Associate Vice President, Accreditation and Curriculum

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  • Post Date: September 22, 2022
  • Apply Before: October 22, 2022
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Position Summary:

The Associate Vice President for Accreditation and Curriculum (AVP-AC) manages accreditation activities for the university. Provides effective planning and vision, curriculum and program approval processes, office budget management, survey data analysis, institutional coordination and supervision for accreditation, and institutional capacity evaluation activities. Collaborates with Vice Provost for Accreditation and Assessment in Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WSCUC) accreditation activities, and in conducting other NU annual and periodic review processes. Oversees functions relating to university curriculum approval, catalogs development and approval, survey research and analysis, and accreditation policies and procedures. In collaboration with the Office of the Provost, participates in the development and implementation of the strategic plan to ensure successful implementation of the university’s mission, vision, and strategic initiatives as determined by the Chancellor. Drives curriculum approval processes and procedures, and management of CurriQunet software. Collaborates with Executive Director of Compliance to produce the annual NU Catalog.

Essential Functions:

  • Accreditation: Under the leadership of the Vice Provost for Accreditation and Assessment (VPAA), provides guidance and initial approval in the development of external accreditation documents, mock visits, and site visits for the University. Researches and evaluates external accreditation requirements and makes informed recommendations to university administration, deans, and faculty. Recommends policies, procedures, and systems that align with WSCUC and other accreditation agencies. Drives project management, work-flow monitoring, and tracking of the institution’s accreditation initiatives across the university for WSCUC and for all programmatic accreditations or licensure renewals. Collaborates with deans, curriculum and assessment directors, faculty and other institutional personnel to prepare for accreditation activities and oversees the implementation of program/ school procedure modifications based on accreditation requirements. Advises deans, curriculum and assessment directors, and faculty on external standards and provides a quality review of curriculum and program content to make recommendations for modifications to establish alignment. Collaborates with curriculum and assessment directors, faculty and other content and data subject matter experts to draft accreditation/licensure agency report narratives. Edits proposals, reports, and other accreditation documents. To support the Vice Provost of Accreditation and Assessment, develops WSCUC documents and reports, expedited review documents, and internal online program proposals in collaboration with Deans, Associate Deans, curriculum and assessment directors, and faculty in consideration of WSCUC standards and compliance requirements. Preliminarily reviews documents in conjunction with WSCUC Complaints. Creates and ensures accuracy of content for NU accreditation webpage and Student Achievement Website. In collaboration with the program point of contact, creates substantive change and structural change documents along with the supporting evidence. Responsible for WSCUC Annual Report; new program screening and reporting to WSCUC and other accreditors; and developing and maintaining the public-facing student achievement website. Collaborates with Vice Provost for Accreditation and Assessment to ensure that all WSCUC related reports are accurate and adhere to accreditation requirements. Provides expertise to programs seeking professional accreditation. Updates all accreditation activities, university-wide, in an internal dashboard for university use and an electronic database for archival purposes. Reviews and collaboratively maintains University information for offsite and distance education contracts in accordance with WSCUC guidelines. Researches and collaborates with others in the development of internal policies and procedures based on external regional and programmatic accreditation standards, including assessment of learning requirements. Provides recommendations for changes and improvements to existing procedures. Maintains current knowledge of regional and appropriate programmatic accreditation and licensure requirements, regulations, and procedures.
  • Equity Lens: The AVP-AC is a key leader in the vigilant use of an equity lens and data disaggregation by gender, race and ethnicity, and other demographic characteristics to interrogate equity gaps evident in accreditation analyses and reporting, survey research analysis and reporting, and both annual and cyclical program analysis and reporting and recommending steps to address those gaps.
  • Technology Solutions: Works closely with the Data Operations, Office of Compliance, Office of Assessment, Information Technology, administration, deans, curriculum and assessment directors, and faculty to ensure the efficient application of existing technology and recommend potential new technological solutions to streamline and improve efficiency and effectiveness of accreditation processes, programmatic review processes, curriculum development and approval processes, catalog development and publishing, and survey and focus group research.
  • Curriculum Development and Approval: Creates strategic vision and comprehensive leadership and planning for curriculum development and approval processes and procedures, and management of CurriQunet software.  Collaborates with the Academic Affairs Committee to plan, organize, administer, and evaluate the curriculum, instructional programs and learning resources, and administer related policies. Oversees the quality review of all curriculum development to ensure that academic standards, policies and processes are met. Provides recommendations for the revision of the curricula and courses to ensure integrity and quality of instruction. Supports alignment of degree program delivery across multiple campuses.
  • Policy and Planning: Collaborates with Office of the Provost, Office of Strategy and Innovation, deans, councils, and faculty, to provide oversight for development and educational integrity of all undergraduate and graduate programming to ensure compliance with external regulations, and internal policies and procedures, including advising faculty on new curricular development and modifications. Participates in strategic and long-range educational planning for the University that supports the mission set by the Chancellor, President, and Provost.
  • Program Review: Collaborates with Vice Provost for Accreditation and Assessment and the AVP for Institutional Assessment & Planning in conducting annual and periodic academic program review processes. Participates in the collection, compilation, and analysis of information from various sources on specialized topics related to curriculum development and review. Participates in the ongoing continuous improvement process of undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • Catalog and Course Inventory: Oversees publication of the academic section of the official catalog/addendum. Collaborates with the Executive Director of Compliance to provide annual schedule, policy and procedure update, and to supervise production of University Catalog and all addenda. Collaborates with the Executive Director of Compliance to provide administrative leadership and oversight of functions relating to catalog development and strategic schedule production, as well as the development and application of university academic policy and procedures. Collaborates with ongoing continuous improvement process of CurriQunet and digital assets policies and procedures. Office serves as the master course inventory, maintaining official outlines and rosters of all approved and active programs and provides information to appropriate offices.
  • Governance and Committees: As requested by the Provost, represents Academic Services in serving on the Academic Affairs Committee (AAC). At the request of the VPAA or Provost, serves on committees for university change and improvement initiatives, school/program level steering committees and additional committees as needed.
  • Survey and Focus Group Research: Oversees NU survey research, focus group research, and reporting of survey research/focus group project reporting. Oversees data collection and reporting for faculty end of course evaluations.
  • Supervision: Supervises Director of Survey Research, Data Visualization and Research Analyst, Curriculum Architect, and Accreditation Coordinator. Reviews, approves, and conducts performance appraisals. Directs and participates in the selection, training, coaching, development and corrective action for staff.
  • Other Duties: Assume all other reasonable professional duties and responsibilities as assigned by Provost and Vice Provost for Accreditation and Assessment.

