Senior Executive, Academic Provost
Ashford University - San Diego, CA

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Ashford University announces a national search for a Senior Executive, Academic Provost. The Senior Executive, Academic Provost is administratively responsible for all academic departments and programs, while also serving as a key member of the President’s Cabinet.

The Provost is responsible for: leadership of the academic division of the university; the design and implementation of the University’s academic plan, including new programs, programmatic accreditation, and assessment; the advancement of the academic mission; and, the continuous improvement of the quality of the academic experience at Ashford University. The new Provost will be expected to begin August 2013.

The following colleges, programs and functions report to the Provost:
• Executive Dean College of Business and Professional Studies
• Executive Dean Health, Human Services and Science
• Executive Dean School of Education
• Executive Dean College of Liberal Arts
• Vice Provost Faculty Affairs
• Vice Provost Research and Innovation
• Vice President Assessment and Academic Quality
The vision of Ashford University:
• To foster a vigorous, diverse learning environment shaped by contemporary awareness, intellectual inquiry, and a shared search for truth in which students gain knowledge and build skills and values useful in their personal and career development.
• To cultivate student-centered learning at all levels, supported by technological resources and led by qualified faculty and staff who are guided by contemporary scholarship and professional practice.
• To promote the development of foundational values relevant to leadership in the 21st century: self-worth, creativity, interdependence, service, integrity, and effectiveness.
• To foster intellectual and personal growth, sensitivity to diversity and human dignity, effective and responsible leadership, environmental responsibility, and lifelong learning.
• To offer online and campus-based degree programs with foundational perspective, breadth and professional relevance for undergraduate and graduate students.
• To place priority upon institutional effectiveness, excellent value, affordability, responsive student services, accountable administrative processes, continuous assessment of student learning, and curriculum improvement to assure quality in a rapidly changing culture and demonstrate innovative leadership in higher education.
• To maintain operational, financial, and strategic strength to ensure the future of Ashford University.
Essential Job Duties:
In the area of Academic Affairs:
• Provides leadership in the development of new programs in the academic area
• Explores new academic areas and remains cognizant of national trends to best position the University to serve its learners
• Oversees the academic programs and operations for the university
• Oversees the operation of the online course offerings
• Works with publishers and other vendors to assure that the educational materials used in AU courses are appropriate, of high quality, and affordably priced
In the area of Staff Development:
• Oversees Executive Deans and Vice Provost by assigning and delegating tasks, providing direction, resolving work problems, communicating job expectations, training employees, and developing professional growth development opportunities
• Oversees on-ground faculty and online full-time and, adjunct faculty development to become a cohesive unit
• Conducts annual employee evaluations, and recommends pay increases, promotions and other personnel actions. Approves leaves and authorizes overtime as appropriate. Participates in employee selection process.
• Administers efforts to recruit, retain and develop diversified faculty, staff and administration, disciplinary actions upon approval
• Maintains strong relationships and partnerships with institutional and/or organizational leadership
In the area of Policy Implementation and Procedure:
• Monitors all academic operations to ensure compliance with federal/state, accreditation, corporate and University regulations and policies
• Leads in utilization and assessment of equipment, and technology, and expenditures for the Learning Systems
• Provides input into development policy, and ensures implementation
• Ensures accountability is maintained per the Shared Services Agreement of the organization
In the area of Community Outreach:
• Maintains liaison with various government and education agencies, community agencies and other Universities relating to educational programs
• Attends and/or chairs University committees and maintains responsibility for being an active part of the campus community
• Develops and maintains relationships, both internally and externally, by representing Ashford University in the community. Gives speeches and presentations about AU to a variety of external groups
• Provides supportive leadership for numerous professional accreditations, statewide standards and national trends.
Core Competencies:
• Commitment to Mission: Aligns with the Core Values of Integrity, Ethics, Quality and Service through behaviors that demonstrate a positive commitment to the customer and the organization.
• Communication: Aligns with the Core Values of Service through oral and written communication skills and internal/external relationships.
• Service: Encompasses the university’s core values of service; including service to the organization, customer community.
• Personal Planning: Aligns with personal accountability and responsibility.
Leadership Competencies:
• Leading Change: This competency serves as the foundation of the Leadership competency model as it aligns the behaviors and characteristic of the individuals with the organization’s mission and core values. Inherent in this competency is the individual’s ability to balance change and continuity; to continually strive to improve organizational framework; to create a work environment that encourages innovation; and to maintain focus, intensity and persistence, even under adversity.
• Leading People: The second leadership competency involves the ability to maximize human capital by fostering an environment that encompasses the organization’s culture and obtains organizational performance that executes the mission, goals and core values.
• Business Acumen: This competency involves the ability to understand and administer business information cross departmentally in a manner that inspires confidence, instills trust and accomplishes the organization’s goals.
• Building Communication: The fourth leadership competency encompasses written and verbal communications of facts and ideas as well as developing a professional network inside and outside the organization.
• Driving Results: The final competency stresses accountability and continuous improvement through decision making, execution and producing results.
Minimum Requirements:
• A record of progressive responsibilities in leadership, online and traditional academic administration and more than 7 years of teaching in an online and traditional environments
• Knowledge of: education; academic and student affairs; education administration; laws and requirements affecting education; advanced management principles and practices; leadership; policy development and implementation; budget management and administration; organizational planning
• Ability to: work independently; be assertive; think analytically; develop and maintain effective working relationships job contacts, students, faculty, staff and others; serve in a fiduciary capacity to the President; apply advanced management and leadership principles to practical work situations; maintain confidential and sensitive information
• Skill in: verbal and written communications; problem solving; operation of computer; solving organizational problems; managing multiple departments and functions from an executive level; managing multi-million dollar budget
• Doctoral Degree required
Nomination and Application Submission
Applications should consist of curriculum vitae, a cover letter addressing required and preferred qualifications and a list of at least four (4) references with contact information. References will not be contacted without explicit permission from the candidate. Nominations and expressions of interest will be treated in confidence; all interested and qualified parties must electronically apply through the Ashford University online employment application system at Applications will be qualified and submitted to the Ashford University Interview Committee for further consideration and next steps.
The Talent Acquisition & Development Department will serve as a supportive neutral third-party in administration of this search. Questions regarding this search can be address directly to:
• Christina Hastings, Director, Talent Acquisition & Development
• 13500 Evening Creek Drive North, Ste. 400, San Diego, CA 92128
Company Information:
Physical Requirements :

