Grantham University - Provost

Location: Lenexa, KS
Date Posted: 06-12-2018
Grantham University seeks an entrepreneurial provost to lead through a time of institutional transformation. The provost will be a key decision maker and influencer, setting the direction for academic affairs and representing the University externally.  This is a career-making opportunity for an experienced, driven leader to serve as both an academic and business leader. The provost will report directly to the President & CEO of the University.

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Location: The position is based in Lenexa, Kansas, a suburb outside of Kansas City, Missouri. The ideal candidate will either already live in or be willing to relocate to the Kansas City area. However – for the ideal candidate -- the President is willing to consider a “super commuter” who spends the majority of her or his time working onsite.
 
The Opportunity
Grantham University seeks an entrepreneurial provost to lead the academic organization through a time of institutional transformation. Grantham is exploring strategic partnerships that may include a conversion to nonprofit status. The provost will be a key decision maker and influencer during this exciting time of change, setting the direction for academic affairs and representing the University externally. This is a career-making opportunity for an experienced, driven leader to join a newly created President’s Cabinet positioning Grantham for long-term sustainability. The provost serves as both an academic and business leader.  
 
The Primary Duties of the Provost include:
  • Provide leadership and oversight of academic operations, policy, curricula, and teaching, assessment and learning to implement continuous improvement efforts, formulate measurable goals and objectives, and evaluate ongoing performance;
  • Operate as both academic and business leader; collaborate effectively and collegially with all departments in the University;
  • Set, oversee, and implement an effective University academic strategy including programs/products; 
  • Develop and manage a budget to ensure the continuous improvement of all academic programs and services; 
  • Serve on the President’s Cabinet;
  • Oversee and set strategy for continuous improvement in retention, online academic delivery, or teaching and learning methodologies;
  • Provide support for faculty recruitment, evaluation, promotion, make decisions regarding the allocation of resources to enhance academic quality, and ensure the quality of the curriculum, delivery of instruction, and evaluation of students;
  • Identify and ensure the utilization of appropriate and innovative technology systems to support the everyday business of academic affairs;
  • Partner with faculty and staff to continue to draw talented individuals to the University;
  • Act as the Chief Academic Officer of the University responsible for online academic programs, academic policy, budget and strategic planning;
  • Determine and encourage the professional development of academic faculty and staff;
  • Represent the University to external bodies in cooperation with faculty and administration;
  • As key counsel to the University President as well as the COO, this position will serve as a liaison in resolving academic concerns and issues;
  • Provide overall day-to-day onsite leadership with integrity, commitment and concern for staff, faculty, administrators, and above all for the individual student and the student’s academic progress and success;
  • Other duties as assigned.
 
Qualifications:
 
Experience and Education
  • An earned doctorate from an accredited institution.
  • 10+ years of academic experience in an accredited college or university.
  • Substantial online teaching and online administrative experience.
  • Experience overseeing institutional and programmatic accreditation; experience with DEAC is a plus.
  • Experience assessing, developing, retaining, and managing faculty.
  • Planning and budget management experience.
  • Experience with curriculum and program/product development; exposure to competency-based education, industry endorsed credentials, adaptive learning, and other academic innovations a plus. 
  • Clear understanding of best practices in assessing teaching and learning.
  • Experience with military students beneficial.
 
Skills and Experience
  • A highly skilled change leader.
  • A strategist; someone who can assess and develop products/programs to ensure quality, marketability.
  • An operator; someone who understands how to lead an efficient and effective department.
  • A builder; able to execute on an idea or initiative.
  • Demonstrated comfort with maintaining a high degree of visibility and accessibility with administration, staff, and peers.
  • Ability to communicate at all levels of the College and to serve as an effective link between academic affairs and the president/board/owners.
  • Professional presentation, speaking and writing skills.
  • Understands technology and its impact on teaching, learning, and student support services.
 
Personal Characteristics
  • Confident.
  • Bold personality with a thick skin.
  • An enthusiastic advocate of academic affairs.
  • Credible leader able to build rapport with faculty, staff, and fellow President’s Council members.
  • Effective and engaging executive presence.
  • An influencer.
  • Energetic, innovative, creative.
  • Curious, seeks to understand before acting.
  • Organized and adaptable.
  • Thrives on creating order.
  • Future-focused.
 
About Grantham University
Grantham University is a private, 100% online university serving approximately 14,000 students. As an accredited, accessible, and affordable institution, Grantham University is dedicated to providing quality education for students serious about preparing for a better, brighter future. Grantham offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four different colleges: the College of Engineering and Computer Science; the Mark Skousen School of Business; the College of Nursing and Allied Health; and the College of Arts and Sciences. The University’s foundational philosophy centers on three pillars to guide all faculty, staff, and administration in their work: student success, student experience, and university excellence.
 
Founded in 1951, Grantham University began as a ground campus. As interest in Grantham's degree programs grew beyond campus boundaries, the college developed distance education programs to serve a geographically dispersed student body including a large military population. One of the University’s core values is to “provide education and service to those who serve.” Over time and as technology advanced, so did Grantham’s ability to serve nontraditional students. In the late ’90s, Grantham began offering degree programs exclusively online. Grantham‘s student population today is approximately 40% active military and veterans. In addition to military students, the University’s diverse and nontraditional student population includes a large number of working parents and first-generation students.
 
Uniquely, Grantham University has a 7-person Board of Governors with full and independent oversight for all academic endeavors.
 
To learn more about Grantham University, see https://www.grantham.edu, and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KVk_2xsuow.
 
Application Instructions
Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and are welcomed until the position is filled. Applications should include a resume and a brief cover letter outlining your interest in and suitability for this position.
 
For nominations or further information:
Caitlin Hummel
Senior Consultant
Summit Search Solutions, Inc.
Direct: 585-598-3269
chummel@summitsearchsolutions.com               
 
Grantham University is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or protected veteran status.

 
Caitlin Hummel
Senior Consultant
Summit Search Solutions, Inc.
585-598-3269 (Office)
chummel@summitsearchsolutions.com
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