Vice Provost of Student Success, Inclusive Excellence and Curricular Innovation (VPSS)
University of San Francisco
The University of San Francisco (USF), a diverse, urban, Jesuit Catholic university with a global mission, invites nominations and applications for the role of Vice Provost of Student Success, Inclusive Excellence and Curricular Innovation (VPSS).
Since 1855, the University of San Francisco has dedicated itself to offering a daring and dynamic liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. USF is committed to educating hearts and minds to cultivate the full, integral development of each person and all persons; pursuing learning as a lifelong humanizing and liberating social activity; and advancing excellence as the standard for teaching, scholarship, creative expression and service. Inspired by a faith that does justice, USF strives to humbly and responsibly engage with, and contribute to, the cultural, intellectual, economic and spiritual gifts and talents of the San Francisco Bay Area and the global communities to which they belong. In the 2022 U.S. News and World Report, USF was ranked 103rd among national universities, first among national universities for the racial/ethnic diversity of its student body and fourth in international student enrollment. The University employs 444 full-time faculty members and 655 part-time faculty members and serves more than 5,969 undergraduate and 4,065 graduate students in arts and sciences, education, law, management, and nursing and health professions.
Reporting directly to Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs (Provost/VPAA) https://www.usfca.edu/who-we-are/president-leadership/provost-office, the VPSS will oversee and coordinate processes for assessment of educational effectiveness, academic advising, institutional research, curricular innovation and accreditation with a deep focus on inclusive excellence to ensure equitable student retention and success. With direct responsibility for the integrity, value and relevance of the USF degree, the new vice provost will outline strategic priorities based on timely and accurate information about students’ holistic learning experience. The VPSS will support the Provost and academic affairs leadership team in ensuring that decisions related to academic program development and innovation are rooted in advancing the University’s Jesuit mission and values as a student-centered, social-justice oriented liberal arts institution. In doing so, the VPSS will engage the community in conversations around strategic priorities, as outlined in the University’s new strategic plan. The VPSS will bring an entrepreneurial and creative approach and will center antiracism, diversity, equity and inclusion in their work, particularly in relation to fostering equitable outcomes for student success. Vital components of this work will include: partnering with Student Life to lead efforts to enhance student outcomes impacted by the pandemic; developing innovative, student-centered initiatives that drive high academic achievement, retention and timely graduation of a diverse student body; development of an undergraduate pipeline to graduate education; engaging the academic community in re-visioning the core curriculum; integrating USF’s commitments to antiracism, diversity, equity and inclusion, global and community engagement and environmental sustainability throughout our academic programs; supporting the expansion of transfer pathways into USF; contributing to the institution’s goal of becoming a Hispanic Serving Institution, among other important priorities.
The ideal candidate will be a collaborative, creative and transparent leader with demonstrated success and leadership in coordinating design of curricular initiatives related to academic success, managing academic program innovation and development, program review, assessment and accreditation, preferably with a regional accreditor. Competitive candidates will have a track record of demonstrated excellence in student success, institutional research and curricular innovation. The VPSS will also have a track record in leading data-informed initiatives to bolster student success and strong post-graduation outcomes. The VPSS will possess a deep understanding of and value for the academic mission of the University and bring experience in long-term planning for the future of higher education. The successful candidate will serve as a highly visible and trusted partner and creative problem solver, with the ability to work seamlessly across the institution, creating connections and deepening relationships with all key stakeholders. The VPSS will be guided in their work by the University’s mission and Jesuit values. They must lead with creativity, entrepreneurism, integrity, transparency, engagement, sound judgment, cultural humility, and an equity lens, engendering a collaborative approach to assessment and program development and innovation.
A graduate degree or equivalent professional experience and progressively responsible senior-level experience in budget and finance management in an academic setting is desired.
All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applicants should submit a CV and letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile, available at www.wittkieffer.com. USF is also requiring a diversity, equity and inclusion statement responding to the following prompt. The statement should be no more than two pages in length.
The University of San Francisco is ranked #1 in the nation for student diversity and is deeply committed to inclusive excellence and social justice. What is your understanding of the role of diversity, equity, and inclusion in academic leadership, and what initiatives or contributions exemplify your ability to promote DEI for students, faculty, librarians, and staff? Please also describe how you have navigated questions of power, privilege, and demonstrated cultural humility when engaging with diverse community members.
WittKieffer is assisting the University of San Francisco in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by October 28, 2022. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal:
Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:
Alejandra Gillette-Teran, Suzanne Teer and Kim Migoya
The University of San Francisco is an equal opportunity institution of higher education. The University does not discriminate in employment, educational services, or academic programs on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, age (except minors), sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related and genetic-related) and disability, or any other basis prohibited by law. The University reasonably accommodates qualified individuals with disabilities under the law.
Post until 10/12/2022.
- Ensures that health care services and policies are consistent with community needs, Jesuit philosophy, mission, and values.
- Provides leadership in the development of community-wide efforts directed toward improving the health of province members.
- Coordinates and plans with the Provincial and province staff key health care initiatives for the Jesuits in the province and guides the implementation of approved directives and guidelines.
- Coordinates and manages health care services among the appropriate persons – including regional healthcare coordinators; individual Jesuit(s), local Superior(s), and health care providers as needed.
- Meets regularly with the Provincial and the Executive Assistant (Socius) and attends the meetings of the Province religious superiors to report on health care issues, as requested.
- Collaborates with the Treasurers’ Offices as required for budgetary, health insurance coverage, or other issues that may arise.
