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Director of Strategic Planning

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Director of Strategic Planning
Faculty Rank: Lecturer
Role Title: Professional Faculty
Posting Number: AP0170254
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

The Director of Strategic Planning will work with colleges, departments, and units to create, develop, and communicate the University’s strategic plan and the ongoing continuous planning process. The Director will support and coordinate the integration of the campus’ diversity plan (as well as college and unit-level plans) into the university’s plan and ensure widespread communication of the plans across the institution. This position reports to the Vice President of Strategic Affairs.
Position Responsibilities:
o Develop and monitor strategic, multi-year plans leveraging assets across the organization to actualize Virginia Tech’s priorities and goals.
o Work with the Office of the Provost to align university’s academic and administrative unit plans, objectives and metrics
o Support the development and integration of individual colleges/departments/units’ strategic plans, including diversity plans, into the campus-wide strategic plan.
o Develop, lead and implement special projects expanding the impact and reach of Virginia Tech’s strategy through innovation and creativity utilizing staff, plans, tools and other assets.
o Assist with the monitoring of strategic metrics and progress towards institutional and colleges/departments/units’ organizational goals.
o Lead the University’s continuous strategic planning process.
o Ensure coordination and alignment of strategic planning across executive units of the University.
o Ensure cohesive framework between campus’ budget metrics, dashboards, and performance incentive budget model metrics for colleges and units.
o Collaborate to ensure effective communication of strategic plan with stakeholders.
o Coordinate the efforts of several cross-cutting working groups that might be formed to draft specific components of the plan.

Required Qualifications:

o Master’s degree in a related field or a Bachelor’s degree in a related field and significant experience and or training that may equate to an advanced degree.
o Considerable direct strategic planning experience at a complex organization.
o Proven project management skills, determining priorities, attention to detail, accuracy and timeliness.
o Experience with financial planning, budgets and strategic metrics in a college/university or an organization comparable to Virginia Tech.
o Excellent interpersonal skills with strong ability to influence others and build a collaborative environment.
o Ability to foster relationships with external allies, decision makers, and stakeholders; to work in both a team atmosphere and independently; and to meet internal and external demands in a fast-paced environment.
o Excellent communication skills for a wide range of audiences. A demonstrated record of inclusive leadership. Must be a strategic thinker with sound judgment and excellent political acumen.
o Strong quantitative and qualitative data analytics skills and an ease in synthetizing data into productive information. Superior ability to manipulate large, complex text-based data sets in a visual context that facilitates understanding and clear decision-making.
o Experience and a commitment to working in inclusive and diverse environments.

Preferred Qualifications:

o Master’s or Doctorate is preferred.

Employment Conditions: Must have a driver's license check
Must have a conviction check: Yes
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How to Apply for this Job:

To evaluate the requirements and apply, candidates may review posting AP0170254 in its entirety at Review of applications will begin January 15, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants MUST apply on-line to be considered. If you have any questions please contact our Service Center @ 540-231-9331 or email

Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience
Location: Blacksburg
Department: President's Institutional Expense
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: 8am-5pm
Job Posting Date: 09/14/2017
Review Begin Date: 01/15/2018
Job Close Date:
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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