Stratford University

  • Vice President of Academic Affairs

    Posted Date 1 week ago(8/8/2018 1:15 PM)
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    United States
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    At Stratford University employees take enormous pride in their work and the work of the University. Stratford is not just your next job -- it is a career where employees find their true calling and feel tremendous joy in making a difference in the lives of others. Every employee is empowered and encouraged to contribute innovative ideas to enhance the student experience and learning outcomes.

    Stratford is a small, privately held, institution that has not lost sight of its core values and culture. We have seven locations in the US, and one in India. We are growing organically, at the speed of academic excellence. We are focused on Changing Lives...One Student at a Time.


    The Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA) is accountable as the Chief Academic Officer and as such will be a member of our executive leadership team. He/She will report directly to the University President and is expected to provide academic and administrative leadership to achieve the highest standards of excellence in teaching. He/She will provide executive oversight and strategic guidance in the planning, development, implementation, assessment and evaluation of all aspects of academic programming for all academic divisions including: curriculum development, institutional effectiveness, and student retention, as well as oversight over all academic personnel, which include: Campus Presidents, University Wide Program Directors, Campus Program Leads and all other faculty. The VPAA will be expected to have fiscal oversight of areas within the Academic Affairs arena, and be responsible for implementing academic policies and procedures. The VPAA will be responsible for ensuring and aiding in the creation of curricula that is competency-based and responsive to our students needs. The applicant should be conversant with ACICS, ACCSC and SACS accreditation standards. The VPAA will work in full partnership with other members of the executive team, as well as other departments, to develop and assess overall strategic planning for the University, support initiatives such as shared governance and accreditation and acts in the role of a change leader. This position requires an innovator, who is also an academic leader. We want to make waves and disrupt.  


    Essential Job Functions:

    • The ideal Vice President of Academic Affairs will possess a cadre of personal attributes that allow him/her to relate well to the diversity of faculty, staff and students, and to the needs of the University.  The VPAA must be committed to shared governance, team work, and creative leadership, and possess the characteristics of sound judgment, flexibility, creativity, resourcefulness, innovation, inspiration, and excellent communication skills.  The VPAA is responsible for fostering academic excellence, providing guidance in the development of the curriculum, planning and implementation of academic policies, the management of academic services, and overseeing the overall budget for all academic units. Other, more specific functions of the role include:
    • Provides direct oversight to the leaders of academic units in the University with regard to academic policy; faculty selection, training, and supervision; program development, curriculum development and instruction;
    • Oversees academic budgets for the University and works with Campus Presidents, and University Wide Program Directors to achieve financial goals.
    • Promotes an entrepreneurial and innovative spirit among academic leaders.
    • Plan, direct, administer and evaluate the instructional programs of the University.
    • Provide leadership for instructional programs and course;
    • Recommend and administer instructional and instructionally-related policies, procedures and mandates. 
    • Oversee all the degree, certificate, and program offerings.
    • Develop and coordinate policies and activities, including program review, to respond to the educational needs of the University’s student population.. 
    • Provide leadership in working with the faculty to develop student-learning outcomes as they relate to courses and programs. 
    • Collaborates closely with leaders of enrollment management and marketing units to drive enrollment in programs and assure compliance with various regulatory bodies and consistency in marketing efforts.
    • Provide leadership for the implementation of the University strategic planning goals including program review, organizational structure, budget planning, program improvement, student services, and quality improvement while incorporating the strategic planning themes of technology, cultural diversity, and campus relations. 
    • Leads and directs instructional support services.
    • Makes final decision for all faculty appointments, evaluations.
    • Evaluates annually the effectiveness of all the programs to make improvements in faculty and curriculum.
    • Participates appropriately in regional, national, and international professional organizations.
    • Ensures the quality instruction of all adjunct faculty.
    • Ensures that all academic programs are evaluated for student learning, retention, and market relevance.


    Curriculum / New Program Development

    • Supervise all matters relating to curriculum and instruction in the University, including outreach programs, course offerings and scheduling, faculty and academic staff recruitment and development activities.
    • Coordinate periodic academic program review and work with University Wide Program Directors in the review, study, and development of curriculum and in the improvement of instruction.
    • Advocate and promote quality instruction, student success, integrated planning, and the expansion of student learning outcomes.
    • Develop teams of leaders that are able to come together around common goals and are committed to producing desired outcomes.
    • Develop and maintain the quality and integrity of a comprehensive complement of instructional programs and activities appropriate to the mission of the University.
    • Direct and coordinate improvement of University instructional programs through curricula research, program evaluation, and other instructional development methods including a systematic process of program and course review and revision.
    • Initiate, direct and coordinate development of appropriate new programs.
    • Work collaboratively with the faculty and other internal stakeholders, external review authorities and accreditation bodies, to develop new programs and markets and ensure that programs are consistent with the mission, vision, and values of the University.
    • Provide leadership for program review, including improvement and development; systematic assessment of student progress and learning outcomes; and review and recommend changes to maintain relevance to meet student and community needs. 
    • Supervise the coordination of curriculum development, including review and revision in cooperation with the Academic Counsel. 



