Leadership Development Manager

The State University of New York (SUNY), the nation’s largest comprehensive system of public higher education, with 64 college and university campuses located within 30 miles of every home, school and business in the state, invites nominations and applications for the position of Leadership Development Manager for the SUNY Strategic, Academic, and Innovative Leadership (SAIL) Institute. This position will report to the Associate Director of the SAIL Institute and will be located in Albany, New York.

The SAIL Institute was established in summer 2016 under the leadership of Professor Jason Lane and is positioned to be a globally recognized entity promoting the development and research of innovative leadership in the academic setting. The SAIL Institute is grounded on the concept that colleges and universities need leaders who are strategic and innovative as well as have a firm understanding of the special nature of the academic core of the institutions that they serve. Through our programs, services, and analysis, the SAIL Institute seeks to advance understanding and development of the next generation of leaders in higher education.

As a system-wide Institute in the division of Executive Leadership and Employee Development, the Institute is charged with developing and providing cutting-edge leadership and professional development training for faculty and staff across its 64 campuses; strengthening the pipeline of leaders in the SUNY system; providing programming and analysis for strengthening innovation in the academy; and furthering SUNY’s role as a national thought leader in higher education. The Leadership Development Manager will play a key role in helping to support and manage the SAIL Institute.

General Responsibilities:
The Leadership Development (LD) Manager is a full-time position in the SUNY Strategic Academic and Innovative Leadership (SAIL) Institute. The LD Manager serves a key role designing, coordinating, and measuring the impact of various learning programs to support higher education leaders within SUNY and beyond. The LD manager assists with event registration, marketing and communication efforts related to SAIL programming. This position delivers some leadership content, both online and in-classroom.

The LD Manager serves the lead role managing all student leadership programming, and plays a leadership role in the SUNY Student Leadership Development Network which is a network of SUNY system and campus professionals dedicated to student leadership. The LD Manager is the key coordinator of the relationship between SAIL and Common Purpose, a leadership development charitable trust based in the United Kingdom.

This position manages SAIL student assistants which includes the hiring, onboarding and day-to-day management of (up to 3) undergraduate through doctoral student staff. The LD Manager shares responsibility with the Associate Director for implementing administrative policies and procedures. The LD Manager resolves day-to-day operational challenges.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the design of learning opportunities via a variety of delivery modalities (i.e., classroom, webinars, e-learning, podcasts, training videos, etc.) for leadership development content tailored for higher education leaders;
  • Design of instructionally sound learning solutions for workshops, seminars, retreats and so forth using industry standard and innovative methods;
  • Delivery of both in classroom and online leadership development programs;
  • Evaluate, analyze and report on impact of training solutions on knowledge acquisition and organizational impact;
  • Play a key role in developing and ensuring SAIL brand standards with a focus on curriculum design, facilitator instructional guides and organizing a library of resources and program materials;
  • Coordinate, in collaboration with the SUNY Center for Professional Development staff, event registrations and take the lead on operational aspects of SAIL events;
  • Serve as the lead for all student leadership initiatives, including coordination of a week-long event hosted in NYC, designed and delivered by Common Purpose.
  • Assist with SAIL marketing and communication activities, including website maintenance, social media and email marketing;
  • Coordinate logistics (e.g., event materials, travel arrangements, payment processing) for SAIL leadership development consultants, fellows and presenters;
  • Schedule and organize meetings, including assistance in setting up conferences and/or working group meetings; 
  • Assist in establishing office procedures and resolving day-to-day operational challenges;  
  • In coordination with the Associate Director, manage the operational aspects of the SAIL Institute, especially with regard to the hiring, onboarding and daily support and supervision of (up to 3) undergraduate through doctoral student interns; 
  • Serve as a resource within the office and function as a key liaison with internal and external constituencies;
  • Draft correspondence as needed;
  • Coordinate correspondence and updates to be distributed to SUNY’s Leadership Alumni network and other stakeholder groups;
  • Research and stay abreast of current trends in curriculum development, and implement innovative and effective solutions;
  • Manage and/or support special projects, as needed;
  • Track media coverage of major trends in higher education as reports issued by the major higher education professional associations;
  • Create and maintain strong working relationships between SAIL, System Administration, SUNY Center for Professional Development and SUNY’s 64 campuses. 


Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required. 

Experience/Skills: The successful candidate should have at least 3-5 years of progressive professional experience in developing, implementing and evaluating learning solutions for adult learners or higher education administration; demonstrated success working effectively with a broad range of constituents; be supportive of students and adult learners, self-starting and goal oriented; available for limited travel, including some overnight; possess a team-oriented philosophy with the ability to multi-task projects and responsibilities; highly organized and capable of managing multiple projects simultaneously and working against tight deadlines; excellent attention to detail; proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint); an appreciation of the role of a System Administration in a multi-campus public higher education system; able to maintain confidentiality; excellent verbal and written communication skills; and ability to exercise good judgment and maintain confidentiality.

A Master’s degree or PhD may be substituted for one year of experience.

Salary: Minimum of $60,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Excellent NYS fringe benefits.

Interested candidates are invited to apply at www.suny.edu/SUPEmployment. The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue until the position is filled.

State University of New York System Administration is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction, or retaliation.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation.  If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at [email protected]

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