Senior Director of Organizational Strategy & Change
Company: Northwestern University
Posted on: March 30, 2021
Senior Director of Organizational Strategy & Change Department:
Offc of Org Strategy & Change
Salary/Grade: EXS/14 Job Summary: The mission of the Office of
Organizational Strategy & Change is to facilitate organizational
change at Northwestern University. The Office, which has a dual
reporting relationship to the Provost and the Senior Vice President
for Business and Finance (SVP), collaborates with academic and
administrative leaders to support Northwestern's core research and
teaching mission by:
- --Assessing opportunities for institutional change and
- Designing approaches to address organizational challenges
- Facilitating development of solutions to challenges
- Partnering to support implementation The Office engages with
the Northwestern community as a resource to advance a culture of
organizational change and improvement and it places a special focus
on collaborative efforts across multiple organizational units to
enhance strategies, structures, processes, and overall
effectiveness and efficiency. Once a project has been designated
for action, the Office plays a lead role in outlining,
facilitating, and guiding an organized process for implementation.
The work facilitated by the Office of Organizational Strategy &
Change ranges from transformational to incremental, and focuses on
complex, multi-unit organizational challenges. The Senior Director
partners closely with the Associate Vice President, who leads to
the Office, in all aspects of leading and managing the Office and
its work. Specific Responsibilities :
- With the Associate Vice President and Directors, develops the
change strategy for the University, identifies areas of
opportunity, and strategizes about how to bring optimal solutions
to the University's most pressing challenges and about how to
deploy the Office's resources to meet identified needs.
- Engages effectively with diverse stakeholders, including Deans,
Vice Presidents, and Unit Managers to conceptualize, design,
implement, and sustain both incremental and transformational change
- Oversees and leads projects through assessment, diagnosis,
design, and implementation, including gathering and analyzing data,
bringing together relevant stakeholders, and delivering
- Oversees and leads development of and writes analytical reports
pertaining to projects. Presents findings and plans in written and
verbal formats to Vice Presidents, Deans, Directors, other unit
managers, and project work groups.
- Oversees and leads the development of plans of action for
change implementation and provides active support and tracking
through the implementation phases of change initiatives.
- Oversees and leads the development of goals and metrics for
change and strategy initiatives, working closely with stakeholders
to measure and demonstrate progress and impact of the work.
- Mentors and promotes Office support staff, including Analyst(s)
and Graduate Intern.
- Manages Office budget and financial reporting, reporting
regularly to the Associate Vice President. Engages with SVP Office
- Oversees research and assessment of organizational trends in
higher education and other areas.
- Leads and/or engages in Office programs that foster and support
a culture of change at the University, including the annual
Northwestern University Best Practices Forum and Organizational
Change Peer Learning Group. Minimum Qualifications:
- Candidates for the position must have a baccalaureate degree.
Candidates with post-baccalaureate degree work in the fields of
higher education administration, change leadership, business,
public administration, or policy analysis are highly
- Candidates should have a minimum of seven year's work
experience in a higher education-or similarly complex
organizational environment-or management consulting in the
non-profit/higher education sector. Experience should include
project work that depends on consultation with a broad array of
constituents to provide input into the analysis, conceptualization
and development of specific recommendations for change and
- Candidates must have exceptionally strong critical thinking and
problem solving skills and the ability to collect, analyze,
synthesize and present data.
- Candidates must have demonstrated capability to effectively
lead teams and drive results.
- Candidates must have the ability to work effectively across a
diverse spectrum of stakeholders, including faculty, students,
administrators, alumni, and community members, and possess
impeccable listening and facilitation skills.
- Candidates should be quick learners with the ability to quickly
learn and synthesize new information, cultures, and jargon.
- Candidates must have the ability to work diplomatically and
effectively in a participatory environment where teamwork is valued
highly in the daily accomplishment of work. Must be comfortable
working in an environment where team projects are the primary mode
- Candidates must possess very strong organizational and time
- Candidates should possess exceptional writing and presentation
skills and the ability to mentor and foster these skills in
- Candidates should possess a broad understanding of contemporary
higher education issues, particularly those that relate to a highly
selective research University.
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
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