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Associate Vice President, Academic Innovation

Company: The California State University
Location: Pomona
Posted on: September 12, 2020

Job Description:

Job Title:

Associate Vice President, Academic Innovation (MPP III)

Description:

DEPARTMENT:

The Office for Academic Innovation is an integral part of the Office of Student Success, Equity, and Innovation (OSSEI). The OSSEI plays a central role in leading and supporting Cal Poly Pomona’s strategic plan to improve student learning and success. The OSSEI, in partnership with Student Affairs and other Divisions on campus, is primarily responsible for improving the retention and graduation rates on campus and closing persistence and equity gaps. The OSSEI provides leadership and holistic and integrated support for multiple academic and social support units on campus to identify and address the needs of Cal Poly Pomona’s diverse student body; provides strategic direction to the campus in implementing an inclusive polytechnic model of student success that includes the academic and cocurricular experience of students and an integrated student success model; leads and oversees the university’s advising efforts and the development and implementation of academic intervention programs; and provides the campus with data-informed strategies and metrics using predictive analytic models and tools, that are carefully monitored and evaluated to ensure efficient and effective programs and services that address the needs of students and provide direction to the associate deans, and faculty and staff advisors on the college-based student success teams.

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

In support of the mission of Student Success, Equity, and Innovation, the Associate Vice President of Academic Innovation is responsible for leadership and oversight of the Student Innovation Idea Labs (SIIL), the Center for Community Engagement, the Kellogg Honors College, and the Office of Undergraduate Research. The mission of Academic Innovation is to foster a culture of innovation in teaching and learning. Academic Innovation is also tasked with institutionalizing the Learn Through Discovery (LTD) Initiative which aims to provide every Cal Poly Pomona student with a signature polytechnic experience (PolyX) as well as enable students to articulate their signature experience.

Under the general direction of the Associate Provost for Student Success, Equity, and Innovation, the Associate Vice President for Academic Innovation provides strategic direction, leadership, and administrative oversight to the Learn Through Discovery Initiative, the Student Innovation Idea Labs (SIIL), Center for Community Engagement, Kellogg Honors College and the Office of Undergraduate Research; advances and promotes a vision of innovative education at Cal Poly Pomona that supports the university's Strategic Plan (www.cpp.edu/strategicplan/) and the Academic Master Plan (www.cpp.edu/academicplan/index.shtml); guides faculty and staff development in knowledge and skills necessary to advance a culture of innovation in learning; assures quality of activities under academic innovation through assessment of student learning and other evidence-informed decision-making practices; promotes synergy among functional areas under academic innovation for the purpose of developing new and innovative opportunities for students to experience an inclusive polytechnic education; seeks external funding opportunities in partnership with, or supporting, faculty and staff, to support development of a culture of innovation in learning; and serves on university-wide committees (as assigned) to represent the Office of Academic Innovation.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Academic Innovation

Advances and promotes a vision of innovative education at Cal Poly Pomona that supports the university's Strategic Plan and the Academic Master Plan:

• Guide faculty and staff development in knowledge and skills necessary to advance a culture of innovation in learning.

• Assure quality of activities under academic innovation through assessment of student learning and other evidence-informed decision-making practices.

• Promote synergy among functional areas under academic innovation for the purpose of developing new and innovative opportunities for students to experience an inclusive polytechnic education.

• In partnership with, or supporting, faculty and staff, seek external funding opportunities that will support development of a culture of innovation in learning and supports faculty and staff in their efforts to obtain such funding.

• Implement the Learn Through Discovery Initiative and collaborates on institutional expansion of the Initiative.

• Serve on university-wide committees (as assigned) to represent the Office of Academic Innovation.

• Support and advance the work of Student Success, Equity, and Innovation.

Kellogg Honors College

Provides strategic leadership, oversight, guidance, and is the HEERA manager to the administrator and staff who coordinate the functional areas of the Kellogg Honors College (KHC).

• Lead the staff in development of innovative and creative initiatives and projects to strengthen and advance KHC's mission and goals.

• Ensure program quality and educational effectiveness through strategic planning, alignment of KHC's goals with the university's Strategic Plan and the Academic Master Plan, and systematic assessment of student learning in the academic and co-curricular programs of the college.

• Develop and implement initiatives to ensure, demonstrate and strengthen student success in the Kellogg Honors College.

• Strengthen the collaboration between the KHC and academic colleges as well as the Centers of Excellence to provide KHC students with opportunities for integrative learning, discovery innovation, undergraduate research, and civic engagement.

• Oversee academic guidance, peer mentoring and advising support to KHC students; Promote visibility of the Kellogg Honors College across campus during orientation and throughout the academic year to the appropriate demographic of students who are eligible to participate.

• Develop and implement plans to strengthen the outreach to prospective students and the KHC alumni affinity for support and advancement of the college's initiatives and goals.

