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Job no: 6515
Work type: Full Time
Location: Providence, Rhode Island
Categories: Staff/Administration, Calendar Year (12-Month), Administration


The University

Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University (JWU) is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with more than 12,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its four campuses in Providence, Rhode Island; North Miami, Florida; Denver, Colorado and Charlotte, North Carolina.

An innovative educational leader, the university offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in arts and sciences, business, hospitality, nutrition and health and wellness. It also offers undergraduate programs in culinary arts, dietetics, food innovation and engineering and design. JWU’s unique model provides students with the personalized attention, academic expertise, and industry connections that inspire professional success and personal growth. The time students spend at JWU is transformative, as demonstrated by career outcomes, expected earnings and economic mobility rankings. The university’s impact is global, with alumni in 127 countries pursuing careers worldwide.

JWU has offered experiential learning for more than 100 years through an optimal blend of intellectual development, industry-focused education, résumé-building work experiences, community and leadership opportunities and an uncommon depth of career services.

JWU is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), the nation’s oldest regional accrediting association.


The Role

Reporting to the chancellor, the provost is the chief academic officer, providing inspirational leadership and strategic direction for academic affairs. The provost works closely with faculty to foster JWU’s educational and creative endeavors, building on the university’s strong foundation and legacy of offering top-notch educational and experiential learning opportunities. The provost partners with the chancellor and guides the deans in elevating JWU as a higher educational leader in the 21st century innovation and knowledge economy. The provost plays a major role in governance and curricular development and is involved in building the academic budget, allocating and managing resources and developing universitywide policies.

Positions reporting to the provost include two associate provosts, various deans and directors, and the deans or vice presidents of the colleges:

  • John Hazen White College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Food Innovation & Technology
  • College of Engineering & Design
  • College of Health & Wellness
  • College of Hospitality Management
  • College of Online Education



The provost is expected to focus on the following opportunities:

  • Advise the chancellor and campus presidents on academic matters and work collaboratively with administrators, faculty and staff to achieve university and campus objectives
  • Lead the development and implementation of academic plans in collaboration with deans, faculty and other academic personnel
  • Oversee universitywide academic strategic planning, curriculum development and evaluation in conjunction with deans and university officers
  • Foster a student-centered, service-oriented academic culture
  • Support the creation of new academic programs and services in alignment with JWU’s mission and strategic plan
  • Promote excellence in the quality of teaching and learning
  • Foster an environment of continuous innovation and collegial relationships
  • Collaborate with the finance team and deans to develop annual academic budgets and monitor expenditures and revenues to stay within approved budgets
  • Serve as a liaison with regulatory and accrediting agencies, including the Rhode Island Department of Education, NECHE and relevant programmatic accreditors
  • Chair or otherwise participate in universitywide committees including the Provost's Council
  • Act as ambassador for community, advancement, admissions and employer-based initiatives
  • Collaborate with the advancement team to seek external funding support for academic programs
  • Oversee the recruitment and retention of an excellent and diverse faculty
  • Encourage and support faculty, all of whom are expected to make positive contributions to their discipline in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service
  • Oversee and monitor the fulfillment of student retention and graduation goals and take appropriate action to meet or exceed those goals
  • Collaborate with relevant offices to provide effective programs and services for students who need assistance
  • Prepare and monitor the academic budget


Candidate Profile

Strong candidates for the provost position hold an earned doctorate and demonstrate strong academic credentials, an appreciation for teaching and research, an entrepreneurial spirit and managerial acumen. In addition, they are expected to demonstrate the following:

  • Record of exemplary academic and scholarly accomplishment
  • Eligibility for appointment as a full professor in one of JWU’s colleges
  • Recognition as a highly effective administrator and a proven record of successfully leading diverse teams and strategic initiatives in a complex environment
  • Record of leading change and exploring new educational models to strengthen JWU’s positioning
  • Record of financial acumen and the ability to effectively present the needs and opportunities of complex organizations
  • Broad background suitable for leadership at a university that provides a transformational educational opportunity for its students
  • Record of commitment to exceptional standards for undergraduate and graduate instruction
  • Demonstrated commitment to principles of inclusion and diversity
  • Strong communication skills including approachability and a high level of visibility
  • Commitment to a collaborative approach that encourages and supports excellence
  • Clear sense of vision based on strongly held principles
  • Appreciation of interdisciplinary scholarship and innovative research
  • Ability to attract and retain a diverse and talented faculty, student body and staff
  • Flexibility in managing change
  • Appreciation of JWU’s rich traditions of experiential learning
  • Support of excellence in teaching, research, outreach activities, and leadership development at all academic and administrative levels
  • Fiscal acumen to understand, secure, allocate and plan the many financial issues that face a complex, multi-campus university



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Johnson & Wales University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law.

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