ASSOCIATE VICE PROVOST FOR ACADEMIC & FACULTY AFFAIRS AND SENIOR DIRECTOR FOR INSTITUTIONAL EQUITY
The University of Michigan seeks a creative, innovative, energetic and thoughtful individual who can provide senior-level leadership in the delivery of investigations, programming, and services for the entire University of Michigan community. The new Associate Vice Provost and Senior Director will provide leadership and direction in support of diversity, inclusiveness, equal access, equitable treatment, and cultural understanding and competency. This individual, collaborating with other University of Michigan senior leadership, will develop and/or contribute to strategic planning, policy creation and other efforts to build a community rich in cultural understanding and an ethical work environment free from all forms of discrimination and/or harassment. The Associate Vice Provost and Senior Director also oversee the University’s mediation efforts involving faculty and staff.
The successful candidate will be responsible for enforcing the applicable University policy that prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment, as outlined in the University’s non-discrimination statement. As such, the person is responsible for the oversight and facilitation of efforts to foster a working, learning and living environment that is free from all forms of discrimination and harassment. In addition, this person serves as the University’s Title IX Coordinator and ADA Coordinator.
The Associate Vice Provost and Senior Director reports directly to the Associate Vice-President for Human Resources and has a reporting relationship to the Vice Provost for Equity, Inclusion, and Academic Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer. This person will also maintain an important relationship with the Vice Provosts for Academic and Faculty Affairs. In addition, the person will collaborate with a wide variety of campus partners, including the Vice-President for Student Life, Office of the General Counsel, the Ombuds Offices, the Health System Human Resources Department and the regional campuses human resource offices in delivering services and programming.
The Associate Vice Provost and Senior Director will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Office for Institutional Equity (OIE). The Office works with faculty, staff, students, and administrators to prevent and to resolve conflicts based on allegations of discrimination, discriminatory harassment, and retaliation. The Office provides training and consultation on achieving and supporting a diverse, welcoming and supportive working and learning environment. The office also provides training and outreach on all civil rights matters in an effort to ensure the University’s on-going compliance with various federal and state civil rights laws. The Office also provides support to a number of constituency groups.
OIE oversees, facilitates and supports the University’s efforts to ensure equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, height, weight, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.
This position will also ensure that all general university policies and procedures are implemented and well documented, performing occasional internal reviews, and identifying compliance issues that call for formal attention. This position will help to develop risk management strategies to avoid non-compliance and file compliance reports with regulatory bodies.
· High productivity in a fast-paced environment
· A minimum of five years of experience with increasing responsibility at an academic institution of higher education
· Extensive knowledge of AA/EEO, Title IX, and Civil Rights laws and regulations
· Ability to provide thought leadership on issues related to the mission of this office to deans, directors and other senior leadership
· A values-based approach to the creation of an ethical workplace that appropriately balances management and employee perspectives
· Ability to influence direction and decisions in a decentralized academic environment with multiple constituency groups, and multiple levels of leadership
· Ability to interact effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences
· Experience dealing with student conduct adjudication, investigations, dispute resolution, and compliance
· Demonstrated knowledge and ability to interpret all federal and state higher education civil rights laws and regulations
· Success in value-based strategic planning, policy development, proactive program development, and administration
· Progressively responsible professional experience with significant accomplishments in diversity management, affirmative action, and resolution of discrimination and harassment complaints
· Ability and experience in analyzing data and surveys, producing narrative and data reports and presentations, and in developing tools to measure progress towards programmatic goals
· Excellent supervisory and project and program management skills
· Excellent communication skills
· J.D. or M.A. in a related field or equivalent education and experience
· Excellent judgment, ability to maintain a fair and neutral position in significant disputes, and ability to work independently.
Experience and skills preferred but not required:
· Experience in a major research university environment
· Alternative dispute resolution and change management experience
· E-learning program delivery experience
· Budget management experience
· Full competence in using computer software packages for the office environment including database management skills and experience
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Vice President of Finance and Human Resources
The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) seeks an experienced and visionary business professional to serve as its next Vice President of Finance and Human Resources (the Vice President). The Vice President will be responsible for supporting the University’s mission of access and excellence and its goal of serving with distinction as a model public research university serving a 21st-century student demographic.
This position oversees an operating budget of roughly $475 million and a host of administrative offices and functions. A record of integrity and success in the leadership and management of a wide range of complex business affairs in higher education is required. This includes strong interpersonal communication, proven analytical skills, broad finance and accounting experience, a working knowledge of construction and capital projects financing, and experience with implementing and improving the functionality of large-scale human capital and financial management software systems. Candidates should possess a service-oriented mindset and excel in working with diverse populations of students, staff, and faculty. Reporting to the University President, the Vice President will serve on the President’s Cabinet and provide executive leadership for several administrative units that are responsible for managing the comprehensive finance and human resources activities of the University.