• Oversee and guide the development of KHC's Work Plan to advance the strategic initiatives and goals of the Kellogg Honors College.

• Engage in the development and fund raising to advance KHC's programs and initiatives; Supervise the work of the director and the staff in the Kellogg Honors College; provide annual evaluation to the administrator and the office staff.

Center for Community Engagement

Provide strategic leadership, oversight, guidance, and is the HEERA manager to the administrator and staff who coordinate the functional areas of the Center for Community Engagement:

• Oversee the development, implementation, and revision of the Center's strategic plan in alignment with the university's mission, vision, core values, and strategic initiatives.

• Oversee development and implementation of community engaged learning, academic internships, and co-op program policies.

• Review Center's policies and procedures and ensure the Center provides meaningful and impactful opportunities for students to engage with community engaged learning, academic internships, co-ops, civic engagement and volunteer service initiatives throughout the academic year.

• Provide opportunities for faculty engagement with community-based learning initiatives and research, and scholarship.

• Provide opportunities for strategic community partners to engage with the Center's initiatives through active participation and reciprocity to strengthen the institutional capacity for contributing to the economic and social vitality of our local and regional communities.

• Lead the Center's staff in development of innovative and creative initiatives and projects to strengthen and advance the Center's functions, programs, and initiatives.

• Promote visibility of the Center's programs and initiatives to the internal stakeholders and external community.

• Engage the Center's staff in assessment of the Center's programs and their impact on student success and civic engagement; assess the impact of the Center's programs on the community stakeholders.

• Strengthen the Center's collaboration with the local community through academic community partnerships (e.g., Pomona Promise Initiatives, etc.)

• Provide guidance and oversight for the development of yearly reports to the Chancellor's Office on the Center's initiatives and accomplishments.

• Provide guidance and support in the development of grants to the Chancellor's Office to secure external funding for the Center's initiatives.

• Engage in development and fund raising to advance the Center's programs and initiatives.

• Oversee and guide the development of a work plan to advance the strategic initiatives and goals of the Center.

• Supervise the work of the Lead coordinator and staff in the Center.

• Provide annual evaluation to the Lead Coordinator and Center office staff.

Student Innovation Idea Labs

Provide strategic leadership, oversight, guidance, and is the HEERA manager to the administrator and staff who coordinate the functional areas of the Student Innovation Idea Labs (SIIL):

• Ensure program quality and educational effectiveness through strategic planning, alignment of the SIIL's goals with the university's Strategic Plan and the Academic Master Plan, and systematic assessment of student learning in the academic and co-curricular programs of the SIIL.

• Lead the SIIL staff in the development of innovative and creative initiatives and projects to strengthen and advance the SIIL's mission, vision, and goals.

• Guide the development and implementation of initiatives to ensure, demonstrate and strengthen student success in the SIIL.

• Encourage strengthened collaboration between the SIIL and academic colleges as well as the Centers of Excellence to provide students with opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations, integrative learning, discovery, and innovation.

• Promote visibility of the SIIL across campus during orientation and throughout the academic year to the appropriate demographic of students who are eligible to participate.

• Encourage strengthened faculty engagement with the SIIL through faculty mentoring programs in support of student projects, and research and scholarship opportunities. Oversee and guide the development of SIIL's work plan to advance the strategic initiatives and goals of the SIIL.

• Support the creation and maintenance of relationships with multiple external constituencies that support innovation, creativity, and discovery.

• Guide the establishment, growth and management of programs that provide opportunities for students from across multiple colleges to develop creative and innovative competencies and skills.

• Guide the development and fund raising to advance the SIIL's programs and initiatives. Supervise the work of the director and the staff in the SIIL.

• Provide annual evaluation to the administrator and the office staff.

Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR)

Provide strategic leadership, oversight, guidance, and is the HEERA manager to the faculty director who coordinates the functional areas of the OUR:

• Ensure program quality and educational effectiveness through strategic planning, alignment with the goals of the university's Strategic Plan and the Academic Master Plan, and systematic assessment of student learning in all student experiences.

• Encourage strengthened collaboration between the academic colleges, other academic units (e.g., Center for Community Engagement, SIIL), and offices within Student Affairs to increase student opportunities to participate in undergraduate research.

• Promote visibility of undergraduate research across campus during orientation and throughout the academic year.

• Encourage strengthened faculty engagement with undergraduate research.

• Supervise the work of the director and staff; provide annual evaluation to the director.

Administration

• Develop and oversee the strategic plan and budget for Academic Innovation. Collaborate with deans and faulty to identify and support research priorities and potential opportunities.

• Ensure programs and resources are available to support Academic Innovation.

• Review and recommend campus policies that support Academic Innovation.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

Knowledge

• Knowledge of issues and trends in higher education.

• An understanding of issues related to diverse learners and a large multicultural constituency.

• Knowledge of current educational and administrative uses of information technology within higher education.

