Senior Associate for the Office of Organizational Excellence
University of South Carolina
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
Type: Full Time
Salary: $90,000 - $120,000
Organizational Development / Operational Effectiveness
Process Improvement / Continuous Improvement
Salary commensurate with experience. The University of South Carolina offers a valuable benefits package including but not limited to:
- Health and Life Insurance
- Retirement Programs
- Paid Tuition
- Dependent Scholarships
- Annual Leave
- Sick Leave
- 13 Paid Holidays (including an extended December holiday)
- Paid Parental Leave
- Professional Development Opportunities
The Office of Organizational Excellence is seeking an experienced, collaborative facilitator of improvement projects to help lead an exciting new Organizational Excellence unit at the University of South Carolina.
The Senior Associate for the Office of Organizational Excellence (OE) assists with planning, development, and administration of the OE initiative and serves as a proactive advocate for user-friendly services, efficient processes, and the effective use of resources. A significant portion of the role involves a wide range of improvement projects, with the Senior Associate providing support, set-up guidance, facilitation, and assistance with measurement, tracking, and results reporting. This collaborative position works in partnership with units throughout the university to review issues, assess the potential for improvement, and determine optimal approaches in a consensus-based way. The Senior Associate gathers information for the OE Leadership Group and regularly seeks improvement-related feedback, including using surveys and focus groups when appropriate to gain input and insights from key stakeholders. The Senior Associate also works to imbed OE practices throughout the university by providing coaching, focused training, network building, and ongoing development and promotion of tools, tips, and templates for improvement.
Position may allow for a hybrid work arrangement based upon the nature of project engagements.
Advanced degree in a relevant field. Certifications in project management, change management, innovation, Lean, or other aspects of improvement (e.g., design thinking, strategic planning, facilitation). 10 years experience with improvement projects (guiding, supporting, and facilitating), change management, process improvement, and strategic planning/alignment. Experience with institutional change in large, complex organizations.
From the Upstate to the Lowcountry, the University of South Carolina system is transforming the lives of South Carolinians through the impact of our eight institutions and 20 locations throughout the state. More than 50,000 students are enrolled at one of eight institutions, including the research campus in Columbia and comprehensive four-year universities in Aiken, Upstate and Beaufort. In addition, our Palmetto College campuses in Salkehatchie, Union, Lancaster and Sumter enable students to earn associate or bachelor’s degrees through a combination of in-person, online or blended learning. All of our system institutions place strong emphasis on service — helping to build healthier, more educated communities in South Carolina and beyond.
At the University of South Carolina, we strive to cultivate an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We recognize diversity in our workforce is essential to providing academic excellence and critical to our sustainability. The University is committed to eliminating barriers created by institutional discrimination through accountability and continuous process improvement. We celebrate the diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences of our employees.