Executive Vice Provost

Executive Vice Provost

Barnard College

New York, NY   |   October 7, 2021

Barnard College, one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, is seeking an individual with exceptional financial, strategic and interpersonal capabilities to join the Provost’s team as Executive Vice Provost (EVP). The EVP will serve as a strategic partner to the Provost and when necessary, drive decisions on behalf of the Provost and office. The EVP has leadership responsibility for developing and managing the Academic Division’s instructional, operating, and capital budgets and for planning and executing the strategic allocation of academic endowment and gift funds. Reporting directly to the Provost and Dean of Faculty, the Executive Vice Provost is a member of the President’s Council and the Operations Management Group. The EVP will be expected to accurately and effectively address faculty concerns and academic planning proactively and strategically while advancing the College’s academic mission and will have an opportunity to help shape the College’s academic priorities and impact the long-term trajectory and continued excellence of the institution.

About Barnard College

Barnard College has been a distinguished leader in higher education for women for over 125 years and is one of the most sought after private liberal arts colleges in the nation. Founded in 1889, the College was the first in New York City, and one of the few in the country, where women could receive the same rigorous liberal arts education available to men. Its partnership with Columbia University, its setting in New York City, and its unwavering dedication to the advancement of women make Barnard a truly singular place to study and learn.

Today, Barnard College enrolls nearly 2800 academically talented undergraduate women from diverse backgrounds. Barnard’s student body includes residents from nearly every state and nearly 60 countries worldwide. About 40% of the student body identify as students of color, and 12% are non-US citizens or permanent residents. Barnard has a need-blind admissions policy, and 15% of its students receive Pell grants with 36% receiving some form of financial aid. With an 11% admissions rate, Barnard is among the most sought-after colleges and universities in the nation.

Barnard’s faculty are 65% women, 100% of whom possess the highest degree in their field. The College boasts a 9:1 student to faculty ratio. Barnard’s Foundations Curriculum was established in 2016 and gives students the opportunity and freedom to create their own educational experience. The curriculum challenges students to think theoretically, empirically, and technologically, to write effectively, and to speak persuasively. Barnard offers degrees in more than 50 fields and has 10 academic centers. Barnard graduates nearly 700 students and is consistently among the top in producing Fulbright scholars and graduates. After graduation, 90% of graduates are employed or attending graduate/professional schools within six months.

Located on the upper west side of Manhattan in Morningside Heights, the Barnard campus is home to a close-knit community of independently minded, adventurous students.  Occupying four acres within four blocks between 116th and 120th Streets on the west side of Broadway, Barnard is leafy-green — and committed to being a higher education leader in climate action. Initiatives range from a clothing swap shop to a push for divestment from climate change-denying companies. Barnard’s beautiful campus is very densely built, with six buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Morningside Heights is situated in the heart of upper Manhattan. The area offers an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants, an abundance of green space, and a college-town feel. Home to seven major institutions of higher education and 45,000 students, the neighborhood has been dubbed the city’s “academic acropolis.”

Mission Statement

Barnard College aims to provide the highest-quality liberal arts education to promising and high-achieving young women, offering the unparalleled advantages of an outstanding residential college in partnership with a major research university. With a dedicated faculty of scholars distinguished in their respective fields, Barnard is a community of accessible teachers and engaged students who participate together in intellectual risk-taking and discovery. Barnard students develop the intellectual resources to take advantage of opportunities as new fields, new ideas, and new technologies emerge. They graduate prepared to lead lives that are professionally satisfying and successful, personally fulfilling, and enriched by a love of learning.

As a college for women, Barnard embraces its responsibility to address issues of gender in all of their complexity and urgency and to help students achieve the personal strength that will enable them to meet the challenges they will encounter throughout their lives. Located in the cosmopolitan environment of New York City and committed to diversity in its student body, faculty, and staff, Barnard prepares its graduates to flourish in multi-cultural surroundings in an increasingly interconnected world.

The Barnard community thrives on high expectations. By setting rigorous academic standards and giving students the support they need to meet those standards, Barnard enables its students to discover their own voice and to reach their highest potential. Living and learning in this unique environment, Barnard students become agile, resilient, responsible, and creative, prepared to lead and serve their society.

Barnard has made commitments to the work of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for decades and seeks to steward and track their progress towards change. During the 2020-2021 academic year, the College outlined specific commitments here. Their progress spans different aspects of the College including academics, community, systems and investments, institutional history, and community-wide learning.

Barnard College Leadership

President, Sian Leah Beilock

A cognitive scientist by training, President Beilock is focused on developing Barnard as a singular institution.

She is raising the College’s eminence in math, science, and technology to parallel its renown in the arts and humanities. Building on Barnard’s unique relationship with Columbia University, President Beilock is increasing options for students to transition directly from the College into a range of master’s programs at Columbia, including international relations, public health, computer science, and engineering. She is also working to bridge the gap between college and life after college through the innovative Beyond Barnard office; to amplify the importance of health and wellness through the opening of the Francine A. LeFrak Foundation Center for Well-Being; and to ensure that Barnard continues to attract a highly diverse student body that is deeply engaged with all that the College and the City of New York have to offer.

