Located in Boston’s historic Fenway area, Simmons has a strong tradition of empowering women and challenging traditional gender roles. Simmons University was one of the first higher education institutions to prepare women to become leaders and has evolved to become a university offering a women’s undergraduate program and graduate programs open to all.
You’re joining our community at an especially exciting time as one of our strategic goals is to become the most inclusive campus in New England. You’ll find that people who work here are truly committed to our mission of preparing students to become champions of social justice and leaders in their professions and their communities. This commitment and pride make for a dynamic workplace.
Simmons University is looking for a Vice President of Organizational Learning and Development ("Vice President") to join the Office of Organizational Culture, Inclusion and Equity ("OCIE"). In this newly created role, the Vice President will be responsible for the design, development, deployment, and measurement of organizational development programs across the University. Reporting to the Senior Vice President, OCIE and partnering with members of the President’s Cabinet, the Vice President will help drive our forward-looking entrepreneurial and innovative and leadership culture as well as serve as a culture change advocate. In addition, the Vice President will demonstrate the ability to be a strategic and collaborative partnership across the community in support of leading transformational change within a diverse and inclusive, fast-paced, and complex environment.
The Vice President will be responsible for:
Inclusive Culture & Engagement
Performance Management, and
Simmons University is committed to building a community that is equitable and inclusive of all students, staff and faculty members. We recognize that a robust intellectual community for all requires authentic engagement, thoughtful participation, and inclusive leadership and that interactions between colleagues are among the most important ways to build a culture of inclusion and collaboration. As a University committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, we seek candidates who embody these values and who have demonstrated experience working successfully with individuals across a broad spectrum of identities and perspectives.
With respect to leadership and organizational development practices, this role develops and implements various approaches to encourage a diverse and inclusive workforce;
Design and implement programs that strengthen employee knowledge, abilities, functional expertise, and commitment to inclusive excellence while maximizing department effectiveness and efficiency;
Design and implement leadership and managerial development strategies and pathways in close alignment with the University’s leadership competencies;
Coach managers and University leadership on the development and growth of their teams including career pathways, progression, and succession planning;
Implement and leverage technology solutions to support a multi-modal development program;
Create, promote and support onboarding activities to help new employees understand their role in maintaining an inclusive environment while using data from exit interviews to understand opportunities for improvement;
Design strategies and initiatives to ensure all dimensions of diversity and inclusion are embedded in our OD processes;
Advance a culture of inclusion, where diversity is valued, great ideas are recognized, and the fair and respectful treatment of all persons is a core value;
Develop organizational resiliency models and lead the identification and tracking of key leadership metrics to determine the effectiveness of initiatives, applicability, and success of the L&OD learning solutions;
Manage Simmons’ existing performance management process to ensure broad alignment with the goals of the organization while ensuring goals related to inclusion will be part of every work team’s efforts;
Coach individuals and managers through the process and use data from performance reviews to develop management training programs;
Serve as an active partner in an organization-wide engagement initiative designed to improve retention rates among students, faculty, and staff;
Work in partnership with department leaders to use data from engagement surveys to develop specific responses;
Assess, articulate and build programs to support manager training, especially for managers new to their roles;
Design and teach manager skills and competency development, including basic supervisory skills, how to assign goals, monitor performance, and mentor team members;
Master’s degree, in a relevant field, required; Ph.D. preferred;
Minimum of 10 years of applied experience in organizational culture, workforce planning, and/or professional development and training, preferably with applied experience in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion;
Ability to influence culture and behavior change, collaborate, and work with University senior executives, managers, and staff members;
Experience creating, managing and facilitating high quality, comprehensive training and education programs;
Experienced in developing and implementing assessment tools and using applicable diagnostic organizational development tools and metrics.
Proven success working with diverse and inclusive organizational and social cultures.
Advanced degree, certification(s), or advanced training in diversity-related fields preferred; DDI training certification and experience in diversity research a plus.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills to include strong platform, and presentation skills;
Ability to balance strategic thinking with tactical implementation to achieve results; ability to prioritize and manage multiple complex initiatives and projects serving various audiences;
Prior experience working in a higher education environment and/or within the Human Resources field is preferred;
Certified in organizational development, leadership development, change management and/or professional development preferred;
Demonstrated success with assessing and connecting business strategies and diversity and inclusion;