Director of Academic Affairs

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Classification:Director (Academic-Faculty)
Grade:Non-Union Faculty Grade 10
Work type:Faculty Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit:UAA Matanuska Susitna College
Location: Palmer
Categories: Education/Instructional, Executive/Director/Management

Position Summary:

Matanuska-Susitna College is seeking an Academic Affairs Office Director. This role assists the Campus Director with strategic planning, community outreach, academic and instructional support, and overall campus management. This position is responsible for managing the Academic Affairs unit of the college.


10STUDENT CONDUCT AND COMPLIANCE: Serves as Chief Student Code of Conduct Officer for student disciplinary issues and academic integrity. Serves as a liaison for the Academic Dispute Resolution procedures. Assists with Care Team Cases as needed. Acts as Title IX Campus Representative and monitors FERPA & CLERY issues.Essential
15GENERAL ADMINISTRATION: Leads specific projects or designated committees at the direction of the College Director. Acts as Assistant Director who is in charge of the campus in the absence of the Director. Represents the academic operations of the campus, including instructional support. Interacts with the University of Alaska system as appropriate. Serves as a liaison to the Mat-Su Middle College and ANSEP programs. Serves as an administrative leader on the college Incident Management Team (IMT) as it relates to emergency response and incident management at the College.Essential
20ASSESSMENT, CURRICULUM, & ACCREDITATION FUNCTIONS: Lead and coordinate all curriculum and programs specific to this campus. Manage program reviews, new program development and implementation, campus-wide program assessment activities, institutional assessment, and college specific accreditation functions. Work with the faculty assessment committees and with the University of Alaska Anchorage's Office of Academic Affairs on accreditation and assessment review. Oversee program reviews, as well as institutional assessment, assist with Northwest Regional Commission on Higher Education accreditation processes, and work with each academic program to develop their curriculum assessment plan, metrics, and process, as well as serve on external review teams as requested. Coordinate curriculum and academic program management and review. Schedule new program development and production. Build partnerships to enhance available programs.Essential
5BUDGET MANAGEMENT: Manages the operational budget for academic affairs unit as well as collaborating with the Campus Director on overall campus budget.Essential
50MANAGEMENT OF ACADEMIC OPERATIONS: This position provides overall leadership for all matters relating to Mat-Su College's Academic Affairs unit and academic integrity, including but not limited to: Lead and manage approximately 120 direct-report adjunct faculty in collaboration with Mat-Su College’s Council of Coordinators, including a focus on quality through offering adjunct faculty orientations and managing cyclical review of adjunct instructioned courses. Responsible for recruitment, hiring, & mentoring of all campus adjunct faculty. Coordinate and direct student support services and programs, meetings, and resources to meet student needs and enhance the educational effectiveness of the College. Establish, implement, and schedule other student support programs and activities. Supervise the Mat-Su College Learning Resource Center Manager and associated operations, and the office support staff of Academic Affairs unit. Provide instructional support, such as upholding curriculum policies and procedures (course content guidelines/requirements), maintain classroom supply needs, and manage other faculty resource needs. Coordinate grants as assigned including Technical Vocational Educational Program. Assure adequate resources and personnel to meet the teaching, learning and student support functions of the College to enhance the success of all students; direct the procurement and purchasing of needed supplies and equipment. Plan, organize, and administer Academic Affairs operations including programs, services and activities in order to provide a rich, supportive and productive student-learning environment. Provide College-wide leadership and oversight for academic and student affairs policy development and strategic planning; establish and maintain academic and student affairs timelines and priorities; assure related activities comply with established University, state, and federal standards, requirements, laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures.Essential

"Opportunities start here" is more than a slogan at Matanuska-Susitna College (Mat-Su College); it is our mission. Our aim is to transform student aspirations into realities. Matanuska-Susitna College seeks applicants who possess a desire to help students succeed in reaching their goals. 

Mat-Su College is a community campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage. The campus is located on 951 acres in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, the fastest growing region of Alaska. We serve as a major higher education hub for the communities of Wasilla and Palmer. Our student-friendly campus offers small class sizes and state-of-the-art facilities, including paramedic classrooms with a fully equipped ambulance bay, updated science labs, and a new 520-seat performing arts theater, the first in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. The campus has an annual operating budget of nearly $11,000,000 and employs nearly one hundred full-time faculty and staff and more than one hundred adjunct instructors to serve approximately 2,000 students each semester. 

Join us and help turn student aspirations into reality!

You can learn more about us by visiting our web page: About MSC

More Details About The Position:

This is a faculty (non-represented), full-time, exempt (salaried), term-funded position with the University of Alaska Anchorage | Matanuska-Susitna College. The campus is located in Palmer, Alaska at: 8295 E College Drive. The contract is typically effective for 10.5 months per year (traditionally off contract mid-May through mid-July). Full benefit package that also includes a tuition waiver for employee and immediate family that is accepted at all UA Campuses.

The Office of Academic Affairs provides assistance to faculty on assessment, course development, instructional resources, professional development opportunities, and University policies and regulations and coordinates the development of each semester’s schedule of course offerings, including community and workforce education. It supports student success by advocating for student interests, providing testing and tutoring services in the Learning Center, and responding to student code of conduct issues as they arise.

This position reports to the Mat-Su College Director and is responsible for the effective administration of all academic and administrative matters for Mat-Su College's Academic Affairs.

The Director of Academic Affairs provides strategic leadership within the instructional environment of Mat-Su College. The incumbent is expected to perform his or her role as a member of the executive team by combining a faculty member’s perspective with sensitivity to student needs. This position facilitates program development and assessment, and performs a key instructional support role.

As a part of the University's management team, this position participates in setting direction and advocating for Matanuska-Susitna College, promoting the campus as an active participant in the area's economic development and a principal contributor in the quality of life in the community.

Successful applicants must provide official transcripts documenting academic credentials required for the position as a condition of employment. Qualifying earned degrees must be conferred either by institutions of higher education which are accredited by one of the six US regional accrediting associations or by an equivalent international institution of higher education as determined by UAA based on a review by a foreign educational credential evaluation service and recognized by UAA.



Evidence of knowledge and/or experience with a learning/knowledge-centered approach to higher education.
Understanding of and commitment to the community college philosophy and mission.
Involvement in professional organizations related to administration and teaching.
Ability to advocate, communicate, lead, & mediate effectively with others.
Respect for the governance structure.
Comprehensive knowledge of college policies and procedures.
Knowledge of academic processes.
Knowledge and accountability in unit operations.
Expert planning and leadership skills.
Strong public administration skills.
Sensitivity to diversity.


Demonstrated successful administrative and personnel management in a post-secondary setting.
Experience in a community campus institution with a diverse body of faculty, staff, & students (both traditional & non-traditional).
Substantial teaching/instructional experience.
Knowledge and experience in assessment, accreditation procedures, and e-learning.
Experience implementing and maintaining policies and procedures typical of a community campus.
Leadership experiences as a Department Chair, Coordinator, or higher within an institution of higher education; or experience as a principal.


Earned Doctoral degree at time of appointment.

Five years progressively responsible experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Application Process:

To ensure consideration, please include the following documents:

- Cover Letter
- Resume
- References - Names and current contact information for three professional references (phone and email required).

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace. University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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