The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) invites nominations, expressions of interest, and applications for the position of Vice Provost for the Division of Educational Outreach. UNLV seeks a highly creative and entrepreneurial leader to develop and implement a new and compelling vision for the Division while engaging with internal and external constituents to reimagine how UNLV can serve a broader range of learner needs and interests through innovative courses, programs and services.
UNLV is a doctoral-degree granting urban research university in a vibrant and culturally diverse campus community. The university is ranked in the category of “higher research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation. More than 140 graduate degree programs are offered, including over 40 doctoral and professional degrees, and the institution is on a path to join the top tier of national public research universities. UNLV has approximately 29,000 students and more than 3,000 faculty and staff. The university’s Top Tier strategic plan has five pathway goals, each of which is tied to an overall goal of diversity, equity and inclusion. The university is committed to recruiting and retaining top students and faculty; educating the region’s diversifying population and workforce; driving economic activity through increased research and community partnerships; and, creating an academic health center for Southern Nevada that includes the launch of a new UNLV School of Medicine. UNLV is Southern Nevada’s premier metropolitan research university and was recently designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). UNLV is also a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI). The University is located on a 332-acre main campus and two satellite campuses in Southern Nevada. For more information, visit us on-line at: http://www.unlv.edu.
The Division of Educational Outreach:
The Division of Educational Outreach (DEO) is an integral part of the university’s education, research, and service mission. By partnering with deans and faculty across UNLV’s academic colleges and schools, the DEO develops extended learning programs that create an educational impact on the community by preparing a broad range of learners with opportunities for career advancement and personal growth. Operating with the belief that learning should be a lifelong adventure, the DEO takes a comprehensive and entrepreneurial approach to lifelong learning by providing the community with the following types of programs and services:
- The Office of Continuing Education designs and delivers high-quality non-credit programs, courses, workshops, and seminars to both professionals and casual learners.
- The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNLV (OLLI) offers more than 90 peer-led courses to retired and semi-retired students at a low membership cost. OLLI at UNLV has no tests, homework or prerequisites and provides classes on topics including current affairs, history, science, politics, the arts, philosophy, and more.
- Community2Campus helps non-traditional students complete their college or graduate degrees, offering scholarships and consultations, and coordinating all the Division’s for-credit courses during the fall and spring semesters. It also helps faculty members develop innovative, self-supporting, for-credit classes.
- Summer Term offers focused, quickly delivered courses to both admitted and non-admitted UNLV students over the three-term 13-week period between spring and fall semesters.
- The Public Lands Institute (PLI) works to strengthen the national fabric essential for our public lands’ protection, sustainability, multiple use and management. It also works to find public land management and stewardship solutions for both public and private clients, and provides community outreach and volunteer events. In so doing, PLI focuses on increasing the participation of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
- The Cannon Survey Center provides high quality survey data collection to the campus community, city and state agencies, and other regional and national clients.
These services provide opportunities that include an array of choices, from earning a professional certificate or taking modular accelerated academic courses to providing survey and research services. DEO is located on the UNLV Paradise Campus with offices on the main campus and satellite classrooms in various locations throughout the Las Vegas Valley.
As a member of the Executive Vice President and Provost’s Leadership Team and reporting to the Senior Vice Provost, the Vice Provost for Educational Outreach (VPEO) will oversee a 41-person staff and a $23 million budget. The Vice Provost will provide dynamic leadership, vision, and management for the Division of Educational Outreach (DEO) that is primarily self-funded and is revenue generating for the University. Consequently, this position requires excellence in business and fiscal management and an aptitude for entrepreneurship. The breadth and depth of the Division of Educational Outreach activities and organizational structure can be reviewed at: http://edoutreach.unlv.edu/.
The Vice Provost is charged with maximizing the impact of UNLV’s educational, research, and training resources by engaging communities regionally, nationally, and internationally. Drawing on the expertise of UNLV’s outstanding faculty along with experienced community members and industry experts, the division offers high quality, relevant, and innovative educational programs through a variety of creative avenues offering courses for academic credit and non-credit, customized training, professional development certificates, conferences, and workshops.
The Vice Provost is responsible, through active leadership, for developing and implementing a strategy of educational engagement and outreach that: is consistent with the needs of our changing community, enhances the educational capacity of our diverse citizenry, supports regional economic and workforce development, and strengthens the University’s international presence. Internally, this individual will be responsible for leading a dynamic organization that actively participates in effective partnerships with all 17 colleges and schools, the emerging UNLV School of Medicine, and numerous centers, institutes and other campus and college outreach units. Externally, this individual will actively foster rewarding long-term relations with faculty and students as well as with Las Vegas community constituents to create educational opportunities that engage individuals, businesses, industries, nongovernmental organizations, and governmental agencies.
The successful candidate will possess a distinguished record of academic service, superior interpersonal and management skills, and a demonstrated commitment to furthering UNLV’s mission and vision, as well as enhancing the well-being of its students.
In addition, s/he must possess the following required qualifications:
- An understanding and appreciation of the complex roles and responsibilities of public urban higher education institutions;
- An outstanding record of success establishing effective communications and relationships with a broad and diverse constituency including faculty, staff, students, community members, public leaders, government, and various professional and business groups;
- Demonstrated executive level management in higher education (i.e., budgeting, financial planning, human resources management and development, policy development) sufficient to provide effective leadership for all public service and outreach units and activities; and
- Experience managing a self-supporting organizational budget and engaging in successful fund- raising in a higher education environment.
- A PhD or terminal degree in an academic discipline from an accredited college or university;
- Experience in leading or managing educational outreach/extended studies in a higher education institution;
- Working knowledge of international educational outreach programming; and
- Understanding of how information technology may be employed to increase the effectiveness of educational outreach.
The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae and a letter describing relevant experience and interest in the position. Submission of materials via e-mail is strongly encouraged. Nomination letters should include the name, position, address and telephone number of the nominee. All nominations and applications will be handled in confidence.
Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted to:
Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner
Brian Dennis, Principal
Storbeck / Pimentel & Associates
6512 Painter Avenue
Whittier, CA 90601
Refer to code “UNLV-VPEO” in subject line
UNLV is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer Committed to Achieving Excellence Through Diversity.