Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

Virginia Tech   Blacksburg, VA   Full-time     Education
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Posted on June 29, 2021

Job Description

The Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs (VPFA) is a senior administrative officer reporting to the Executive Vice Provost (EVP) with major responsibilities for the recruitment, advancement, and retention of a diverse and talented faculty workforce including tenured and non-tenured position types from a broad range of academic areas; recruitment, development, and support for academic leaders; and support for the academic initiatives of the university. The VPFA represents the Provost on selected commissions, committees, and task forces.

The VPFA works closely with the provost, deans, associate deans, institute directors, department heads, vice presidents, vice provosts, legal counsel, and human resources on a range of faculty affairs issues, including promotion and tenure, work-life balance policies, annual evaluations and merit, AdvanceVT workshops and initiatives, COACHE surveys, orientation and mentoring programs, and compliance with the Faculty Handbook and other university requirements.

The VPFA serves as the provost’s liaison to the Department Heads Council and its Executive Committee to promote regular communication of university initiatives, policy revisions, and new policies, and participates regularly in Faculty Senate Cabinet meetings along with other members of the provost’s leadership team.

The VPFA should be committed to supporting a wide range of faculty positions across a broad field of academic units and fostering collaboration among different campus units to accomplish this goal.

Required Qualifications

• Experience in higher education administration, academic program management, and faculty affairs.
• Demonstrated experience and commitment to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.
• Ability to lead teams, communicate with multiple and diverse audiences and individuals, and complete tasks in a complex organizational environment.
• Ability to align individuals and teams around shared goals and to effectively facilitate meetings and work groups.
• Ability to inspire others to high levels of performance and foster collaboration and trust.
• Demonstrated experience to address complex problems in collaboration with others and to develop and implement workable solutions (e.g., personnel issues, retention, faculty concerns).
• Excellent written and oral communications.
• Proven commitment to and knowledge of shared governance.
• Terminal degree.

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience in academic department, college, or university leadership positions.
• Experience with promotion and tenure and faculty career progression.
• Experience in policy development and implementation.
• Experience analyzing data to monitor trends and indicators, identify issues, and inform executive decision making.

Appointment Type

Regular

Review Date

August 3, 2021

Additional Information

A search committee with representation from across the university has been convened to conduct the search and to recommend finalists to the Executive Vice Provost of Virginia Tech. The Search Committee will begin reviewing candidates immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, all applications, nominations, and confidential inquiries should be submitted by August 3, 2021. 

For additional information, confidential inquiries or nominations, please contact Jeff Cumberland, Talent Acquisition Manager (jcumber@vt.edu) or Leah Taylor, Director of Human Resources Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost (leahtaylor@vt.edu). 

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Leah Taylor at leahtaylor@vt.edu during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.