Provost

JOB SUMMARY:
The Provost serves as the chief academic officer of Lasell University and oversees academic and student affairs. The Provost provides leadership in the planning, development, administration, promotion, and evaluation of all curricular and co-curricular programs, as well as in support of campus activities and innovations that support teaching, learning, and student development. The Provost works collaboratively with other members of the Senior Management Team on an array of initiatives in service of the quality and growth of the University. The Provost is central to the University's continual efforts to enhance diversity, and create an inclusive and equitable environment for all. The Provost represents and furthers the strategic interests of the University through participation in regional and national associations, higher education consortia, and collaborations. The Provost is also responsible for the hiring, development, funding, and evaluation processes and activities related to the faculty and staff of academic and student affairs. The Provost administers all budgets for academic and student life programs, faculty development, and academic support services. The Provost meets regularly with the Associate Vice President/Deans' leadership team in academic and student affairs as well as the Senior Management Team and Chair of the Faculty Assembly. The Deans of the five Schools, Associate Deans of Curricular Innovation, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs, Dean of Academic Success, Administrative Coordinator for Academic Affairs, and the Executive Director of the Holway Early Childhood Centers report to the Provost.

The Provost serves as ex-officio member of various faculty standing committees, including the Executive Committee of the Faculty Assembly.

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:
The statements below are intended to describe the essential job functions of the person or persons assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties and responsibilities. Lasell University has the right to add or change  job responsibilities at any time.

The Provost is responsible for:

  • Strategic planning processes focused on defining and implementing the educational philosophy of Connected Learning
  • Building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty who contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their teaching, scholarship, and service.
  • Development and execution of an academic and co-curricular vision that models a "students first approach"
  • Institution-wide and program-specific accreditation and state approval processes
  • Academic assessment processes and associated planning activities
  • Development and monitoring of budgets for academic and student affairs
  • Working with colleagues on financial planning and University budget analysis and approval
  • Soliciting and acquiring state and foundation funding
  • Introduction, launch, closing, and revisions to degree programs, in coordination with faculty and administrative colleagues
  • Curricular assessments, changes and reform
  • Review of curricular requirements for all majors and general education, in coordination with deans and faculty, on an ongoing basis
  • Design of new cross curricular programs, including service learning, undergraduate research, public speaking, writing, study abroad, and honors, in coordination with deans and faculty
  • New initiatives in academic advising and first-year experience (e.g., first year seminar, common reading, new student orientation)
  • Adherence to all academic and campus life policies and procedures
  • Support of the deans in the hiring, evaluation, contract renewal, and promotion of faculty and staff
  • Internal grant programs and faculty development support activities
  • Design and implementation of new faculty orientation workshops, and instructional technology support services
  • Primary liaison with Student Government Association for academic affairs
  • Oversight of decisions related to academic standing, academic integrity, issues with courses, and appeals.

MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIRED BY THE JOB:

Education Level:
An earned doctorate, or other terminal degree.

Qualifications/Experience/Characteristics:

  • At least 10 years demonstrated successful experience in progressively responsible teaching, administrative and educational leadership positions in a college or university setting.
  • Demonstrated successful experience in strategic planning, fiscal management, resource allocation and personnel supervision. An in-depth understanding of the opportunities and challenges presented by a changing national and international landscape for private higher education.
  • Track record of effective team-building and development of an accomplished, talented and diverse leadership team.
  • Proven capacity to lead, engage and facilitate collaborative processes and to foster positive organizational culture.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other members of senior administration and through a shared governance process to effect positive change for the University.
  • Demonstrated experience in effectively managing complex organizations undergoing constant change.
  • Ability to foster and practice open and transparent communication with faculty and staff.
  • Willingness and ability to delegate responsibility and decision-making to colleagues in the division of academic and student affairs.
  • Ability to champion policies and practices that support the success of underrepresented/marginalized populations in both student and employee groups.
  • Demonstrated understanding of inclusive pedagogy, management practices, and intercultural effectiveness.
  • Superior listening communication and analytical skills that generate data to support organizational learning and collaboration.
  • Ability to foster an environment that motivates, values and rewards innovative teaching, academic integrity and excellence, and a holistic vision of student development.
  • Evidence of success in student retention and persistence efforts.
  • A sense of humor.

Please submit letter of interest, resume, and contact information of three (3) references using the forms below

Given Lasell's commitment to fostering an intellectually enriching and inclusive educational environment, our expectation is that the successful candidate will demonstrate competence and sensitivity in leading, managing, and advising employees and students who are broadly diverse with regard to various aspects of identity, such as race, ethnicity, ability status, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, nationality, and religion.

We seek faculty and staff who appreciate the value diversity brings to a campus community and are eager to foster an inclusive environment here at Lasell. Employees who represent the various areas of diversity of our student body are key contributors to our strategic vision.

Lasell University is committed to equal opportunity in every aspect of hiring and employment. Lasell proactively reviews its policies and practices to assure that decisions with respect to every dimension of employment are made without regard to age, color of skin, disability, gender expression and identity, genetic predisposition, marital status, national origin, race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran's status, status as a victim of domestic violence, and all other protected groups and classes under Federal and State Laws and executive orders.