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BFA Strategic Planning and Implementation Director

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Business and Financial Affairs

Position Title BFA Strategic Planning and Implementation Director
About the University Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 90,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department Business & Financial Affairs supports Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
About the Position

The BFA Strategic Planning and Implementation Director leads and directs Business and Financial Affairs’ strategic planning to ensure the plan supports the University’s strategic plan, and is thorough and inclusive of ideas and comments from people both internal and external to the Division. The Director is responsible for overseeing and supporting the planning and implementation of divisional initiatives and projects, including initiatives related to communications, metrics development, change management, diversity, equity and inclusion, and employee engagement. The Director leads the divisional communications, change management and performance metrics efforts while supporting the development of departmental plans and implementation for those same efforts. The Director is responsible for program development, planning and implementation, and will communicate and maintain timelines, monitor ongoing progress towards planned objectives, and support impacted BFA departments and senior leadership. The Director participates as a member of the BFA Leadership Team, particularly in areas involving planning, policy development and problem solving.

Strategic Planning
In partnership with BFA Division leadership, the Director will lead the development of the Division's strategic plan and facilitate the development of departmental strategic plan. The Director will: ensure alignment with the University strategic plan; realize business objectives and support division personnel in adapting to changes and growth; drive the implementation of the strategic planning process and reporting framework; develop business plans that support and introduce solutions for strategic issues that impact BFA; create presentations and outlines, perform analyses and monitor industry trends; facilitate strategic discussion, and manage strategic initiatives; and, provide high quality expert advice to BFA leadership, lead strategic thinking efforts and optimize the strategic planning processes for the BFA Division.

Lead the BFA effort in the development of metrics program for service delivery support and assessment and to identify resources needed to support the University's strategic plan.

BFA Communications
Develop and execute Division-level general and audience specific communication strategies and plans, messages and tactics that support the strategy, operations and overall reputation of BFA. Create communications strategies and messaging that frame initiatives, providing context and vision, as well as clearly explaining key operational details.

Change Management
Partner with the BFA Leadership Team to strengthen the Division's capabilities and efforts on change management and implementation strategies. Develop a program for action plan development, implementation, tracking and assessment.


Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Five years related experience with increasing/progressive responsibility in prior positions
  • Detail-oriented forward thinker who is familiar with all stages of project management and is adept at working with teams of diverse professionals
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse populations and commitment to areas of diversity, inclusion, and equity
  • Possess business acumen related to essential job functions
  • Must be able to work in a demanding, dynamic and high-profile environment while being closely paired with stakeholders
  • Ability to gather and analyze data, compile information, and prepare executive-level reports
  • Ability to manage and perform multiple complex tasks and prioritize multiple projects with competing timelines and deliverables
  • Strong problem solving, analytical, and interpersonal skills
  • Strong time management, collaboration and communication (oral and written) skills
  • Strong presentation and creative skills
  • Experience in consulting with organizational leaders on strategic planning and change initiatives
  • Demonstrated organizational and leadership skills
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Finance, Public Administration, or other related field
  • Ten or more years related experience with increasing/progressive responsibility in prior positions
  • Familiarity with new and emerging innovative business models
  • Experience in performing analysis leading to strategic recommendation deliverables
  • Knowledge of project management software
  • Sigma Six, Kaizen, Prosci, or PMP Certification
  • Knowledge of the goals, objectives, structure and operations of an institution of higher education
Salary $82,350 - $91,500
Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes Position closes 12/15/2019 at 11:55 pm

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

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Job no: 497544
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Applications close: Pacific Standard Time

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