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University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Position Number: 2665127
  • Location: San Antonio, TX
  • Position Type: Presidents and Chancellors

Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives, Office of the President

Location: San Antonio, TX
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 7137
Full/Part Time: Full Time

Org Marketing Statement
The University of Texas at San Antonio is a Hispanic Serving University specializing in cyber, health, fundamental futures, and social-economic development. With more than 34,000 students, it is the largest university in the San Antonio metropolitan region. UTSA advances knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. The university embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property-for Texas, the nation and the world. Learn more online, on UTSA Today or on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube or LinkedIn.

UTSA is situated in a global city that has been a crossroads of peoples and cultures for centuries, values diversity and inclusion in all aspects of university life. As an institution expressly founded to advance the education of Mexican Americans and other underserved communities, our university is committed to ending generations of discrimination and inequity. UTSA, a premier public research university, fosters academic excellence through a community of dialogue, discovery and innovation that embraces the uniqueness of each voice.

Posting End Date
Applications will be accepted through 11:59 PM CDT on 12/10/2021. At the discretion of the hiring department, this position posting may close once a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received.

Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Required Application Materials
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

(Must be in PDF format)

Essential Functions
Scope: To provide the planning and implementation of projects and initiatives for the Office of the President.


    1. Leads, directs and coordinates the administration of multiple strategic projects for the Office of the President.

    2. Facilitates and drives key strategic initiatives from inception phase. Scoping and implementing special projects, strategic initiatives, and executing on the long-term strategic vision as well as to meet short-term objectives.

    3. Assist and advise in the development and planning of new initiatives across the division portfolio, including setting up relevant leadership meetings and agendas, tracking, coordinating and launching action teams.

    4. Lead projects and initiatives that require cross-functional engagement with key staff across the organization, and with external stakeholders

    5. Collaborate with relevant leadership and staff to establish, initiate, coordinate and manage the process of assessing, refining, monitoring and timely reporting to established standard the implementation of both existing and new initiatives. This includes ensuring the development of metrics, data analytics and other data related issues to attain goals, and developing and maintaining strategies to effectively communicate status and progress of initiatives.

    6. Establish relevant key performance indicators to ensure operationalized initiatives are on track to succeed.

    7. Develop and deliver strategic and databased assessment plans and reports for the division and communicates results to top management.

    8. Develop briefing materials, coordinates campus interactions with faculty/staff and programs, identify promising or research-informed opportunities and develop tactics to achieve set goals. Ensure executive leadership expectations are being met through event debriefs and identifying opportunities for improvement.

    9. Liaison with appropriate communication/marketing professionals to prepare materials, presentations or other mediums to ensure success.

    10. Serve as primary liaison to external bodies and internal offices, to coordinate relationships with and among stakeholders to advance student success initiatives.

    11. Other duties as assigned.


  1. Attend conferences/meetings and/or training as needed.

  2. Serve on committees.

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree from accredited institution
  • Minimum five years of related experience in the development, planning and advancing academic strategy, tactics, and operations, and managing to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills and the ability to correspond and present effectively to small and large groups of university wide constituents.
  • The ability to effectively gain support of and lead diverse internal and external stakeholders to a common goal.
  • Ability to work on matters of high sensitivity and confidentiality with diplomacy.
  • Skilled with Microsoft Office Suite software, especially Excel and PowerPoint.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's Degree from accredited institution.
  • Related experience in developing, planning and advancing strategic goals at an institution of higher education.
  • Experience writing strategic plans with defined metrics.
  • Ability to shift priorities on tight deadlines to execute projects in a short timeframe.

Working Conditions
This position will be primarily located:

On Campus: Primary work location will be on campus

Additional Information
  • UTSA is a tobacco free campus.
  • This is a security sensitive position. Employment is contingent upon a successful background check.
  • Applicants selected must be able to show proof of eligibility to work in the United States by time of hire.

EO/AA Statement
As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, it is the policy of The University of Texas at San Antonio to promote and ensure equal employment opportunity for all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetic information, and veteran status. The University is committed to the Affirmative Action Program in compliance with all government requirements to ensure nondiscrimination. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply. UTSA campuses are accessible to persons with disabilities.

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