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Director for Strategic Planning & Priorities

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Columbia Basin College (CBC) is committed to our vision to be the educational home that transforms students' lives through economic and social mobility. We are one of eight Hispanic-Serving Institutions in Washington state with Hispanic students representing just under half of our student population. As such, CBC is committed to discovering and enacting innovative ways to intentionally serve Hispanic students while serving all. We center equity in all that we do and seek to attract and retain engaged individuals committed to helping all students be successful in accomplishing their goals.

CBC seeks a Director for Strategic Planning & Priorities who will lead the ongoing development, integration, and implementation of strategic planning at Columbia Basin College. The Director plays a pivotal role in ensuring the College's strategic priorities are implemented and aligned with its mission, vision, and values, and designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution. The Director leads the development and implementation of the strategic priorities of the President’s Office. The Director collaborates with a diverse range of constituents to drive the college's short and long-term planning processes, facilitate cross-functional communication and collaboration, and track the progress of strategic initiatives.

The Director operates as a critical thought leader and strategic advisor for the College President and Cabinet. The Director plays a key role in advancing the “Yes, And” culture and DEI values of the institution. This position reports to the President of the College.

This position closes on June 23 , 2024 at 11:59 PM PST . The College will conduct initial interviews with selected candidates via Zoom and will conduct on-campus interviews with finalists.

If you have questions or need assistance during the application or search process, please contact the recruiter for this position, Ashley Jordan at or (509) 542-4567.

Primary Responsibilities
  • Strategic Planning: Lead the College's strategic planning processes that integrate program review, division planning, department planning, and college-wide planning. Ensure strategic plans and priorities align with the College’s mission, vision, and values, and designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution. Oversee the implementation and execution of strategic projects and priorities as determined by the President, ensuring timelines and deliverables are met, and report progress to Cabinet.
  • Integrated Planning: Coordinate the development, integration, and implementation of annual and long-range plans and goals and assessment processes.
  • Collaboration: Work closely with the President's Office, Cabinet, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders to identify and prioritize strategic initiatives.
  • Data Analysis: Collect and analyze data to assess the effectiveness of strategic plans, identify trends, and make data-driven recommendations for improvement.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Facilitate transparent communication and collaboration among various College departments, fostering a “Yes, And” culture.
  • Communication: Develop a communication plan to include regular reports and presentations for Cabinet, Shared Governance Councils, and other key constituents, summarizing strategic planning progress and outcomes.
  • Continuous Improvement: Identify opportunities for process improvements in strategic and integrated planning and implement best practices to enhance effectiveness.
  • External Relations: Represent the College and the President’s Office in meetings with internal and external partners and constituents to promote strategic initiatives and foster relationships.
  • Compliance: Ensure that planning processes comply with relevant regulations, accreditation standards, and College policies.
  • Other: Perform other related duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an institutionally accredited college or university;
  • Five (5) years of experience in strategic planning, project management, or a related role; and
  • Experience with project management tools and software.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s Degree from an institutionally accredited college or university;
  • Direct experience with strategic planning and project management in higher education.; and
  • Experience leading large organization-wide strategic planning.


Oral & Written Communication: Speak clearly and persuasively in positive and negative situations. Listen and get clarification. Respond well to questions. Demonstrate group presentation skills. Participate in meetings. Structure and convey information clearly and effectively through both formal and informal documents. Review and edit written work constructively. Ability to tailor to audience in mind.

Professionalism: Ability to approach others in a tactful manner; react well under pressure; treat others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; accept responsibility for own actions; follow through on commitments.

Project Management: Manage projects by focusing attention on key priorities. Evaluate approaches, determine feasibility, and adjust plan as needed. Develop plans, coordinate projects and teams. Communicate changes and progress. Complete projects on time and on budget. Perform well without direct supervision. Do complex work independently. Follow tasks through to completion.

Quality Management: Set clear quality requirements. Measure key outcomes. Improve processes, products, and services.

Support for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Reflecting CBC’s mission, vision and values, support initiatives that expand the human qualities that differentiate our workplace and educational setting. Demonstrate and advocate an understanding of differences, open mindedness, compassion, sensitivity, and interest in differing viewpoints given the diverse population and show a deep commitment to the involvement of colleagues, students and community members to student experience and success honoring freedom of expression as fundamental to personal, professional and organizational growth.

Teamwork : Demonstrate a willingness to work with, and help others in completing job assignments, the ability to accept constructive criticism, and to cooperate with fellow employees and supervisors; demonstrate alignment with the 'Yes And' culture, (e.g., being present and listening, making each other look good, embracing change and failure and choosing positivity).

Analytical Skills: Synthesize complex or diverse information. Collect and research data. Identify data relationships and dependencies. Design workflows and procedures.

Change Management: Initiate and/or manage the change process and energize it on an ongoing basis, taking steps to remove barriers or accelerate its pace.

Conceptual Thinking: Can understand a situation or problem by identifying patterns or connections and addressing key underlying issues. Use past professional or technical training and experience, creativity, inductive reasoning, and intuitive processes to find potential solutions or valuable alternatives that may not be obviously related or easily identified. Think “outside the box.”

Leadership: Lead through influence, rather than authority, and take ownership and accountability for the area of responsibility and decisions made. Demonstrate confidence within area of expertise – promote a cooperative work environment. Ability to appropriately apply leadership techniques to motivate, develop and guide employees.

Terms of Employment

This is a full-time, overtime exempt, administrative staff position. The typical work hours for this position are Monday through Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; however, work hours will vary due to work demands (this will include evening and weekend work as required).

CBC is an equal opportunity employer and complies with the letter and spirit of all federal and state laws. CBC encourages applications from qualified candidates regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or other legal protected characteristics. Candidates who need any accommodation in the application process or in employment should contact the Office of Human Resources.

CBC offers excellent medical/dental insurance, life insurance, long-term disability, paid leave, retirement plans, and a variety of benefit options. Please view the “Benefits” tab for comprehensive benefits information.

Successful candidates must meet the following requirements:
  • Provide proof of lawful permanent residency or other appropriate work authorization as required by the Immigration Reform Control Act of 1986.
  • Disclose any substantiated findings or any ongoing investigations related to sexual misconduct as required by RCW28B.112.080.
  • Pass a criminal background check. Note: information learned during the criminal background check will not necessarily preclude employment but may be a factor in eligibility for the position.
  • Maintain an alcohol-free and drug-free workplace during employment.
The working conditions listed below represent those that must be met by an incumbent to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with qualified disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand, bend, kneel, stoop, communicate, reach and manipulate objects. The position requires mobility including having the ability to move materials on a regular basis such as files, books, office equipment, etc. and travel between buildings on campus. Manual dexterity and coordination are required to operate equipment such as computer keyboard, calculator, and standard office equipment.

Work environment includes office and other settings as appropriate. It is a fast paced and sometimes stressful service environment. The noise level in the work area is typical of most office environments with telephones, personal interruptions, and background noises. This position has an occasional need for travel.


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