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Vice Provost Strategic Initiatives (Internal Only)

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Work type: Administrative Faculty Full Time
Location: Golden
Categories: Director/Executive/Management, Academic Affairs


Position Title: Vice Provost Strategic Initiatives (Internal Only)
Pay Range:

$231,000 - $265,000

Mines takes into consideration a combination of candidate’s education, training and experience as well as the position’s scope and complexity, the discretion and latitude required in the role, work location, and external market and internal value when determining a salary level for potential new employees.

The Opportunity:

Reporting to the Provost, the Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives (VPSI) will serve as a strategic advisor and counsel to the Provost and academic leadership.  The VPSI will also work with various offices and departments across campus creating and maintaining cross-departmental relationships that enable achievement of Academic Affair’s Mines@150 strategic goals, and ensure overall leadership and unit success.


Strategic and Leadership Initiatives and Support: 

The VPSI, in consultation with the Provost, will lead and direct Mines@150 strategic and leadership initiatives.  In this role the VPSI:

  • Is a member of the Provost’s leadership team and as such is expected to show strategic initiative and thinking, collaborate effectively with the Provost’s leadership team in developing and supporting Mines@150 strategic initiatives, and engage proactively in priority setting for Academic Affairs’;
  • Coordinates, facilitates, and assists the Provost in advancing all aspects of Academic Affairs’ contributions to the Mines@150 strategic plan;
  • Provide institutional leadership and facilitate the implementation of Mines@150 objectives by coordinating efforts to advance academic goals, including the creation of a signature student experience;
  • Interfacing with business areas outside of AA, the VPSI  will represent AA and provide leadership on issues and initiatives of mutual interest and need, along with the Director of AA Operations.  The VPSI will provide oversight and guidance over operational areas within AA, and create and maintain cross-departmental relationships to enable leadership and unit success;
  • Serve as liaison to the Career Center and lead the development of Mines@150 career-preparedness initiatives;
  • Serves as the Provost’s principal lead in resolving staffing and faculty issues that may raise to the level of the Provost and assist the Deans and other unit leads in resolving such issues before they raise to the level of the Provost.
  • Provides mentoring and leadership training for faculty within the university;
  • Is the formal representative of AA to various internal and external constituencies (e.g., Student Life, Campus Planning, DH Council, etc.); and
  • Works with the Deans, Department Heads, and other constituencies to lead Academic Affairs’ efforts to improve faculty diversity, retention, and inclusion.

Leadership and Oversight: 

The VPSI is responsible for supporting and advancing activities within Academic Affairs that allow the university to achieve its strategic goals.  In this role the VPSI  will:

  • Have supervisory and oversight authority over functional areas that provide support for the institution’s academic operations.  This includes but may not be limited to the Business Process Re-engineering efforts, DI&A, and entrepreneurship and innovation;
  • Work with the Director of AA Operations to ensure that operational processes meet the needs of AA constituencies;
  • Assist the Provost in all areas of AA operations including, but not limited to: acting as AA’s resource for faculty as it relates to Promotion and Tenure processes and procedures; coordinating and supporting ad hoc committees formed by the Provost; liaising with Faculty Senate, Handbook Committee, and the Deans as assistants to the Provost in working with these constituencies; and overseeing events organized out of the Office of the Provost or as directed by the Provost.
  • Work with the Director of AA Operations, AA Budget Director, and AA staff to develop and effectively utilize financial resources, human resources, and physical infrastructure needed to support distinctive programs of excellence;
  • Effectively interface with other institutional offices and processes, and continually undergo review and process improvement;
  • Act as the Provost’s representative on various Committees as assigned.  This includes, but is not limited to Space Committee and Faculty Awards Committee, etc.;
  • Act as the institution’s lead, in collaboration with the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, in managing and advancing its accreditation efforts (e.g., HLC) and the Provost’s lead in managing various, Provost-level operational initiatives and processes (e.g., Departmental Visiting Committees, AA leadership activities, etc.);
  • Represent AA by working collaboratively with other offices and programs including the Registrar, Office of International Education, Admissions, Athletics, ROTC, Service Learning, the Deans and Department Heads, and other duties as assigned; and
  • Collaborate with faculty and administrators across campus to implement faculty diversity, retention, and inclusion activities.
  • A full-time tenured professor appointment at the Full or Associate Professor level in one of Mines’ degree-granting academic departments;
  • Demonstrated progressive administrative and management experience;
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching, scholarship, and scholarly service consistent with the academic values of Mines;
  • Strong evidence of organizational and project management skills along with collaborative leadership;
  • Ability to work independently, both in terms of achieving defined objectives and in self-defining objectives that are relevant to broader institutional goals;
  • A strong record of commitment to advancing diversity, inclusion, and equity, and skill in working with diverse populations of faculty, students, and staff;
  • Excellent qualities that include integrity, flexibility, imagination, and interpersonal and collegial consensus-building skills;
  • Ability to listen and communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences, including deans, faculty, administrators, students, employees, faculty senate leadership, university trustees, and others within and beyond the university;
  • Discretion and sound judgment in handling sensitive and complex issues; and
  • Demonstrated ability to be a broad thinker, willing to take an institutional perspective as part of their decision-making.
Equal Opportunity:

Colorado School of Mines is committed to equal opportunity for all persons.  Mines does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), ancestry, creed, marital status, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status or current military service. Further, Mines does not retaliate against community members for filing complaints regarding or implicating any of these protected statuses.

Mines’ commitment to nondiscrimination, affirmative action, equal opportunity and equal access is reflected in the administration of its policies, procedures, programs and activities and in its efforts to achieve a diverse student body and workforce.

Through its policies, procedures and resources, Mines complies with federal law, Colorado state law, administrative regulations, executive orders and other legal requirements to prevent discrimination (including harassment or retaliation) within the Mines campus community and to address potential allegations of inequity or concerns for safety.

Total Rewards: Mines is proud to provide exceptional benefits that include pay, health & wellness and work/life balance offerings.  Our portfolio of benefits includes medical, dental, vision, disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and retirement savings plans. Additionally, Mines employees are eligible for tuition benefits (for employees and dependents), generous paid holidays and leaves and discount programs.  For more information, visit Mines benefits.
How to Apply:

Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, veteran status, etc.) and upload the following documents:

  1. A cover letter expressing interest in the position
  2. A curriculum vitae
  3. A vision statement for the position (2 pages max)
  4. A statement of contributions to Diversity, Inclusion and Access (DI&A) (2 pages max.): Mines is committed to access, inclusion, and diversity and is actively developing a strategic plan to advance Diversity, Inclusion and Access (for more information visit The DI&A statement should describe the applicant’s past experience and proposed activities to advance DI&A at Mines.
  5. Names and contact information for at least 3 professional references. References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant.

Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2021.

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