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Job ID: 219774

Vice Provost, Faculty
Tufts University

Date Posted Aug. 16, 2023
Title Vice Provost, Faculty
University Tufts University
Medford, MA, United States
Department Office of the Vice Provost
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Vice-(President/Provost/Chancellor)
  • Academic Affairs
    University Administration


The Office of the Provost is responsible for setting and guiding institutional and budgetary priorities that advance the university’s mission as a student-centered R1 institution and partners closely with university, school, and central unit leadership to advance the university’s aspirations. The office advances inclusive and innovative education and research, cultivates a diverse faculty across the university’s schools and colleges, and oversees multiple cross-school programs, centers, and institutes.

The Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty is one of five divisions within the Office of the Provost. It works to create a sustainable, fully integrated matrix of support for faculty career development, and to promote a culture of faculty success, collaboration and well-being across all the schools and units of the university. Faculty are the vital core of Tufts, from leading cutting-edge research and innovation to fostering a supportive, welcoming, and collaborative learning environment for all members of the community. The Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty aims to invigorate a scholarly community where faculty can thrive in all stages of their academic and professional careers by: contributing to faculty growth through mentoring, leadership development, and professional support programming; overseeing academic appointment approvals and improving processes to ensure equitable promotions across schools; working closely with schools and units to optimize resources, opportunities, and policies in harmony with the university’s mission; helping faculty navigate life outside academia and promote work-life balance with access to housing, dual-career, and general support; celebrating and recognizing faculty achievements; and engaging faculty long after their time at Tufts with emeritus faculty benefits and events.

What You'll Do

Serves as a member of the Provost’s senior leadership team and oversees the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty. Acts as a strategic leader with the ability to see the big picture of the university and creates and cultivates a shared vision of its commitment to faculty. Provides expertise and guidance to the Provost, Deans, and other school and university leaders to help drive thoughtful and strategic regarding faculty recruitment, development, and retention. Works collaboratively with faculty and schools to build an academic culture of excellence that is rooted in the accomplishments of the faculty. Has a broad understanding of school-based faculty bylaws and policies in order to provide guidance on expectations for faculty and their relationship with the university. Ensures the successful recruitment, retention, mentoring, and development of faculty across the university. Ensures equity in tenure and promotion processes, and other policies and procedures bearing on faculty roles and responsibilities. Represents the Provost to both internal and external constituents on faculty matters and serves as the main liaison to the university’s Faculty Senate. Works collaboratively with the other Vice Provosts on Provost-led initiatives and shared goals and projects. Oversees a team of associate and assistant provosts (3 total), as well as Tufts Archival Research Center and the Tufts Library Council.

  • Oversees faculty recruitment, appointment, compensation, the promotion and tenure process, and mentoring and development programs. Works collaboratively with Deans and other school leaders to organize and administer recruitment and retention strategies and development programs that address school-specific needs while aligning with university goals and principles.
  • Oversees faculty recognition (honors and awards), faculty orientation programs, and faculty networking opportunities.
  • Oversees, in collaboration with the Office of the University Counsel, all policy and disciplinary
  • Represents the Provost in discussions with schools and university-wide groups (including the Faculty Senate), and other internal and external constituents, on issues concerning the faculty. matters that relate to the faculty. Oversees, in collaboration with Human Resources, non-benefits aspects of faculty employment.
  • Directs assigned functional areas. Ensures leadership plans are developed, manages performance, and facilitates development of direct reports.

What We're Looking For

Minimum Required Experience, Education, Background, And Certifications/Licenses

  • Knowledge and skills as typically acquired through completion of a terminal degree and 10 years of faculty and administrative experience
  • Tenured faculty appointment, or the equivalent from a unit without tenure
  • A demonstrable commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice
  • Empathetic listener to all stakeholders, especially faculty but also staff, administrators, and students
  • Ability to handle complex projects with multiple stakeholders
  • Capability to manage a small but talented staff collaboratively
  • Strategic thinker who can keep larger goals in mind while handling day-to-day business of the office
  • Ability to see beyond their own discipline and champion faculty from every segment of the university
  • A deep understanding of faculty attitudes and challenges
  • Skills in mediation and conflict resolution
  • Experience working effectively within a shared governance structure
  • Comfort in a matrix organization, with the ability to work effectively and in a collegial fashion with members of the Provost’s senior team and school and university leadership
  • An effective speaker and writer

Additional Preferred Experience, Education, etc. 

  • Rank of full professor
  • Service as department chair or in decanal/provostial position
  • Experience collaborating with more than one school
  • Ability to analyze, collect, and use data effectively
  • Experience with program development

Pay Range

Minimum $194,900.00, Midpoint $243,650.00, Maximum $292,400.00

Salary is based on related experience, expertise, and internal equity; generally, new hires can expect pay between the minimum and midpoint of the range.

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