Director, Program Design and Integration

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Hyde Park Campus

70680 VP For Civic Engagement

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Job Summary:

Under the leadership of the Associate Vice President of Civic Engagement, the Director of Program Design and Integration will be a key member of the Program Infrastructure Team, to coordinate OCE's strategic planning process, and advance program design, collaboration and integration strategies to enhance the capabilities of OCE staff who lead programs. The Director is responsible for supporting innovative and integrative execution of the Office of Civic Engagement's program strategy by working with leadership both within OCE and across the University. Additionally, the Director will work closely with other program directors to support integrating new ideas and best practices to enhance existing initiatives or help launch new ones to advance OCE's strategic direction and new strategic plan.

The Director will advance the program infrastructure to support OCE staff to connect, share information and collaborate to advance OCE's strategic priorities. A key part of this role for the Director will be to lead the “Civic Engagement Studio” in the Office of Civic Engagement. The Civic Engagement Studio will function as a model for program innovation, design and refinement that integrates engagement strategy as a foundational component. The Director will help coordinate and/or provide program analysis and design support for existing OCE programs as well as support integration and synergies amongst and between programs. As a part of the Studio, the Director will also work with the Director of Development and Program Evaluation to support program design and evaluation model development.

Finally, as a part of the Director's role, this position will be responsible for keeping current on new ideas and trends in University, civic engagement, and related areas of social impact innovation. The Director will quarterback new requests for program collaboration and will pull together support from the existing OCE pool of associates and subject-area experts for resources and consultation.

The Director of Program Design and Integration is a new position within the OCE, and there is room for a highly self-motivated, creative, energetic, and collaborative individual to continue to shape this critical role within the organization.


  • Under the direction the Associate Vice President, lead the day-to-day coordination of the strategic planning process for the Office of Civic Engagement. This includes managing relationships with consultants and documentation team, and integrating program directors and community engagement efforts with the planning process. Also working collaboratively with OCE staff to curate all-staff retreats to strengthen and advance the plan.
  • Under the direction of the Director of Strategy and Academic Partnerships, develop and advance the program infrastructure to support OCE staff to connect, share information and collaborate to advance OCE's strategic priorities. This includes leading and coordinating key program staff meetings, meeting with program staff one-on-one and maintaining a broad set of University and community relationships to support these priorities.
  • Developing and leading the Civic Engagement Studio as a model for program innovation, design and refinement that integrates engagement strategy as a foundational component. This includes identifying University and other resources that support ‘community-centered design,' organizing regular staff sessions to co-create programs to advance the mission and strategic direction of the OCE.
  • Providing program design and community meeting design support to advance the community engagement action plan, including working with the executive director of community partnerships.
  • Advance OCE strategy in collaboration with UChicago Arts and related partners that integrate community engagement with the arts to advance aligned program efforts.
  • Integrating program design and program strategy into social media and related communications as part of OCE social media team.
  • Researching and sharing new ideas and trends tied to civic engagement, higher education, and social impact program strategies.
  • Represent OCE in key internal and external meetings tied to OCE program development and new program collaborations.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative.
  • Flexibility and ability to meet deadlines and conduct highly effective, complex research under short time constraints. Must be able to take on new assignments as required.
  • Maintain confidentiality and always exert the highest level of judgment and ethics.
  • Ability to problem solve, and synthesize and vet emerging opportunities.
  • Act as a liaison between the OCE and various external agencies, organizations, and institutions with whom the Office of Civic Engagement may collaborate.
  • Ability to work effectively with the broader community of the University, including students, faculty, and staff.
  • Ability to interact with senior-level administration and faculty on complex issues.
  • Ability to work with civic organizations.
  • Familiarity with Chicago's civic community, foundations, and philanthropic sector a plus.
  • Ability to work effectively across the University including students, faculty, and staff and with the broader community, including community and civic organizations to creating meaningful and sustainable partnerships required.
  • Ability to maintain calm and courteous demeanor and to work productively despite heavy workload, competing priorities, complex problems, and tight deadlines required.
  • Energy, creativity, and enthusiasm required.
  • Occasional evenings and weekends required.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience or Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Advanced degree required (MBA, JD, Masters).

  • Minimum of ten years of strategic planning, management/strategic consulting, senior-level project development, and management experience required.
  • Experience executing strategic plans and developing program metrics required.
  • Experience managing development plans for an organization required.
  • Familiarity with Chicago's civic community, foundation, and philanthropic sector preferred.
  • Experience working in higher education or providing consulting services to Universities preferred.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Expert level proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint) and Google Docs required.
  • Advanced proficiency in Social Media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) required.

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Reference list

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.

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Posted: 7/14/2018
Application Due: 7/21/2018
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