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Associate Provost

Western Colorado University
Gunnison, Colorado
$95,000-$107,000 per year + benefits

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Western is a public institution in the Rocky Mountains with an enrollment of ~3,700 graduate and undergraduate students, the majority of whom reside on the campus and in the community.  With average undergraduate class sizes of 17 students, faculty and staff share a strong commitment to inclusivity and personalized, immersive education.  The curriculum provides flexibility where experiential learning and interdisciplinary approaches are central. Western has an unwavering commitment to delivering an exceptional educational experience for all students. 


Responsibilities: The Associate Provost is part of a leadership team which ensures the academic quality and integrity of the undergraduate and graduate programs.  The position will focus work on key academic initiatives within the newly approved 2023-2028 strategic plan including supporting and promoting general education curricular innovation with an emphasis on the strategic plans guiding principles of DEIJ+, sustainability, global outlook, and sense of place.  The position will work closely with others on the leadership team to enhance faculty and staff development opportunities and career mobility for all students with special attention to those from diverse ethnic, racial, economic, and geographic backgrounds as well as represent the Office of the Provost in shared-governance committees and internal/external meetings. 


Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. or other terminal degree and a minimum of 5 years of senior academic leadership or comparable experience. Successful candidates will have

  • Demonstrated record of resourceful and effective approach to major tasks and ability to bring projects to timely completion.
  • Grant writing and management.
  • Leadership, organizational, and management skills and the ability to prioritize multiple tasks and shifting priorities while meeting strict deadlines.
  • Familiarity with higher education processes for hiring, training, evaluating, and promoting faculty.
  • Excellent analytical, verbal, critical thinking, and written communication skills
  • Ability to collaborate using Office 365 and other tools for team projects.
  • Strong ability to use video meeting software for administrative and teaching purposes.
  • Experience working as a supervisor in administrative leadership roles in higher education.
  • Higher education teaching
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills, diplomacy, and sensitivity to issues affecting a wide range of constituencies are required.  A record of inclusive conduct and evidence of multicultural skills in the workplace is required.


Preferred Qualifications:  Preferred candidates will have

  • Evidence of entrepreneurial approaches, innovation, and ability to adapt to change. 
  • Experience with creating and delivering higher education programs online and in a residential or blended modality. 
  • Workday experience and/or other software used on campus associated with academics, advising, grants, donors, career services.
  • Proven ability to be effective in an interdisciplinary team environment. and demonstrated expertise in working with faculty and staff with diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Experience with developing grants, programs and/or partnerships.
  • Strong ability to use video meeting software for administrative and teaching purposes.
  • Conflict resolution and change management

Compensation: The annual salary range is $95,000 – $107,000 (Depending on experience and qualifications) and is FLSA exempt. The position is eligible for an excellent benefits package including health and dental insurance plans with low co-pays and low out-of-pocket maximums, generous paid time off, a shared contribution retirement plan, and (following one year of employment) tuition benefits. Professional development is valued, encouraged, and supported. Additional benefits of employment include four weeks of paid vacation with an additional eleven paid state holidays. This is primarily an on-campus, in-person position.


What you need to apply: Required attachments for the online application include a letter of application, CV, and an essay demonstrating evidence of how your qualifications position you to be successful in creating a work culture of inclusion as well as in advancing Western’s institutional values of courage, growth, inclusivity, integrity, and stewardship.


Contact: Provost, Dr. Jessica Young, with position-specific questions:

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a successful candidate is hired. Start date is negotiable, but preferable no later than Nov 1, 2024.


Note: Official transcripts (unopened or delivered directly to HR) are required upon hire; copies/scans submitted during application will not serve the purpose of official transcripts upon hire.


Additional Information on Western and Gunnison/Crested Butte

Western Colorado University is a public institution with an enrollment of ~3,700 graduate and undergraduate students, the majority of which reside on the campus and in the community.  With average class sizes of 17 students, faculty and staff share a strong commitment to inclusivity and personalized, immersive education. They are student-oriented, collegial, enthusiastic, and engaged in the campus and community. Western is committed to continual growth in regard to diversity, equity, and inclusivity and promotes participation in DEI initiatives from students, faculty, staff, and the community. Please see our diversity statement, and our DEI Committee charge.


The University is located in Gunnison, Colorado, a rural community 200 miles southwest of Denver and the gateway to Crested Butte, a world class ski community.  K-12 students are served by the award-winning Gunnison Watershed School District. Both communities value the arts, quality of life, community-based wrap around services for children and adults, and continued personal growth and learning opportunities. At an elevation of 7,700 feet in the southern Rocky Mountains, the Gunnison Valley provides exceptional year-round outdoor recreational and cultural opportunities including summer arts and music festivals, mountain biking, skiing, kayak/rafting, rock climbing, hiking and camping… all within minutes of the campus.


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An Equal Opportunity Employer, including disability/vets


Western Colorado University believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. Western is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (for state classified positions, with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law. Please see our diversity statement, and our DEII Committee charge.


Western Colorado University is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, Western will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or performing essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to the Office of Human Resources at or (970) 943-3140.




About Us


At Western Colorado University our faculty members and staff share a strong commitment to an inclusive and personalized education and take pride in following a set of values that form our vision as a university. Our shared values of courage, growth, inclusivity, integrity and stewardship provide the foundation for our culture and our work. Our faculty and staff are student-oriented, collegial, enthusiastic, and engaged in the campus and community. With the Rocky Mountains as our laboratory, Western is a premier public provider of rigorous, immersive education for our undergraduate and graduate students. The curriculum provides professional flexibility where experiential learning and interdisciplinary approaches are valued. Employees have chosen Western because of the quality of life combined with rewarding careers.

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