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Vice President of Academics

Northern Pennsylvania Regional College
Spanning PA counties - Cameron, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, McKean, Potter, Tioga, Venango, Warren
Starting Salary $120,000
Date posted
Apr 18, 2024

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JOB TITLE:  Vice President of Academics

CLASSIFICATION:  Full-time, Exempt

PRIORITY DEADLINE:  Review Begins - May 6, 2024

COMPENSATION RANGE:  Starting Salary of $120,000


DIVISION:  Academic Affairs

REPORTS TO:  President 


  • Director of Arts and Sciences
  • Director of Applied Studies
  • Director of Early Entry and Instructional Logistics
  • Administrative Assistant to the VP of Academics


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and a strong record of progressive academic upper administrative leadership experience in a college environment
  • Extensive expertise in program and curriculum development, assessment, program review and enhancement, continuous quality improvement processes, budget development, and fiscal management  
  • Three years teaching experience at the post-secondary level
  • Creative, visionary leader who will inspire staff, students, and the community while promoting excellence and student success in and out of the classroom
  • Knowledge and experience with post-secondary accreditation
  • Proven team player in a fast-paced environment
  • Empathetic leader who displays positive regard for others
  • Highly ethical, trustworthy, credible, loyal, and respectful of diverse views and opinions


  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Innovative educator with a clear, focused commitment to modern teaching, learning and
    academic outcomes 
  • Proven experience of intentional integration with workforce development programming
  • Passion for and understanding of rural education


Reporting to the President, the Vice President of Academics (VPA) provides visionary leadership and promotes academic excellence for the College. The VPA encourages creativity and ensures that the College offers an inclusive environment that celebrates and promotes understanding and respect within a diverse community of faculty, students, and staff. This position will collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to create and implement a distinctive vision of affordable and accessible education that is nimble and enhances existing efforts. The VPA works closely with the President and members of the President’s Council to provide leadership in long-term planning, budgeting, and ongoing assessment of the College and its operations. The Vice President of Academics is responsible for oversight of the academic integrity of the College and supports innovation in curriculum and program development as well as methods of instruction and delivery that respond to a rapidly changing higher education environment.


  • Provide strong, dynamic leadership for all academic programs and work with the directors and faculty to:
    • Facilitate appropriate program development
    • Supervise annual systematic program review to ensure quality and best practice
    • Formulate, maintain, and implement high-quality curriculum
    • Ensure standards, degree programs, and graduation requirements are in accordance with the college’s identity, values, and mission
  • Provide visionary leadership of academic programs, policy, and administration resulting in sustained growth and longevity of the college
  • Establish and nurture a collaborative, innovative, and supportive culture within division and college-wide
  • Plan, develop, and manage the annual budget for the academic division of the college and approve division’s expenditures
  • Coordinate with the Academic Directors as appropriate to approve the hiring, professional development, and evaluation of faculty, staff, and administrators of academic programs and services
  • Encourage and support scholarly activities of the faculty
  • Serve as the Accreditation Liaison Officer with the following responsibilities:
    • Serve as the primary contact with MSCHE staff
    • Oversee the submission of the annual data submission, ensuring its timely and accurate completion
    • Ensure institutional compliance with all requests for written reports and additional information in a timely manner
    • Maintain and update institutional files of accreditation materials such as reports related to affirmation or reaffirmation of accreditation and correspondence with MSCHE
    • Serve as key resource person, ensure the timely and accurate submission of the Annual Institutional Update (AIU)
    • Serve as key resource person and coordinate the details of all accreditation-related visits by MSCHE staff and peer evaluators
    • Maintain working knowledge of standards of accreditation, requirements of affiliation, and internal and external policies, procedures, and guidelines
    • Update President’s Council, all college, and the Board of Trustees concerning policies and procedures associated with accreditation and related compliance requirements as well as opportunities for training
    • Shepard the coordination of accreditation self-studies
    • Coordinate substantive change request submissions
  • Advocate and promote quality instruction, student success, integrated planning, and the
    expansion of Student Learning Outcomes to meet the educational needs of students in a diverse 
    community college environment
  • Collaborate with the Vice President of Finance and Operations in the effective and efficient use of
    and planning for instructional locations and sites to best meet the growth of the College
  • Collaborate with the Vice President of Workforce Development to facilitate comprehensive and
    intentional reciprocation and integration of workforce development and academic principals into 
    all learning opportunities as practicable
  • Collaborate with the Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services to create a supportive and effective student experience
  • Ensures the publication and regular revision of the Academic Catalog, Academic Calendar, and Academic Faculty Handbook in collaboration with other appropriate Divisions
  • Develop, implement, and revise academic policies of the institution
  • Serve as a member of President’s Council and other committees as needed
  • Work effectively with community groups, educational entities, business, industry, government, and legislative bodies to develop partnerships which result in improved service to students and to the
  • Maximize the use of technology in the instructional environment; encouraging faculty to be creative in their approach to interactive teaching
  • Represent the College at local, regional, and state meetings and conferences, make presentations at meetings, workshops and events as assigned
  • Provide leadership and support for shared governance


  • Valid Driver’s License and consistent access to a vehicle


  • PA Child Abuse History Clearance
  • Pennsylvania Access To Criminal History Record Check
  • Federal Criminal History Background Check
  • Training Certificate - Mandated and Permissive Reporting in Pennsylvania


  • Office Location: Based on availability and College needs
  • Work hours:   8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Friday
  • This position requires work hour flexibility and varied hours, including evening and weekends


  • This position requires frequent travel


  • Perform other duties as assigned

Northern Pennsylvania Regional College (NPRC) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. NPRC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry or place of birth, sex, gender identity or expression, perceived gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, use of a service animal due to disability, marital status, familial status, genetic information, veteran status, age, or other classification protected by applicable law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.


We serve communities in northern Pennsylvania by engaging recent graduates, high school or college non-completers, returning adults, and first-generation students.

We bring classrooms to communities by providing a flexible, career-focused curriculum and quality instruction using interactive media. We offer associate degrees, certificate programs, short-term classes, workshops and seminars, and customized training.

We are low-cost, high quality, easily accessible, student-centered, and highly responsive to existing or emerging community needs.

We enhance regional economic growth and civic development by meeting employers' needs for skilled workers. By doing so, we create greater opportunities and the career and educational pathways that will help retain and attract residents to our region.

Our future is bright because we fill a unique niche in the way in which we deliver post-secondary education and workforce development to our region. Our dedicated, highly qualified, and passionate trustees and staff are true partners in ensuring our students' success in school and in life

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