Director of Academic Affairs

Penn State University

Penn State Brandywine
Campus City:
Media, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
Penn State Brandywine
Office of the Vice Presdent for Comonwealth Campuses
Full/Part Time:


Penn State Brandywine invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of Academic Affairs (DAA) to begin July 2020 or as negotiated. The Director of Academic Affairs is the senior campus academic officer and reports directly to the Chancellor. The DAA is responsible for providing leadership for all academic and faculty matters and acts on behalf of the Chancellor in his or her absence or as delegated. As a key member of the campus administrative team, the DAA works with the faculty and other staff on the campus of Penn State Brandywine in an environment of shared governance and cross-functional relationships. In addition, the DAA works with colleagues from the nineteen campuses located across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania reporting to the Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses. The DAA also works with colleges and departments at the University Park campus to ensure that Penn State operates as one university, geographically dispersed. Specific campus responsibilities of the DAA include faculty recruitment, evaluation, and development; academic planning, program development, administration, and evaluation; promoting faculty and student scholarship and research; supporting innovation and excellence in teaching; enhancing programs for student recruitment, development, and retention; supporting academic enhancement activities for students, such as study-abroad, internships, and service-learning opportunities; leading efforts in grant writing and funding solicitations to support research and academic programs; and leading faculty in outreach service to the community. In addition, the DAA is responsible for administering all budgets for academic programs, faculty development, and academic support services; supporting continuing education opportunities and marketing strategies for University degree programs (offered at this and other campuses of Penn State); supervising academic units (including registration, advising services, instructional design, disability services, and the Academic Commons); and supporting and fostering diversity. Successful candidates will have demonstrated commitment to, and relevant ability in successfully advocating for inclusion and values of inclusion and diversity. A successful candidate will have an earned Doctorate, academic administrative experience, and a minimum of five years of experience working in higher education in activities related to teaching, research and scholarship, and service. Candidates should possess strong writing and interpersonal skills, including the ability to foster teamwork and promote collaborative activities in a multidisciplinary environment. Candidates should also possess the academic qualifications for a tenured, senior rank faculty appointment at Penn State. Essential qualifications include experience with academic planning, faculty recruitment and development, faculty governance, and budgeting, and knowledge of various approaches to active and collaborative learning. Desirable experience includes grant writing and familiarity with or expertise in the effective use of instructional technologies. This 48-week academic administrative appointment includes an excellent benefits package. Penn State Brandywine, now in its forty-sixth year, shares in the University’s international reputation for excellence in education, research, and service. It is one of twenty-five campuses throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Penn State Brandywine fulfills the University’s land grant mission by offering the first two years of study for nearly all of Penn State’s degree programs (160+), and offers baccalaureate and associate degree programs in eleven areas of studies, including business, liberal arts, human services, communications, and STEM. As a small, undergraduate campus located on 110 acres within the greater Philadelphia region, Penn State Brandywine serves approximately 1,600 students and has one of the most diverse student bodies within the University. Penn State Brandywine fosters and maintains a safe environment of respect and inclusion for faculty, staff, students, and members of the communities we serve. The campus takes pride in the high quality of instruction provided by its faculty, who has received more University and College teaching awards proportionately than any other campus within the University. In addition, two of Penn State’s Distinguished Professors are permanent members of the campus faculty. For more information about the campus, please visit Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of four references. All applications must be submitted electronically as a Microsoft Word or PDF Review of applications will begin January 9, 2020 and continue until an appointment is made. All employees must pass a background check.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088