Associate Provost for Organizational Development and Diversity: Allegheny College
The Associate Provost for Organizational Development and Diversity will provide direct leadership for the implementation of programs that will develop an intentional community in support of the College’s strong commitment to diversity, inclusivity, and equity. The Associate Provost's primary responsibilities center on creating a more welcoming and inclusive campus and supporting efforts to diversify the campus community. In addition to supporting and enhancing existing faculty development programs, specific initiatives might include integrating the College’s Statement of Community into the employee hiring and review processes, expanding diversity workshops and Safe Zone training to include all employees and students of the College, implementing a new employee orientation program focused on supporting diversity, and implementing management development programs that will foster a more inclusive climate.
The Associate Provost reports to the Provost and Dean of the College and has direct access to the President of the College. The Associate Provost is a member of the President's Cabinet and the Council of Deans. He or she is expected to work with other members of the Cabinet and with the Board of Trustees to realize the goals of the College's most recent strategic plan, which includes diversity as a priority. In particular, the Associate Provost will work collaboratively with the Provost’s Office and the Office of Human Resources to hire and retain a diverse faculty and staff, with emphasis on strengthening numbers from under-represented groups.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Guides and focuses efforts to conceptualize, define, assess, nurture, and cultivate diversity as an educational resource and institutional priority.
- Fosters dialogue, collaboration, and education among faculty, students, and staff about diversity and equity.
- Serves as Chair of the College's Council on Diversity and Equity to create a welcoming environment for all on campus, including creation and implementation of an action plan based on the College’s recently completed climate audit that will ensure inclusivity.
- Collaborates with others on projects in faculty development, campus climate assessment, and the support, coordination, and assessment of academic diversity partnerships with external organizations.
- Supports efforts to hire and retain a diverse faculty and staff, including collection and presentation of pertinent data. Works with search committees in recruiting a diverse applicant pool.
- Teaches at least one course per year in an academic discipline of choice.
- Represents the College in a speaking capacity at selected events and conferences and highlights to others the work being accomplished at the College.
- Serves as liaison to and participant in various associations and professional organizations such as AAC&U, NADOHE, and LADO. Communicates national trends to the campus and initiates campus conversations on related topics.
The successful candidate will have an academic doctorate or equivalent terminal degree in his or her field and significant teaching experience. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience with organizational, faculty, or employee development. The Associate Provost will be an effective communicator with a distinguished record of increasingly responsible leadership. He or she will have exceptional organizational and teaching skills and excellent written and oral communication skills. The position requires demonstrated ability to communicate and maintain effective interpersonal and professional relationships with all constituent groups.
In addition, strong candidates will possess the following qualifications:
- The ability to be a consensus builder who makes decisions in a timely manner and with the good of the institution in mind.
- A collaborative style and a personality suited to accomplishing goals by working with others in a constructive and collegial manner.
- Abilities to implement a strategic plan based on a shared vision.
- An understanding and appreciation for liberal arts education, the role of faculty, and the value of institutional history and tradition.
- Commitment to promoting professional growth and development of students, faculty, staff, and administrators.
Candidates who possess the qualities and experiences the College seeks will likely come from higher education; others who can show evidence of their ability to work collaboratively and successfully within a college environment are also welcome to apply.
Interested individuals should send a letter of application, CV, and three letters of reference to Samantha Stephens, Provost and Dean of the College Office, Allegheny College, 520 North Main Street, Meadville, PA 16335. Review of applications will begin March 8 and continue until the position is filled.
Allegheny College is an Equal Opportunity Employer, with a strong institutional commitment to develop a diverse faculty and staff. Women and members of other under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.