Provost and Vice-President Academic
The University of British Columbia - Provost and Vice-President Academic, Vancouver Campus
The Vancouver Campus of The University of British Columbia (UBC) is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the x?m?θk??y??m (Musqueam) people and UBC Okanagan is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan Nation.
UBC invites applications for our next Provost and Vice-President Academic, Vancouver Campus. This position represents an outstanding opportunity to take on a leadership role at one of the world’s top universities. The anticipated start date is July 2023 or for a date to be mutually agreed on.
UBC is a global centre for research and teaching and seeks to recruit and retain a workforce that is representative of Vancouver's diversity, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. UBC is consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world – and top 20 public universities – its vision is to inspire people, ideas and actions for a better world. UBC’s values of excellence, integrity, respect, academic freedom, and accountability are the driving forces behind its goals to pursue excellence in research, learning and engagement to foster global citizenship and advance a sustainable and just society across British Columbia, Canada, and the world. With campuses in Vancouver and Kelowna, UBC has over 66,000 students, over $670 million in research funding, a sophisticated and deeply engaging intellectual environment and an unrivalled quality of life.
Reporting to the President, the Provost is UBC’s Chief Academic Officer and a key member of UBC’s leadership team. They provide leadership for implementation and ongoing development of the university’s academic strategy. The Provost oversees UBC’s academic programs and support functions, faculty affairs, enrolment, sustainability and information technology. They also help to lead the budgetary and planning processes, particularly around teaching and learning programs and research as well as resource allocation decisions in consultation with the Vice-President Finance & Operations. Our next Provost will demonstrate scholarly excellence and have a proven record of successful administrative leadership experience in a large and complex research intensive environment. They will demonstrate the ability to develop and implement institutional strategic plans working with colleagues across the university. They will be a skilled communicator who will build trusting relationships with faculty, staff, students and external stakeholders. Crucially, they will be committed to collegial governance as well as equity, diversity, inclusion, anti-racism, and anti-oppression.
As part of the University’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, UBC has begun to implement its Indigenous Strategic Plan, taking a leading role in the advancement of Indigenous peoples’ human rights. UBC is the first university in North America to commit to implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and to take a human rights-based approach to the Indigenous strategic plan. The ideal candidate will therefore have a demonstrated commitment to advancing reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and contribute to the Indigenous strategic plan for the University.
UBC is partnering with the executive search firm Perrett Laver on this search. Applications should consist of a full CV detailing academic and professional qualifications and relevant achievements. It should be accompanied by a cover letter describing how candidates meet the selection criteria, why the appointment is of interest, and what they believe they can bring to the role. The application should also include a statement describing experiences, competencies and strengths in advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion, and reconciliation, and in supporting diverse students. Further information, including details of how to apply, can be downloaded at perrettlaver.com/candidates, quoting reference 5671.
The University is also committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable work environment for all members of its workforce, and in particular, for its employees with disabilities. An inclusive work environment for employees with disabilities ensures individuals are given the resources and accommodations they need to participate fully and succeed in their role. For contact information regarding UBC’s accommodation and access policies and resources, please visit the Centre for Workplace Accessibility website. UBC Vancouver staff or faculty may contact Kelly McIntosh, Senior Manager, Workplace Health Services, confidentially at email@example.com for support and assistance with accommodation questions. Accommodations are available on request for all applicants at all stages of the selection process. To confidentially request accommodations, please contact An Li Xu at AnLi.Xu@perrettlaver.com.
Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.
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