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Dean of Quality Assurance of Academic Programs

KIMEP University
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Jul 20, 2021

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Accreditation, Deans
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KIMEP University is looking for applicants to the following new position:

Job Title: Dean of Quality Assurance of Academic programs

Position reports to: Provost and General Deputy to the President.

KIMEP University

 KIMEP University is the leading American-style, internationally-accredited, English-speaking academic institution in the Commonwealth of Independent States. It provides a world-class academic experience and a unique international environment to all its students and faculty members. KIMEP University was established in 1992 and has built a very strong regional reputation as a leading provider of higher education. All graduate and undergraduate programs are accredited by at least one recognized international accreditation agency. Academic programs are regularly rated in the top rank of provision by national bodies.


Almaty, Kazakhstan

The city of Almaty is situated at the base of the majestic Tien Shan Mountains in Southeast Kazakhstan. About 2 million people live in or near Almaty because it is the financial, cultural, summer and winter sports and cosmopolitan capital of Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan is located in the heart of Eurasia with important commercial inroads bridging Asia and Europe. Boasting the Silk Road of the 21st century, Kazakhstan offers unique positions in oil and gas, economic development, and trade. With a transitioning economy that has witnessed four-fold growth over the past decade, Kazakhstan's dynamically changing economic, social, educational and cultural environment provides incredible opportunities for significant and original research. 



Rank and salary are competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Compensation after ­tax compares favorably with net salaries in western countries.

Limited on campus housing is available to rent, or alternatively, help is available in finding off campus housing. In addition to salary, a benefit package includes basic healthcare insurance, reduced tuition rates for KIMEP courses, and subsidy for relocation allowance. New faculty members are provided with a reduced teaching schedule during the first semester. Summer paid teaching is typically available.

The salary will be subject to deduction of taxes (10% Personal Income tax in general) as required by the Law of Kazakhstan.

Job Purpose Summary:
To coordinate all activates relating to the assessment and enhancement of academic programs, academic services as well as non-academic services impacting student welfare and to advise the V ice-President in the relevant area of responsibility.

Key Responsibilities and Duties:
1. To direct the Office of Quality Assurance and Institutional Research
2. To serve as the quality assurance auditor for the University
3. To Work with the Vice Presidents to establish quality assurance standards and methods of measurement relating to:
a) Academic quality of programs on the basis of intended Learning Outcome Assessments
b) Academic quality on the basis of thesis and internships
c) Academic accreditations and attestations
d) Academic services including admissions, registrar, financial aid, library and Learning Support Center
e) Non-academic services such as Student Affairs Office, Dormitory, Sports Center, website, IT facilities and catering
4. To work with the Vice Presidents to establish a schedule of QA reporting, to review the QA reports submitted by the Vice Presidents, to report QA results to the president, to make recommendations to the Vice presidents for further improvement.
5. Provide guidance and direction to directors and deans so all departments are maintaining up-to-date records, in an organized fashion, that are necessary for accreditation. This includes but is not limited, syllabus for all courses, program reviews, grading documentation for each course, research records, copies of all publications by members of the university community, promotion and retention records and minutes of all meetings, minutes of all academic council meetings. Faculty development records. All records should meet the minimum IQAA and FIBAA requirements.

6. Responsible for assisting in all program reviews and maintaining the necessary documentation of those reviews.
7. Upon request, consult with deans on issues regarding achieving quality assurance standards and performing measurements. 
8. Serve as a member of such working groups as may be set up to manage the preparation for quality audits by the MES, other regulatory bodies and accreditation agencies.
9. Develop and maintain an Operations Manual for quality assurance and quality management.
10. Serve as a non-voting member of Academic Council and on the Academic Council sub-committee for Quality Assurance.
11. Responsible for keeping the President informed on national and international developments relevant to academic quality and standards and take the lead in discussion in the institutions on proposals for the improvement of quality processes.
12. Prepare for the President an annual institution-wide quality report on all academic programs, including research, and academic services summarizing the main points and recommendations for the improvement of quality from College reports.
13. Contribute fully to the Institution's corporate planning and communications processes and lead the development of the Academic Quality plan.
14. To collaborate with deans on accreditation and ranking activities and monitor accreditation requirements including fulfillment of conditions of any accreditations given
15. Other duties as assigned by the supervisor

Teaching Requirement
Teaching one course per year required

Minimum Qualifications:
1. PhD in a relevant area from a Western university
2. Successful experience as a manager in a higher education institution, including having a proven record of leadership and management, commensurate with this level of post.
3. Significant experience in the management of change.
4. A thorough understanding of Western higher education quality and standards and experience.
5. Experience of managing professional and administrative support staff
6. Interpersonal communication and committee skills appropriate for a senior member of the University.

Skills, Qualifications and Personal Requirements:
• Strategic thinker
• Leadership and people management skills at all levels
• Ability to motivate and ensure staff
• Strong communication and presentation skills
• Capable of building up positive relationships with government and international agencies, employers, external bodies and other institutions
• Team player
• Negotiating skills.

Application Process:

Please submit your application and the following documents directly via this HR Portal link:

Please attach the following documents to your online HR Portal's application:

-Filled and submitted application form via HR Portal.

- Attach a full CV.

- A Cover letter that indicates the position applied for, how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications and salary expectations gross in KZT.

- Please indicate your 2-3 referees' contact details at the HR Portal application form.Only shortlisted candidates's referees would be contacted directly; if you have the recommendation letters you may also attach them to your application.

- Final candidate would be required to submit the passport of  vaccination  from Covid-19/certificate on vaccine made (2 shots).


Closing date for submission of applications is September 19, 2021 (Sunday, 11:59 pm based on Almaty time).

The applications would be considered/interviewed until September 30, 2021 by the Selection Committee members.


Personal data provided by applicants will be kept confidential and used for recruitment purposes only. 

Only short­listed candidates will be informed and invited for interviews by the Search Committee by the end of September 2021.

The starting date of a new Dean of QA of AP is Jan 5, 2022 (preliminary)

Address any related questions to our HR Manager

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