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Associate Academic Officer

Idaho State Board of Education
Boise, Idaho
up to $94,057 per year + benefits
Posted Date
Jul 6, 2022

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration, Chief Academic Officers & Vice Presidents, Student Affairs, Chief Student Affairs Officers & Vice Presidents, Jobs Outside Academe, Non-profit & Government Organizations
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The Idaho State Board of Education (Board) seeks applicants to serve as Associate Academic Officer (AAO) to help drive postsecondary academic and student policy initiatives across the state. This position reports to the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) at the Office of the State Board of Education (OSBE), assists with leading and coordinating strategies prioritized by the Board, and supports the development and integration of Board governing policies that focus on the delivery and continuous improvement of postsecondary education.

The AAO works with all Idaho public postsecondary institutions to implement policies and practices in a manner that is consistent with the system-like philosophy and vision promoted by the Board. The AAO supervises the Student Affairs Program Manager as well as the State Authorization Program Manager and collaborates with OSBE and institution staff to address common needs, resources, and goals related to academic success. Successful applicants must have effective communication and project management skills, and have demonstrated capacity to build coalitions across departments, disciplines, and institutions of higher education.

The ideal candidate will have: 

  • Demonstrated interest in developing and implementing public policy related to higher education.
  • Ability to effectively balance competing priorities and timelines.
  • Ability to effectively present complex information to stakeholders in a dynamic political environment.
  • Strong attention to detail.

Benefits include: Per current policy, this position earns 7.4 hours of vacation leave every two weeks (about 4.8 vacation weeks per year), 3.7 hours of sick leave per pay period, eleven paid holidays, FICA and Medicare contributions, FMLA, and workers’ compensation insurance. Additionally, employees may elect to participate in other employer supported benefits including medical insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, FSA plan, retirement plans, 457 plan, and IDeal plan. This position is eligible for reduced tuition and fees at institutions under State Board of Education governance.

Example of Duties

  • Ensure student success initiatives adopted by the Board are implemented at institutions within the scope and scale intended. Initiatives may include remedial instruction for Math and English, discipline-appropriate math alignment, general education administration, credit for prior learning, open education, online education, dual credit delivery, and more, based on candidate experience and knowledge.
  • Research and evaluate the implementation of Board Governing Policies (Section III, Postsecondary Affairs) across the public postsecondary institutions. Assess areas where variable and inconsistent implementation of academic and student policy may exist. Work with institutions to develop solutions and align efforts where necessary. As needed, escalate issues to institutional leadership and to the Board.
  • Execute an ongoing audit of Board policy focusing on academic and student affairs to ensure it is student-focused and accurately reflects the expectations of the Board’s goals and objectives. This includes working with the CAO and OSBE staff to develop updates to policy where needed.
  • Assist with vendor relations, development of Requests for Proposals, and applications for external funding that may be submitted on behalf of the Board. Assist with coordination of grant funded initiatives.
  • Support the CAO and Academic Affairs Program Manager with reviewing and advising on institutional proposals related to academic and career technical programs.
  • Develop Board agenda items in consultation with CAO and provide reports to the Board as assigned.
  • Serve as OSBE liaison to administrator, faculty, staff, and/or student groups as assigned.
  • Advise and serve as a thought partner to the CAO and other OSBE staff on matters germane to the work of the Academic Affairs team.
  • Represent the CAO internally and externally, as delegated.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Experience engaging a diverse range of higher education stakeholders, such as boards, administrators, faculty, staff, and/or students to achieve consensus on complex issues or projects.
  • Experience managing multiple projects at once, establishing project milestones, defining key performance indicators, tracking progress toward goals, and effectively communicating project status to stakeholders.
  • Ability to deliver effective written and verbal communication, as well as present to a wide range of audiences via the use of visual media as appropriate.
  • Service in a position of leadership or management within or peripheral to higher education for at least three years (could include classroom management experience).
  • Demonstrated higher education teaching experience.
  • Relationship-building skills to establish productive rapport with multiple constituencies.
  • Proficiency with Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
  • A graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Success in implementing new policies, initiatives, and/or communities of practice within a postsecondary institution or across multiple institutions.
  • Experience working within or with Idaho’s public higher education community.
  • Knowledge of higher education policies, practices, trends, and issues.
  • Demonstrated supervisory experience.
  • Knowledge of the role and administration of General Education, open education, and/or online education, especially in Idaho.
  • Experience with the adoption and use of modern instructional materials, including library resources and open educational resources.
  • A doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Supplemental Information

This position is primarily on-site at the Office of the State Board of Education in Boise, ID, with options for flexible schedules and occasional remote work per office policies (available upon request).

This position requires periodic in-state and out-of-state travel.

Application procedure: Prepare a cover letter, resume, and a list of references with at least two former or current supervisors, and submit through the State of Idaho jobs website. Applications received by July 19, 2022 will be given priority, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Questions about the position or the application process can be directed to Audrey Ettesvold, Human Resource Specialist, at (208) 332-1568. 

Special Notification: This position is exempt from rules of classified service under provisions of Section 67-5303, Idaho Code. This position is educational professional exempt from overtime. Successful applicant will be required to pass background check.

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