Department: Office of the Provost Salary/Grade: EXS/10
The Director for Strategy and Policy facilitates and supports critical activities for multiple areas in the Office of the Provost and the University more broadly. Reporting to the Associate Provost for Strategy and Policy, the Director provides strategic and tactical support, utilizing strong analytic thinking and writing skills. The Director engages actively with both internal and external stakeholders, assisting with the coordination and management of efforts aimed at a more coherent and effective set of strategies and policies to serve faculty, students, and staff. Taking the lead in managing various projects, the Director helps manage campus-wide initiatives and interacts with senior staff throughout the University. This is a full-time, campus-based position. Regular travel is not required.
Under the leadership of the Associate Provost, coordinate senior searches for the University.
Provides strategic and tactical support to Associate Provost; assists with oversight of new program development; manages the development of policy for the Office of the Provost.
Conducts analysis and writes drafts regarding strategic planning as needed; stays abreast of current trends in higher education and campus community building best practices and recommends new policies or changes in programs.
Collaborates with and supports institutional leadership, academic deans, department and unit heads involved with strategy and policy work; assists with planning and supports the work of accreditation and other improvement processes. Works closely with other teams in the Office of the Provost, e.g., Undergraduate Education, Faculty, Diversity and Inclusion.
Manages daily operations of the Office of Strategy and Policy.
Engages with both internal and external stakeholders; represents the Office in on-campus and local meetings.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
Five to seven years administrative and operational experience in a large and complex organization.
Demonstrated achievements in strategic planning, policy, and organizational change.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Strong organizational skills, including the ability to take initiative, to collaborate, to work with little direct supervision, to supervise administrative staff, and to develop and execute plans.
Strong analytical, critical thinking, strategic planning and problem-solving skills.
Excellent interpersonal skills; flexibility; ability to forge productive working relationships with a broad range of constituencies.
Substantial knowledge in assessment, management, and program-building.
Ability to handle confidential information appropriately.
Knowledge of and sensitivity toward a wide range of disciplines, interests and constituencies represented in a large and complex organization.
Exceptional writing and presentation skills, including the ability to draft complex communications.
Superb attention to detail. Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and prioritize as appropriate.
A master’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university or equivalent work experience strongly preferred.
Candidates with post-baccalaureate degree work in the field of higher education administration are strongly preferred.
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 37315
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.