Asst/Assoc Vice President for Academic Administration and Chief
Officer of Administration
Office of the Provost
Appointment Type and Duration:
Commensurate with experience
Application Review Begins
September 18, 2021; position open until filled
Special Instructions to Applicants
Thank you for your interest in the AVP/Chief of Staff position in
the Office of the Provost at the University of Oregon. Please
provide your CV or resume, three business references with contact
information, and a cover letter that addresses the following
1. Why are you interested in the position?
2. What skills and experience can you bring to bear in the
3. What is your leadership philosophy as it relates to fostering
and managing relationships with those who work for you, with those
for whom you work, and with those with whom you work as a
4. Please talk about your perspective and work on advancing issues
of diversity, equity and inclusion.
The Office of the Provost (OtP) upholds, provides leadership on,
and carries out the academic mission of the University. In service
to this mission, the office: promotes and sustains the highest
standards in teaching, research and service; fosters and advocates
for faculty; promotes a respectful work environment, equity and
inclusion, and a family-friendly workplace; supports and
coordinates matters that pertain to faculty and academics,
including hiring, retention, promotion, and tenure processes;
advances university outreach to the community, academic extension,
The Asst/Assoc Vice President for Academic Administration and Chief
of Staff (COS) reports directly to the Provost and Senior Vice
President (Provost). The Provost is the chief academic officer for
the University, responsible for the quality of instructional and
academic programs, the development of academic strategies and
budget priorities, faculty personnel matters, and graduate and
undergraduate studies and student success.
The COS serves as a principal advisor and aide to the Provost,
handling a wide range of matters of institutional importance on
behalf of the Provost and the Office of the Provost (OtP). This may
include representing the Provost or OtP on institutional committees
or workgroups, working with members of the university's senior
leadership team, or working with myriad university
In addition, the COS oversees all operations of the OtP, including,
but not limited to: management of staff; budget and personnel
administration; adherence to and the review of relevant policies;
internal communications; and workflow management. The COS advises
the Provost on a variety of strategic and administrative matters,
including those relating to the schools, colleges, and other
reporting units within the Provost's portfolio. The COS works with
the Provost, the Provost's team, and other senior leaders,
including the President and the President's team, to develop,
execute, and oversee strategic UO priorities and initiatives.
The COS is a member of the Provost's leadership team and must be
able to bridge from strategy and ideation to operations and
execution. The person in this position is responsible for
cultivating and maintaining strong professional relationships with
key personnel in all areas of the University, including those
reporting to the President, deans, vice provosts, and other vice
presidents. A primary responsibility is engagement and
collaboration across other leadership team portfolios to ensure OtP
objectives are understood, supported, and met.
The COS handles many sensitive and confidential matters and must
demonstrate good judgment, creativity, tact, and a commitment to
working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and
- Bachelors' degree.
- Six years of progressively responsible administrative
- Demonstrated experience in financial management, project
management, and supervisory experience in a complex
- Proven ability to be effective in an interdisciplinary team
- Exceptionally strong written and verbal communication
- Highly effective interpersonal communication skills,
particularly as it relates to building and maintaining effective
relationships and teams.
- Demonstrated expertise in working with individuals from diverse
backgrounds and cultures.
- Ability to deal successfully with multiple tasks, shifting
priorities, and a broad spectrum of people.
- Ability to work with time-sensitive matters and meet strict
- Strong analytical and critical thinking skills and the ability
to analyze, summarize and effectively present data.
- Master's degree.
- Experience working in higher education administration or
governmental administration (e.g. federal, state or local
legislative or executive administration).
- Understanding of UO and related organizational structures,
policies and procedures; emerging issues in higher education; and
relevant essential rules, policies, and laws.
FLSA Exempt: Yes
All offers of employment are contingent upon successful
completion of a background inquiry.
The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits
package to eligible employees, including health insurance,
retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about
benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.
The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative
action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance
with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals
to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected
status, including veteran and disability status. The University is
committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and
employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in
connection with the application process, please contact us at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-346-5112.
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national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status,
disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity,
and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment
practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and
policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be
referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights
Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information,
related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the
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To apply, visit https://careers.uoregon.edu/en-us/job/528147/asstassoc-vice-president-for-academic-administration-and-chief-of-staff