Full-Time, Benefit Eligible

We seek an experienced and collaborative leader to inspire the academic vision and strategic direction of Goddard College. Goddard holds a unique and valuable place in the history of progressive and experimental education and, to that end, we seek a candidate that both honors and continues this important tradition.

The Chief Academic Officer reports to the Goddard College President and is a member of the President’s leadership team.  This individual must value and have demonstrated success in working with others in the collaborative enterprise of institutional leadership. Areas of required competency include:  an inclusive leadership style grounded by the mission of the College and institutional priorities, experience working with academic collective bargaining, and excellent facilitation and collaborative leadership skills.

Candidates should have expertise in academic programming development and assessment, fiscal planning and management, strategic enrollment management, working with a unionized faculty, and fostering the development of a diverse and inclusive college community.  Successful candidates must resonate with the fundamental collaborative nature of this position and should address their skills as collaborators, facilitators, mediators, engaged leaders, and team members in their application materials.


  • Promotes and implements the College academic mission, as articulated by the trustees and President;
  • Oversees academic program development, including:  management, program assessments, strategic/annual planning, new initiatives, and evaluation;
  • Ensures compliance with academic accreditation and regulatory requirements;
  • Collaborates and develops enrollment strategies with Dean of Admissions and other enrollment stakeholders;
  • Performs scheduled assessments of Program Directors and ensures appropriate faculty evaluation;
  • Participates in implementation of the College’s collective bargaining agreement and works with the Faculty Union through Labor & Management meetings;
  • Develops and cultivates collegial working relationship with administrative peers; those supervised; and members of the faculty;
  • Serves as ex-officio member and committee staff for the Academic and Student Affairs Committee of the Goddard College Board of Trustees;
  • Serves as ex-officio member of the Academic Council; chair or participate in other committees, as needed (e.g. Enrollment Management, Goddard West Oversight, Budget, etc.);
  • Supervises Program Directors, Academic Affairs staff, Director of Information Access (Library), Director of WGDR/WGDH FM Community Radio, and Registrar;
  • Oversees budget development and management for Academic Affairs Office, academic programming, and new academic initiatives;
  • Engages actively as member of the President’s leadership team;
  • Serves as an administrative liaison and resource for the Faculty Council.


Our new Chief Academic Officer (CAO) will work with all our community members, in close contact with our President, to continue to make the College an exemplary learning community.  We are deeply committed to the development and implementation of new models for emancipatory progressive education.

We are also committed to Goddard College as a socially responsible and sustainable business. We seek a CAO who is capable of managing resources adroitly.  The CAO will play a key role as a fiscal steward of the academic programming; will participate in the development of annual budgets, will balance competing needs and resources, and will be capable of and committed to seeking funding and support for academic programming.

The Chief Academic Officer is expected to articulate and implement the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.  This includes collaborating and communicating with staff, faculty, and the Union, negotiating terms as needed, and making decisions related to the terms of the contract.

The Chief Academic Officer will play a key role in developing, assessing, and nurturing new initiatives in collaboration with faculty and Program Directors.  The CAO will work collaboratively with the Leadership Team and others to implement approved initiatives.

Goddard continues to work to increase diversity and multicultural perspectives.  Therefore, we seek a Chief Academic Officer who will provide leadership in deepening the cultural competence of the community and the on-going development of an institutional infrastructure which supports underrepresented groups in the Goddard community.

Goddard is well known for the intellectual vigor and vitality of its students, faculty, staff, and alumni.  The Chief Academic Officer will need the wisdom to understand this dynamic and the skill to positively participate in discussions and decision-making processes that foster community.

The Chief Academic Officer & Academic Dean position is based on our Vermont campus, however regular travel to our Washington state campus locations in Seattle and Port Townsend will also be required.

The position will commence on June 1, 2015.

Job Requirements:

  • Significant experience as a faculty member and academic administrator;
  • Earned terminal degree or equivalent experience and education;
  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission, vision, and values of the College;
  • Record of scholarly, teaching, and creative achievement, commensurate with the position;
  • Proven ability to perform administrative leadership with skill and enthusiasm, including assessment and documentation of administrative outcomes;
  • Record of institutional success in assessment and development of curriculum and academic programming;
  • Experience and success in enrollment strategy and implementation, including evidence of increased enrollment outcomes;
  • Demonstrated ability to promote evolving standards for academic excellence;
  • Experience with accreditation bodies, governing boards, and state/federal agencies;
  • Ability to balance advocacy for academic programming with institutional priorities;
  • Capacity to work within and foster a culturally competent diverse community;
  • Regular presence on campus and attendance at meetings, retreats, graduation ceremonies, and a variety of other on-campus meetings, including College events;
  • Comfortable with a variety of technological platforms, including the Google suite of applications;
  • Experience collaborating with governing boards.


  • Patience, ingenuity, rigor, fairness, passion, and compassion;
  • A sense of humor and a sense of irony;
  • Experience in working across and developing familiarity with cultures other than one’s own;
  • Exemplary written and verbal communication skills;
  • Accessibility, integrity, engagement, and articulateness;
  • Principled leadership and attention to details of finance, participation, and planning.

How to Apply:

To be considered for this position, all applications must be electronically submitted by clicking on the link below and uploading your documents.  Applications submitted in alternative ways will not be considered.  (note: Firefox browsers are not supported; use Safari or Chrome instead) https://highereddecisions.com/gcv/current_vacancies.asp

Required Materials:

  • Cover letter;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Statement of leadership philosophy and ethical principles;
  • Statement of teaching and learning philosophy;
  • A list of three former or current employment references with contact information.

Review of applications has commenced and will continue until the position is filled.

Goddard is committed to creating a college representative of a diverse global community. To that end we are actively seeking applications from qualified candidates from groups currently underrepresented in our institution.

Page updated: 3/19/15.