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Assistant Vice Provost, Academic & Career Advising

University of Massachusetts Boston
UMass Boston

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Job no: 509070
Position Type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: VP- Acad Suppt Services
Pay Grade: No Pay Grade
Date opened: 14 Jul 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 06 Aug 2021 Eastern Daylight Time

General Summary:

The Assistant Vice Provost for Academic & Career Advising serves as a member of the VPASS core leadership team. The VPASS leadership team supports the University’s commitment to student success by developing, implementing and assessing policies, programs, practices that advance access to higher education, provide advising, enrichment and experiential learning opportunities, and support equitable outcomes for our diverse study body.

The Assistant Vice Provost for Academic & Career Advising will play a critical role in developing, implementing and assessing holistic and asset-based academic and career advising, where student development is informed by meaningful personal, academic and career coaching and supported by relevant experiential learning and undergraduate research opportunities.

Examples of Duties:

  • Collaborate with the Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Support Services, the Director of Career Services, and the Director of the University Advising Center (UAC) to develop, implement and assess an integrated, student-centered, and holistic advising model that values student’s cultural wealth and supports academic and career success.
  • Supervise the Director of Career Services and the Director of the University Advising Center. Recruit, hire, train, and evaluate holistic advising leadership; encourage continued professional development; emphasize teamwork, collaboration, and creative/innovative strategic thinking.
  • Collaborate with the VPASS leadership team to support UMass Boston’s student success agenda, including developing, implementing and assessing student learning outcomes related to advising and career success.
  • Lead the integration of equity-minded practices into strategic planning in advising and career services, including a focus on advancing student access to experiential learning opportunities, full engagement in campus resources and services, and equity outcomes for undergraduates.
  • Develop relationships with colleges across the university to align VPASS programs and services with departmental needs and embed academic and career development across the curriculum.
  • Prepare and analyze qualitative and quantitative data on key student experiences and success metrics to inform strategic planning for continuous improvement.
  • Support work-based learning initiatives in collaboration with Colleges across the University, as well as, external educational, community-based and industry partners.


  • Master’s degree in education, higher education administration, student personnel administration, student development and counseling, or a relevant discipline required, doctorate preferred.
  • Minimum of 6 years of professional leadership positions with increased responsibility in academic advising, career services, academic support service or relevant student service program administration required; experience in an urban, public institution preferred.
  • Strong knowledge of current high-impact practices in holistic academic advising, career services, student development and student success. Experience developing and implementing work-based learning models and/or ethnographies of work models strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience designing, implementing and assessing high-impact services for undergraduates in a diverse, urban, educational setting required. Experience with implementing equity-minded practices, culturally sustaining practices and restorative justice models preferred.
  • Demonstrated strong personnel development and management skills, including the ability to lead teams and encourage initiative, teamwork, collaboration, and creative/innovative thinking. Experience working in a collective bargaining environment preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop strategic partnerships on and off campus, and to oversee major projects from development to implementation.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead strategic planning and programs evaluation, including the assessment of co-curricular learning outcomes.
  • Demonstrated financial management skills required, including budget development and oversight. Experience with grant development, writing and implementation preferred.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, excellent presentation skills, and the ability to communicate at all levels with tact and diplomacy to achieve goals.

Application Instructions:

Please apply online with your resume, cover letter and list of three references.

Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date.

Salary Range: $110,000-135,000

This is a non-union exempt position.

All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.

Applications close: 06 Aug 2021 Eastern Daylight Time


Working at University of Massachusetts Boston

The University of Massachusetts Boston is nationally recognized as a model of excellence for urban public universities. The scenic waterfront campus is located next to the John F. Kennedy Library, with easy access to downtown Boston. 

The second-largest campus in the UMass system, UMass Boston combines a small-college experience with the vast resources of a major research university. With a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio, students easily interact with professors because most teaching occurs in small class sizes. Ninety-three percent of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their fields.

UMass Boston’s academic excellence is reflected by a growing student body of nearly 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university’s eight colleges offer more than 100 undergraduate programs and 50 graduate programs. The University Honors Program serves 300 students who thrive on intellectual challenge. Enriched courses probe more deeply into theory or venture further into application.

UMass Boston’s diverse student body provides a global context for student learning, and its location in a major U.S. city provides connections to employers in industries such as finance, health care, technology, service, and education, offering students opportunities to gain valuable in-school experience via internships, clinicals, and other career-related placements.

More than 100 student organizations — including clubs, literary magazines, newspaperradio stationart gallery, and 16 NCAA Division III sports teams — offer a rich campus life. Students live throughout Greater Boston and in apartment communities just steps from the campus, and enjoy the rich amenities, cultural attractions, and educational opportunities that make the city the biggest and best college town in the nation.

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