Minnesota State University Moorhead — Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs & Dean of Graduate Studies

Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs & Dean of Graduate Studies

Position Type: Staff
Division: MSU Moorhead
Department: Academic Affairs
Unit: Office of Graduate & Extended Learning
Location: Moorhead, MN
FLSA: Exempt
Full/Part Time: Full Time
FTE: 1.0
Employment Condition: At Will
Salary Type: Annual
Classified Status: Unclassified
Bargaining Unit/Plan: 220, Minnesota State Administrators/State Managerial Plan

Job Description

Management, Administration, and Human Resources
•Manage several direct reports and programmatic areas to include: Center for Engaged Learning, Library, On-line Learning, Global Studies, Youth Programs, Honors Program, University Studies, Registrar, and Graduate Studies. Work in collective bargaining environment.
Student Recruitment
• Develop and implement comprehensive marketing and outreach activities for all graduate programs in collaboration with the Marketing and Communications department; identify opportunities to promote and develop innovative academic graduate and undergraduate programs that are in high demand.
Budget Management
• Work closely with the Vice President and Deans in preparing and prioritizing budget needs based on available revenue and resources. Oversee operating, Salary, and Revenue budgets for reporting units.
•Oversee strategic and development planning for the divisions.
•Provide leadership and planning for graduate programs and Graduate Studies office.
• Monitor policies and procedures to ensure clarity and compliance for direct report areas.
• Assist in determining and developing new and innovative education opportunities and other relevant program initiatives.
Data and Reporting
•Initiate, direct and distribute information and data reports to the President, Vice Presidents, and Enrollment Management leadership relevant to retention practices and policy development, and student success program development, revision or discontinuation.
Enhance and Grow Programming
•Collaborate with academic leadership to lead, develop, and execute opportunities for improvement and innovation in the quality and outcomes of existing academic programs, retention and success of current students, while working to identify and develop new undergraduate and graduate programs to meet the needs of today's learners and employers. This will increasingly require cross-disciplinary and multi-modal delivery of curriculum in a cost-effective manner.
• Support the assurance of academic program quality, teaching, research, and service excellence.
• Oversee the College's Institutional Effectiveness system efforts for all direct report areas.
• Provide leadership and assistance in the creation and implementation of effective faculty professional development opportunities and initiatives.
• Assist with the development of Academic Affairs and College policies.
• Handle student issues and/or parent inquiries and petitions as appropriate.
• Assist with the oversight of Academic Affairs' communications and webpage.
• Represent the VPAA and Academic Affairs on academic standing committees and selected committee meetings, ceremonial functions, and other meetings as needed.
Evaluate Programming
• The Associate Vice President will ensure an ongoing and comprehensive program evaluation and outcomes assessment with actionable recommendations for improvement. Additionally, this position will lead accreditation and re-accreditation activities on behalf of the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
External Representation and Constituent Relations
•Represent the University to various constituencies, both internal and external. Work with regional leaders, students, faculty, staff and other administrators. Includes travel and communication to represent the university in a wide range of venues: regional meetings regarding graduate studies, libraries, faculty development, and other division priorities; state-wide consortia; Tri-College consortium, system and statewide committees, regional networks, and national organizations.
Committee/Task Force Leadership
• Provide leadership to various committees that report to the Vice President of Academic Affairs. Advocate for the University through membership and participation on campus-wide committees.
Grants Officer
•Serve in an oversight capacity for the grants officer for the university for external grants, such as National Science Foundation, National Institute for Health, National Education Association, etc., including fund allocation.
• Perform other duties as assigned by the VPAA.
• Be sensitive in dealings with other personnel, visitors, and students, so that all are treated in a respectful, professional, and humane manner.
•Be respectful of and sensitive to the rights, responsibilities and duties of others, and respectful of the human rights of all racial, ethic, and religious grounds, including but not limited to protected groups as defined by state statute.
•Maintain professional level of conduct and interaction with other staff, students, and constituents.
•Maintain control and composure during difficult and stressful situations to instill a calming effect on others.
•Commitment to acting in a manner consistent with the University's core values of Grit, Humility, and Heart.

Required Qualifications
•Doctorate degree from an accredited University
•7 years of experience in higher education
•3 years of administration experience
•3 or more years of professional supervisory responsibility
•Ability to understand and implement University policies, guidelines, processes, and programs
•Excellent communication and leadership skills
•Experience teaching undergraduate and graduate courses
•Professional achievement in an academic discipline commensurate with appointment to an academic rank (i.e., Associate Professor or Professor) in an academic department
•Demonstrated successful experience in academic leadership at department, college and/or university level
•Two years' experience as a Graduate Program Coordinator or Graduate Dean
•Evidence of successful teaching in higher education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; understanding of on-line education

Preferred Qualifications
•Experience with library administration
•Faculty development supervision
•Evidence of scholarly activity and professional achievement in an academic
discipline commensurate with appointment to an academic rank (i.e., Associate or full Professor) in an academic department
•Experience with fiscal management procedures in higher education
•Experience working in a collective bargaining environment
In the simplest and most idealistic terms, our purpose at Minnesota State University Moorhead is to transform the world by transforming lives. In more specific terms, we are a university united around certain beliefs.
Our Core Values (How do we behave?)
• Grit
We are “scrappy” and resourceful.
We have big goals and the tenacity to achieve them. We have the courage to do what's right.
• Humility
We're all on the same team and everyone's role is important.
We seek the best ideas and know they can come from anywhere and anyone in our campus community.
We don't take ourselves too seriously.
• Heart
We go the extra mile for our students and each other.
We are passionate about our purpose.
We are fiercely loyal to MSUM.
Aspirational Value (We commit to making this as pervasive as our core values)
Diversity and inclusion of people and ideas
“Permission to Play” Values (These are the expectations of membership in our academic community)
Integrity and mutual respect in our behavior and interactions
Strategic Anchors (How will we succeed?)
We will succeed by:
• Focusing relentlessly on student achievement and students' return on their investment;
• Embedding and supporting diversity in every facet of the university; and
• Ensuring that MSUM is indispensable to the social, cultural, and economic advancement of Moorhead and the surrounding region.

