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Arizona Innovation Alliance (AIA) Fellow/Senior Project Manager (Extended Temporary)

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, 85724
Student Affairs and Services

Posting Number: req17530

Department: Stdnt Succ & Retention Innov

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The AIA Fellow will report to the AIA Liaison; Chief Retention Officer and Associate Vice Provost for Student Success and Retention Innovation (SSRI), and their primary responsibility will be managing and facilitating the implementation of large-scale institutional and cross-institutional student success projects affiliated with UArizona and the Alliance. The AIA Fellow will contribute to central AIA projects and multi-campus initiatives such as site visits, conference presentations, and grant proposals. In addition, the AIA Fellow will also work closely with the Assistant Director of the Arizona Innovation Alliance to lead and deliver on AIA scale projects as designated. AIA Fellow will also work closely with the SSRI Strategy Team in the co-creation and implementation of the project management framework that utilizes design thinking and process mapping to ensure the success of the projects.

This is an Extended Temporary Employment (ETE) position.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Plans, develops, implements, and manages a project team by completing task definitions, work requirement identification, and assignments.
  • Works closely and collaboratively with key stakeholders to define project scope, strategy, budget, and outcomes; identifies critical resource expertise and targets appropriate internal and/or external sources to ensure optimal outcome(s).
  • Establishes and continually monitors/manages project expectations with the team; assigns tasks and identifies issues for resolution to ensure optimal team effectiveness.
  • Prepares and maintains all project status reports and schedules; tracks milestones/deliverables, critical paths, and dependencies; re-sets expectations as needed in consideration of project progress/outcomes.
  • Responds to all inquiries regarding project status; prepare and responds to all regulatory reporting/filings to ensure compliance.
  • Manages, coaches, and supervise all project team members, both internal and contracted to ensure optimal outcomes; builds, develops, and maintains relationships vital to project success.
  • Prepares all post-project reports, budget allocations, and summaries/filings to ensure timely dissemination of information to all interested parties.
  • Coordinates large scale presentations, sessions, and webinars, in person and virtually.
  • Assist the AIA Liaison; Chief Retention Officer and Associate Vice Provost for Student Success and Retention Innovation in reviewing grant proposals, estimating grant budgets, monitoring and tracking approved funds, and preparing grant reports as needed.
  • Builds, develops, and maintains collaborative working relationships within SSRI, across the university, and with third-party vendors vital to project success, including managing differing priorities and resolving conflict.
  • Coordinates and/or manages other duties or projects as assigned or directed by the AIA Liaison; Chief Retention Officer and Associate Vice Provost for Student Success and Retention Innovation to deliver projects successfully.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • Ability to develop proposals for external funding of projects.
  • Skill in planning, budgeting, implementing and evaluating projects.
  • Knowledge of processes to conduct needs assessments.
  • Skill in designing training materials and presentations to meet needs assessed.
  • Ability to implement training, session reviews, and follow-up procedures.
  • Knowledge of processes for dissemination of results through presentations, reports, and publications.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships and establishing and facilitating work teams.
  • Evidence of exceptional organization skills and project management experience across university units.
  • Evidence of commitment and passion to transforming higher education to increase access to education and improve outcomes for students within Arizona's educational system.
  • Evidence of outstanding written and verbal communication skills.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field; AND,
  • Five years administrative/coordination experience; OR,
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and/or
    education that provides the relevant experience required.
  • Business travel for AIA-affiliated project support and coordination between the three public universities will be required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in Arizona higher education institutions.
  • Experience with quantitative and qualitative data analysis.
  • Master's degree in field appropriate to area of assignment; AND, Three years administrative/coordination experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education that provides the relevant experience required.

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Organizational Administration

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $85,000

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level


Job Family

Project Mgmt

Job Function

Organizational Administration

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Expected End Date: 6/30/2025

Contact Information for Candidates

Christine Salvesen

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As a Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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