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Sr. VP of Academic Affairs

Woodbury University
California, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted date
Oct 20, 2021

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Position Type
Executive, Chancellors & Presidents, Provosts
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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Woodbury University invites applications for the Senior VP of Academic Affairs. As the chief academic officer and number two institutional leader of the University, the Sr. VP of Academic Affairs will partner with the President in initiating and implementing necessary innovation and change, utilizing best practices to provide academic and institutional excellence resulting in a quality educational, moral, and civic experience for Woodbury’s highest priority, its students.

This position qualifies for University sponsored employee benefit plans and programs (e.g., group health insurance, life insurance, tax deferred annuity plan, annual vacation, sick, and paid holidays), subject to the eligibility requirements and conditions of each plan and program.   

About Woodbury University

Woodbury University, where engagement, innovation and transformation empower people to accomplish extraordinary things! Established in 1884 as a small, private, nonprofit institution, Woodbury University today is located at the heart of the Southern California creative economy, where it is a major draw for students locally and globally, who wish to gain access to a rich ecosystem of expertise and resources. Please follow the link to learn more about Woodbury University:


  • Responsibility for short- and long-term program development.
  • Implementation and monitoring of all academic programs, as well as other areas critical for the day-to-day functioning of the faculty and staff.
  • Lead the University’s academic enterprise and help to visualize and refine the University’s academic priorities.
  • Implement an inclusive and organic educational vision of students as whole persons, integrating curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities and fostering collaboration among administrative units with primary responsibility for each area.
  • Help the President in providing vision and leadership to the President’s Cabinet (consisting of the Vice Presidents, academic Deans, Dean of the Faculty, and the University Librarian) and aiding in its continuing function as a collegial and collaborative body.
  • Works closely with the President, VP, Finance & Accounting and VP, Administrative Services in developing the University’s operating budget, reflecting its strategic academic and student success priorities.
  • In partnership with the Faculty Association, promote the continuation and evolution of effective shared governance in the University.
  • Lead accreditation processes for the University as a whole and accreditation or reaccreditation efforts of individual Schools and professional programs.
  • Implement coordination among the Schools in matters of curriculum, including the development and assessment of professional and liberal arts education.
  • Serves as liaison between the VP of Administrative Services and academic and non-academic units in planning of facilities and allocation of space.
  • Collaboration with the VP of Administrative Services provides leadership, strategic vision, resource management, long-range planning and overall supervision, administration and advocacy for the division of Student Affairs.
  • Leadership for assessment of institutional learning outcomes.
  • Work collaboratively across departments and schools to establish, support, and maintain a systematic and consistent assessment and review framework; facilitate the continued development of a culture that values evidence-based decision making; Engage stakeholders in meaningful assessment.
  • Facilitate and support progress in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
  • Performing other responsibilities, including supervision and management of senior executives, as may be assigned by the President.


  • Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate degree required.
  • Must possess the highest integrity and be able to provide inspirational leadership.
  • Experience in academic and administrative leadership.
  • Experience in faculty governance.
  • Proven experience of new and existing student enrollment strategies.
  • At least four years of college-level teaching experience.
  • Record of achievement at the academic vice president or provost level, warranting the rank of full professor and the title of executive vice president.
  • Record of strategic leadership and a history of building academic excellence.
  • Significant budgetary and planning experience.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity and globalization.

Physical Requirements:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Close vision, hearing/listening, and clear speech.
  • Hand/fingers dexterity to work with computers.
  • Walking, lifting and carrying up to 25 pounds.
  • Ability to utilize office equipment such as computers and copiers.
  • Kneeling, stooping, bending, sitting, squatting, standing, etc.
  • Work with/around and has verbal face-to-face contact with others.
  • Work indoors in an office environment the majority of the time.
  • Complex reading and writing ability.


APPLICATION: Review of applications will begin immediately and remain open until filled. Submissions must include:

  • Letter of interest that explains how the candidate meets the qualifications specified
  • Current resume/CV which lists educational and employment history
  • Contact information of at least three (3) references
  • Statement (1 page maximum) about one of the following topics; Academic Quality, Student Success, DEI

All application materials must be submitted through the Woodbury University Job Board. Email applications and submissions on third party platforms will not be considered.


Woodbury University is dedicated to celebrating diversity and committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.  Woodbury University is an EEO/AA institution committed to multicultural diversity in its peoples and programs. All employment decisions for all job classifications will be made on the basis of such factors as education, character, ability, skill and training, without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political orientation, disability, veteran status, marital status, parental status, genetic information, membership or non-membership in any lawful organization, or any other protected status.

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