    • Leads student success, retention, persistence and graduation achievement efforts at Stratford University and ensures achievement of institutionally established goals for each.
    • Develops and manages programs and initiatives to support students in their transition to, and persistence at, the University.
    • Oversee development/expansion of first-year experience course.
    • Assist in development and implementation of programming for specific populations that might benefit from additional attention and resources during their transition to, and throughout their time at, the University.
    • Engage in opportunities to partner across the University to support and enhance existing activities that foster student retention, success, and persistence to graduation.
    • Responsible for creating, managing, and supporting initiatives that improve student retention, success, and persistence to graduation
    • Manage on Campus Student Support offices to ensure students who may be at risk for leaving the University or who could benefit from additional assistance to support their potential for success in all aspects of college life, are receiving the additional support.
    • Develop and coordinate programs with a particular focus on supporting new first-time and transfer students, as well as students from historically underrepresented or marginalized populations, in their first year at the College. 


    • The VPAA has responsibility for the successful and effective management of the people and resources within the department, plus oversight responsibilities for the management of the functional divisions/work groups with the Academic Affairs area
    • The VPAA serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet and works in full partnership with other members of the executive team, as well as other departments, to collaborate in the development of the overall strategic planning for the University
    • Maintain communication with other departments of the college and the administrative center in matters relating to instructional services.
    • Provides academic leadership, development and accountability in curriculum development/review, faculty effectiveness, and academic policy development
    • Promotes communication among stakeholders with an emphasis on communication with Academics, Marketing, Advising and Admissions units to ensure student success
    • Develops and administers academic policies
    • Develop and coordinate policies and activities to respond to the educational needs of the University’s student population including program review.
    • Provide leadership for instructional programs and courses, assuring consistent quality of instructional programs and academic program development; and recommend and administer instructional and instructional-related policies, procedures and mandates. 
    • Ensure, in coordination with the department of Human Resources,, adherence to employment obligations affecting faculty, including faculty evaluation, review, retention, discipline, and dismissal. 


    Academic Affairs

    • Chair and serve on a variety of campus and community committees and groups, including the academic counsel. Work effectively with community groups, educational entities, business, industry, government and legislative bodies to develop partnerships.
    • Develop and manage academic affairs budget with oversight responsibility for all academic and information management areas.
    • Provide sustained leadership in a dynamic and rapidly-changing academic environment.
    • Lead comprehensive assessment of student learning practices within an educational setting
    • Plan and direct the process of requisition, recruitment, selection, and recommendation of candidates for employment as instructional faculty and staff.
    • Initiate development and/or recommend revisions to policies, regulations, and procedures concerning instructional standards and operations.
    • Plan and organize orientation, in-service, and other professional development opportunities for instructional faculty and staff.
    • Encourage and facilitate collaboration among faculty, and lead program reviews, institutional effectiveness processes, and other assessment activities assigned to graduate education


    The Skills:

    • In-depth knowledge and understanding of academic curriculum and instructional design, evaluation and effectiveness, academic priorities, pedagogy, student learning outcome assessment and adult learning theory.
    • Excellent communication skills with the ability to engender trust among various constituencies and advanced written communication skills able to effectively develop concise communications.
    • Sound judgment and diplomacy to interact effectively with a broad spectrum of people, including accreditation bodies, regulatory commissions, community leaders, faculty members, staff, vendors and contractors, both individually and within a team.
    • Skilled at problem solving, able to handle high stress and deadlines with poise and precision, setting the example for campus student and faculty behaviors.
    • 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.

    Required Education and Experience:

    • An earned doctorate from an accredited institution.
    • 7-10 years of senior level leadership and experience in higher education, ideally supporting academic development.
    • Significant experience in the development and administration of curriculum, budget, personnel management, strategic planning, and the use of technology in higher education.
    • Strong leadership experience, able to foster collaboration across diverse constituencies and inspire confidence and motivate groups to collectively meet common objectives.
    • Demonstrated experience with academic strategic planning, strong fiscal management linking resource allocation to planning and priorities, data-driven decision-making and leading the ongoing efforts in support of accreditation standards.

    Work Environment and Physical Demands:

    • Standard office environment
    • Routine travel to conferences and other campus locations
    • May require occasional long work days to meet deadlines and objectives


    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified

    Stratford University is an Equal Opportunity Employer

    “Changing Lives…One Student at a Time”


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