Simpson College invites applications for the position of Director of Presidential Initiatives. We seek a highly energetic, creative, and enthusiastic professional to coordinates all operations and activities in support of institutional objectives among the Office of the President, Office of Academic Affairs, and Business Affairs.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
To assists with organizing and prioritizing initiatives to achieve strategic goals, monitor, and track metrics, and drive the design and execution of deliverables.
Synthesizes information from various internal and external sources to ensure the President and Dean have all the information necessary to make informed decisions.
Provide excellent judgment, diplomacy, and understanding of college issues.
Collect and analyze data in support of institutional priorities.
Handle special projects and advises the President, Dean, and CFO on a wide variety of executive and administrative matters.
Oversee operations of the President’s, Dean’s, and CFO’s Office, including overseeing budget management and to drive and coordinate various cross-departmental projects, maintaining and communicating timelines and documenting progress.
Help lead in change management efforts, partnering with appropriate leaders and staff to achieve goals.
Coordinate with the Office of Marketing and Strategic Communications to create materials for external stakeholders, faculty, staff, and students, including written communications, reports, PowerPoint presentations, and talking points.
Creates content and structure for internal meetings, town halls, and events and ensure follow up on action items.
Facilitates information flow and sharing among staff in support of effective and timely decision making.
Attends meetings as requested. Prepare notes and action items from each meeting. Participate in debriefings as requested. Relays follow-up information to departments and other stakeholders as appropriate.
Manages annual goal setting and tracking progress.
Assists in coordinating College-wide projects that may cross various divisions.
Additional Duties and Responsibilities for the President
Manage communication and scheduling on behalf of the President to the Board of Trustees
Develop reports for three annual Board of Trustee meetings on behalf of the President
Provide analyses of key data to the President to assist with regular decision making
Additional Duties and Responsibilities for the Academic Dean
Perform project management for initiatives in Academic Affairs
Assists in the work of Academic Affairs in preparation for meetings with the Board of Trustees
Oversees communications to internal and external stakeholders on behalf of the Academic Dean
The person selected will have the following qualifications:
A bachelor’s degree. An advanced degree in higher education is preferred, advanced degrees in communications, business, or public policy also acceptable.
Demonstrable organizational skills with the ability to prioritize and work accurately and calmly under pressure.
5-7 years prior experience in higher education/non-profit with a proven track record of successfully managing multiple priorities.
Appreciation for academia, comfortable working on cross-functional priorities at a strategic and operational level.
Outstanding oral and written communication skills with demonstrated ability to work effectively with a wide variety of constituencies.
Exceptional interpersonal skills for navigating and influencing within a complex environment with diverse and varied stakeholders.
High attention to detail and analytical orientation. With the ability to work independently and proactively.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Word) and basic research; and the ability to learn College software for data collection and reporting.
Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and prioritize in order of importance or time sensitivity.
Ability to define clear objectives and enforce accountability for meeting deadlines.
Collaborative work style: ability to maintain relationships with executives, colleagues, external stakeholders, partners, and community leaders.
Facility with project-management tools and platforms, Basecamp preferred.
Successful applicants will also demonstrate a commitment to cultural diversity and to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Employment will require a criminal background check, which may include, but is not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search, and motor vehicle history.
About Simpson College
Simpson’s 85-acre campus Indianola campus is a beautiful space and where the majority of classes are offered to their students. Located in south-central Iowa, just 12 miles south of Des Moines, Simpson’s main location gives students the best of both worlds: the friendly atmosphere of a college town with the benefit of living near an exciting metropolitan area. Indianola is host to many nationally known events, including the Des Moines Metro Opera and the National Balloon Classic, which features hot air balloons, balloon rides, competitions and family entertainment. The vibrant, small-town community also has a multitude of choices for entertainment including state parks and trails for recreation, a golf course and many unique restaurants, shops and movie theatres within walking distance of campus.
Greater Des Moines, Iowa
Simpson’s second campus is located in West Des Moines, Iowa, which is a part of the Greater Des Moines metro area, and serves adult and graduate students. The West Des Moines campus is easy to access, has efficient classrooms, and an environment devoted to learning for students who likely are balancing work and family life as they return to school. Classes offe...red at the West Des Moines campus are targeted towards Simpson’s continuing and graduate students who are looking to take classes at night or closer to home.