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Arizona State University
Scottsdale, Arizona
$120,000-$150,000 per year; DOE

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Director, Executive Development in Higher Education

Arizona State University

University Design Institute

Off-Campus: Scottsdale



Job Description

The University Design Institute seeks a seasoned leadership professional with rich experience in designing and leading the creation of gold-standard executive leadership development programs, preferably within the context of higher education. The individual we seek has a successful track record in building and facilitating leadership development programs for global senior executives. This individual has the presence, knowledge, and eloquence to stand in front of university presidents, chancellors, and ministers of education, and thrives in supporting and fostering the growth of senior executives to lead transformation efforts in their own institutions. While not afraid to dig in and do the hard work of designing and facilitating workshops, this individual is also a proven team leader, and is skilled in inspiring and engaging team members to build world-class programs. By way of analogy, the individual we seek is more like the conductor of an orchestra, rather than the first-chair violinist: focused on the success of the entirety of the endeavor through encouraging the best performance of individual team members. 


Salary Range

$120,000-$150,000 per year; DOE


Close Date



Essential Duties

  • Co-designs and leads the strategy, vision and advancement of UDI’s global executive development and leaders-as-designers programs.
  • Leverages best practices in leadership development and executive education in designing programs
  • Builds and scales programming into world-class executive leadership offerings through a deep understanding of marketing, positioning, and pricing strategies in global markets, in order for the program to be financially self-sustaining.
  • Leads program team members in developing and executing implementation plans, including effective data tracking systems, developing products to support the program development, and encourages continuous improvement to optimize client experience. 
  • Co-designs workshops and learning experiences, and can facilitate in-person and digital sessions with high degrees of empathy, agility, and execution to ensure workshop objectives are achieved.
  • Facilitates formal and informal conversations with senior executives and leaders from around the world with cultural intelligence and presence.
  • Develops, leads and fosters collaborative relationships with executive leaders within higher education institutions.
  • Builds and leverages the networks and circles of experts necessary to curate the content for a gold-standard program experience.
  • Leads stakeholder conversations to advance program success and outcomes. Stakeholders may range from experts and thought leaders, policy makers, government ministers, community or funding organizations and others.
  • Fosters a trusted advisor relationship with global senior higher education executives
  • Performs ongoing research and forecasting of changes in the next-generation learning landscape, including benchmarking of peer institutions, competitors, technological innovations, and corporate players in the international landscape.
  • Assists with developing annual strategic goals and objectives along with internal policy and procedure to aid in meeting those goals and objectives.
  • Serves as a representative of UDI and ASU at state, regional and national organizations, boards, councils, and committees, as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND eight (8) years of related administrative experience, which includes five (5) years of supervisory experience; OR, Twelve (12) years of related administrative experience, which includes five (5) years of supervisory experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


Desired Qualifications

  • Preference for expertise and experience within a higher education environment.
  • Proven track record of engaging globally at a senior level.
  • Proven track record of leading executive level programing and building relationships with executive higher education leaders.
  • Professional facilitation experience leading workshops and programs for senior executive leaders
  • Is energized by the intricacies and complexities of global higher education transformation
  • Is well informed about challenges, opportunities, trends and their implication for universities and educational systems
  • Demonstrated success in developing solutions that align with client needs.
  • Experience in program design, particularly targeted at executive-level audiences.
  • Strategy development, including helping to define the mission, vision, values and strategic orientation of a university to align with social imperatives 
  • Systems-level thinking and the ability to understand policies, structures, economics, and institutional drivers of an educational system within a broader cultural context
  • Experience with marketing and launching programs for a global audience
  • Assess operations and initiatives to identify areas of growth, resolve issues, and increase buy-in
  • Analyze competitors and clients to provide data-driven recommendations
  • Effective storyboarding and executive communication skills

In addition to the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to complete the essential duties above, qualified candidates will also have knowledge, skills and abilities in the following areas:

  • Experience with long-term engagements across multiple global locations; Knowledge of trends, challenges and opportunities in global higher education; Knowledge of budget management methods and techniques; Knowledge of strategic planning principles and practices; Skill in effectively managing, supervising and evaluating assigned staff.
  • Skill in planning, analyzing and coordinating activities and establishing priorities. 
  • Ability to utilize data to make informed decisions.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication with executive-level leaders.
  • Skill in program design and development.
  • Ability to interface with diverse client groups with an emphasis on customer service.
  • Skill in navigating ambiguity and approaching client engagements utilizing a co-design philosophy.
  • Ability to contribute to a culture of inclusion, belonging, and to navigate in a diverse community. 


Working Environment

  • This position requires physical presence at University Design Institute (UDI) office in Arizona.
  • Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and manipulating a computer mouse; required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work.
  • Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds.
  • Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities, which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts.
  • May be required to perform tasks in the field within and/or across University campuses.
  • Ability to clearly communicate to perform essential functions.


Department Statement

The University Design Institute (UDI) is a catalyst for transformation in higher education. Our vision is for Universities to emerge as powerful engines of social transformation and economic impact. We co-design solutions for higher education. We collaborate with ASU and institutions globally to envision the future, solve problems, and move from ideas to implementation. We transform higher education by advancing innovative, scalable, and sustainable solutions.


We are a values-driven organization with a focus on 6 critical values. Our values include:

  • Intentional Inclusionists: We create an environment of trust, support, acceptance and safety to foster a sense of belonging and wellbeing. 
  • Eternal Optimists: Change is an opportunity for progress, so we tirelessly work to co-create solutions to transform higher education
  • Avid Learners: We embrace curiosity and an exploratory mindset to promote individual and institutional growth. 
  • Constructive Challengers: We commit to challenge processes and perspectives in a supportive environment to push towards continuous improvement. 
  • Collaborative Connectors: Through a culture of collaboration, we weave together a community of problem-solvers to move from ideas to implementation.
  • Relentless Innovators: We fail forward, take risks, and move quickly to craft solutions with purpose. 


ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 100,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.


ASU is a tobacco-free university. For details visit


Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.


Notice of Availability of the ASU Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

In compliance with federal law, ASU prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and resources. ASU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at You may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the ASU Police Department at 480-965-3456.


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ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.


Background Check Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.


Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.


Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.


Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.


ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.


Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.


IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.


To apply please go to see Req Id# 79047BR

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