Director of Academic Affairs

Director of Academic Affairs

  • 527874
  • Palmer, Alaska, United States, 99645
  • Officer/Senior Administrator
  • On Campus
  • Staff Full-time
  • Non-Union Faculty Grade 10
  • UAA Matanuska Susitna College

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

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. This position 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, assessment, and the course schedule and performs a key instructional support role. This position also fulfills compliance related tasks.

As a member of Mat-Su College’s executive team, this position participates in setting direction and advocating for Matanuska-Susitna College, promoting the college as an active participant in the area's economic development and a principal contributor in the quality of life in the community.

To thrive in this role, the individual will practice a student-centered approach to higher education, possess expert planning and leadership skills, and exhibit a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The ability to advocate, communicate, lead, and mediate effectively with others is essential as this position works with students, faculty, and staff. Furthermore, a demonstrated commitment to the community campus mission within a wider university system, knowledge of college policies, procedures, and academic processes, and respect for the shared governance structure is helpful for this position.

Minimum Qualifications:

To be considered for this position, applicants must have a Master’s degree, 2 years administrative experience, & a minimum of 3 years college level teaching experience.

It is preferred the applicant has an earned Doctoral degree & the following experience: five years administrative experience showing increased responsibility, 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 college level teaching; assessment, accreditation procedures, e-learning, implementing and maintaining policies and procedures typical of a community campus, & faculty governance.

Position Details:

This position is located on the Matanuska-Susitna College in Palmer, Alaska. This is a full-time, 12-month, term-funded, non-represented faculty administration position complete with both a competitive salary and full employee benefits package. UA provides a generous compensation package that includes retirement options, annual leave, 12 paid holidays per year, tuition waivers for employees and family members, and affordable medical, dental and vision care coverage. Salary will be aligned with qualifications and experience.

Applicant Special Instructions:

To be considered for this position, applicants must upload the following documents to their online application:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  3. List of 3 professional references with contact information (phone number and email)
  4. Philosophy of Leadership Statement (Please upload under the "Supplemental Documents" section on the application form)

A short presentation delivered to the campus body followed by a Q&A session will be part of the final interview process.

Application will be reviewed on a rolling basis until a successful candidate is identified. Review of application materials will begin on March 25, 2024. Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient and viable number of qualified candidates have been identified.


*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.  Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

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.

UA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, educational institution and provider and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

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

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

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact HR Coordinator Shira Crowell at

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