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Assistant Vice Provost, Academic & Career Advising

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Position Type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: VP- Acad Suppt Services
Pay Grade: No Pay Grade
Date opened: Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Eastern Daylight Time

General Summary: 

The Assistant Vice Provost for Academic & Career Advising serves as a member of the VPASS core leadership team.  The VPASS leadership team supports the University’s commitment to student success by developing, implementing and assessing policies, programs, practices that advance access to higher education, provide advising, enrichment and experiential learning opportunities, and support equitable outcomes for our diverse study body.  

The Assistant Vice Provost for Academic & Career Advising will play a critical role in developing, implementing and assessing holistic and asset-based academic and career advising, where student development is informed by meaningful personal, academic and career coaching and supported by relevant experiential learning and undergraduate research opportunities.

Examples of Duties: 

  • Collaborate with the Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Support Services, the Director of Career Services, and the Director of the University Advising Center (UAC) to develop, implement and assess an integrated, student-centered, and holistic advising model that values student’s cultural wealth and supports academic and career success.
  • Supervise the Director of Career Services and the Director of the University Advising Center. Recruit, hire, train, and evaluate holistic advising leadership; encourage continued professional development; emphasize teamwork, collaboration, and creative/innovative strategic thinking.
  • Collaborate with the VPASS leadership team to support UMass Boston’s student success agenda, including developing, implementing and assessing student learning outcomes related to advising and career success.
  • Lead the integration of equity-minded practices into strategic planning in advising and career services, including a focus on advancing student access to experiential learning opportunities, full engagement in campus resources and services, and equity outcomes for undergraduates.
  • Develop relationships with colleges across the university to align VPASS programs and services with departmental needs and embed academic and career development across the curriculum.
  • Prepare and analyze qualitative and quantitative data on key student experiences and success metrics to inform strategic planning for continuous improvement.
  • Support work-based learning initiatives in collaboration with Colleges across the University, as well as, external educational, community-based and industry partners.


  • Master’s degree in education, higher education administration, student personnel administration, student development and counseling, or a relevant discipline required, doctorate preferred.
  • Minimum of 6 years of professional leadership positions with increased responsibility in academic advising, career services, academic support service or relevant student service program administration required; experience in an urban, public institution preferred. 
  • Strong knowledge of current high-impact practices in holistic academic advising, career services, student development and student success.  Experience developing and implementing work-based learning models and/or ethnographies of work models strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience designing, implementing and assessing high-impact services for undergraduates in a diverse, urban, educational setting required.  Experience with implementing equity-minded practices, culturally sustaining practices and restorative justice models preferred.
  • Demonstrated strong personnel development and management skills, including the ability to lead teams and encourage initiative, teamwork, collaboration, and creative/innovative thinking.  Experience working in a collective bargaining environment preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop strategic partnerships on and off campus, and to oversee major projects from development to implementation.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead strategic planning and programs evaluation, including the assessment of co-curricular learning outcomes.
  • Demonstrated financial management skills required, including budget development and oversight.  Experience with grant development, writing and implementation 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.

Application Instructions:

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

Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date.

Salary Range: $110,000-135,000

This is a non-union exempt position. 

All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.

Applications close: Eastern Daylight Time

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All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.

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.

The University of Massachusetts Boston is committed to providing a safe and secure environment that is supported by qualified employees for all of its students, faculty and staff to carry out the University's teaching, research and public service missions. As a condition of employment, the University will conduct appropriate background check reviews. For more information, please see the University of Massachusetts Boston campus policy and procedures for employee background reviews.

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