Job Positions

University Innovation Alliance Fellow/Posting # P03320UF

Categories: Northwest Region 8


Office of Academic Achievement


Oregon State university

Date Posted:

Sep 27 2019 10:00PM

Close Date:

October 13, 2019

Position Description

The University Innovation Alliance Fellow provides specific expertise to plan, organize, coordinate, evaluate and participate in Oregon State University’s collaboration with the University Innovation Alliance. The UIA Fellow provides strategic project management to move UIA initiatives forward at OSU and interacts with internal and external project stakeholders to build support. The Fellow facilitates communication and collaboration between OSU and the other UIA institutions. The Office of Academic Achievement is seeking a University Innovation Alliance Fellow. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Associate Vice Provost. The University Innovation Alliance (UIA) is a national consortium of 11 large public research universities working together to improve outcomes for all students regardless of their socioeconomic status ( The UIA’s primary objective is to improve student outcomes by acting as an innovation cluster that develops and tests new initiatives, shares data, and scales best practices across the Alliance and beyond. The UIA Fellowship is a full-time, paid university leadership development program that places top-tier professionals with Alliance member institutions. The fellowship is most commonly two-years in length. Fellows engage in critical work to support member institutions to identify new solutions, scale proven innovations, and communicate and diffuse outcomes – ultimately helping more students have access to and graduate with a high quality, affordable bachelor’s degree. The UIA Fellow is responsible for facilitating communication and collaboration between their home institution and the other UIA member institutions. The Fellow provides strategic project management to move UIA initiatives forward on their campus, particularly in the early start-up phase of a project, and supports the successful hand-off of projects to OSU departments for ongoing management. The UIA Fellow reports directly to the Associate Vice Provost of Academic Achievement. They work collaboratively with two UIA Co-Liaisons who provide leadership and vision for their university’s participation in the UIA (at OSU, current co-liaisons are the Associate Vice Provost of Academic Achievement and the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education). The Fellow is in frequent contact with the executive leadership of the institution. Salary range for the Fellow position is $55,000 to $65,000. Oregon State University has an institution-wide commitment to diversity, multiculturalism, and community. We actively engage in recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and student body that includes members of historically underrepresented groups. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming and supportive campus environment. OSU provides outstanding leadership opportunities for people interested in promoting and enhancing diversity, nurturing creativity, and building community.


45% Project Coordination: Provide strategic assistance to keep UIA-inspired initiatives moving forward at Oregon State University, particularly in the early start-up phase of projects. Facilitate communication and information sharing between key players for each project. Support the successful hand-off of projects to OSU departments for ongoing management. Research, compile, prepare, and compose analysis, data and documents in support of UIA initiatives. Identify, coordinate, and manage project-specific budgets and contracts in collaboration with the business center, sponsored programs office, and other relevant administrative units. UIA initiatives have included predictive analytics, intrusive advising, completion grants, career development, and chatbot projects. 15% External Relations: Facilitate communication and collaboration between OSU and the UIA central office, and between OSU and the other UIA member institutions. Maintain frequent communication with Fellows at other UIA institutions. Coordinate gathering of data and information requested by UIA or other institutions. 15% Internal Relations: Support student success initiatives in the Offices of Academic Achievement and Undergraduate Education aligned with the UIA mission. Provide regular updates to university leadership on UIA and OSU activities. Anticipate and assist with preparation of, or prepare independently, documents, presentations, and reports. Establish and maintain collaborations and partnerships with key OSU departments, programs, and groups. 15% UIA Central Projects: Contribute to UIA central initiatives to disseminate collective learnings related to innovating and scaling student success initiatives including but not limited to events and convenings, online content, conference presentations, and grant proposals. 10% Professional Development: Engage in professional development to build and hone skills related to higher education innovation and scaling student success initiatives.

Application Process

Link to Posting: When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents: 1) A resume/CV; and 2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position. You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.

Institution Information

Oregon State, the Land Grant Institution for the state of Oregon, is an international public research university that draws people from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. We go wherever the challenges are, push ourselves to the very edge of what’s known and keep going. We are determined to forge solutions. We are diverse and welcoming. We embrace our responsibility to Oregon and the world, building a future that’s smarter, healthier, more prosperous and more just. We see what could be and have worked relentlessly for 150 years to make it so. 2 campuses, 11 colleges, 14 experiment stations, 36 Extension offices, 200+ academic programs — COUNTLESS IMPACTS.

Additional Information

OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the criminal history check requirement.

Contact Information

For additional information please contact: Clare Creighton at


Required Qualifications


• Completed a bachelor's degree and have at least two years of full-time work experience; or a completed masters degree • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate (written and verbally) with a diverse group of cross-campus stakeholders and external partners. • Demonstrated organizational skills • Ability to take initiative and drive results both independently and as part of a team • Demonstrated project management skills, including the ability to appropriately pivot and adapt • A demonstrated commitment to equity-based frameworks/approaches to innovation and processes • A demonstrated commitment to transforming public higher education to better serve low-income, first generation, and historically underrepresented students

Preferred Qualifications

• Completed any graduate degree program • At least three years of full-time work experience • Track record of success in academic and professional settings • Customarily think outside the box and rapidly iterate to strategically solve problems • Experience in design and creative processes, problem solving, change management, and/or innovation • Experience managing projects or liaising across university units and/or multiple organizations or institutions • Demonstrated ability to facilitate collaboration among diverse individuals • Demonstrated capacity for managing ambiguity and navigating process-related tensions