Associate Provost for Programs and Leadership Dev.

Jul 01, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The Office of the Provost supports the University of Chicago's community of scholars, their shared ideals, and the core values that make the University a singular intellectual destination. Together with the University's deans, directors, and department chairs, the Office of the Provost shapes our rich and rewarding culture. We provide the opportunities, infrastructure, and resources that encourage our faculty and other scholars to pursue their finest work. The University of Chicago is distinguished among its peers by its firm commitment to rigorous inquiry in all its forms. Many universities pay homage to the centrality of scholarship. But it is the day-to-day dedication to a place where ideas come first--"the intense, strenuous, and constant intellectual activity of the place," in the words of President Robert Maynard Hutchins--that makes the University of Chicago what it is. The Provost's most important task is to ensure that these academic values continue to guide day-to-day decisions. At a practical level the Provost's Office is also the place where academic ambitions meet the realities of resource constraints, where trade-offs must be made, and where the integrity of our academic values must be upheld. These are not always easy tasks. In the words of the University of Chicago's first Provost Edward Levi, "The life of reason is a difficult life. It requires clarity, intellectual rigor, humility, and honesty. It requires commitment and considerable energy. It requires that we ask questions not only of others but of ourselves. It requires that we examine not only the beliefs of others, but those newly acquired doctrines which all are prone to believe because they are held by a group we favor, or are the cherished inspirations which come to us in the middle of the night and which we are certain cannot be wrong."

Unit Job Summary: The Associate Provost for Programs and Leadership Development supports the planning, development, and implementation of University objectives, both long and short-range strategic plans. The Associate Provost for Programs and Leadership Development will support and help drive strategic partnerships and initiatives, representing the Office of the Provost on specific university-wide working groups and committees. The Associate Provost for Programs and Leadership works closely with various University partners and stakeholders to assist in development of project initiatives, presentations, and other materials related to planning efforts The position reports to the Deputy Provost. The portfolio of activities will include new and ongoing efforts of particular significance to the cultivation and advancement of the academic mission and operation of the University. Responsibilities of the position Strategic partnerships and initiatives Support the Deputy Provost's oversight of major centers and academic entities on campus, including, among others, the Urban Education Institute, UChicago Urban, the Becker Friedman Institute and the Neubauer Collegium; such support will include staffing operations working groups and advisory committees, and utilizing existing tools for planning, project management and evaluation - Structure and execute operational and strategic initiatives by developing work plans, gathering and synthesizing relevant data, doing research,analyzing and developing final recommendations - Represent the Office of the Provost on specific university-wide planning working groups and committees, and develop and maintain productive relationships with a range of stakeholders across campus and in the community - Provide support and organization for confidential searches in collaboration with various University offices and search firms - Synthesize disparate information from campus partners; requires skilled decision making in assessing and triaging key information - Generate ideas, share feedback and encourage the efforts of colleagues across the campus Leadership Development and other major projects - Drive the development, implementation and evaluation of robust onboarding programs for deans, directors and other senior administrators, as well as ongoing leadership development programs for these same categories of University employees and possibly others; - Work with senior leadership to support, define, develop, and deliver other strategic and operational initiatives - Provide staff support for campus initiatives and major projects, particularly in research, planning, and early development phases - Serve as a member of project working groups as representative of the Provost or Deputy Provost - Assist in development of project initiatives, presentations, and other materials related to planning efforts - Make decisions and generate recommendations that contribute to the solution of University-wide strategic activities - Address unexpected problems that need immediate attention Operations and Communications Support the Deputy Provost with respect to the operations of the Office of the Provost, including budget, staffing and other administration, as well as the development and execution of internal and external communications. Other duties as assigned

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree preferred

Unit Experience: Seven years of professional experience working at an educational institution required

Unit Job Function Competencies: Excellent skills in working both independently and as a team member Able to earn trust in relationships with others by consistently demonstrating integrity (honesty, consistency, and reliability) and professional competence Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with executive decision makers and influencers Communicates regularly and effectively with team and strives to build positive team relationships Excellent oral and written communication skills Ability to work and collaborate with multidisciplinary teams across multiple organizations Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and the ability to manage a variety of tasks simultaneously Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to remain courteous and professional at all times Demonstrated ability to review and prioritize work independently and effectively Ability to use appropriate resources and creativity to resolve issues Demonstrated ability to be resourceful and creative when problem-solving Ability to maintain calm and positive attitude and to work productively despite heavy workload, competing priorities, complex problems, and tight deadlines Ability to handle sensitive and confidential situations/information with absolute discretion Experience working with faculty and faculty-led projects Working knowledge of University culture

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