District Director - Strategic Initiatives
District Office - 180 N Wabash
City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), the largest community college
system in Illinois, is made up of seven colleges and five satellite
sites, providing more than 70,000 students each year access to a
quality, affordable education.
Reporting to the Chief of Staff and Strategy (COSS) at the District
Office of the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), the District Director
of Strategic Initiatives is responsible for managing the
implementation of Our Path Forward: One Vision, Seven Strong, CCC’s
strategic framework and district-wide strategic initiatives. The
District Director – Strategic Initiatives will work across college
and district teams and functions to provide technical and strategic
support and ensure district-wide alignment of key strategic
initiatives, goals, and values associated with our six levers:
Student Experience, Equity, Excellence, Economic Responsiveness,
Collaboration, and Institutional Health.
Working in collaboration with the COSS, senior administrators, and
college leaders, the District Director of Strategic Initiatives
provides thought partnership and capacity to facilitate the
implementation of the District’s five-year vision and strategic
framework. The District Director aids the Chief of Staff and
Strategy in supporting the dissemination and uptake of new
innovations and practices across the District. The District
Director will also coordinate the efforts of third-party
contractors or consultants in order to deliver projects according
to plan. Performs related duties as required.
- Provides subject matter expertise to District leadership and
college teams in the areas of strategic planning, continuous
improvement, organizational development, and change
- Serves as a facilitator and internal consultant to District
leadership and college teams to facilitate ongoing strategic
planning and continuous improvement efforts.
- Supports senior leadership team in the implementation of
district-level strategic initiatives.
- Leads the process of developing an Institutional Health
Dashboard to enable City Colleges to develop the systems and
practices to monitor and ensure accountability for institutional
- Supports the development and adoption of innovative practices
and projects across the district in collaboration with the
Provost’s Office, Office of Institutional Advancement, and the
Department of Racial Equity.
- Coordinates various district-wide strategic efforts with other
District and College partners.
- Directs and manages projects and initiatives assigned by the
Chief of Staff and Strategy from idea through implementation.
- Defines project or initiative scope, goals and deliverables
that support business goals in collaboration with senior leadership
- Manages project plans and associated communications
- Effectively communicates project expectations to team members
and stakeholders in a timely and clear fashion.
- Estimates the resources and participants needed to achieve
- Sets and continually manages project expectations with team
members and other stakeholders.
- Tracks project milestones and deliverables.
- A Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university
- Five years of work experience in strategic consulting, change
management, organizational development, or within a strategy
department or role within a non-profit organization, higher
education institution or public sector institution.
- Experience working in a higher education environment
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience with process change and
- Demonstrated ability to advise and influence leaders throughout
- Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel,
- Knowledge of strategic planning.
- Knowledge of best practices in change management.
- Knowledge of best practices to monitor institutional
effectiveness and continuous improvement.
- Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication
- Strong problem-solving and analytical skills.
- Strong project management skills.
- Ability to interpret and analyze ambiguous data to draw
conclusions and make recommendations to senior leaders
- Ability to guide and motivate others toward goal
- Ability to work within a culturally diverse environment.
- Ability to cultivate and maintain strategic partnerships with
- Ability to work some evenings and weekends.
- Ability to travel to all CCC sites and campuses.
Chicago residency is required for all full-time employees within 6
months of hire.
We are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
Thank you for your interest in City Colleges of Chicago.