Executive Vice Provost
Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and
the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our
world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students,
faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the
confines of discipline, degree, and campus.
Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London;
Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto;
Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and
Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through
this network, we expand opportunities for flexible,
student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused
Northeastern's comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate
programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to
degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among
these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees
designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and
About the Opportunity:
Northeastern University seeks an exceptionally accomplished leader
with a distinguished professional record to serve as Executive Vice
Provost (EVP). Reporting to Northeastern University's Provost and
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, David Madigan, the EVP
acts as a strategist, advisor and executor for the Provost and
provides the day-to-day leadership, as well as the strategic
planning and oversight of all the functional areas of the office,
including communications, budget and planning, human resources
(non-faculty), external reporting, and major academic facilities
projects. The EVP provides guidance and counsel to the provost, the
provost's leadership team, and other academic leaders on academic
budgets, policy, planning, and governance. The EVP works closely
with the college deans, administrative associate deans in the nine
schools and colleges, the university library, information
technology and other academic units and supports the various
administrative related processes, including annual goal setting for
the provost's direct reports. In addition, the EVP serves as a
liaison with other University offices, and represents the provost,
as needed, at meetings, functions, and on committees. Recognizing
the different functions of a university that are centrally
administered and de-centralized, the EVP must be capable of
influencing and informing both directly and through others. They
will be called upon to work up, down and across functions,
departments, colleges and campuses to execute on the goals for the
Office of the Provost as well as those in support of the broader
Northeastern community. This individual plays a critical role in
facilitating communication amongst key stakeholders and leadership
and cultivates a sense of shared goals among the Office of the
Provost constituents to enhance unity throughout the
Northeastern is a global campus community, networked across the
United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and South Asia through an
expanding portfolio of research, experiential, campus and other
student/faculty related functions. Already acknowledged as the
leader in experiential education, Northeastern is dedicated to
integrating experiential education into a global lifelong learning
approach that will embrace research and industry. The Office of the
Provost provides overall academic leadership to the University,
guides the university in implementing the Academic Plan, with a
special responsibility for integrating academic planning across the
colleges and fostering cross-college interdisciplinary initiatives
in support of the plan.
Specific responsibilities of the EVP:
- Anticipate and serve as a strategic thought partner to
the Provost and fellow colleagues within the Office of the Provost
on objectives, priorities, issues and risks, and all administrative
- Execute the annual budget planning process and provide guidance
to associate deans for admin and finance for budget planning and
fiscal management for their respective units.
- Provide direct oversight of and leadership to the office of
budget, administration and finance in the Provost's office.
- Lead the Office of University Decision Support responsible for
external reporting related to accreditation, licensure and
- Ensure implementation of annual goal setting for the office of
the provost and the colleges. Implement mid-year review process and
ensure deans are on track to meet goals. Provide the provost with
guidance on progress.
- Align dean and unit goal setting with the Academic Plan - Beyond
2025, and track progress against Key Performance Indicators for the
- Oversee projects on behalf of the office of the provost that
require collaboration and integration across the university and
within the colleges. Includes major academic facilities projects
such as a new 400,000 square foot science building to be completed
in 2023. Ensure the provost is kept abreast of progress and made
aware of outcomes and deliverables.
- With support from University HR, lead staff executive searches
for the Office of the Provost. Interview and select search firms,
work with the Faculty Senate as appropriate to staff committees,
represent the Provost on search committees and advance the timeline
for search completions. In close consultation with the VP Human
Resources and the Provost draft offer letters and facilitate
approval of offers by the Board of Trustees Compensation
- On behalf of the Provost, convene meetings and planning sessions
with leaders, key stakeholders and partners for review and
discussion of divisional initiatives.
- Foster the establishment of a “team” ethic, leading efforts to
implement a unified vision and shared goals for the Office of the
Provost and his leadership team.
- Engage in and support fundraising efforts at Northeastern with
particular emphasis on interdisciplinary programs and new
- Minimum of 15 years' in higher education with specific experience
in overseeing administrative areas including budget planning,
compensation, and human resources.
- Possess a record of professional experience that demonstrates
progressive responsibilities and significant interaction with
senior leadership teams.
- The successful candidate will be forward-thinking, can move
expeditiously and proactively on numerous fronts, possess a
world-class intellect, and have demonstrated collaborative,
evaluative leadership in his or her prior roles.
Additional Competency Areas
- A willingness to gain a deep understanding of the mission and
goals of the University and have a strong desire to be part of the
Provost's senior team to achieve them.
- A creative problem solver who will view issues through the prism
of the mission of the University and determine the best way to
resolve issues and achieve critical objectives.
- Ability to work in a complex, decentralized environment.
- Ability to synthesize many viewpoints and to develop a
- Strong management skills.
- An energetic worker with a passion for the importance of the work
and sense of urgency.
- Strong interpersonal skills with high emotional
- Adeptness at working in a highly nuanced environment with varied
Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking
to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and
staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its
forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect
that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, religion,
color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability
status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable
To learn more about Northeastern University's commitment and
support of diversity and inclusion, please see
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