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Credit for Prior Learning Director

National University
Job Location:
La Jolla, 92037
Laboratory and Research

Position Summary

The Credit for Prior Learning Director manages the Credit for Prior Learning (CPL), Prior Learning Credit (PLC) and Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program for the University, including the development and coordination of all activities related to CPL, PLC, and PLA such as portfolio assessment, challenge exams, assessment of work-based learning, building articulations with faculty for industry credentials, assessment of miliary credits or other PLA related activity. Collaborates with key stakeholders to design, develop, and implement the strategic plan for the areas of responsibility in a cost-effective and time-efficient manner in alignment with the University strategy as well as the strategy for credential rich pathways. Works closely with employers and faculty to facilitate workplace learning credit for students through evaluation of industry, organizational, or individual training/professional development. Additionally, leads committees, workgroups, and projects to develop business and operational plans to accomplish the goals, mission, and vision of National University as it relates to the areas of assigned responsibility.

Essential Functions:

Comprehensive Strategy Planning & Implementation

  • Identify opportunities for articulation pathways from industry credentials, certifications, licensing, and/or governing bodies, working in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders.
  • In collaboration with the Vice President and academic leadership, drives the prior learning assessment comprehensive strategy.
  • Lead key projects as assigned to enhance and expand CPL and PLC including but not limited to expansion or articulation pathways (industry credentials, certifications, licenses, governing bodies, non-degree programs, military experience, community colleges, etc.).

Process Development & Continuous Improvement

  • Develop and chair PLA/CPL advisory committee that will serve as a cross-functional advisory group for effective process development, information dissemination, and advocacy group.
  • Lead and coordinate all activities related to Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) and Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) such as portfolio assessment, challenge exams, assessment of work-based learning, assessment of military credits or other PLA related activity.
  • Develop, publish, and maintain Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) Manual in collaboration with internal stakeholders that includes all aspects of CPL and the related processes, procedures, tools, and policies to provide a one-stop resource for CPL.
  • Maintain current knowledge of policies and best practices (CAEL, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning) related to aligning learning and work so that adults achieve academic and career success. Update polices, processes, and practices as needed to support industry best practices.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain processes to support Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) and Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) such as portfolio assessment, challenge exams, assessment of work-based learning, assessment of military credits or other PLA related activity in collaboration with internal stakeholders.
  • Create, maintain, and disseminate process documentation, procedures, and collateral as needed.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain Credit for Prior Learning repository and other online tools for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain portfolio analysis for work-based experience assessment in collaboration with key stakeholders.

Assessment & Operations

  • Manage CPL and PLA processes, procedures, practices, and policies to ensure consistency between policy and practice while ensuring we maintain compliance with accreditation requirements.
  • Collaborate with academic teams, faculty members, registrar's office, WES, partnership organizations, industry organizations, and other key stakeholders for assessment and determination of course credit for prior learning opportunities.
  • Lead and coordinate assessment for prior learning, collaborating with team members across the institution to ensure quick assessment of opportunities, documentation of decisions, and availability of information to key stakeholders who need the information for student-facing and partnership work.

Internal Marketing, Socialization & Training

  • Maintain and update all print and electronic media regarding current practices, policies, and procedures regarding the awarding of credit for prior learning and create new materials.
  • Coordinate dissemination of Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) and Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) processes and procedures to all internal and external stakeholders as needed.
  • Create tools for faculty, staff, registrar's office, and other internal stakeholders to improve and facilitate the CPL, PLC, and PLA process.
  • Develop and facilitate faculty and staff training on CPL, PLC, PLA, collaborating with key stakeholders as needed.
  • Serve as a high-level point of contact to answer all questions from faculty, staff, and employers related to CPL, PLC, and PLA.

