PROVOST, MINERVA UNIVERSITY
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ABOUT MINERVA UNIVERSITY
Minerva University, headquartered in San Francisco, California, offers a unique undergraduate experience for the brightest, most motivated students in the world. Minerva’s curriculum and experiential learning has been deliberately designed to teach the capabilities needed to solve complex challenges. All Minerva classes are small, engaging active learning seminars. The virtual synchronous technology platform enables faculty to teach, and students to take their courses, from anywhere in the world, enabling its global residential program. Combining a reinvented curriculum, rigorous academic standards, leading technology, and an immersive global residential experience, Minerva provides an exceptional and accessible undergraduate education to prepare future leaders and innovators across multiple disciplines. Minerva undergraduate students come from all over the world to spend their first year in residence in San Francisco, and then live and study in multiple different major world cities over their following three years. To date, rotation cities have included Berlin, Buenos Aires, Hyderabad, London, Seoul, and Taipei. These rich international experiences provide students with deep global understanding, skills and the ability to apply their academic learning in real world situations. In addition to the five undergraduate degrees, Minerva offers a graduate degree and a graduate certificate for working professionals studying remotely throughout the world.
In 2021, Minerva University obtained independent accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges/Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Prior to that, since its founding in 2013, Minerva was accredited by WSCUC through its partnership with Keck Graduate Institute, and the institution was named Minerva Schools at KGI. Minerva graduated its first masters students in 2017 and its first undergraduate students in 2019. It currently has five undergraduate colleges and one graduate program. Its students and alums are from 100 countries. The current student population is ~650 with plans to grow to several thousand over the next decade.
ABOUT THE POSITION
The Minerva University Provost serves as the chief academic officer for the University. They encourage strategic innovation, provide operational leadership, and ensure the university’s academic mission is fulfilled at multiple levels. The Provost reports to the President and is a member of the President’s Cabinet. They work closely with the President, senior leadership and administrative staff, deans, faculty and students. They provide leadership and build connections across all academic units and administrative support units. They also collaborate with the Dean of Students to create an integrated student experience.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE POSITION
Helms Academic Vision and Strategy: Provides overall academic vision and direction and leads the university in developing and overseeing its distinctive academic program. Responsible for integrating academic priorities into the University’s strategic plan and implementing those priorities through promoting excellence in admissions, student learning, teaching and scholarship. Serves as an academic spokesperson for the University at regional, national and international venues.
Cultivates Academic Leadership: Develops a strong, cohesive academic leadership team. Advocates for and oversees an effective process of faculty recruitment, hiring, orientation, retention, evaluation, and promotion. Ensures that faculty receive the support necessary to excel in their teaching, scholarship, and mentoring of students.
Fosters Student Success: Oversees effective programs to ensure student success including academic advising and associated regulatory and compliance areas. Supports on-going assessment of student learning and educational improvement initiatives. Collaborates with the Dean of Students to ensure the integration of academic, experiential learning, and career development to provide an exceptional student experience from enrollment through graduation and beyond.
Leads Academic Administrative Teams: Oversees and mentors senior leaders of the institution such as the Dean of Faculty and Directors of Admissions, Advising, Curriculum and Assessment, Academic Operations, and Registrar. Ensures successful continuance of regional and specialized accreditation for the University. Establishes and oversees University academic priorities for budgeting, resource projections and analysis in support of the academic mission and priorities.
In order to meet the priorities of the role, the ideal candidate would possess the following:
- Doctoral degree combined with extensive current knowledge of higher education in traditional and nontraditional delivery formats
- Considerable teaching experience preferably in active learning and/or other innovative methods of teaching
- Demonstrated experience in higher education administration, including in academic administrative and leadership roles; demonstrated experience with institutional and/or academic program accreditation preferred
- Proven ability to develop and implement strategic initiatives with demonstrated record of supporting innovative programs, including technological innovation, and using data to inform decisions; ideally experience in aligning faculty and staff on vision, pedagogy, and growth of an institution
- Proven ability to lead, mentor, and motivate faculty and staff; understands, supports, and advocates for DEBI in hiring and collaborating with faculty, staff, and students globally
APPLYING FOR THE POSITION
Candidates should submit the following using the Interfolio link: https://apply.interfolio.com/131372
- A cover letter explaining how your background relates to Minerva’s unique vision and character, including its emphasis on innovative teaching methods and global students and study.
- Names, and contact information, for three references who can attest to the quality of your work and your ability to work within a dynamic and evolving environment.
- A curriculum vitae
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Candidates are encouraged to submit materials by October 1, 2023.
DETAILS ABOUT THE ROLE
The Provost may work remotely, but must be available for meetings compatible with time zones around the world and, if not in the US, be willing to travel extensively.
Salary is commensurate with education and experience, with an estimated range of $220,000- $300,000. Benefits package includes medical and dental for US employees. This role is a full-time position where evenings and weekends may be necessary during peak periods.
Minerva University is actively working to promote excellence through diversity and strongly encourages people of color, LGBTQIA+ folks, people with disabilities and diverse socio-economic backgrounds to apply. Minerva is an equal opportunity employer and honors its values and commitment to diversity and belonging in its hiring practices. In addition, Minerva University does not discriminate based on any consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local law.