Director of Academic Planning and Accreditation

Posted on2/12/2018
Job typeFull-time
Reports toAssociate Provost for IPAR
Reports in officeOffice of Institutional Planning, Assessment, and Research (IPAR)
Application due dateOpen
Job start dateOpen
State/ProvinceNorth Carolina
InstitutionEast Carolina University
Institution descriptionVacancy #: 900046
Recruitment Range: Commensurate with Qualifications
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Organizational Unit Overview

The Office of Institutional Planning, Assessment, and Research (IPAR) reports directly to the Associate Provost, who is a member of the Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs' executive council and is responsible for providing essential support to the Chancellor and the other University divisions for the management and analysis of institutional data. Facilitates the strategic planning process, evaluates the quality of programs and services and provides oversight of the processes and demands required for institutional-level accreditation by critical agencies and organizations, with special attention to our regional accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). IPAR is the University's primary contact with The University of North Carolina General Administration, SAC, and other external constituencies in supplying the data requirements established by these various agencies/bodies. This data ranges from providing enrollment projections to data on faculty workloads, to providing employee and student data, to program productivity data, to responding to ad hoc requests for data. The Office also provides leadership and oversight to the processes and procedures demanded by internal and external forces with regard to learning outcome assessment, the effectiveness of the institution in meeting accountability requirements, and quality enhancement.

This Office must encourage the collection of a wide range of data from a variety of reliable sources and must endeavor to ensure the validity and reliability of this data since it is used as the foundation for continuous improvement efforts throughout the campus. In doing so, the Office must encourage that all data, positive and negative, be objectively considered and analyzed constructively in any and all initiatives that truly focus on improvement of operational effectiveness. The Office is charged with implementing a persuasive structure of assessment that is vibrant and self-sustaining within the campus community.
Job dutiesJob Duties
The Director of Academic Planning and Accreditation is responsible for leadership and management of all aspects of academic planning processes to support the University's mission and strategic initiatives. The Director plays a key role in the University's accreditation process by ensuring ongoing compliance with the policies and standards of its regional accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The Director acts as the liaison between ECU and the University of North Carolina General Administration (UNC GA) on issues related to academic program planning and development, and accreditation. He or she sets directions for the Academic Planning and Accreditation Unit in the Office of Institutional Planning, Assessment and Research (IPAR), working collaboratively with other units within IPAR. The position reports directly to the Associate Provost for IPAR with an understanding of direct responsibility for assignments and support to the Chancellor, Provost, and Vice Chancellors. The Director serves as a member of key institutional and divisional committees, task forces, and councils.
Key Responsibilities Include:
Academic Planning
• Lead all aspects of academic planning to support university strategic initiatives, to include revision and development of academic programs as well as facilitation and support of curriculum development
• Chair the Academic Program Development Collaborative Team and comply with notifications and responses required by UNC-GA and accrediting agencies
• Oversee and facilitate university bilateral agreements and chair the University Bilateral Agreements Committee
• Ensure that academic programs remain in compliance with SACSCOC, UNC-GA, and university policies, rules and regulations
• Build collaborative working relationships with internal and external constituencies, such as faculty planners, deans and directors, Faculty Senate committees, the Graduate School, UNC-GA, the Academic Council, the chancellor, and accrediting agencies
• Assess and make recommendations for creation or revision of institutional policies, procedures, and processes related to academic program development
• Serve as the provost's representative on university committees, such as the University Curriculum Committee, Graduate Curriculum Committee, Graduate Council, and Educational Policies and Planning Committee
• Serve as ECU's SACSCOC liaison and advise senior administrators on issues related to regional accreditation
• Serve as the chair of/liaison to assigned accreditation committees, assisting these committees as they plan and coordinate activities; compile and review documentations; and develop and produce reports and materials for ECU's reaffirmation of accreditation efforts
• Coordinate activities in response to inquiries and requests for information from SACSCOC
• Monitor specialized accreditation activities at ECU and serve as a resource for colleges and departments
• Oversee the day-to-day operations of Academic Planning and Accreditation
• Supervise staff and support their professional development; create a collaborative environment within the office and within IPAR
• Other duties as assigned
QualificationsMinimum Education/Experience
• A Master's degree from an accredited institution.
• In-depth knowledge of regional or specialized accreditation standards and requirements, and demonstrated significant contribution to an institutional-wide or programmatic accreditation process.
• At least 5 years of experience in institutional or academic program planning in a higher education setting, including experience in curricular and academic program development.
• Extensive experience in working with faculty, administrators and committees.
• Progressively responsible management experience.
• Strong leadership skills.
• Strong project management skills.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Outstanding interpersonal skills.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education
• A Doctoral degree from an accredited institution.
• Experience in leading regional or specialized accreditation processes in the SACSCOC region.
• Experience in developing institutional policies and processes to ensure compliance with accrediting bodies.
• More than 5 years of experience in curricular and academic program development.
• Experience in using electronic curriculum management and compliance management systems.
• Experience in staff supervision and team building.
• Strong change management skills.
Special Instructions to Applicant
East Carolina University requires applicants to submit a candidate profile online in order to be considered for the position. Candidates must also submit a cover letter/resume, and a list of three references, including contact information, online.
2-3 original letters of reference are required for employment. Please be aware that if you are selected as the candidate of choice for this position, an automatic e-mail requesting a letter of reference will be sent to the individuals you listed in the reference section of the PeopleAdmin applicant tracking system. Letters of reference submitted via the PeopleAdmin applicant tracking system will be verified and considered towards meeting this employment requirement.
Additional Instructions to Applicants
In order to be considered for this position, applicants must complete a candidate profile online via the PeopleAdmin system and submit any requested documents.
Applications will be considered until position is filled. Please submit an online ECU application for vacancy #900046 to ECU Human Resources at
East Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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Salary rangeDependent on qualifications and experience
Salary benefitsDOE
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