• Alaska Pacific University
  • Anchorage, AK, United States
  • Mar 14, 2017
Full time Education

Job Description

Alaska Pacific University 175-acre campus is tucked into the forest, among Anchorage’s trail system. It’s on the perimeter of an intellectually vibrant section of town, in a state ripe with cultural and geographic diversity. With a remote educational center on a 900-acre private farm, our University is the landing pad for a rigorous, educational adventure. We are a dynamic and growing liberal arts and professional studies university offering undergraduate, graduate and doctorate degree completion programs
in a collaborative culture. Our university is characterized by action, independence, purposeful learning, and a connection with the natural world. There’s a boldness to the way APU approach’s teaching and learning. There’s a purity to it–a character and conviction.

Our University offers a competitive benefits program provides employees with the opportunity to stay fit, ensure the wellness of their families, and create a positive working environment.

Our benefits package includes:
- 16 Holidays + 18 days PTO your first year at APU
- Onsite fitness center, including a saltwater pool; rock climbing wall; work out gym; full court gym and miles of trails for skiing and or running.
- Tuition Waivers
- Extensive Gear Room Rentals (Kayaks, Skis, Fat Bikes, etc.)
- Health, Vision & Dental insurance
- Retirement Savings Plan (403-B), Company Match of 6% after year 1
- Life & AD&D
- Long Term Disability insurance



The Provost serves as the Chief Academic Officer of Alaska Pacific University (APU) in support of its mission, vision, values and Strategic Plan.  


The Provost is formally responsible for assuring the quality of the University's academic programs and the maintenance of academic standards.  Works collaboratively and consultatively with the Associated Deans to recruit and hire new faculty, develop and deliver the curriculum, and oversee faculty evaluation, development, and promotion.

The Provost orchestrates the University accreditation processes including the formal assessment of all academic programs. This includes implementing and making operational the University's Strategic Plan centered on its core themes (academic excellence, engaged learning communities, sustainability, and people focused) along with accompanying operational metrics; overseeing the preparation of self-studies and reports necessary to meet accreditation requirements; and updating the Strategic Plan as necessary. The Provost is responsible for articulating and synching the university's critical task (Student Learning Outcomes or Competency Based Curriculum) with an appropriate organizational structure and fostering a culture of incentives and behaviors to achieve those outcomes.

The Provost leads and supervises APU Student Enrollment Services and the Dean of Students to promote "Student Success" defined by three primary metrics: students enroll, are retained, and graduate from APU; oversees all marketing, student recruitment and retention activities to grow enrollments in accordance with the Strategic Plan; works in collaboration with the members of the President's Council to ensure a high level of academic attainment, fiscal responsibility, and quality of student life; works closely with the President to respond to external regulatory agencies, foster town/gown relationships, generate support for and awareness of the University, and secure external funds for APU initiatives.


In general, assumes the traditional role as leader, advocate, profession development coach and administrative supervisor of the faculty working through the Academic Deans including but not limited to:

  • Appoints, supervises, evaluates and provides ongoing support to the Associated Deans with the goal of helping Deans to develop into effective leaders and administrators such that they can recruit, hire, and orient new faculty, support the faculty's responsibility for the curriculum, and develop them into effective teachers.
  • Provides leadership in teaching and learning including a faculty development program that engages faculty, strengthens APU's pedagogy, and provides opportunities for faculty to stay connected to their chosen academic disciplines.
  • Encourages and fosters among the deans and faculty a culture of sensitivity to community/student market-driven needs and nimble, responsive approaches to creating innovative academic programs such as project-based interdisciplinary learning communities to meet those needs.
  • Maintains an open, equitable system of faculty evaluation, reappointment, and promotion as defined in the faculty handbook.
  • Ensures that all stakeholders comply with the provisions of the Faculty Handbook, and updates as necessary.
  • Supports the integration of new technologies to enhance teaching and learning at the University and to collect the information necessary to prepare accountability reports for external agencies and performance reports for internal usage and improvements and store in database.
  • Manages the logistics of the academic enterprise on campus; serves as the main budget officer for Academics.
  • Supports the Dean of Research and Sponsored Programs as needed to review and recommend to the Chief Financial Officer and to the President all grant proposals related to academic matters.
  • Provides final budget and general program oversight for all grant activity in the academic area.
  • Maintains close relations with the Dean of the UAA/APU Consortium Library.
  • Develops and maintains cordial working relationships with administrative colleagues at UAA, Eco-League, and other CIC institutions, Seattle University Law, American Indian Higher Education Consortium, , for the continuance of joint programs of mutual benefit to students and faculty at both institutions.
  • Provides staff support to the Academic and Student Affairs committee of the Board of Trustees.


  • Knowledge related to Tribal Universities or working with indigenous populations preferred.
  • Skill in articulating academic issues to internal and external.
  • Skill in providing academic administrative leadership in a consistent, creative, and accountable matter.
  • Skill in verbal and written communication appropriate to a collegiate setting.
  • Skill in working effectively with a diverse population.
  • Skill in managing multiple tasks and details in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Skill in showing a commitment to ethical values in the workplace.
  • Skill in demonstrates commitment to working closely with students as individuals and in groups.
  • Skill in communicating effectively and developing positive working relationships with a broad range of constituencies.
  • Skill in effectively managing student affairs.
  • Skill in student recruitment and retention.
  • Skill in building collaborative leadership and administrative processes.
  • Skill in building and managing budgets.
  • Skill in building town and gown relationships.


Doctorate. Progressively responsible professional work-related experience, education, or training may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for college education beyond a Master’s degree.


Non-Supervisory: Six (6) years progressively responsible teaching experience.


Supervisory: Four (4) years’ experience in an education and administrative leadership role in a college setting.