Notre Dame de Namur University - Belmont, CA

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The Provost will report to and work closely with the President of the University to lead, organize, monitor and coordinate all aspects of academic and student affairs programming in consultation with the President, Deans, and faculty. The Provost will also oversee integration of the curricular and co-curricular programs. The Provost will work collaboratively with the President and Cabinet to provide effective, coordinated institutional leadership. This position has the responsibility of supervising the Associate Provost, Dean of Students, three academic Deans, Director of Library Services, Director of Diversity, and the Executive Administrative Assistant, and will collaborate with the Faculty Senate President. The Provost's core responsibilities will include:

1. Provide academic leadership for the University
  • Provide development and evaluation of academic programs that reflect high academic standards and intellectual rigor;
  • Develop and evaluate the effectiveness of educational/academic policies and procedures;
  • Update and monitor implementation of the University's Academic Plan;
  • Monitor achievement of academic area key performance indicators;
  • Provide leadership demonstrating and fostering a commitment to shared governance;
  • Ensure the maintenance of regional and disciplinary/professional accreditation in good standing;
  • Provide leadership for ensuring that the mission, vision, and values of the University, and the Hallmarks of Notre Dame Learning Community are well integrated in academic and co-curricular programs.
2. Provide management leadership in the academic arena
  • Understand and monitor the job responsibilities of all administrators who report directly to the Office of the Provost;
  • Meet regularly with all administrators individually and as a team to ensure individual accountability and improve collaborative processes;
  • Lead the development of robust infrastructure for assessment of student learning and education effectiveness through the monitoring of continuing assessment of student learning outcomes, the ongoing cycle of academic program review, and the enhancement of the curriculum in response to assessment and program review findings;
  • Provide leadership for development and implementation of effective personnel processes for faculty hiring, contracting, retention, promotion, tenure, and evaluation;
  • Oversee an integrated registration function and integrate academic support function;
  • Meet regularly with the President of the Faculty Senate;
  • Encourage and facilitate community engagement and community-based learning.
3. Provide management leadership for Student Affairs
  • Provide leadership and consult with the Dean of Students to facilitate a comprehensive student life program;
  • Work with the Dean of Students to establish priorities for the development of Student Affairs' strategic, budgetary and operational plans to encourage excellence;
  • Provide leadership demonstrating and fostering a commitment to successful diversity programs, spirituality programs, and community engagement and community-based learning;
  • Encourage and facilitate alignment and integration among the various Student Affairs offices and programs;
  • Oversee development of co-curricular planning and programs.
4. Collaborate in institutional leadership
  • In conjunction with President's Cabinet, update and monitor implementation of University Strategic Plan;
  • Work directly with other senior administrators for a matrix management of activities, programs and services that overlap divisional areas;
  • In conjunction with the Advancement team, develop, supervise and monitor external grants for academic programs;
  • In conjunction with the Finance team, develop and supervise annual budgets for all academic and student affairs areas, programs, and services;
  • Ensure active collaboration among academic and Student Affairs efforts;
  • Serve as administrative liaison to the Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and Mission Committees of the Board of Trustees;
  • Represent the University for the President in her absence.

The successful candidate will be a creative and analytical thinker, innovative and pragmatic and sensitive to the life of a comprehensive teaching university. He/She will have the ability to articulate the vision of the University's unique character and promising future in a rapidly changing external environment. The Provost will have the ability to analyze complex issues, make decisions, and manage multiple people and priorities within a high-volume and diverse work load. He/She will have strong communication and interpersonal skills.

The Provost will have had successful leadership experience creating a team environment and fostering cooperation and respect among diverse constituents. He/She will have a commitment to support cultural diversity and a record of support for faculty and staff development. The Provost will have a commitment to shared governance, an appreciation for an independent, Catholic university, and a willingness to learn about the charism of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.

The Provost must earn the trust and respect of and develop long-term relationships with the Cabinet, faculty, students, staff, trustees, alumni, volunteers, and donor prospects, in particular, as well as with the general public. He/She should be a creative innovator who is decisive but not impulsive. He/She must be a persuasive advocate, both internally and externally; and the successful candidate will be a mature, experienced team player for whom the ownership of ideas is less important than the result of the collaborative effort. It is imperative that the Provost have excellent written and oral communication skills.


The successful candidate will have academic leadership experience as an academic dean or chief academic officer. He/She will have strong experience with liberal arts and professional programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidate will possess in-depth knowledge of higher education and have significant employment at one or more institutions of higher learning, and preferably at a small-to-mid-size independent institution. Full-time college or university teaching experience is important. He/She should have evidence of successful educational program development and assessment as well as evidence of successful involvement with student services on a residential university campus. Proven management and leadership skills are essential.


An earned doctorate degree is required.


Annual compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience. The University provides a comprehensive benefits package. Relocation assistance is available.

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