Senior Advisor to the President

Location
North Carolina, United States
Salary
Competitive Salary
Posted
May 12, 2021
Position Type
Executive, Other Executive
Employment Level
Executive
Employment Type
Full Time

Works with the President, Chief of Staff, Cabinet leaders and others on matters related to University goals. Identifies organizational effectiveness opportunities, builds short and long-term strategic plans, and provides comprehensive and effective strategies for the best utilization of resources and effort. Will serve as a strategic partner with the President and work with senior leadership across the University. This position will strengthen the alignment of university priorities and push initiatives forward.

Job Description

Essential Functions:

  • Manages strategic planning, project management and relationship needs for the President.
  • Works closely with the President, Chief of Staff and Cabinet Leaders to develop and establish long-term priorities and initiatives.
  • Knowledge of institutional policies and procedures, regulations and bylaws, and the environment within which they operate.
  • Develops, implements, and coordinates a systematic approach to managing projects while establishing realistic timetables to keep projects on schedule.
  • Create and implement project plans for initiatives for the President.
  • Oversight of processes for ensuring focus on the long term strategic directions for the University, constantly evaluating progress every 3-6 months.
  • Organize and track progress toward goals of the President and key milestones in long term planning.
  • Works with campus leaders to ensure that projects and initiatives are faithfully executed.
  • Works with Chief of Staff and Cabinet leaders to maintain the President’s and university’s strategic partnerships with key stakeholders and campus leadership.
  • Oversees special project/strategic staff as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree plus 10 or more years of progressively responsible development experience, with at least 3 years’ experience in higher education preferably at an institution with a substantial donor or alumni base.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with academic leadership, faculty, alumni, prospects, donors, and volunteers in a wide variety of roles.
  • Ability to establish and maintain professional and personal credibility with a variety of constituents.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment, to demonstrate an understanding of ethics related to development activities, and to use discretion in interactions with donors, prospects, volunteers, and others. 
  • Skill in financial planning and fiscal management. 
  • Community relations skills and the ability to communicate and work effectively within a diverse community. 
  • Demonstrated ability to translate highly technical or discipline-specific concepts and information into language appropriate for general audiences. 
  • Highly developed oral and written communication skills and the ability to present effectively to small and large groups. 
Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Terminal degree preferred.
  • Previous experience in a higher education or not-for-profit environment.
  • Previous experience providing executive support in a fundraising environment.
Accountabilities: 

Responsible for own work.

Budgetary responsibilities. 

Note:

This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/her supervisor.

Additional Job Description

Interested applicants should apply via the University’s career website. Inquiries about the application process and document submission may be addressed to askhr@wfu.edu.

Time Type Requirement

Full time

Note to Applicant:

This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/her supervisor.

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations and drug screens for all final staff candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce while promoting an inclusive work environment committed to excellence in the spirit of Pro Humanitate. In adherence with applicable laws and as provided by University policies, the University prohibits discrimination in its employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability and veteran status and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.