Director, Strategic Projects and Communication

Bentley University  |  Waltham, MA

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Posted June 23, 2022 Full-Time

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Position Title:

Director, Strategic Projects and Communication

Job Type: Student Affairs Administration
Location: Waltham, MA
Positions Available: 1
Institution Type: Private not-for-profit, 4-year
Institution Size: < 5,000 Students
Employer ID: 28918


Housing for Position:
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Major Preference:
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Position Description

Director, Strategic Projects and Communication
Bentley University

Job Description Summary
Reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Director of Strategic Projects and Communication is responsible for the development, implementation and project management of divisional strategic efforts to deliver an innovative and transformative experience for our undergraduate students. The person in this position is also responsible for the oversight of communication from the division to students, families and our university colleagues. In general, the role balances macro-level work by creating frameworks, models, and systems to inform how staff delivers impactful experiences to students with day-to-day functions of ensuring that divisional priorities move forward by directly supporting the vice president for student affairs, continuing to build and leverage relationships within the division as well as with other constituents, and managing communication with the division and undergraduate students.

Essential Duties

The person in this position is responsible for the project management of mission-critical divisional and institutionalinitiatives such as: the BentleyPlus program; institutional strategic initiatives; divisional racial justice action plans, integrating equity, inclusion, and justice into the day-to-day work of student affairs staff, and articulating our work to the board of trustees through annual presentations and written reports. In addition, this position develops strategies to ensure we identify strategies to hear all student voices and our communications reach all students. It is important that the person in this role is able to serve on university-wide committees as a representative of and decision-maker for the Vice President for Student Affairs, which includes but is not limited to: the Campus Master Plan, Emergency Management, University Marketing and Communications, Badavas Center for Innovation in Teaching and IT Governance. Must have excellent project management skills.

Strategic Priorities:

  • After identifying (with the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA)) key strategic initiatives, the director will identify the process to ensure successful implementation of the project (such as the development of departmental racial justice actions plans or ensuring consistent onboard procedures for new hires).
  • Serve as the divisional representative for university projects and programs particularly those involving the university strategic plan.
  • Be the divisional liaison to the Badavas Center for Innovation in Teaching.


  • Ensure divisional and departmental communications are consistent, timely and meet University standards.
  • Work to develop ways to ensure communications are received by all students with particular attention to first generation students and students from marginalized backgrounds.
  • Identify opportunities to hear more students' voices and ways to include students in decision making.
  • Develop overall strategy for family communication.
  • Be the divisional liaison to the Marketing and Communications division.

Supervisory/Other Responsibilities:

  • Supervise the Assistant Director of Strategic Projects who directly supervises the Student Success and First-Generation Support Coordinator
  • Ensure successful implementation of BentleyPlus program and services and support of First-Generation students

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Higher Education or related field.
  • 7-10 years of related work experience.
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communications skills. Ability to articulate complex matters to a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrated project management skills. Ability to manage complex projects involving multiple stakeholders to successful outcomes.
  • High level of confidentiality and discretion required.
  • Experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives preferred.
  • Broad understanding of student affairs operations preferred.

Work Environment/Physical Requirements

  • Ability to work during evenings, weekends, or other holiday periods as needed.
  • Ability to work in an open office space.
  • Extensive sitting and computer work.
  • Ability to travel around campus for meetings and other work related events.

Bentley University requires references checks and may conduct other pre-employment screening.


Bentley University strives to create a campus community that welcomes the exchange of ideas, and fosters a culture that values differences and views them as a strength in our community.

Bentley University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, building strength through diversity. The University is committed to building a community of talented students, faculty and staff who reflect the diversity of global business. We strongly encourage applications from persons from underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities, covered veterans and those with diverse experiences and backgrounds.


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