Strategy Officer for Adult Learner Pathways

Location
Indianapolis, Indiana
Posted
Apr 02, 2018
Administrative Jobs
Academic Affairs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Strategy Officer for Adult Learner Pathways leads a portfolio of work related to the development and scale of practices and processes to increase credential attainment for adult learners. The Officer will develop and support efforts to ensure adults with some postsecondary experience, but no credential can reconnect to postsecondary learning easily, and receive the credential they have earned. The Officer will also manage efforts to engage workforce agencies, employers, and other education providers in support of connecting adults with no postsecondary experience but college-level learning to credential opportunities. This position works in a collaborative and integrated manner within the Strategy Development and Implementation Division as well as across all other areas of the Foundation to ensure that the Priorities for Action in Lumina’s 2017-2020 Strategic Plan are realized, and to assist the nation in making significant progress toward meeting Goal 2025.

 

Purpose

The Strategy Officer for Adult Learner Pathways leads a portfolio of work related to the development and scale of practices and processes to increase credential attainment for adult learners. The Officer will develop and support efforts to ensure adults with some postsecondary experience, but no credential can reconnect to postsecondary learning easily, and receive the credential they have earned. The Officer will also manage efforts to engage workforce agencies, employers, and other education providers in support of connecting adults with no postsecondary experience but college-level learning to credential opportunities. This position works in a collaborative and integrated manner within the Strategy Development and Implementation Division as well as across all other areas of the Foundation to ensure that the Priorities for Action in Lumina’s 2017-2020 Strategic Plan are realized, and to assist the nation in making significant progress toward meeting Goal 2025.

 

Responsibilities

Strategy Conceptualization & Leadership: Draw from a keen and thorough understanding of the overarching, multi-faceted assigned content area to conceptualize and then lead the build-out of a body of related work. Therefore, the Strategy Officer should be able to work independently with little-to-moderate oversight from the Strategy Director, while ensuring that the Strategy Director is consistently and completely informed and engaged.

Strategy Analysis and Synthesis: Analyze and synthesize information across a variety of sources, and then make recommendations to the Strategy Director and executive team member. Likewise, Strategy Officers need to have the critical thinking skills necessary to extract key lessons from past or current work, and to use those learnings to both shape and inform future work. Finally, Strategy Officers must be strong writers who can both review and revise incoming material, as well as convey their thoughts and Lumina’s key messages in a clear and articulate manner.

Portfolio Design and Management: Responsible for leveraging existing relationships with trusted colleagues and cultivating new partnerships to develop a portfolio of grants and contracts related to the assigned strand of work. The portfolio must either directly lead to an increased number of postsecondary credentials or facilitate a change in conditions that will likely lead to the increased production of high-quality credentials. The Strategy Officer must constantly stay abreast of key issues and players in the field to assess how the portfolio can be enhanced.

Integration and Collaboration: Collaborate in an intentional and forward-thinking way with colleagues across the organization to maximize the impact of the Foundation’s resources.

Commitment to Equity: Strategy Officers embrace Lumina’s commitment to equity and practice cultural competence. Demonstrations of this commitment includes increasing knowledge about systemic disparities and barriers to learning beyond high school, as well as honing the skills necessary to lead in more inclusive ways. Strategy Officers use these knowledge and skills to actively engage partners in addressing equity in the work and by integrating diversity and equity in the core competencies outlined above.

 

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • At least five (5) years of experience working with adult learner populations, or in a relevant field, including workforce development, adult basic education, or human resources and talent development.
  • Experience building and managing diverse networks that support efforts to produce systemic change.
  • Experience using systems thinking to identify barriers and levers for change.

Qualifications

  • Knowledge of how federal, state, and local resources can be leveraged to help individuals complete a credential.
  • Ability to acquire a baseline level of knowledge about the Foundation’s other strategic priorities so adult-focused efforts can both build upon and contribute to the success of other areas.
  • Project management skills with demonstrated ability to execute and follow through to achieve intended results, by following through on commitments, prioritizing work, and managing time and resources well.
  • Ability to make decisions and advance work with incomplete information and to thrive in an outcomes-oriented, continuously evolving work environment in which thinking beyond the curve is encouraged.
  • Capable of applying adaptive problem-solving skills in response to unforeseen challenges and new assignments.
  • Ability to prioritize a wide range of duties and responsibilities, organize tasks, and remain flexible to changing and multiple requests.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate accurately, effectively, and in ways appropriate to different audiences.
  • Strong writer, with the ability to review, revise and synthesize a variety of information and help connect the Foundation’s work to broader discussions within the relevant landscape.
  • Ability to work collegially and diplomatically across the organization and audience groups, with an ability to resolve any conflicts.
  • Exercise sound judgment in handling sensitive or confidential information.
  • Ability to use technology effectively, including databases, spreadsheets, Microsoft Office 365 products such as Outlook and Word, Salesforce, WebEx and Yammer.

 

Work Environment and Physical Demands

  • Work is performed in an office environment, mostly sedentary.
  • Visual and auditory acuity for extensive use of various forms of technology.
  • Travels 10%-20%, including overnight stays.

 

This Position Summary is only a summary of the typical job functions, not an exhaustive list of all possible responsibilities, and may be subject to change at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.

 

Applicants should send to the e-mail address below;

  • a letter of interest that includes desired compensation,
  • resume/curriculum vitae as attachments outlining experience relevant to the position, and
  • a writing sample that focuses on a topic relevant o this position.

Shelley Lloyd

Director of Human Resources and Administration

lfecareers@luminafoundation.org

 

Equal Opportunity Employer

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