Dean of Academic Affairs

Atlanta, GA

Summary: The Dean provides leadership to the academic group at the College and the identified branch campus (The Art Institute of Virginia Beach) within The Art institute of Atlanta system in collaboration with Program Chairs, Program Coordinators and Faculty. The Dean sits on the Executive Committee of the College, and participates in inter-departmental activities. The Dean has ultimate responsibility for all academic functions across the Ai Atlanta main and branch campuses, including Registrar and Library operations. The Dean ensures that the campuses perform as a group/system on all academic endeavors.

Incumbent must assure that The Arts Institutes International, LLC philosophy: quality services to clients; development, growth, involvement, and recognition of employees; sound economic principles; and environment which is conducive to innovation, positive thinking and expansion - is considered in carrying out the duties and responsibilities of this position.

Key Job Elements: 

  • Leads efforts to develop, assess, and improve academic programs and institutional processes in partnership with faculty and staff in a shared governance system.
  • Hires and evaluates all faculty at the main campus and branch campus (Ai Virginia Beach) within the system. Ensures that programs across all locations are staffed appropriately with Full-Time Faculty and a solid selection of qualified and credentialed Adjunct Faculty.
  • Drives effective / efficient class scheduling and assignment of faculty within main campus and across branch campuses - meeting institutional budgetary targets.
  • Serves as the primary catalyst / leader for assessment of student learning and accreditation activities at the main and branch campus.
  • Works with functional departments to support student success related to the following: retention initiatives, attendance, student satisfaction surveys, classroom performance, time to graduation. Provide input into planning and implementation of annual budget including personnel, program expenses, and capital needs.
  • Coordinates a variety of student and academic support services and activities in collaboration with other departments based on needs of the students.
  • Oversees logistical and operational aspects of the academic program, including registration, budgets, faculty, among others.
  • Provides leadership, planning, and implementation of new or revised academic programs while meeting all state, regional, and Department of Education regulations.
  • Travels to branch campuses on a frequent basis, meeting with Campus Leadership, Faculty, Staff, and Students to ensure needs are being addressed on a regular basis.
  • Follows all SACSCOC standards and ensures compliance at all branch campuses.

 Reports To: President 

Location: The Art Institute of Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia 

Supervises: Program Chairs, Full-Time Faculty, Registrar, Librarian 

Interacts With: All other departments, academic affairs personnel, and students.

Job Requirements (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):

 1.      Knowledge:

  • Credentials according to regulatory requirements within a minimum of 6+ years related teaching experience. Doctorate preferred, prior experience/leadership with assessment of Student Learning Outcomes. SACSCOC accreditation standards, and higher education regulatory compliance
  • Held positions of increasingly responsible experience in the industry and/or Academic Affairs.
  • Fiscal and personnel management experience.

2.      Skills

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with supervisor and staff populations.
  • Superior organization, prioritization, and self-motivation skills.
  • Strong computer literacy skills with the Microsoft Office Suite.

3.       Abilities

  • Ability to interact effectively as either a leader or as a member of a team and work collaboratively with other departments, particularly through a remote/technical environment.
  • Ability to listen to others and to understand and respond positively to their requests.
  • Ability to adapt to changing assignments and multiple priorities.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and successfully meet deadlines.

Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The term "qualified individual with a disability" means an individual with a disability who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the position. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate professionally in person, over the telephone, through email and other electronic means, move about the office or school, handle various types of media and equipment, and visually or otherwise identify, observe and assess. The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 10 pounds unless otherwise specified in the job description.


The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

The Arts Institutes International, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and embraces diversity as a critical step in ensuring employee, student and graduate success. We are committed to building and developing a diverse environment where a variety of ideas, cultures and perspectives can thrive.

JOB CODE: 1000127