Vice President for Academic Affairs

Thaddeus Stevens College
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Mar 17, 2021
Position Type
Executive, Provosts
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time


Department: Office of Academic Affairs

Position Status: Full-Time

Directly Reports To: President of the College

Classification: Exempt

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology seeks a visionary and experienced leader to serve as Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA). 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, K-16 initiatives, Articulation Agreements, Career Services, 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.

Major Responsibilities and Duties


Oversee and facilitate the recruitment, selection, and retention of a diverse faculty 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 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; and

Review and refine processes used to maintain strong and fruitful connections between academic programs and relevant industries.


Oversee 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, fair and humane; and

Ensure that student records are properly retained and maintained and in accordance with relevant regulations.


Master’s degree in a relevant educational field from an accredited institution;

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;

Demonstrated good judgment, diplomacy and skill in providing sensitive communications and being respectful with people who are diverse in their cultures, languages and abilities;

Experience as an academic leader with responsibilities in areas such as curriculum development, assessment, faculty development, or career and workforce education;

Strong analytical and problem-solving skills;

Knowledge of computer technology and instructional learning systems, procedures, and policies;

Ability to take the initiative on projects, follow through on details, and balance various tasks simultaneously;

Exceptional written, presentation, and verbal communication skills that are effective with multiple constituencies; and

Experience in balancing strategic leadership with the need to achieve demonstrable results.


Conditions of Employment

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is a residential, two year technical college that serves economically disadvantaged as well as tuition-paying students. The College prepares students for skilled employment in a diverse, ever-changing workforce and for full, effective participation as citizens of the community, the Commonwealth, and the nation. Committed for over a century to lifelong learning, inclusiveness, and community outreach, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology dedicates itself to the development of Pennsylvania's technical workforce.  For information about the College, visit

Work Environment: This job operates in a professional office environment and routinely uses standard office equipment such as a computer, phone, and copier.

Physical Demands: 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. This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing and movement is required. This would require the ability to lift files and file boxes, open filing cabinets, walking, and bending or standing as necessary.

Application Process: Application materials must include a cover letter, a current resume, and academic transcripts. Send applications to Heather Burky, Attention: Vice President for Academic Affairs, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, 750 East King Street, Lancaster, PA 17602 or Applications will be reviewed upon submission and the posting will remain open until the position is filled.

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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