Our professional programs are grounded in the liberal arts, designed to provide a broad base of knowledge and cultural themes.
•141 majors, emphases & options
•82 undergraduate majors
•11 pre-professional programs
•15 graduate degrees
•38 graduate and undergraduate certificates
•31 areas of teacher licensure preparation

MSUM enrolls 5,860 students from 35 states and 46 countries. MSUM is a member of the Tri-College University, an educational consortium that includes Concordia College of Moorhead, North Dakota State University, Minnesota State Community and Technical College, and the North Dakota State College of Science.

•Moorhead, Minn. and Fargo, N.D. are central to a thriving regional center with a population of 204,759 and growing for the Metropolitan Statistical Area (2019 Estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau).
•Higher education is a major community enterprise, with more than 29,000 students contributing to an atmosphere rich in arts, culture, sports and social activities.
•The communities enjoy a major concert venue; university, independent and community theatres; symphony orchestra; jazz concerts; annual film festivals; civic opera; art galleries and museums; and numerous family attractions and events.
•Unemployment rate for Minnesota and North Dakota is at 3% and 2.2% respectively, both of which are below the national average of 3.7% (2019).
•Fargo-Moorhead average travel time to work is 15 minutes.
•Moorhead public schools serve nearly 7,000 students in an area recognized for superior student academic achievement and far-reaching extracurricular activities.
•Minnesota ranked second place and North Dakota in fourth place in a list of states ranked on the proportion of young adults with at least a two-year college degree.
•Hector International Airport, the paramount airport for the FM area, is served by Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta, United, Frontier and provides non-stop jet service to/from Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Nashville, Orlando-Sanford, Phoenix-Mesa and Phoenix-Sky Harbor.
•The Fargo-Moorhead community is ranked among the best places in the country to live, work, attend school and conduct business.
Recent community accolades:
• #1 Hottest Job Market (ZipRecruiter, 2020)
•One of the Best Places to Live (Money, 2019)
•2019 Most Educated City Award in North Dakota (Insurify, 2019)
•2019 Safest City Award in North Dakota (Insurify, 2019)
•One of the top 10 best-run cities in the U.S. for 2019 (Wallethub, July 2019)
•2019's 8th Best City to Raise a Family (Wallethub, July 2019)
•3rd most recession-proof city in the U.S. (Livability, 2019)
•Best City to Live on a $55,000 Salary (smartasset, November 2018)

Along with all other Universities that are part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, standard faculty appointments are for 168 duty days distributed over any nine consecutive months. The nine months need not align with the traditional academic year and may be changed every two years. Initial faculty appointments at MSU Moorhead are expected to be similar to or the same as the academic year unless otherwise indicated on the vacancy notice.

Minnesota State University Moorhead is committed to a policy of equal opportunity nondiscrimination in employment and education. No person shall be discriminated against in the terms and conditions of employment, personnel practices, or access to and participation in, programs, services, and activities with regard to race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, and marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. In addition, discrimination in employment based on familial status or membership or activity in a local commission as defined by the law is prohibited. Inquiries regarding compliance should be referred to the Affirmative Action Office, OW 208, 218.477.2721 (Voice).

MSUM's Title IX Coordinator is Kara Gravley-Stack, Dean of Students. For information on MSUM's TItle IX policy, please visit: https://www.mnstate.edu/about/policies-procedures/titleix/.

It is the policy of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities to provide reasonable accommodations to job applicants with disabilities when such accommodations are directly related to competing for a job on an equal basis.

Applicants having special needs which require accommodation should contact the Human Resources Director, Owens 214, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead, Minnesota 56563, 218.477.2157 (Voice). For TTY communications, contact the Minnesota Relay Service at 1.800.627.3529.

Minnesota State University Moorhead Annual Security Report is directly available at: http://www.mnstate.edu/publicsafety/crimereports.aspx or through our website at: http://www.mnstate.edu/publicsafety. All prospective students, employees, and visitors are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the information and policies contained in the report. The report contains statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Minnesota State University Moorhead; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a free copy of this report by contacting the Department of Public Safety at 218.477.2449.

Open Date: 12/07/2020
Close Date: 02/01/2021
Open Until Filled: No

Special Instructions Summary
To be considered by the search committee, applications must include: curriculum vitae or resume, cover letter, unofficial transcripts from all degree granting institutions, and names/contact information for five professional references. Letters of recommendation may be requested for candidates chosen to interview. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the search committee.

NOTICE: In accordance with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Vehicle Fleet Safety Program, employees driving on college/university business who use a rental or state vehicle shall be required to conform to Minnesota State's vehicle use criteria and consent to a Motor Vehicle Records check.

The successful candidate must provide official transcripts of all academic work completed and, under U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations, be able to accept work in the U.S. by the day employment begins. The University regrets that we are unable to offer H1-B sponsorship at this time.
Accept Applications Yes
Posting Contact: Josh Behl, Search Committee Chair; joshua.behl@mnstate.edu; 218.477.2667

For more information or to apply, visit: http://mnstate.peopleadmin.com/postings/1629


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