California State University, Northridge is seeking a Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
At CSUN, we aspire to grow continually as an inclusive, cooperative community and strive to be a work place community that advances student success and provides exemplary service to all stakeholders. We foster an environment of success, for our students, our employees, and the broader San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles communities that we serve. We have a foundational commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels of the University. As a campus leader, the Provost will have the opportunity to thrive in a community in which our leaders share common traits as identified in our Leadership Principles https://www.csun.edu/leadership-principles. The successful candidate for this position will also have the opportunity to realize their own personal goals, be recognized for the work they do, and enjoy the unique value the CSUN community can offer.
One of the largest universities in the country, California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is an urban, comprehensive university that delivers award-winning undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 40,000 students annually and counts nearly 400,000 alumni who fuel the region’s economy. Since its founding in 1958, CSUN has made a significant and long-term economic impact on California, generating nearly $1.9 billion in economic impact and more than 12,000 jobs each year. CSUN is a designated Minority-Serving and Hispanic-Serving Institution and nationally recognized for its success in serving its diverse student body. The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities named CSUN an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University, the Wall Street Journal ranked CSUN third in the nation for the university’s diverse learning environment, and CSUN is the nation’s seventh-ranked school on CollegeNet’s 2021 Social Mobility Index.
The Position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs:
The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (Provost) reports to the President and works collaboratively with the President’s Cabinet in advancing the strategic vision, mission, and values of the institution, including the University’s Road Map to the Future. Serving as the chief academic officer, the Provost provides dynamic academic and data-informed strategic leadership for the university, with broad vision, and balanced judgment and creativity. The Provost leads more than 3,000 faculty and staff in undergraduate, graduate, extended education, research, and public partnerships programs and coordinates regional, national, and international activities to support the mission and priorities of the university. The Provost oversees, coordinates, and promotes the excellence and integrity of academic programming, scholarly work, and creative activity where educational equity and student success involving high quality student learning, persistence, and degree completion are top priorities. The Provost serves as leader of the institution in the absence of the President. Additional areas of oversight include the financial and capital planning of the division, regulatory compliance, accreditation, and institutional equity. The Provost guides the division through bold leadership of an engaged and collaborative team; positive working relationships across university divisions; and the recruitment, development and retention of a diverse and forward-thinking faculty and staff. The Provost is a champion and leader of an inclusive and equitable educational community, recognizing the strength this brings to the university community and learning environment; as a leader, demonstrates a commitment to student and faculty success that is mission aligned with the university’s vision, values, and priorities; establishes an ethical and collegial work environment, promoting a collaborative, accountable, and inclusive team; encourages a courageous and resilient solution-oriented environment by participating in new opportunities with a service-oriented and catalytic mind set to further the mission of the university; empowers employees by being communicative and a talent builder who develops team attributes, furthering divisional goals.
- A doctorate from a regionally accredited institution.
- Academic credentials consistent with the rank of full professor at CSUN, as demonstrated by a distinguished record in teaching and scholarship that exhibit commitment to academic excellence.
- Substantial experience and demonstrated leadership in higher education and academic administration, including advocation and support of educational equity.
- Ability to work effectively within a collaborative and consultative management setting within a framework of traditional shared governance and collective bargaining.
- A strong record of commitment to equity, inclusion, and student and faculty success, as well as a deep appreciation for the richly diverse student population that CSUN serves.
- Demonstration—through previous professional achievements—of the ability to plan, organize, direct, and coordinate innovative instructional and research programs at a university.
- Proficiency in and proponent of data-based decision making.
- Skill in fiscal planning and resource management.
- Track record of successfully integrating strategic activities across the division, institution, and community around a shared vision for success.
- Successful experience in university advancement and fundraising.
- Outstanding written and verbal communication skills and the ability to communicate in a clear, consistent, and transparent manner to create shared goals and understanding.
- Ability to represent the campus effectively before organizations and agencies.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with leadership to build bridges and relationships within an institution or organization.
- A high level of energy, focus, and the capacity to effectively partner with the president, cabinet, deans, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members of diverse backgrounds.
- Demonstrated success in leading a team and the willingness to serve as a motivator and mentor to staff while achieving university, division, and unit goals.
- Demonstrated ability to support ongoing improvement through courageous, resilient, and catalytic leadership and lead varying initiatives through a collaborative, service-oriented, and communicative approach.
- Demonstrated commitment to employee development, recognition, and accountability to further operational goals.
Effective Date of Appointment: January 2023
How to Apply:
The University is being assisted by Academic Search. Applications should consist of a substantive cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and a list of five professional references with full contact information. No references will be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted electronically, and in confidence, to: CSUNProvostVPAA@academicsearch.org.
The position is open until filled, but only applications received by Thursday, September 1, can be assured full consideration. Additional information can be found through the profile link above. Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting consultants Ann Hasselmo at Ann.Hasselmo@academicsearch.org and Chris Butler at Chris.Butler@academicsearch.org. Further information about California State University Northridge is available at http://csun.edu/.
General Information: CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. To learn more visit our Matadors Forward site: https://www.csun.edu/matadors-forward/faculty-and-staff-guidelines.
Background check: This position is a sensitive position as designated by the CSU. A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the status of candidates who apply for the position.
CANRA: The person holding this position will be considered a ‘limited reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
Conflict of Interest: This position is a “designated position” in the California State University’s Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position is required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.
Equal Employment Opportunity: CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Recruitment Services at 818-677-2101.