Director of Strategy

Job description

Job location: Hyde Park Campus

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-05-01
Req: JR04872
Please make sure to read the job posting in its entirety as it reflects both the University roles and responsibilities, followed by the specific description.

Department66604 UChicago Global

About the Unit

Job FamilyAdministration & Management

Responsible for planning, directing, coordinating and managing daily operations individual organization units, clinical research facilities, centers or academic departments. Responsibilities are diverse and general in nature and may reflect more than one functional area.

Career Track and Job LevelStrategic Planning

Plans, develops, and implements University objectives, long-range and strategic plans, and identifies the University’s strengths and weaknesses. Identifies new external partners to advance strategic priorities.

M3: Provides leadership to managers and professional staff. Is accountable for the performance and results of multiple related teams. Develops departmental plans, including business, operational and/or organizational priorities. Decisions are guided by resource availability and functional objectives.

Role ImpactPeople Manager

ResponsibilitiesThe job manages multiple related teams of managers and professional staff responsible for the development and implementation of University objectives and long-range and strategic plans. Achieves the financial objectives of their department. Identifies new external partners to advance strategic priorities. Communicates and collaborates with internal and external community members and leadership to achieve strategic priorities.

1) Implements University objectives, as well as long-term strategic plans respective to the department's focus., 2) Manages and is accountable for financial objectives of the department., 3) Identifies new external partners to advance strategic priorities. Ensures the communication and collaboration with internal and external community members and leadership to achieve strategic priorities., 4) Performs other related work as needed.

Unit-specific Responsibilities

1) Manage a portfolio of strategic projects for the Provost’s Office with end-to-end responsibility for assessing needs, scoping requests, and managing timelines and deliverables.

2) Oversee projects that involve extensive cooperation and coordination between offices and units.

3) Conduct peer benchmarking and market analysis.

4) Formulate preliminary strategic recommendations based on key findings and themes uncovered as a result of research and analysis.

5) Prepares written and/or verbal presentations or proposals on highly complex issues and delivers to a broad variety of audiences.

6) May supervise other staff and provide guidance on professional development, goal setting, and organization-wide opportunities.

7) Other duties and special projects as assigned.

Unit-preferred Competencies

1) Ability to set priorities and manage multiple projects; demonstrated experience working in a fast-paced environment.

2) Ability to examine data to grasp concepts, draw conclusions, and solve problems.

3) Attention to detail.

4) Strong organizational skills.

5) Strong ability to manage multiple competing priorities.

6) Excellent oral and written communication skills.

7) Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

8) Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive information, exercise discretion, and maintain confidentiality.

9) Ability to operate in a fast-paced environment and deal with ambiguity.

Education, Experience, and CertificationsMinimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 7+ years of work experience in a related job discipline.

Preferred Qualifications


1) Bachelor’s degree

2) Graduate degree


1) Familiarity with central administration within a complex research university environment.

2) Knowledge of higher education and the University of Chicago.

3) Consulting or client-facing work experience.

4) Expert knowledge of Microsoft Excel.

Working Conditions

1) Minimal physical effort is required. Typical tasks will require keyboarding; bending; stooping to reach files; light lifting; sitting; standing.

2) Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

3) Some evening or weekend work may be required on occasion.

Required Documents:

1) Resume

2) Cover letter

3) List of References

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

FLSA StatusExempt

Pay FrequencyMonthly

Pay GradeDepends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours37.5

Benefits EligibleYes

Drug Test RequiredNo

Health Screen RequiredNo

Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry RequiredNo

Posting Date2019-05-01-07:00

Remove from Posting On or Before2019-11-01-07:00

Posting StatementThe University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

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Posted: 5/2/2019
Application Due: 6/13/2019
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