Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Position Summary The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) invites nominations and applications for the position of Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (provost). This is an outstanding opportunity for an engaging and effective academic leader at one of the world's top institutions for art and design education. The provost's portfolio at SAIC is broad, including academic affairs, enrollment management, student affairs, information technology, and libraries. SAIC is one of the largest accredited independent schools of art and design in the country and one of the premier fine arts educational facilities in the world. As one of the two entities that make up the Art Institute of Chicago--the Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago is the other-- SAIC provides an unparalleled multidisciplinary approach to art and design education, with 23 academic departments offering a range of undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs. Cultivating creativity and innovation, SAIC's faculty, students, and alumni have extended the school's influence on contemporary art and design around the world. The school is located in the heart of Chicago, a city defined by an extraordinary and rich diversity, unparalleled architecture, and innovative public art. Reporting directly to the president, the provost will arrive at an exciting time as SAIC is thinking strategically about how the institution can continue to be a center of innovation for art and design education in the 21st century. Working closely with other senior administrators and incorporating input from across campus, the provost will have a leading role in developing and articulating a compelling vision for art and design education at SAIC and for championing this vision with key constituencies at the local and global level. The provost is expected to drive forward SAIC's strategic planning process, inspire curricular innovation, manage facilities needs in an urban environment, maintain and develop diversity and inclusion at an institutional level, support and lead a strong internal administration, and work with the president and other campus leaders to represent SAIC externally. The successful candidate will be a seasoned and collaborative leader with exceptional administrative skills and a proven ability to earn and retain the respect of a highly qualified and accomplished professional faculty of artists, designers, scholars, and administrative leaders; have a commitment to diversity and inclusion; and have a terminal degree or its equivalent along with academic credentials and experience that qualify for appointment as a professor with tenure. Reporting to the president, the provost and senior vice president of academic affairs is the chief academic officer, providing leadership and vision in support of SAIC's continued growth and evolution as an international leader in the arts and design. The provost is the primary administrator who ensures a continuity of mission and overall capacity for excellence by working closely with leaders in academic affairs, student affairs, faculty senate, and other operations that directly impact the instructional environment. The provost oversees the budget planning process at SAIC. The provost chairs the budget planning committee, which includes the vice president of finance, the chief financial officer for the combined SAIC/Museum organization, the dean of faculty, and the vice presidents of facilities and institutional advancement among its members. The provost is also a leader of the expanded budget planning committee, which includes members of the faculty. The provost, working collaboratively with the president, sets agendas for and attends meetings of SAIC's Board of Governors. In addition, the provost attends meetings of the Board of Trustees of the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as several of its committees. The provost makes frequent presentations to these groups on a variety of new initiatives and policy issues. The provost works closely with the dean of faculty to support faculty development and productivity, formulate recommendations to the president and the Board of Governors regarding tenure and promotion decisions, and facilitate shared governance. The provost collaborates with the dean of student affairs in co-curricular activities and student development and works closely with the leadership in enrollment, technology, and the library to ensure alignment in support of student learning and wellness. The provost manages a staff whose work includes accreditation, assessment, external partnerships, and continuing education, and works in close collaboration with the chief financial officer on budgets and other financial matters. The provost has nine direct reports: the dean of faculty and vice president of academic affairs; the vice president for enrollment management; the vice president and dean of student affairs; the vice provost and dean of community engagement; the vice president of educational technology and chief information officer; the associate provost for academic planning; the dean of the library and special collections; the executive director of the Gene Siskel Film Center; and the assistant to the provost. The provost serves as chief executive officer in the absence of the president. Qualifications The provost must be a seasoned and collaborative leader with a distinguished record of achievement in their field of scholarship, creative practice, education, and/or administration. This individual should possess exceptional administrative skills with a proven ability to earn and retain the respect of a highly qualified and accomplished professional faculty of artists, designers, scholars, and administrative leaders. The ideal candidate will possess many of the following qualifications and strengths: A terminal degree or its equivalent along with academic credentials and experience that qualify for appointment as a professor with tenure at SAIC; Evidence of collaborating with others to inspire, develop, and implement a courageous vision for art and design education; A minimum of 10 to 15 years of successful experience in broad institutional management; A commitment to matters of diversity and inclusion as evidenced by professional work; Skill in working with administrators, faculty, staff, and students in a climate of transparency, trust, and collaborative problem solving with well-developed skills in working with multiple constituencies; A nimble leadership style characterized by intellectual curiosity and generosity of spirit coupled with decisiveness and fairness; A demonstrated commitment to shared governance; A demonstrated ability to manage several priorities simultaneously; A willingness to take risks and a record of success in doing so; A willingness to cultivate and broadcast a strong commitment to SAIC's mission, core values, and strategic priorities; A global perspective in art and design education, broadly defined, evidenced by a track record of integrative international strategies and efforts in an academic setting; Ability to support the development of structures and systems as a means to facilitate learning, continuous improvement, and innovation in the context of an interdisciplinary, open curriculum; A champion of technology and its current and future use in art and design education; Experience supporting major fundraising efforts, as directed by the president.
Salary Range: NA
Minimum Qualification
11 - 15 years

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