Washington University is seeking an Administrative Systems Project Liaison for the Danforth Campus as the University embarks on a complex set of multi-year initiatives to replace aging administrative systems with an ecosystem of contemporary solutions. This effort, called the Administrative Systems Transformation Program, is sponsored at the executive level by the Provost and the Executive Vice Chancellor for Administration. Taking one of the key new positions created as the University gears up for the project and serving as coach, educator, facilitator, and advocate, the Project Liaison will work to ensure that the Danforth schools and the University’s central administration achieve and maintain their alignment throughout this transformative project.
Reporting to the Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences, the Danforth Project Liaison will serve as a strategic and tactical mediator between the schools and the Lead Team to ensure that the Project takes fully into account the needs, expectations, and ambitions of the six Danforth Campus schools and the teaching and research missions they advance. The Project Liaison will represent the DC schools to the Project’s executive sponsors, the Project Lead Team, and technical partners and will serve as a champion of the schools in the development of the business case, the project plans and goals, the criteria to be used in making project-related decisions, the subject-matter expertise on which to make such decisions, and the metrics to evaluate the project’s progress and success. Input on business process and change management impacting data collection, organization, and reporting will be critical, especially as related to data, process, transactions, and mission-critical reporting needs that are unique to the DC schools. A core working principle of the Project Liaison position is that it will address, first, the collective interests and, second, the individual needs of all six DC schools.
The successful candidate will have proven experience with academic management from the perspective of a university, school or other academic unit at an institution of a scale and complexity comparable to Washington University. Significant experience with ERP implementations is necessary, preferably from a functional perspective. The interpersonal versatility, comprehensive vision, organizational skills, and communication ability to sustain trust across a complex, multi-constituent environment, to lead and facilitate strategic disruption, and to align interests for the sake of greater common goals is essential.
Founded in 1853, Washington University is nationally and internationally renowned for teaching, learning, research, service to society, and patient care. The University is comprised of seven schools: Arts and Sciences, Business, Design & Visual Arts, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Law, Medicine, and Social Work. All schools except for Medicine are located at the Danforth Campus. Work for the program will encompass the entire University impacting systems and processes for the Danforth Campus, Medical School, and the Central Financial Units. The Project is expected to last four to five years; current analyses suggest the total project cost will approach $80M. For more information, see www.wustl.edu.
Washington University in St. Louis has engaged Opus Partners (www.opupartners.net) to support the recruitment of the Danforth Campus Project Liaison. Inquiries, expressions of interest, and nominations may be sent to the Opus Partners principals leading the search, Craig Smith, PhD, Partner, and Marisea Rivera, Associate, via email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. A background check will be conducted on the selected candidate. All possible discretion will be exercised to maintain the privacy of applicants throughout the search process.
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