Associate Provost for Educational Programs

Columbia University

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted June 27, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

Reporting to the Vice Provost for Educational Programs, the Associate Provost for Educational Programs is responsible for coleading program planning and development and directing daytoday operations and administrative functions of the office. The Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Programs is responsible for advancing interschool and interdisciplinary educational initiatives; and for developing, implementing, and monitoring educational and continuing education program proposals, distance programs, educational partnerships with other universities, and contractual agreements with other schools, universities, organizations and agencies. The Office works closely with the Office of Student Financial Services, the Registrar and other administrative offices on matters related to educational programs as well as the schools and departments. The Associate Provost will:


  • Support the Vice Provost in directing the reaccreditation of the University by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • Direct the collection and analysis of the University document needed to demonstrate compliance with the Commissions accreditation standard
  • Work directly with the Vice Provost, the accreditation steering committee, other key members of the Provosts Office, and accreditation subcommittees on timelines and deliverables
  • Work with the Vice Provost to identify and reduce administrative and financial barriers to cross-school educational programs
  • Coordinate development of guidelines for cross-school educational initiatives
  • Manage the development, implementation and oversight of systems (with a particular focus on developing and maintaining on-line tools) for the review of degree and non-degree educational programming, and for modifying the content or mode of delivery for existing educational programs, from inception through final New York State registration
  • Provide support and guidance to Schools concerning University policies and external government regulations about the development of new programs and changes to existing programs
  • Develop guidance documents and communication strategies for managing new educational program proposals
  • Manage the development of systems and process for central university evaluation of educational programs and coordinate activities with the University Senate
  • Enhance on-line systems for program proposal review, evaluation procedures, and processes for the presidential teaching awards for faculty and graduate students
  • Collaborate with the Office of Student Financial Services and the Office of the Registrar on developing and managing systems for ensuring program eligibility for federal and state financial aid and compliance with other government regulations for educational programs
  • Manage the development, implementation and oversight of systems (especially electronic tools) for the review and monitoring of new on-line and distance education programs
  • Develop systems  in coordination with the Office of Student Services to ensure continued compliance with the changing regulations of the federal  government and the 50 states
  • Manage the development, implementation, and oversight of systems for managing and monitoring educational partnerships with US and foreign universities; and for ensuring that new or modified joint degree programs meet all requirements for University approval and the regulations of the federal government and New York State
  • Develop guidance documents for schools and programs on developing and managing new educational partnerships, approval processes, and evaluation methods
  • Manage the development, implementation, and oversight of systems for managing and monitoring consortium and contractual agreements with others schools, universities, organizations, or agencies through which students fulfill part of the requirements of their educational programs including those that govern study-abroad, and student exchange programs, internships, field work assignments and clerkships
  • Develop systems for ensuring that written consortium and contractual agreements for educational initiatives are reviewed and archived
  • Develop systems and procedures for ensuring that new consortium and contractual agreements incorporate appropriate content and disclosure requirements in consultation with the Office of General Counsel
  • Oversee support staff in the office
  • Other duties as assigned





Minimum Qualifications

The successful candidate will have:


  • A Masters degree (or equivalent) in higher education administration or related field required.
  • A minimum of 8 years of related work experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years significant administrative leadership experience in higher education, such as Director or Associate Dean, or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated record of success in developing systems and written guidelines to support the development of new curricula and academic programs.
  • Strong record of effectively coordinating the preparation, submission and review of new programs by units internal to the university and external accrediting agencies.
  • Extensive experience in designing and deploying evaluation systems for educational programs, including classroom learning, distance learning, and field experiences.
  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Extensive experience in working with collaborators at multiple levels, including support staff, high-level administrators, and faculty.
  • Exceptional organizational skills, notable ability and experience with conceptualizing academic review systems, and strong attention to detail.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Preference will be given to a senior educational administrator at Columbia University.
  • All applicants must provide a writing sample and cover letter


Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

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