summary
Category
Administrative Positions
Type
Full time
Description
The Accreditation Director leads, plans, develops, implements, and evaluates the ongoing accreditation preparedness structure and activities. Serves as expert resource for accreditation, guiding the university to achieve and maintain accreditation and licenses. Provides education and training on accreditation requirements. Directs and coordinates organizational compliance with all regulatory requirements. Establishes and maintains effective and responsive relationships with leadership, schools, other departments and key internal and external stakeholders. Coordinates preparation for and execution of accreditation follow-up and ongoing deliverables.
Main roles & responsibilities

·         Develop, implement, and oversee the processes and systems that support the University's local and international accreditation, to include the Academic Program Review process.

·         Preparation of documents for accreditation submissions; this will involve close collaboration with senior academic and non-academic colleagues in the Schools and involves working to a very tight, nonnegotiable timeline that is set by the accreditation bodies.

·         Project management of accreditation exercise to include:

§  Rapidly build up knowledge of accreditation requirements, from information supplied by accreditation bodies and other sources acquired by Schools.

§  Advise School staff on expectations of accreditation bodies.

§  Confirm timeline for each reaccreditation exercise and keep senior colleagues on track to meet the deadlines.

§  Source appropriate colleagues to input to reaccreditation exercise, and confirm nature and timing of input.

§  Liaise with other divisions to be present for the accreditation visit.

§  Draft documents and gain agreement on key supporting documents that will provided during accreditation visit.

§  Seek comments within the Schools on final documents, report and present of progress, Submit documents for approval.

§  Ensure full documents submitted to accreditation body on time.

§  Circulate appropriate documentation to colleagues taking part in the accreditation visit at least a month before the visit.

·         Preparation of documents for accreditation and licensing submissions to include:

§  Confirm with colleagues sources of information and evidence.

§  Manage collection and analysis of information and check answers the requirements of appropriate accreditation body.

§  Research information and evidence not currently available within the University, such as using the internet to provide comparison with competitors.

§  Ensure data collected is accurate.

§  Make judgement on what should be included in the submission documents – distilling information from the range of sources into a coherent picture that fits with the strategic plan of the School.

§  Write, edit and prepare draft submission documents and key supporting evidence. Edit content to ensure it reads as series of compelling quality focused statements about the Schools and programs provisions.

§  Confirm appropriateness of submission through discussions with accreditation body contacts. Make adjustments as necessary.

§  Finalize documents following comments from different divisions, school and Academic Affairs councils, and prior to submission for University council for approval.

§  If necessary, make adjustments prior to submission to accreditation body.

·         Preparation for accreditation visit:

§  Liaise with accreditation bodies to agree visit date and accommodation/ entertainment requirements for panel.

§  Liaise with IRS division to ensure booking of rooms, accommodation, payments, and other requirements for the accreditation visits are met.

§  Agree timeline of visit with related divisions and colleagues, ensuring all aware of nature and timing of their input during the visit – arrange and deliver briefings.

§  Liaise with colleagues to organize current student input to visit.

§  Ensure supporting documentation available for provision to panel.

§  Brief visit coordinator on requirements of accreditation panel on arrangements made and on work the coordinator needs to complete.

·       Develop, implement, and oversee the administration of processes and systems that support the University's core curriculum, to include outcomes assessment, curriculum review, and delivery process review.

·         Review and advise academic units across the University to ensure consistent compliance with the on-going regional accreditation requirements and outcomes standards of the institution; advises and supports compliance efforts for programs that have, or seek, professional accreditation.

·         Advise and support academic units regarding on-going requirements and outcomes standards related to Academic Program Review.

·         Oversee the development and production of publications and materials related to the University's accreditation compliance, outcomes assessment, and program evaluation efforts.

·         Represent the University in related institutional divisions as well as externally to governmental agencies, vendors, students and their parents, and/or the general public.

·         Recommend and participate in the development of University policies and procedures; may serve on University planning and policy-making committees.

Required qualification & skills
  • 7 years of academic experience directly related to job duties in a recognized university.
  • Minimum of Master Degree (Ph.D. degree is preferable) in related technical fields from an accredited University.
  • Integrated knowledge and understanding of higher education accreditation and program review practices.
  • Knowledge and understanding of accreditation planning and assessment methodologies and tools.
  • Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart information to a range of clientele and/or media sources.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Knowledge of organizational structure, workflow, and operating procedures.
  • Ability to supervise and train staff, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and community relations skills and the ability to communicate and work effectively within a diverse community.
  • Employee development and performance management skills.
  • Ability to analyze complex problems, interpret operational needs, and develop integrated, creative solutions.
  • Strategic planning and performance measurement skills.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present effectively to small and large groups.
  • Organizational planning, structuring, and staffing skills.
  • Skills in strategic, operational, financial planning, and fiscal management.