Executive Recruitment


Pacifica invites applications and nominations for its next permanent Provost for the 2024 – 2025 academic year.

The Role of the Provost

Pacifica Graduate Institute seeks a permanent Provost. The Provost is the Chief Academic Officer of the Institute and is responsible for delivering the academic mission and aligning academic and administrative resources that ensure the Institute provides students with the highest quality educational experience. This position reports directly to the president and CEO.

In fulfilling these responsibilities, the Provost oversees the Institute’s academic programs and, working closely with chairs and faculty, supervises changes in curriculum, policies, and academic standards for existing and new degree programs. The Provost also oversees faculty recruitment, development, retention, evaluation, wellness, recognition, and reward, thus safeguarding the Institute’s scholarly community. The Provost is instrumental in faculty resource allocation, aligning budgets with academic priorities, and assisting the President/CEO and other institutional leaders in implementing the strategic plan.

The Provost oversees the following areas:

  •  Academic Affairs
  • Academic Senate
  • Academic Programs
  • Circle of Chairs
  • Dissertation Process
  • Instructional Design & Pedagogy
  • Institutional Effectiveness & Accreditation
  • Library Services

Opportunities and Expectations for Leadership

The Provost fosters a culture of shared governance, promoting inclusive and equitable decision-making processes that value diverse perspectives. Overall, the Provost’s participation extends to nearly all facets of academic life, underpinning Pacifica’s commitment to academic excellence, innovation, collaboration, and care of the soul. The Provost is also a member of the executive leadership team.

Core Responsibilities

  • Academic Vision: Provides the academic vision and direction of the Institute to Pacifica Graduate Institute members, including, but not limited to, the Board, the President & CEO, administrators, faculty, staff, students, and alumni openly and communicatively and serves as the leader for the Institute’s academic mission by contributing to the long-term vision and strategic plan with a focus on academic excellence.
  • Faculty Excellence: Oversees and advocates for an effective process of diverse faculty recruitment, hiring, retention, evaluation, support, and promotion in psychology with emphasis on Depth and Jungian Psychology. Ensures faculty members receive the support they need to carry out academic excellence inside and outside the classroom and uphold Pacifica Graduate Institute’s mission and values. The provost will also serve as a member of the faculty.
  • Student Success: Oversees various programs to ensure student success from enrollment to graduation to alumni status. Works closely with faculty to learn about student needs in the classroom to help students and faculty become more effective in their learning approaches and teaching styles. Collaborates with departments to make the student-to-alumni experience more engaging and resourceful. Work with the Vice President of Enrollment to increase efforts in recruiting more diverse students interested in depth psychology to make depth psychology accessible to all people.
  • Budgeting and Financial Resources: Establishes the Institute’s priorities for budgeting, resource projections, and analysis supporting the academic mission. Works closely with the Chief Financial Officer to guide a culture of financial (and academic) integrity and data analysis.
  • Community: Serves as the chief academic spokesperson for the Institute on regional, national, and international networks. Builds rapport with the Pacifica Graduate Institute community and creates deeper partnerships locally in Santa Barbara, as well as globally through strategies such as the Pacifica SOUL Promise. Has an important and deep understanding of what personally tending the soul in and of the world means.
  • Other duties as assigned by the President and CEO.

The ideal candidate will possess the minimum qualifications in the following areas:


  • An earned doctorate degree, preferably in psychology (with emphasis on Depth/Jungian psychology), or in higher education, education administration, educational leadership, the humanities, etc.


  • At least ten years of experience working in academic or higher education institutions with a successful administrative and academic leadership record in higher education.
  • If the candidate’s background is not in academia but in psychology, at least seven years of experience working in a psychological practice, with an emphasis in Depth Psychology.
  • Demonstrated commitment to scholarship through publications and conference presentations.
  • Excellent track record of developing rapport and building relationships with administrators, faculty, students, and other key stakeholders.
  • Experience developing programs and writing books, best practices, and policies in higher education, psychology, faculty excellence, or student success.


  • Has an innovative, collaborative, entrepreneurial, and respectful leadership approach when carrying out Pacifica Graduate Institute’s mission and values.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills and adept at making presentations at various events at the Institute and beyond.
  • Excellent relational skills and an ability to have a psychological mindset when approaching shared systemic work with an understanding of depth psychology.
  • Critical thinker who is creative, kind, and has a soul connection.
  • Proven budget and management skills in an organization.


  • Current knowledge of American higher education in traditional and non- traditional formats, such as online and virtual learning.
  • Understanding of psychology, preferably Depth or Jungian Psychology.
  • Knowledgeable in at least one of the following academic areas through work experience: Faculty member, Dean, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Student Affairs, Assistant Vice Provost, etc.
Search Committee:


  • Loralee Scott (Pacifica Extension)
  • Larry Byer (CFO)


  • Jaclyn Deilgat (Counseling)
  • Thomas Steffora (Counseling)
  • Camille Harris (Clinical)

Board of Trustees

  • Nancy Furlotti (Jungian Analyst)
  • Richard Osborn (current university president)


  • Linda le Brock (Santa Barbara publicist)


  • Patricia Katsky (Former PGI Provost and faculty)


  • Patricia Taylor (CLIE)
  • Rain Warren (CLIE)
  • Jonathan Vaughn (DJA)


  • Francine Matas (Registrar)
  • Victoria Bernhardt (Office of the Provost)
  • Evergreen Hericks (DPT)


  • Renee Canady (DCH)
  • Charolote Moroz (Myth)


This position is based in Santa Barbara, California. It can be a hybrid with a preference of more in-person to contribute to the culture at Pacifica. The salary range is $200,000 – $250,000.

To apply for this position, please confidently submit a cover letter and resume to Tensie J. Taylor at tensiejtaylorconsulting@outlook.com.