The Vice Provost for Faculty Success reports directly to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. Working with the Provost and the leadership team of Academic Affairs – including other Vice Provosts and Deans – the Vice Provost for Faculty Success will manage the hiring strategy for tenured/tenure-track faculty members and full-time and part-time lecturers, including the oversight of staff that support the faculty search process. In addition, the Vice Provost is responsible for establishing the direction, tone, and format of training programs for new faculty recruits, hiring committees, retention, tenure, and promotion (RTP) committees, and range elevation committees, to name a few. An expert in diversity and equity training programs, including programming on bias, the Vice Provost will oversee and work with the Assistant Vice Provost of Faculty Development and other experts on campus, such as the Chief Diversity Officer, to deliver programming to all committees that oversee the faculty hiring and RTP process. The Vice Provost is also a liaison to the University RTP Committee as well as key college dean representatives in the area of faculty success and critical shared governance organized, such as the Professional Standards and Diversity Committees of the Academic Senate. The Vice Provost must develop a strong working relationship with the Senior Associate Vice President for University Personnel, who manages relations with the California Faculty Association and other bargaining units. Finally, the Vice Provost will work closely with partners in the office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation on issues related to RSCA, its distribution, and messaging that crosses divisions. Importantly, key to this role is someone who can successfully navigate the complicated relationships and processes tied to the success of all faculty on campus.
This is a position in the CSU - Management Personnel Plan (MPP), and serves at the pleasure of the President. This position will require adherence to University compliance training such as: Conflict of Interest and Ethics, AB 1825 Sexual Harassment Prevention, Information Security, and Injury and Illness Prevention Program. The person hired for this position may be required to complete an outside employment disclosure statement in accordance with Title V of the California Code of Regulations.
- Establish a strong culture of diversity and inclusive education programs that support the hiring, retention, and promotion of faculty within the goal of establishing the university as an anti-racist, multicultural institution
- Create a culture of excellence in the training of faculty recruitment and hiring committees as well as RTP committees
- Apply university policies as it relates to faculty support; become strongly proficient in the CBA for faculty
- Support excellence in faculty professional development and the increased diversity of teaching and learning techniques that transform the university
- Create a strong sense of collaboration and shared purpose amongst the members of the faculty success teams - those working in the areas of faculty development and in the main provost office itself
- Develop a regular tempo of communication strategies to keep key constituents, particularly faculty, up-to-date on issues related to RTP, hiring, and faculty development
- Represent the Office of the Provost on key shared governance organizations
- Create relationships and ongoing conversations on how to improve experiences for faculty on campus and through the recruitment process by participating in cross-campus conversations, this includes focused conversations with deans as well as associate deans and department chairs/school directors
- Serve as the key liaison with University Personnel as it relates to faculty hiring, retention, and other issues that emerge
- Represent the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs in selected meetings, conversations, and events as needed
- In partnership with Institutional Effectiveness and Analytics, use quantitative and qualitative data effectively to analyze faculty hiring and success patterns over time
- Establish a culture of analytics that uses best practices from the fields of faculty and professional development to make key decisions about future directions in hiring and/or faculty training programs
- Hiring, retaining, and promoting faculty (work closely with University Personnel to establish a strong sense of communication about evolutions in these products), create analytics from the data these systems hold to help focus on campus faculty hiring and retention strategies
- Set a tone for collaborative and collective leadership while working with various organizations within and beyond the division of academic affairs
- Be an active member of the Provost’s Leadership Teams - Senior Leadership in the Office and the Academic Affairs Leadership Team more broadly
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- An in-depth knowledge of program delivery and development that supports diversity and inclusion as well as helps establish the university as an anti-racist multicultural institution
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Thorough knowledge of and ability to design, implement, and assess effective, innovative management and strategic planning principles, procedures and policies in an academic environment
- Strategic leadership skills to develop, implement, and measure the outcomes of strategies and programs
- Expert skills in organizational management, systems planning, project management, and change management.
- Ability to lead and manage by goals and objectives in alignment with the institutional mission, and to motivate and influence others to achieve through effective performance metric mechanisms.
- Excellent leadership skills in supervising staff and leading teams through business process improvement and organizational change initiatives
- Ability to assess effectiveness of academic programs and to align programs with the university’s mission
- Ability to work with other units/departments/divisions/colleges to coordinate workflow and activities to insure a seamless operation
- Recommend initiatives and changes to meet strategic planning goals for the University and Academic Affairs to improve quality and services for faculty, staff and students
- Excellent customer service and public relation skills
- Ability to collaboratively lead groups and task forces and produce comprehensive, data-driven reports to support recommendations, actions and evaluations
- Ability to work effectively and persuasively with a broad range of senior managers, colleagues, students and parents and members of the external community
- Doctoral Level
- 1-5 years of experience at chair level or above
- Tenured Professor
- Full Professor
- Background in developing training programs for diverse faculty
- Published research - in blog posts, white papers or academic journals - on faculty and/or student success
Classification: Administrator IV
Hiring Range: Commensurate with experience
San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary.
Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:
- Letter of Interest
All applicants must apply within the specified application period: March 4, 2021 through March 22, 2021. This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.
Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was offered the position on a contingent basis.
The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. Some positions may also require fingerprinting. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.
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