability to understand and work with diverse populations.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA).

Position Summary

Reporting to the National TCSPP President, the VPAA is a key executive of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. The VPAA provides academic and strategic leadership for all campuses (Chicago, Southern California, Washington DC, and Online). As the Chief Academic Officer (CAO), the VPAA is responsible for the quality of academic programs, scholarship, and service; the academic budget; faculty development, recruitment and evaluation, and accreditation. The VPAA oversees the National Center for Academic and Dissertation Excellence, the Office of Faculty Development, Teaching and Learning, Accreditation and the Accreditation Liaison Office. For this key role, TCSPP seeks a distinguished educator with a proven scholarly record who can provide strong, inspired, and effective leadership in a multi-campus professional school. This position requires the creativity and vision necessary to lead an institution that is growing in size, scope, and prominence, and a management style that is collegial, consultative, and open. The VPAA must fit in a fast paced culture that requires deep reflective thought and a commitment to seek collaboration and wide-scale investment in the decision making processes of the institution. The VPAA serves as the school’s executive officer in the President’s absence.

Additional Duties

The VPAA serves as a member of the President’s Executive Cabinet and Council, and leads the meetings of the Council of Deans. The VPAA’s office is the point of contact for all issues related to academic affairs and accreditation, promoting strategies to support student academic success and increasing retention. The VPAA works closely with the National Faculty Council, Deans, and Department Chairs/Program Directors across all campuses.

Required Skills and Experiences

The successful candidate will have:

  • An earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution.
  • A record of distinguished teaching, research, scholarship, and service, consistent with a faculty appointment.
  • A history of successful administrative experience at the level of Dean or higher.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with multiple offices and the Deans and Department Chairs/Program Directors in defining and shaping academic and strategic priorities for TCSPP.
  • Demonstrated competencies in budget planning, faculty/staff development and management.
  • Demonstrated behavior advancing and advocating for diversity goals in higher education.
  • An experienced leader with strong collaborative skills preferably gained in a multi-campus organization.
  • Ability to lead the institution in recruiting and retaining a diverse and inclusive faculty.
  • Demonstrated ability to advance a culture of scholarly activity consistent with the institutional mission and priorities.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

As the Chief Academic Officer, the VPAA’s leadership responsibilities include encouraging and facilitating excellence in teaching, scholarly pursuits, service to the college and the community, and an emphasis on student success. The successful candidate will be well informed about national academic trends, best practices in graduate professional education, and implementation of various teaching/learning modalities.

Candidate Qualifications

  • An earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution and a record of distinguished teaching, research, scholarship and service, consistent with a faculty appointment
  • Commitment to diversity and the mission of TCSPP
  • Experience and clear understanding of current national higher education issues and policies
  • Experience/familiarity with regional, state, national, and professional accreditation standards (e.g., WASC, APA, CACREP, NASP, ABAI)
  • Experience with online and campus based instructional modalities

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For priority consideration, application materials should include a letter of interest, résumé/curriculum vitae, and names of three (3) professional references.

For inquiries, please email David Iwane, Ph.D, Associate Vice President of Human Resources, at

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The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is an affiliate of TCS Education System. For more information about TCS Education System visit

TCS Education System offers a generous compensation and benefits package, as well as the opportunity to work for a leader in the field of education. Some of our key benefits include: paid time-off, medical and dental coverage, company-paid life and disability insurance, retirement plan, multiple flexible spending accounts (FSA), professional development, and regular employee appreciation events.

TCSPP provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment.