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Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Benedictine University
Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Nov 27, 2023

Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Benedictine University is an inclusive academic community, inspired by the Catholic intellectual tradition and Benedictine values. We seek employees who will contribute to the advancement of our mission by helping students shape lives of meaning and purpose as engaged citizens who care for the Earth, welcome people of diverse faiths and cultures, and promote the common good.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Job Title: Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Department: Academic Affairs

Reports to: President

Status: Full-Time, Benefit Eligible

Location: Lisle Campus

Position Summary:

1.4.2 Provost and Chief Academic Officer
The Provost and Chief Academic Officer serves as the chief academic officer of the University. The Provost and Chief Academic Officer has specific responsibility for academic planning and administration, for the development of academic programs, academic support for the development of faculty, and for the establishment of policies which, when approved, guide the academic future of the University. Appointment and Term
The Provost and Chief Academic Officer is appointed by the President following consultation with the faculty and utilizing a search committee (see Section 1.6.3) and with the approval of the Board of Trustees. The appointment is on an annual renewable basis.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

a. To participate in Board of Trustees activities including but not limited to the full Board meetings, Executive Committee meetings, Academic Affairs Committee meetings and to serve as a member of the President's Cabinet.
b. To exercise general executive responsibility, under the President, for the educational affairs of the University.

c. To oversee the ongoing development and implementation of the University’s strategic plan which fosters the values inherent in an academic community in the Benedictine tradition.
d. To be responsible for long- and short-range planning related to the educational affairs of the University.
e. To be responsible for hiring, supervision, evaluation, and retention of administrators who report directly to the Provost and Chief Academic Officer.
f. To provide leadership and ultimate decision-making for the recruitment, retention, and development of qualified faculty dedicated to the fulfillment of the goals of the University.
g. To be responsible for hiring, supervision, evaluation, and retention of support staff for the Office of the Provost and Chief Academic Officer.
h. To be responsible for the organization, supervision, coordination, and evaluation of the administrative colleges and schools established to achieve the academic purpose of the University.
i. To exercise executive responsibility for the fiscal support of the academic affairs areas as provided by the budget approved by the President and the Board of Trustees.
j. To oversee the administration of academic budgets including those for salaries, operating budget, equipment and facilities.
k. To issue faculty letters of appointment annually.
l. To recommend or approve appointment of faculty and academic personnel to University committees.
m. To serve as chair of the Provost’s Council and to receive the reports of the following committees, councils, and boards: Rank and Tenure, Faculty Welfare, Faculty Appeals, Faculty Assembly, Faculty Development, Graduate Curriculum and Standards, Undergraduate Curriculum and Standards, Academic Standing, Honors, Institutional Review, Student Publications, Academic Honesty and the Academic Council, as well as other taskforces as appropriate.
n. To oversee space utilization associated with academic, student and administrative activities, including inventories of equipment in laboratories and offices, and assignment of space to the academic departments.
o. To oversee the administration of programs for general University assemblies, convocations, baccalaureate, and commencement exercises, and the programs to be presented at these events.
p. To be responsible for faculty personnel recommendations, including recommendations for initial appointment, promotion, retention, and compensation and development.
q. To oversee curricular and course planning, standards of instruction and assessment of student instruction in cooperation with deans and department chairs.
r. To oversee with the deans the assignment of teaching loads, academic advising responsibilities, and special assignments of faculty and academic personnel.
s. To be responsible for the academic orientation and mentoring of new faculty.
t. To promote the professional development of faculty members and other academic personnel.
u. To implement effective evaluation procedures for the instructional faculty.
v. To oversee with the Deans the administration and approval of part-time faculty appointments, including assignments and rates of compensation.
w. To work in conjunction with the Deans to ensure that current files on all faculty and academic personnel containing data on training, experience, publications, teaching loads, committee assignments, advising responsibilities, and the like are maintained.
x. To work in conjunction with the University Librarian to develop a collection of learning resources appropriate to student needs in cooperation with deans and department chairs.

Required Qualifications:

Minimum Job Requirements:

Education: Doctorate degree required

Experience: The successful candidate must have at least seven years of progressive higher education leadership, with experience serving at the level of Academic Dean or higher preferred, and be positioned to effectively meet the broad range of opportunities and challenges required by the position.

Specific Skills: N/A

Specific Knowledge, Licenses, Certifications: N/A

Physical Requirements: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to touch, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.

This position requires the ability to occasionally lift office products and supplies, up to 20 pounds. Use of computer screen, phone and customer service. May require bending, or sitting for long periods of time. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

The following of campus specific guidelines for pandemic protocols are required.

Travel (If applicable): Yes

Supervisory Responsibility (if applicable): Yes

Working Conditions: General office environment. Some travel and outdoor activities may be required.

Training: As a University employee you are required to complete all University-specific and/or OSHA related training to fulfill your job duties. Specific training will be conducted online or in person. Employees must complete all trainings required by Benedictine University.

Read the Provost Profile by clicking this link .

Nominations and Applications:
Letters of nomination can be submitted to Nominations should include the full name and title of the individual being nominated along with a current email address. The Search Committee will begin to review applications immediately and continue until an appointment is made.

For best consideration, applications should be received by January 31, 2024 and must include a letter of interest that responds to the Search Profile, a curriculum vitae, completion of application and five professional references with email addresses and telephone numbers – please also include your professional relationship with each reference listed. References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant.

Benedictine University does not discriminate in its admissions or educational policies, programs or activities; scholarship and loan programs; athletic and other University administered programs or employment practices on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, military or veteran status, marital status, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. The laws applicable to Benedictine University include constitutional and statutory protections of the University's rights as a religiously sponsored institution. This policy of equal employment opportunity applies to all employment and personnel practices including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, promotion, training and compensation.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. The following of campus specific guidelines for pandemic protocols are required.

Benedictine University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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