• Director of Strategic Initiatives

    Posting Number 2019-6396
    Posted Date 6 months ago(7/29/2019 3:56 PM)
    Location : Location
    US-NY-New York
    IT Strategy, Planning and Engagement
    NYU IT (WS1170)
    Compensation Grade
    Band 54
  • Position Summary

    The Director of Strategic Initiatives will play a key role in developing, leading, coordinating and implementing NYU IT’s strategic departmental initiatives. These initiatives focus on providing value to NYU IT in support of increasing effectiveness, efficiency and impact in the work we do and how we work. The success of this role will be in achieving strategic positive impact on NYU IT through leading initiatives that deliver core improvements in process, technology and culture, and as demonstrated by data and performance measures. The individual will be part of the NYU IT leadership team and must demonstrate the core beliefs and deliver results. This individual will be expected to interact and partner with leaders and staff across NYU IT, working cross-functionally to engage and align the organization for meaningful contribution to the initiatives. Participation in and leadership of key constituent meetings will be expected to ensure appropriate and responsive follow-up and accountability. Effective guidance and management of one or more staff members may be required. The individual in this role will interact with clients and other groups within the NYU community to ensure continuity and clarity and to build/reinforce partnerships. This position will report to and work with the AVP of Strategy, Planning and Engagement in NYU IT.




    We demonstrate our core beliefs everyday in our interactions, attitude and performance.


    People at the heart of everything we do: We listen to our clients, and colleagues, and use our expertise to anticipate and address their needs.

    Create space to innovate: We challenge assumptions and seek out fresh perspectives and new ways of thinking to fuel our productivity.

    Right promise. Right delivery: We set clear goals and priorities, and execute with speed and agility to deliver better results.

    Share information. Build trust: We engage in open and honest communications that reflect inclusiveness, fairness and respect for each other.

    Teams and partnerships work. Boundaries don’t: We collaborate to maximize the value we bring to NYU because our best ideas come from working together.

    Insist on excellence: We take pride in what we do, strive to improve constantly and hold ourselves accountable for the results.


    Required Education:
    Bachelor's Degree

    Preferred Education:
    Master's Degree in Business, Technology. Six Sigma certification and/or Project Management certification

    Required Experience:
    10+ years of increasing responsibility leading high visibility, complex projects and project teams in an information technology organization. Experience managing multiple projects simultaneously, providing clear, positive leadership and guidance for day-to-day progress. This should include demonstrated experience leading Transformational IT organizational initiatives.

    Preferred Experience:
    10+ years managing a broad range of information technology transformation projects of increasing complexity and impact.

    Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
    Ability to work in a fast-paced and dynamic environment. Good judgement, tact, diplomacy, ability to work well with individuals and groups within and across the organization. Ability to lead and operate in areas of ambiguity and prioritize. Demonstrated leadership ability in a team environment. Ability to influence others, create alignment, generate commitment to goals and inspire others to action. Ability to successful manage and develop direct reports. Excellent communication skills. Ability to use simple language to communicate complex ideas and to distill information into logical and easy to understand documents, including preparing and delivering presentations. Strong written, verbal, communication and presentation skills. Initiative taker, eager to break new ground, create opportunities for others. Proven track record of working with other individuals and teams to lead and deliver successful cross organization initiatives. Problem solver. Ability to identify and address core issues and engage others in developing and implementing solution(s). Strong knowledge of project management methodologies and tools. Ability to perform business case analysis and development, and work with data. Proficient with PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Google Suite, and productivity and collaboration tools.

    Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
    Superior analytical, quantitative and conceptual thinking skills: Ability to work with spreadsheets to organize and structure data and perform analysis. Able to develop and interpret analytical reports. Solid understanding of financial implications of changes in scope and direction. Ability to use Pivot Tables. Comfortable with uncertainty and changes in direction.

    Additional Information

    EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity


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