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:UAS Sitka Campus Director
Location: Sitka
Categories: Executive/Director/Management, Other

Position Summary:

The University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) is seeking applications for the position of UAS Sitka Campus Director. Sitka is a remote island community in beautiful Southeast Alaska with a small but diverse population and a rich indigenous culture. This campus is one of three that make up the regionally accredited University of Alaska Southeast. Through its extensive online programs and local classes, the Sitka campus serves students across all of Alaska and beyond, advancing its mission of student learning that is enhanced by faculty scholarship, undergraduate research and creative activities, community engagement, and the cultures and environment of Southeast Alaska. Its programs include both career and technical education and academic offerings contributing to associate and baccalaureate degrees. This position oversees the supervision of all staff and faculty at the Sitka Campus and provides leadership in developing and implementing innovative learning and advising strategies to promote student success. The Director also provides outreach and collaboration with community partners, including employers, public entities, Native corporations, and the Sitka Tribe of Alaska. Additionally, under the direction of the UAS Provost (chief academic officer located in Juneau), the Sitka Campus Director works with UAS deans and directors to collaborate on regional academic and administrative strategies. The Director furthermore provides leadership and vision for the campus in alignment with the UAS’ mission, strategic and assessment plan, UA Board of Regents policy, and university regulations. The Director also assists in promoting philanthropic giving and alumni engagement in support of campus programs and services. Successful applicants will have strong leadership skills, knowledge of the challenges facing students, staff, and faculty in rural and remote areas, as well as a profound commitment to improving access to higher education.


25%Leadership: Serve as the chief administrative officer of the campus. Plan and maintain campus strategic objectives, based on the UAS Mission and Core Themes. Provide vision and active leadership for the future of the campus, based upon local and regional needs. Represent, promote, and advocate for the campus within the UA system and at the local, regional, statewide, and national levels. Engage with the UAS Office of Development and Alumni Affairs in promoting engagement with alumni and philanthropic giving in support of campus programs and services. Direct and support the coordination of a variety of strategic outreach efforts. Facilitate advisory council involvement as a means of ensuring that campus programs and services strategically meet community, regional, and statewide needs. Promote the university’s impact on the economic, social, and cultural development within Southeast Alaska. Promote the university as a principal contributor to the quality of life, livelihood, and future of people in local and regional communities. Ensure compliance and reporting responsibilities with all statutory and regulatory requirements as well as University of Alaska policies and procedures including but not limited to: ADA, Title VII, Title IX, and the Jeanne Clery Act.Essential
25%Operational Management: Oversee day-to-day operations of all aspects of the Sitka campus. Ensure effective management and stewardship of campus fiscal, personnel, and property resources. Strategize to enhance and maximize funding and revenue streams, such as through contracts, grants, tuition and fees, endowments, and public/private contributions. Ensure a healthy, safe, and secure campus environment. Ensure effective process management and improvement through coordination with campus and regional entities, such as IT, HR, Business Services, Admissions, Financial Aid, Registrar, Student Services, and Facilities.Essential
25%Personnel Management: Promote a positive working environment that emphasizes clarity of roles and responsibilities for all faculty and staff. Ensure accountability and strong communication within and between campuses. Enhance professional growth, development, and performance of the faculty and staff. Manage personnel selection, placement, annual evaluations, promotion and tenure reviews, workloads, and performance issues. Model effective and engaged communication with faculty, staff, students, and university administration. Work closely in a collaborative environment to establish and meet organizational goals. Implement efforts to build and maintain a diverse workforce that reflects the population of Sitka and Southeast Alaska.Essential
25%Program Development: Promote and implement high quality, innovative academic and student support programs. Address the changing role of education and the educational concerns of a diverse student population. Support and promote innovation in online learning. Assure flexibility and responsiveness to the educational and employment training needs for local, regional, and state populations. Promote regional educational, economic, and social development through formal partnerships with a variety of businesses, non-profit agencies, school districts, tribes and Native corporations, and various UA entities. Provide opportunities and support for under-prepared learners. Develop and support strategies that actively ensure retention and program completion for all students.Essential


  1. Demonstrated knowledge of a comprehensive community campus mission, focused on excellence in teaching, service, life-long learning, and research.

  2. Evidence of successful advocacy and promotion of relationships with relevant partners such as: educational institutions, tribal organizations, state and federal agencies, business and industry, the media, and political entities in securing support, and assistance in program development.

  3. A demonstrated commitment to equity and cultural diversity..

  4. Evidence of an executive leadership style characterized by openness, integrity, organization, and effective interpersonal skills with a focus on students and learning, along with the ability to support teams and individuals through mentoring and training. 

  5. Comprehensive personnel management skills to include: analytical thinking, listening, oral and written communication skills, discretion, problem-solving, and sound judgment.


  1. An earned master’s degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution.

  2. Minimum of three years professional work experience serving in a community college or four-year academic institution.

  3. Professional leadership in and experience with fiscal management, program development, human resources management, institutional planning, and public relations.

  4. Strategic leadership experience in creating and sustaining innovative community and business partnerships that promote expanded opportunities and leverage resources effectively with entities such as community organizations, business and industry, educational institutions, tribal and other governments, citizen advisory groups, and public and private agencies.


  1. An earned terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution.

  2. Extensive teaching and/or administrative experience in a community college or four-year academic institution.

  3. Experience and/or familiarity with the unique situation of higher education in Alaska and in working with students typically under-represented in higher education, including rural and indigenous populations.

  4. Experience with development, use of innovative technologies in higher education, and administration and in promoting quality online learning through various delivery modes.

  5. Ability to quickly orient to cultural, linguistic differences and communication styles within Southeast Alaska.

  6. Experience with data-informed decision-making processes, assessment of strategic outcomes, and/or post-secondary accreditation and assessment processes.

  7. Experience with a shared governance and collective bargaining environment.

  8. Experience with performance-based budgeting and the importance of data analysis as it relates to enrollment, planning, and budgeting.

  9. Documented success in grant-writing and administration.

  10. Experience in developing and implementing career and technical education pathways, including working with K-12 education partners on dual enrollment and related strategies.

  11. Experience in managing and/or maintaining facilities.

  12. Experience with risk management or emergency preparedness.

  13. Experience implementing student retention and program completion strategies.

  14. Experience with development and philanthropic giving in support of academic programs and services.

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.

This position is designated as a University senior administrator at the discretion of the president and will report directly to the UAS Provost. This recruitment is open until filled with the initial application review taking place on March 9th, 2019. If you need assistance in completing this application or are seeking accommodations for the interview, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Background Check:

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

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska Southeast that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UAS. 

Tobacco-Free Campus:

UAS Campus is a tobacco-free campus. 

Notice of Nondiscrimination:

The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution. The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University's commitment to nondiscrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment. Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA's statement of nondiscrimination available at

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