Sitka Campus Director

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Classification:Director (Admin)
Grade:Senior Administrator
Work type:Officer/Senior Administrator
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Southeast
School/Business unit:Sitka Campus Director
Location: Sitka
Categories: Executive/Director/Management

Position Summary:

The University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) is seeking applications for the position of Campus Director, UAS Sitka Campus. The position is located in beautiful Sitka, Alaska (see The Sitka Sound area has a prominent role in Alaska's history and economic development and is the cultural homeland of the Tlingit people. The UAS Sitka Campus is part of a single regionally-accredited university serving Southeast Alaska and--through extensive online programs--students throughout all of Alaska. The Campus Director reports to the Provost, the UAS Chief Academic Officer, who is located on the Juneau Campus. This recruitment is open until filled with first review of applications on November 10, 2017.


1) Under the direction of the Provost, provides strategic leadership and vision for the campus in alignment with the UAS regional mission, UA Board of Regents policy, university regulations, the UA Strategic Pathways initiatives, and the UAS Strategic and Assessment Plan. Responsible for day-to-day operational oversight of all aspects of the Sitka Campus.Essential
2) Works collaboratively with UAS deans and directors on planning and implementing regional academic and administrative plans and goals. Serves as a regional member of the UAS Chancellor''s Cabinet, Provost''s Council, UAS Planning and Budgeting Advisory Committee, Regional Workforce Coordinating Committee, and similar entities. a) Academically, this position supervises faculty at the Sitka Campus under the appropriate collective bargaining agreements, in collaboration with deans, directors and the Provost, and provides leadership in developing and implementing innovative learning and advising strategies to promote student success. The Director will work with other campuses to coordinate and offer innovative courses, programs, recruiting and advising services in ways that are of benefit to students and UAS as a whole as well as fulfilling the needs of the local community. b) Administratively, this position will work with IT, HR, Business Services, Admissions, Financial Aid, Registrar, Student Services and Facilities to ensure effective process management and improvement, and respond to UA/UAS strategic planning relevant to the Sitka campus.Essential
3) Ensures effective management of campus fiscal and personnel resources, and regular assessment of strategic outcomes. Promotes a positive working environment that emphasizes clarity of roles and responsibilities for all faculty and staff, accountability, and strong communication within and between campuses.Essential
4) Supports and works cooperatively with the UAS Sitka Campus Advisory Council as a means of ensuring that campus programs and services strategically meet community, regional, and statewide needs. Promotes the university’s role in economic, social, and cultural development of the Sitka community and Southeast Alaska; promotes the university as a principal contributor to the quality of life and livelihoods of people in the community and region.Essential
5) Supports and advances the university''s policy of providing equal opportunity for all; demonstrates respect for Alaska''s diverse cultures, languages, and peoples, and proactively supports equity and diversity in all aspects of campus life.Essential


The Campus Director is the campus’ chief executive officer, responsible for all day-to-day operations, from oversight of instructional activities to all aspects of facilities management. The Campus Director is also part of UAS regional leadership, responsible for fulfilling the university's overall mission within the University of Alaska (UA) statewide system and, as such, is responsible for strategic development for the Sitka campus.


The successful candidate will be a dynamic, collaborative leader who has strong academic leadership experience as well as administrative skills. Administrative responsibilities include budget, personnel, and grants management; strategic planning and implementation; facilities management; emergency preparedness; and program evaluation/assessment. Academic responsibilities include faculty supervision in accordance with collective bargaining agreements; supporting program and university accreditation standards; and managing programs that adhere to UAS academic policies and procedures in a shared governance setting.


Collaboration among the UAS campuses is a key part of the role of Campus Director. The successful candidate will be a person who can lead in an era of significant change and is strongly focused on student learning and success--with particular emphasis on innovative online and blended learning programs, integrated student services, and an interest in growing UAS’ online programs. The candidate will have a record of demonstrated leadership, excellent collaborative experience and positive community engagement.


The Sitka campus has a special focus in online or eLearning in meeting the educational needs of students from across the region and across the state. It offers associate-level degrees in arts and applied science, pre-nursing, medical assisting, fisheries technology, and health information management. The campus is a leader in technology-enhanced learning, providing courses contributing to UAS baccalaureate and associate degrees, undergraduate certificates, occupational endorsements, and workforce credentials. The campus serves approximately 900 students per semester, most of whom are part-time and non-traditional. Over three-quarters of the credit hours earned through the campus are achieved through online and blended courses. The campus also offers non-credit courses. The campus has fifteen full-time faculty and approximately twenty-five staff positions.


The Campus Director is responsible for active engagement with industry, governments, and community partnerships that support and enhance the UAS mission and fulfill the post-secondary needs of the Sitka area. Partnerships include the Sitka Sound Science Center, Mt Edgecumbe High School, Sitka School District, US Coast Guard, Alaska Native entities, Sitka Fine Arts Camp, and the Sitka Chamber of Commerce. The Campus Director also works collaboratively within UAS and within all of UA, particularly with other UA community campuses. The Campus Director promotes equity and diversity in meeting the needs of Alaska's indigenous peoples and other populations typically under-represented in higher education.



1) Demonstrated skills in communicating effectively in writing.
2) Strong evidence of a collaborative, participatory, and consensus-based leadership style.
3) Experience working with populations typically under-represented in higher education including first generation, non-traditional students (i.e. remote students or non-traditional age students) or diverse populations.

1) Experience teaching in a community college or four-year academic institution.
2) Experience with development and use of innovative technologies in education and administration and in promoting quality online, hybrid, blended, and face-to-face learning.
3) Successful leadership in an educational setting, including experience in a shared governance and collective bargaining environment.
4) Successful experience in creating and sustaining innovative community and business partnerships that promote expanded opportunities and leverage resources effectively.
5) Experience in developing and implementing career and technical education pathways, including working with K-12 education partners.
6) Experience in managing and maintaining facilities.
7) Experience in managing large, complex budgets.
8) Experience with risk management or emergency preparedness.
9) Experience living and working in Alaska and/or other rural settings and in working with populations typically under-represented in higher education, including Alaska Natives.
10) Successful development experience in securing external funding through philanthropy and/or in obtaining grant funding.
11) Demonstrated skills in communicating effectively in public speaking contexts.
12) Successful experience with data-informed decision-making processes, assessment of strategic outcomes, and/or post-secondary accreditation and assessment processes. 

Required Experience:

  • Minimum of five years of demonstrated successful administrative experience, including fiscal, personnel, program development and implementation, and assessment of outcomes.
  • Minimum of three years providing successful strategic leadership working with community organizations, business and industry, educational institutions, governments, or public and private agencies.


Required Education or Training:

  • A minimum of a master's degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution is required
  • An earned doctorate (or equivalent terminal degree) is preferred


Review Date:    November 10, 2017; Position will remain open until filled.


Special Instructions to Applicants:


The interview process may be via audio, video and/or in-person.


The following documents will be required:


  1. Cover letter highlighting leadership and administrative experience in line with the advertised position.
  2. Detailed resume or CV.
  3. One to three page statement highlighting your personal approach and/or experiences in providing effective strategic leadership in community and educational contexts.
  4. List of five professional references--include their name, title, your professional affiliation with them, telephone numbers and email addresses.
  5. Copies of educational transcripts.  Official copies will be required from the successful candidate.

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