As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a "Great College to Work For" for six consecutive years.UW Continuum College (UWC2) expands the reach of the University of Washington with programs like UW Professional & Continuing Education, International & English Language Programs, Summer Youth and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the UW that meet the needs of various learners at all phases of their lives. We're focused on removing obstacles to relevant educational opportunities by addressing geographic, financial, length of commitment and time constraints, increasing access to knowledge for more people. As a diverse community that values inclusivity and collaboration, we foster a respectful, supportive workplace where innovation comes to life. By looking ahead and experimenting with new approaches, we're creating new educational opportunities to help people thrive in a world of change.The Senior Director, Academic Partnerships is a new role at the University of Washington's Continuum College (UWC2). Reporting to the Assistant Vice Provost for International and Academic Programs, this Senior Director role will have responsibility for building a team that manages cohesive and comprehensive relationships between UW schools and colleges, other administrative units, and UWC2.The OpportunityIn the start-up phase of this position, the Senior Director will establish a foundationally new way of interacting with campus partners by example. Establishing a new way (a "new operating system for partnership management") will mean creating new norms for activities and new accountabilities for our partnership team, which includes the ability to represent the breadth of UWC2 capabilities. As the team grows, instilling this "new partnership operating system" into the team will be the essential job of the Sr. Director.Success in this leadership role requires deep expertise in the field of higher education, continuing and online education (know what our peers do and make translations to our practice);being well-versed not only in UWC2 capabilities, but also UW policy and state regulations;digital literacy by recommending and using technology (e.g., Salesforce) to drive improved partnerships;the ability to work harmoniously within a cross-departmental team structure to identify and solve complex problems, while respecting the thoughts and opinions of colleagues, and ensuring buy-in from key stakeholders; andthe ability to maintain and instill our values: diversity and respect for all, a never-ending pursuit of excellence, integrity, and trust & openness. RESPONSIBILITIESLeadership and Relationship ManagementLead through influence - this position will not have control over all functional groups needed to effectively meet partner needs. Influence-based leadership will, therefore, be essential.Advocate for solutions that improve the credit student experience and our partnership services.Work well and collaboratively with UW academic and/or administrative units, updating them about UWC2 initiatives.Bring boundless and positive energy to the task of developing the partnership team.Instill positive energy and "art of the possible" thinking into each member of the team.Ensure the team is maximizing and respectful of the deep expertise on other teams needed to support partners - partnership management is a team activity.Help guide UWC2 approaches/attitudes that are competitive with an evolving environment.Create a highly collaborative partnership team - meaning the team should also work together at a deep level to share knowledge, expertise, and ask for help.Maintain high performance standards for the team and ensure that there is accountability to those standards.Build dynamic relationships with a small number of initial partners and then train new team members to extend this capability as the team grows.Maintain a deep understanding of UWC2 systems, processes, and resources in order to understand our limitations and our potential for improving the campus partner experience.Encourage and expect high levels of innovation to constantly iterate and improve how we are meeting campus partner needs.Bring forward from the team recommendations for financial and service models to meet evolving partner needs.Recommend new programs, products, and services based on partner requests to UWC2.Participate in leadership councils within UWC2 and serve on university-wide committees as deemed appropriate.SupervisionOver time, supervise a team of up to 8 direct reports and up to 30 total reports.Coach, mentor, guide, and develop a team of very senior staff so that they continuously improve.Hire staff that motivate and drive excellence and push the organization to be better.REQUIREMENTSEducation: Master's degree in education, business, leadership, or related field5+ years of formal leadership in higher education or in a related private industry position such as account/client/customer management positionsADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:Demonstrated ability to develop systematic partnership approaches in a complex environmentDeep professional commitment to professional, continuing, and online educationExperience with fiscally responsible budget managementDESIRED:Doctorate or other terminal degree5+ years of experience in a large online or continuing education unit working as a program plannerProfessional engagement and leadership in national associations such as UPCEA, OLC, or other higher education associationsExperience in private industry as an account manager, client manager, or business-to-business leaderDevelopment of new business models and financial models to support clients/partnersActive, positive voice on social media that can be appropriately directed to support UWC2 and build excitement about our work and our studentsApplication Process:The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select "Apply to this position". Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your "My Jobs" page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
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