Prior to her appointment as President, Beilock spent 12 years at the University of Chicago, where she was the Stella M. Rowley Professor of Psychology and a member of the Committee on Education. Her research specializes on how children and adults learn and perform at their best, especially under stress. In her role as a member of UChicago’s senior leadership, she served as the Executive Vice Provost and an Officer of the University.

President Beilock earned her Bachelor of Science in cognitive science from the University of California, San Diego, and Doctors of Philosophy in both kinesiology and psychology from Michigan State University.

Provost & Dean of the Faculty, Linda Bell

Linda A. Bell is the Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Barnard College, where she is also Claire Tow Professor of Economics since 2012. As Provost, she has championed faculty-led student research, including the innovative Summer Research Institute, where nearly 200 Barnard students are paired with faculty members from Barnard, Columbia, and around NYC to conduct innovative research over ten weeks of the summer. Working with Beyond Barnard, Provost Bell has also championed the creation of innovative new 4+1 Masters Programs, including with the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the School of Public Health at Columbia University.

Previous to joining Barnard, Provost Bell was the Provost and John B. Hurford Professor of Economics at Haverford College. Provost Bell is also a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany, and a senior consultant for the labor practice group of the National Economic Research Associates.

Previously, Provost Bell was a senior economist in the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and project faculty on a Danish Research Council-funded initiative at the Aarhus Business School in Denmark. She has served as a board member on the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession of the American Economic Association and has held visiting faculty appointments at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and at Stanford University.

Provost Bell received her Ph.D. from Harvard University and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a University Scholar. In her varied professional and scholarly capacities, Provost Bell has served as a consultant to the World Bank and the U.S. Department of Labor. In addition to her academic work and teaching, she has been active in the American Association of University Professors, first in the capacity as chair of the Committee on Faculty Compensation, where she authored the association’s Annual Faculty Compensation Report, and then as a national council representative.

Provost Bell is an empirical economist specializing in labor markets and public policy. She has written and lectured extensively on the topic of compensation, union concessions, and hours of work in the U.S. and Europe. Her most recent research focuses on the determination of gender compensation differences in executive pay in large U.S. corporations generally and on female mentorship at the executive level specifically. Her work has been published in the Journal of Labor Economics, Labour, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Economic Journal, Economic Letters, Proceedings of the ILLR, and the Federal Reserve Bank Quarterly Review.

Barnard and Columbia University

Barnard is an independent liberal arts college for women with its own leadership, administration, trustees, budget and endowment, faculty, curriculum, admissions standards, graduation requirements, and physical campus. Barnard operates in partnership with Columbia University, an Ivy League research university recognized worldwide for its contributions in science, medicine, the arts, and the humanities.  Barnard and Columbia share resources, whereby undergraduate students from both institutions have access to courses and facilities of both schools. Barnard and Columbia students also participate in a wide variety of joint social and extracurricular activities, and Barnard students are members of Columbia’s Division 1 Ivy League Conference athletic teams. Barnard faculty are tenured at both Barnard and Columbia and have access to Columbia’s Academic Research Institutes, Global Centers, Seminars, and other programs.

The relationships between academic departments at Columbia and Barnard range from fully integrated departments with a shared undergraduate curriculum, to fully independent departments with different curriculum and requirements. Some majors are offered only at Barnard (for example, Architecture), while others are offered only at Columbia (for example, Statistics). While Barnard College is a completely independent institution, Barnard students receive both a Barnard College and a Columbia University degree upon graduation.

For more information on Barnard, please visit www.barnard.edu.

The Opportunity

The Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty is committed to providing administrative leadership and support for the academic programs of Barnard College and to ensuring that the liberal arts education offered to its undergraduates meets the highest standards of quality. To these ends, members of the Provost’s Office enable the Barnard faculty to excel in teaching and scholarship, and facilitate the work of the faculty in service and governance. Stated goals are as follows:

  • Support the faculty, chairs, and directors of academic departments and programs, and academic administrative staff so that collectively they may further Barnard’s educational mission and goals
  • Oversee, implement, and assess both the policies and programs related to the recruitment, review, tenure, and promotion of faculty, and the structure and offering of the Barnard curriculum
  • Work with counterparts at Columbia University to ensure program quality and promote efficiency of operation

In support of the goals above, the Executive Vice Provost (EVP) acts as a strategist, advisor and representative to and of the Provost. They will provide leadership on developing and managing the Academic Division instructional, operating, and capital budgets and for planning and executing the strategic allocation of academic endowment and gift funds. The EVP is responsible for adjunct faculty staffing approval and budget, faculty payroll, departmental and program budget review and approval, academic center budget review and approval, and financial management of the Summer Research Institute. They share leadership responsibility for managing faculty research grants and are the primary data steward for faculty information, including promotions, reviews, salaries, leaves, course releases, and internal/external grant funding. As a senior member of the Provost’s staff, the EVP will partner across the College to ensure process equity and budget allocation. The EVP will work closely with the Chief Financial Officer and VP for Finance and the College’s Finance department to ensure an equitable and fluid budgeting process. The EVP will provide strategic support and will represent the Provost in her absence at key College and University meetings as needed.

