The Provost is accountable as the Chief Academic Officer and as such will be a member of our executive leadership team. He/She will report directly to the University President and is expected to provide academic and administrative leadership to achieve the highest standards of excellence in teaching. He/She will provide executive oversight and strategic guidance in the planning, development, implementation, assessment and evaluation of all aspects of academic programming for all academic divisions including: curriculum development, accreditation, institutional effectiveness, and compliance, as well as oversight over all academic personnel, which include: Vice-Provost, University Program Directors, Campus Deans, Program Directors, and all other faculty. The Provost will be expected to have fiscal oversight of areas within the Academic Affairs arena, and be responsible for implementing academic policies and procedures. The Provost will be responsible for ensuring and aiding in the creation of curricula that is competency-based and responsive to our students needs. The applicant should be conversant with both ACICS and SACS accreditation standards. The Provost will work in full partnership with other members of the executive team, as well as other departments, to develop and assess overall strategic planning for the University, support initiatives such as shared governance and accreditation and acts in the role of a change leader. This position requires an innovator, who is also an academic leader. We want to make waves and disrupt.
Essential Job Functions:
The ideal Provost will possess a cadre of personal attributes that allow him/her to relate well to the diversity of faculty, staff and students, and to the needs of the University. The Provost must be committed to shared governance, team work, and creative leadership, and possess the characteristics of sound judgment, flexibility, creativity, resourcefulness, innovation, inspiration, and excellent communication skills. Other, more specific knowledge, skills and abilities required include:
- Supervise all matters relating to curriculum and instruction in the University, including outreach programs, course offerings and scheduling, faculty and academic staff recruitment and development activities.
- Provide advisory recommendations to the Chief Operating Officer and to the President on all academic matters. Oversee development and implementation of academic strategic planning, lead strategic growth, enrollment and retention planning. Establish priorities and plans for program development, faculty recruitment and development.
- Coordinate periodic academic program review and work with Deans in the review, study, and development of curriculum and in the improvement of instruction.
- Chair and serve on a variety of campus and community committees and groups. Work effectively with community groups, educational entities, business, industry, government and legislative bodies to develop partnerships.
- Develop and manage academic affairs budget with oversight responsibility for all academic and information management areas.
- Advocate and promote quality instruction, student success, integrated planning, and the expansion of student learning outcomes.
- Provide sustained leadership in a dynamic and rapidly-changing academic environment.
- Lead comprehensive assessment of student learning practices within an educational setting.
- Review and continuous improvement of academic offerings of an institution of higher education.
- Develop teams of leaders that are able to come together around common goals and are committed to producing desired outcomes.
- Create a culture of collaboration that ensures agreement regarding major change efforts focused on improving outcomes.
- The Provost has responsibility for the successful and effective management of the people and resources within the department, plus oversight responsibilities for the management of the functional divisions/work groups with the Academic Affairs area
- The Provost serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet and works in full partnership with other members of the executive team, as well as other departments, to collaborate in the development of the overall strategic planning for the University
- Collaborate with students, faculty, Program Leads, Campus Deans, University Program Directors, and the Innovation Team to ensure relevant high quality programs and courses are delivered.
- Serve as spokesperson on academic excellence initiatives, program relevance, instructional designs, and sustainability issues with internal constituencies.
- Maintain effective communications to inform and advise stakeholders and participants in course development and design activities.
External Relationships and Communications:
- Build effective partnerships with local industry organizations and advisory board members to support growth and sustainability efforts including student job placement upon graduation.
- Identify, seek, and secure corporate partnerships to support academic programs and leverage campus resources to further propel academic quality, growth and sustainability.
- In-depth knowledge and understanding of academic curriculum and instructional design, evaluation and effectiveness, academic priorities, pedagogy, student learning outcome assessment and adult learning theory.
- Excellent communication skills with the ability to engender trust among various constituencies and advanced written communication skills able to effectively develop concise communications.
- Sound judgment and diplomacy to interact effectively with a broad spectrum of people, including accreditation bodies, regulatory commissions, community leaders, faculty members, staff, vendors and contractors, both individually and within a team.
- Skilled at problem solving, able to handle high stress and deadlines with poise and precision, setting the example for campus student and faculty behaviors.
- Demonstrated academic leadership, excellent communication and interpersonal skills and good judgment.
- Ability to formulate and articulate sound policies and demonstrated ability to identify, resolve, and consult on a wide range of administrative and personnel issues with a clear sense of institutional needs and priorities.
Required Education and Experience:
- An earned doctorate from an accredited institution.
- 7-10 years of senior level leadership and experience in higher education, ideally supporting academic development.
- Significant experience in the development and administration of curriculum, budget, personnel management, strategic planning, and the use of technology in higher education.
- Strong leadership experience, able to foster collaboration across diverse constituencies and inspire confidence and motivate groups to collectively meet common objectives.
- Demonstrated experience with academic strategic planning, strong fiscal management linking resource allocation to planning and priorities, data-driven decision-making and leading the ongoing efforts in support of accreditation standards.
Work Environment and Physical Demands:
- Standard office environment
- Routine travel to conferences and other campus locations
- May require occasional long work days to meet deadlines and objectives
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