Provost and Vice President Academic

Vancouver, British Columbia (CA)
01 Dec 2016
End of advertisement period
31 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

Provost and Vice President Academic

The University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia (UBC), one of Canada’s largest and most innovative and dynamic universities, invites applications and nominations for the position of Provost and Vice President Academic.

UBC’s vision is to create an exceptional learning environment that fosters global citizenship, advances a civil and sustainable society, and supports outstanding research to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada, and the world. With campuses in Vancouver and the Okanagan, UBC offers faculty, staff, and students not just intellectual riches, but an unrivaled quality of life.

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world – and top 20 public universities. Since 1915, UBC’s West Coast spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. Its entrepreneurial perspective encourages students, staff, and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery, and explore new ways of learning. At UBC, bold thinking is given a place to develop into ideas that can change the world.
UBC is home to over 61,000 students, including approximately 13,000 international students from over 150 countries. These students are supported by 15,000 faculty and staff members.  UBC’s annual budget is over $2 billion and the university received $600 million in research funding in 2015/16.

The Provost and Vice President Academic (Vancouver) reports to the President and provides vision and leadership in carrying out the strategic plan of UBC.  The Provost is the senior Vice-President at UBC and serves as Acting President in the absence of the President.  Working with the Deans and other University leaders, he or she will play a pivotal role in advancing the University’s mission, vision and strategic goals.  The Provost’s portfolio touches virtually every aspect of the University.  Direct reports to the Provost include UBC’s twelve Deans, the University Librarian, CIO, Vice Provosts and Associate Provosts, Associate Vice-Presidents and Senior Advisors for Academic Freedom, Aboriginal Affairs, Women Faculty, Teaching and Learning and Digital Learning.

The ideal candidate will bring an exceptional academic record combined with a track record of success in University leadership as a Vice President, Dean or AVP.  The Provost will be a strategic thinker and values-based leader with excellent relationship building and communication skills.

This is a remarkable opportunity to provide leadership at one of the world’s leading universities, on a campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean and coastal mountains in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia.

To explore this opportunity, submit nominations, or to apply, please contact our search consultants Alex Verdecchia, Brent Cameron or Ken Werker in Boyden’s Vancouver office at 604-685-0261 or email:

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UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We especially welcome applications from visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.