Overview

Current WGU employees must submit their internal application before 1/27/2021 to be considered for the position.
Position Summary
Increasing the academic organization’s presence beyond its current realm of influence, this position reaches out to segments affecting higher education and manages those relationships to the University’s strategic advantage. This role creates relationship management strategies to better inform discussions by collecting and managing data relating to external communications and creating actionable intelligence that furthers strategic relationships and synergies among University Departments.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities
Overarching Responsibilities:

  • Supervises the work of a team to drive the unique strategy of the Department engaging in academic outreach efforts;
  • Engages the current workforce and other interested practitioners-within the boundary of a specific function-in the global story of how high-quality higher education changes the lives of people and families; in particular how WGU’s growth, success, and innovation has led to these developments;
  • Create, cultivate, and disseminate stories through journals (including the Journal of Competency-based Education ), blogs, books, and other strategic media to further validate credentials earned via CBE;
  • Remains knowledgeable of the legal structure (multi-national, federal, state, and local laws and regulations) and trends within higher education;
  • Identifies and integrates best practices into the department’s knowledge base and practices; and
  • Work through a team of professionals-ensuring efficient use of the university’s human, physical, and fiscal resources-to engage with associations, membership agencies, conferences, meetings, gatherings, and/or other groups through presence, participation, and strategic interactions;
  • Build and manage external relationships with donor organizations and internal relationships with staff, faculty, and key contacts for strategic and operational initiatives to create additional funding streams for enhancing the capacity of internal operations;
  • Oversee grant writing, develop effective letters of inquiry, grant proposals, acknowledgment letters, progress and stewardship reports, and other forms of communication and manage strategic deadlines for competing opportunities;

Required Education and Experience

  • An earned graduate degree (doctorate preferred) in a writing-intensive field (e.g., Communication, English, History, Law, or Policy) from an accredited college or university,
  • Minimum of seven years of experience in a highly regulated environment (higher education regulation preferred) with a minimum of ten years in management positions (experience with remote teams preferred), and
  • Prior management of simultaneous presence strategies and communication strategies with conferences, associations, and professional groups; and

Required Skills

  • Technological competence with MS Office suite (Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, and Office 360); and experience with database management to organize multi-faceted work (e.g., Raiser’s Edge, Salesforce, Smartsheet
  • Superb communication skills as evidenced by a record of publications, presentations, and peer reviews; and
  • Interpersonal relationship skills (social-emotional intelligence) of confidence, focus, ethics, and accountability as demonstrated by checks with multiple layers of references.
  • Respond quickly to changing requirements, priorities, and short deadlines

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior training as a quality examiner (Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award preferred);
  • Experience with mobile application development to track and automate engagement strategies;
  • Experience working in high-stakes, tight-deadline fields (e.g., newsrooms, disaster/emergency situations, end-of-life care);
  • A robust record of publication including over a dozen peer-reviewed journal articles, five edited book chapters, and two full-length manuscripts (i.e., book or dissertation)
  • Bi-lingual (writing and speaking) in Spanish

Private / Professional Function:

  • Participation in a management capacity with professional organizations (e.g., committee leadership, board membership).
  • Prior accountability/oversight of an academic publishing organization with accountability for sourcing, contracting, editing, and publishing multiple items each month.
  • Valid/active Certified Grant Writer (American Grant Writers Association) or Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE);
  • Receipt of (recognition) awards from multiple organizations for quality, results, and/or process improvements; and
  • An overall portfolio of over $25M in funds raised through foundation relationships.
  • Prior management of foundation relationships with at least 10 funded projects-three of which must have been $1M or more; and
  • Participation in grant applications to at least five of the following foundations or a branch of the United States Government: Carnegie, Dell, Ford, Hewlett, Gates, Lumina, Mac, Mott, Strada, Wallace, and Walton

Special Requirements
Travel will occur up to 40% of the time with some seasonality. Work on nights and weekends may be necessary to complete the tasks of this position.
Competencies Required

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills with the ability to present information clearly and accurately;
  • Able to lead diverse teams and engage full cooperation across multiple departments and groups;
  • Exceptional attention to detail and able to meet all required deadlines;
  • Able to collaborate with other departments to ensure project success;
  • Work well within a team but be independent enough to work well alone (previous experience working in remote positions is preferred for remote candidates);
  • Able to adapt quickly and easily to change; and
  • Able to work equally well across the university’s colleges as needed.

Tracking

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