Senior Advisor to the Provost on Women and Gender-Diverse Faculty

Open Date October 24, 2019
Close Date December 31, 2019

The vacancy for the role of Senior Advisor to the Provost on Women and Gender-Diverse Faculty will remain open until filled. All interested tenured faculty members are encouraged to apply.

Jennifer Love, professor of Chemistry and current Senior Advisor, will be stepping down from the role effective November 15, 2019. The University is now looking for a tenured faculty member to take up this important role. 

UBC is committed to academic excellence and support for diversity across the professoriate. In pursuit of that excellence, the Senior Advisor will support institutional efforts to enhance the scholarly and leadership environment and opportunities for women and gender-diverse faculty.

The Senior Advisor will report directly to the Provost and Vice-President, Academic, Vancouver. The successful candidate will work closely with the Deans, Human Resources (in particular, Faculty Relations), the Senior Advisor to the Provost on Racialized Faculty, the Equity and Inclusion Office and other units.

Responsibilities

  • Review, recommend, and advocate for policies and practices that promote equity, including, but not limited to, salary, conditions of employment, nominations for awards and research support;
  • Create opportunities for education, professional skill-building, mentoring, networking and cross-Faculty and cross-disciplinary interactions;
  • Provide advice and serve as a resource to UBC’s academic leadership on matters of significance;
  • Enhance UBC’s visibility as a welcoming community;
  • Ensure that UBC has the most up-to-date research data to assess the level, and changes in the level, of recruitment, retention and advancement;
  • Engage with research scholars and colleagues at UBC and other institutions to identify best practices to enhance opportunities.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will be a UBC faculty member with outstanding academic credentials and proven leadership and administrative abilities, including creative problem-solving abilities. The candidate will have a strong commitment to excellence in research, learning and service. A strategic, innovative and participatory leadership style and excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential, as is the ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively with staff, faculty, and students. The successful candidate should have an understanding of intersectionality, substantive equity issues, and the goals of inclusivity as they relate to women and gender-diverse faculty (including racialized faculty, Indigenous faculty and faculty with disabilities) in a university committed to effective and equitable support of all faculty members. 

The initial appointment is for a term of two years, at an anticipated 40 per cent commitment, and is renewable. The position is internal to the University. Arrangements will be made with the respective department to support this secondment.

Applications

Applications may be submitted to Professor Andrew Szeri, Provost and Vice President, Academic, UBC Vancouver, and Chair of the search committee, provost.vpa@ubc.ca or by confidential fax 604-822-3134. Applicants should submit a current CV, statement of interest, and the names of three referees. All correspondence will be treated in strict confidence.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

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