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Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Relations
Oregon Tech in Klamath Falls, Oregon
Date Posted 02/01/2021
Executive-Academic Vice President and Provost
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
Department Summary

The Office of the Provost supports the faculty and curriculum of Oregon Tech by providing leadership to all of the university’s campuses and academic programs, fostering excellence in teaching, research and service to the community. The Office of the Provost guides the university’s mission in providing educational quality and access, and directs the university’s efforts in strategic redesign of its academic mission.

Position Summary

The Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Relations (AVP FR) is a full-time, 12-month, unclassified, exempt position reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (the Provost). The AVP FR is a member of the Provost’s leadership team. The AVP FR will regularly collaborate with, among others, Office of the Provost personnel, Deans, Department Chairs, the Office of Human Resources, the General Counsel, and the President.

The Office of the Provost is the central academic administrative office, with responsibility for the institutional academic mission, programming and policy implementation, support programs for academic personnel and students, academic fiscal management, collective bargaining with the faculty union—the American Association of University Professors (AAUP or the union), and fostering collegial relations with all faculty (both those within and outside of the bargaining unit).

With a focus on working relationships, efficiency of related processes, and compliance, the AVP FR will serve as: the primary liaison between the Office of the Provost and the union; Oregon Tech’s lead negotiator in future contract bargaining and grievance officer regarding the union, working closely with legal counsel as needed; the key contact within the Office of the Provost for Deans and Department chairs for issues related to the collective bargaining agreement and faculty employment concerns; and a key contact within the Office of the Provost for out-of-unit faculty (including, among a few others, adjunct faculty and faculty working at less than a .5 FTE). The AVP FR will be responsible for faculty employment contracts and providing required information to the union at the times specified in the agreement. Additional duties may be assigned relating to faculty relations and operations; for example, utilization analyses (including assessment of use and need for overload and out of load assignments), conflicts of interest and commitment, outside activities tracking, academic policy development, faculty recruitment processes and retention efforts.

The AVP FR will be responsible for maintaining effective and collegial labor-management relationships while pursuing and protecting Oregon Tech’s strategic goals and objectives through the negotiation process. The AVP FR will be responsible for union contract administration, progressive discipline and grievances in a manner that supports positive and professional relationships with faculty, union representatives, supervisors, managers, and administrators. The AVP FR will apply judgment, creativity, and independence in managing difficult negotiations, conceiving solutions to negotiation problems, faculty grievances, and complaints. The AVP FR will have a high level of independence and accountability in the performance of assigned responsibilities.

Minimum Requirements

Additional Requirements
  • Graduate degree from an accredited institution
  • Four (4) years’ experience in public or private collective bargaining, preferably in higher education
  • Five (5) years’ experience working in academia, as a faculty member or administrator
  • Experience providing guidance to personnel with demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, and engage and motivate others
  • Skilled at effectively communicating information in a clear and understandable manner to a variety of audiences
  • Demonstrated ability to function in a complex institutional environment
  • Demonstrated ability to apply leadership, judgment, and political acumen in problem-solving
  • Ability to regularly travel to the Portland-Metro campus and other locations for meetings, workshops, negotiations, trainings, and Oregon Tech functions
  • Proficiency in the use of MS Office Suite and other standard office software; experience with (or ability to learn how to use) databases and web-based applications

Preferred Qualifications
  • Possess a PhD, JD, or other terminal degree;
  • Five (5) years’ experience in public or private collective bargaining in higher education
  • Training or experience in Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) (in addition to contract negotiations), such as conflict resolution, mediation, crucial conversations, etc.
  • Training, experience, or a strong interest in faculty recruitment, retention, affirmative action, diversity/equity/inclusion (DEI)
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