Vice Provost (Student Equity, Access, and Success)

University of Massachusetts Boston
UMass Boston

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Job Details

Job no: 520871
Position Type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: VP- Acad Suppt Services
Date opened: 26 Sep 2023 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close:

General Summary:

The Vice Provost provides leadership for the development, implementation and assessment of Holistic Student Success and oversees the Student Equity, Access, and Success (SEAS) unit. SEAS is comprised of three major work areas: Inclusive Excellence; Pathway Programs; and, Academic and Career Engagement and Success (ACES).

The incumbent is responsible for ensuring that undergraduate and graduate students at UMass Boston have access to equity-minded and inclusive resources, services, and learning opportunities that support the development and achievement of their academic and career goals. She works collaboratively with the Provost, Vice Chancellors, Deans, faculty, staff, and students to design and coordinate integrated academic and career programming and services that recognize the cultural wealth and the diversity of identities and experiences that comprise the UMass Boston community.

Examples of Duties:

  • Provide leadership for advancing the university’s first strategic priority: Holistic Student Success. Work collaboratively with executive leadership and the campus community to advance equitable academic outcomes through effective retention strategies, seamless pre-collegiate and transfer pathways, cultivating a sense of belonging, aligning and coordinating academic and career advising, expanding experiential learning, offering proactive support for degree completion, and implementing data-informed and equity-minded practices.
  • Recruit, onboard and supervise associate and assistant vice provosts, the SEAS Project Manager, Technology Team, Director of AARO, and the manager of the UMB-DF/HCC Research Education Training program.
  • Responsible for administrative oversight for SEAS programs and Departments and ensuring that each department/program provides high quality and asset-based services. Monitor the training and supervision of faculty and staff within the departments/programs. Promote a commitment to equity and a culture of inclusion; ensure unit faculty and staff reflect and promote values of equity and inclusive excellence. SEAS Departments/Programs:
  • Inclusive Excellence
  • The Center for Academic Excellence
  • Lillian Semper Ross Center for Disability Support Services
  • Undergraduate Studies & Writing Proficiency
  • Alpha Lamda Delta National Honor Society
  • Affinity-Based Pathway Programs
  • TRiO SSS and Success Boston
  • Pathways and Multilingual Student Success
  • Pre-Collegiate Programs and Initiatives
  • Project REACH
  • Talent Search
  • Urban Scholars
  • Upward Bound
  • Upward Bound Math/Science
  • Early College
  • Asian American Resource Office (AARO)
  • Academic and Career Engagement and Success (ACES)
  • Academic and Career Advising
  • Career Engagement and Employer Partnerships
  • Professional Apprenticeship Career Experience (PACE) Program
  • Beacon Student Success Fellowship
  • Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Research Education Training
  • Support the Office of the Provost in developing and assessing student learning outcomes related to student development and co-curricular learning.
  • Work collaboratively with campus leadership and local, regional, national and international stakeholders to develop and sustain academic partnerships. Participate in and contribute to efforts to eradicate inequities and advance post-secondary success.
  • Lead and manage unit strategic planning, policy and program development, evaluation, and continuous improvement.
  • Oversee a budget of nearly $11 million, including $4.6 million in external grants. Work with the SEAS Leadership Team to develop the unit annual budget request and budget hearing materials.
  • Work closely with university leadership to identify new funding sources to advance the campus’ student success and equity goals; lead and assist in the preparation of grant proposals to new and existing federal, state and local government and private funders.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Qualifications:

    Doctorate required. At least ten (10) years of professional leadership positions with increased responsibility in managing innovative academic advising, career services, academic support services or relevant student services with supervision required. At least five (5) years of experience managing complex budgets. In addition, the ideal candidate will have:

  • Deep 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.
  • Demonstrated experience designing, implementing, and assessing high-impact services for undergraduates in a diverse, urban, educational setting.
  • Demonstrated success with implementing equity-minded practices, culturally sustaining practices and restorative justice models.
  • Demonstrated 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 is 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 is 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: Commensurate with experience

    This is a non-union exempt position.

    All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.

    UMass Boston is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations for the hiring process. If reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact the ADA/504 Coordinator Andrea Haas or 617-287-5148.

    Applications close:


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    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.

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