Roger Williams University, located on the coast of Bristol, RI, is a forward-thinking private university with 45 undergraduate majors and more than a dozen graduate programs spanning the liberal arts and the professions, where students become community-minded citizens through project-based, experiential learning. With small classes, direct access to faculty and boundless opportunities for real-world projects, RWU students develop the ability to think critically while simultaneously building the practical skills that today's employers demand. In addition to its 4,000 undergraduates and 300 graduate students, RWU is home to a thriving University College based in Providence as well as Rhode Island's only law school.
Roger Williams University is committed to creating and supporting an intellectual community devoted to teaching and learning and providing the opportunity for personal and intellectual growth for students, faculty and staff. The University credits much of its growth and success to the hard work and dedication of its employees
Reporting to the Chief of Staff within the Office of the President, the Director of Strategic Initiatives is responsible for the project management, sequencing, implementation, and execute support for continued realization of the strategic vision of the University. The Director works with various campus stakeholders to convene meetings, and support the overall execution of projects and initiatives and manage the day-to-day accountability of progress towards goals. The Director will have a commitment to quality control throughout the planning cycle and work across the senior leadership to make sure strategic work is prioritized and embedded into the operations and tactics across the university and its campuses.
The scope of the job may include developing project timelines and helping shape ideas and metrics, identifying and recommending allocation of resources, convening campus teams, and managing communications that celebrate victories and champion our strategic successes to external parties and stakeholders.
This role requires a highly strategic, organized individual with exceptional time management, judgment, and communication skills to join a team that is committed to creating organization-wide change for our students, employees, and the communities we serve.
Ensure that strategic projects are proceeding according to timelines, meeting targets, and adhere to established operating parameters; identify solutions and negotiate changes in project scope and resources as necessary to continue progress in achieving overall objectives and timelines.
Proactively manage changes in project scope, identify potential risks and devise mitigation and contingency plans.
Act as a liaison between initiative designers and implementers on campus and university leadership, providing updates at critical milestones and inflection points throughout all phases of initiative development.
Aid in the identification of internal and external resources and expertise as appropriate to achieve project objectives.
Constituency and Stakeholder Engagement. Engage and work across all levels of university constituencies including faculty, staff, students, alumni, Trustees and community partners to ensure that all constituencies remain appropriately informed of our strategic initiatives.
Develop and deliver proposals, requirements documentation, status reports and presentations to relevant internal and external stakeholders.
Promote a culture of continuous improvement across campus. Track and report continuous improvement activities and impact.
- Bachelor's degree in a related field.
- Certification in project management highly desired.
- At least five years of experience in progressive planning roles and increasing project complexity.
- Demonstrated excellent planning, organizational and analytical skills.
- Advanced project management and leadership skills.
- Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment as well as lead teams.
- Ability to juggle a vast quantity of incoming information, interruptions, and inquiries with a high level of professionalism and tolerance for ambiguity.
- A high level of trust and confidentiality and an ability to professionally challenge conventions when necessary.
- Intellectual curiosity, a sense of humor, and an enthusiasm for problem solving.
- Strong communication and presentation skills and an ability to deliver timely, relevant, mission-critical information in a clear and concise manner.
- Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.
- An ability to work independently, lead projects, meet multiple concurrent deadlines, and prioritize.
- Demonstrated proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Suite (especially Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
- Demonstrated ability to effectively manage change in a demanding environment.
- Master's degree or higher in a related field.
- Experience with project management software tracking and data visualization software (Tableau) to track and share metrics.
At the University's discretion, the education and experience prerequisites may be excepted where the candidate can demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the University, an equivalent combination of education and experience specifically preparing the candidate for success in the position.
Roger Williams University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse workforce. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable state and federal law. For information on our Non-discrimination policy, visit here.
RWU prohibits all forms of discrimination on the basis of sex in its education programs and activities and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) and its implementing regulations not to discriminate in such a manner. Complaints of Title IX sexual harassment should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at the contact information listed below. Details regarding the formal complaint process can be found here: Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedures. All complaints of sexual harassment will be taken seriously and responded to promptly. TITLE IX COORDINATOR: Dr. Jen Stanley, 1 Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI 02809 / Phone Number: (401) 254-3123 /Email Address: [email protected]
Salaries for new hires at Roger Williams University usually fall between the minimum and midpoint of the salary range.
Minimum 25th Midpoint 75th Maximum
$65,210 $72,401 $79,593 $86,783 $93,975
Please attach a resume, cover letter, and list of three (3) professional references. In your cover letter/letter of interest, in addition to listing how your qualifications meet the requirements of the position, please include information about how you would be able to contribute to RWU's diversity, inclusivity, and equity goals.
All employees must submit a vaccination card or complete an exemption form (available upon request) in order to provide a clear and accurate picture of campus vaccine prevalence. Please be assured that RWU closely safeguards the confidentiality of employee medical information, including documentation or other confirmation of the COVID-19 vaccination.