Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: A8108 / Dir,Opns/Academic Affairs
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 16

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Single incumbent position that serves as a member of the Academic Affairs executive team and is responsible for directing, developing and implementing effective organizational and leadership strategies for the respective units under the Provost. Oversees general operations, strategic planning and implementation of complex core programs and initiatives for the main and branch campuses.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Directs and coordinates all administrative functions and enforces University policy for the Provost; provides administrative guidance and support to all components of Academic Affairs.
  2. Participates in operational and administrative planning and decision-making regarding the various Provost units, including branch campuses; may oversee human resources, facilities and space allocations/planning initiatives, major and minor project planning, oversight of capital expenditures, internal and external compliance, reporting, communication, and Regents relations.
  3. Provides strategic guidance and consultation to the Provost on a wide range of administrative and operational issues; including matters of policy, academic, accreditation, interdivisional interaction, compliance and capital development, improvement, and management.
  4. Participates in strategic project planning and oversees project tracking for the Provost; interacts with internal and/or external constituents as appropriate in the development and administration of projects and programs.
  5. Develops and administers budgets and business plans for project development and deployment at an institutional level.
  6. Serves as Provost's designee on various departmental, divisional, and University policy-making committees; participates directly in the formulation of policy, ensuring that administrative, operational and human resources practices are in compliance with University regulations, policies, and appropriate laws.
  7. Monitors and oversees all staffing issues; serves as liaison on legal issues, and makes or participates in staffing decisions in the absence of or on behalf of the Provost, as necessary.
  8. Manages and administers a diverse team of professional/technical and support staff, both directly and through lower level managers and supervisors.
  9. May serve as Campus Security Authority as outlined by the Clery Act.
  10. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 7 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Skill in the use of personal computers and related software applications.
  • Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports.
  • Knowledge of related accreditation and certification requirements.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Strategic management skills.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Knowledge of organizational structure, workflow, and institutional operating procedures.
  • Knowledge of college and university human resources systems.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and university EEO/AA/Diversity laws, guidelines and procedures.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Ability to negotiate and manage contractual arrangements.
  • Administrative planning and leadership skills.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

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