Supervisory Responsibilities: 

Supervises three exempt-level professional staff and one non-exempt hourly staff.  Supervisor duties to include:

  • Screens applications, interviews candidates, and recommends individuals for hiring.
  • Trains and assigns work to new and continuing employees.
  • Delegates tasks and provides effective direction to team members to produce substantial business results.
  • Independently conducts frequent performance feedback weekly, quarterly and annually, to include annual performance evaluations.
  • Makes recommendations for salary increases, merit increases and reclassifications.
  • In conjunction with HR, determines corrective action as needed for direct reports.
  • Normal operating hours are 8:00 to 5:00 PST


Education & Experience

  • Master’s degree in education, public administration, business, leadership or other related field. Doctorate strongly preferred.
  • Minimum of 10-15 years of related professional experience, including project management, higher learning assessment and accreditation.

Competency/Technical / Functional Skills

  • Strong, demonstrated, direct experience managing program and regional accreditation processes, including development of self-studies and on-going documentation.
  • Strong, demonstrated, experience in planning, coordinating, developing and measuring assessment of institutional, program, and course learning outcomes.
  • Strong, demonstrated, direct experience in budgeting.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of an experience with report writing and presentation, to support informed, data-driven decision-making and recommendations.
  • Requires strong research and analytical skills to evaluate issues and educational practices, develop solutions, and provide leadership in addressing complex and sensitive problems related to educational effectiveness and accreditation compliance matters.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to include complex business level English usage.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to maintain effective working relationships in a diverse community.
  • Advanced knowledge of software programs for management of assessment of learning and university accreditation activities, as well as Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Knowledge of Student Information Systems, specifically Peoplesoft, and demonstrated experience in designing database queries to support decision making.
  • Outstanding ability to read, interpret and apply complex rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Strong ability to gather information and data effectively present findings and employ principles of quality management and documentation.
  • Ability to interpret and evaluate research and results to develop sound conclusions and recommend new or revised policies or practices.
  • Ability to plan, coordinate, implement, and assign operations and activities of diverse work group to meet schedules and deadlines.
  • Strong experience organizing and prioritizing objectives and managing a high-volume workflow office.
  • Strong organizational, supervisory, analytical and decision-making skills.
  • Knowledge of the goals of shared governance, principles and practices of administrative management.
  • Strong experience planning, supervising, and evaluating the work of others, employee motivation and training.
  • Provide vision and leadership for a diverse, dynamic and innovative community of faculty, staff and students.
  • Organize, direct, and implement a comprehensive educational effectiveness and assessment process.
  • Strong management skills, including a strong leadership background, the ability to manage or adapt to change, make difficult decisions, encourage conflict resolution, and ensure employee and department accountability.
  • Cognitive Agility: The ability to mentally change direction in an efficient and effective manner utilizing keen perception, awareness, reasoning, and judgment.
  • Communication: Communicates effectively, listens sensitively, adapts communication to audience and fosters effective communication with others. Demonstrates the ability to be consistently open, honest and candid when communicating with others.
  • Collaboration: Supports a collaborative work environment to ensure the best results for the team and company. Ability to reach out and ask for help or seek expertise of others when needed.

Location: Remote

Travel: No Travel Required

The National University System is committed to maintaining a high-quality, diverse workforce representative of the populations we serve. As a network of nonprofit educational institutions, the System employs more than 3,300 faculty and staff and serves over 41,000 students. We are united in our mission to meet the global education demands of the 21st Century and are dedicated to creating a supportive academic and work environment that allows for students, faculty and staff to develop their interests and talents while experiencing a sense of community and a commitment to diversity. With programs available both online and at our many campus locations, the National University System is a leader in creating innovative solutions to education and meeting the needs of our diverse student population, including adult learners and working professionals.

National University offers an opportunity to work in an innovative environment that supports diversity.

National University (NU) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employee per applicable federal, state and local laws. At NU, a diverse mix of highly talented, innovative and creative people come together to make the impact of a lifetime for each of our student learners. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment, education, and admission at National University. We are focused on equality and believe deeply in diversity of race, color, ancestry, age, family care status, veteran status, marital status, creed, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, and other legally protected group status.

National University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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