UWC-USA is seeking to appoint a Chief Strategy Officer (CSO). This is a limited term, full-time position reporting to the President. The Chief Strategy Officer will work collaboratively with the Board of Trustees, President, Strategic Leadership Team, campus community, local community, and alumni. The Chief Strategy Officer will carry forward strategic initiatives that further the mission and ensure that the day-to-day activities of the school support those initiatives.
The ideal applicant will have prior experience with strategic planning and implementation within a school setting. Experience with the UWC movement a plus.
The CSO understands and supports the mission of UWC-USA as fundamental to all activities. The role is to work closely with the President to meet short- and long-term strategic goals and to make sure the school’s overall operation falls in line with those goals.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Collaborates with senior leadership to execute on short- and long-term plans.
Creates implementation plans to achieve tangible results.
Assesses the school’s projects to ensure that they align with the school’s strategic objectives.
Analyzes the success of projects and activities and provides recommendations for greater efficiency and effectiveness.
Analyzes the financial impact of strategic initiatives in cooperation with the Vice President for Finance and Operations and makes recommendations accordingly.
Communicates the school’s strategic progress externally and internally.
Discovers ways to improve outcomes by eliminating wasteful practices.
Leads and supports management in application and implementation of new policies and procedures.
Represents the school at official functions.
Main point of contact when President is off campus.
Develops new business opportunities by leveraging contacts, pursuing new projects, and improving project efficiency.
Ensures compliance with all applicable laws, policies, and regulations.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Must possess exceptional creativity and problem-solving skills.
Must have a strong working knowledge of project and people management and strategy implementation.
Must have experience managing budgets from a mission standpoint.
Must be comfortable with public speaking and adept at communicating verbally and in writing.
Must be able to multitask with project management, data analysis, coordination with the strategic leadership team and execution teams, and acting as the public face of the school in the absence of the President.
Must be willing to challenge the status quo with new ideas, new approaches, and new solutions.
Must have strong decision-making skills and the determination to see projects through to the end.
Demonstrated skills in leadership, management, and collaboration.
Must be able to work with projects in detail and in keeping with the bigger picture.
Must be self-directed and able to work independently.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree required.
Masters of Business Administration or certification in organizational leadership recommended.
Must have demonstrated excellence in analytical research, leadership, and strategic planning.
Time divided between desk work, conferences, meetings, and on-site research.
Must be comfortable working long hours, including some nights and weekends.
Must be willing to travel.
UWC-USA is an international boarding school. It enrolls 240 students in grades 11 and 12. All students follow the IB Diploma program. Roughly twenty percent of the students come from the USA; the remainder represent more than 90 different countries. Students are admitted on the basis of merit, potential, and promise.
A UWC-USA application, letter of interest specific to the position, resume, and a list of references may be emailed to email@example.com. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. UWC-USA is an equal opportunity employer.
About Armand Hammer United World College
UWC-USA is part of an international 17-school coalition of United World Colleges that share a common mission of using education to unite people for peace and a sustainable future. The campus in Montezuma, New Mexico, is the only UWC in the U.S., and is home to 230 students who represent more than 90 countries.