Assistant Provost

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Hyde Park Campus

40610 Office of the Provost

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Job Summary:

The Assistant Provost supports the planning, development, and implementation of high-priority University objectives. The Assistant Provost will help drive strategic partnerships focused both on the College and on the University's Master's programs, among other key priorities. In addition, the Assistant Provost will work closely with various University partners and stakeholders to research critical issues, prepare reports and recommendations, and partner with faculty and administrative leaders to implement solutions. The portfolio of activities will include new and ongoing efforts of particular significance to the cultivation and advancement of the academic mission of the University.


  • Structure and execute operational and strategic initiatives by developing work plans, gathering and synthesizing relevant data, doing research, and 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
  • Synthesize disparate information from campus partners; requires skilled decision making in assessing and triaging key information
  • Provide staff support for campus initiatives and major projects, particularly in research, planning, and early development phases
  • Serve as liaison with departments involved in high-priority program and project advancement
  • Make decisions and generate recommendations that contribute to the solution of University-wide strategic activities
  • Assist with strategies to develop, optimize and evaluate initiatives and keep them moving and on schedule
  • Provide briefings for and staff leadership in strategic activities; monitor, analyze and report on overall results to internal and external stakeholders
  • Communicate with academic and/or administrative units, updating them as necessary on the status of key initiatives
  • Other duties as assigned

  • 7+ years of professional experience working at an educational institution required
  • Excellent skills 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
  • 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
  • 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

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience or Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required, Master's degree preferred

  • Experience working with faculty and faculty-led projects
  • Working knowledge of University culture

Documents Required:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • References

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 10/30/2018
Application Due: 11/30/2018
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