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Senior Strategic Advisor (SPMO)

Company: University of California
Location: Oakland
Posted on: January 23, 2023

Job Description:

For UCOP internal applicants, please login to the internal candidate gateway at: Jobs at UCOP UC OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT At the University of California (UC), your contributions make a difference. A world leader producing Nobel and Pulitzer prize recipients with over 150 years of groundbreaking research transforming the world. Choose a career where you can leverage your knowledge, skills and aspirations to inspire and support some of the greatest minds in the world, and those who will follow in their footsteps. Working at the University of California is being part of a unique institution, and a vibrant and diverse community. At the University of California, Office of the President, we propel our mission through impactful work locally, in government centers and systemwide. We are passionate people, serving the greater good. The University of California, one of the largest and most acclaimed institutions of higher learning in the world, is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research and public service. The University of California Office of the President is the headquarters to the 10 campuses, six academic medical centers and three national laboratories and enrolls premier students from California, the nation and the world. Learn more about the UC Office of the 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 Qualifications

  • At least 10 years of experience in leading and advising strategic initiatives, programs, and/or projects with senior leaders.
  • 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 insights.
  • 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 constituencies.
  • Ability to persuade through both logic and appeal to positive motivations.
  • Demonstrates interpersonal skills and client service orientation to establish and maintain positive collaborative working relationships with a broad range of stakeholders. Preferred Qualifications
    • 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. Smoke Free Work Environment: The University of California, Office of the President, is smoke & -tobacco-free as of January 1, 2014. - UC Smoke & Tobacco Free Policy August 2021 Update: The University of California has issued a policy requiring employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID -19 before physically accessing the University location or programs. Upon hire into a UCOP position, you will be provided detailed instructions on how to comply with this policy including access to the COVID vaccination at no cost. New hires to UCOP who work onsite or will come onsite for any activities at a UCOP or other UC location must comply with this policy within 8 weeks after their start date. The policy allows for employees to request approval for an exception or deferral. UC COVID-19 Vaccine Policy EEO STATEMENT The University of California, Office of the President, is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. EEO/AA Employer UC Nondiscrimination Policy The University of California, Office of the President, strives to make this job board accessible to any and all users. If you have comments regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the application process, please contact us at: - Accessibility or email the Human Resource Department at: - epost@ucop.edu .

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