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PROSPECTUS
Associate Vice Provost
Career and Professional Development

Loyola Marymount University

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POSITION OVERVIEW

Loyola Marymount University (LMU) seeks an Associate Vice Provost (AVP) to lead its nationally recognized Career and Professional Development office and to sustain and build upon the success of integrating career services throughout the LMU student experience. The AVP will strategically lead the office into the future by building and growing career services to meet the needs of tomorrow’s world. Together with strategic partners at LMU, the Associate Vice Provost will bolster  post-graduate success for LMU students and build the networks and relationships that will make such success the reality for all students, regardless of their course of study. The Associate Vice Provost is responsible for providing comprehensive career services to about 7,000 undergraduates and over 2,000 graduate students on three separate campuses. They will also collaborate with Alumni Relations in support of the evolving needs of LMU’s robust alumni network.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Leadership

  • Articulate and advance the vision, mission, and goals for the Office of Career and Professional Development (CPD) that align with LMU institutional priorities.

  • Partner with deans of all the schools and colleges to design career pathways that are tailored to the needs of their students, determining the personnel, organizational structure and financial resources required to achieve optimal results.

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive program of advising, experiential education, and employment services that integrate with educational and co-curricular experiences in each of the schools and colleges.

  • Promote the vision and value proposition of CPD to students, LMU’s senior leadership, and LMU’s Board of Trustees.

  • Oversee the design and implementation of strategies to address the career-related needs of all students, regardless of major, background, or areas of interest; effectively assist students in transitioning from LMU to post-graduate opportunities (work, volunteering, graduate school, fellowships). Pay particular attention to assuring all members of LMU’s student body have access to these services.

  • Create assessment tools that will measure the success of CPD’s outreach and counseling in support of the University mission to ensure a quality outcome for all students, with special focus and consideration of students from underrepresented backgrounds. 

  • Leverage on- and off-campus relationships to enhance career advising, connections, internships, and work opportunities.

  • Educate LMU audiences on national trends relating to careers and professional development and the implications for Jesuit-educated liberal arts and pre-professional students.

  • Create opportunities for external funding through the development of career initiatives that achieve quantifiable results.

  • Engage key stakeholders (including faculty, students, alumni, parents and employers) in shaping the direction and initiatives of e CPD.

  • Represent LMU and CPD as an external advocate at national and regional conferences, speaking engagements, and professional associations. 

Management

  • Recruit, hire,  and allocate resources to support CPD’s mission and goals.

  • Play a key role in the training, motivation, and evaluation of CPD staff.

  • Oversee the design and implementation of a strategic employer development and internship plan, traveling as necessary to build important relationships.

  • Determine the appropriate balance between high-tech and high-touch services, supporting technological approaches that align with the way students approach careers in the 21st century.

  • Oversee the development and analysis of metrics that track progress towards CPD and institutional goals and make adjustments to programs and staffing in response to data.

  • Promote the use of student paraprofessionals in providing certain career services (e.g., resume and cover letter preparation) and in expanding the reach of CPD beyond and outside of regular work hours.

  • Oversee and support efforts to engage faculty, administrators, alumni, parents, and friends in facilitating the career success of students through development of a Career Community; participate in key events on and off campus.

  • Create an environment of continual assessment, creativity, and innovation in meeting CPD goals.

  • Perform other duties as assigned or requested.

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LMU EXPECTATIONS

The Associate Vice Provost, Career and Professional Development will: 

  • Exhibit behavior that supports the mission, vision, and values of the university.

  • Promote an environment that fosters diversity and inclusiveness.

  • Communicate and employ interpersonal actions that model high standards of professional, responsible, accountable, and ethical conduct. 

  • Demonstrate a commitment to outstanding customer service.

LEADERSHIP EXPECTATIONS

The Associate Vice Provost, Career and Professional Development will: 

  • Exhibit collaborative leadership working with both campus and external stakeholders to extend the reach of CPD. 

  • Partner with faculty and staff in creating a campus culture that supports CPD by reaching students through the classroom and campus community.

  • Develop innovative collaborations with academic centers to integrate career development and experiential learning to ensure that students graduate well prepared to articulate the professional abilities and skills they have acquired through their curricular and co-curricular experiences. 

  • Collaborate with the alumni in support of opportunities for alum engagement in recruitment, mentoring and student support.

 

REQUISITE QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s degree or equivalent experience. The Incumbent will be expected to continue upgrading knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to keep abreast of regulation/policy changes.

  • Minimum seven years of leadership/management experience, including change management, in an area relating to careers, human resources, or higher education.

  • Substantial experience in leading efforts that have promoted access, diversity, inclusion, multiculturalism and education and employment equity including fluency with the current scholarship in these areas.

  • Demonstrated experience in achieving goals with and through people who may, or may not, be direct reports.

  • Demonstrated success in building collaborative relationships and networks for mutual benefit.

  • Experience in effectively managing people, finances, and technology in a budget-constrained environment.

  • Experience in building support and financial resources through the creation of results-oriented programs and initiatives.

  • Exemplary communication skills (both written and oral) evidenced by background in preparing comprehensive reports and executive summaries incorporating complex, highly technical information.

  • Highly developed organizational and leadership skills.

 

SALARY

  • Competitive and commensurate with experience.

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ABOUT LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY

 

Founded in 1911, LMU is a top-ranked national university rooted in the Catholic, Jesuit, and Marymount traditions. We are committed to fostering a diverse academic community rich in opportunity for intellectual engagement and real-world experience. We enroll an academically ambitious, multicultural, and socioeconomically diverse student body. We recruit, retain and support a diverse faculty committed to excellence in teaching, research, scholarship and creativity. Our three campuses are rooted in the heart of Los Angeles, a global capital for arts and entertainment, innovation and technology, business and entrepreneurship. 

