The strategy officer leads a strand of work related to workforce development, one of the Foundation’s key strategic areas. This position works in a collaborative and integrated manner within the Strategy Development and Implementation team as well as across all other areas of the Foundation to ensure that the priorities for action in Lumina’s 2017-2020 strategic plan are realized, and to assist the nation in making significant progress toward meeting Goal 2025.
Strategy Conceptualization & Leadership: Draw from a keen and thorough understanding of the overarching, multi-faceted assigned content area to conceptualize and then lead the build-out a body of related work or as directed by the strategy director. In this regard, the strategy officer should be able to work independently with little-to-moderate oversight from the strategy director.
Strategy Analysis and Synthesis: Analyze and synthesize information across a variety of sources, and then make recommendations to the strategy director and executive team member. Likewise, strategy officers need to have the critical thinking skills necessary to extract key lessons from past or current work, and to use those learnings to both shape and inform future work. Finally, strategy officers must be strong writers who can both review and revise incoming material, as well as convey their thoughts and Lumina’s key messages in a clear and articulate manner.
Portfolio Design and Management: Responsible for leveraging existing relationships with trusted colleagues and cultivating new partnerships to develop a portfolio of grants and contracts related to the assigned strand of work. The portfolio must either directly lead to an increased number of postsecondary credentials or facilitate a change in conditions that will likely lead to the increased production of high-quality credentials. The strategy officer must constantly stay abreast of key issues and players in the field to assess how the portfolio can be enhanced.
Integration and Collaboration: Collaborate in an intentional and forward-thinking way with colleagues across the organization to maximize the impact of the Foundation’s resources. Examples include working closely with Strategic Impact to develop metrics and targets to ensure grants and contracts are designed to produce results, with Stakeholder Engagement so that convenings are used as a key tool to advance strategic priorities, and with Impact Ventures to explore alternative ways of supporting mission-aligned efforts.
- Ability to make decisions in concert with others without complete information and to thrive in an outcomes-oriented, continuously evolving work environment in which thinking beyond the curve is encouraged.
- Project management skills with demonstrated ability to execute and follow through to achieve intended results, by following through on commitments, prioritizing work, and managing time and resources well.
- Experience building and managing diverse networks that support efforts to produce systemic change.
- Excellent verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate accurately, effectively, and in ways appropriate to different audiences.
- Strong writer, with the ability to review, revise and synthesize a variety of information and materials.
- Ability to manage internal and external constituents, projects and budgets.
- Analytical, problem-solving, and research abilities and an ability to coordinate with researchers and program evaluators.
- Capable of applying adaptive problem-solving skills in response to unforeseen challenges and new assignments.
- Ability to prioritize a wide range of duties and responsibilities, organize tasks, and remain flexible to changing and multiple requests.
- Ability to work collegially and diplomatically across the organization and audience groups, with an ability to resolve any conflicts.
- Exercise sound judgment in handling sensitive or confidential information.
- Ability to use technology effectively, including databases, spreadsheets, Microsoft Office 365 products such as Outlook and Word, Salesforce, SuccessFactors, WebEx and Yammer.
Work Environment and Physical Demands
- Work is performed in an office environment, mostly sedentary.
- Visual and auditory acuity for extensive use of various forms of technology.
- Travels 10%-20%, including overnight stays.
This position description is only a summary of the typical job functions, not an exhaustive list of all possible responsibilities, and may be subject to change at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.
Applicants should send to the e-mail address below a letter of interest and resume as attachments outlining experience relevant to the position and desired compensation. Please specify the position you are applying for.