Mount Saint Mary College Newburgh, NY, USA
Nov 15, 2019Full time
Mount Saint Mary College invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) and the Dean of the College, the college’s chief academic officer. This position reports directly to the president. The VPAA will be an innovative leader who can provide a vision, direction, and guidance for all aspects of academic life at the College, including enriching academic programs and faculties, and enhancing teaching, research, and the student experience. The VPAA will play a significant role on the leadership team of the College to help achieve the institution’s strategic goals and vision of excellence, including that of our President, Dr. Jason Adsit: to become the most community service-oriented college in the United States. The VPAA will achieve this vision through overseeing all aspects of the College’s academic areas, guiding faculty development, fostering partnerships, and strengthening administrative processes and support systems. The new VPAA must be an experienced administrator who possesses demonstrated leadership experience; the knowledge of, and ability to, promote the College’s mission; and a clear sense of the complex challenges of an institution with undergraduate and graduate programs in the Northeast. Extraordinary communication skills are essential for success, as is the ability to work collaboratively throughout the institution to foster a culture of collegiality and innovation. The ideal candidate will bring experience in online education and demonstrated leadership in improving student outcomes in an environment that values diversity and inclusive excellence. In addition to experience comparable to that of a vice president, dean, or associate vice president, the VPAA will have an earned a doctorate or terminal professional degree and a record of scholarly achievement that would merit a faculty appointment. The Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College is the College’s chief academic officer, reporting directly to the President. The Vice President for Academic Affairs provides oversight and vision for academic programs and policies; faculty recruitment and evaluation; and academic budget planning and implementation. Current direct reports to the Vice President for Academic Affairs include the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Director of the Library, the Academic Deans, the Academic Division Chairs, HEOP, Career Center, Office of Online Learning, the Library, the Writing Center, and the Registrar. The Vice President is a critical member of the College leadership team: in addition to serving on the President's Cabinet, the VPAA also works with the Board of Trustees in areas of educational policy and management of College resources, and serves as an advocate for faculty and students on all academic matters. Key Responsibilities: Strategy and Academic Leadership Serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet, leading specific strategic initiatives identified by the President and contributing actively to the leadership team. Serves as the principal College academic planning officer, acting with the input and involvement of the Academic Deans, Chairs of the Academic Divisions, Academic Affairs staff, and faculty at large. Serves as the main academic liaison to the Board of Trustees and the Academic Affairs Committee. Prepares documents and reports in the areas of academic responsibility. Participates in program development as a member of the Program Development and Curriculum Committees. Provides high-level oversight for all academic initiatives and offices related to Academic Affairs. Participates as an ex officio member on all faculty committees. Oversees orientation and development of faculty. Is the chief academic advisor to the President Discharges the duties of the President in his/her absence. Coordinates institutional self-studies and reports to assure continued accreditation. Operations Participates in College committees and meetings outlined in the Faculty Handbook or as appropriate. Fulfills VPAA responsibilities at convocation, commencement, and other formal events. Receives recommendations from the Faculty Senate and other Faculty and academic committees, reviews these recommendations, and presents a position on these recommendations to the President and/or to the Cabinet when appropriate. Works closely with the President and the Chief Financial Officer to make decisions about new faculty positions. Appoints academic division chairs in consultation with faculty after receiving the recommendation from the division. Appoints division Deans after consultation with faculty and the President. Holds final responsibility for all budgets in Academic Affairs and works with the President and Cabinet on College budget matters. Submits an annual report to the President. Serves as Secretary to the Board of Trustees Academic Affairs Committee. Determines salary recommendations and conducts hiring negotiations with new faculty and Academic Affairs staff for which the President has final authority. Ensures timely evaluation of all faculty by the Promotion and Tenure Committee and makes recommendations to the President and Board. Staff Supervision and Development Promotes a culture of high performance and develops staff using a supportive, collaborative, and data driven approach. Ensures all areas are customer-focused in their dealings with students, faculty, staff and others. Provides leadership by overseeing, directing, and supervising employees in the Academic Affairs offices. This includes actively participating in the selection, hiring, training, and evaluation of all direct reports, in collaboration with the Office of Human Resources. Orients and guides direct reports by communicating departmental standard procedures, and philosophy of mentoring and supervising students. Facilitates and directs the process of goal setting for all direct reports, conducts regular meetings to monitor workflow, and offers feedback and guidance to support the professional development of direct reports. Delegates tasks to appropriate departmental staff members as new College initiatives arise. Performs other duties as assigned.