The Executive Director of Extended Learning manages the day-to-day operations of all university centers and instructional sites; oversees and implements continuous improvement processes; provides leadership; supervises the Regional Directors and Site Directors; plays a primary role in the strategic planning, community college outreach, and research work for all Centers.
Administration and Operations: - Work closely with the AP on internal administrative matters and oversee select projects. - Serve as liaison and maintain close collaboration with main campus divisions ensuring that operational needs are provided. - Oversee major program initiatives; collaborate with appropriate academic and non-academic departments to provide focus and strategic direction for programs. - Evaluate current systems and procedures across all sites that coordinate and simplify procedures. - Routinely meet with service staff from all divisions at each Center to review and/or establish goals and objectives to assure alignment with UCs, ASL and university mission and goals. - Organize the operations team and mobilize them to achieve the units' goals. - Assist Regional Directors and Site Directors in developing uniform and standardized operational and team building efforts.
Process Improvement: - Review work processes and procedures and make recommendations. - Interact with employees to better understand department issues and concerns; research various options, develop solutions to organizational issues and concerns, identify change strategies and conduct/identify training for their implementation. - Improve processes, increase communication between sites and create a more efficient operation by researching best practices and centralizing services for the highest standards of site management. - Seek and apply for grant applications to enhance the likelihood of funding, anticipating and implementing timelines to ensure their timely preparation. - Coach internal process improvement teams and collaborates for planning and implementing goals of the UCs. - Research historical, current, and projected data to identify problems, causes or areas for which procedural or system changes are indicated. - Interpret data and operational improvement associated with effective management of center operations.
Data Management: - Gather information on UC activities and operations, extrapolating and evaluating information to develop recommendations for change and/or advancement of the UCs. - Identify the process and elements of key initiatives; make recommendations and manage the implementation of approved initiatives. - Develop metrics and monitor for ongoing improvement opportunities.
Budget: - Build support for the budgetary process by ensuring the expenditures reflect the most effective and efficient ways to deliver education services at Centers. - Assist in building the preliminary budgets with Regional Directors and Site Directors; assist Regional and Site Directors in analyzing areas requiring improvement, finding areas with additional needs and reducing costs.
Supervisor Duties - Actively engages in recruitment and hiring new employees; - Clearly defines performance expectations, ensure accountability, and provides ongoing informal feedback, coaching, and mentoring. Conducts formal performance evaluations; - Ensures employees have necessary resources; - Oversees and directs the work of staff; serves as mentor, coach and leader, and resolves complaints or issues; - Promotes professional development opportunities; - Develops and fosters supportive working relationships, motivation and engagement; - Communicates information to staff on an ongoing basis to influence staff engagement and to be a part of a larger community; - Takes corrective action in a timely manner; - Recognizes and rewards employees for good performance; - Schedules employee work hours/shifts; monitor hours worked; approve payable time and absence requests; - Adjusts leadership style as needed to achieve results; - Recognizes value of and promotes diverse workforce. Values and encourages diverse perspectives, creativity and teamwork
Committee/Service: - Make presentations to main campus and other forums as needed. Seek out opportunities to educate local community leaders and community college administrators on UC initiatives. - Serve on a variety of internal and external committees, task forces and other committees to secure advocacy and influence support for programs and ideals. - Assist Associate Provost as directed in legislative and other political arena contacts. - Research various bills/initiatives to determine possible impact to the UC; proposes alternative language; suggests new legislation that would be advantageous to CWU and programming. - Other duties as assigned
Master's degree in business administration or field appropriate to area of assignment AND five years of progressively responsible management experience OR an equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.
Excellent interpersonal, written, communication, presentation, and listening skills.
Experience working in a geographically separated environment.
Demonstrated ability to work independently to accomplish tasks and projects.
Program planning, development, implementation, and evaluation experience.
Applied experience with implementing continuous improvement processes in a university, nonprofit or private sector.
Work experience in higher education or academic environment.
Accountability/Dependability: Accepts responsibility for quality of own work; acknowledges and corrects mistakes. Shows up on time, meets standards, deadlines and work schedules.
Judgement: Makes timely, informed decisions. Analyzes options and determines appropriate course of action.
Teamwork: Promotes cooperation and mutual support to achieve goals. Encourages participation and mutual support.
Adaptability/Flexibility: Responds positively to changing business needs and responsibilities. Adapts approach and methods to achieve results; recovers quickly from setbacks and finds alternatives.
Commitment to Diversity: Recognizes the value of diversity and helps create environment that supports and embraces diversity.
Working Conditions: Work is performed in an indoor office setting with frequent in-person interactions. It is essential to be able to remain at a desk/computer work station for prolonged periods of time, perform extensive data entry and other computer-related tasks and create/maintain filing systems for departmental records. Some evening or weekend work and/or occasional travel may be required.
With Centers located throughout the state of Washington the position can expect to be traveling extensively, often beyond the normal workday hours. The position will be expected to meet with the various community groups at times convenient to the public participants which may include some evening and weekend work.
Benefits : CWU offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical and dental insurance, retirement and optional savings plans, life and disability insurance, along with vacation and sick leave plans depending on employment classification. For additional information please visit: http://www.cwu.edu/hr/benefits-0
How To Apply
To apply for this position, you must complete the on-line application and attach:
A detailed cover letter clearly demonstrating how your education and experience: (a) meet the required (and, as applicable, preferred) qualifications, and (b) demonstrate the ability to perform the responsibilities as described by the posting;
Resume including work history, education, training; and
Contact information for three professional references.
Screening Begins: October 15, 2018
**Priority will be given to applications received by the screening date. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Please contact Human Resources at email@example.com or 509-963-1202 if you require technical assistance with the on-line application process.
Conditions of Employment
Prior to employment, final candidate(s) will be required to submit to a background check. All information obtained through background investigations will be strictly confidential and revealed only to those required to have access.
Located in historic Ellensburg, Washington, Central Washington University is a public four-year university. Home to over 10,000 students, Central has a commitment to hands-on learning and discovery, which takes students beyond the limits of the classroom and books. Central prepares students to become well-educated citizens who are ready for high-demand careers in the workforce and offers over 150 undergraduate majors as well as graduate studies programs and research. To prepare and enable students to succeed in a global economy, Central partners with over 30 colleges and universities around the world.CWU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/Title IX/Veteran/Disability Employer.