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Founding Vice President of Academic Programs Davis College
Davis College

Date Posted Oct. 3, 2019
Title Founding Vice President of Academic Programs Davis College
University Davis College
Washington, D.C., United States
Department Academic Programs
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Vice-(President/Provost/Chancellor)
  • Academic Affairs
    Administration - General
    Senior Administration
    University Administration

Founding Vice President of Academic Programs Davis College

Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist the Akilah Institute and Davis College in their search for a Vice President of Academic Programs.

This is a remarkable opportunity to join a successful organization poised for continued growth. After a decade of impact and success, the Akilah Institute is introducing Davis College, a new global network of co-ed universities. This new network of universities utilizes the proven Akilah model of personalized and affordable higher education, while maintaining Akilah as a unique campus for female leaders. Davis College is committed to equipping students with the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in careers in the fastest growing sectors of the economy.

Davis College seeks an experienced, results-driven strategist and instructional innovator to bring their proven record of accomplishment in the design and development of blended and online models and competency-based education in technology, education, sustainability and entrepreneurship. As the first Vice President of Academic Programs in a rapidly growing global network of campuses, this is an opportunity to have a meaningful impact on the future direction of the organization and impact students across the globe.

Serving as the first Vice President of Academic Programs, the successful candidate will build on the foundations created through existing academic partnerships with Entangled and Accenture to accomplish their goals:

Establish the vision and goals for the overarching global academic model.
Leverage the existing curriculum to create a scalable and replicable competency-based curriculum model for use across a wide variety of diverse learning and geographical contexts
Set strategy for the selection of new majors and specializations, including course structure for both diploma and bachelor programs of study.

The ideal candidate will have experience setting academic strategy, designing and developing innovative, learning experiences, blended and online models and competency based education and share Davis College’s passion for technology, and sustainability, entrepreneurship and increasing accessibility to education and employment opportunities for all.

This position reports to the Chief Academic Officer and is based in Washington, DC.
Responsibilities Academic Strategy
Work directly with the CAO to establish the vision and goals for the overarching global academic

Create strategy for:
curriculum development, revision and migration of content to the appropriate technology platform,
curriculum methodology and mapping for a competency based, blended learning academic model;
selection of new majors and specializations for diploma and bachelor programs in diverse geographic contexts including East Africa and Asia; and instructional innovation and learning practices including student-centered teaching, personalized learning, blended and online learning, experiential learning, and assurance of learning.
Deliver best-practice approaches in the presentation of concepts, principles, information and skills as they relate to competency-based education in a blended learning environment.

Curriculum & Instruction
Manage the Director of Curriculum Development and Instructional Design.
Manage all aspects of the curriculum development process, including review of curriculum delivered by the development team for alignment to standards and modalities.
Working with internal and external stakeholders and using both paid and open sources. create a global, competency-based curriculum model that encompasses multiple Akilah/Davis learner journeys
Develop a curriculum framework that leverages existing models at Akilah, continually evolving that framework to realize our strategic direction and goals.
Lead on the scalable design, development and implementation of curriculum content, training materials, training modules, teaching aids.
Research and implement new instructional strategies to remain competitive in the delivery of education.
Research emerging technologies and their application to teaching and learning.
Drive the development, implementation and management of content related partnerships with major publishers and 3rd party content providers.

Academic Assessment
In collaboration with the data team, design curriculum evaluation strategies that deepen our knowledge of what strategies impact what outcomes for students; use that data to lead the periodic curriculum and modality review process to ensure continuous improvement of and market relevancy of curriculum.
Conduct learning needs analysis to identify the knowledge, skills, and competencies required to complete courses and programs efficiently and effectively.
Oversee curricular assessment from collection of data through reports that facilitate executive decision making related to the academic model, specific programs and instructional methodologies.

Other Responsibilities
Travel in the US, Asia and Africa as needed to support business growth and operations.
Actively engage with industry counterparts to stay current with the latest developments in innovative curriculum design; contribute to relevant partnerships and conversations.
Develop and manage the content budget and related content success metrics
Act as the internal spokesperson for content and learning experiences.
Maintain the appropriate records for program assessment and ensure that each college follows relevant accreditation standards that will be communicated by the VP, Accreditation and Institutional Assessment

Required Qualifications
Doctoral Degree in Education or closely related field
Minimum of five years of experience in curriculum development and/or Learning & Development in a complex environment.
Two years leading teams of content developers.
Deep knowledge of and demonstrated ability to apply experience with curriculum design and development to create innovative learning experiences including instructor-led training, microlearning, learning games, virtual/augmented reality, distance learning solutions, etc.

Demonstrated commitment to and experience with workforce education priorities including, but not limited to, non-credit/credit career pathways, stackable credentials, credit for prior learning, and work-based learning experiences such as internships and apprenticeships.
Knowledge of and demonstrated experience with:
blended and online models (modalities);
working with adult learner and ESL populations;
competency based education;
major open educational resource content libraries and how to incorporate existing content for rapid learning solution deployment.
Demonstrated ability to drive innovation and change to improve efficiencies and the effectiveness of learning solutions.
Ability to take initiative for planning, prioritizing and supervising projects, juggle and manage multiple, competing priorities and deadlines concurrently,
Exceptionally motivated by the idea of building a global community of lifelong learners.
An enthusiastic proponent and impeccable user of all available systems in order to continually drive improvements in operational efficiency; Proficiency with Canvas, Google Drive applications, Asana and Microsoft Office applications strongly preferred

Preferred Qualifications
Earned doctorate in curriculum and instruction strongly preferred.
At least one year of experience working with geographically dispersed teams preferred.

About Davis College:
Co-Founder and CEO Elizabeth Dearborn Hughes witnessed the global higher education crisis and need for scalable solutions. Davis College is prepared to address these changing needs with a solution particularly in the high demand areas of Asia and Africa. Traditional schools can’t provide high quality and affordable education to the millions of young people that desperately need it.

The Davis College model is a unique hybrid of a liberal arts education with applied and technical curricula, combining competency-based academic programs with a customized, data-driven learning model to actualize practical experience and equip students with the tools needed to thrive in the fastest growing sectors of the economy.

Every element of Davis College has been intentionally designed to create a radically different educational experience, replacing traditional education methods like large group lectures and rote memorization with customized resources and activities to address the unique needs of each student, including group projects, tailored academic support, career coaching and community service projects.

They have designed a unique academic, staffing and instructional model that is affordable, market- relevant, and effectively prepares students to drive innovation in the changing world of work.

Application Instructions

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should include a cover letter and CV. For full consideration, please apply by October 15th. Please be sure to apply through the following link and do not email your application.

Inquiries, referrals and nominations are treated confidentially and can be sent to: Jennifer Muller, Academic Career & Executive Search at

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