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Associate Provost for Student Success and Retention

Curry College
Milton, Massachusetts
$140,000 to $155,000
Posted Date
Sep 6, 2023

About Curry College:

Founded in 1879, Curry College is a private, four-year, liberal arts-based institution in Milton Massachusetts. In addition to the main campus classes for adult learners are also offered at our campus at Cordage Park in historic Plymouth. Curry College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). Curry College offers 25 undergraduate majors, over 70 minors and concentrations, as well as five graduate programs.

The Curry College mission is to educate and graduate students prepared to engage in successful careers and active citizenship with a global perspective. We are an inclusive community of diverse learners and educators, committed to continuing our legacy of developing effective communicators with reflective and critical thinking skills. We mentor and empower our students, building meaningful relationships that inspire them to achieve their ambitions.

Curry College provides rigorous and relevant academic programs to undergraduate and graduate students, and our rich blend of liberal arts and career-directed programs is enhanced by practical field experiences and co-curricular activities. Learning at Curry extends beyond the classroom and is embedded in all that we do.

Diversity and a culture of equity and inclusion among students, faculty and staff are crucial to the mission statement of Curry College.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, sex identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable state and federal law, including Title IX.

Job Description:

Reporting to the Provost, the Associate Provost for Student Success and Retention provides broad-based leadership, planning and oversight to advance the academic mission of the College. The Associate Provost for Student Success and Retention strategically advances the priorities of Academic Affairs through collaborative partnerships with faculty, staff and students, maintaining our commitment to sustainable academic quality. The position's primary responsibility is to support the success, retention and persistence of students and successful outcomes following graduation through a culture of academic engagement. The incumbent will often collaborate with the offices he/she/they supervise as well as with partners in Student Affairs, Enrollment Management, and the faculty.

Essential Functions:

1. Student Success Initiatives:

  • Partner with the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, the Dean of the School of Business and Computer Science, and the Dean of the School of Nursing in the development of holistic student support systems;
  • Using data in collaboration with the Assistant Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness, he/she/they develops, implements, and assesses a strategic retention and student success plan for Academic Affairs;
  • Serves on the Student Retention and Success Committee;
  • Manage academic standards review related to academic warning, probation, dismissal, and readmission for traditional undergraduate students, continuing education students, and graduate students;
  • Provides strategic oversight to joint initiatives with Admissions, Enrollment Management, Student Affairs, Student Financial Services, Admissions, Public Relations, and Institutional Advancement and academic departments to enhance academic culture, and advance recruitment efforts;
  • Develops and disseminates academic information for students and families as part of the overall college communication plan;
  • Responds to parents and students on behalf of the Provost and President, as appropriate;
  • Assessment of systems, technological or otherwise, that support student success, retention and persistence;
  • Leads new initiatives aimed at strengthening student success including the identification and implementation of enhanced protocols for student success, including, but not limited to connecting students' academic interests with career outcomes;
  • Recommends policies to achieve successful execution of measurable goals defined in Student Success and Retention plans;
  • Seek out opportunities for grants, partnerships, and other external funding opportunities to support student success initiatives;
  • Lead campus-wide planning efforts related to new student and family engagement;
  • Lead campus-wide planning efforts related to first-year experience in partnership with the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs;
  • In partnership with the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, standardize peer mentorship programs and efforts across the College;
  • Develop programming and relationships to foster a sense of academic belonging and confidence among students;
  • In collaboration with Provost, Deans, and Faculty, enhance the value of the curriculum by leveraging the AAC&U High Impact Practices.

2. Faculty Center for Professional Development and Curricular Innovation:

  • Promotes leadership and development of faculty through direct responsibility for programming offered by the Faculty Center that focuses on teaching and learning excellence;
  • Provides supervision and leadership for Instructional Design staff charged with managing use of Canvas as the College's learning management system;
  • In collaboration with Faculty Center staff and faculty, plan and execute the annual Faculty Retreat.

3. Academic Affairs:

  • Represents the needs and interests of Academic Affairs to committees, faculty, and institutional stakeholders in the absence of or at the direction of the Provost;
  • Supervises and facilitates cross-area planning and curriculum development and support related to Disability Services, First-Year programs, Advising & Academic Success, Levin Library, the Center for Global and Career Services, and General Education;
  • Acts as Step One Grievance Officer and Step 2 College Representative for faculty grievances involving alleged violations of Article XIII or Article XIV of the College-AAUP CBA;
  • Acts as appeals and/or hearing officer for faculty and student concerns and issues including academic integrity violations, grade appeals, etc.

Additional Functions:

  • Work collaboratively with other campus administrators on issues related to academic affairs;
  • Serve on the Provost's leadership team (Academic Leadership Group);
  • Serve on Strategic Planning Committees;
  • Represents Academic Affairs on the CARES Committee;
  • Serve on College-wide committees as appropriate;
  • Support College-wide initiatives as appropriate;
  • Special projects assigned by the Provost or their designee;
  • Respect and maintain confidentiality, parameters or operation, professional protocols, and individual privacy.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Doctorate required.
  • At least 7 years of responsibility in an administrative position in an academic department or program with a demonstrated record of promoting high standards, rigor and challenge.
  • Evidence of successful leadership in academic matters including enhancing teaching and learning, policy and curriculum development, faculty support, data-informed program development, and fiscal responsibility related to academic support services.
  • Track record of success in working as a member of an academic department, program or faculty committee and in bringing about consensus to advance institutional goals.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of Banner for reports and support of operation.

Salary Range:

$140,000 to $155,000

Additional Information:

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, Curry College will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

At the College's discretion, the education and experience prerequisites may be excepted where the candidate can demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the College, an equivalent combination of education and experience specifically preparing the candidate for success in the position.

Employment in this position is contingent upon the successful completion of all required pre-employment background checks.

Inquiries about the application of Title IX can be directed to the College's Title IX Coordinator, Elizabeth Canning at, (617) 979-3516, or King Academic Administration Building, 55 Atherton St, or US Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights ("OCR") - Boston Office, 5 Post Office Square, 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02109-3921, (617) 289-0111.

Application Instructions:

Please apply online at for consideration. Interested applicants must submit the following:

  • a cover letter;
  • a resume; and;
  • a list of three professional references, one of which must be a former or current supervisor, including complete contact information and professional titles.

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