Executive Dean, Antioch University Online
Website Antioch University Online
The Executive Dean is the strategic, academic, and operational leader for Antioch University Online (AUO), responsible for all educational programs and student services activities, consistent with the mission of Antioch University. The Executive Dean is responsible for the administration of all academic and student services operations and as well as for overseeing the hiring, supervising, and evaluating, faculty, academic support, student services, and other AUO personnel. The Executive Dean provides expertise to AUO and the University regarding high quality, innovative online educational programming and student support services.
The Executive Dean participates in the leadership of the University, serving on the Council of Chief Academic Officers, the University Academic Council, and the University Leadership Council. The Executive Dean is also responsible for leading assigned academic initiatives to ensure academic cohesiveness and high quality across the university; to integrate, scale up, and develop academic programs; and to promote growth across the university.
The Executive Dean works closely with the Vice Chancellors and Directors of the other University offices, including finance, admissions, registrar, financial aid, and student accounts, facilities, and marketing. The Executive Dean is responsible for ensuring quality online service provision, establishing AUO strategic priorities and operational needs, and tracking key performance and financial metrics. The Executive Dean develops and implements AUO’s plan for partnership development and continuing education initiatives.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
A. Academic Leadership
- Promote quality and progressive educational vision in all academic programs.
- Provide strategic leadership in curriculum and program development, ensuring the inclusion of innovative and best practices into the design of online educational experiences, suited for the target student population..
- Ensure adherence with policies and procedures that ensure high academic standards and respect for the Antioch University educational model.
- Oversee the evaluation of programs and curricula in relationship to University mission, priorities, and objectives as well as regional needs. Ensure high quality of academic assessment, such as ensuring all academic programs have clearly stated learning outcomes and consistency of learning outcomes across delivery models; that learning artifacts are collected; and that faculty engage in assessment as defined in the assessment plans and systems.
- Review faculty recommendations based upon assessment data and approve appropriate strategies to improve student learning, retention, and completion.
- As appropriate to programs offered, ensure adherence to accreditation and licensure requirements, and lead the process of preparing specialized accreditation/licensure materials and managing the accreditation/licensure site visit processes, in coordination with the University Office of Academic Affairs. Collaborate with the University Office of Academic Affairs regarding regional accreditation and state authorization.
- Build relationships with other departments and programs of the University to foment academic and student services collaborations.
B. Curriculum and Program Development
- Provide leadership and participate in university strategic academic planning. Oversee AUO academic planning process and coordinate this with overall institution strategic planning efforts while ensuring the inclusion of innovative and best practices into the design of online educational experiences, suited for the target student population.
- Collaborate with other higher education institutions and appropriate agencies on the development of articulation, transfer, and other agreements in accordance with University policies.
- Facilitate communication among academic programs across the University.
C. Faculty Employment and Development
- Initiate and implement effective mechanisms for faculty participation in academic decision-making.
- Establish priorities and plans for online faculty recruitment and development. Ensure integrity of the processes of hiring and evaluating faculty and staff, consistent with standards that promote both academic and support service quality; make decisions regarding continuing and new faculty appointments.
D. Academic and Student Support Services
- Approve policy waivers for minimum class size, independent studies, and other scheduling exceptions. Guide faculty on creative scheduling design to attract and retain new student markets.
- Ensure that AUO processes provide students with timely and accurate information needed for enrollment, persistence, and completion. Collaborate with University personnel to address concerns.
- Lead initiatives to improve the quality of intellectual and workplace life for faculty who work in an online environment.
- Oversee the provision of AUO academic and student support services, ensuring best practices in serving online students. Work closely with the Associate VCAA and other University-wide officials to ensure the provision of high quality student services and support across the University. Conducts evaluates and improves academic and student services processes
- Serve as final decision-maker for escalated, AUO-level resolution of various employee, academic, and student policy violations in collaboration with the AUO Chief Student Services Officer, Title IX Coordinator, or Disability Support Services Coordinator. Handle grievances involving faculty and academic support personnel, as appropriate. Provide leadership and quality counsel to students, acting as mediator, and coaching students regarding academic program-related issues.
