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Vice Provost for Outreach and Continuing Education

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Academic Affairs

Position Title Vice Provost for Outreach and Continuing Education
About the University

The main campus of Western Washington University is located on 212 picturesque acres in Bellingham, Washington, a city of 83,580 people located between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. Nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains and adjacent to the beautiful San Juan Islands, Bellingham is nationally recognized for quality of life, outdoor adventure, and environmental stewardship. As the third largest university in the State of Washington, Western enrolls over sixteen thousand students in more than 160 academic programs at the Bellingham campus and satellite locations around the Puget Sound area, including Bremerton, Burien, Everett, Mount Vernon, Port Angeles, Poulsbo, Seattle, and Tacoma.

Western, which first opened its doors in 1899, is perennially ranked as the best public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest and No. 2 in the West, according to U.S. News & World Report college rankings. Kiplinger’s ranks Western among the top 100 public colleges and universities in the nation that offer the best quality and affordability. U.S. News and World Report has named Western one of the most cost-efficient in the country among highly-ranked universities and for several years in a row the Chronicle of Higher Education has recognized Western as a “Great Place to Work.” Western is particularly proud of its position as a leader in multidisciplinary environmental education and sustainable campus operations.

Western provides an active student-centered learning environment with a liberal arts and sciences foundation and robust co-curricular, internship, research, creative, and service learning opportunities. The proximity to Seattle and Vancouver, BC provides many opportunities to collaborate with tech leaders to enhance the teaching and learning experience for Western students and faculty.

There is a widely shared vision that Western will be a higher education leader in a culturally responsive 21st century learning environment, applying its critical strengths to societal issues as well as creating a welcoming community for a diversity of people, ideas, and programs. To that end, Western has embraced a style that is collegial, transparent, and timely in its engagement and communication with on- and off-campus stakeholders. Western places great value on inclusive excellence and has in its most recent strategic plan a goal to foster a caring and supportive environment where all members are respected and treated fairly.

Western is not only committed to the academic growth of its students, but to empowering them to be engaged and active agents of positive change in the world. Western is ranked first in the nation among medium-sized universities for Peace Corps participation, was first in the nation in 2014 among public, masters-granting institutions for the number of its graduates awarded Fulbright Fellowships, and has been classified for five years as a Carnegie Community Engagement University. Western has been designated a “Military Friendly School,” for the six consecutive years by G.I. Jobs Magazine. For more information about Western:

Outreach and Continuing Education at Western Washington University

Outreach and Continuing Education (OCE) supports and delivers Western programs to students and community members within and beyond the borders of the Bellingham campus.

OCE connects diverse learners to the Western Experience by collaborating with colleges, departments and the community, linking university resources with educational needs and opportunities —including international education opportunities—in support of the State’s education attainment goals and Western’s strategic goals.

OCE at Western had its beginnings in 1912 when the first home study courses were created for teachers. Fast forward to the 21st century where OCE has expanded and diversified Western offerings in Bellingham and throughout the Puget Sound region, emphasizing community college partnerships to deliver flexible degree pathways and educational opportunities for all ages.

OCE supports undergraduate, graduate, certificate/endorsement, and online programs. Individual distance learning courses are offered via Term-Based online and Self-Paced independent learning online for degree completion and professional development purposes. OCE also facilitates Western’s Summer Session.

OCE reaches out to the public and private sectors with academic workshops and summer programs for youth, non-credit enrichment courses for lifelong learners, and professional development for those seeking career advancement opportunities. In addition, OCE facilitates conferences for groups and organizations.

OCE supports Western’s mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement.  We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.

About the Position

The Vice Provost functions as a planner, leader and spokesperson for Western’s Outreach and Continuing Education unit (currently Extended Education), and is responsible for providing leadership and administrative management for its programs. The Vice Provost works with other university leaders on the visioning, development, and implementation of multi-site programming that meets the needs of traditional and non-traditional students, place-bound and/or returning students, and Western's various communities. The Vice Provost fosters inclusive student success, values diversity and inclusion, and sees the mission of the university as central to the role.

Overseeing activities in community learning and resources, credit and non-credit bearing academic programming, outreach services, and assisting in the development of programming at off-campus sites, the Vice Provost seeks to maintain, strengthen, and enhance positive relationships both on and off campus.

The Vice Provost recognizes the importance of national trends in college and university administration practices and in the realm of continuing/extended education. In this context, the continuing development and maintenance of strong planning is essential.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Vice Provost is responsible for the leadership, management, and operation of Outreach and Continuing Education and its various programs. The Vice Provost supervises and directs staff within the unit to develop and periodically review mission, strategic objectives, and actions consistent with the mission of the university. The role includes facilitating the development of new programs consistent with the mission. The Vice Provost is responsible for maintaining collaborative programs and relationships with academic departments and faculty throughout the university in order to support and promote inclusive student success, particularly as it pertains to and impacts returning, non-traditional, and place-bound students.

The Vice Provost provides collaborative leadership and coordination of the activities of Outreach and Continuing Education, including but not limited to the following:

* Work as appropriate to assist the university in meeting its strategic goals and objectives.

* Participate in all-university planning and policy formation; develop, interpret, amend and enforce written policies and procedures to advance the mission of the institution in ways consistent with state laws, collective bargaining, and other agreements.

* Advocate for Outreach and Continuing Education to senior administration and other internal and external stakeholders.

* Lead the cooperative and collaborative efforts with the academic units at all university locations to respond to needs and emerging opportunities in these respective regions.

* Develop, review and maintain the administrative and budgetary functions of Outreach and Continuing Education.

* Provide coordination for the university’s relationship with Study Group, Western’s partner in providing pathway programs for international students.



Required Qualifications
  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Significant experience in higher education administration, including fiscal and budgetary management
  • Demonstrated leadership and supervisory skills, including collaborative decision-making, shared governance, excellent communication skills, and development of constructive interpersonal relationships
  • Demonstrated commitment and experience in promoting an inclusive and equitable learning and work environment
  • Demonstrated experience working with external stakeholders, such as alumni, community leaders, and legislators
  • Demonstrated experience working with academic constituents in the sciences, professional programs, liberal arts, and fine and performing arts
  • Demonstrated ability to work with faculty and faculty governance structures
  • Familiarity with methodologies and technologies for teaching distance education courses, supporting non-traditional learners, and managing multi-site operations
Preferred Qualifications • PhD or other terminal degree from an accredited institution

• Experience with assessment and accreditation

• Administrative experience in a unit similar to Outreach and Continuing Education (Extended Education, Distance Learning, etc.)

• Demonstrated commitment to work in collaboration with a university foundation to increase private support for university programs and faculty

• Demonstrated ability to work with government agencies and staff

• Demonstrated experience with international programming and partnerships

Salary Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Application Instructions

To be considered you must submit the following: 1) A cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications; 2) curriculum vita or resume; 3) contact information for four recent professional references and 4) a separate statement describing your experience in promoting an inclusive and equitable learning and work environment.

Closing Date Notes Initial screening of applications will begin March 18, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. All applications, nominations and inquiries will be kept confidential. For further information, potential applicants should contact Jennifer Sloan, Search Coordinator, by email:

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act ("The Clery Act"). It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western's campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the office of the Vice President for enrollment and Student Services. The report can be found at

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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