Vice President of Academic Affairs

Academic Affairs · Boston, Massachusetts
Department Academic Affairs
Employment Type Full Time
Minimum Experience Executive
Compensation Comensurate with experience



Organizational Overview

CAPA The Global Education Network is committed to academic excellence, integrity, and innovation in learning abroad. Our mission is to provide meaningful experiences that challenge and inspire students to analyze and explore complex political, cultural, and social landscapes within urban environments. Through our commitment to personalized learning, global connections via technology and collaborative learning communities, we prepare students to live and work in a globally interdependent and diverse world. CAPA: The Global Education Network is headquartered in Boston and operates programs in Buenos Aires, Dublin, Florence, Sydney, London, and Shanghai.


Justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental to the mission, structure, and operations of CAPA: The Global Education Network. We are an equal opportunity employer that strives to provide a work environment that celebrates difference and is free of implicit and explicit bias. We seek to hire employees representing diversity in all forms and work to support all employees to achieve at the highest level. Employment is based on a person’s professional qualifications and competence. CAPA does not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, creed, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, or related condition including breastfeeding, or any other basis protected by law.


General Description

CAPA seeks an innovative leader with a passion for excellence and a demonstrated ability to deliver the highest standards for learning abroad. Reporting to the President/CEO, the Vice President of Academic Affairs is a key member of the executive team, responsible for academic programming, developing and managing faculty to ensure strong academic results, and a positive personal and professional development for all students. The Vice President defines strategy, facilitates, and communicates integrated plans for business development and growth in all areas across the organization, including plans for expansion.


Key Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the President/CEO to ensure academic vision is aligned with expected growth of the organization
  • Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of academic programs
  • Provide leadership and support on adopting research-proven pedagogy and standards-based instructional practices
  • Manage the hiring of highly qualified faculty and staff who excel at meeting the academic, social, and emotional needs of students
  • Foster a supportive and positive culture while ensuring accountability
  • Direct the global academic management team in matters of performance and KPIs, curriculum development, programming, academic advising, faculty management, and quality evaluation
  • Align CAPA’s strategy for curriculum design and development with future growth plans to ensure our courses and products are positioned to achieve the organizations expected revenue and enrollment growth
  • Develop and monitor CAPA’s academic standards and student learning outcomes
  • Support faculty in establishing, prioritizing, and implementing programs that are aligned to our mission
  • Provide regular, actionable feedback on instructional leaders; provide professional development opportunities that are aligned to organizational goals and responsive to individual needs
  • Build strategies to further develop CAPA’s globally networked platform to reach new institutions and markets
  • Promote CAPA’s globally networked learning objectives and platform called GNL to optimize the use of technology and learning via CANVAS/LMS
  • Serve as the CAPA liaison with the Academic Advisory Board and oversee all external reviews
  • Serve as Chair, Curriculum Committee and Chair, Enrollment Management Committee
  • Represent CAPA’s academic strategy on college and university campuses in the US and abroad; lead and host site visits and workshops from prospective and current partners from US institutions, presenting the mission and benefits of CAPA programs in all locations to senior decision makers
  • Travel to conferences and US institutions to facilitate the fulfillment of partnership agreements, including agreements with local universities, as well as universities based in the US to build CAPA’s institutional network. 
  • Set and manage substantial budgets associated with curriculum, instruction, and student activities/supplies
  • Ensure all registrar and copyright compliance requirements are managed appropriately across the academic affairs team
  • Manage all School of Record (SOR) and Library of Record (LOR) strategy, relationships and agreements for the organization
  • Drive international academic initiatives, including along with academic leadership from other CAPA centers worldwide
  • Prepare departmental reports for the Executive Team, the Board of Advisors, and the Academic Advisory Board as required
  • Proactively manage a variety of special projects, maintain deadlines, and track and report progress
  • Ensure student data is analyzed regularly and is used to inform lesson planning
  • Lead the process for administering assessments and disseminating assessment results to management and staff


 Skills and Experience

  • 8-10 years of experience in senior management and/or higher education administration
  • PhD or terminal degree in relevant field
  • Expert knowledge of and/or experience in US higher education
  • Prior success managing a team to work collaboratively and achieve individual, team and organizational goals
  • Proven experience in a fast-paced, demanding entrepreneurial environment
  • Senior fiscal management experience including managing budgets and negotiating favorable rates and contracts
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and strong ability to prioritize multiple tasks and special projects
  • Entrepreneurial problem-solver with a focus on driving results and continual improvement
  • Ability to work to deadlines and adapt a flexible approach to meet the needs of the business
  • A high level of proficiency in computer software, particularly Microsoft Office, Salesforce/CRM and CANVAS/LMS
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally, up to 25%


This position will ideally be located at CAPA's head office in Boston, MA but remote candidates will be considered.


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  • Location
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Department
    Academic Affairs
  • Employment Type
    Full Time
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    Comensurate with experience