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Arizona Innovation Alliance Fellow/Senior Project Manager (AIA Fellow)

Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona
$75,000-$85,000 per year;DOE
Posted Date
Apr 20, 2023

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Arizona Innovation Alliance Fellow/Senior Project Manager (AIA Fellow)
Arizona State University
Department Name: University College Office Dean
Campus: Tempe

Job Description
The Arizona Innovation Alliance (AIA) is an Arizona Board of Regents supported partnership between Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona and is sponsored by the presidents of the three public universities. AIA seeks to enhance the performance of higher education in Arizona through the commitment to find new and better ways of working together to improve the overall rates of student success (retention, graduation, academic performance) with particular attention to historically under served populations; to deploy educational practices and programs which combine high standards of student outcomes with cost effective teaching and student support; and to optimize resource allocation to assure the delivery of high quality educational programs and the availability of funding needed to assure accessibility and affordability. See additional AIA information using the link

The AIA Fellow will report to the Dean of the University College, and their primary responsibility will be managing and facilitating the implementation of large-scale institutional and cross-institutional student success projects affiliated with ASU and the Alliance. The AIA Fellow will contribute to central AIA projects and multi-campus initiatives such as site visits, conference presentations, and grant proposals. In addition, the AIA Fellow will also work closely with the Assistant Director of the Arizona Innovation Alliance to lead and deliver on AIA scale projects as designated. AIA Fellow will also work closely with the Director of Projects in University College in the co-creation and implementation of the project management framework that utilizes design thinking and process mapping to ensure the success of the projects.

Salary Range
$75,000-$85,000 per year;DOE

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Essential Duties

  • Plans, develops, implements, and manages a project team by completing task definitions, work requirement identification, and assignments;
  • Works closely and collaboratively with key stakeholders to define project scope, strategy, budget, and outcomes; identifies critical resource expertise and targets appropriate internal and/or external sources to ensure optimal outcome(s);
  • Establishes and continually monitors/manages project expectations with the team; assigns tasks and identifies issues for resolution to ensure optimal team effectiveness
  • Prepares and maintains all project status reports and schedules; tracks milestones/deliverables, critical paths, and dependencies; re-sets expectations as needed in consideration of project progress/outcomes.
  • Responds to all inquiries regarding project status; prepare and responds to all regulatory reporting/filings to ensure compliance;
  • Manages, coaches, and supervise all project team members, both internal and contracted to ensure optimal outcomes; builds, develops and maintains relationships vital to project success;
  • Prepares all post-project reports, budget allocations, and summaries/filings to ensure timely dissemination of information to all interested parties;
  • Assists the Dean of the University College in reviewing grant proposals, estimating grant budgets, monitoring and tracking approved funds, and preparing grant reports as needed;
  • Builds, develops, and maintains collaborative working relationships within University College, across the university, and with third-party vendors vital to project success, including managing differing priorities and resolving conflict;
  • Coordinates and/or manages other duties or projects as assigned or directed by the Dean of the University College to deliver projects successfully;

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor's degree and eight (8) years related experience; 3 of which include project management, OR, any equivalent combination of experience, and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

  • Evidence of a Master’s degree in any program
  • Experience working in Arizona higher education institutions
  • Evidence of organization skills and project management experience across university units
  • Evidence of commitment and passion in transforming higher education to increase access to education and improve outcomes for students within Arizona’s educational system
  • Demonstrated commitment in promoting and enhancing diversity
  • Evidence of effective communication skills
  • Experience with quantitative and qualitative data analysis
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Design Thinking, Process Mapping, and other innovative problem-solving techniques

Working Environment

  • Business travel for AIA-affiliated project support and coordination between the three public universities will be required.
  • Primary activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting and are subject to standing for varying lengths of time, walking moderate distances to perform work, and extended periods of sitting, keyboarding, and manipulating a computer mouse.

Department Statement
Historically, University College offers students a range of academic services, such as tutoring, career and major exploration classes, success courses, and college transition programs like ASU’s First-Year Success program, among others. These programs and initiatives were conceived to support ASU’s goal of improving student retention and persistence toward graduation.

Today, University College is going through an exciting reinvention, focused on broadening its offerings for all learners from every major and at any stage of their academic journey. University College’s goal is to disrupt the 20th century model of higher education by:

  • Designing personalized learning experiences to end achievement disparities for students of all backgrounds.
  • Designing for integrated work and learning future.
  • Designing services to support learners at scale by using design thinking, analytics, automation, and intelligent systems.
  • University College is guided by 5 key design principles: learners first, be bold, simplify, personalize, and collaborate. A wide range of new programs and services are currently under development.

ASU Statement
Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 100,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

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Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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Employment Verification Statement
ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.

Fingerprint Check Statement
This position is considered safety/security sensitive and will include a fingerprint check. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the fingerprint check.

Instructions to Apply
Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.
Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.
Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.
ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.
Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.

IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.

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