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Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Employer
Our Lady of the Lake University
Location
San Antonio, Texas
Salary
Annual Salary Range: $210,000-$220,000
Date posted
Oct 20, 2023

Job Details

The Provost is an equity-minded visionary and strategic leader with a proven commitment to inclusive academic excellence and shared governance, responsible for fostering excellence in teaching, service, and research, with a strong focus on student success, including access and matriculation, retention and persistence, and credential completion. Reporting to the President and serving as the institution’s Chief Academic Officer, the Provost will play a central role in enhancing academic excellence and aligning priorities with the University’s strategic initiatives. The Provost serves as a senior leadership team member and is called to serve as the University’s executive officer in the absence of the President. The Provost will work closely with the President, other executives, their Academic Affairs staff, faculty, and several staff in formulating the University’s academic goals and policies. As Chief Academic Officer, the Provost is ultimately responsible for developing, articulating, and holding others accountable for the University’s long-range academic vision; the development and re-development and administration of academic programs; policies relating to instruction, curriculum, extended learning, and information technology; faculty and academic staff appointments and performance assessments; and scholarship, research, and service initiatives among faculty.

 

 

Reporting to the Provost is a team empowered to achieve the expectations of the role. That team includes: The Dean of Academics, Associate Provosts, Vice President of Student Affairs, Library Director, and the Registrar. This team will aid the Provost in supervising the activities for both colleges and each of the four schools, including two satellite campuses, Academic Affairs staff, the Library, the Registrar, and Student Affairs. Department Chairs and School Directors will report to the Dean of Academics.

 

 

Working collaboratively with the campus community, the Provost supports excellence in teaching, research, and creative and service activity and focuses on improving students’ educational experience, student retention, graduation rates, and student achievement. Additionally, the Provost works with business, community, and educational leaders to develop and maintain existing partnerships that contribute to the educational and economic vitality of the region, and social mobility of the community.

 

 

 

Major Essential Functions:

  1. Operate and lead with high integrity, a team-first approach, and in a cross-functional manner. Serve as a local spokesperson on behalf of the university and its mission, always ensuring the mission, vision, and core values are central in the operations of academic affairs. Advance the vision, mission, and core values of the University; including being an enthusiastic university spokesperson with internal and external constituencies. Oversees faculty and academic staff recruitment and development activities and ensures compliance with federal, State, local laws and university established policies.  Develops and ensures adherence to the academic affairs budget and participates in the development of the budget for the university in collaboration with the university’s finance office/personnel. Recommends to the president all academic appointments, tenure, and promotion matters and ensures that such processes comply with established university policies. Oversees the academic contract process and ensures that university funds for course teachings are utilized prudently/appropriately to serve the student educational experience in line with the university’s fiscal responsibilities. Exemplifies and promotes a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the University.

 

Values and supports a vibrant and diverse faculty, administration, and staff. Ensure compliance with institutional policies and external regulations, including regional (e.g., SACSCOC) and professional accreditations. Work with the President in friend- and fund-raising, community relations, industry relations, community development, and other university-enhancing ways. Oversee and support the long-range development, implementation, and assessment of new and existing degree programs, using data-driven decision-making to strengthen programs that ensure value to students, families, and employers, while lowering the time and cost to credential completion. Promote and lead innovation while leveraging faculty expertise, research, and initiatives to design a curriculum that can be marketed as Catholic, Hispanic serving, and serving contemporary and future needs. Establish and monitor standards for assessing the quality of programs, teaching of the curriculum, and student learning. Promote educational excellence through a commitment to an environment of integrity, transparency, and inclusion, involving the university community as partners in decision-making processes where appropriate. Foster student success and involvement by creating an environment that cultivates student success, holistic student development, and student engagement. Maintain familiarity with the technologies used in modern pedagogy and in assessment and evaluation. Accept and fulfill other duties as required of the role, assigned by the President, and identified in Faculty Bylaws, including working some nights, weekends, and travel.

 

 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  1. Model and lead with integrity, all-around. Possesses and models a strong entrepreneurial and can-do spirit. Highly collaborative. Commitment to continuous improvement for self, others, and the university. Exceptional management, leadership, and interpersonal skills. Strategic and analytical skills. Think strategically with an ability to execute innovative and bold plans. Ability to effectively and simultaneously manage multiple high-priority projects in a fast-paced, high-growth, and team-based environment. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with a strong ability to inspire people and direction. Evidence of successful, senior-level academic administrative experience including demonstrated hands-on knowledge in strategic planning, enrollment management, student success, faculty development, and enhancing academic programs, and their roles to the fiscal strength of a university. Devoted collaborator with campus constituents in a shared governance environment. An unwavering commitment to inclusive academic excellence and student success. An appreciation for the distinctive qualities of OLLU with a commitment to build on those qualities. Experience working closely with internal and external constituents to establish cross-functional and collaborative partnerships that enhance academic initiatives and programs. A record of sound budgetary management and fiscal acumen. A record of working with, understanding, and addressing the needs of minoritized, adult, and nontraditional students. Experience with the accreditation processes (institutional accreditation, general education, and/or specialized programs). Proven effective written and oral communication skills and the ability to serve as an effective spokesperson for the faculty, the students, and the University as a whole. Exceptional analytical skills and attention to detail. Ability to think strategically and execute innovative and bold plans. Ability to work effectively with students, parents, alumni, faculty, administrators, board, high school personnel, and corporate representatives. Ability to work and perform in a results-orientated, fast-paced, high-expectation and high-demand environment. Strong organizational and management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects concurrently.

 

 

Education and Experience:

  1. Doctorate degree from an accredited institution. Required.
  2. Ten years of university leadership experience including senior-level management in higher education, preferably as an academic administrator at the Dean level or above, involving both graduate and undergraduate programs. Required.
  3. Demonstrated experience in increasingly higher levels of responsibility and authority, preferably in academic affairs.
  4. A record of excellence in instruction and scholarship commensurate with a tenured appointment in one of the academic departments at OLLU, with a record in program development. Required.
  5. A mission-focused record of academic collaboration, innovation, and results across multiple constituencies, demonstrated collegiality and love, a consistent reputation for being accessible, and an empowering spirit that encourages faculty and staff to engage productively as stewards of university resources, talent, and reputation. Required.

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About Our Lady of the Lake University:

On the foundation of faith, wisdom and trust in Providence, Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) prepares graduates to transform their communities, families and professions.

OLLU, founded in 1895 by the Congregation of Divine Providence, is a coeducational comprehensive institution. With its main residential campus in San Antonio and non-traditional programs in San Antonio, Houston, the Rio Grande Valley (La Feria), and online, OLLU has a presence in two of the largest cities in Texas, the border region, and literally around the world.

The University offers more than 30 undergraduate majors and minors, 14 master's programs and three doctoral programs through its College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business and Leadership, and the College of Professional Studies. OLLU offers classes in daytime, evening, weekend and online formats.

 

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