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Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs

Connecticut State Colleges and Universities
Connecticut, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Dec 2, 2022
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Posted: December 1, 2022
Level: Executive 1
Hours: Full-time, 40 hours per week
Closing Date: The committee will begin review of applications immediately. Applications must be submitted by 5:00pm (EST) on Tuesday, January 3, 2023.


61 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT
**This position is not remote**

Anticipated Start Date:

February 2023

Position Summary:

Under the direction of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) Senior Vice President/Provost, the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs (AVPAA) is responsible for academic operations, with an emphasis on curriculum, as well as on-going initiatives, including transfer and articulation, digital learning, career and transfer readiness, and dual enrollment. This individual advocates and ensures equity and inclusion principles and practices are upheld for all students (totaling more than 85,000 system wide) and employees (approximately 10,000 system wide). They facilitate and oversee the development and review of curriculum for the colleges and universities and provide comprehensive academic planning. They promote continued innovation, specifically for those opportunities that align with the academic mission and support new programs, emerging disciplines and continuing education.

On behalf of the Provost, this individual convenes and chairs the CSCU Academic Council (AC) and provides administrative leadership to administrators, faculty, and staff both at the system office and at all CSCU institutions to determine, refine and clarify academic and student affairs policy and emerging initiatives. This individual oversees system wide compliance and reporting matters related to academic affairs at the federal and state levels. They represent the system to external constituents, interweaving the System with regional and state-wide education institutions (secondary and post-secondary), industry (healthcare, education, manufacturing, etc.), various corporate sectors (logistics, finance, technology, etc.), and supporting educational programs.

They serve as a leader in longer-term planning of educational programs, assuring quality of instruction, development of distinguished faculty and furthering the CSCU System strategic plan, the educational master plan, and the goals and objectives of the colleges and universities.

Incumbents must possess proven ability to effectively work with culturally, linguistically, and ethnically diverse faculty, staff, and students. They are expected to have excellent oral and written communication skills along with strong Information technology literacy skills such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams etc.).

Minimum Qualifications:

Successful Candidate must have or must possess:
  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution;
  • Three (3) to five (5) years of administrative level leadership for both academic programs and operations in a research university, comparable multi campus setting, or system office.
The Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs is required to have demonstrated:
  • Success leading, managing, and representing academic units outside of personal area of expertise;
  • Knowledge and abilities in academic curriculum development and implementation and appropriate and effective teaching methodologies;
  • Ability to create and maintain strategic direction;
  • Commitment to academic quality and standards to promote student success;
  • Dedication to the use of data and data analysis in the decision-making process;
  • Knowledge of state initiatives and associated frameworks;
  • Proven experience with academic personnel processes;
  • Proven experience in and commitment to participatory governance with meaningful involvement of all constituent groups at it relates to academic matters;
  • Knowledge and experience with regional and specialized accreditation agencies;
  • Sensitivity to and ability to work with the diverse academic; socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of members of the community, including those with disabilities;
  • Flexibility and respect for diverse opinions;
  • Knowledge of leadership and management principles and techniques;
  • Experience with resource allocation and skill in budget and fiscal oversight for a large academic institution;
  • Ability to build and maintain collaborative internal and external relationships with broad constituencies;
  • Ability to exercise group leadership skills, which emphasize collaboration, consensus building, conflict resolution, and problem solving;
  • Strong information and technology literacy skills;
  • Outstanding communication skills in writing, speaking and listening;
  • Creative and visionary leadership skills to inspire staff, students and the community;
  • Innovative problem solving and critical thinking skills.
Substitutions Allowed:

Applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications as stated are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them for the responsibilities of this position and by providing appropriate references. Exceptions to the degree requirements may be made for compelling reasons.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Terminal degree within the discipline
Example of Job Duties:

The Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs typically works under the direction the Provost & Senior Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs. The position has two direct reports and may supervise or lead additional professional and support staff.

