Director of Academic Affairs, Missoula College



The University of Montana invites applications for the Director of Academic Affairs at Missoula College. This position supports the mission, vision, and goals of Missoula College in serving in an administrative, supervisory, and leadership role for the operations of the College. The position reports directly to the Dean of Missoula College.

The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action : Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.

Expectations/Responsibilities of the Position:

  • Advance the mission, vision, and goals of Missoula College, the University of Montana, and the Montana University System;
  • Create and sustain an environment of teaching, learning, service, and scholarly excellence appropriate to the comprehensive two-year college mission.
  • Provide leadership, direction, and supervision in career-professional education, transfer education, dual enrollment education, and developmental education.
  • Develop instructional staffing plans and provide oversight of academic instructional scheduling.
  • Provide leadership and direct supervision of Missoula College Academic Units (Applied Arts and Science, Business & Technology, Health Professions, & Industrial Trades)
  • Assist the Dean in providing oversight in the recruitment, onboarding/orientation, supervision, professional development, mentoring, promotion, tenure, reappointment, and evaluation of all Missoula College tenure-line faculty, clinical faculty, adjunct faculty, and affiliate faculty.
  • Provide leadership in academic programming, curricular development, curriculum assessment, accreditation, instructional staffing, and course scheduling.
  • Provide oversight of experiential learning opportunities including internships, apprenticeships, clinical experiences, and career success.
  • Provide leadership in the high school dual enrollment program.
  • Provide leadership for workforce education programs including delivery of noncredit education offerings and short courses, development of industry advisory councils, Perkins Career Technical education programs, and workforce education funding opportunities.
  • Represent MC academic interests across the external community and the State of Montana
  • Provide oversight and direction for student scholarship awards.
  • Serve as the point of contact in addressing student complaints, student conduct code violations, mandatory prevention education, behavioral intervention, discrimination, and University community standards.
  • Recruit and retain students.
  • Provides oversight to the Learning Center, Community and Work-Based Learning Coordinator, and Dual Enrollment program.
  • Assist the Dean in faculty supervision including instructional workload assignments, professional development activities, faculty evaluation.


Position Details
  • Position is full-time, 1.0 FTE, 12 month, MUS Contract and includes a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.
  • Salary for this position is $80,000 - $90,000 per year commensurate with qualifications.


Required Skills
  • Knowledge of higher education practices and policies, preferably two-year education
  • Experience with accreditation policies and procedures
  • Exceptional organizational and communication skills, both oral and written
  • Excellent interpersonal and crisis management skills, positive attitude, ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • Exceptional organizational and communication skills, both oral and written
  • Excellent interpersonal and crisis management skills, positive attitude, ability to work independently or as part of a team
Required Experience
  • Master’s Degree
  • Five (5) years higher education experience
  • Experience with accreditation policies and procedures




Preferred Qualifications
  • Doctoral degree
  • Knowledge of higher education practices and policies, preferably two-year education
  • Experience with accreditation policies and procedures
  • Experience with accreditation policies and procedures
  • Experience in faculty and staff supervision
  • Demonstrated knowledge of federal grant policies and procedures.
  • Familiarity with the Guided Pathways college reform Initiative




About Missoula College, UM , and Two-year Education in Montana

Missoula College offers facilities to create a valuable and relevant learning experience for students. River Campus, opened in Fall 2017 and has innovative technology to prepare students for their careers, like a cadaver lab and cybersecurity center. West Campus has facilities to house heavy equipment, welding technology tools, our student-built modular homes, and more.

The University of Montana is a unit of the Montana University System with more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 500+ full-time faculty members. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 70,000, surrounded by mountain grandeur which was ranked in the “ top 20 best college towns with a population of less than 250,000 ” by the American Institute for Economic Research and ranked 9th in Outside Magazine’s “ The 16 Greatest Places to Live in America ” in 2014. Many national publications recognize Missoula for its high quality of life . Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere.

The Mission of two-year education in Montana is to provide a comprehensive, accessible, responsive, student-centered learning environment that facilitates and supports the achievement of individuals’ professional and personal goals, and enhances the development of Montana’s citizens, communities and economy. Montana’s two-year education is centered on the attributes of the comprehensive community college mission and is committed to providing: transfer education through the associate’s degree; workforce development including certificates and applied associate’s degrees; developmental and adult basic education; lifelong learning; and community development. The continuing Mission of Missoula College is to create a comprehensive, accessible, student-centered learning environment that fosters individual growth, facilitates workforce development, and provides a foundation.

To learn more about the University of Montana, Missoula, and the State of Montana, please visit the links below.



Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment. In accordance with University policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference - Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References - *References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing - Individual hiring departments at UM-M may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility - All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

How to Apply

Priority Application Date: April 15, 2021

Applications received by this date will be guaranteed consideration. Application review will begin after date above and continue until the position is filled.

Please submit the following application materials via "New Resume/CV" button below.

*Please note: only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

  • Letter of Interest – addressing the stated required skills for the position
  • Detailed resume listing education and describing work experience
  • Five (5) professional references - Names and contact information

Job Location Missoula, Montana, United States
Position Type Full-Time/Regular