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Job ID: 167629

Assistant to the Provost
Erie Community College

Date Posted Sep. 20, 2021
Title Assistant to the Provost
University Erie Community College
Buffalo, NY, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Administrative Support/Services

Provost and Executive Vice President
$38,804.00 Annual
Union/Position Status:
SES Clerical
Posting Closing Date:
October 21, 2021Please note that the posting will close at midnight (12:00 AM) on the posting closing date.
This means any applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM the evening before.


*Distinguishing Features of the Class: *

The Assistant to the Provost provides support and leadership for various aspects of the operations of Academic Affairs and Student Services and works closely with the Provost and Executive Vice President, Vice Provosts, Vice Presidents, Deans, and ancillary staff to ensure that all policies and procedures pertaining to the Academic Affairs and Student Services areas are adhered to and maintained. The Assistant to the Provost exercises considerable independent judgment in solving office management problems, acts on behalf of the Provost and Executive Vice President in accomplishing routine administrative business along with confidential and/or technical materials. The Assistant to the Provost works under the general supervision of the Provost and Executive Vice President and is permitted considerable freedom in referring or responding to inquiries. The employee exercises general supervision over one or more clerical employees.

Typical Work Activities:

  • Collaborates with Provost and Executive Vice President to oversee more than 100 degree and certificate programs across ECC’s three campuses.  Manages communication with SUNY regarding new curricula, changes to curricula, deactivation/discontinuance of curricula.
  • Receives and processes agenda items for regular Board of Trustees meetings including their committees of Curriculum, Student Success and Diversity and also Strategic Planning and Assessment as well contract submissions for the Erie County Legislature review and approval
  • Assists President with the development of his initiatives. Provides President with information for his needs, including monthly bullets to report to the Board of Trustees.
  • Performs confidential work for the Provost and Executive Vice President and other senior administrative officers as required; including evaluations.
  • Ensures that pending issues of importance are delegated to the appropriate members of the senior executive staff. Creates and follows semester start-up guidelines, Provost general office duties listing and a general timeline to monitor the academic affairs and student services initiatives throughout each year to see that academic departments are on track for current and upcoming semester.
  • Processes FFECC information requests/reports/department chair changes/faculty professional duties received from individuals regarding Contractual department chairs and other assignments as well as Non-Contractual Reassigned Time and Appointment, Reappointment and Scheduling Committee membership. Informs college community of relevant information.
  • Oversees Provost and Executive Vice President, Vice Provosts and Vice Presidents budget accounts and ensures budget expenditures are in compliance with associated regulations. Maintains yearly Budget reports and schedules academic department budget hearings, submits purchase requisitions.
  • Prepares reports for collective bargaining negotiations to assist the Provost and Executive Vice President and the College collective bargaining team.
  • Closely monitors vacant Academic Affairs and Student Services staffing and faculty positions for hiring; submitting hiring requisitions as needed.
  • Supervises direct and indirect reports.
  • Oversees and approves entries/changes made to the catalog for all programs, course descriptions, academic affairs information, student services information and advisory groups’ membership.
  • Prepares agendas and minutes for Provost Leadership Team,
  • Oversees the agendas and minutes and other relevant information for the Provost Leadership Team Plus, Perkins Grant, Grant Operations Committee (GOC), loosely oversees Provost’s other GAP committees. Facilitates and tracks submission of Space Planning committee requests.
  • Sets up regular individual meetings for the Provost and Executive Vice President with his Provost Leadership Team and others as needed.
  • Collaborates with departments to implement new Workday processes on a semester-by-semester basis.
  • Compiles information from Vice Provosts, Vice Presidents, Deans and Ancillary staff assisting them in their submission of this information and compiling information as needed.
  • Communicates with faculty, students, administrators, classified staff, and visitors in securing information and answers to questions, provides information and/or routes inquiries to appropriate person, and defuses situations requiring immediate attention, overseeing student requests for assistance with academic program issues and department’s log. Contributes to solving problems that arise, makes decisions based on knowledge of current operations, and routinely follows up to assure that tasks are completed in a timely fashion. 
  • Oversees Provost and Executive Vice President projects.
  • Identifies process inefficiencies and develops step-by-step strategies to close gaps and increase information transparency. Drafts correspondence and reports for the approval of the Provost and Executive Vice President.
  • Works with college departments to manage their advisory group membership information in a central location and plans annual event and/or mailing to recognize advisory council member participation.
  • Oversees Auxiliary Services Corporation of SUNY Erie expenditures and requests for funding in the Provost and Executive Vice President’s assigned accounts.
  • Oversees annual and biannual tasks; such as: Facilitates processing of accreditation reports, compliance reviews, employee evaluations and employee/student recognition programs, Processes (1) nominations for Emeritus status designation to retired staff for President’s review and approval; (2) Dean’s List’ sending of letters and certificates to worthy students; (3) collection of appropriate names of advisers of academic programs to assign to students through the college’s computer system; and (4) design booklets for special events that highlight appropriate college facts and information.
  • Oversees posting of relevant information on the MyECC > Academic Affairs site and the collection of information for the Provost’s Convocation newsletter.
  • General reception duties that include phone work, taking reservations for the board room, processing incoming and outgoing mail, reading and processing emails efficiently and timely, ordering office supplies, managing the board room.

*Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: *

Ability to manage multiple tasks and prioritize; ability to handle confidential information and maintain confidentiality;  work independently and exercise independent judgment;  strong interpersonal and communication skills;  strong analytical skills;  familiarity and ability to use with Microsoft Office Suite (Specifically Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Visio), Workday and Adobe Acrobat 2017;  ability to easily learn and utilize software programs, including reporting tools;  ability to proofread not only for spelling, grammar and punctuation but also for sense, consistency and quality;   ability to handle sensitive situations with tact and good judgment;  physically capable of performing the essential functions of the position with or without a reasonable accommodation.

Minimum Qualifications:

Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university with an Bachelor’s degree in business or office management or related field with three (3) years of satisfactory experience in office management, business management, or related field working for a senior administrative officer or an equivalent of training and experience as decided by the Provost.    

NOTE:  Verifiable part-time and/or volunteer experience will be pro-rated toward meeting full-time experience requirements.

Special Requirement:

Please attach your cover letter, resume and unofficial transcripts with your application to be considered. Official transcripts will be required for successful candidate within 30 days of hire.

Contact Human Resources at (716) 851-1840 with any questions.

Our mission to offer quality education includes exposing our students to a diverse range of cultures, experiences and expertise. At SUNY Erie Community College, we value diversity and encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply.

Notice of Non-Discrimination
SUNY Erie Community College does not discriminate in admission, employment, or in the administration of any of its policies and programs on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation, familial status, military status, domestic violence victim status, predisposing genetic characteristics, veteran status, criminal conviction, or any other characteristics protected by law. This applies to all students, applicants or other members of the College community (including, but not limited to, vendors and visitors). Grievance procedures are available to interested persons by contacting the Civil Rights Compliance Officer listed below. Retaliation against a person who files a complaint, serves as a witness, or assists or participates in the investigation of a complaint in any manner is strictly prohibited.

The following individual has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the College’s non-discrimination policies:

Civil Rights Compliance Officer
Tracy Archie, Chief Diversity Officer
Office of Equity and Diversity
City Campus, Room 174, 121 Ellicott Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 851-1118

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, please contact:
New York Office
United States Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights, 32 Old Slip 26th Floor,
New York, N.Y., 10005-25010;
Tel (646) 428-3800; Email:

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