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Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs (tenured)

Job Description


Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) is a public, four-year institution and is one of the five campuses constituting the Historically Black Southern University System. Today, SUNO serves over 2,000 traditional and non-traditional students who are primarily minority and boasts over 24 academic programs. The campus infrastructure continues to be modernized to include the latest technology resources in classrooms and advanced laboratories equipped with state-of-the- art equipment. Undergirded by the University’s mission, the Division of Academic Affairs at Southern University at New Orleans, is committed to empowering and promoting the upward mobility of diverse populations of traditional and nontraditional students through quality academic programs, teaching, research, and service to achieve excellence in higher education using various teaching and learning modalities.

Reporting to the Chancellor, the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (VCAA) is responsible for providing visionary leadership and administrative oversight for all aspects of academic affairs. The VCAA provides executive oversight and strategic guidance in the planning, development, implementation, assessment, and evaluation of all aspects of academic programming for all academic divisions as well as instructional support services (i.e., Registrar, Library, Institutional Effectiveness, Online Learning, Service Learning, and Graduate Studies). The VCAA is responsible for developing innovative, entrepreneurial, and strategic initiatives designed to respond proactively to the academic and service needs of those served. The VCAA is also responsible for the allocation of resources to ensure that the curriculum remains vibrant and sustains the academic standards of the University's accrediting and licensing agencies which appropriately reflects the mission of the campus.

As the chief academic officer, the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs will serve on the Chancellor's Cabinet and assume primary leadership for all university academic units. Moreover, the VCAA will serve as the chief administrator in the Chancellor's absence and may be called upon by the Chancellor to represent the University administration at key functions.

Essential functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

  1. Provide leadership and increase academic excellence in undergraduate and graduate programs.

  2. Oversee new academic degree program development process.

  3. Oversee accreditation and program reviews.

  4. Assure the development of academic schedules across the University that

    meet the needs of students and academic programs, assign faculty members effectively, enhance facility use, and integrate instructional technology in all modes of delivery.

  5. Supervise the timely development and publication of the University schedule and catalog.

  6. Develop and facilitate high school/college programming, transfer articulations, and other collaborative partnerships.

  7. Identify potential local, state, and/or federal funding sources, assessing impact and requirements, and facilitating system efforts to secure these resources.

  8. Develop and update the Academic Affairs strategic plan and ensure integration with other major planning efforts within the University.

  9. Develop the budget for Academic Affairs.

  10. Supervise and manage the academic grievance and appeals process.

  11. Supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned personnel;

    coordinate the work assignments of assigned personnel; review work to assure compliance with established standards, requirements, and procedures.

  12. Develop and implement measures and methodology for determining the effectiveness and efficiency of the Academic Affairs.

  13. Ensure Academic Affairs functions are relevant, current, and adhere to the highest quality standards.

  14. In coordination with the Chancellor and the Executive Team, participate in the development of rules, regulations, procedures, and policies applicable to Academic Affairs.

  15. Maintain knowledge of Academic Affairs trends, practices, laws, and regulations.

  16. Monitor Academic Affairs website pages to remain current and ensure accuracy.

  17. Supervise Deans and Directors and provide annual performance evaluations in accordance with the strategic priorities of the institution;

  18. Oversee academic retention efforts

  19. Provide professional development and research opportunities for faculty; 20. Other duties as assigned.

  • Ability to foster academic standards of excellence.

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.

  • A commitment to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

  • Effectiveness in dealing with current challenges confronting higher

    education institutions in the 21st century.

  • Success in academic administration leadership, including the

    development and implementation of academic programs, policy, and


  • Demonstrated strategic thinking skills in order to engage with the campus

    community and be supportive of a campus culture grounded on genuine collaboration and team-oriented leadership.

    Required education and experience

  • An earned doctorate from an accredited college or university is required.

  • Possess a progressive record of increasing academic leadership with five

    or more years of increasingly responsible administrative experience at or

    above the Dean or Director level in Academic Affairs.

  • A distinguished record of teaching, scholarly achievement, and

    professional accomplishments sufficient to qualify for appointment at the

    rank of professor in an academic department.

  • Five more years of experience as faculty (including adjunct or part-time)

    at a postsecondary institution.

    Preferred education and experience

  • A successful history of linking strategic planning and budgeting, resource allocation, and assessment planning is highly preferred.

  • Previous fundraising experience to include grants and private funding is highly preferred.

  • Previous experience with program accreditation is highly preferred.

  • Experience in creating partnerships, including but not limited to

    international partnerships is desirable.

  • Experience with technology integration into the educational experience

    and online learning is highly preferred.

  • Experience working with traditional and non-traditional students is


  • Experience with enrollment management, specifically academic program portfolio planning, academic policy and process development, and developing new academic programs is desirable.

  • Experience with shared governance is highly preferred.

  • the University administration at key functions.

Southern University of New Orleans (SUNO) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Non-Discrimination Statement

In compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other federal, state, and local laws, Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) forbids discriminating or harassing conduct that is based on an individual's race, color, religion, sex, ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, veteran or military status, membership in Uniformed Services, and all other categories protected by applicable state and federal


This commitment applies but is not limited to decisions made with respect to hiring and promotion, the administration of educational programs and policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other College-administered programs. Discriminatory acts of any kind are strictly forbidden.

American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Statement

Southern University of New Orleans (SUNO) complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact the Office of Human Resources.