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University of Washington
Seattle, WA Full-time
Posted on July 30, 2019
Req #: 168114
Job Location: Seattle Campus
Posting Date: 05/30/2019 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and education 
Shift: First Shift 

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for five consecutive years. 

Cultivate Learning, at the College of Education fosters the quality that makes access to learning meaningful.  Backed by the University of Washington, our research-powered innovations and hands-on partnership create a fertile environment for smarter teaching and learning.  We advance opportunity by lowering barriers to entering the profession and guiding educators to success.  In addition, we identify the building blocks of quality along with the path to use them – in Washington State and across the country.  Every child deserves to flourish from a foundation of quality learning.  This core belief drives our work to provide talented learning professional the support they need to build that foundation.  At Cultivate Learning, we translate insight into learning opportunities for the early childhood workforce; school aged educators and higher education.

Cultivate Learning currently has an outstanding opportunity for a Deputy Director.

Reporting to the Executive Director of Cultivate Learning, the Deputy Director will provide oversight of all aspects of the Center and strategic management, to ensure that timelines and Center goals are met, provide oversight of the Cultivate Learning’s operations through all units, represent Cultivate Learning as needed within the UW and the external community, and plan for continued growth and success of all Center programs.  He or she will be the senior-level partner with the ED to lead the overall efforts, they will have previous administrative experience and exhibit the breadth of intellect, imagination, and communication skills necessary to convey the vision for the Center and its goals. He or she also will demonstrate a commitment to fostering inter-disciplinary research, an awareness of local and national policy affecting children and families, an ability to work with external boards and constituents to develop new sources of support, knowledge of national trends in research funding, an understanding of the role of outreach and technical assistance in a large, interdisciplinary institute, and a commitment to increasing cultural diversity among investigators and students. 

Duties & Responsibilities
Strategic Partnerships (20%)
  • As part of the Cultivate Learning Senior Management Team, guide the strategic plan implementation, collaborating with key stakeholders (staff, advisory board, volunteers, donors, families) to ensure effective and efficient implementation of goals and objectives and to help the Center remain responsive to community needs.
  • Build and maintain energetic and positive partnerships, both at the state level and nationally, with institutions, government agencies and private-sector groups to advance the goals of the Center.
  • Develop strong and effective collaborative relationships with Center partners and consultants, other National Centers, the Advisory Board, and other key stakeholders.
  • Promote collaboration and intellectual exchange on the campus, establishing strong, working relationships with other centers and departments.
  • Work closely with the PI to develop, write, and submit grant proposals (from both governmental and philanthropic sources) to support the on-going and evolving priorities of the Center.

    Center Operations (45%)
  • In conjunction with the PI, lead the implementation of the strategic plan to design, promote and deliver quality programs, products and services, and to measure program success and plan for the long-term viability and sustainability of the Center.  Establish both short and long-term objectives, research and project plans, and goals to drive various strategic initiatives across Cultivate Learning.
  • Directly oversee operational activities, including resource deployment, research and evaluation, coaching and professional development, Extended Learning Opportunities, Partnership for Pre-K Improvement, and Outreach and Implementation, and personnel management; make recommendations regarding organizational structure to optimize operational effectiveness.
  • Embodies the mission and values of the center and is regularly present throughout the work week to respond to Unit and individual needs and requests.
  • Oversees 6-8 direct reports and regularly communicates vision and project scope across the Center of approximately 160.
  • Develop a deep knowledge of Center funding status, priorities, and needs and serve as advisor to PI on plans for continuous funding of operations and research.
  • In conjunction with the PI, ensure that the structure is in place to raise the necessary resources to support Cultivate Learning activities, the current operating budget and future growth plans.
  • Provide overall internal management, setting priorities and providing staff leadership to assure functional operations. Strengthen staff, governance, and administrative practices to enhance the mission of the organization.
  • In collaboration with the PI, direct the preparation and submission of clear and effective reports and other documents, including management reports, ad-hoc reports, outside requests, annual reports, and other metrics/reporting.
  • Develop and implement both Center-wide and unit specific policies and procedures that promote effective organizational structures, encourages best practices in alignment with the College of Education and broader UW Institution, and evaluates and revises policies and procedures when necessary.
  • With the PI, develop and implement an evaluation system to determine the impact and effectiveness of the Center’s overall research and technical assistance efforts.
  • Pace and drive organizational development, including on-going monitoring of priorities, partnerships, and infrastructure needs.

    Supervision (35%)
  • Perform all supervisory functions for 8 direct reports across various units.  This position will have the authority to hire staff, evaluate job performance, and take corrective action if performance is not acceptable.
  • Supervise staff, complete performance reviews for staff, and work with them to design plans for skill enhancement and disciplinary actions as needed.
  • Oversee unit programming and partner with all Directors to evaluate, revise and implement programmatic strategy and development across Center units.
  • Oversee unit budgets, business development, and provide high level leadership to ensure that all units are meeting goals and deliverables.
  • Ensure that training and guidance to staff in their duties to help them develop to their optimum level work is available.
  • Oversee development and implementation of office management policies related to staff work environment.

    The ideal candidate must be a true leader who embodies the integrity, dedication, and values of the Cultivate Learning and is the consistent on-site, go-to person who instills confidence and support.   The Deputy Director must be a skilled manager, capable of directing, motivating, developing, and inspiring staff while powerfully representing the organization; an ability to inspire trust, a proven ability to lead and facilitate with strong interpersonal skills and an ability to move from ideas to action.
  • Master’s Degree in Business, Education, or related field and a minimum of five years in a senior Leadership role, preferably with a not-for-profit, with significant involvement in strategic planning, financial management, staff development, and communications.
  • Goal-oriented but flexible management style which respects the capabilities and independence of staff but provides a clear sense of direction. Ability to inspire trust and organize and motivate teams.
  • Education experience strongly preferred. At a minimum, some knowledge and ability to gain further expertise.
  • Track record successful contributions to fund raising efforts through individual donations and corporate, foundation and government grants. Demonstrated ability to grow relationships over time and build loyalty to sustain development initiatives.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills to work effectively with a wide variety of people at all levels of society. Demonstrated ability to work with volunteers.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to create clear and persuasive written communications. Strong public presentation skills.
  • Intelligence, integrity, good humor, and a high level of energy.

    Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

    As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.

    Application Process:
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    Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed
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