Vice President, Portfolio StrategyApply Now
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, US
Job Category: Staff-Academic/Corporate Administration
Position Type: Full-Time/Regular
The Vice President (VP) for Portfolio Strategy is responsible for working closely with Western Governors University (WGU) academic and operational leadership to develop, implement and continuously refine a comprehensive strategic portfolio development plan. This plan will increase college year-over-year impact and drive program relevancy and reputation in alignment with the mission and values established by the university. This individual is an advocate for WGU degree programs with cross-functional departments to facilitate collaboration on organization-wide goals. The VP assesses current and potential programs to ensure the needs of WGU’s student population and industry trends are met.
- Leads the planning, evaluation, and review of university-wide strategic program portfolio development and evaluation cycles and practices
- Coordinates market research, strategic outreach planning, and high-level program strategy and business modeling to accomplish the mission of each college program portfolio and achieve the vision of the university
- Serves as the academic organizations’ business development liaison, assigned to WGU’s portfolio of colleges
- Collaborates effectively with leadership in Marketing, Strategic Relations, Institutional Research, Finance, and Government Affairs to broaden the program development funnel in alignment with WGU’s wider strategic aims
- Develops and maintains strategic relationships with market research, business intelligence, third-party providers, community colleges, military, and other partnerships
- Develop and execute strategic program and portfolio goals
- Direct college activities and results across cross-functional teams
- Coach and develop direct reports
- Manage teams, including those in a remote environment, while demonstrating excellence, integrity, and respect
- Work effectively in a highly matrixed organization
- Build relationships and influence at all levels, both internally and externally
- Be an agent of change in a rapidly changing environment
- Proven ability to analyze data to identify trends and drive innovation
- Sound judgement and decision-making skills
- Exceptional oral and written communication skills
Thinks Strategically: Applies broad strategic direction, with university-wide impact and in a distributed organization context. Anticipates beyond short term and thinks critically.
Executes and Achieves Results: Focused on results, not just activity. Exceptional skill and demonstrated success in delivering and improving results in a higher education, senior leadership role. Strong bias for, and practical experience in, measuring and improving
Managerial Courage: Wiling to tackle difficult topics and conventional thinking in a respectful and productive manner. Doesn’t hold anything back that needs to be said.
Thinks Big/Innovation: Formulates a bold vision, sees around corners, and inspires results. Fosters creativity, and brings innovation successfully to market. Sets new standards that enhances WGU and benefit students.
Develops Teams and Individuals: Defines success in terms of the whole team, creates a feeling of belonging. Hires and develops top talent and future WGU leaders.
Fiscal Responsibility: Clear ownership and delivery of revenue and cost budgets.
Leads Change: is an agent for change. Influences others to accept change. Effectively demonstrates own ability to change, shifts gears comfortably, decides and acts without having the complete picture; comfortably handles risk and uncertainty.
- BS/BA minimum; Master’s or PhD degree in management, business administration, finance, marketing or related field preferred
- Minimum five years of experience with proven success in education programming strategy and business development required
- Knowledge of the higher education sector and a depth of expertise in conceptualizing and prioritizing strategic direction
- Education or operational experience in finance or marketing preferred
- Understanding of education policy, market trends, and accreditation regulations
Other: Ability to travel is required.
Location: Salt Lake City, UT. Relocation assistance is available.