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Vice President for Academic Affairs

Company:
Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology
Job Location:
Lancaster, 17602
Category:
Academic Vice Presidents and Provosts
Type:
Full-Time

Description

The VPAA reports directly to the President of the College and is the chief academic affairs officer of the College. The VPAA oversees the Academic Divisions and Programs along with the various offices and functions of Academic Affairs, including Recruitment, Admissions, Financial Aid, Enrollment Management, Engagement and Retention (including the administration of Act 101), the Library, the Learning Resource Center, Continuing Education and Workforce Development, K-16 initiatives, Articulation Agreements, and Academic Counseling.As a member of the President’s Executive Leadership Council, the VPAA is part of a collaborative and innovative leadership team guiding Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology consistent with the College’s mission and values. The VPAA will contribute strategic thinking, wise counsel, and effective management to Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, and serve as a positive influence on Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology’s culture.The successful candidate must be an effective leader of people, and must exhibit the ability to develop leaders, address and manage personnel issues, and contribute to a growing, vibrant, thriving organizational and institutional culture. The VPAA must also demonstrate proficiency in evaluating programs to ensure alignment with organizational goals and continuous improvement.

Examples of Duties

Faculty Oversee and facilitate the recruitment, selection, and retention of a diverse faculty and staff that is consonant with the mission and values of the College; Ensure the provision of continued professional development to maintain and enhance the excellence of the faculty, with a priority assigned to ensuring continued professional development for faculty and staff; Maintain and strengthen the role of shared governance in the College, including the effective function of faculty committees; Administer and strengthen the College’s promotion and tenure review process for faculty members; Provide leadership for strategic planning efforts to strengthen academic programs; Ensure the efficient and effective use of fiscal resources in developing and delivering academic programs; Ensure ongoing program, course, and institutional level assessment to identify areas of improvement; Ensure compliance with all relevant legal requirements of government regulations and educational standards established by agencies that oversee and accredit the College; Review and refine processes used to evaluate faculty members to ensure accuracy, fairness, and continued professional growth; Review and refine processes used to ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion in the delivery of instruction; Serve as a knowledgeable resource regarding modern and emerging best practices regarding instruction in career and technical education; andReview and refine processes used to maintain strong and fruitful connections between academic programs and relevant industries.StudentsOversee and support a robust student recruitment effort to populate the College with a diverse student body that is consonant with the College’s mission and values; Facilitate the development and refine strong academic counseling programs to help students make good choices about programs of study to pursue; Facilitate the development and refine strong student support systems, including effective interventions and early warning systems to call attention to situations where timely interventions are warranted; Review and refine processes used to evaluate students’ academic progress to ensure accuracy, fairness, and continued growth; Oversee student dismissal and readmission processes that are equitable; Ensure that student records are properly retained and maintained and in accordance with relevant regulations; and Oversee persistence and retention initiatives and accreditation-based assessments designed to improve student retention and graduation rates.

Other Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Serves as a member of the President's Cabinet
  • Represents the College in a variety of community and educational settings.
  • Contributes to the overall success of the College by performing other essential duties and responsibilities as assigned. 

Represents the College to Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) by serving as the accreditation liaison and ensures the college remains compliant with all related polices and standards.

Supervisory Responsibilities: 

  • Performs regular coaching, counseling, and disciplining employees.
  • Plans, monitors, and appraises job results.
  • Accomplishes department objectives by supervising staff and organizing and monitoring work processes.
  • Implements and enforces systems, policies, and procedures.
  • Provides full supervisory activities for assigned staff, subject to management concurrence and in accordance with applicable College policies.
  • Strategic planning, administration, and fiscal management including creation/maintenance of program/department budgets.
  • Develops, implements, and administers goals and objectives as well as policies and procedures necessary to provide assigned services and functions to the College.

Typical Qualifications

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities:  

  • Demonstrated good judgment, diplomacy and skill in providing sensitive communications and being respectful with people who are diverse in their cultures, languages and abilities
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to effectively communicate with internal and external customers
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong supervisory and leadership skills.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.
  • Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines, while maintaining a positive attitude and providing exemplary customer service
  • Ability to work independently and to carry out assignments to completion within parameters of instructions given, prescribed routines, and standard accepted practices
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff.

Education and/or Work Experience Requirements: 

  • Master’s degree in a relevant educational field from an accredited institution;
    1. Note: An earned doctorate in a relevant field is preferred.
  • Teaching, research and service experience in an academic department at a college or university;
  • Five years or more of administrative level leadership experience in higher education or related endeavors;
  • Experience as an academic leader with responsibilities in areas such as curriculum development, assessment, faculty development, or career and workforce education; and
  • Experience in balancing strategic leadership with the need to achieve demonstrable results.
  • Knowledge and experience with accreditation requirements and process.

Supplemental Information

Work Environment and/or Physical Demands: 

  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards, including meeting qualitative and/or quantitative productivity standards. 
  • Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards
  • Conditions may require walking, stooping, climbing, pushing, pulling, heavy lifting (less than or equal to 50 pounds), high climbing, bending, working in awkward positions handling equipment and materials.
  • Must be able to talk, listen and speak clearly on telephone
  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • This position is designated as "Essential" and/or the employee may be required to provide a means to be contacted during non-duty hours for emergencies. In the event of a campus emergency, special event, closure to maintain campus safety or building operations, this position may be required to work outside of regularly scheduled hours.
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