Executive Director of Regional Operations & Ventures - Regional Administration

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Executive Director of Regional Operations & Ventures - Regional Administration

Position Summary:

The Executive Director of Regional Operations and Ventures is critical to the success of planning and implementing new regional ventures that emerge from collaborations with alumni, strategic partners, and institutional leaders.The Executive Director will also manage the operations, renovations, and capital budget for the buildings within the regional portfolio.He/she will train and develop a team including the Director of Operations, Design Thinking Strategist, and the Coordinator of Alumni Relations as well as serving on the VPEDRV’s executive team charged with making high level decisions for the division. The Executive Director will be responsible for providing market analysis of the regional economic indicators and trends, collecting data to determine program viability and growth, and connecting with key community organizations and leaders in collaboration with the Talent Ladder and Bridges programming.Additionally, the Executive Director will be responsible for establishing a community climate reflective of the values and practices of IWU in relation to learning, loving, praying, and sharing. He/she will develop a collaborative team approach to support the accomplishment of key university goals and reaching important financial indicators.

Reporting Relationships:

Reports to the Vice President of Enterprise Development and Regional Ventures

Education Requirements:

Doctorate strongly preferred; masters required.

Duties and Responsibilities:

    Demonstrate a Christian worldview and upholds the University's Christ-centered mission in interactions with students, faculty, and staff.Supervise and develop talent in a department which includes alumni services, operations management, and user experience/design thinking.Drive the effective management of the regional sites operational budget, renovation projects, and maintenance of the 13 buildings within the regional sites’ portfolio.Direct the processes to drive change within the regions through the use of design thinking principles and user experience research.Develop and implement an integrated approach to IWU National and Global alumni services including the effective use of the university’s alumni software, the development and evaluation of a compelling strategic plan executed through the Office of Alumni Services, and regularly meeting with influential alums in the regions.Develop a team that collaborates well inside and outside the regions, grows in their professional competencies, and strives to meet their agreed upon goals.Develop internal systems and processes to ensure effective and efficient management of resources.Drive the communication and outreach efforts to inform various constituents of the changes occurring in the regional sites. Provide reports as requested to the administration on relevant issues and statistics related to regional growth and facilities.In consultation with the appropriate Marion campus budget officer, develop and manage the operating budget for the departments within the Executive Director’s areas of responsibility.Collect, research, and prioritize the capital budget requests from the 13 regional sites to submit to the VPEDRV for ultimate approval from the Chancellor and his executive team.Develop and maintain relationships with relevant internal and external customers. Through committee and task force involvement, build strong working relationships with partners on the Marion campus to ensure strong communication and a high level of esprit de corp.In collaboration with the Vice President for Enterprise Development and Regional Ventures, create the division’s strategic plan to align with the N&G strategic plan.Execute need-assessments and data analysis for the continuous improvement of on-going regional efforts.Performs other duties as assigned.


According to Indiana Wesleyan University employment policy all employees must possess a strong Christian commitment and adhere to the standards outlined in the IWU Community Lifestyle Statement.


  1. 5 - 7 years of significant leadership experience in higher education or a related field
  2. Extensive experience in managing change and pivoting to alternative solutions to problems when they emerge.
  3. Demonstrated skills in team building and collaborative leadership.
  4. Record of strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  5. Leadership experience including responsibility for operational functions in a complex organization.
  6. Ability to work under strict deadlines with a high degree of urgency and accuracy.
  7. Demonstrated ability to develop and efficiently manage operational and capital budgets.
Required Skills

    Display accuracy and attention to detail.
    Excellent organizational and planning skills.
    Strong ability to prioritize tasks and work autonomously.
    Computer literate.
    Ability to handle multiple tasks at one time and to execute ambiguous assignments.
    Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
    Strong writing ability including grant and report writing.


As a religious educational institution operating under the auspices of The Wesleyan Church, Indiana Wesleyan University is permitted and reserves the right to prefer employees on the basis of religion (42 U.S.C., Sections 2000e-1 and 2000e-2).

The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. Employees will be required to follow other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with Federal and State Laws.

All job requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees.

Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the employee must possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently. Continued employment remains on an “at-will” basis.

Indiana Wesleyan University is an Equal Opportunity Employer




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Job No:
Posted: 1/23/2021
Application Due: 2/19/2021
Work Type: Full Time