The following examples of duties illustrate the general range of tasks assigned to the position, but are not intended to define the limits of required duties. Other essential duties may be assigned consistent with the general scope of the position. The Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs will:
  • Provide strong, dynamic academic and administrative leadership;
  • Develop a clear understanding of the missions, cultures and community values of the CSCU colleges and universities and effectively build relationships in support of academic excellence; promote extensive collegial and collaborative relationships with administrators, faculty and staff within the academic institutions, as well as with State partners and professional and collegiate associations to foster a collegial environment which encourages scholarship, teaching, and learning excellence;
  • Work closely with the Vice President of Student Success and Academic Initiatives to advocate and promote quality instruction, student success and integrated planning to meet the educational needs of a diverse state;
  • Convene and chair the system Academic Council;
  • Provide leadership for curriculum maintenance and development;
  • Guide the System’s academic offerings into the future through collaboration with the colleges and universities academic leadership regarding the academic programs, academic planning, implementation and related matters;
  • Manage the design, implementation and on-going support for System academic and career pathways that enhance the student experience and promote meaningful access and inclusion to facilitate student program completion;
  • Track and catalog program and institution accreditations;
  • Oversee and guide transfer and articulation within and external to CSCU institutions;
  • Oversee and guide system support of digital learning, including but not limited to online courses and programs;
  • Guide system support for career and transfer readiness of CSCU students, including but not limited to workforce partnerships and state workforce needs;
  • Oversee and guide system support of dual enrollment;
  • Oversee and guide system-wide accountability for compliance with state and federal regulations regarding academic programs and curriculum including research, analysis and interpretation of State and federal regulations impacting academic programs ensuring compliance to assure that the CSCU System meets all federal and state disability/accessibility laws by managing the regular review and revision of the operational policies and procedures;
  • Oversee and guide the administration of system faculty and shared governance awards and CSU research grants;
  • Work closely with the Office of Decision Support and Institutional Research in making data-informed decisions consistent with the mission and goals;
  • Promote the role and use of technology in the instructional environment;
  • Promote grant opportunities and support applications for new grants within the System’s Academic Program and Curriculum area;
  • Serve as, or designate staff to serve as, liaison for the College’s partnerships with area public and private schools and institutions of higher learning regarding academic programs, cooperative projects and other academic matters;
  • Lead the development of CSCU policies and procedures regarding student and instructional functions;
  • Represent the CSCU Senior Vice President/Provost at state meetings and conferences, serve as a representative on committees, commissions, and other groups;
  • Make presentations at meetings, workshops and events;
  • Plan and implement statewide convenings, programs, and events aligned to system goals;
  • Collaborate regularly between state agencies, including the Office of Higher Education, State Department of Education, Office of Early Childhood, Office of Policy and Management, and Office of the Governor;
  • Participate in legislative sessions and reporting as needed;
  • Participate in open sessions of the Board of Regents and in closed sessions as needed;
  • Support, and when needed, lead, all reporting, including minor and substantive change documentation to the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) and other accreditors;
  • Supervise, evaluate, and direct the work of assigned personnel;
  • Oversee the budget for the Academic Affairs area of the division;
  • Travel, as required, both in and out of state to professional development events and related convenings, especially those relevant to the advancement of system goals;
  • Complete other duties as assigned by the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities Provost.
Starting Salary:

Anticipated Salary; $128,862-$161,078 (midpoint) approximate annual plus excellent State of CT medical insurance, retirement, and related fringe benefits.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family, and plan for a secure future. Benefits include generous leave policies; several retirement plans ; and many choices for comprehensive health insurance . You also have access to many additional benefits to save for retirement, protect your family & more with supplemental benefits. Tuition reimbursement may apply if applicable.

Application Instructions:

To apply you must submit a cover letter and resume.

Incomplete applications or those submitted after the closing date will not be considered and links to other sources to view resumes are not acceptable.

Selection Procedure:

Following the closing date, application materials will be evaluated by a selection committee. Candidates selected for further consideration will be limited to those applicants who are best qualified based on the minimum and preferred qualifications and who have submitted all the required documents by the closing date and time listed on the job announcement. Candidates who have been selected and approved to Interview will be contacted, and finalists will be recommended for further consideration by the Hiring Manager for final selection and recommendation for employment.

Background Screening:

All employment, if offered, is contingent upon proof of citizenship or employability under the requirement of the Immigration and Control Act (IRCA) and the successful passing of a background check. CSCU is committed to providing a safe campus community. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check and, when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

Continuing Notice of Nondiscrimination

CSCU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or criminal record. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Nicholas D'Agostino Director of Equal Employment Opportunity


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