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Provost & Vice President, Academic Affairs

Arkansas Colleges of Health Education
72916, Fort Smith
Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications

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Specialized Institutions

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Arkansas Colleges of Health Education (ACHE) invites applications for the position of Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. This position will serve as the Chief Academic Officer of a vibrant and engaging institutional community of mission-focused faculty, staff, and students.

The institution is poised to be a national and international leader in healthcare education and the Provost/VPAA will be a vital campus leader in that thriving future. At this institutional moment, the Provost/VPAA must be an exceptional communicator and inspirational leader with a demonstrated and deep understanding of the academic environment of a highly innovative and energized institution. The charge of the Provost/VPAA will be to mentor and further develop the academic community and to partner with and leverage the deep resources of this innovative community including regional partnerships, research excellence, housing and retail development, and health and wellness initiatives.

Founded in 2014, ACHE is a private, non-profit, graduate-level health sciences institution located on over 500 acres in Fort Smith, Arkansas. ACHE is the first and only private institution in Arkansas that is dedicated solely to healthcare and wellness and maintains a strong commitment to the surrounding community. ACHE's service-driven mission is to educate and train a diverse group of competent and compassionate healthcare professionals that especially impact underserved communities and to provide healthy living environments to improve the lives of others. With the forthcoming completion of the Research Institute Health and Wellness Center, ACHE will be a recognized leader in health research initiatives.


Effective August 1, 2024, this campus-based position will provide academic leadership and guidance to support the mission, vision, and goals of the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education (ACHE). This will be accomplished through both the relational and responsive leadership of people in the ACHE community and through administrative excellence including strategic planning and preparation, oversight and administration of the academic institutional budget, and achievement and maintenance of varied accreditation processes. The Provost/VPAA is responsible for the comprehensive curriculum of ACHE including curriculum development, delivery, evaluation, and revision. This position will be instrumental in the recruitment, retention, and development of faculty and staff and will ensure that resources, facilities, faculty, staff, and affiliations are present and energized to deliver on the mission of ACHE.

To achieve these vital outcomes, the Provost/VPAA will prioritize the following:

  1. Mentorship of Faculty and Staff Development of the Academic Community Effective and Influential Communication Academic Policy and Procedure Acumen Higher Education Finance Acumen A Celebration of “ACHE” Culture and Servant Leadership


  • Advises and partners with the President and other key institutional executives on academic policies and procedures, strategic planning, and long-range budgeting for ACHE. Prepares and submits to the President and the Board of Trustees a quarterly report that details the operations, outcomes, long and short-range plans and status of ACHE's educational programs.  Provides guidance and support to ACHE's Deans and Program Directors, the Office of Academic Affairs, the Office of Student Affairs, and the Taylor Library. Ensures that accreditation standards and requirements set by state, regional, programmatic accrediting bodies, and the USDE are met.  Administers student, faculty and staff personnel policies and procedures for ACHE in accordance with established policy and procedures.  Provides guidance and assistance in the recruitment and development of academic leadership and faculty.  Chairs the ACHE Faculty Promotions Committee. Responsible for the recruitment and development of all direct reports. Other duties as assigned by the President.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Terminal Degree (PhD, EdD, JD, DO, MD, DC, DPT, or OTD). Demonstrated higher education leadership and administrative experience with faculty, staff, and students in professional and/or educational settings.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience with and/or understanding of health education. Varied and effective leadership experience/expertise suitable to allow him/her to provide mentorship and leadership for students, faculty, and staff.   Experience with distance education and/or graduate-level education. Experience in a complex business environment with an ability to manage and leverage varied revenue streams and initiatives. Demonstrated understanding of business and financial management Demonstrated understanding and/or experience with accreditation procedures and academic policy.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Proficiency in computer skills, i.e. Microsoft Office. Professionalism for the college in all communications and interactions Ability to maintain confidentiality and privacy. Ability to prioritize and organize numerous and varied assignments. Productive, versatile, self-directed.

Arkansas Colleges of Health Education is an equal opportunity employer.

About Fort Smith and the Arkansas River Valley

Fort Smith is a vibrant community of around 90,000, with a low cost of living and ample recreational opportunities. Located in the beautiful Arkansas River Valley at the foothills of the Ozark mountains, Fort Smith is nestled between the Ozark-St. Francis and Ouachita National Forests. The region provides hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, hang gliding, whitewater rafting, and camping all within a short drive. In addition, the city supports a variety of cultural attractions, including museums, theaters, an award-winning symphony, and two historic entertainment districts.


Communication and Comprehension

ACHE is in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and does not discriminate with regard to applicants or employees with disabilities and will make reasonable accommodations when necessary. The following are essential abilities and physical requirements for all positions at the college.

Ability to orally communicate effectively with others with strong interpersonal skills and customer service orientation. Ability to work cooperatively with colleagues and supervisory staffs at all levels. Ability to understand oral and written information, using the English language, and organize thoughts and ideas into effective forms of communication. Ability to make decisions which range from moderate to a significant impact on the immediate work environment, as well as outside contributors. Possess public communication skills that allow professional representation of ACHE to a variety of business and community customers and associates. Strong organizational skills.

Problem Solving

Intuitively able to reason, analyze information and events, and apply judgment in order to solve problems of both a routine and complex nature. Expertise in negotiation.

Physical and Sensory Abilities

  • May be exposed to short, intermittent, and/or prolonged periods of sitting and/or standing in performance of job duties.
  • May be required to accomplish job duties using various types of equipment/supplies to include, but not limited to pens, pencils, calculators, computer keyboards, telephone, etc.
  • May be required to transport oneself to other campus offices, conference rooms, and on occasion, to off-campus sites to attend meetings, conferences, workshops, seminars, etc.
  • May require significant travel or work away from campus.
  • Requires attendance at events representing ACHE both within as well as outside of the college setting.
  • Frequently required to work at a desk, conference table or in meetings of various configurations. Frequently required to see for purposes of reading matter.
  • Frequently required to hear and understand speech at normal levels.
  • Occasionally required to lift items in a normal office environment.
  • Frequently required to operate office and presentation equipment.

If you need assistance in the application process because of a disability, or any other reason, please contact Vicki Broadaway, Human Resources Manager, at 479.308.2287 or


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7000 Chad Colley Blvd
Fort Smith
United States

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