Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Programs
Associated Colleges of the Midwest
May 9, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
Location: ACM office, Chicago, IL
Start date: By September 1, 2018
Application deadline: Applications will be reviewed beginning May 21, until the position is filled.
The Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) seeks applications for the position of Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Programs based in downtown Chicago.
The member colleges launched ACM in 1958 with three main purposes to support the members through joint action:
To advance the interests and to contribute to the educational effectiveness of the member colleges of the organization;
To develop and assist the member colleges in improving the efficiency of their operations both administrative and cultural; and
To assist the member colleges in developing additional sources of revenue.
Through ACM, faculty, staff, and students at member colleges participate in collaborative programs and activities focused on academic excellence and professional development. ACM aims to strengthen its member colleges as leaders and exemplars in liberal arts education through significant, innovative, and sustainable collaborations.
The ACM is now undergoing a thorough review and reset of its strategic goals. The Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Programs, working closely with the President and Board of Directors, will drive programs and projects that result from this reset. They will lead the transformation of new programs and the revision of existing programs from idea to full implementation, acting dynamically to create the next generation of ACM programs.
Strategic planning and implementation
Collaborate with the President, Board of Directors, Advisory Board of Deans, member colleges, and other consortium leaders to ensure that initiatives reflect ACM’s strengths, the vision of the ACM Board of Directors, and creative program development opportunities.
Drive detailed research to support ACM strategic implementation and decision-making.
Provide strategic, tactical, and high-level analytical advice to the President, CFO, and senior ACM leadership in the development and implementation of strategic priorities identified by the Board of Directors.
Support the President by providing leadership, guidance, and involvement on a variety of projects and initiatives.
Confer actively with campus constituents through focus groups, surveys, and other methods, research/benchmark best practices in liberal arts college programming, and identify emerging issues in liberal arts education to initiate new programs for ACM students, faculty, staff, and administrators.
Monitor the external environment for topics, issues, and developments that would impact existing or potential ACM programs.
Review and revise existing ACM programs based on an evaluation of their past success and areas for improvement.
Develop metrics and systems to monitor new and revised program success, reviewing program performance with the ACM President and Board of Directors.
Revise programs on an ongoing basis to address needed areas for improvement.
Relationship Building and Engagement
Energetically engage students, faculty, and administrators at member campuses to build a foundation for effective collaboration.
Cultivate relationships, partnerships, and coalitions with civic, corporate, and nonprofit leaders in Chicago, regionally, and nationally to catalyze new program opportunities.
Track and grow relationships vital to the success of strategic initiatives.
Participate with other liberal arts and higher education consortia for information sharing and collaboration when appropriate.
Write project proposals, progress reports, request for proposal (RFP) responses, grant applications, and other documents for new programmatic initiatives.
Deliver compelling presentations on strategic initiatives to multiple constituencies, including the ACM Board of Directors, faculty, students, and external program partners.
Represent the ACM President and/or ACM at regional and national levels at conferences and meetings.
Communicate on a consistent basis with the President, the Board of Directors, deans, and administrators at member colleges.
Manage the administrative processes needed to launch new initiatives and redesigned programs, including planning, goal setting, budgeting, staffing, logistics, etc.
Monitor program budgets to ensure that ACM resources are used wisely and with financial prudence.
Develop and maintain memorandums of understanding (MOUs) and agreements with government, community, and philanthropic institutions to support ongoing projects.
Hire, train, supervise, coach, and mentor staff, including one project coordinator and teams of ACM staff on selected projects.
Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in higher education.
A high level of motivation, drive, and energy. An entrepreneurial, “go-getter” mind-set.
Must be innovative and creative.
Ability to collaborate and build relationships.
A collegial, consultative style with the ability to be decisive when needed.
Demonstrated excellence in strategic planning.
Strong analytical intelligence for forward planning.
Ability to think critically from a consortial perspective.
Superb written and oral communication skills.
Proven ability to lead projects from start to finish.
Proven skills in creating and guiding successful work teams and implementing a complex strategy.
Demonstrated skill at directing multiple complex, concurrent initiatives.
Demonstrated ability to build productive external partnerships and create networks, coalitions, and projects with multiple constituencies. Ability to win the trust of stakeholders and partners.
Commitment to the importance of liberal arts undergraduate education.
Knowledge of the role of small, residential liberal arts colleges in the US higher education landscape is preferred.
A valid driver’s license and the ability to drive a motor vehicle.
This position will require travel to 14 ACM member campuses as well as travel to other locations as needed. Estimated travel of the position is 50 percent, with some periods of the year higher than 50 percent and some lower than 50 percent. May require some evening and weekend work and travel.
The Vice President reports to the President and will work closely with the CFO and other ACM staff members. This is a full-time, exempt position in Chicago, IL; salary and benefits commensurate with experience. The ACM offers an excellent benefits package and a flexible, stimulating environment.
If you would like to be considered as a candidate for this position, please send:
a letter explaining your interest in the position, the qualifications you would bring, and how you would contribute to ACM goals for this position;
a professional skills resume;
available start date; and
a list of references (who would be contacted only with prior permission).
Please submit materials electronically as attachments, in MS Word or PDF format, to email@example.com using the subject “VP Strategic Initiatives and Programs.”
The Associated Colleges of the Midwest is an equal employment opportunity employer. ACM does not discriminate in the operation of its educational programs, activities, or employment with regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by law.
ACM member colleges: Beloit College, Carleton College, Coe College, Colorado College, Cornell College, Grinnell College, Knox College, Lake Forest College, Lawrence University, Luther College, Macalester College, Monmouth College, Ripon College, and St. Olaf College.