Provost/Academic Vice Chancellor

Montana, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jan 14, 2021
Position Type
Executive, Provosts
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The Provost and Academic Vice Chancellor is the Chief Academic Officer of Montana State University Billings and is responsible to the Chancellor for all operations of the University related to instructional programs, educational policy, academic planning, academic resources, management and oversight of the academic affairs budget and faculty personnel actions. In addition, the Provost is responsible for academic support units including Academic Support Center, Advising, Assessment and Accreditation, Career & Employment Services, Disability Support Services, Graduate Studies, Grants and Sponsored Programs, Institutional Research, International Studies, Library, Registrar’s Office, and Student Support Services/ TRIO. The Provost serves as an advocate for the College Deans and the faculty and students of MSU Billings.

MSUB is committed to continuous quality improvement of all services, programs, procedures, and interactions that employees have with students, family members, staff, faculty members, community partners, colleagues, and guests. The Provost participates in efforts to continually improve the delivery of services for all constituencies.


• Ensure decisions are student centered;
• Lead and inspire by example;
• Provide visionary leadership focused on ensuring academic excellence, preparing an employable workforce, furthering student success, and creating a learning-centered environment;
• Develop, improve, or implement best practices for student retention;
• Promote scholarship, teaching, learning and student success;
• Advocate successfully for MSUB to local state and national officials, and individual donors to enhance funding for educational programs and services, facilities and resources that enable the university to serve students and attract and retain the high­ quality faculty and staff for which it is known;
• Forge strong partnerships and coalitions (locally, regionally, statewide, and nationally) within MSU Billings, the community, and representatives of business, industry, government, and educational institutions (K-16);
• Develop and expand programs and services that are accessible to community residents throughout the greater Billings and Yellowstone service area, including the region’s Native American population (with a focus on recruitment and retention);
• Monitor accreditation efforts within the division and ensure positive reviews;
• Lead collaborative efforts to meet the demands for new and expanded academic programs, technical vocational programs, and workforce training that produce a skilled workforce able to earn a sustainable living;
• Develop and advance partnerships within the Montana University System (MUS);
• Lead collaborative efforts to move forward the MUS system and MSUB initiatives including planning, partnership building, pathways, and potential future community efforts;
• Develop a sustainable cohesive leadership team that shares the vision, mission, and a
tradition of excellence for MSUB;
• Assure a climate of participatory governance and collaboration with all internal
• Create and promote a campus climate that respects and values the diversity, inclusion, dignity, and contributions of all people;
• Maintain an understanding of trends and developments in higher education in the United States with a focus on innovation;
• Assist with the development, implementation, and monitoring of the universities strategic plan; and
• Represent the Chancellor in his/her absence.


• Commit to placing student’s best interest at the heart of all decisions;
• Develop sustainability plans and employee development programs;
• Oversee the development of the Academic Affairs annual budget and ensure the division operates efficiently and effectively within budget
• Supervise managers and activities of grant-funded programs by providing leadership and oversight to ensure maximum funding is obtained and proper expenditure of funds occurs;
• Recruits, develops, and manages, direct reports, including but not limited to Deans, Directors, Vice Provost and Administrative Assistant, and others;
• Oversees part-time, temporary, renewable non-tenure track, tenure track and post­ tenure track faculty evaluations;
• Ensures the Division operates within a culture of evidence, through regular monitoring of formal and informal assessment measures. Strengthen assessment measures throughout all programs and ensure use of assessment data in curricular changes and revisions in a continuous environment;
• Gather and disseminate information concerning the division’s successes and challenges to faculty and staff, the Cabinet and the various stakeholders on a regular basis. Also, seeking input from various stakeholders;
• Ability to evaluate and revise policies and procedures;
• Establish and maintain public relations initiatives and serve as the spokesperson for the Division;
• Oversee and manage faculty scheduling of classes, adding or closing sections as appropriate in a timely manner;
• Make decisions and communicate to various campus stakeholders in a timely and responsible manner;
• Ensure all staff and faculty have goals;
• Ensure all applicable personnel are evaluated annually;
• Ensure all employees within the Division have current position descriptions accurately reflecting their responsibilities; and
• Recommend changes to organizational or processes to improve efficiencies and effectiveness.


• Work with Vice Chancellors and others to further the mission and strategic plan of the University;
• Work with the Deputy Commissioner for Student and Academic Affairs within the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education and the MUS Chief Academic Officers to further the mission of the MUS system;
• Ensure programs are properly aligned with market needs, in a timely manner;
• Continually review program performance and eliminate or expand programs as necessary; and
• Perform other duties as assigned by the Chancellor.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

• Passion for student success with a track record of accomplishments;
• A Ph.D. or Pd.D. from a regionally accredited institution of higher education;
• Posses a record of scholarly publications;
• Experience with academic program development and review;
• Experienced as an academic administrator with a successful history of various roles (i.e. Department Head, Associate Dean, Dean, or Associate Provost or other senior rank with the ability to obtain tenure) and responsibilities within regionally accredited institution(s);
• Knowledge of international programs;
• Exemplifies trust, humor, respect, and compassion;
• Possess excellent communication skills in listening, speaking, and writing;
• Respects academic traditions and values;
• Successful experience with fiscal/budget constraints/procedures within a state institution, and understand how to utilize data to inform decision-making processes;
• Is collaborative; embraces shared governance; manages change well;
• Possess a track record of working with various university stakeholders, including the community;
• Is experienced at fund-raising and generating revenue from innovative program development and grant opportunities;
• Is visionary and optimistic regarding the future of education, especially higher education;
• Has a track record of being a self-starter and innovative leader;
• Is committed to continuous self-development and mentoring others;
• Must be collaborative and manage change well;
• Experience working with regional accreditation agencies;
• Ability to redirect/allocate scarce resources in accordance with the strategic plan and needs of the students; and
• Experienced in developing pathways for success from community college(s) to regionally accredited institutions.

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