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Vice Provost for Student Equity, Access, and Success

University of Massachusetts Boston
Boston, Massachusetts
Closing date
Feb 3, 2024

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University of Massachusetts Boston

Vice Provost for Student Equity, Access, and Success

Serving nearly 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students, the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston) is a recognized model of excellence for urban public universities. One of the five campuses of the UMass system, UMass Boston is a research university with a teaching soul. It combines the rigorous focus on generation of knowledge that characterizes a major research university with a dedication to teaching that places its top scholars and researchers in undergraduate and graduate classrooms where a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio fosters a meaningful and rewarding student-professor interaction. Located on Boston Harbor, UMass Boston has a growing reputation for innovation and a particular focus on research addressing complex urban issues. UMass Boston has a highly diverse student population and is one of the most diverse in the nation. As metropolitan Boston's only public research university, UMass Boston offers its student population both an intimate learning environment and the rich experience of a great American city. In 2023, U.S. News and World Report ranked UMass Boston in the top tier of national universities and recognized as a leader in supporting the upward social mobility of its students. The University benefits from the value and cultural wealth of its surrounding communities and its diverse student body. The University maintains a strong commitment to all aspects of diversity and inclusion, including anti-racist and health promoting initiatives.

The Position

Reporting to the provost, the vice provost for student equity, access, and success provides leadership for the development, implementation and assessment of Holistic Student Success and oversees the student equity, access, and success (SEAS) unit. SEAS is comprised of three major work areas: inclusive excellence; pathway programs; and, academic and career engagement and success. The vice provost will provide leadership for advancing the university's first strategic priority: holistic student success. This will include working collaboratively with executive leadership and the campus community to advance equitable academic outcomes through effective retention strategies, seamless pre-collegiate and transfer pathways, cultivating a sense of belonging, aligning and coordinating academic and career advising, expanding experiential learning, offering proactive support for degree completion, and implementing data-informed and equity-minded practices. The vice provost will oversee a budget of nearly $11 million, including $4.6 million in external grants and work closely with university leadership to identify new funding sources to advance the campus' student success and equity goals; lead and assist in the preparation of grant proposals to new and existing federal, state and local government and private funders. The vice provost will recruit, onboard and supervise associate and assistant vice provosts, the SEAS project manager, technology team, director of the Asian American Resource Office, and the manager of the UMass Boston Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Research Education Training program.


Minimum requirements include a doctoral degree and ten years of professional leadership positions with increased responsibility in managing innovative academic advising, career services, academic support services or relevant student services with supervision. The successful candidate will have at least five years of experience managing complex budgets. In addition, the successful candidate will have deep knowledge of current high-impact practices in holistic academic advising, career services, student development and student success and experience developing and implementing work-based learning models and/or ethnographies of work. Further, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated success with implementing equity-minded practices, culturally sustaining practices and restorative justice models; demonstrated ability to lead strategic planning and programs evaluation, including the assessment of co-curricular learning outcomes. Demonstrated financial management skills, including budget development and oversight is required; experience with grant development, writing and implementation is preferred. Excellent written and oral communication skills, excellent presentation skills, and the ability to communicate at all levels with tact and diplomacy to achieve goals is desired.

Application and Nomination

Review of applications will begin Thursday, February 1, 2024, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Quincy Martin III at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email

The hiring salary range is $160,000-$180,000 annually, commensurate with experience.

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The University of Massachusetts Boston provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, genetic information, pregnancy or a pregnancy-related condition, or membership in any other protected class. The University of Massachusetts Boston complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the university operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment.

The University of Massachusetts Boston is committed to becoming the leading anti-racist and health-promoting public research university.

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