- Hires and supervises regional health care coordinators.
- Meets with individual Jesuit priests, brothers and scholastics as needed.
- Develops and administers an annual budget to implement the objectives of healthcare/retirement.
- Addresses the broad health care needs of each Jesuit and assists in the planning and implementation of his care, including the transition, when necessary to Sacred Heart Jesuit Center or private facilities as appropriate.
- Assesses the needs for safety and current living arrangements considering the individual Jesuit’s capacity for apostolic work and independent living.
- Aids individual Jesuits in selection of general practice/internal medicine physicians and other specialists as needed.
- Develops and implements training local superiors or their delegate in working with elderly religious in a religious community using current methodology.
- Acts on behalf of or in concert with the local Superior(s) in reviewing the discharge plans for hospitalized Jesuits, ensuring appropriate post hospitalization placement.
- Provides communication and education to Superiors, health care staff and communities regarding transitions, retirement issues and other health care concerns as needed.
- Advises on and assures appropriate placement and follow-up of Jesuits requiring special off campus non-Jesuit-sponsored services.
- Initiates, implements, and schedules the meetings of the Health Care Committee.
- Promotes appropriate use of the healthcare system through individual case management, use of negotiated contract provides and promotion of illness prevention programs.
- Promotes the guidelines for Jesuit healthcare as found in the “Jesuit Healthcare Handbook for the United States Assistancy and the Community as Mission” document.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Supports the SHJC Superior in the oversight of healthcare services for community members.
- In conjunction with the SHJC Superior, manages the SHJC Administrator to ensure SHJC adopts and follows best practices for independent living, assisted living, and infirmary care.
- Collaborates with other health care professionals working for Jesuits at the national level and with the healthcare coordinators in each Province.
- Participates as a member of the Benefits Committee: a subcommittee of the Jesuit Health Trust Board of Trustees.
- Provides consultation regarding the Jesuit Health Trust and serves as the main point of contact for special override consideration for health care coverage.
- Serves on national committees as needed.
- Possess a doctorate in nursing practice or nursing science strongly preferred or an MSN with experience.
- Progressively responsible experience in healthcare administration and multi-level clinical and operational services for aging adults.
- Holds a current nursing license in the State of California.
- Possesses a sound understanding of clinical and management requirements for a continuum of adult health care services.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Contemporary computer skills.
- Familiarity with the Society of Jesus and the Catholic Church, and ability to work with Jesuit priests, brothers, scholastics and all levels of management and employees.
- Possesses excellent interpersonal, management, team building, and negotiating skills and the ability to influence others to take appropriate action. Demonstrates creativity, vision, and the ability to conceive the long-term implications and impact of current decisions, events, and trends.
- Ability to preserve highly confidential and sensitive information. Knowledge of confidentiality standards related to protected health information.
- Possesses a Current Nursing Home Administrator’s License (or is in progress) is a plus.
- Available to travel to visit Jesuit priests, brothers and scholastics as needed and attend national meetings.
- Works as a collaborative member of the Advancement team, with province employees from other sectors, and with Jesuits to ensure a comprehensive constituent outreach and engagement program.
- Develops strong relationships that positively impact the mission of the Society of Jesus.
- Works with the Provincial Assistant for Advancement and other Advancement staff to develop individualized strategies for portfolio donors and other fundraising initiatives on behalf of the province.
- Manages a Portfolio of 150+ active prospects and donors. Identifies, qualifies, cultivates, and solicits major gifts of $10,000 or more, and develops younger donors (aged 35-50) who can make smaller major gifts of $5,000-$10,000. Additionally, brings in Planned Gifts and collaborates with the Director of Legacy Planning when appropriate.
- Ensures the Province database of friends and donors is updated to ensure current and accurate information. Adds new donors to the database. Reviews database on a regular basis to assess and update donor capacity and Portfolio as necessary. Creates actions in Raiser’s Edge with detailed notes on all meetings with donors and any other significant actions. Updates proposal tab frequently as gifts come in so the record is current.
- Prepares written, customized funding proposals to individual donors and foundations including all supporting financial documentation and all related correspondence and follow up.
- Plans and executes regional meetings and events for the Provincial or other Jesuit speakers and “donor appreciation” events.
- Prepares personalized acknowledgment letters and pledge reminders for all major gifts in the territory.
- Prioritizes and strategizes the setting of meetings with major donors for the Provincial and the Provincial Assistant and RDA to attend in the territory. Utilizing knowledge of the donor base, RDA chooses donors to target for the Provincial (in consultation with Provincial Assistant). Also sets up meetings for other Jesuits when they are in the region.
- Attends local, regional, and national Province-sponsored functions as required. Covers events in the region which are Jesuit-based and maintains a high profile in Catholic circles in Northern California.
- Upholds Advancement Office’s confidentiality practices.
- Holds a bachelor’s degree or higher.
- Minimum of 7 years of Advancement experience with an emphasis on major gift acquisition and planned giving.
- Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills. Ability to work both collaboratively and independently.
- Proven success soliciting six-figure gifts and building long-lasting relationships with major donors and foundation Executive Directors and program directors who give at a six-figure level.
- Experience with Raiser’s Edge, Microsoft Office, Excel, PowerPoint.
- Demonstrates a commitment to the mission of the Roman Catholic Church and the international vision of the Society of Jesus.
- Sound judgment, flexibility, professionalism, independent thinking, tact, speed, responsibility, accuracy, and personal integrity and honesty.