Associate Vice President Curriculum and Academic Success

Capella University - Minneapolis, MN4.0

Full-timeEstimated: $96,000 - $130,000 a year
The vision of Academic Affairs is to represent and actualize a culture of academic quality that drives learner and institutional success. It does this through its mission of partnering across the university to cultivate and ensure academic equity, integrity, quality, and innovation, using a strategy which aligns academic resources and services to maximize the synergy between academic quality, educational innovation, & fidelity to higher education values in a manner that supports the University's goals and Statement of Educational Philosophy. It does this through curricular innovation, leadership in learning analytics and the development of models and tools that enable personalization and impact at scale.
Academic Affairs is a cross-disciplinary team of relentlessly optimistic, ambitiously creative, solution-oriented problem solvers who collaborate to uncover and develop new scalable ways to enable our school partners to consistently drive learner impact.
Position Summary The Associate Vice-President, Curriculum and Academic Success assists the Chief Academic Officer/VP, Academic Affairs with a range of academic issues including instructional design, assessment, learner academic support, doctoral affairs, the library, and general education. S/he supports the delivery of quality academic programs through oversight of curriculum development best practices and provides leadership, vision, and direction for university-wide academic success programs and initiatives, promoting a culture of persistence and achievement. The Associate Vice President, Curriculum and Academic Success is expected to lead efforts to increase retention and strengthen academic support services. S/he provides leadership and guidance for the development and delivery of programs and services designed to enhance the academic success of learners at all degree levels from orientation through graduation. The position’s primary focus is on furthering academic success through high-impact practices that reinforce the learner-centered learning environment. S/he is responsible for developing and implementing instructional plans, goals, and priorities, which respond to the educational needs and expectations of learners. The Associate Vice President, Curriculum and Academic Success is expects to participate in university-wide governance through the institution’s shared governance structure and as a member of the Academic Affairs senior leadership team. REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: The Associate Vice-President, Curriculum and Academic Success will report to the VP, Academic Affairs/Chief Academic Officer

The successful candidate will: be able to operate in a highly matrixed environment; provide leadership and vision for an array of academic support units that promote learner success and educational equity for the University’s diverse learner population; partner with the schools and colleges to design new andragogical and curricular strategies; resolve problems by collaborative use of diplomacy and tact; apply research, design, development and implementation expertise in the creation and iteration of cutting edge education strategies and techniques to enable innovative curriculum design, learning practices and personalization that is scalable and replicable; collaborate closely with faculty and staff to identify and assess retention related issues and develop effective strategic retention plan to enhance learner success; coordinate university-wide academic efforts to promote learner success, persistence and graduation demonstrated through meeting retention and graduation goals; and analyze data relevant to learner needs, retention, attrition, success, persistence and graduation rates and educates the University community on findings. Performs other related duties as assigned.

An earned doctorate from a regionally-accredited university with an emphasis on understanding how learning occurs and is best designed, such as curriculum and instruction, education, psychology, or a related discipline.
A minimum of five (5) full-time years of significant, progressively-increasing responsibility in college/university settings and/or higher education, including direct supervisory experience.
A track record and broad portfolio of demonstrated successes in innovation and learner achievement.
Comprehensive knowledge of instructional design, curriculum trends and design methods, as well as teaching and learning andragogy and strategies.
Previous experience in online education and working with adult learner populations.
Previous college-level teaching experience.
Demonstrated commitment to and experience with workforce education priorities including, but not limited to, non-credit/credit career pathways, stack-able credentials, credit for prior learning, and work based learning experiences such as internships and apprenticeships.
Documented experience in developing learner support programs.
Ability to operate independently (leading, collaborating and executing) in a highly ambiguous, matrixed environment with high interdependencies.
Intellectual curiosity, keeping abreast of best practices in higher education.
Be a doer, focused not just on thought partnership but on getting things done and executing both independently and with others.
Able to use data to inform insights and evaluate outcomes and impacts, constantly learning and obsessing over a better way.
Lead by listening, be highly collaborative, and productively contribute opinions to critical decision making processes.

Preferred Qualifications:
Knowledge and experience with competency based education.
Demonstrated experience with regional and programmatic accreditation.
Demonstrate excellent analytical, organization, and presentation skills.
Demonstrate excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
Documented participation in data-driven program review and institutional planning processes.
Solid organizational skills including attention to detail and multi-tasking skills.
Knowledge of and experience in working with educational technologies.
A demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion.

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About Capella

Capella University is an online university built on graduate degrees, with more than 36,000 students throughout the U.S. and in other countries. Founded in 1993 to provide advanced educational opportunities for working professionals, Capella has become a national leader in online education, offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs. The university's success is built upon a culture that promotes human potential, achievement, innovation, integrity, collaboration, and teamwork. Capella Education Company (CPLA), parent company of Capella University, is publicly traded on the NASDAQ. Capella Education Company was named to the Inc. 500 Hall of Fame for being listed as one of the nation's fastest-growing companies for 7 consecutive years. Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. The Higher Learning Commission is among the 6 regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Regional bodies accredit colleges and universities; national bodies accredit trade and vocational schools.

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