Vice Provost, NAU Online
NAU aims to be the nation's preeminent engine of opportunity,
vehicle of economic mobility, and driver of social impact by
delivering equitable postsecondary value in Arizona and
Northern Arizona University serves almost 30,000 students. We are a
vibrant community, with 21,000 students in Flagstaff—the home of
our largest campus—and the remainder online or at our 20+ statewide
locations. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus
education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for
students to earn degrees.
Committed to an inclusive university environment, NAU has all the
benefits of a large institution with a personal touch. We carefully
balance teaching, scholarship, and service for faculty members.
Supporting our core value of student-centrism, NAU's faculty
members promote learning and help students reach academic
Flagstaff is an outdoorsy mountain town with four seasons and a
thriving cultural scene. Located at 7,000 feet, Flagstaff houses
70,000 people and sits at the base of the sacred San Francisco
For more about inclusive excellence at NAU, visit the Center for Inclusive Excellence and
About the Department/College
NAU has an established history of intellectual leadership in
developing online programs that serve non-traditional students, and
we are the only public Arizona university to offer competency-based
education programs. NAU Online currently serves nearly 5,000
students through a growing portfolio of 140 online and
competency-based programs and a commitment to individualized
attention, student success and attainment, and serving learners
that live and work in the state of Arizona and beyond. We are
committed to driving economic mobility and social impact by
offering workforce-aligned online programs that meet the diverse
needs of our learners and employers.
About the Position
Northern Arizona University (NAU) is seeking an innovative,
collaborative, and dynamic leader to serve as the Vice Provost for
NAU Online (VPNO). Supported through significant institutional
investments and leadership commitment, the VPNO will join NAU
Online during a time of renewal, reimagining, and growth. The VPNO
will be positioned to make significant and long-lasting
contributions to serving online students and positioning NAU as a
regional and national leader in delivering opportunities for
students to access a leading online education that deploys the
latest educational technologies and pedagogies.
Reporting to the Senior Vice Provost, the VPNO serves as a member
of the Office of the Provost and the academic affairs leadership
team and supervises the NAU Online enterprise, including budgetary
oversight, online program portfolio management, instructional
design for online programs, student success coaching, and marketing
and communications. Collaboration across all areas of the
institution will be essential to success, particularly with
academic unit leadership and shared governance structures,
Enrollment Management, University Marketing, and our workforce
The VPNO will leverage innovative and entrepreneurial leadership to
lead the development and implementation of institutional strategy
for the NAU Online enterprise and be positioned to shape the future
of NAU's online operations and the state of Arizona's educational
- Shaping a distinctive, scalable, and fiscally sustainable
portfolio of academic programs that is aligned with regional labor
- Supporting online academic programs through high-quality
instructional design services.
- Promoting high-quality academic experiences by ensuring that
online courses adopt innovative pedagogical best-practices.
- Integrating online learning with robust student support
services that promote persistence and attainment.
- Expanding NAU Online staffing, growing new functional areas
necessary to the organization's success.
- Leading the refinement of NAU Online policies, systems, and
The VPNO position is a 12-month, full-time administrative position.
This is an in-person position located on the main campus of
Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ with hybrid and remote
work occasionally possible. The preferred start date for the
position is December 1, 2023, with an earlier or later start
possible based on the successful candidate's availability.
- Earned master's or doctorate degree.
- Five years of experience in online learning or academic unit
- Earned doctorate degree in online education, higher education
leadership, or related field.
- Experience as a full-time faculty member at a comprehensive
institution that combines in-person and online learning.
- Demonstrated success in academic leadership, including
strategic planning, consultative leadership, staff supervision,
team building, and operational oversight in roles of comparable
complexity to NAU Online.
- Demonstrated success in online program and portfolio
management, guiding effective communications and marketing, and
strategies for student recruitment.
- Experience with strategies and oversight for online student
success support services and retention initiatives.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
- Expert knowledge of online learning trends, best-practices, and
relevant regulations and policies.
- Expert understanding of instructional design and pedagogical
best-practices, including techniques for creating inclusive and
accessible learning environments.
- Excellent organizational and communication skills.
Compensation & Benefits
Commensurate with candidate's qualifications and related
This is an Administrative Faculty (ADF) position. NAU offers an
excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and
vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement
System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); 22 days of
vacation, sick leave accruals, and 10 holidays per year; and
tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More
information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR
. Administrative Faculty are hired on a contract
basis, renewable annually according to the terms of offer. Upon
completion of the administrative assignment, employees will return
to the faculty role, renewable according to the Conditions of Faculty Service
. Academic year (9 month)
faculty do not accrue vacation. Employees offered a position will
be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan).
Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in
benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day
of the pay period following their completed enrollment. If a new
employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS)
retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the
long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on
the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New
employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan
(ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on
the first day of the pay period following election. The long-term
disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first
day of the pay period following election. More information about
NAU benefits is available at the NAU HR
NAU is a tobacco and smoke-free campus.
This position has been identified as a safety/security sensitive
position. Therefore, per AZ Revised Statute, Northern Arizona
University requires satisfactory results for the following: a
criminal background investigation, employment history
investigation, degree verification (in some cases) and
fingerprinting. If you are applying for a job that requires a CDL,
you will be required to register with the Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse and adhere
to the clearinghouse requirements. Additionally, as an employer in
the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal
E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new
employees' right to work in the United States. Finally, each year
Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report
. The report is a result
of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery
reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed
calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU
uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report
crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the
Fire Safety Report
is combined with the Annual
Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this
campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire
safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing
and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you
would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the
NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the
department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.
NAU will not provide any U.S. immigration support or sponsorship
for this position.
This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair
Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or
compensatory time for additional time worked.
Submit Your Application
Vacancy will remain open until filled. Applications received before
October 2, 2023 will receive full consideration.
To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button at
the end of the job description (if viewing this position through
the NAU HR website). Otherwise, to view the original post and to
apply, proceed to nau.jobs
, follow the 'Current Openings' link, locate
, and then "Apply" at the bottom of
Application must include (saved as PDF and/or Word
- a cover letter outlining how the applicant's background and
experiences align with the position's qualifications and
- a curriculum vitae; and
- names and contact information for three professional
references. Professional references will not be contacted without
the applicant's permission.
Please do not include any other documents.
Individuals with questions are encouraged to contact Maribeth
Watwood, chair of the VPNO search committee at Maribeth.Watwood@nau.edu
If you need assistance completing your application there are
instructions available on the HR website
or in person in the Human Resources
Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner
of Beaver and DuPont Streets.
If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable
accommodation to participate in the hiring process, please contact
the Disability Resources Office at 928-523-8773, DR@nau.edu
, or PO Box 5633, Flagstaff AZ
Equal Employment Opportunity
Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities,
veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.
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