The Director of Strategic Iniatives will report to the Associate Vice President of Safety and Security and Chief of Police (AVP). As a key member of the AVP’s leadership team, they will handle a wide range of matters of institutional importance and be responsible for the central coordination of various functions and activities within the Department of Safety & Security (DSS). S/he will assist in providing leadership and direction of resource allocation for strategic planning and administrative initiatives, both within the Department and with key campus constituencies, and will provide special project management oversight. As a member of the departmental leadership team, this role will provide outreach and mentorship to key staff and coordinate overall professional development and team building activities for the Department.
On behalf of the AVP, this role will direct and monitor linkages with other Senior Leaders to ensure responsiveness of the units. They will maintain oversight for select projects supporting the AVP to ensure that all are effectively moving according to plan objectives and established milestones and measurement criteria. They will execute senior leadership strategies to effectively address emergent issues, garner appropriate resources, and resolve issues before they require escalation. At the direction of the AVP, they will execute strategic objectives in collaboration with all units within the Department.
Please Note:May require work on weekends and outside of normal business hours as well as travel.
- Serves as the primary and confidential advisor to the AVP providing complete research, analysis, advice and recommendations on complex issues of central importance to the divisional and campus missions. Directs and implements long-rang, strategic planning for the Department.
- Prepares briefing materials and ensures AVP is appropriately prepared for all internal/external meeting and speaking engagements. Provide direction on overall tone and level of detail on all material to ensure audience suitability, proper messaging/branding and adequate content. Delivers and coordinates presentations and written materials for various meeting, off-sites and presentations.
- Acts as an “Ambassador” for the AVP, assisting and facilitating communication with other members of the strategic team in response to emergent or sensitive issues.
- Acts on the authority of the AVP to oversee strategic projects with a focus on significant change management initiatives that typically require cross- functional resource allocation.
- Conceptualizes and implements Department wide succession planning, professional development programs and reorganizations that best meet Department and institutional needs.
- Working closely with the Office of the Executive Vice President, plays an active role in supporting the coordination and the planning of projects, communications, agendas, and other collateral. Regularly drafts responses for the AVP related to a wide variety of topics and issues.
- Participates in key constituent meetings to ensure appropriate and responsive follow-up and accountability and resolution of matters requiring the AVP’s attention.
- Oversees research, analysis and synthesis of information as well as the development of reports and correspondence on a wide range of topics that impact the ability to meet the division mission of serving students, faculty, staff and community stakeholders.
- Must exercise diplomacy and effective conflict resolution skills in responding on behalf of the institution.
- Contributes to the overall success and advancement of DSS by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
- 8 years' high-level experience in progressively more responsible administrative roles in supporting a Chief Executive in federal, state or local government, not-for-profit or higher education.
- Demonstrated strong executive leadership skills at a large-scale, complex organization with analytical ability and experience with strategic planning processes, including significant organizational change management initiatives.
- Proven track record of successful program and/or project management in an educational, security, or transportation context.
- Experience building partnerships at the most senior levels of an organization and an ability to work with an appreciation for the mission, traditions, and culture of the University.
- Prior experience collaborating with high-level executives in an intense, dynamic environment.
- Proven track record of the ability to think strategically while planning, organizing, coordinating and directing multiple projects and activities with varied deadlines in support of a complex agenda.
- Proven ability to maintain a “big picture” view while recognizing the importance of a close attention to detail.
- Demonstrated ability to exercise exemplary judgment and ensure the utmost discretion and confidentiality in all matters.
- Highly results oriented; displays a bias for action.
- Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to interact with diverse internal and external constituents.
- Ability to give and receive constructive criticism.
- Successful completion of a full course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a master's or JD or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired.
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.