Associate Provost of Continuing and Digital Learning (APCDL)

The Jewish Theological Seminary - New York, New York - Full time

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) seeks an accomplished, creative, and ambitious leader to serve in the critically important, inaugural role of Associate Provost of Continuing and Digital Learning. Appointed by the Chancellor and reporting directly to the Provost of the Seminary, this executive will have accountability for the conception, strategy, and implementation of high-quality academic, life-long learning, and certificate programs and other learning opportunities at affordable tuition rates to enable broad global student access. This is an outstanding leadership opportunity that requires an innovative, creative leader who will engage closely with JTS’s academic and administrative leaders.

The APCDL will have primary responsibility for extending JTS’s educational reach through the application of a variety of modes of content-delivery (e.g., certificates, modules, lifelong learning opportunities) for undergraduate, graduate, professional, alumni and other lifelong learners. This individual will develop JTS’s continuing and digital education strategies, sizing markets, audiences, and price offerings through a combination of benchmarking and market testing.

The role will report directly to the Provost, JTS’s chief academic officer. With the goal of enhancing continuing education and digital learning and across divisions at JTS and realizing a key tenet of JTS’s Strategic Plan, the APCDL will interface closely with the faculty, the Director of Community Engagement, the Deans (including the Deans of each school and the Dean of Academic Affairs), the Department of Instructional Technology, the Vice Chancellor of Development, the Director of Admissions, and the Director of Alumni Affairs.

Professional and Personal Qualifications

Candidates will share a commitment to the values of JTS, personal and professional integrity, and ethical compass. In addition, candidates will bring many of the following professional qualifications, skills, experience, and personal qualities:

  • Leadership skills appropriate for coordinating the key players essential to innovative course design and delivery, an effective delegator with experience leading staff across complex work teams, and an ability to define and implement effective project management structures and systems undergirded by high performance standards and a culture of excellence and responsiveness;
  • Excellent project management skills and demonstrated ability to solve complex problems, define goals and assess effectiveness of projects and programs;
  • A deeply experienced driver of innovation in continuing and digital education with the credibility to serve as an internal and external champion of value of technology as a tool to advance and transform teaching and learning;
  • Marketing and business development skills, and the ability to develop productive relationships with campus and external constituents;
  • Demonstrated capacity to communicate broadly across an institution conveying and teaching technically complex information and concepts in accessible terms to a broad array of stakeholders, and to form collaborative academic partnerships across the institution;
  • A commitment to the principles of universal design to ensure that the procurement of digital tools, the development of digital learning environments, and the use of instructional technology in classrooms is accessible and inclusive of all learners;
  • Experience working with budgets that include both expense and revenue targets and adjusting priorities / programs to successfully meet budget targets;

A team player with a collaborative working style; strong interpersonal skills and diplomacy; superb listening and influencing skills; the ability to cultivate and sustain trust and credibility with colleagues, and build unity around difficult issues; an active listener, facilitator, convener, and mediator;

  • A liveliness of intellect and a commitment to engage collaboratively with and be accessible to colleagues and community members, and to respond effectively to their needs and concerns;
  • A sophisticated understanding of JTS’s mission and an eagerness to serve as a humble steward of its resources;
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Maturity, sound judgment, presence, resilience, optimism, and good humor;
  • Experience in a higher education environment;
  • A master’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience required (Ph.D. or other terminal degree preferred).
  • 5-7 years of experience required

Salary: $120,000

About JTS:

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) was founded in 1886. Its mission was to preserve the knowledge and practice of historical Judaism. In 1887, JTS held its first class of ten students in the vestry of the Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue, New York City’s oldest congregation. Since then, JTS has greatly expanded its mission, creating a beautiful campus and evolving into the prestigious center of Jewish learning it is today. A Jewish university with a world-class faculty and a diverse student body, JTS grants undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees through its five schools and offers enriching programs for the Jewish community in the United States, Israel, and around the world.

JTS schools and facilities include the Gershon Kekst Graduate School; The Rabbinical School; H. L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music; William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education; Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies; the Rebecca and Israel Ivry Prozdor High School, a model supplementary high school; a summer school; several research institutes; lay leadership and professional institutes; community education programs; student residence halls; and the incomparable collections of JTS’s world-renowned Library.

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Higher Ed Provost

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The Jewish Theological Seminary

A Jewish university with a world-class faculty and a diverse student body, JTS grants undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees through its five schools and offers enriching programs for the Jewish community in the United States, Israel, and around the world.
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