Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Recruitment Period:  1/1/16 - 6/15/16
Status:  Full Time

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) invites applications and nominations for Provost and Chief Academic Officer.

The University Provost and Chief Academic Officer provides strong academic and administrative leadership to enhance academic excellence and scholarly activity to meet the mission of PNWU. The Provost, as the University's Chief Academic/Administrative Officer, will report directly to the President and may not engage in other gainful employment outside of the University.

The following report to the Provost:

  • College Deans
  • Office of Institutional Effectiveness
  • Student Affairs
  • Enrollment Services
  • Continuing Medical Education
  • Library
  • Accreditation and Strategic Planning
  • Simulation Center
  • Interprofessional Practice and Education

Essential Functions

  1. Serves as the Chief Academic Officer and second ranking official of the University and acts for the President when he or she is unavailable or as designated.
  2. Represents the President on matters of University-wide concerns and at statewide, regional and national committees and events.
  3. Advises the President on all matters concerning University-wide planning, policy and operations.
  4. Holds responsibility for academic leadership and is accountable for the quality of institutional teaching, research programs and student success.
  5. Maintains appropriate and up-to-date academic programs and curricula throughout the schools, to set and enforce the institution's standards of excellence; and to find, assess and, as appropriate, implement new pedagogy and effective use of technology in furtherance of PNWU mission.
  6. Holds reporting responsibility for the Deans of Schools and Colleges and others as assigned.
  7. Participates in the annual operational plans and budgets for all matters pertaining to the University and is accountable for meeting fiscal performance expectations.
  8. Holds responsibility for all academic program space.
  9. Responsible in assuring development of faculty and staff.
  10. Works effectively with the Faculty Senate on matters of general welfare to the University.
  11. Selects and directs the administrative staff and leaders essential to carrying out the responsibilities of the Provost's Office.
  12. Shares responsibility for evaluating, recruiting and recommending faculty appointments, promotions and terminations to the President.
  13. Works with the President in the final review and approval of the annual academic budgets.
  14. Establishes University-wide measures of institutional effectiveness, monitors progress and assures compliance.
  15. Encourages and facilitates interdisciplinary teaching, research and creative academic program development throughout the University while making use of new learning technologies and methods.
  16. Works with the departments, schools and the President and, as appropriate, regulatory agencies, to achieve approval of new academic programs.
  17. Develops with the Director of Enrollment Services and Deans, an enrollment management strategic plan that improves student quality and retention and coordinates its implementation for the University.
  18. Continues and strengthens the efforts to improve program quality and competitiveness through internal and external partnerships in education, research and service.
  19. Serves as a member of the President's Advisory Council and on other committees as assigned.
  20. Works with the Deans and leaders of academic units to establish, within the context of PNWU’s Strategic Plan, priorities for the development of unit plans, budgetary and operational plans that encourage academic excellence; ensures that plans and budgets reflect the strategic directions of the University and are regularly monitored and attained.
  21. Understands accreditation standards and expectations specific to the department and adheres to policies and procedures to meet or exceed such standards.
  22. Behaves in a manner that is appropriate and consistent with the philosophy and mission of PNWU.
  23. Other duties as assigned.

Selection Criteria

The University is looking for an experienced leader with the ability to think strategically, in context, to manage relationships and to take and implement important, complex and, sometimes, difficult decisions. The person appointed needs to have strong personal integrity and is required to take a high level of personal responsibility for both their own work and that of the faculty and staff under her/his management. Sound judgment under pressure, the ability to think laterally and creatively within a challenging and complex environment, and the intellectual capacity and strength of character to drive forward the University’s agenda are essential attributes. A sound appreciation and understanding of the academic environment and ability to operate effectively within a complex and nuanced decision-making context are also important.

Education and Experience

  • Excellent interpersonal, communications, and presentation skills.
  • Extensive professional experience with an exemplary record of achievement.  At least 5 years of academic experience, preferably in a health sciences setting, as a dean or provost of an academic unit at a University or College.
  • Eligible for appointment at the rank of full professor.
  • Ability to generate respect and trust from staff, faculty and external constituencies. 
  • Possess exceptional credentials in scholarly activity, professional, and/or individual achievement.
  • Solid working knowledge of budgeting, business development, and strategic planning.

PNWU was founded in 2005 to meet the critical need for healthcare professionals in rural and underserved communities in the Pacific Northwest. The mission driven campus operates as a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit healthcare educational institution offering a doctoral degree in Osteopathic Medicine with a total enrollment of 540 medical students.  Collaborations with other allied health science programs and future campus growth are well underway. The campus is located in Yakima, Washington, a city of approximately 95,000 residents located in the south central part of the state near the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains in a major agricultural and outdoor recreation region.  It is approximately 140 miles from Seattle and 170 miles from Portland. The Yakima Valley is a wonderful place to live, work and play providing a wide variety of interests—

PNWU offers competitive salary and benefits.  To ensure full consideration, apply by the closing date and submit:

  • A letter of introduction outlining the applicant's background, and qualifications for the position;
  • Curriculum vitae/resume;
  • Contact information for five professional references, at least one from each of the following if applicable: a person who has reported directly to you, a colleague, and a supervisor. Please include phone number, mailing, and email address.

Submissions should be sent to ude.uwnp@RH.

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences
111 University Parkway, Ste. 202
Yakima, WA  98901
P 509-452-5100
F 509-452-5101


PNWU is an equal opportunity and drug-free employer.