The Office of the Provost
seeks an experienced and exceptional individual to serve as the
Associate Provost and Chief of Staff.
The Associate Provost will serve as the Chief of Staff to the
Provost and will manage the short and long term critical
priorities, initiatives, and activities that relate to academic
affairs, including the Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
accreditation for the university. The Associate Provost/Chief of
Staff will represent the interests and priorities of the Office of
the Provost through effective communication, coordination, and
integration of objectives. This position will report directly to
the Provost, and the duties will be assigned and performed under
the direction and purview of the Provost.
The Associate Provost/Chief of Staff will be responsible for an
array of duties. The duties will involve the following: lead or
advance initiatives by creating implementation plans in a
coordinated and strategic manner; oversee and track strategic
initiatives and processes; conduct research, recommend actions, and
provide advice to the Provost on complicated, sensitive and
confidential issues; and execute projects that require the utmost
confidentiality and/or urgency for the University. The Associate
Provost will serve as a liaison and resource with other University
units and external agencies. As the liaison for the Office of the
Provost, the Associate Provost will respond to critical inquiries
and manage and facilitate communication between the office and
other members of University Administration, faculty, staff, state
and federal agencies, and others as needed or requested. The
Associate Provost will oversee the Council on Teacher Education (CTE) as
well as the HLC
accreditation for the university. In order to assist with the
HLC accreditation process, the Associate Provost will be permitted
to hire a Director of Accreditation. The Associate Provost will
intervene as necessary to solve problems in a proactive and
positive manner, ensuring collaboration with relevant stakeholders
and adherence to state and federal laws and policies of the
University and Board of Trustees. The Associate Provost will act as
a confidential sounding board and close advisor to the Provost.
Candidates for Associate Provost/Chief of Staff must possess a
Ph.D. or another terminal degree; a minimum of five years
professional work experience in higher education; and proven
ability to work effectively using sound judgement, confidentiality,
and discretion in decision making. Essential to the position are
strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to listen to
alternative points of view and develop policies and solutions to
problems that are in the best long-term interest of the University.
This also includes the ability to apply wise judgment. Candidates
must have excellent analytical, writing, and verbal communication
skills; have the ability to quickly become familiar with University
policies and procedures; have the ability to think strategically
while balancing several complex agendas; be resilient and
self-motivated; and be culturally sensitive and educated to
effectively interact with a wide range of people with a positive
and inclusive teamwork mindset.
Review of applications will begin September 8, 2021. For fullest
consideration, please complete an electronic
application, including a letter of interest that
clearly sets out qualifications and reasons for seeking the
position, curriculum vitae, and contact information for a minimum
of three references by September 7,
2021, addressed to search committee chair Dr. Astrida
Orle Tantillo, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Nominations, questions or concerns may be directed to Faizan Abid:
(312) 996-2706 | firstname.lastname@example.org.
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action, equal opportunity employer, dedicated to the goal of
building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff
committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment.
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orientation, gender identity, Veteran or disability
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