University of California Santa Cruz — Senior Director of Strategy and Policy

Senior Director of Strategy and Policy
University Extension

Job #: 8500

Full Time; Career
Salary Information: $140,000 – $170,000 / Annually.Salary commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience.

UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the intimacy of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university.

Involves providing strategic guidance, advising and decision making on behalf of an executive (generally defined as Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, or Vice Provost), relative to strategic academic and resource planning, short and long-range policy development, communications and high level analyses of new program development. In addition to executive advising, may also manage an independent program and / or professional staff engaged in a range of administrative functions.

Advises the Executive Director regarding policies associated with assessment and instruction for students in K-12 and higher education. Analyzes emerging political and policy issues including federal and state legislation and provides recommendations for the Consortium. Oversees the development and on-going revisions of the strategic plan. Monitors the strategic plan as part of an organizational accountability system. Advises Executive Committee regarding formal bi-weekly meeting agenda and annual workplan development. Provides policy analysis for Executive Committee and Governing Board as necessary to enact new or change existing consortium policies. Uses expertise in instruction, universal design of assessment, and statistical methods to assess the value and feasibility of new strategies and opportunities for the Consortium.

Qualifications include:

  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
  • Advanced skills in short- and long-range planning, program and project management, facilitation and collaboration.
  • Sound strategic thinking and consulting skills in guiding the organization toward workable strategies and solutions.
  • Proven ability to focus on priorities, strategies, and vision.
  • Advanced ability to coach, facilitate and influence people at all levels.

    Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.

    Position is open and currently accepting applications until filled. Initial Review Date: 07-06-2020

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