Dean of Competency-Based and Degree Completion Programs

Maine, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jun 07, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The University of Maine at Presque Isle invites applications for the Dean of Competency-Based and Degree Completion Programs to begin August 1, 2021.



The Dean of Competency-Based and Degree Completion Programs (CBDCP) is responsible for leading the university’s academic unit dedicated to educating adult learners in market-responsive undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs that are both credit and non-credit bearing.  Reporting to the Provost, the Dean will be a key thought leader in developing UMPI’s YourPace competency-based program portfolio, workforce-oriented credentialing programming, and incorporating the university’s Employer U offerings within both degree and non-degree initiatives.  The Dean will provide strategic leadership in developing affordable programs that meet student, workforce, and societal needs, as well as deliver academic programs and certificates with alternative access points, including those that address the lifelong learning needs of students and alumni.  The Dean will be responsible for expanding the university’s commitment to the “adult market,” or nontraditional learners in Maine and beyond, who seek to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees and non-degree (but potentially stackable) credentials in service of dynamic career demands. The Dean will work closely with academic Deans, the Executive Director of Development, the Director of Early College Programming, and other cabinet-level leadership to chart UMPI’s overall approach to continuing studies.




  • Provides overall leadership and creates an environment of excellence for competency-based education (CBE) at UMPI and the UMS more generally within a unified accreditation environment.

  • Builds capacity across the UMS for faculty to develop competency-based curriculum and teach in a competency-based modality, learning architects / course designers in constructing CBE curriculum, and UMS governance to properly review CBE programs and policy changes.

  • Ensures the continuous improvement in the CBE learning modality.

  • Partners with the business and operations teams to ensure delivery of a unified student learning experience.

  • Promotes retention and persistence / progression through evidence-based practices.

  • Provides thought leadership to the UMS and the wider CBE community in terms of degree completion and credentialing.

  • Integrates UMPI’s mission and vision within all CBE learning modality initiatives, including credentialing and badging; ensures that UMS’s broader mission is reflected in all CBE initiatives.

  • Fosters a culture of evidence and promotes a variety of research and assessment activities designed to document the academic quality of UMPI’s CBE programs.

  • Participates in strategic planning and development of key internal and external University and UMS resources and relationships.




  • Establish and manage a new Degree Completion Credentialing College at the university employing Competency-Based Education and credentialing programming with direct responsibility for any budget and personnel associated with the College.

  • Successfully drives the intermediate and long-range goals and plans of CBE and the College and all UMS partners with enrollment management in growth efforts aimed at recruiting, advancing, and maintaining a diverse learning community of faculty, staff, and students.

  • Monitor and ensure CBE curriculum quality in partnership with UMPI and UMS leadership and curriculum development teams.

  • Supports marketing initiatives to foster the growth of competency-based education and other degree completion programs across the UMS.



External Relations:

  • Acts as lead representative for the university for all adult learning, degree completion, and credentialing committees and initiatives at the University of Maine System level.

  • Acts as lead representative for the UMS at all C-BEN convenings.

  • Develops appropriate partnerships consistent with the UMS’s mission.

  • Represents the UMS at appropriate professional meetings and conferences related to CBE and other new modalities of learning.

  • Supports the preparation of appropriate documentation for accrediting and other agencies.


About the University:

For more than a century, the University of Maine at Presque Isle has been helping students find their path to great professional careers providing its 1,300 traditional and non-traditional students from all areas of the state, country, and world with life-changing opportunities in a caring, small-university environment. UMPI combines liberal arts and selected professional programs and serves as a cultural and educational resource for the entire region. The campus sits on 150 acres surrounded by the rolling hills and potato fields of northern Maine and the University strives to be the region’s premier learning institution while helping to stimulate cultural and economic development in Aroostook County and the State of Maine. The University serves as an educational and cultural center for the area and its facilities are utilized for lectures, programs, concerts, dance performances, exhibits, and plays that benefit the entire region.


Additionally, UMPI has been named as a Great College To Work For according to the 2020 survey by The Great Colleges to Work For® program. This is the very first time that a public university in Maine has received this national recognition. UMPI also received a distinguished recognition as a 2020 Honor Roll Institution by The Great Colleges to Work For® program for achieving high scores in 11 out of 12 categories.

The Great Colleges to Work For® program is one of the largest and most respected workplace recognition programs in the country. Now in its thirteenth year, it recognizes the colleges that get top ratings from their employees regarding workplace practices and policies. This is a remarkable achievement for our University.


Required Qualifications:

  • A Doctorate or terminal, advanced degree in field of study.

  • A minimum of 5 years teaching experience AND 5 years administrative experience, or some combination of the two.


Other Information:

The salary range for this position is $84,000 -$95,000 based on teaching and leadership experience. Materials must be submitted via "Apply for position."  You will need to create an applicant profile, complete an application (which includes contact information for three professional references), and upload a cover letter and a resume/curriculum vitae which fully describes your qualifications and experiences with specific reference to the required and preferred qualifications. 






Review of applications will begin July 1, 2021, or until a suitable candidate is found.



Appropriate background screening will be conducted for the successful candidate.



The University of Maine at Presque Isle is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following office has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Office of Equal Opportunity, University of  Maine, 101 North Stevens Hall, Orono, ME  04469 207-581-1226.  TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).