University of Washington — Vice Provost for Academic Personnel

The University of Washington (UW), one of the world’s preeminent public universities, is seeking a strategic, collaborative, and inclusive leader to serve as the next Vice Provost for Academic Personnel.

The Vice Provost of Academic Personnel (VPAP) ensures the continued excellence of UW’s faculty—and of its entire academic staff—so that UW can fulfill its core missions: the education of a diverse student body to become responsible global citizens, the pursuit of new knowledge, the discovery of timely solutions to the world’s most complex problems, and the enrichment of the lives of people throughout our community, state and the world.

The VPAP provides vision, executive leadership and strategic direction to support the excellence of UW’s more than 5,200 faculty and academic staff. The position, reporting directly to the Provost and serving as a member of the President’s Cabinet and Board of Deans and Chancellors, serves as the primary institutional resource for faculty matters. The VPAP works collaboratively with campus chancellors, vice presidents/provosts, associate/assistant vice presidents/provosts, deans, program directors, department chairs, faculty members, and administrators in support of the UW’s mission and strategic priorities. In addition, the VPAP provides central campus leadership, administrative oversight, professional development, and support for shared governance and the life cycle of faculty at UW. The VPAP develops and interprets policy, guided by a collaborative problem-solving orientation. 

The VPAP will bring the vision, energy, integrity, personal qualities, and professional profile to inspire a dedicated team and garner the trust, respect, and collaboration of colleagues across the University. The new leader will possess the expertise to lead an academic personnel office and strategy that ensures that policies are reflective of best practices in support of recruiting, developing, supporting, and retaining the best, most diverse and innovative faculty and academic staff from around the world. The VPAP will foster a responsive, forward-looking, and collaborative approach to supporting and enabling the academic units across the university to achieve their goals. The VPAP will prioritize building relationships across the university based on mutual trust that prioritize communication, collaboration, and creative problem-solving. The VPAP will ensure a strong and healthy team culture within the Office of Academic Personnel and ensure that staffing structures align with strategic priorities. The VPAP will bring a deep commitment to attracting, supporting, and serving a diverse faculty, supporting a multicultural university, and creating a respectful environment that embraces all individuals. 

The successful candidate will have significant experience with faculty recruitment, retention, on- boarding and development, promotion and tenure, and other faculty policies and processes as well as a track record of enhancing and advancing institutional diversity, equity and inclusion, and a commitment to the highest standards of academic excellence. A terminal degree and a record of academic achievement to qualify for tenure at the level of full professor is required.

It is an exciting time to join the University of Washington. The University’s impact on individuals, its region, and the world is profound. Ranked No. 7 in the world on the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Global University rankings, the UW educates more than 54,000 students annually. The VPAP office serves all three campuses of the UW – Seattle, Bothell, and Tacoma – and is housed at the flagship Seattle campus, which is located in Seattle’s University District, one of the city’s oldest and most diverse neighborhoods. The city of Seattle, which serves as the extended campus of the University, is considered to be one of the most livable cities in the United States and is renowned as a hub for outdoor recreation, arts, and culture. Seattle combines unparalleled natural beauty with small-town friendliness, a Pacific Rim outlook, and cosmopolitan amenities. For more information about the UW, please see http://www.washington.edu. 

The University of Washington has retained Suzanne Teer, Bree Liddell, and Natalie Song of the global executive search firm WittKieffer to assist with the search. A comprehensive leadership profile can be found at www.wittkieffer.com. All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by October 5, 2022. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. To submit a nomination or express personal interest in this position, please contact the WittKieffer consultants at UWViceProvost@wittkieffer.com.

The University of Washington reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a protected veteran. This policy applies to all programs and facilities, including, but not limited to, admissions, educational programs, employment, and patient and hospital services. Any discriminatory action can be a cause for disciplinary action. Discrimination is prohibited by Presidential Executive Order 11246 as amended, Washington State Gubernatorial Executive Orders 89-01 and 93-07, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Washington State Law Against Discrimination RCW 49.60, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, State of Washington Gender Equity in Higher Education Act of 1989, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 as amended, Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1972 as amended, other federal and state statutes, regulations, and University policy. Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action compliance efforts at the University of Washington are coordinated by the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, University of Washington, 442A Gerberding Hall, Box 351240, Seattle, Washington, 98195-1240, telephone 206.543.1830 or email eoaa@uw.edu.

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at least ten days in advance at: 206.543.6450/V, 206.543.6452/TTY, 206.685.7264 (FAX), or dso@uw.edu.

Related: