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Director of Strategic Initiatives

Santa Cruz County Provisional Community College District
Nogales, Arizona (US)
This is an annual contract position. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Date posted
Jun 11, 2024

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Position Type
Administrative, Executive
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time


The Santa Cruz County Provisional Community College District (SCCPCCD), located in Nogales, AZ, is seeking a dynamic, community-engaged Director of Strategic Initiatives to the Governing Board. This individual will play a pivotal role in fostering strong relationships with federal, state, and local governments; major employers and major planning organizations; K-12 districts and post-secondary education organizations; civic organizations; and other regional stakeholders to advance the SCCPCCD’s mission and implementation of its new 5-year strategic plan. This role presents a unique opportunity to make a meaningful impact on higher education in Santa Cruz County and contribute to the growth and success of the SCCPCCD. If you are passionate about serving your community and advancing educational opportunities, we encourage you to apply.

Key Responsibilities Include:

Community Relations and Partnerships:

  • Serve as a visible and respected representative of the Governing Board of the SCCPCCD.
  • Cultivate and maintain positive relationships with local government officials; major employers and major regional planning organizations; K-12 districts and post-secondary education organizations; and civic organizations to promote collaboration and support for the center's initiatives in service to the higher educational needs of the county’s families and employers.
  • Engage with partners to address the higher educational needs of those living and working in the US-Mexico border communities to support the employee needs in local and regional commerce.
  • Establish and maintain lists of agencies and personnel representing partner organizations.

Government Relations:

  • Serve as a liaison between the Governing Board of SCCPCCD and government agencies at the federal, state, and levels, advocating for policies and resources that benefit the institution and its students.
  • Monitor local, regional, and state developments that may impact the SCCPCCD and provide timely updates to leadership.

Strategic Plan Implementation:

  • Lead and provide for organizational accountability in the implementation of the comprehensive strategic plan, ensuring alignment with the district's mission, vision, values, and goals.
  • Work with the Governing Board to finalize the action items and timeline for Strategic Plan implementation.
  • Establish metrics and tracking mechanisms to monitor progress and evaluate the effectiveness of the strategic initiatives.
  • Develop and manage a special segment of the budget allocated to execute strategic initiatives, including additional contracts for human resources as needed.
  • Oversee the recruitment, training, and support of additional human resources necessary to execute strategic initiatives effectively.

Marketing and Communications:

  • Develop and support the implementation of marketing and communication strategies to enhance the SCCPCCD's visibility and reputation within the community.
  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to promote the district's programs, services, and accomplishments.

Foundation Relationships and Capacity Building:

  • Strengthen the SCCPCCD's relationship with its foundation, leveraging resources and support to enhance institutional capacity and student success.
  • Cultivate relationships with other foundations and philanthropic organizations to support the SCCPCCD's mission and programs.
  • Identify grant opportunities and support the development of proposals to secure funding for strategic initiatives and special projects.

Educational Programs and Accreditation:

  • Work to become independent.
  • Coordinate efforts related to Joint Technical Education District (JTED) partnerships and accreditation processes to ensure compliance and quality assurance.
  • Work with other post-secondary educational opportunities, including Workforce Development (WIOA) to expand programs and services.

Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience and connections within federal, state, and local government, major employer sectors, and/or civic organizations within Santa Cruz County.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with diverse stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of higher education and accreditation in Arizona.
  • Strategic planning and project management expertise.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills.
  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher and four years of experience in executive leadership and management.
  • Residency in Santa Cruz County.

Reporting: This position reports directly to the Governing Board of the Santa Cruz County Provisional Community College District.

Schedule and Hours: Full-time, flexible. Evening and weekend hours required as necessary.

Salary: This is an annual contract position. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Anticipated Start Date:  August 15, 2024

To Apply:  Submit resume and cover letter to the attention of Wendi Farr, via Georgina Tavera at  Applications accepted until position is filled.

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