MISSION

Loyola Marymount University offers rigorous undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs to academically ambitious students committed to lives of meaning and purpose. We benefit from our location in Los Angeles, a dynamic city that brings into sharp focus the issues of our time and provides an ideal context for study, research, creative work and active engagement. By intention and philosophy, we invite people diverse in talents, interests, and cultural backgrounds to enrich our educational community and advance our mission:

  • The encouragement of learning

  • The education of the whole person

  • The service of faith and the promotion of justice

As a foundation for inquiry and learning, we strive to create an intercultural community and to promote ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue. This means that at LMU the encouragement of learning is a radical commitment to free and honest inquiry —but always with reverence before the mystery of the universe and openness to transcendent reality.
 

 

 

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ABOUT CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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Institutional Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At LMU, diversity defines who we are, who gets included in our university community, and indeed reflects the richness of diverse communities around us: regionally as well as internationally. Inclusion insists that all members of the LMU community are welcome and feel welcomed, have a voice and are able to fully participate in the co-creation of this vision of our world. And equity means that we are committed to building an institution that is ethically and spiritually awake, one that remembers history in its practices, and understands its moral obligation to respond to the realities of societal injustice and their impacts on underrepresented groups in our midst.  

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LEADERSHIP

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Maureen Weatherall, Ed.D.

Vice Provost for Enrollment Management

As vice provost for Enrollment Management at Loyola Marymount University, Maureen P. Weatherall, Ed.D. leads the Offices of Undergraduate Admission, Graduate Admission, Career and Professional Development, Financial Aid, the Registrar, International Student Outreach, Transfer Enrollment Services, Enrollment Management Research, Summer Programs, Orientation Programs and Enrollment Management Communications.

Of her appointment in April 2013, Joseph Hellige, the then executive vice president and provost at LMU, said, “Dr. Weatherall brings to this position a unique understanding of the complexities and challenges facing universities today. She is a proven leader who has collaborated with colleagues across her institution to develop, communicate and implement innovative and successful enrollment strategies to meet institutional goals.”

She holds a membership in NACAC, NAFSA, NASFAA, AACRO, NACE, and The College Board. Having traveled extensively throughout Asia, Dr. Weatherall has significant experience developing partnerships and recruiting in that region. In 2009, her research was published as a book titled, ‘Varsity Athletics and Enrollment Management: A Strategic Partnership.’

Dr. Weatherall came to LMU with over 20 years at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. In her last role there, she was the vice president and chief administrative officer overseeing the departments responsible for enrollment, retention, student affairs, athletics, residence life, dining services, human resources, and special functions. During her 22-year career at the institute, Dr. Weatherall held administrative positions in a number of key areas, including dean of undergraduate admissions and financial aid.

Having earned her Ed.D. in higher education leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Weatherall holds her B.E. in chemical engineering and M.M.S. in managerial economics from Stevens Institute of Technology.

 

Thomas Poon, Ph.D.

Executive Vice President and Provost

Thomas Poon, Ph.D., became executive vice president and provost on June 1, 2017, and leads the university's Academic Affairs and Student Affairs divisions, including overseeing the university's educational, scholarly, creative activities, student development and enrollment management areas. He is also a tenured professor of chemistry.

Provost Poon previously served at Pitzer College in many senior leadership positions, including interim president, acting president, and senior associate dean of faculty. He was a professor of chemistry and held tenured faculty positions at Pitzer College, Claremont McKenna College, and Scripps College, allowing him to interact with students, faculty, staff, and administrators at all three institutions. He has been a visiting scholar and assistant professor at Columbia University and was an assistant professor of chemistry at Randolph-Macon College.

He has written numerous peer-reviewed articles, including many with undergraduate co-authors. His collaborative research and analyses on the American sweetgum tree, for example, have been referenced in academic publications and extensively reported by the news media. Poon has contributed chapters and co-authored books on pedagogy and chemistry, and he is currently working on a book titled "Changing Your Narrative to Tell Your First Generation Success Story." He has received multiple grants from the National Science Foundation to investigate topics ranging from his S-STEM work in the molecular sciences, the acquisition of a nuclear magnetic resonance instrument to support teaching and research, and other projects aimed at integrating the sciences into curricula. He pioneered textbook methodologies and created hybrid-learning approaches that have been adopted by other authors and have become prevalent in teaching chemistry. His OCHEM educational website has been highlighted in the journal Science and has helped college students learn organic chemistry since 1999.

Additionally, Provost Poon has supported, developed, and led a broad range of academic and social justice initiatives in his higher education career. Highlights include his work in study abroad, including the establishment of an exchange program in Bhutan; the development of hybrid programs in Vietnam and Brazil; the enhancement of a tropical field station in Costa Rica; and the reopening of a program in Nepal just eight months after two devastating earthquakes. He also expanded mentorship resources for first-year students and provided opportunities for incarcerated men to earn college course credits through a partnership with the California Rehabilitation Center.

Dr. Poon earned his Ph.D. in chemistry at UCLA in 1995 and his Bachelor of Science degree in 1990 at Fairfield University, a Jesuit institution.

APPLICATIONS & DEADLINES

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, current resume, and three references saved as one document, either Word or a PDF. The file name should start with your first name and then last name, such as, “Jose Lopez LMU Application.” This should be emailed to search@careerleadershipcollective.com with the email subject of “Application for LMU AVP”.

Position is open until filled. Serious candidates should submit the requested materials no later than October 7, 2022 at 11:59pm EST.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

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