DEPARTMENT: 100 – Academics / STATUS: Full-Time / CLASSIFICATION: Exempt / RANK: Officer / DATE LAST UPDATED: September 2019
The President is seeking a Provost – VPAA who will be an innovative partner in moving Life Pacific University’s academic office and offerings into the future. The Provost will be an academic leader with proven experience leading and advancing all academic (traditional and non-traditional) areas. An inspirational leader, the Provost is able to earn and maintain the respect of the faculty, accomplish goals for University transformation, and address the changing needs of an evolving student market.
The Provost / Vice President of Academic Affairs is the chief academic officer of Life Pacific University and responsible for effectively leading and advancing all academic (traditional and non-traditional) programs and personnel. An inspirational leader, the Provost is able to earn and maintain the respect of the faculty, accomplish goals for University transformation, and address the changing needs of an evolving student market.
The Provost /Vice President of Academic Affairs is a transformational change agent and must possess a deep commitment to quality educational practices and student learning, biblical integration in higher education, the values and doctrines of the Foursquare Church, participatory governance, academic freedom and responsibility, and a value for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Christian context. This role requires creatively leading and managing innovation in the development, implementation, and evaluation of both traditional and non-traditional curricular offerings. The Provost facilitates the work and coordination of academics, including budget oversight, interdepartmental and intradepartmental communication, training and supervision of managers and faculty, and personnel development. The Provost reports to the President.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Provides motivational and inspiration leadership to move the University forward in partnership and collaboration with the President.
Promotes faculty and staff morale by modeling good interpersonal relationships, scholarship and by implementing sound educational practices.
Serves on President’s Cabinet and Administrative Council and ex-officio member of all faculty committees except the Faculty Forum, and in other committees as needed.
Leads all Academic Departments, the Deans of the Colleges, and the Library.
Oversees course preparation ensuring updated and quality courses relevant to student needs.
Strengthens the University’s relationships with constituents, businesses, ministry networks through new programs and increased enrollment.
Assesses the job market and industry for trends and adapts quickly through new program development and launch.
Engages in long- and short- range institutional and budgetary planning.
Participates, encourages, and supports research, grant-writing, publishing, and other scholarly activities of the faculty.
Prepares and present reports for the University’s Board of Trustees regarding the faculty and academic programs.
Oversees the completion of all government and accreditation reports IPEDS, WSCUC, ABHE, BPPE etc.
Informs the President, Cabinet, Administrative Council, and Board of Trustees concerning Faculty, Academic Department, and Student Development department concerns and recommendations.
Advances the University by promoting the University at professional meetings and with the Foursquare Church as related to the responsibilities of the office.
Supervises the preparation of the academic calendar, faculty handbook, Supervises the development of semester class schedules.
Works effectively and collaboratively with other departments to plan for and recommend suitable instructional facilities, equipment and supplies.
Oversees accreditation issues; academic policy; course and curriculum preparation; faculty hiring, development, morale, and workload; faculty and educational effectiveness; course scheduling; and other academic areas.
Oversees personnel and policy decisions for faculty and assigned departments, i.e., recruit; interview; recommend for hire, release, or promotion and advise in the area of salaries.
Carries out or supervises other projects as directed by the President.
Serves as Acting CEO in the case of disability or death of the President.
Terminal degree in an appropriate discipline.
At least 5 years’ experience in higher education administration with a record of increased responsibility.
Advanced leadership skills—ability to supervise, delegate, and track projects to completion while handling interruptions, etc.
Excellent interpersonal and interviewing skills.
Demonstrated competency in the classroom.
Computer knowledge/skills: working knowledge of Windows-based computers; quick learner; desirable but not mandatory to know Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher.
Excellent communication and writing ability.
Experienced in budget development, monitoring, and maintenance.
A self-starter, personable, detail-oriented and goal-oriented.
Knowledgeable and experienced in education and educational assessment practices.
Committed to establishing and maintaining positive relationships with students, faculty, and staff, and the general constituency of the University.
Demonstrated culturally competent communication skills.
Demonstrated commitment to working with and engaging diverse students and colleagues
Demonstrated Christian faith consistent with Life Pacific’s Pentecostal/Charismatic and Wesleyan Arminian stance (must be able to sign Life Pacific’s Statement of Faith and align with its position on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity).
Must be willing to be licensed in the Foursquare Church. Considerations will be given if candidate already has licensure in another Pentecostal/Charismatic denomination—Assemblies of God, Church of God, Vineyard, etc.
This job description does not contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities required of the employee and is subject to revision when necessary. Candidates must be Christian believers holding a Pentecostal/charismatic perspective and will be required to adhere to the College’s statement of faith and mission.
LPU is committed to and invites diversity in hiring. No to person shall be denied employment at Life Pacific College on the basis of gender, race or ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected classification, except as may be permitted by law.
About Life Pacific University
Recognized as a 2016 Great College to Work For by the Chronicle of Higher Education, Life Pacific College is a private, evangelical Christian institution in San Dimas, California, (30 miles east of Los Angeles). Offering undergraduate, graduate and degree completion programs including Biblical Studies, Human Development & Psychology, Business Administration, Worship Arts & Media, Communications, and more, LPC is an institution of biblical higher learning existing for the transformational development of students into leaders prepared to serve God in the Church, the workplace, and the world.
Life Pacific College is the historic Bible College of the Foursquare Church. The College maintains a Pentecostal/Charismatic and Wesleyan-Arminian theological stance. Successful candidates must affirm the College’s Statement of Faith and adhere to lifestyle expectations of the College.
The College complies with federal and state guidelines for nondiscrimination in employment. Further, Life Pacific College initiates and cultivates a community that reflects our broader community in terms of ethnicity, color, culture, and gender. LPC is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution. Over 50% ...of the student population are students of color and approximately 60% of students are female. As such, women and those from other traditionally under-represented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Fluency in Spanish is a plus.
Located in southern California in the heart of the San Gabriel Valley, San Dimas sits along the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. The city of 33,000 offers a blend of community amenities, wonderful parks and open space, as well as great recreational and community facilities. With easy access to the Pacific Ocean, downtown Los Angeles, and Anaheim, San Dimas keeps true to its western heritage with store fronts and wooden sidewalks. With affordable housing, San Dimas and the surrounding community provides an attractive location for raising families. Additional attractions nearby include the Irwindale Speedway, Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena Museum of California Art, and the Los Angeles Zoo.