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Director, ShapingEDU

Company: Arizona State University
Location: Tempe
Posted on: February 25, 2021

Job Description:

ShapingEDU is an ASU program and global community of practice that leads collaborative dreaming, doing and driving of education futures in the digital age. Initiated in 2018 with an invitation-only group of dreamer/doer/drivers, the work has since expanded to include thousands of faculty, students, technologists, and business leaders worldwide through community events and projects. Coming off of the success of two major virtual events (2020-21) and a host of completed innovation projects and guiding resources, ShapingEDU is now seeking a dedicated Director to lead the day-to-day operations and grow the program. As with everyone in the ASU family, culture and communications are core responsibilities in this role.

Do you have a knack for community engagement with inclusion and diversity at the forefront? Do you have what it takes to build strategy and drive community action with a coalition of the willing? Want to develop deep relationships with world-class organizations and changemaking individuals to pave the way for next-gen learning? Is "student voice" the center of your universe?

Funded through the ASU Foundation (ASU Enterprise Partners), ShapingEDU is seeking a full-time director to lead the full portfolio of community engagement initiatives (with an engaged community of practice and resulting collaboratively-produced intellectual products). As a startup-like entity within ASU, ShapingEDU is largely dependent on a coalition of the willing, internal partnerships (University Design Institute, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, and others) and corporate/institutional contributions/sponsorships. The ShapingEDU director will be responsible for designing and executing on a vision for the daily nurturing and long-term growth of the program -- from strategy to fundraising to implementation.

Networking, relationship management, collaboration, and strategic partnership development are core skills for the director. As ShapingEDU brings in more than $225,000 in ASU Foundation contributions annually, this position is responsible for setting fundraising goals that include the position's salary and other personnel. The director will oversee several paid Innovators and Storytellers in Residence working on active projects (e.g., broadband and accessibility, black swan thinking courses) in addition to volunteer leadership. Ideally this person will live in Arizona in proximity to ASU's distributed campus or be willing to relocate -- with flexibility during the pandemic.

ShapingEDU is largely managed by the Creative and Communications chapter at ASU's University Technology Office (UTO) where it was initially incubated. UTO is a values-driven organization that enables and catalyzes technological developments and capacity to serve the ASU community and beyond. Connecting community members around the world, driving student success via advanced analytics, and building smart cities for social impact are just a few of UTO's many transformative activities that require creative direction for how they are shared with the world. As such, the ShapingEDU Director will report directly to the Executive Director of Creative and Communications at UTO, who also helped found ShapingEDU.
-- Job Family Generic Department Name Creative & Comms Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time VP Code UNIV TECHNOLOGY OFFICE Scope of Search Open Grant Funded Position This is not a grant funded position and is not contingent on future grant funding. Salary Range Depends on experience Close Date 26-February-2021 Category 04

  • Leads and manages a quickly-evolving organization with a small number of paid collaborators and a large number of volunteers and community members
  • Develops and leads the execution of an overall business plan and community engagement strategy for ShapingEDU
  • Takes responsibility for fostering culture, advancing our values, and championing engagement in all its forms -- collaborating across our teams as well as participating in ShapingEDU/UTO/ASU events and programs
  • Cultivates community leaders (volunteers and paid roles) and enables the success of community actors. This includes involving community leaders in co-creating the futures of ShapingEDU, as appropriate
  • Builds strategic relationships of authenticity and trust with sponsors
  • Directly interfaces and ensures open and collaborative lines of communication with staff, faculty and leadership both within and outside of ShapingEDU/UTO who are part of the community
  • Meet with leadership to explain ShapingEDU strategies and key deliverables while engaging various leaders across UTO and ASU
  • Guides a set of core "shaping the future of learning in the digital age" projects for community focus and sponsorship
  • Guides the planning of a regular slate of online events, from "webinars" to several-day unconferences and camps
  • Evangelizes the work of ShapingEDU via exemplary content in a wide variety of formats (emphasis on digital)
  • Prioritizes and leads the evolution of UTO's social media channels and campaigns
  • Performs ongoing surveillance and forecasting of the latest digital engagement/membership strategies and educational technology trends, to remain agile and infuse ShapingEDU with new strategies
  • Identifies compelling and headline presentation/speakers opportunities for ShapingEDU events Minimum Qualifications Bachelor's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND eight (8) years of related administrative experience, which includes five (5) years of supervisory experience; OR, Twelve (12) years of related administrative experience, which includes five (5) years of supervisory experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved. Desired Qualifications
    • Experience leading and/or managing a quickly-evolving organization or team; experience leading and collaborating with cross-functional teams
    • Direct experience working in community engagement in some form (from event design to fundraising to collaborative ideation sessions) (2+ years)
    • Experience in modeling empathy, compassion and emotional intelligence
    • Experience in fostering a safe psychological space for all teammates where everyone can thrive
    • Experience hiring in a values-led organization, emphasizing diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging
    • Experience in organizing--results-driven community actions
    • Evidence of facilitation skills -- from small meetings to ASU-wide and global events
    • Evidence of leadership, innovation, quality management, and problem resolution skills
    • Experince in working--independently and as part of a management team
    • Leadership experience with direct reports
    • Experience in leading by example in communicating, participating and encouraging support of the institution's sustainability programs
    • Experience in stimulating--changes in individual, institutional and corporate behaviors to create a more sustainable environment
    • The ability to see, understand and work with various forms of intersectionality (for example, intersections between culture, innovation, identities, domains of expertise and communities).
    • Experience in efficiently synthesizing--a diversity of information and perspectives
    • Demonstrated knowledge of technology trends, particularly as they relate to higher education and/or social impact, and the ability to make the complex more accessible
    • Experience in establishing and maintaining effective long-range relationships with professional partners (read: exemplary collaborative and interpersonal skills)
    • While this role does not require graphic design skills, the candidate should be prepared to put together slide decks that are visual (read: concise) in nature. Extraordinary written and verbal communications skills
    • Environment is flexible as the global pandemic persists, with remote work preferred initially.
    • When in-person work resumes, activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding, and manipulating a computer mouse (75%); required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work (10%)
    • Regular activities require the ability to quickly change priorities and adapt to swiftly changing requirements, which may include and/or be subject to resolution of conflicts.
    • Ability to clearly communicate verbally, read, write, see, and hear to perform essential functions.
    • Regular use of standard office equipment including, but not limited to: computer workstation/laptop (keyboard, monitor, mouse), printer, copier, telephone, and associated computer/technology peripherals Department Statement The University Technology Office embraces its role as both an enabler and catalyst for advancing the vision and work of the New American University. We are a values-driven organization. Our commitments are reflected in all of the work we do in pursuit of operational excellence, the experience and delight of our community, and our strategic and innovation initiatives. Applicant must be eligible to work in the United States; ASU UTO will not be a sponsor for this position. 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 80,000 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.

      ASU is a tobacco-free university. For details visit https://wellness.asu.edu/explore-wellness/body/alcohol-and-drugs/tobacco

      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.

      Notice of Availability of the ASU Annual Security and Fire Safety Report
      In compliance with federal law, ASU prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and resources. ASU's Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at https://www.asu.edu/police/PDFs/ASU-Clery-Report.pdf. You may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the ASU Police Department at 480-965-3456.

      Relocation Assistance - For information about schools, housing child resources, neighborhoods, hospitals, community events, and taxes, visit https://cfo.asu.edu/relocation-services . ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check. 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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