The Vice President of Finance and Human Resources is responsible for directing fiscal and human resource functions and coordinating activities where it is essential to assure strategic alignment of major operational initiatives and University goals. In this role, the Vice President is directly responsible for managing the University’s balance sheet and capital structure, financial planning, financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting, audit activities, capital planning, and human resources. The Vice President is tasked with fostering an environment that encourages collaborative decision-making and forging an aspiring vision for the future.
Minimum requirements are:
- Brings a record of success with financial planning, human resource management, an understanding of public financing processes, and a commitment to advancing the objectives of a rapidly developing public research institution.
- Master’s or professional degree
- Strong interpersonal communication skills
- Personal and professional integrity
Preferred qualifications are:
- Experience and success leading the financial and human resources functions of a major public research university or other relevant experience
- Operational leadership experience with PeopleSoft or similar enterprise resource planning platforms
- Experience in legislative and regional oversight settings, including giving hearing testimony and/or governing board presentations.
- MBA/MPA or equivalent degree
UTEP has emerged as a national leader in redefining U.S. public higher education. The University’s unwavering commitment to ensuring both access and excellence to students in its binational metropolitan region has resulted in its standing as the only research-doctoral university in the United States with a Mexican-American majority student population. The successful creation of highly competitive academic and research programs, while maintaining a deep commitment to serving a 21st-century student demographic, has changed the narrative on higher education as well as the trajectories of the lives of tens of thousands of students.
A Carnegie high-research-activity, urban university with more than 25,000 students, and nearly $95 million in annual research expenditures, UTEP is a member of The University of Texas System ( www.utsystem.edu). It serves its primary constituency–residents of far west Texas, southern New Mexico, and northern Mexico-with 72 undergraduate programs, 74 master’s programs, 22 doctoral degree programs, and a growing portfolio of online degrees. With an 80% Hispanic student population- and an additional 5% from Mexico-UTEP proudly reflects the demographic composition of the binational region from which it draws 90% of its students. The Brookings Institution named UTEP the national leader in fostering social mobility through equal access to higher education in 2017. Our president, Diana Natalicio, was named one of Time’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2016 and among Fortune’s Top 50 world leaders in 2017.
The University’s mission of ensuring access is coupled with a commitment to excellence reflected in rigorous programs, which prepare students to make significant contributions to their professions, their communities, and the world. As a research/doctoral institution, UTEP fosters a climate of scholarly inquiry, with a special focus on applying innovative interdisciplinary approaches to explore and address major issues that confront the multicultural U.S.-Mexico border region.
Application Instructions: Candidates should submit a cover letter detailing their experience, vision, and strategic direction for the position at UTEP, a resume, and at least three (3) professional references, including names, phone numbers, and email addresses. Screening of applications will begin immediately and continues until the position is filled.
All candidate information will be held confidential. Submit nominations and application materials to email@example.com
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Bethany College aims to be celebrated as a college dedicated to student success and community transformation. Over the past two years, under the leadership of President Will Jones and the college’s Cabinet, Bethany has grown by 16 percent full-time enrollment, initiated the Good Life Scholarship (a four-year, full-tuition scholarship for local students in our home community), and launched Swedes to Sweden (a free service-learning trip to Sweden for all sophomores who start as a freshman at Bethany), and we are on track to welcome another record freshman and transfer class again this fall. Bethany enjoys a diverse student body from more than 35 states and 25 countries. In addition, the college serves students from diverse economic backgrounds, including more than one-third of our students who demonstrate full-need on the FAFSA and nearly 50 percent who are Pell Grant recipients.
Bethany invites nominations, inquiries, and applications for our next Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) and Dean of the College. We seek an academic leader receptive to new academic models and agile in responding to challenges and opportunities. We expect our VPAA to be thoughtful, kind, caring, and a committed servant-leader. Bethany’s VPAA will have a firm understanding of and commitment to a church-related liberal arts college with professional programs.
The VPAA is the chief academic officer given authority, responsibility, and accountability for Bethany’s academic program. The VPAA reports to the President as a member of Cabinet (the senior leadership team). The VPAA is the primary liaison between the faculty and the President and other members of the Cabinet and the Board of Directors. The VPAA represents the academic program to alumni, friends, current students, and their families, prospective students and their families, and our campus community. In addition, the VPAA provides supervisory leadership to key academic activities and offices, including institutional effectiveness, institutional research, the registrar’s office, academic support services, and the Wallerstedt Learning Center Library.
