Director of Policy and Strategic Initiatives

College Administration · Remote; various locations throughout California, California
Department College Administration
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Manager/Supervisor

The Position

Title:                         Director of Policy and Strategic Initiatives

Position Type:      Full time

Requisition No:   22007

Category:             Administration

Supervisor:          Vice President of Government Relations

Last Updated:      August 2021

Job Purpose:        The Director of Policy and Strategic Initiatives will help create and support engagement with thought leaders, elected officials and higher education stakeholders focused on higher education and workforce development policies in their respective communities. 

Location:                Remote, various locations throughout California

Position Overview

The Director of Policy and Strategic Initiatives will help create and/or support already existing regional, statewide, and federal engagement with thought leaders, elected officials, and higher education stakeholders focused on workforce development and higher education, specifically competency-based education (CBE), policies in their respective communities. 

This position performs varied and high-level assignments with a great degree of responsibility and independence. This position supports the Vice President of Government Relations in the overall creation of or planning for regional, statewide, and national public policy discussions and engagement to further Calbright’s mission.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities 

The duties below are representative of the role and are not intended to cover all of the duties performed within the scope of work:

  • Under the direction of the Vice President of Government Relations, develop and execute short and long-term strategies to ensure that local, state and federal government officials understand the value of Calbright College’s mission and impact in their respective communities.
  • Represent Calbright at community meetings, local, regional, state, and national conferences, board meetings, committee meetings, and other forums to highlight Calbright’s mission. 
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with community-based organizations, business organizations, governmental agencies, and labor unions on shared interests to serve their respective communities.
  • Contribute to team efforts by completing other assignments, when needed, and serving on project teams, as assigned. 
  • Participate in and lead various internal and external-facing stakeholder meetings. 
  • Participate in organizational strategic plan development. 
  • Ensure compliance with Calbright policies/procedures. 
  • Perform other related duties as assigned that support the objective of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • State and national higher education policies including online and competency-based education. 
  • Strategic planning and project management best practices and principles.
  • Understanding of state and federal legislative and budget processes. 
  • Understanding of applicable laws, statutes, initiatives, policies, regulations, and other outcomes of legislative processes. 
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Basic business applications including G Suite, MS Office, Slack, video conferencing, and Asana.
  • Demonstrate understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, staff, and faculty.

Ability to:

  • Read, analyze and interpret complex documents. 
  • Define problems, collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, and present/explain in a concise manner.  
  • Effectively present information to management, across internal teams, public groups, and/or Calbright’s Board of Trustees. 
  • Respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints verbally and in writing. 
  • Contribute to team efforts by participating in assignments that may not be included in or part of this position description, and serving with colleagues across program teams as assigned, and achieving related results as required.
  • Exercise sound independent judgment within general policy guidelines. 
  • Facilitate dialogue around a variety of issues with good consensus-building skills. 
  • Work under deadlines and coordinate several concurrent assignments. 
  • Maintain a high degree of confidentiality and integrity. 
  • Adapt to changing needs, priorities, and procedures. 
  • Develop and implement goals, objectives, policies, procedures, work standards, and internal controls.  

Minimum Qualifications

  • Relevant bachelor’s degree (BA/BS) or equivalent is required; master’s degree is preferred. 
  • Minimum of five years experience working on education policy and leading statewide or regional strategic initiatives and/or education partnerships. 
  • Understanding of California and federal higher education policy. 

Desired Qualifications

  • Previous experience in an institution of higher education, academic, governmental, nonprofit, or community-based organization with regional, state and federal engagement a plus. 

Working Conditions and Travel

  • Calbright College is a statewide online college where all instruction and support are done via various online technologies both in person and remotely. Calbright College has administrative offices in Sacramento available for use. When working remotely, employees should be able and willing to use digital communication tools as used by the college and have the ability to work on a computer for extended periods of time.
  • Regular attendance is considered an essential job function; the inability to meet attendance requirements may preclude the employee from retaining employment. 
  • The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in Calbright College policies, procedures, and Title IX. 
  • Calbright College celebrates all forms of diversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators, and faculty thrive. Individuals interested in advancing Calbright College’s strategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.
  • Requires the ability to function in a remote online instructional environment performing work of primarily a sedentary nature. Requires the ability to use hearing and speech to make presentations to groups and carry on conversations over the phone and in person. Requires speaking skills to communicate with staff and students in one-on-one and small group settings, on the phone, and to distinguish sound prompts from various types of equipment.  Requires near visual acuity to read printed materials and computer screens.  Requires sufficient hand/arm/finger dexterity to retrieve work materials, operate a personal computer keyboard, and operate standard office equipment. Requires the ability to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • Work is performed indoors where minimal safety considerations exist.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Calbright College provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, veteran status, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Calbright College complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

Who We Are

Calbright College is one of California’s newest community colleges – the first statewide, online campus designed to bridge the gap between employers with unfilled positions and students who don’t have either the time or money to attend a traditional school. Our mission is to increase economic mobility and close equity gaps for working adults who lack easy access to traditional forms of higher education by offering online, flexible, affordable skills-based programs that provide tangible economic value for both working adults and hiring managers.

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  • Location
    Remote; various locations throughout California, California
  • Department
    College Administration
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience