Purpose of Position
Provides written briefs, recommendations, and other support to the Senior Vice Chancellor and Chancellor on critical and strategic issues including, but not limited to, academic programs across the USM, transfer, articulation, enrollment management, and financial aid. Ensures that the interests of the USM are clearly articulated and addressed through participation in internal, state, and national external groups including, but not limited to: the Mid-Atlantic Comprehensive Center @WestEd Regional Initiative to Build State Capacity Toward College and Career Readiness and Success, the Maryland Inter-Segmental Chief Academic Officers Committee, Maryland State Department of Education Project Lead the Way, and MHEC Student Transfer Advisory Council.
Oversees academic program planning, review, and accreditation:
- Responsible for the initial review of new academic program proposals and the periodic review of academic programs, mission statements, and campus accreditation.
- Responds to questions and requests for information during the academic proposal development and review processes.
- Reviews institutional requests to implement curricular changes within existing academic programs, make recommendations for program actions by the Chancellor, and changes the status of an academic department or college/school as required by the Board of Regents (BOR).
- Ensures the compliance of USM institutions with offered programs in other states.
Coordinates reviews of USM academic policies and procedures and state laws:
- Facilities review of new and existing policies in the areas of undergraduate and graduate admissions (i.e., first-time, early/middle college-dual enrollment, and transfer students), articulation, financial aid, combined degree programs, and academic and enrollment services for USM institutions and Regional Higher Education Centers.
- Works with the OAG to review and respond to new and revised federal and state laws for domestic and international students’ statuses; university-based policies, and procedures; guidance for faculty and staff; and COVID-era policies and procedures for study-aboard programs and travel.
- Responds to special project initiatives requested by MHEC, the BOR, the institutions, and other constituencies, and prepares oral and written reports and testimony for the Board of Regents and the Maryland General Assembly.
- Obtains federal authorization for eligible students to use VA and other federal and state designated benefits.
Leads USM articulation & enrollment initiatives:
- Manages the state-wide articulation system (ARTSYS).
- Convenes appropriate groups of campus officials and faculty to increase enrollment, including transfer and early/middle college-dual enrollments, and to facilitate the implementation of relevant, student-centered pathways within USM.
- Facilitates the establishment, implementation, and evaluation of USM enrollment management strategies and academic programs.
Education: Master’s degree
Experience: 7 years’ experience in higher education administration, policy implementation, and complex policy analysis. Experience should include some supervision of middle-management level staff.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of issues, challenges, and emerging trends in higher education. Ability to manage complex issues involving diverse constituents and stakeholders; ability to cope with continuous change and pressures in a dynamic, highly demanding environment; ability to network and interact, as well as support effective partnerships with key stakeholder groups and individuals; and a deep understanding, appreciation, and sensitivity to the diverse cultures and nuances that exist in a variety of higher education institutions.
Education: Doctoral degree
Experience: Experience in a multi-campus or system organization.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Familiarity with Maryland regulations governing higher education.
FLSA Status: Exempt
Salary: Exempt Grade 4
Benefits: includes full medical, dental and vision benefits, tuition remission at any of the 12 USM institutions, a generous leave plan, and the option to telework for part of the week.
Application Instructions: Please combine your cover letter, resume and list of references (at least three references with contact information) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and send to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.