Physical Demands: While performing the duties of the job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee requires dexterity in using telephone, computer keyboard, mouse and calculator while seated at a desk. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk and sit. The employee may frequently move to interact with fellow employees and/or clients. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Communication Skills: While performing Duties of the job, the employee is required to read and comprehend instructions, correspondence and memos. The employee requires the ability to write effective and detailed correspondence and to effectively present information both in one-on-one and small group situations.

Mental Demands: While performing duties of this job, the employee is required to deal with stress associated with a fast-paced work environment and multiple priorities/tasks. The employee will be required to make judgment decisions and adapt to changing work situations, grasp and apply new ideas, communicate with various personalities at all levels and have the ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed instructions.

Work Environment: While performing duties of this job, the employee is required to work in an office environment, and the noise level is usually moderate to loud .

Note : This opportunity of employment will require a completed pre-employment screening to be inclusive of, but not limited to: a criminal background investigation, a credit check investigation, verification of education credentials, verification of prior employment history, professional reference checks and public social media postings; with review prior to an offer of employment being extended. As an employer, we participate in E-Verify. To learn more please visit .

Notice to Prospective Employees

As required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the “Clery Act”), prospective employees are entitled to request and receive a copy of Ashford University Annual Campus Security Report. The Report can be accessed at Campus Security & Fire Safety Report . The report includes certain campus safety policies and statistics on reportable crimes and incidents that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings, and on public property immediately adjacent to campus or accessible from campus for three previous years. The policies include campus security policies, crime prevention, and alcohol and drug use, and sexual assault, among others. To obtain a paper copy of the report, please contact .

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