Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

San Jose, CA
Dec 03, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
Provosts, Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job ID: 24731
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job Code: 3300
Department: Provost/SVP Academic Affairs


Classification: Administrator IV
Anticipated Hiring Salary: Commensurate with experience
FLSA status: Exempt

San Jose State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package. For more information on programs available, please visit

About the Position

*All applicants must apply via Search Firm.*

The Provost and Senior Vice President will be an engaged, collaborative and entrepreneurial
leader with a demonstrated commitment to faculty excellence and student success. The provost will be an institutional advocate and effective communicator with both internal and external constituencies. Chief among responsibilities will be working effectively with the president and academic affairs unit to execute strategic and transformational initiatives that will further strengthen the university and the community. The provost will embrace the faculty's
commitment to teaching excellence, innovative research and quality scholarship, service to the
institution and community and will understand and articulate the connections among them. The
provost will demonstrate a commitment to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion among all
members of the campus community. The provost will be expected to lead by example and
ensure transparent communication, embrace and champion shared governance and support the pursuit of knowledge through free expression, critical thinking and open discourse and debate.

This is a position in the CSU - Management Personnel Plan (MPP), and serves at the pleasure of the President. This position will require adherence to University compliance training such as: Conflict of Interest and Ethics, AB 1825 Sexual Harassment Prevention, Information Security, and Injury and Illness Prevention Program. The person hired for this position may be required to complete an outside employment disclosure statement in accordance with Title V of the California Code of Regulations.

Education and Experience

Candidates should have an earned doctorate or equivalent and an academic record sufficient to be granted the rank of Professor and tenure in one of the university's academic departments.
The candidate should have a demonstrated record of progressive administrative and academic
leadership responsibilities, preferably as the head of an academic unit or division. A record of progressive administrative responsibility, including substantial experience at a large graduate-level university as the head of a major academic unit. Experience working collaboratively in an environment of shared governance and collective bargaining. Experience facilitating strong partnerships among academic programs and other divisions of the university, their faculty and students and community constituents.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

- Ability to provide energetic and visionary leadership and administrative competency in
leading and developing a diverse and inclusive academic community.
- Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of national and disciplinary trends,
especially in the context of a complex, urban institution and a rapidly changing
multicultural, international and high technology environment.
- Ability to identify, interpret, or develop relevant policies and procedures.
- Ability to communicate accurate information and informed opinions in writing or orally to
diverse audiences.
- Skill in effective fundraising and ability to oversee successful grant proposals.
- Exemplary analytical, strategic and critical thinking skills.
- Highly energized, hard-working and forward-thinking.
- Ability to interpret and implement effective budgeting and fiscal management.
- Ability to conceptualize and lead the enhancement of a supportive learning environment.
- Skill in creating a campus climate supportive of educational equity, including recruiting,
developing and managing a diverse faculty and staff.
- Demonstrates a history of innovative thinking and leadership.
- A good sense of humor; capacity to approach situations with positivity and flexibility.

Posting Date

October 2, 2018

Application Screening

Application Screening begins October 26, 2018
Applications received before that date will receive first consideration.

This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.

Required Application Material:

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin
immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant
materials should be received by October 26, 2018. Candidates should provide, as three separate documents, a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent e-mail to the San Jos State University's consultants, Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D., Suzanne Teer and Sophie Stava, at
[email protected]

Note To Applicant

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a driminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a conditional offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


All San Jos State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Equal Employment Statement

SJSU is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

It is the policy of SJSU to provide reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities who self disclose.

Contact Information

Questions may also be directed to the consultants through the office of Candice Jones at 630-575-6929.


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