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Assistant Provost (Community and Executive Education)

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Position Type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Provost & VC Acad Affairs
Pay Grade: No Pay Grade
Date opened: Eastern Daylight Time
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General Summary: 

The Assistant Provost for Community & Executive Education (CEE) leads UMass Boston’s efforts to create, expand, and bring to market non-credit learning opportunities. As part of the university’s mission to increase access to education for all, the Assistant Provost collaborates with internal colleges and departments to identify non-credit courses and micro-credentialing programs that will appeal to adult learners in the public and private sectors.

This is a role for an entrepreneurial individual capable of honing in on potential, connecting the right people to pilot an approach, and combing the data to know when success is achieved.

UMass Boston has seven academic colleges with the resources to provide non-credit education and is located in a metropolitan area with countless corporate, government, and nonprofit entities. The Assistant Provost’s charge is to catalyze opportunities for upskilling, micro-credentialing, and pioneering of non-credit programs to fill the knowledge and skills gaps in the community and beyond. Metrics for success include increasing non-credit enrollment, coordinating the buildout of additional non-credit offerings, and forging educational provider partnerships with businesses and nonprofits. Fast-paced, data-informed iteration is the name of the game.

The Assistant Provost reports to the university’s Provost and remains in close contact with college deans and assistant deans, directors of the university’s centers and institutes, and the university’s marketing division.

Examples of Duties: 

  • Provides oversight and direction for the planning, organization, and leadership of Community and Executive Education fiscal accountability, and program support.
  • Oversees self-supporting, non-credit, and affiliate partnership programs and acts as the programs manager of budgets, enrollment, and scheduling.
  • Works closely with appropriate campus divisions to develop and implement effective marketing and outreach strategies.
  • Establishes goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and action plans for Community and Executive Education operations and adult initiatives that are consistent with the unit, division, and university strategic plans.
  • Supports institutional effectiveness goals.
  • Recruits, supervises, and evaluates faculty and personnel in Community and Executive Education.
  • Establishes and monitors direct reports’ performance and development goals, sets objectives and priorities, conducts frequent coaching and annual performance appraisals.
  • Maintains effective communication with administration, faculty and staff.
  • Supervises and directs required reporting to state and national agencies.
  • Collaborates with UMass Boston academic colleges and administrative units to determine resource availability for non-degree-seeking students with an emphasis on adults who have a desire to enhance their skills through professional development offerings.
  • Manages the unit’s budget.
  • Collaborates with UMass Boston academic colleges to create internal linkages between non-credit and credit-bearing courses, certificates, and programs.
  • Leads a collaborative annual operational planning process to include the creation of an annual report and an organizational business plan.
  • Serves as primary contact for educational and business partners both internal and external to UMass Boston.
  • Establishes relationships and networks with local, regional, national, and international organizations, chambers, and educational partners focused on workforce development and career pathways.
  • Performs related duties as required or deemed appropriate to support the accomplishment of the responsibilities and functions of Continuing Education.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.


Advanced graduate degree required, doctorate preferred. At least five (5) years of experience managing some form of educational program delivery required. Experience managing complex budgets, networking with industry and nonprofit leaders, and overseeing pilot programs preferred. Knowledge of the Boston Area corporate, nonprofit, and government landscape preferred.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to recruit and secure multi-year organizational/agency agreements to provide university-based non-credit educational offerings and programs
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Demonstrated experience implementing and adapting best organizational practices for non-credit education
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial atmosphere, has a high degree of personal responsibility, is committed to continuous improvement to ensure the best outcomes
  • Commitment to student success
  • High level ability to collaborate with external partners, students, administrators, and departments campus-wide
  • Talent to forge effective working relationships with various departments and groups across campus; work independently and as part of a team; has a collaborative attitude
  • Ability successfully write and manage externally-sponsored grants and awards
  • Creative and innovative mindset
  • Technical aptitude and demonstrated ability to utilize multiple technology sources including:
    • Microsoft Suite
    • Working knowledge of CMS/CRM systems related to career services, such as Salesforce or Handshake
    • Working knowledge of SIS/CRM such as Slate
    • Working knowledge of LMS such as Blackboard

Application Instructions:

Please apply online with your resume, cover letter and list of three references. 

Salary Range: Commensurate with experience

This is a non-union exempt position. 

All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.

UMass Boston requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to confirm proof of their vaccination status. Exemptions from the vaccine requirement will be permitted only for qualifying religious or medical reasons.

UMass Boston is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations for the hiring process. If reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact the ADA/504 Coordinator Andrea Haas  or 617-287-5148.

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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 legally 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.

UMass Boston normally does not provide H-1B visa sponsorship for non-academic positions.

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UMass Boston requires all employees to be vaccinated and to confirm proof of their vaccination status. Exemptions from the vaccine requirement will be permitted only for qualifying religious or medical reasons. Regardless of vaccination status, you must wear a face covering in public indoor spaces on campus.

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