E. Administrative Leadership and AU Online Operations
- Collaborate with the VC for Marketing and Enrollment and the VCAA regarding the strategic directions for marketing/enrollment activities, setting new and continuing student enrollment targets as well as resolving concerns. Ensure strategies are appropriate for attracting and enrolling online students
- Develop, recommend, and implement approved annual budget for AUO online.
- Identify appropriate cost-saving and cost-control measures to ensure that the academic programs are affordable for students and financially sustainable within the University
- Evaluate and ensure that human and educational resources are adequate to implement the academic programs
- Oversee administrative and auxiliary operations.
F. Institutional Governance
- Convene and lead the AUO administrative leadership team.
- Serve as ex-officio member of the AUO faculty governance body
- Serve on the AUO academic council.
- Serve as a member of the Chancellor’s University Leadership Council (ULC), Council of Chief Academic Officers (CCAO), and Antioch University Academic Council (UAC), and other committees as needed.
- Collaborate in developing policies, practices, processes, and programs for the University. Communicate policies, standards, and expectations to AUO faculty and staff, and hold employees accountable.
- Lead assigned academic initiatives by holding regularly scheduled meetings, ensuring documentation of key discussions and decisions, and reporting out to the UAC, or other University Council as requested.
G. Community Leadership
- Serve as an internal spokesperson and ambassador for AUO academic mission and accomplishments.
- Actively seek and engage with external academic partner constituents for program development and growth.
- Participate in a wide range of professional higher education organizations on behalf of the University.
- Other duties as assigned by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and University Provost
Education and Experience:
- Earned doctorate or terminal degree in one’s field from an accredited institution of higher education required.
- Five years of progressively responsible administrative and leadership experience or equivalent in online academic programs within an accredited institution of higher learning, with at least 3 years of experience at the associate dean level or higher level required.
- Demonstrated successful experience in developing, growing, and expanding online programs required.
- Experience with adult and nontraditional students required.
- Experience at more than one institution and multi-campus environments preferred.
- Five years of successful online teaching experience or equivalent in an accredited institution of higher learning.
- Experience with adult and/or nontraditional students required.
- Experience at more than one institution preferred.
- Scholarly and professional competence as demonstrated by a record of publication and/or equivalent activity within the academic profession required
- Experience with leading the use of academic technology to enhance teaching and learning required.
- Demonstrated leadership experience in planning, curriculum and instruction, student learning outcomes and assessment, program development, and student retention.
- Demonstrated experience overseeing, protecting, expanding, and leveraging an institution’s fiscal resources. Demonstrated experience in budget development and management required.
- A thorough understanding and commitment to both liberal arts and professional education required.
Skills and Abilities:
- Demonstrated commitment to students, especially adults and non-traditional students, including a respect for their potential in the educational enterprise.
- Demonstrated commitment to academic excellence and the enhancement of the faculty role in higher educational institutions; ability to work in a participatory academic environment.
- Commitment to achieving student and employee diversity; cultural competency as demonstrated by sensitivity to, and appreciation of, ethnic, cultural, socio-economic and social diversity.
- Demonstrated ability to articulate and implement academic programs consistent with Antioch’s mission and educational philosophy.
- Demonstrated ability to plan and administer budgets consistent with achieving organizational goals.
- Demonstrated ability as a consensus builder with a management style that is inclusive, collaborative, and that values, supports, motivates and develops employees.
- Ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally required. Effective presentation skills preferred.
- Ability and desire to interact with, and respond to, the requests and needs of community leaders.
Hours of Employment:
This is a full-time position serves a geographically dispersed faculty, staff and student body in a networked and integrated national university. A work schedule will be established in consultation with the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs/University Provost.
AUO administration is located in Yellow Springs, OH. The Executive Dean would be expected to travel to campus on a regular basis.
While performing the duties of this job, the staff member is regularly required to sit; stand use hands and fingers, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms. The individual must regularly lift and/or carry up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. May have to drive, fly or commute to off-campus sites.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Environmental and Job Hazards:
No unusual environmental or job hazards.
Review of applications will begin December 1, 2018 and will continue this position is filled.
Estimated start date: January 2019
For questions, please contact Chet Haskell, Search Committee Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Antioch University reserves the right to change the duties of the job description at any time.
Antioch University provides equal opportunity for all qualified applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, age, disability, veteran status, or any other protected classification.
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