Provost & Vice-President Academic

Toronto (Region), Ontario (CA)
05 Oct 2017
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04 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

York University
Provost & Vice-President Academic

York University invites nominations and applications for the position of Provost & Vice-President Academic. 

Now the 3rd largest in Canada, York University has an established international reputation as a research-intensive university committed to access and a high quality student learning experience. Since its establishment in 1959, York now has two campuses in the Greater Toronto Metropolitan Region, and is adding a new state-of-the-art campus in the City of Markham to its multi-campus environment. As a comprehensive university with 11 Faculties, 24 research centres, and 280 university partnerships worldwide, York is a vibrant intellectual community where scholars discover innovative solutions to local and global challenges, employees model democratic values and civic responsibility, and students gain the knowledge and skills required to thrive as citizens ready to lead in the 21st century. Recognized for its commitment to collegial self-governance, social justice, equity, inclusivity, and diversity, there are unique opportunities for York to build on its legacy of innovation, excellence, and impact. To learn more about the University, an institution that reflects the vibrancy and pluralism of the city in which it is located, visit
Inspired by the prospect of contributing to York’s trajectory as a top-ranked and community engaged University, priority initiatives have been identified to advance the University Academic Plan 2015-2020. The Provost is the chief academic officer of the institution, responsible for driving innovation and academic excellence across the academy and, providing leadership in institutional planning and resource allocation. Reporting to the President & Vice-Chancellor, and as the head of a broad portfolio of academic and academic support units, the new Provost will have significant impact on the future of the University. 

The incoming Provost joins York at an exciting time—capital projects abound, research at the University continues to flourish, and implementation of a new activity-based budget model is underway. The University is keen to attract a visionary, strategic leader committed to the provision of an outstanding educational experience for its 52,000 students—including more than 5,000 international students from 179 countries—and the continuing development of scholarly excellence in a supportive and collegial environment for its 7,000 faculty and staff. The ideal profile of the successful candidate includes a record of outstanding scholarship, as well as significant administrative experience gained in a complex university setting. Qualified candidates possess strong leadership and communication skills, as well as the capacity to manage change and transformation. Candidates must also demonstrate a deep commitment to collaboration and, matters of diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion.   
York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA program, which applies to Aboriginal people, visible minorities, people with disabilities, and women, can be found at or by calling the AA office at 416-736-5713.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents, and others legally entitled to work in Canada for York University will be given priority.

Applicants wishing to self-identify can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the forms found at: Please select the "Affirmative Action" tab under which forms pertaining to Citizenship and AA can be found. 

In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), accommodation will be provided by both Odgers Berndtson and York University throughout the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities.

The appointment is for a five-year renewable term, commencing July 1, 2018 or as mutually agreed. The committee will begin considering applications in November 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries or applications should be directed to Gerri Woodford or Jason Murray at, and will be treated in the strictest of confidence.