Manage a three-year grant project that will comprehensively chronicle and analyze the development of the UW Flexible Option, the UW System’s new competency-based delivery program aimed at non-traditional, adult learners.
UW SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION
OFFICE OF ACADEMIC AND STUDENT AFFAIRS
UW FLEXIBLE OPTION
The University of Wisconsin System is one of the largest systems of public higher education in the country, serving more than 180,000 students each year and employing more than 30,000 faculty and staff statewide. The UW System is made up of 13 four-year universities, 13 freshman-sophomore UW Colleges, and a statewide UW-Extension. Together, these institutions are a tremendous academic, cultural, and economic resource for Wisconsin, the nation, and the world.
The University of Wisconsin System Administration, Office of Academic and Student Affairs is seeking candidates to fill a full-time position of Director Unspecified (working title: Project Manager, UW Flexible Option). The position reports to the Senior Special Assistant to the Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs of UW System Administration, located in Madison, Wisconsin. This position oversees a three-year grant project.
Major Responsibilities: The overall responsibilities of the incumbent are to manage a three-year grant project that will comprehensively chronicle and analyze the development of the UW Flexible Option, the UW System’s new competency-based delivery program aimed at non-traditional, adult learners. With direction from the project directors, the project manager is responsible for fulfilling the grant strategies, outcomes, and deliverables.
Specific duties include:
• Develop and manage program activities and initiatives required to attain the grant objectives, including:
o Produce an integrated set of blueprints that will serve as a model adaptable by other universities and state systems for how a large public higher education system conceptualizes, develops, and implements a flexible, competency-based delivery program;
o Oversee comparative research across student populations resulting in the identification of an alternative set of metrics to measure student success;
o Direct the analysis of the return on investment of the UW Flexible Option for students and the UW System; and,
o Oversee the collection, review, and analysis of applicable UWSA, institutional, federal, and peer system/institutional policies and make information available to institutional stakeholders.
• Write and edit grant status reports, white papers, and other project communications and products.
• Effectively prioritize project work and outcomes, and clearly communicate priorities, goals, and timelines to colleagues and stakeholders.
• Identify potential challenges and troubleshoot to resolve them.
• Align and manage timelines for grant staff and across affiliated functional groups to ensure project milestones and deliverables are clearly identified, scoped, communicated, and met.
• Apply an understanding of, and experience with, higher education cultures, operations, and accreditations and an appreciation of the changing landscape of higher education in the management and outcome of the project.
• Supervise grant staff, including policy and planning analyst, two graduate student project assistants, and an administrative assistant.
• Act as lead worker to coordinate work of grant staff, including a policy and planning analyst, two graduate student project assistants, and an administrative assistant.
• Work collaboratively with grant project directors and staff at other UW System institutions and offices participating in UW Flexible Option programs.
• Work collaboratively with higher education peers at other universities, state systems, grant funders, and other policy-makers at state, national, and federal levels.
• Manage the grant budget.
• Must possess a master’s degree from an accredited institution
• Three years’ project management experience and/or experience managing an academic project in a higher education environment.
• Excellent communication (verbal, written, electronic), interpersonal, and diplomatic skills, including:
o Ability to present information to large and small audiences.
o Ability to analyze and synthesize information into clear, concise messages.
• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
• Ability to work effectively with diverse groups and individuals.
• Strong administrative, problem-solving, and priority-setting skills while handling multiple tasks and responsibilities, including:
o Ability to work independently and manage workload without close supervision, including:
Ability to identify emerging trends related to project requirements and potential problems, and to troubleshoot problems.
• Ability to monitor and meet budget and project timelines.
• Experience managing staff, including:
o Ability to balance staff and individual responsibilities; give and welcome feedback; and support project staff members’ efforts to succeed.
• Proficiency with computer applications, including Windows-based computing systems and Microsoft Office products with well-developed skills in presentation software.
• Terminal degree preferred from an accredited institution.
• Three-to-five years’ higher education experience as an academic staff member or administrator.
• Extensive research, writing, and editing experience.
• Grant writing and administration experience, including ability to monitor and meet budget and project timelines.
• Working knowledge of, or previous experience with, various models of higher education delivery and credentialing, including prior learning assessment and competency-based models.
• Knowledge of, and experience with, addressing issues relevant to non-traditional age students.
• Working knowledge of qualitative and quantitative program evaluation methodologies.
• Demonstrated initiative and creativity.
The successful candidate will possess strong communication skills including the ability to present information verbally and in writing to senior academic leaders and project sponsors; have demonstrated success in leading complex, multi-year projects requiring coordination and input across numerous stakeholder groups; have demonstrated ability to manage and meet multiple project outcomes according to an established timeline; and have an understanding of, and experience with, higher education cultures, operations, and delivery models. Especially useful will be an appreciation of the changing landscape of higher education, both in terms of policy and delivery.
The successful candidate must value diversity and be capable of working in a diverse environment. He or she must also be willing to work for the building of a UW System workplace environment that values diversity and inclusion.
Conditions of Employment: This is a full-time, unclassified Limited appointment. This Director position is assigned to Salary Range UWS 7 (currently $62,884 - $94,326). Salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and experience. An excellent benefits package is also included (http://www.uwsa.edu/hr/benefits/compest/). Anticipated start date will be on or after December 2, 2013, and the position is anticipated to last approximately three years. Special Note: The UW System conducts criminal background checks for final candidate(s).
Pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes, upon request we are required to provide a list of all nominees and applicants who have not requested in writing that their identity not be revealed. Persons agreeing to be final candidates will have their identity revealed as a final candidate.
To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be received by Monday, November 18, 2013. However, applications will be accepted until the position has been filled. To apply, send a:
1) Cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position and how your skills and experience relate to the responsibilities and qualifications described above; 2) a current comprehensive resume; 3) a writing sample; 4) a statement of whether the applicant wishes to have the application held in confidence or made available to the public on request; and, 5) the names, addresses, email addresses; and phone numbers of at least three professional references who can comment on your qualifications for this position, including at least two supervisory references.
These five documents are to be submitted electronically as a single PDF file. Applications can be completed on-line at the below link:
Questions may be addressed to: Lori Fuller, Office of Human Resources and Workforce Diversity, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (608) 263-0847.
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