Special Assistant for Strategic Initiatives

Orono, Maine
Mar 02, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Maine invites applications and nominations for the position of Special Assistant for Strategic Initiatives. The Special Assistant will support the coordination and management of major university strategic initiatives and will assist in support of the overall Provost’s Office operations as needed.

The University of Maine is a community of more than 11,200 undergraduate and graduate students, and 2,500 employees located on the Orono campus and throughout the state.  UMaine is the state land and sea grant university and maintains a leadership role as the System’s flagship university.  As a result, it is dedicated to providing excellent teaching, research, and service at the university, state, and national levels.  The University of Maine System is the recent recipient of a $240 million challenge grant by the Harold Alfond Foundation--the largest ever to a public institution of higher education in New England--that will transform the state’s premier organization dedicated to education, research, innovation, and talent development.

The Special Assistant will assist the Provost and Associate Provosts in managing strategic relationships and communication regarding strategic initiatives; coordinate the preparation of special reports, document, and presentations; support members of senior academic leadership in establishing priorities and goals, policies, and practices; track and follow up on a wide range of programs, initiatives, and activities for Academic Affairs; etc.

The Special Assistant will typically possess the education associated with a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience as well as work experience of at least 3 or more years in a higher education setting; demonstrate knowledge of organizational structure, workflow, and operating procedures; have exceptional interpersonal skills; demonstrate the ability to perform complex tasks, prioritize multiple projects, and analyze, summarize, and effectively present data; and demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills.  Experience reporting to a senior administrator and familiarity with the workings of a college/university are preferred.  A complete position description can be found here:  https://umaine.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobID=66831&job=special-assistant-for-strategic-initiatives

Nominations and questions about the position may be directed to the chair of the search committee: Robin Delcourt, (207) 581-1502, [email protected]

The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status and gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 N. Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469; 207.581.1226 (voice), TTY 711 (Maine Relay System), or [email protected] with questions or concerns.

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