Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost (VPAA/Provost)

Mercy College of Health Sciences (the “College”) invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost (VPAA/Provost). This position serves as the Chief Academic Officer for the College. The position is responsible for the leadership of the academic affairs department, working collaboratively with other members of the leadership team to promote Mercy College and to foster an educational learning environment that supports the mission, vision, values, and strategic plan.

Mercy College of Health Sciences is a premier health sciences specialty school with a legacy that spans over 120 years of providing high-quality healthcare education while transforming students into trained healthcare professionals. With a walkable eight-acre campus located in the heart of Des Moines, Iowa, Mercy College offers unique hands-on learning, unparalleled clinical rotations, and accelerated education. Mercy College provides collaborative education opportunities in partnership with MercyOne and national healthcare partners and is affiliated with MercyOne and Trinity Health. With 17 unique academic pathways offering master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees, certificates, online degrees, and continuing education courses, the College’s students are prepared to enter the workforce quickly with the critical skills necessary to make an immediate impact in their chosen healthcare careers.

The successful candidate will have an earned Doctorate degree from an accredited institution with preference for candidates who possess one degree in a healthcare discipline i.e., nursing, etc.; ability to represent the President when called upon and act on the President’s behalf as requested; previous experience as an academic dean or academic department head, with an understanding of and commitment to shared governance; strong record of teaching, scholarship, service learning, assessment of student learning, and accreditation matters, with a preference for experience with HLC; demonstrated record of success in administrative, academic and leadership experience; proven experience and skills in directing and supervising faculty and staff; excellent oral and written communications with sound decision-making and problem-solving skills; and demonstrated ability to develop partnerships and relationships with varied constituents. The successful candidate will be committed to upholding the College’s mission, values, and heritage as a Catholic, faith-based institution in all aspects accomplished by advancing Mercy College’s Core Values of knowledge, reverence, integrity, compassion, and excellence in all relationships and encounters. Please visit for more information.

Mercy College of Health Sciences is being assisted by the partners of Hyatt-Fennell. Submit applications, which include a letter of interest, a current résumé/cv, and information for five professional references, via email to Applications should be submitted prior to January 31, 2023 to receive full consideration. All applications and nominations will be considered highly confidential.

It is Mercy College of Health Sciences’ policy to conduct all academic programs and business activities in a manner that is free from unlawful discrimination and to provide equal opportunity for and equal treatment of students and employees regardless of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion/creed, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability or status as a U. S. veteran or any other factor protected by law. Inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies may be directed to the Vice President, Engagement at 515.643.3180, 928 6th Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50309,

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