Senior Strategic Advisor (SPMO)
Company: University of California
Posted on: January 23, 2023
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President DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW The UCOP Strategy and Program
Management Office (SPMO) provides high quality in-house advisory
and consulting services to advance the mission of the University of
California system. The SPMO develops and implements multi-year
strategic planning; develops and executes strategies to address
pressing business and policy challenges; applies portfolio
management methodologies, metrics, and tools; develops solutions in
governance, operating models, financial management, organizational
design, process improvement, operational efficiency, change
management; and manages systemwide strategic initiatives, programs,
and projects. - POSITION SUMMARY The SPMO Senior Strategic Advisor
will independently use and apply wide-ranging management consulting
experience and proficiency to lead and facilitate highly complex,
strategic engagements involving multiple organizations and
stakeholders; advise University executives and senior leaders to
design and implement goal-achieving solutions; develop
methodologies that drive organizational effectiveness; regularly
conduct rigorous analysis with available data and inputs; and apply
methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for developing
solutions and achieving results. This position will also build and
manage partnerships with outside consulting organizations and
contractors to bolster delivery of projects. Senior Strategic
Advisors are recognized as thought leaders and expert project
leaders throughout the organization. Senior Strategic Advisors also
provide leadership internally to the SPMO unit in developing
capabilities, mentoring staff, and forging internal and external
relationships. Responsibilities Leads large-scale initiatives by
assessing complex situations and developing unique and innovative
solutions. Mobilizes and manages cross-functional project teams.
Assesses business needs, performs advanced analyses of high
quantity and sometimes contradictory information. Exercises wide
judgment in selecting and developing methods, techniques, and
evaluation criteria for obtaining appropriate results and
resolution of organizational effectiveness issues. 35% Leads and
facilitates strategic planning with executives and their leadership
team to develop mid and long-term strategic goals. Identifies and
assesses market trends; collects and analyzes input from relevant
stakeholders; identifies and evaluates impact metrics; develops
specific implementation plans to execute goals. 30% Advises
executive and senior leaders from across the University to address
issues, develop recommendations, and implement solutions in
alignment with strategic goals and objectives. Provides thought
partnership and consultation, design, facilitation, and project
management on multi-faceted problems to achieve strategically
aligned solutions. Facilitates adoption of proposed solutions from
key stakeholders. 25% Creates repeatable frameworks and builds
relationships to enhance the visibility and impact of the SPMO.
Advises and mentors less experienced staff. Provides direction,
delegating, and removing obstacles to facilitate getting work done.
Supports a collaborative and inclusive team culture. 10% Required
- At least 10 years of experience in leading and advising
strategic initiatives, programs, and/or projects with senior
- Knowledge of the consulting process related to strategy and
operations to effectively lead high impact engagements from
inception to conclusion.
- Knowledge of the organizational environment of higher education
and large research universities to understand client priorities,
issues, motivations, and constraints.
- Demonstrates superior analytical, problem-solving, project
planning and implementation skills.
- Ability to translate quantitative data into actionable
- Ability to handle multiple constituencies, agendas,
engagements, and tasks with tight deadlines, and to deal
productively with ambiguity and conflict.
- Highly skilled in navigating organizational complexity.
- Has superior written, verbal and presentation skills for
influencing and facilitating sustained change.
- Demonstrates ability to learn quickly, reason, synthesize and
generalize based on information obtained. Sound judgment, ability
to draw unbiased conclusions.
- Ability to focus on priorities, strategies, and vision while
managing multiple assignments.
- Advanced skills in short- and long-range planning, program, and
project management, facilitation, and collaboration.
- Ability to facilitate and influence people at all levels.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse
- Ability to persuade through both logic and appeal to positive
- Demonstrates interpersonal skills and client service
orientation to establish and maintain positive collaborative
working relationships with a broad range of stakeholders. Preferred
- Experience with project/program management methodologies such
as agile and Lean Six Sigma.
- Experience in strategy and/or operations consulting leading
high profile engagements.
- Experience in higher education.
- Experience leading strategic planning. Education
- Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent
experience / training .
- Advanced degree (Preferred) SALARY AND BENEFITS Salary:
$173,000 to $185,000 annually commensurate with skills/experience.
Benefits: For information on the comprehensive benefits package
offered by the University visit: - Benefits of Belonging ADDITIONAL
INFORMATION HOW TO APPLY Please be prepared to attach a cover
letter and resume with your application. The first review date for
this job is (1/27/2023) . The position will be open until filled.
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