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Senior Assistant Provost Position Description

Sent on behalf of Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman, Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity
Dear Faculty,
The Office for Diversity at Texas A&M University is seeking applications for the position of Senior Assistant Provost for Diversity.
The Senior Assistant Provost is an 11-month faculty position reporting to the Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity (VPAPD). Broadly, the responsibilities include: 
  1. Designing and coordinating change efforts and deliverables associated with the mission and goals of the University Diversity Plan
  2. Managing the Office’s faculty hiring program and faculty mentoring program
  3. Generating reports on diversity and inclusion progress and change efforts for internal and external constituents  
  4. Working with the VPAPD, campus stakeholder units, and external partners to identify best practices to promote equity in the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, students and staff  
  5. Working with Office members to develop and disseminate research on diversity and inclusion change efforts
Specifically, the Senior Assistant Provost works on projects that include, but are not limited to developing and implementing: 
  • The Office for Diversity and institution’s diversity strategic plans 
  • Programming in support of the University’s goal to become a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI)
  • Programming in support of faculty hiring (the Office for Diversity’s ACES Fellows Program)
  • Faculty Mentoring (the ADVANCE Scholars Program)
  • The Office for Diversity’s neurodiversity initiative

The Senior Assistant Provost represents the VPAPD and their vision at events, on committees, and to the public. The Senior Assistant Provost should have strong oratory and written communication skills, as well as aptitude in quantitative and/or qualitative survey research methods.
The Senior Assistant Provost will also provide direct administrative support to the VPAPD. This support includes, but is not limited to: acting as a senior administrator for the unit in the implementation of the Office for Diversity Strategic Plan, leading office members, acting as a liaison to the VPAPD and members of the office, budget analysis support, data analyses, oversight of events and programming, and providing advice and information. 
  • Acts as senior administrator, establishing priorities, identifying important issues, and developing policy recommendations and actions
  • Serves as a representative of the VPAPD, represents leadership in meetings, on committees, speaking engagements, and at events
  • Administers faculty hiring program and faculty mentoring program
  • Works with Executive Assistant to the VPAPD and other relevant team members to facilitate meetings, prepare agendas, coordinate events, and provide follow-up items to ensure decisions are implemented
  • Supervises faculty, staff, and students, as assigned
  • Addresses complex and sensitive problems and matters
  • Researches and provides substantive critical and analytical information
  • Writes reports, plans, and correspondence
  • Works with Executive Assistant to the VPAPD and other relevant team members to prepare and administer the budget, reports, policies, and programs of the unit
  • Implements strategic goals, prioritizes work, manages projects, monitors initiatives
  • Some early morning, evening, weekend, and travel duties
  • Occasional crisis management responsibilities
Education and Experience
  • Terminal degree (e.g., PhD, EdD, MFA, JD, MBA)
  • Six years of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • College-level teaching
  • Grant-writing and grant-management
  • Training or leadership instruction, with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion
  • Supervising full-time and/or part-time employees in higher education 
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
  • Knowledge of Texas A&M University’s environment, policies, and procedures
  • Knowledge of higher education landscape as it pertains to diversity, equity, inclusion, campus climate, and accountability
  • Ability to interact with diverse populations
  • Management of personnel
  • Program and Project management
  • Quantitative and/or qualitative survey administration and data analytics
  • Knowledge of database, spreadsheet, presentation, and word processing software
  • Exceptional oral presentation and written communication skills
  • Ability to think strategically, plan, and organize effectively

Applications should include a cover letter with a clear statement of why the applicant believes they are qualified for the position, a description of relevant experience, a vision statement for the position and its role in the Office for Diversity, a vita, and names and contact information of three references. For full consideration, applications should be received no later than Friday, December 13, 2019. This position will remain open until filled. Applications should be submitted through email to Dr. Robin Means Coleman,