Bethany College has a long history of leading in education in the Midwest and beyond. For 136 years our choir, joined by choristers from across the Midwest, has inspired and entertained audiences with our Easter Sunday performance of Handel’s Messiah. The college’s band is the third oldest in the country. According to historical accounts, the “vigorous and active” Bethany alumni chapter at the Yale Graduate school was second in size only to Yale itself. Throughout the years, many members of our faculty and staff have been recognized as leading experts and talents in their fields. The college has received endorsements from the Swedish royal family. Bethany’s choir has performed in Carnegie Hall. Nobel recipients have visited our campus as a part of the Johnson Lecture Series. The Swedes 19 intercollegiate athletic teams have celebrated more than 190 regular season and tournament Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference championships. Two of our former football coaches are in the College Football Hall of Fame: Bennie Owen (who has the field named after him at the University of Oklahoma) and Ted Kessinger (who served as head coach for 27 years with 219 wins).
Bethany is a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ECLA). Like the ELCA, the college is committed to nurturing a diverse and inclusive community. In addition, the President, the Cabinet, the Board of Directors, and the Faculty Senate value and protect academic freedom.
Bethany’s five-year strategic plan, Bethany, Arise!, challenges the campus to answer two primary questions: How can we help more of our students to be successful? And, how can we help to transform our local community? Bethany’s vision statement declares, “Bethany College will be celebrated in the ELCA and in the Midwest for offering inspired learning and informed faith that results in student success and community transformation.” To accomplish this vision and to answer the two primary questions, the strategic plan outlines five initiatives: Advance the Academic Program, Strengthen and Establish Distinctive Offerings, Bolster our Market Position, Create Robust Resource Development, and Ensure Prudent Financial Management. As goals were established to achieve these five initiatives, the college’s future efforts were focused on investing in and improving our people first (our students, faculty, staff, board, and local community), then programs (academic, academic support, and athletics), and finally places (classroom spaces, laboratories, locker rooms, performance spaces, current buildings, and additional facility needs).
Situated perfectly in the charming and inviting city of Lindsborg, Kansas-one of only two Kansas towns listed in Livability’s “Top 100 Best Towns” in the U.S.-Bethany College enjoys the delightful people and setting of this often visited historically Swedish community. With a large number of local alumni and friends with Bethany connections, the college’s faculty, staff, and students enjoy and benefit from strong local support. Equidistant from Dallas, Chicago, and Denver, the campus sits confidently at the center of a great part of the country.
Qualifications and Desired Attributes
Our next VPAA must hold an earned doctorate or terminal degree and a record of increasing leadership roles. Preference will be given to candidates with experience of service to a church-related liberal arts college with professional programs.
The successful candidate will have full-time, collegiate teaching experience and a commitment to scholarship, service, and student engagement.
Additionally, Bethany seeks in our VPAA:
An academic leader committed to learning
A teacher with a heart for keeping students at the center of thinking and planning
A coach and mentor committed to challenging talented faculty, staff, administrators, and students to strive for excellence (one of the college’s six core values)
A data-driven decision maker with experience leading program review
A strategic and entrepreneurial thinker who can inspire the faculty to create programs that meet learning outcomes and enrollment goals
An assessor with experience overseeing institutional and program accreditation at state, regional, and national levels;
A colleague committed to making Bethany College a celebrated institution in the ELCA and the Midwest
Bethany’s student/faculty ratio is 11 to 1, and all but a few of our full-time faculty members hold a doctorate or terminal degree in their field. Bethany is known for strong relationships between faculty, students, staff, and coaches. Students regularly praise our faculty for strong teaching, their accessibility after class, and the personal interest faculty demonstrates in the lives of students.
Bethany academic programs range from the humanities to the fine arts to the pre-professional and professional. All academic programs are grounded in a core curriculum that encourages foundational, common learning among all community members. The college offers 36 areas of study that lead to a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Music Education. The college encourages study across multiple disciplines; students benefit from a January Term of study.
Bethany is strongly committed to international and domestic travel opportunities for academic credit within a variety of study areas and co-curricular activities. In early December 2017, college leaders announced the Swedes to Sweden program which guarantees a free service-learning trip for all sophomores that start at Bethany as a freshman. This May and June, our choir will perform throughout Germany and Sweden.
As the 14th president of Bethany College, Will Jones has challenged our faculty, staff, and coaches with producing graduates who become successful professionals who love God and love people. Bethany College’s Christian commitment to higher education and the deep community found in close-knit Lindsborg attracted Will to serve at Bethany. As someone who grew up in traumatic poverty in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky, he knows first-hand how a liberal arts education and hard work can transform a student’s life. A determination to be a college graduate was instilled at an early age by his parents; his mom was an eighth-grade dropout and his dad dropped out in the ninth grade. A passion for fundraising for private colleges and universities and a passion to help others has shaped his career as a servant leader. Will earned a master’s degree in Philanthropy and Development from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Berea College. He is currently completing a Ph.D. in International Conflict Management from Kennesaw State University.
Application materials must include a letter of interest (in the position and Bethany College), current curriculum vitae, and at least three references with full contact information (references will not be contacted without candidate’s consent).
Submit nominations and application materials to firstname.lastname@example.org