Key Responsibilities of the EVP Include:

Providing Strategic Planning and Decision Support to the Provost

  • As a primary partner with the Provost, the EVP will collaborate closely with the Provost on problem-solving and strategy-building around instructional support, long-term faculty growth strategy, and overall academic planning. The EVP will also provide financial planning and decision support for the Faculty Budget & Planning Committee and the Grants Committee.
  • The EVP, when appropriate, will attend meetings in lieu of the Provost and be a trusted decision maker.
  • The EVP will contribute to the office’s culture of inclusivity and mentorship, prioritize professional development of staff to advance skills, engender satisfaction, and cultivate a culture of efficiency and strong service.
  • The EVP will supervise the Associate Director of Academic Budget and Administrative Support and the Academic Budget Director.

Academic Division Financial Management and Stewardship

  • The EVP will develop and manage the academic division budget, including overseeing the Provost’s Office and departmental budget of $120M, which includes salaries of 220 full-time faculty and over 150 adjunct faculty members. The EVP will guide the financial priorities and have budget oversight for the Academic Centers. Working closely with the Provost, chairs, and their budget team, the EVP will oversee the development of the College’s instructional staffing and budget, including the budget approval process for adjunct faculty, teaching assistants and graders.
  • Acting as the primary liaison with Columbia’s Office of the Associate Vice President for Financial Operations & Planning, the EVP will be responsible for reconciling year-end Academic Division financial agreements with Columbia. Additionally, the EVP will act as Barnard’s representative in Columbia Provost’s Office’s planning group on graduate student unionization.
  • The EVP will provide financial management for the Summer Research Institute and work with faculty directors, Beyond Barnard, and Development to plan and execute the program.

Overseeing Academic Division Endowments, Gifts, and Research and Teaching Grants

  • The EVP will plan and execute strategic spending to meet mission-critical needs over multi-year periods, consistent with donor intentions and gift agreements, and will liaise with the Development Office to ensure proper stewardship.
  • They will oversee administration of Faculty Conference Travel Grants.
  • The EVP will serve on the Grants Administrative Management Committee, for oversight of College-sponsored and institutional grants (Provost’s Office, Development Office, Finance Office). 

Faculty Planning and Management

  • The EVP will work closely with department chairs and program directors, and will oversee hiring & budget approval for adjunct faculty. Partnering with the General Counsel, the EVP will oversee compliance with BCF-UAW contract, procedures, and compensation.
  • The EVP will support the Provost in executing the annual merit process for full-time faculty and will oversee adjunct payroll processes.
  • The EVP will manage summer salaries for full-time faculty being paid by Federal and other grant-making entities, and coordinate with Columbia deans and administrators to process additional compensation for faculty funded by CU Arts & Science and other CU schools and programs. Additionally, the EVP will lead academic departments, Human Resources, Payroll, and General Counsel to implement payroll processes in a different manner.
  • The EVP will serve as the primary steward of data on faculty including salaries, leaves, course releases, and internal/external grant funding.
Candidate Profile

The ideal candidates will have strong analytical skills and the proven ability to plan, develop and execute creative approaches to complex financial issues and data analysis. An MBA and/or master’s degree is preferred along with experience with budget development, financial management, and account oversight. The successful candidate will have experience in a higher education or nonprofit setting including familiarity with nonprofit financial systems, and knowledge of gift and grant accounting, and participating in contract negotiations. Candidates will have demonstrated experience cultivating and developing relationships with diverse constituents and a record of a collaborative leadership style toward strategic decision-making.

In addition, the Executive Vice Provost will possess the following abilities, attributes, and experiences:

  • Exceptional communication, interpersonal and organizational skills;
  • Excellent verbal, writing, and math skills;
  • A commitment to a customer service, data-driven approach to decision-making and problem-solving;
  • Facility for anticipating and providing information and analysis needed to support executive decisions;
  • Excellent computer skills, including the development of complex spreadsheets (Excel), use of relational databases (Access);
  • Experience making detail-oriented, informed decisions, and extracting data from proprietary ERP systems (Datatel or similar);
  • A record of success in attracting, developing, and mentoring a team of professionals; and
  • A commitment to diversity and inclusion and an ability to connect with others and cultivate relationships based on mutual trust and respect and collegiality.
  • Degree Requirements: Advanced Degree such as MBA or PhD/Masters in related field preferred; 15 years plus experience in Higher Education required.

Amy Sugin, Charlotte Harris, and Holly Bogo of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this engagement. To express your interest in this role, please submit a compelling cover letter and resume here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.


Barnard College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Barnard does not discriminate due to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, veteran or military status, age, disability, or any other legally protected basis, and to the extent permitted by law. Qualified candidates of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.

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