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Director of Excellence and Innovation Initiative
Utah Valley University

Date Posted Jan. 13, 2022
Title Director of Excellence and Innovation Initiative
University Utah Valley University
Orem, UT, United States
Department Vice President
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
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Director of Excellence and Innovation Initiative

Position Category: Staff - Full-Time


Who are we:

We are Utah Valley University and have the largest student enrollment among public universities in the state, approximately 40,000 students. We are one of a growing number of institutions in the nation offering an integrated dual-mission model that combines the rigor and richness of a first-rate teaching university with the openness and vocational programs of a community college.

The Director of the Excellence and Innovation Initiative (E2I) works alongside key campus stakeholders and external partners to power up project-based learning for UVU students. This newly created position connects UVU faculty, students, and community/business leaders and works closely with the VP as well as the university president on visioning, coordination, and implementation. The purpose of E2I is to expand and deepen student learning in "how to get things done" through real-world projects that reflect their passions, competencies, and academic learning as exemplified in the universities Essential Learning Outcomes (ELOs). Success in this position means that more UVU students will have experienced collaboration, communication, success, failure, project management, and other relevant skills during their time at UVU.

Key Roles and Responsibilities:

60% | Excellence and Innovation Catalyst Program:

  • Serves as a partner with academic affairs.
  • Coordinates with programs and departments on projects in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.
  • Provides training and direct application on project management, systems thinking, lean startup, and design thinking processes.
  • Sources, encourages, supervises / supervising and provides leadership and support to student projects.
  • Builds relationships among key campus stakeholders to collaborate on student projects and experiences.
  • Reports on all accountability measures: fundraising, current projects, completed projects, impact, and ROI for UVU.
  • Meets regularly with community outreach team and catalyst students to track projects and coordination efforts.
  • Coordinates with Stanford Innovation Fellows and MIT Station One programs.

30% | Campus and Community Engagement:

  • Partners with Center for Social Impact, Undergraduate/Faculty Research, Community Outreach and Economic Development (COED), Office of Engaged Learning High Impact Practices (HIPS), Internships, Essential Learning Outcomes (ELO's) and other key campus stakeholders to coordinate efforts in project-based learning.
  • Through coordination with associate deans, creates cross-disciplinary collaboration among students and faculty.
  • Regularly reports on progress to UVU administration and provides strategic direction on the future of the E2I.
  • Increases student engagement and affinity by preparing students for the workforce, offering high-impact projects, and facilitating access to key resources on campus and in the community.
  • Serves as a member of the executive team for the division of Administration and Strategic Relations.
  • Builds relationships with business/industry, public sector, and non-profit leaders in Utah County and beyond. These relationships should help in creating engaging projects that students can gain practical experience and knowledge.
  • Works with senior leaders to create a CEO Alliance/CEO circle for E2I.

10% | Performs other duties as needed or assigned. UVU offers an excellent benefits package which includes a generous leave policy, 12 paid holidays, affordable medical and dental insurance options, life and AD&D insurance, tuition waiver (undergraduate resident) for employee and dependents and substantial employer contribution to a retirement plan.

Required Qualifications:

  • Graduation from an accredited institution with a Masters degree in Communication, Political Science, Business, plus at least one year of related experience; or, a related field OR any combination of education and experience totaling 7 years.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge |
  • Understanding of community and government relations best practices.
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal government procedures.
  • Knowledge of UVUs service region and the key stakeholders of the university.
  • Effective board management.
Skills |
  • Skills in navigating complex topics in Excellence and Innovation.
  • Skills in collaboration and networking.
  • Skills in relationship-building and sourcing projects for and with students.
  • Skills in program management.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Abilities |
  • Ability to work with diverse stakeholders.
  • Ability to understand and interpret complex documents.
  • Ability to work night and weekend hours, as necessary.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters degree

Physical Requirements:

  • Work is performed in a normal office environment.

Benefits Summary:

UVU offers an excellent benefits package which includes a generous leave policy, 12 paid holidays, affordable medical and dental insurance options, life and AD&D insurance, tuition waiver (undergraduate resident) for employee and dependents and substantial employer contribution to a retirement plan.

FLSA: Exempt

Pay Range: $69,359 - $86,699 DOQ

Advertisement Number: STA98521

Open Date: 01/12/2022

Review Start Date: 01/18/2022

Close Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

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