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Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs and Administration

University of Missouri
UM System - Columbia

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Job Title: Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs and Administration
Location: UM System - Columbia
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 37349
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The University of Missouri System (UM System) serves Missouri as the state's land-grant University and Missouri's only public research and doctoral-level institution. It has a unique mission to advance the opportunities for success and well-being for Missouri, the nation, and the world through transformative teaching, research, innovation, engagement, and inclusion.

The UM System consists of system administration and four universities: the University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the Missouri University of Science and Technology, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and all of their component parts, including MU Health, MU Extension and UM Engagement. It is important that this broad and comprehensive organization uses data-informed approaches to make strategic decisions to achieve excellence.

Job Description

The Office of the President seeks applications for an Assistant Vice President (AVP) for Academic Affairs and Administration. Reporting to the President, the AVP will be responsible for coordinating and leading systemwide academic initiatives to advance the University’s academic mission as well as assuming other responsibilities associated with the administration of the UM System. The Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs and Administration works collaboratively with the Council of Chancellors, Chief Academic Officers of the four universities, other vice presidents, academic deans, chairs, faculty, executive administrators, and other key stakeholders to achieve results.

The Office of the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Administration will be responsible for the following activities:

Academic Affairs:

  • As a senior liaison for the Office of the President on academic matters, the AVP will lead and participate in strategic discussions impacting faculty, students, and academic programs.
  • Support Board of Curators and President on matters involving academic affairs.
  • Lead a professional staff in the Office of Academic Affairs.
  • Lead and participate in strategic discussions impacting faculty, students, and academic programs.
  • Support academic program actions (i.e., new program approvals, program closures, etc.)
  • Represent UM at state higher education governing agency and board (i.e., review and recommend new policies, coordinate funding proposals):
  • Support academic groups (Provosts and other academic officers, Inter Faculty Council, etc.) to develop academic collaborations.
  • Support academic leadership development programs together with the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources and campuses.
  • Support eLearning collaborations across the 4 universities of the UM System.
  • Coordinate the preparation of academic affairs reports, analysis, data, and other information to key stakeholders.
  • Serve as liaison to Government Relations for academic-related legislative activities.
    • Respond to academic-related legislation affecting the four universities.
    • Inform President, Chancellors and Provosts and other leaders of significant legislative developments and help coordinate the University’s response.
  • Support student advocacy groups (Associated Students of University of Missouri, Inter-Campus Student Council).
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the President.


  • Convene and coordinate Council of Chancellors, UM Senior Leaders and UM Academic Affairs meetings
  • Represent UM President at internal and external meetings and speaking engagements that have implications or involvement of the UM System.
  • Build and maintain successful working relationships with senior leaders and coordinate with a wide range of offices, staff, and internal stakeholders
  • Support efforts to anticipate, identify and address issues of concern or significance relating to the UM System
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the President.

Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Commitment to achieve excellence to meet the university’s mission in student success, research transformations and meaningful engagement.
  • A terminal degree from an accredited university and five (5) years of experience within higher education in academic or executive-level positions.
  • Academic experience that includes teaching and research background as a faculty at one of the UM System universities.
  • Effective communication skills in both written and oral formats.
  • Strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity and collegiality.
  • Ability to make key decisions in a timely manner
  • Can effectively multi-task without sacrificing quality of decisions.
  • Demontrates composed and thoughtful approaches for problem-solving.
  • Possesses unquestioned integrity and advocates effectively for faculty, staff, and students.
  • Possesses leadership skills to implement accountability measures to achieve excellence.
  • Can promote and implement transparent and data-informed decision-making.
Application Materials

In addition to completing the online application, please include an updated CV and cover letter.

Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. The search committee will begin meeting on or after August 1, 2021.