• An understanding of complex interdependencies of Academic Affairs with other University divisions.

Skills

• Strong interpersonal skills to work collegially and collaboratively to meet the academic goals and the university mission.

• Strong oral and written communication skills to successfully develop planning documents, proposals, executive briefing documents, budget request justifications, and other forms of communication with faculty and senior leaders.

• Strong leadership skills that incorporate organizational, analytical, and decision-making skills with strong change management, project management, and team-building competencies.

• Managerial skills with directing, supervising, motivating/inspiring others, and assessing performance and progress.

• Planning and organizational skills to manage complex, long-term projects (e.g., assessment of student learning, etc.) in collaboration with faculty, staff, and administrators.

• Analytical skills to analyze and synthesize large amounts of information.

• Teamwork skills to work effectively and build strong alliances internally and externally with a broad range of constituents to coalesce the campus community together around shared goals and objectives.

• Proficiency with word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.

Abilities

• A commitment to shared faculty governance.

• Ability to set priorities and meet deadlines.

• Ability to work in a multi-ethnic environment that supports diversity.

• Ability to apply research findings in higher education, particularly those related to curriculum, effective teaching and/or assurance of student learning.

• Managerial ability to: interpret technical procedures and regulations, write reports, guidelines, work plans and strategic plan; analyze budgetary and financial data and reports; define problems, collect data, determine facts, and draw conclusions.

• Interpersonal ability to display good judgement, discretion, awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals for a multi-cultural public university.

• Ability to effectively establish and maintain collegial intra- and inter-divisional working relationships within a diverse environment.

• Ability to manage large staff to create an organizational environment that promotes commitment to the mission and strategic initiatives of the university.

• Ability to develop and support on-going learning and professional development of staff and emergent leaders.

• Ability to identify current and future challenges and propose and implement effective solutions.

• Ability to secure fiscal and personnel support to ensure successful implementation of initiatives, projects, and/or programs.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

• Doctoral or terminal degree from an accredited university.

• At least three years of successful and progressively responsible experience in academic leadership.

• A record of teaching, creative/scholarly activity, and service appropriate for a tenured professor in a department at the university.

• Demonstrated experience with planning, organizing, and implementing initiatives/projects in an academic setting.

• Demonstrated experience with curriculum development, program review, assessment of student learning and accreditation.

• Demonstrated commitment to diversity and contributions to inclusive excellence approaches in higher education.

• An understanding and respect for CPP's commitment to shared governance, appreciation of the role of the faculty in the areas of curriculum development/review and assessment, and experience working in faculty governance.

PREFERRED SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE:

• Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collegially with faculty, staff, and administrators toward achieving organizational goals.

• Demonstrated ability to lead change effectively in higher education.;

• Experience with implementing effective programs that encourage student engagement in active learning and enhance the quality of learning for a diverse student body.

• Experience with making effective decisions with sound analytical ability, good judgement, and strong operational focus.

• Experience with securing resources and managing a complex unit/organization, including staff and budget oversight.

• Experience working with the California State University system and with the Office of the Chancellor; and

• Ability to manage multiple union workforce, including with employees from multiple unions.

A competitive candidate will address how they meet the minimum qualifications and some or all of the preferred requirements in a cover letter. The cover letter should also reflect familiarity with the Cal Poly Pomona Strategic Plan (www.cpp.edu/strategicplan/) and its Academic Master Plan (www.cpp.edu/academicplan/index.shtml).

SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

• Successful background check.

• Ability to work occasional weekends.

• Mandatory trainings as required by the California State University.

• Mandated reporter in compliance with the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes a comprehensive benefits package which includes a vacation accrual rate of 16 hours per month, an excellent choice of medical, dental, and vision insurance, long term disability coverage, life insurance and retirement benefits.

APPLICATIONS, INQUIRIES, AND NOMINATIONS:

Please submit (1) a completed university application, (2) a letter of interest that explains in detail, and where possible, provides examples of how the candidate meets the qualifications specified in this announcement; (3) a current resume or curriculum vitae; and (4) the names, titles, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of five references who can provide current assessments of the candidate’s professional experience, accomplishments and prospect for success in this position (please include a brief note describing the relationship of the references to the applicant). For best consideration, please submit the above requirements by September 25, 2020. Completed applications will begin review on the week of September 28, 2020. For additional information about Cal Poly Pomona, please visit our website at http://www.cpp.edu/. For more details and information such as inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please direct it to Dalia Huerta at daliahuerta@cpp.edu or 909-869-6975.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER:

The university seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing. Cal Poly Pomona subscribes to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and covered veteran status. The university hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. As required by the Clery Disclosure Act, the university's annual security report is available at http://dsa.cpp.edu/police/securityreport.asp.

The University is committed to cultural diversity and it is expected that the successful candidate will further this commitment. The University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

California State University

Office of the Chancellor

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