Albany State University is a fully accredited senior unit of the University System of Georgia. Employees receive benefits provided by the University System of Georgia, including, but not limited to, hospital and major medical insurance, group life insurance, participation in the Georgia Teachers' Retirement System, Optional Retirement Plan (Faculty and exempt employees only), Social Security and Tuition Remission after six months of employment.
Position Category: Chief Academic Affairs Officer
Job Title: Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Position Code: 00110X
Position Type: Staff
Department: Academic Affairs
Nature of Work: The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (PR/VPAA) reports to the President and is the chief academic officer for the University. The PR/VPAA acts on behalf of the President in the President's absence. Working closely with the Faculty Senate, the University's representative faculty body, the Executive Cabinet, and the Deans' Council, the PR/VPAA provides academic leadership through shared governance. As the chief academic officer, the PR/VPAA defines the academic vision for the University, providing leadership for all aspects of its academic programs, including oversight of educational policy and programs of instruction, the development and assessment of academic programs, and the integrity of the University's curriculum. The PR/VPAA also works closely with the President to define and successfully implement the strategic plan, as Albany State continues its commitment to student learning and success through expanded enrollment, and improved retention and graduation rates.
The scope of duties for this position also encompasses the responsibility for academic planning, development and strategy; institutional effectiveness, assessment and accountability; operation, direction and supervision of all academic areas, student retention, programs and personnel in the Division of Academic Affairs, Enrollment Management Services, and Student Affairs. Personnel who report directly to the PR/VPAA include the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Associate Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs, the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Associate Provost for Enrollment Management, the Deans of the Colleges of Arts and Humanities, Business, Education, and Sciences and Health Professions. Additionally, the directors of the University Library and Online Learning report to the PR/VPAA.
The PR/VPAA develops, supports, and encourages excellence in teaching, scholarship, and creative activities, including professional development for faculty. Other responsibilities include: initiating and reviewing curricular reforms; overseeing the institution's accreditation and those of its academic programs; preparing and approving academic budgets; and advising the President on personnel matters including hiring, promotion, and tenure. In addition, the PR/VPAA works collaboratively to develop and recommend the annual academic budget, ensures fiscal responsibility for the use of all funds allocated for educational programs, and collaborates with other senior administrators to create sustainable support systems for academic affairs. The PR/VPAA also serves on the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.
Training and Experience: The following qualifications and characteristics:
An earned doctorate from an accredited university in the candidate's academic or professional field;
Significant administrative experience at the level of Dean or its equivalent, including a minimum of 5 years of experience in higher education administration;
An exemplary record of scholarship sufficient to qualify for tenure at the rank of full professor in one of the departments at the University;
An appreciation, gained through direct experience or collaborative partnership, of the unique mission of the Nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) of which ASU is one;
Demonstrated leadership skills including the ability to manage a complex academic organization;
A thorough understanding of budgets and finances, and a demonstrated ability to manage budgets particularly in times of economic restraint;
Demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously with attention to detail and deadlines;
Demonstrated experience with academic planning, including program development and innovation, strategic planning, enrollment and financial management;
Experience with multiple forms of course delivery, including traditional coursework, as well as online learning and blended models;
Demonstrated commitment to shared governance;
Demonstrated commitment to diversity among students, faculty and staff;
Demonstrated commitment to collegiality, valuing and practicing consultative and collaborative decision-making processes;
Exceptional interpersonal skills, and excellent verbal and written communication skills; and
Demonstrated record of decisions and/or initiatives that have resulted in a heightened level of student admissions, retention, and success;
Demonstrated record of attracting, recruiting, and retaining non-traditional students;
Demonstrated record of developing and implementing high quality on-line learning programs.
Demonstrated commitment to a student-centered university model;
Demonstrated ability to manage change successfully within an institution of higher learning;
Demonstrated experience in forging good relationships with faculty;
Demonstrated commitment to community outreach;
Experience working with both traditional and non-traditional students;
An understanding and respect for the traditional liberal arts curriculum as well as professional programs;
Demonstrated commitment to promote and support institutional fundraising and collaborate with the Office of Advancement to identify funding priorities for Academic Affairs.
Illustrative Examples of Work: The PR/VPAA will have the opportunity to:
Collaborate with the President and Executive Cabinet members in implementing the operational components and measures needed to implement a new performance-based funding model;
Spearhead efforts to increase the University's retention and graduation rates within the University System of Georgia.
Develop, maintain and utilize a data-driven performance matrix of key success indicators related to all aspects of academic affairs and related functional areas;
Work to enhance existing campus technologies, expanding both its technological capabilities and reach to meet current and emerging needs;
Advocate and serve as a "voice" for the University to distinguish it academically and raise its profile among other similar institutions within the larger statewide system;
Increase the University's visibility across the state and region by transforming its most compelling strengths, values, and offerings into resonant messaging that inspires loyalty among internal stakeholders and alumni and builds lasting relationships with the local community;
Advocate on behalf of the University and bring together the academic vision and initiatives with the resources to implement them, including the development of priorities for fundraising and foundation support;
Act as the principal agent of the institution in recruiting a diverse faculty and supporting the professional development and mentoring of faculty in an environment in which all are inspired to succeed;
Posting Date: 12-10-2012
(Screening of applications will begin at date shown and will continue until the position is filled.) Open Until Filled
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Funding Source: General Operating (State)
Number of Openings: 1
If Other, please denote the Name of a Grant: NA
Fringe Benefits: Yes
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Facts About the Institution: Albany State University is a fully accredited senior unit of the University System of Georgia. Employees receive benefits provided by the University System of Georgia, including, but not limited to, hospital and major medical insurance, group life insurance, participation in the Georgia Teachers' Retirement System, Optional Retirement Plan (Faculty and exempt employees only), Social Security and Tuition Remission after six months of employment.
Optional Applicant Documents: Cover Letter
Unofficial Transcript 1
Required Applicant Documents: Curriculum Vitae
Application Types Accepted: Staff Employment Application