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Provost - Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success
Lehman College CUNY in Bronx, New York
Date Posted 10/02/2017
Executive-Academic Vice President and Provost
Admin-Student Affairs and Services
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Lehman College is a senior college of The City University of New York (CUNY) located in the Bronx, is a federally-designated Hispanic Serving Institution and serves a diverse population of approximately 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The College invites applications for the position of Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success. Additional information on this position and Lehman College can be found at:

Reporting to the President, the Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success is the Chief Academic Officer of the College and serves as the executive officer in the President's absence. As a member of the President's Cabinet, the Provost participates in the development, evaluation and administration of College policy and the advancement of the College's strategic priorities and planning. The Provost oversees the College’s five academic schools: Arts and Humanities; Education; Natural and Social Sciences; Continuing and Professional Studies; and Health Sciences, Human Services and Nursing as well as the Division of Student Affairs; Division of Enrollment Management; Library; Office of Institutional Research; Planning and Assessment; Office of Research and Sponsored Programs; and, Office of International Programs and Global Partnerships.

The Provost’s responsibilities lie within three major areas:

Advancing Excellence in Faculty Teaching, Research and Scholarship

The Provost is responsible for building the academic reputation, increasing the impact, and expanding the reach of the College by providing strategic leadership and academic direction within the context of the mission of the College and the University, the president’s guidance, institutional priorities, a strong system of shared governance, and best practices in higher education to ensure that teaching, research and creative activity meet the highest academic standards; high quality academic programs, both classroom-based and online, are developed and supported; talented, diverse and forward-looking faculty are recruited, developed and retained; financial and physical resources are efficiently managed; innovative approaches are adopted to improve institutional outcomes. The Provost supports collaborative efforts between Lehman College and its principal community college partners and K-12 schools, and seeks opportunities for academic collaborations across the University, in the Bronx and surrounding community, as well as internationally. The Provost collaborates closely with Information Technology and the Office of Online Education to provide current, flexible, appropriate direction, support and oversight of multimodal teaching and learning.

Improving Student Success

The Provost is tasked with achieving a strategic alignment of academic affairs, enrollment management and student affairs to design, develop, and implement programs and practices that will result in increased numbers of graduates who are fully prepared to begin successful careers, pursue advanced studies, and assume leadership roles. The Provost is a key leader of the College’s efforts to solidify its place as an intellectual, educational, and cultural anchor in the Bronx.

Achieving Greater Academic and Institutional Effectiveness

The Provost collaborates with the University’s chancellery and the College’s president, vice-presidents, deans, program directors, and faculty in strategic planning to increase public and private support for faculty research, scholarships, internships, experiential learning opportunities, new pedagogical modalities, online learning, global engagement, and other institutional priorities. The Provost promotes alumni engagement, strengthens the College's standing as the most important anchor institution in the Bronx through connections with New York City schools (K-12), health care organizations and community, business, and cultural partners. The Provost is fully involved in institutional and programmatic accreditation efforts, and in formulating and articulating clear goals for the school deans, administrators, and program directors regarding instructional-related planning and cross-divisional operational matters.


This position is in CUNY's Executive Compensation Plan. All executive positions require a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and eight years related experience. The Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success requires an earned doctorate or other terminal degree. The successful candidate will possess the following: a distinguished record of research, teaching, and scholarly accomplishment meriting appointment as a full Professor in one of the College's academic departments; a history of successful leadership and experience in administrative/academic positions of increasing responsibility; a record of cross-divisional collaboration; and demonstrated knowledge of best practices in student development programs and services, effective budgeting and resource allocation practices, as well as best practices in talent recruitment, retention, and development. The successful candidate will be demonstrably passionate about the academic mission, core values, and future of Lehman College, CUNY and will have demonstrated success in strategic planning and effectiveness in working in a multicultural environment and promoting equity.

Personal Qualities

The successful candidate will be a respected scholar and leader who is kind, intelligent, thoughtful, creative, confident, honest, transparent, effective, entrepreneurial, energetic, trusting, engaging, decisive, fair and equitable; committed to the tenets of public higher education, diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusive excellence; a champion of faculty research, academic freedom, and the value of creative learning environments; trusted to serve as an outstanding steward of academic standards; experienced with budget and collective bargaining issues; a strong communicator with demonstrated interpersonal, active listening, and conflict management skills; an ethical leader with strong moral values.

Leadership Style

Also essential is a leadership style that is collaborative, transparent, empowering, inclusive, and innovative; a career track that demonstrates passion and dedication to the pursuit of academic excellence; leadership effectiveness in fiscal planning and resource allocation, strategic planning and execution, organizational development, and other administrative and academic functions related to higher education; and a demonstrated commitment to celebrating diversity and fostering an inclusive environment conducive to faculty, student, and staff success. The successful candidate will be a strong proponent of data-informed decision-making, continuous improvement, and faculty and student success. The ability to work collaboratively and collegially within a shared governance and collective bargaining environment with faculty, staff, administrators and students within the College and stakeholders beyond the campus while fostering a strong esprit de corps is essential. The successful candidate must be able to communicate regularly and effectively with the President.


Senior Vice President


This is an Executive Compensation Plan position: salary and benefits are competitive. CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. CUNY offers a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


Please submit your application online as follows:

- Go to Select "Apply Now," then create or login to a user account and provide the requested information.

- Click on Job Postings on CUNYfirst

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- Click on ‘More search options.’ Search by Job Opening ID number 17399

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In order to be considered for this position, applicants must include a cover letter describing their qualifications for the position, CV/resume, and contact information for six professional references (email and telephone). Please upload these as ONE document in doc, rtf, or pdf format.

For confidential inquiries about this position, please contact Search Committee Co-Chairs Vice-President Ronald Bergmann,, or Professor Vincent Prohaska,


The position will remain open until filled with review of applications to begin October 29, 2017. The position start date is July 1, 2018.


CUNY Job Posting: Executive


CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

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