The Vice President of Programs and Services leads an experienced and talented staff of seven and hasresponsibility for activities in three major areas, including:
1) Leading WICHE’s regional student access programs that expand access to higher education for more than45,000 students and help develop the West’s workforce; 2) directing regional initiatives that foster college and university collaborations to enhance institutional effectiveness and efficiencies; 3) managing collaborations with the Midwestern Higher Education Compact that provide cost savings opportunities to postsecondary institutions and systems. The vice president has oversight of two general fund budgets totaling approximately $544,000 and from 10 to 15 non-general fund budgets that currently, or in the recent past, range from $20,000 to $7.3 million per budget. Additionally, the position has fiscal oversight of the annual pass-through of some $14 million in state funds to public and private institutions participating in WICHE’s Professional Student Exchange Program.
The vice president serves on WICHE’s Senior Leadership Team and regularly works directly with institutional leaders including presidents, provosts, vice presidents of academic affairs, vice presidents of administration/finance, deans, CEOs, and chief academic and administrative officers of state higher education agencies, CEOs and staff of the three other higher education compacts, legislators and their staff, U.S. Department of Education senior leaders, foundation leaders, senior leaders of other state and federal agencies including Labor and Health and Human Services, and the CEOs and staff of other higher education organizations.
- A graduate-level degree in a field relevant to education, policy, government, administration, or business.
- Relevant experience working with higher-education policy, initiatives, or programming. Successful experience in conceptualizing, organizing, and directing collaborative initiatives involving leaders of multiple postsecondary institutions, state and federal agencies, and policymakers.
- Knowledge of issues in higher education funding and finance.
- Demonstrated experience directing complex programs, managing large budgets, and supervising skilled and diverse professionals.
- Ability to work with multiple, diverse constituencies, including policymakers; state, regional, and federal educational institutions; WICHE commissioners; foundations, and government agencies.
- Knowledge of legislative and governmental processes, organizations, and agencies.
- Strong communication skills and the ability to make professional presentations both in-person and virtually, and to speak and write clearly and concisely.
- Willingness and ability to develop a working knowledge of the history, goals, and purposes of WICHE programs and to be creative and innovative in contributing to the strategic direction of WICHE’s programs and services.
- Ability to represent WICHE to elected officials, higher education administrators, and other stakeholder groups.