Partnership and External Collaboration

  • Work with employers, state agencies and other key stakeholders to build understanding of credit for prior learning and facilitate expansion of workplace learning credit for students through evaluation of industry, organizational, and individual training, or professional development.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities: N/A


Education & Experience:

  • Master's degree in business, education, communications, psychology, or related discipline required.
  • Doctorate degree preferred.
  • Minimum of five (5) to eight (8) years of experience working with credit for prior learning, prior learning credit and/or prior learning assessment required.
  • Minimum of five (5) to eight (8) years of experience working in a higher education administrative role that involves assessment of programs, students, outcomes, or a related area strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience with awarding credit for prior learning required.
  • Minimum of three (3) to five (5) years of strategic and/or business planning experience preferred.
  • Experience utilizing educational achievement and/or career assessments for adult learners preferred.
  • All skills, abilities and education will be considered for minimum qualifications.

Competencies/Technical/Functional Skills:

  • Extensive knowledge of applicable federal and state regulations and accrediting agencies standards related to CPL, PLC, and PLA.
  • Extensive understanding of local (city or county), regional (state of California), and national workforce issues and the impact on CPL, PLC, PLA, and higher education for adult learners.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop processes, streamline assessment, and expand the use of credit for prior learning within higher education.
  • Demonstrated understanding of competency-based education.
  • Excellent analytical skills with exceptional organizational skills and the ability to think strategically and tactfully.
  • Outstanding professional and persuasive communication skills (writing, document design, presenting, speaking).
  • Exceptional interpersonal, organizational, and problem-solving skills as well as effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to evaluate options and actions based on trends and conditions in the environment, and the vision and values of the organization.
  • Ability to achieve results through critical thinking, problem-solving, planning, execution, and continuous improvement of the organization.
  • Ability to effectively lead multi-faceted, multi-disciplinary projects to completion, on-time, and within budgetary constraints.
  • Ability to participate as an active team member of the team and organization and work toward a common goal. Contributes fully to the team effort and plays an integral part in the smooth running of teams without necessarily taking the lead.
  • Accepts personal accountability, proactively seeks resolution for personal limitations head-on; and supports honesty and respect towards others, the company and oneself.
  • Actively seeks to influence, build effective relationships, and gain alignment with peers, functional partners and/or external partners to accomplish business objectives.
  • Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new or cutting-edge programs/processes. Ability to generate and/or recognize imaginative or creative solutions that generate successful outcomes.
  • Ability to drive towards achieving measurable and challenging goals to support organizational success.
  • Demonstrates the ability to focus on achieving results consistent with the organization's objectives.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Work independently and foster a cooperative spirit within a large and/or small team of diverse cultures, while working in a fast-paced environment with multiple deadlines and frequently changing priorities.

Location: Remote

Travel: Some Travel Required; less than 10% travel may be required for meetings or conferences.


Candidate receiving offers will be offered a salary/pay rate commensurate with experience that vary based on a candidate's qualifications, skills, and competencies.  Absent exceptional circumstances, candidates will be offered a salary within this range for this position. The minimum salary will be offered based on the minimum exemption threshold based on state of residency. Base pay is one component of National University's total rewards package, as we are dedicated to supporting the needs of the "whole you" with our holistic approach to employee benefits by offering comprehensive well-being benefits for you and your family.  For full details about our benefit plan offerings, please visit For Part-time benefits, please click here.

Compensation Range:

Annual Salary: $71,360.00 - $96,340.00

National University is committed to maintaining a high-quality, diverse workforce representative of the populations we serve. National University employs more than 5,000 faculty and staff and serves over 41,000 students. We are united in our mission to meet the global education demands of the 21st Century and are dedicated to creating a supportive academic and work environment that allows students, faculty and staff to develop their interests and talents while experiencing a sense of community and a commitment to diversity. With programs available both online and at our many campus locations, National University is a leader in creating innovative solutions to education and meeting the needs of our diverse student population, including adult learners and working professionals.

National University offers an opportunity to work in an innovative environment that supports diversity.

National University (NU) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employee per applicable federal, state and local laws. At NU, a diverse mix of highly talented, innovative and creative people come together to make the impact of a lifetime for each of our student learners. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment, education, and admission at National University. We are focused on equality and believe deeply in diversity of race, color, ancestry, age, family care status, veteran status, marital status, creed, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, and other legally protected group status.

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