Provost and Senior Vice President

Posting Details

Posting Details

Official Title Provost and Senior Vice President
FLSA Status Exempt
Union Non Unit Professional
Pay Rate
Department Academic Affairs Dept
Job Description / Statement of Duties

Institutional profile
Founded in 1873, Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) has a unique legacy of leadership
as the only freestanding, public college of art and design in the United States, and the nation’s first art
school to grant a degree.

The school was founded to prepare artists, designers, and educators for what we would today call the creative and innovation economies. Since those early days, the College has been committed to offering an excellent and fully accessible education to anyone with talent and the will to succeed. With a legacy and an enduring commitment to excellence in teaching, MassArt today is energized by a dedicated faculty of professionals and artists whose work is widely recognized with exhibitions, awards, speaking invitations, and press coverage. And today, true to its history, MassArt continues to foster and educate new generations of artists, designers, and visionaries dedicated to making a difference in their communities and around the world.

Reporting to the President, the Provost and Senior Vice President (“Provost”) collaborates with the following offices:
• Admissions, Financial Aid, Professional and Continuing Education, Center for Art and Community Partnerships, and Grad Programs;
• Student Affairs to cultivate a student-centered environment, including interaction with students and families;
• Administration and Finance regarding budget process and oversight, facilities, and human resources; and
• Institutional Advancement and the MassArt Foundation.

As the chief academic officer of MassArt, the Provost leads and ensures the excellence of academic programs and is responsible for the integrity of the academic mission, the curriculum, and the entire learning experience for each student. The Provost works closely with faculty and is responsible for administering the faculty and staff collective bargaining agreement. The following positions report directly to the Provost:
• Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
• Associate Dean of Academic Administration
• Director of Academic Operations
• Executive Director of Center for Art and Community Partnerships
• Dean of Professional and Continuing Education
• Dean of Graduate Programs

• Registrar
• Associate Dean of the Academic Resource Center
• Director of Curatorial Programs
• Director of International Education Center (dual report)

The next Provost will have considerable influence and a broad portfolio of responsibilities. In support of the MassArt mission, the Provost will command a leadership role overseeing and steering
the academic mission while focusing special attention on the following important opportunities and challenges:

*Build community
*Enhance academic excellence
*Optimize resource allocation

To view the full profile, please click; Provost and Senior Vice President

Contact: To apply, inquiries, nominations, and expressions of interest should be sent to

Required Minimum Qualifications


Strong candidates for the Provost position would demonstrate excellence in the following ways:

Inspirational leader
• Experience leading a complex organization by building consensus, thinking strategically, focusing on priorities, translating vision into action, and making difficult decisions with wisdom;

• Proven commitment to diversity, inclusive excellence, and social justice, including a demonstrable ability to navigate cultural change;
• Experience developing leaders and building a high-functioning organization;
• Reputation for treating faculty, staff, and students in a fair and equitable manner; and
• Planning skills, including the ability to inspire conversation around goals and to guide faculty through change.

Innovative artist and educator
• Proven advocate for public higher education, including an appreciation of MassArt’s mission;
• Passion for art, design, and education, ideally as a practitioner with classroom experience;
• Demonstrated conviction of the transformative power of the arts to improve society;
• Record of building imaginative, innovative, and interdisciplinary programs that prepare students for their future careers;
• Fostering innovation, creativity, and growth, while maintaining academic excellence;
• Ability to work across fine arts and design disciplines and across both undergraduate and graduate programs;
• Holding a terminal degree in an art or design field; and
• Understanding of tactile learning and commitment to lifelong learning.

Effective communicator
• High emotional intelligence, strong listening skills, and talent for building consensus;
• Reputation for operating with transparency and accountability;
• Facilitator of constant feedback loop between faculty and administrators;
• Accessible and approachable demeanor that facilitates shared governance; and
• Ability to effectively articulate the distinctiveness of MassArt’s academic and artistic excellence.

Contact: To apply, inquiries, nominations, and expressions of interest should be sent to

Massachusetts College of Art and Design is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Members of underrepresented groups and those committed to working in a diverse cultural environment are encouraged to apply.

Other Considerations
Job Open Date 12/13/2017
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

To view the full profile, please click; Provost and Senior Vice President

To apply, inquiries, nominations, and expressions of interest should be sent to

Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check relative to prior criminal convictions and pending cases, as well as Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) checks relative to prior sexual offenses committed as an adult or juvenile will be conducted on the final candidate prior to an offer of employment. MassArt requires specific written authorization to conduct background checks. Failure to provide such authorization shall preclude your application from receiving further consideration.​

Requisition Number S00189
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Eligible Applicants All (Internal and External)
Pay Basis Bi-weekly
Total Weekly Hours Required
Job Type Full-time

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