Assistant Director, Strategic Planning

Mississippi, United States
$50,190.00 - $64,403.00
Jan 25, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The University of Mississippi seeks an Assistant Director, Strategic Planning to provide leadership and expertise to support departmental and institution-wide strategic planning activities, support the work of the Strategic Planning Council, generate strategic plan reports, and to promote the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion that lies at the heart of our university. This position is part of Institutional Research, Effectiveness, & Planning  and reports directly to the Director of Institutional Research, Effectiveness, and Planning.

Strategic Plan

Flagship Forward, ( Inspire. Discover. Transform.

The University of Mississippi aspires to be a preeminent public international research university and a leading force for innovation and opportunity in Mississippi, the United States, and the world.  Flagship Forward, the University of Mississippi strategic plan for the Oxford and regional campuses, builds upon our mission and vision and lays out a road map for progress in the coming years. Our strategic plan has four pillars:

  • Academic Excellence
  • Healthy & Vibrant Communities
  • People, Places, and Resources
  • Athletics Excellence

Pathways to Equity

The University of Mississippi (UM) launched a comprehensive, 5-year institutional diversity, equity, and inclusion plan. This plan, Pathways to Equity, serves as UM’s guidance for advancing our institutional mission through addressing three overarching goals: 1) Advancing Institutional Equity, 2) Cultivate a Diverse and Equitable Community, and 3) Foster an Inclusive Campus Environment. Along with the institutional plan, each administrative division and academic college/school has been charged with developing corresponding initiatives in their specific area. For more information, please visit


Examples of work to be performed and essential functions include:

  • Manages systems to facilitate strategic planning activities and initiatives.
  • Identifies, develops, and maintains benchmarks, strategic plan key performance indicators and other metrics, and performance measures.
  • Prepares, interprets, and communicates complex statistical information in writing, verbally, and graphically to diverse audiences via multiple media platforms.
  • Manages institutional strategic plan website.
  • Coordinates activities of the Strategic Planning Council.
  • Supports the university’s integrated and comprehensive strategic planning process.
  • Compiles, analyzes, and disseminates information on national trends in educational excellence criteria and best practices in planning and strategic issues.
  • Evaluates and makes recommendations towards enhancing or improving institutional strategic plan, performance measures, and initiatives to improve effectiveness.
  • Communicates strategic direction and accomplishments to Strategic Planning Council and constituents.
  • Co-facilitates workshops on effective strategic planning strategies.
  • Consults with campus leaders to develop, implement, and measure strategic goals.
  • Solicits feedback on the use of reported information and modifies reports to improve usefulness.
  • Consults with campus partners in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement to develop, implement, and measure strategic goals of the Pathways to Equity diversity plan.
Minimum Qualifications and Search Information
  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Two (2) years of experience related to the above described duties.
  • Related experience may be substituted for education, on a basis set forth and approved by the Department of Human Resources.
  • The University of Mississippi embraces a meaningful and holistic commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. To that end, we are actively recruiting, hiring, and retaining the widest array of talented faculty and staff, nationally and internationally.


To ensure full consideration, please submit the University’s online application along with a letter of interest, a detailed current curriculum vita, and a list of 3-5 references to

Review of materials will begin February 15, 2021, and applications will be accepted until an adequate pool of candidates has been established or until the position is filled.

EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or genetic information.

About the University of Mississippi & Oxford, MS

Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi (UM) is Mississippi's flagship university. Included in the group of R1: Doctoral Universities Very High Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and business. The University of Mississippi, consistently named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For,” is located in Oxford, MS, which is ranked one of the “Top 10 Best College Towns.” With more than 22,000 students, UM is the state's largest university. The University of Mississippi, which has aggressively implemented many health and wellness initiatives for its more than 2,900 employees, has consistently been named one of Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces.

Touted as the “Cultural Mecca of the South”, creativity abounds in Oxford as musicians, artists and writers alike find inspiration in Oxford’s rich history, small town charm and creative community. Oxford is a one-hour drive south of Memphis, TN and is known as the home of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner. Oxford is a vibrant university town, filled with unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants and clubs, historic landmarks, and comfortable inns.