The Executive Director, Strategic Programs will work with the Co-dean to craft, implement and manage strategic programs to advance the Climate Schools goals. The ideal candidate will plan and effectively execute multiple projects and programs in an evolving environment while ensuring alignment with the Climate school???s strategic vision. The incumbent will have a keen sense for meeting both School objectives and those of internal and external stakeholders. The candidate will work collaboratively across all levels of the Climate School to plan and organize programs for a variety of audiences. The incumbent will also engage in regular and active recruiting efforts to staff emerging programs, run on-site programming in coordination with events staff and other program staff, perform marketing and recruiting activities associated with strategic programs, and build relationships with stakeholders, supporters, and subject matter experts. This position will work closely with senior leadership to cultivate and manage donor and potential donor relationships.
Serves as an informed, insightful, and confidential sounding board to test ideas, debate issues, and provide critical feedback.
Provides direct support to the strategic planning process, ensures it aligns with all related planning processes (annual planning, staffing, budgets).
Leads and supports strategic planning across the Climate School, including:
assisting in the compilation of data in relation to strategic priorities and emerging issues;
ensuring that teams are delivering value, quality, and efficiency;
helping to create and deliver presentations that effectively communicate key project findings and recommendations to various audiences; and
initiating projects and preparing results for presentation.
Convenes and works with strategic planners across the Climate school to ensure that all activity aligns with the Climate Schools strategic goals and vision.
Facilitates working group and committee sessions with key stakeholders to ensure end-user design process satisfaction
Oversee the development and execution of critical initiatives and special projects that require senior level leadership and cut across the Climate and/or projects that involve partnerships with other external stakeholders.
Lead cross-functional program teams to achieve specific outcomes
Troubleshoot, participate in crisis management, and manage expectations of leadership, and external partners.
Develop policies, protocols, and standards on programmatic matters to improve efficiency and strengthen capacity.
Direct staff in the synthesis of complex information and the collection and research of data to design creative solutions
Supervise policy experts, scholars, and other staff
Perform other duties as assigned
Master???s degree required, preferably in public administration or policy.
Ten or more years of education administration experience.
Ten or more years of strategic project management and leading change within a large organization.
Strategic project management skills, including assessment, gap analysis, planning and implementing.
Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation.
Ability to convey a vision of the Climate School???s strategic future to staff and partners.
Ability to think strategically, mobilize disparate groups of people toward a common and ambitious goal, manage horizontally, and translate insights into action
Attentive to detail, extremely well organized, able to work under pressure, and meet frequent and changing deadlines.
Skilled with group problem-solving and working with complex concepts in a dynamic setting.
Ability to organize facts and present information and figures in a clear, concise, and logical manner, both orally and in writing.
Exceptional interpersonal, organizational, and oral and written communication skills required.
Strong written and oral communications skills.
Strong public speaking ability.
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