Columbia Missouri Information

Columbia, Mo., is known as an ideal college town, combining small-town comforts, community spirit and low cost of living with big-city culture, activities and resources. Home to nationally renowned public schools and other colleges and educational centers, Columbia is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


To read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) please use the following links:


Working at University of Missouri

The University of Missouri was founded in 1839 in Columbia, Mo., as the first public university west of the Mississippi River and the first state university in Thomas Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase territory. Today, MU is a $2.1 billion enterprise and an important investment for the state and nation.

MU provides all the benefits of two universities in one: It's a major land-grant institution with a statewide mission of service to citizens and Missouri's largest public research university. Considered one of the nation's top-tier institutions, Mizzou is the flagship campus of the four-campus University of Missouri System. It is one of only 34 public universities, and the only public institution in Missouri, to be selected for membership in the Association of American Universities.

The state’s most comprehensive university, MU offers more than 300 degree programs through 19 colleges and schools and is one of only five universities nationwide with law, medicine, veterinary medicine and a nuclear research reactor on one campus.

Mizzou has a diverse enrollment with 35,000 students from every county in Missouri, every state in the nation and 120 countries. The favorite classroom for the best and brightest, Mizzou attracts more valedictorians, Curators Scholars and Bright Flight Scholars than any other college or university in Missouri. Twenty-six percent of MU freshmen come from the top 10 percent of their high school classes.

MU’s nationally prominent faculty bring discoveries into the classroom, publish more than 1,600 books and scholarly articles each year and spend about $235 million annually on scientific research; they account for 70 percent of the research dollars flowing to Missouri public universities. Ninety-two percent of full-time, ranked faculty hold doctorates or the highest degree in their field.

MU students are uniquely prepared for success in life as global citizens. For example, Mizzou is nationally known for its campus writing program, learning communities and first-year experiences. The National Science Foundation has recognized MU as one of the top-10 universities in the country for undergraduate research opportunities. In fact, experiential learning is an essential part of an MU degree. Real-world media experience, or the Missouri Method, in journalism and a problem-based curriculum in medicine are two examples. Students also participate in Missouri’s largest study abroad program and contribute 180,000 hours of community service each year.

Mizzou graduates more than 8,000 students annually, granting 25 percent of all bachelor's degrees, 23 percent of master’s degrees and sixty-five percent of all doctoral degrees earned at Missouri's public universities. Roughly one in three degrees are in math, engineering, information technology, health and other science fields.

Designated a botanic garden, MU’s 1,262-acre main campus features more than 42,000 plants and trees and is an important outdoor laboratory for 10 academic programs. Many university buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Popular media consistently call Columbia, Mo., one of America’s best places to live because of its excellent quality of life. Mizzou is by far the largest employer in the area with more than 13,000 full-time employees.

Citizens across the state connect with Mizzou by participating in Extension programs in every county, visiting MU Health Care specialists, competing in state competitions in MU facilities and cheering on the Missouri Tigers at athletic events. A member of the Southeastern Conference, Mizzou's NCAA Division I athletic program has 20 sports, many ranked in the top 25 nationally.

Careers at Mizzou

You've come to the right place to find your new career or to make the leap to the next level. Whether you are just starting out or a seasoned professional in your field, and no matter what kind of job you are looking for, chances are that we have the right opportunity for you.

Why? Because Mizzou is not just a world-renowned educational and research institution, The University of Missouri is also one of the biggest, most versatile employers in Columbia, MO. And we don't just have first-rate faculty and students, we have first-rate staff too! Whether you are a finance professional, a plumber, a research scientist, a preschool teacher, a food services worker, a custodian, a graphic designer, or a swimming coach, working at MU means you know you are a part of something big — you're making a difference in the world.

We have it all: challenging and engaging work, a wide variety of jobs to fit your career goals, great benefits, career development and training, work-life fit, beautiful surroundings, a rich tradition and history, a sense of community and belonging, and a proven commitment to diversity in the workplace.

Here are some resources to familiarize yourself with Columbia, Mo., if you are relocating to the area:



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