Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Oct 09, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors, Provosts, Vice Presidents
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Community College

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Job no: 493631

Position Type: Professional Non-Faculty
Location: Brockport
Division/Equivalent: Academic Affairs
Categories: Professional Non-Faculty

  • Summary and Purpose of Position:

    The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs reports to the president; serves as the senior academic officer; and has primary responsibility for leadership, management, strategic direction, policy development, and administrative oversight of the Division for Academic Affairs. The provost establishes the academic vision for the College and works collegially to ensure that the College maintains the highest standards of intellectual rigor and curricular and co-curricular innovations. The provost also ensures that the Division for Academic Affairs upholds the highest standards of service to the College and the community.
  • The provost provides administrative leadership and oversight for Academic Affairs, which includes the Schools of Arts and Sciences; Business and Management; and Education, Health and Human Services; along with Library, Information, and Technology Services (LITS); the Office of International Education; the Office of Accountability and Assessment; the Office of the Vice Provost, and the Center for Graduate Studies. The provost is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the division, ensuring that the College is a great place at which to learn and work. The provost promotes high-quality teaching, scholarship, and service and is a champion for continuous quality improvement in all aspects of the College, the schools, and the academic departments.

    The provost serves a key role in the President's Cabinet, the Joint Planning and Budgeting Committee (JPB), as well as other campus committees that transform and lead change for the college. Employing data-informed decision-making, the provost works together with colleagues to create a strong sense of fiscal accountability across campus and to advance the College's mission as an inclusive learning community that inspires excellence through growth, engagement, and transformation.

    The Provost must have a strong commitment to shared governance, including working closely with the College Senate, the local branches of the United University Professions (UUP) and Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA), as well as the Brockport Student Government (BSG).

    The provost is also a senior leader of the college, serving on the President's Cabinet, and providing assistance to the president in establishing and meeting the strategic direction for the college. As a member of the President's Executive Team, the provost develops policy and practice on institutional issues, represents the College in SUNY decision making and with other external agencies and bodies, and serves as a College officer/representative on public occasions.
    The provost is also the campus administrative liaison to the State University of New York (SUNY) for academic matters.

    Job Functions:
  • Provides leadership for the division's strategic planning, policy development, assessment planning, accreditation, and daily operations, including guidance to the departments, deans, vice provost, and directors within the division for the development and delivery of quality educational programs and services consistent with the College's mission, which includes a focus on academic excellence, experiential learning, and student success.
  • Provides entrepreneurial leadership in developing and expanding all forms of educational programs that impact educational growth and development of a diverse student population, which increases the institution's effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Initiates needed changes in the instructional area based on assessment and best evidence to keep The College at Brockport on the cutting edge, meeting the learning needs of the students and community, and is able to think innovatively and strategically regarding 21st century higher education trends.
  • Cultivates a collegial and team-oriented working environment, ensuring collaborative relationships, open lines of communication, and an environment of the highest integrity.
  • Responsible for the development, implementation, and ongoing coordination of all instructional activities to ensure division-wide and unit-level planning and resource allocation are interlinked, informed by assessment, and advance the College's strategic priorities for Building a Better Brockport.
  • Supports the college's international education and global outreach initiatives in order to recruit and retain an international workforce at faculty and administrative staff levels, increase the international student body, and expand the college's international education programs and global strategic partnerships.
  • Leads or serves on teams, committees, and task forces as needed to fulfill the goals of the college.
  • Represents the president with internal and external constituencies as appropriate and leads projects for the college.
  • Leads the process of faculty personnel decisions, which includes preparing appointment, rank and tenure recommendations, as well as sabbatical leave recommendations, for action by the president.
  • Supports and assists the president by providing regular updates and reports as necessary.


  • Directs the development and management of the Academic Affairs budget and reviews and analyzes activities, costs, and operations to determine the division's progress toward stated goals. Prepares short-and long-range fiscal strategies to support these plans.
  • Coordinates division's budget in collaboration with deans, vice-provost, directors and chairs.
  • Reviews financial situation of all units on a regular basis and determines plans to correct any abnormalities.
  • Provides regular and timely feedback with each direct report through regularly scheduled meetings.
  • Completes annual performance evaluations and performance plans for each direct report and provides guidance and direction for their personal and professional development.
  • Facilitates regular divisional meetings.

  • Strong commitment to and engagement in shared decision making with the President's Cabinet, the College Senate, local union chapters of United University Professions (UUP) and Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA), as well as Brockport Student Government (BSG).
  • Utilizes regularly scheduled deans' meetings, Academic Affairs Leadership Team meetings, and bi-annual chairs' and directors' meetings as communication platforms.
  • Fosters positive, collaborative relationships with campus and community constituents in addressing matters of common concern, including the enhancement of institutional commitment to an inclusive and accessible community of learning.

  • Ensures that all programs and services in the division comply with relevant state and federal laws.
  • Provides administrative oversight for accreditation and compliance audits throughout the division.
  • Contributes to the development of an effective external presence, including articulating a clear and compelling case for support for the College to raise the College's visibility in the public eye and mass media, and serving on external boards as appropriate.
  • Supports the College's philanthropic efforts through the development of strategic partnerships and donor cultivation.
  • Maintains and enhances the College's working relationships within SUNY and with external audiences, including working with bodies of influence to formulate and advance strategic opportunities to Build a Better Brockport.
  • Attends, as a cabinet representative, meetings, town halls, celebrations and, dinners.
  • Represents the College externally with the community, region, state, and SUNY system, including sitting on relevant committees as appropriate.

  • A terminal degree from an accredited higher education institution in the United States or abroad.
  • Significant academic administrative experience at a chair's level or above.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management experience in an institution of higher education which supports the liberal arts and professions.
  • A history of successful academic leadership with a strong record of teaching, scholarship, and service sufficient to be considered at the tenured full professor rank.
  • Proven skills in implementing quality curricular and other innovations, reforms, and modifications in face-to-face, hybrid, and/or online learning environments.
  • Ability to lead a variety of operational areas through effective communication, influence, and persuasion at all levels of an organization while balancing patience with a sense of urgency.
  • Excellent communication skills in a variety of modes and with a variety of constituencies.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including a transparent and collaborative approach to team building.
  • Experience and participation in shared governance.
  • Demonstrated commitment and success in promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Experience developing, organizing, and administering budgets.
  • The ability to advocate for the Division for Academic Affairs while taking a college-wide perspective on priorities and resources for the entire College, and cultivate a common vision and collaborative culture to achieve institutional goals.
  • An innovative and forward thinker in regard to planning, strategy, and implementation.

  • Experience at a college combining a strong liberal arts core with a range of professional programs, at both the baccalaureate and master's level.
  • Experience working as a dean or provost.
  • Experience and an interest in accreditation processes.
  • A strong interest and commitment to graduate and international education.
  • Demonstrated success with strategic planning and facilities planning.
  • Experience in fundraising and friend-raising.

Application Instructions
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to complete an application including your cover letter, CV, and contact information for three professional references. Official transcripts are required upon hire. Applications will be received until 12/31/17. Preference will be given to application materials submitted by 10/31/17. Employment at The College at Brockport is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check and final budgetary approval.

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