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Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Job Description

Cambridge College seeks a Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) with vision, creativity, energy, and administrative acumen.  The Provost will provide conceptual and operational leadership for the College's distinctive academic programs, driving strategic planning, academic budgeting, program development and review, and academic policies and procedures.  The VPAA will work collaboratively to advance Cambridge College's innovative curriculum, which respects the complexity of students' lives and values classroom, online, and experiential learning.

A private, non-profit, non-residential institution, accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), Cambridge College is a student-centered institution specializing in adult education.  The institution's highest priority is its students.  To meet the needs of working adults, high-quality and rigorous academic programs are offered in the fall, spring, and summer terms; most courses are taught evenings and weekends, and many blend onsite and online components.  The College serves over 3,700 students in undergraduate, master’s programs, doctorate as well as Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) and other certificate programs.  These programs are offered through four schools:  School of Undergraduate Studies, the School of Education, the School of Management, and the School of Psychology and Counseling.  In addition to its main campus in Boston, the College offers programs at other locations in Massachusetts (Lawrence, and Springfield), California, and Puerto Rico.  The College acquired a fully online school, now named CC Global. More than 450 full- and part-time faculty scholar-practitioners bring their experiences into the classroom and online.

Job Summary

The Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA), reporting directly to the President, is the Chief Academic Officer of the College who is a strategic partner in long-range college planning, responsible for leading discussions of relevant, viable, innovative, and high-quality programs for lifelong learning and of quality teaching and engaged learning in student-centered modalities.  The VPAA ensures the vision, mission, and college strategic plan cascade down to all academic areas so they are operating in unison. The incumbent ensures that academic programs meet quality standards set by accreditation bodies and align with the needs of students and employers. He/she is responsible for assuring the academic integrity of the college.  The VPAA administers the budgets of all academic units including the schools, Regional Centers, Center for Excellence Teaching and Learning, Department of Education Title III Grant, and Student Affairs.

The VPAA has oversight responsibility for the recruiting, hiring, retention, and performance of top-quality faculty and academic administrators who excel in education and the College's promotion process.  The VPAA will nurture ongoing efforts to advance inclusion, equity, and diversity among all College constituencies.

The VPAA partners with other vice presidents to promote student access and success, alumni relations and fundraising, efficiency and effectiveness, and connections between academic programs and student experiences and external stakeholders. The VPAA also oversees or performs several managerial and operational functions concerning academic budgets, human resources, scheduling, determining faculty workload, and the catalog.

VPAA has academic oversight of all the academic programs as well as programs offered online and through CC Global.

Strategic

  • Champion the academic strategy of the institution including the exploration, development, implementation, and sustainability of relevant, viable, innovative, and high-quality curricular and co-curricular initiatives and programs aligned with the vision, mission, and the pillars of the strategic plan.
  • Leverage the college’s strengths given its mission and history to address current and future trends in higher education, the educational ecosystem and the labor markets where the college is located.
  • Consider the college’s areas of opportunity to strengthen/develop the academic offerings through careful positioning of innovative ideas in the strategic planning process and its eventual execution.
  • Assess, propose, and establish an organizational structure for the schools and the academic area that reflects the current reality, and allows for future adaptability.
  • Cultivate and advance quality teaching (all locations and delivery methods) and engaged learning to advance student success using learning science to inform and optimize pedagogies and modalities.
  • Foster a culture of collaboration and engagement within Academic Affairs as well as with other divisions of the College through purposeful relationship building strategies and positive interactions.
  • Provide clear direction and coordination to achieve the college’s goals and its vision and mission.
  • Provide timely and fact-based advice on academic matters to the President and actively pursue achievement of the President’s vision.
  • Advocate for the college, and participate in fundraising and alumni relations, in conjunction with the VP for Advancement.
  • Further articulation agreements with community colleges, high schools, workforce training organizations, profit, and nonprofit organizations in close collaboration with the VP for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation.

Continuous Quality Improvement & Operational

  • Contribute to the development, honing, and execution of college plans for e.g., diversity, inclusion, and equity; data analytics; technology; and communications/public relations as they apply to Academic Affairs.
  • Implement/monitor quality processes to ensure optimal use of resources to meet institutional policies, and regional, state, and professional accreditation mandates, including:
  1. Oversee the assessment and enhancement of the content and delivery of academic programs to promote relevance, viability, and quality through systematic program review, regulatory guidelines and, consistency with NECHE guidelines as well as other professional accreditations and licensing entities.
  2. Establish and implement a systematic process for reviewing existing academic structures, policies, and procedures, and develop new academic policies and procedures as needed.
  3. Coordinate with Deans/Degree Coordinators, Chairs, the Offices of Marketing and Public Relations, and the Assistant VP Enrollment Management for new student enrollment goals for each semester.
  4. Coordinate with the Deans and approve the assigning of courses and non-instructional assignments to full and part-time faculty.
  5. Serving as Principal Investigator for Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant.
  • Collaborate with the Executive Leadership Council, College Deans, and Faculty on the compilation of information for the catalog and its publication.
  • Promote diversity, inclusion, and equity throughout Academic Affairs such that student’s experience culturally responsive teaching and a respectful learning environment and the success gaps between majority and minority groups are reduced.
  • Present to the Board of Trustees Academic Affairs including serving as the College lead for the Academic Affairs Committee
  • Other duties as assigned by the President.

Financial Services

  • Coordinate the planning, development, and implementation of budget processes the academic division of the College; approve expenditures and monitor budget throughout the year.
  • Analyze resource allocation decisions with an ROI lens, being prepared to reallocate human and financial resources to other uses that better support the mission.
  • Assess the efficiency (costs and productivity of inputs) and effectiveness (outcome achievement) of Academic Affairs units on an ongoing basis.

Faculty & Staff Oversight

  • Design, present, and implement a faculty model that is responsive to student needs and conducive to promote student success.
  • Review hiring requests and recommend new and replacement positions.
  • Chart a comprehensive professional development plan for faculty and staff from orientation through the phases of their careers.
  • Encourage and support not only teaching, but also grant-writing, publishing, and other scholarly activities of the faculty.
  • Lead and guide the regular evaluation of faculty and appropriate staff as directed by the Annual Evaluation of Employees Policy.
  • Lead the promotion process for full-time faculty as outlined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • Comply with all requirements of the faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • Develop a clear and intentional outreach strategy to increase the pool of diverse and talented faculty members with the goal of achieving hiring and retention goals.
  • Engage with the Faculty Leadership Council and the standing committees of the Council.

Education & Experience Required 

  • An earned Ph.D. or other appropriate terminal degree
  • A distinguished record of teaching and scholarship, commensurate with tenure at the rank of full professor.
  • Experience in developing, launching, and managing online programs.
  • Unrelentless commitment to diversity in College life.
  • Demonstrated strong skills in leadership, collaboration, creative thinking, problem solving, communication and administration in higher education, assessment, accreditation, teaching, and research.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills and public speaking skills.
  • Clear understanding of the national education policies and how to influence those policies.
  • Experience in Strategic Planning and higher education policy development and administration.
  • Ability to forge an effective academic management and leadership team for the College.
  • Ability to function effectively as part of the College’s Leadership Team and to work collaborative with faculty, staff, students, and other administrators.
  • Ability to forge and reinforce effective relationships with external constituencies.
  • Budgeting and financial management experience at the college level

Skills & Knowledge Required 

  • A passionate commitment to the mission of the College, to quality customer service to student, faculty, and staff and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • An experienced administrator: Experience managing multiple priorities, and projects. Consistently seeks improvements to create organizational efficiency and effectiveness. Acts as a good steward of the College’s resources. Practices managerial courage to make tough decisions, when necessary.
  • A mentor: Cares about people and sets people up to succeed. Practices good performance management by clearly setting expectations, goals and promoting accountability.
  • A relationship builder: Establishes and fosters positive relationships with faculty and staff across all College departments and shows a commitment to collegiality, mutual respect, supportiveness, and inclusiveness. Engages people in an open, transparent, and collaborative manner. Acts in a fair, flexible, honest, and ethical manner always.
  • An excellent communicator: Shares information routinely across all areas of the College, and fosters open communication, acceptance and appreciation of other opinions and thoughts.
  • Required to attend and participate in graduation exercises, meetings, forums, College committees, professional meetings, and conferences.
  • Ability and willingness to visit other locations within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and be available to travel to Regional Centers in other states.
  • Competency with Microsoft Office and demonstrated comfort with using technology in an office setting

Physical Effort Required

While performing the duties of this job, the VPAA:

  • Regularly required to sit.
  • Frequently required to use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk, hear, and effectively communicate with others in person and in writing
  • Required to be mobile
  • Must be able to occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include the ability to see others and read documents
  • Required to spend lengthy periods of time performing computer assisted work. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Contact

To apply please forward resume and cover letter to jobs@cambridgecollege.edu.