Arizona State University Learning Enterprise


Executive Director of Enterprise Executive Education


Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

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Application Deadline: 30-November-2022-EXTENDED

Job Description

As the nation’s #1 university for innovation, ASU is redefining skills education and knowledge acquisition for the future of work. ASU’s CareerCatalyst is the umbrella organization for ASU’s professional and career education, across all schools and colleges. We launched CareerCatalyst to respond to rapidly shifting workforce dynamics: As the half-life of job skills continues to get shorter, learners from every background and at every career stage need to invest in learning throughout their careers to keep their skills fresh. Employers now see investing in the development of their employees as a business imperative, with 80% of CEOs ranking the need to teach their workforce new skills as their biggest business challenge.  The vision of CareerCatalyst is to leverage ASU’s broad expertise as a top-tier university, with over 800 academic programs and majors, to build and scale an integrated portfolio of career education programs that serves learners at every career stage.

As the Executive Director for Enterprise Executive Education, you will serve as the first general manager for ASU’s university-wide executive education portfolio. Working collaboratively across the ASU enterprise, you will drive the development of a vision and strategy for the portfolio, oversee program development and implementation, and partner with the marketing and business development teams in go-to-market activities. You will be responsible for key performance metrics, including growth in learners served and the financial performance of the portfolio.

You will be an innovator in the executive education space, partnering with cross-functional teams across ASU to create multidisciplinary offerings that span business, sustainability, engineering, journalism, and more. You will oversee the growth of both custom programs developed for corporate and organizational partners and open enrollment programs targeted at advanced professionals. With ASU’s decentralized approach to program development, with development happening at several units across the university, you must be a master collaborator. To help position ASU at the forefront of industry changes, you will be an expert in the executive education market and use up-to-date industry knowledge to inform ASU’s strategy for executive education.

Flexible work options

Hybrid work is an arrangement where employees spend a minimum of 60% of their regular workweek at their primary ASU work location. Dean or vice president-level approval is required. Please note that this position is Hybrid/Remote off-campus at our Scottsdale Skysong location.

Grant Funded Position

This is not a grant funded position and is not contingent on future grant funding.

Salary Range

$150,000 – $190,000 per year; DOE

Essential Duties

In your first year, you will lead the following activities:

  • Strategy and Enterprise Approach: Develop a university-wide strategy and implementation plan for executive education.
    • In the competitive executive education market, you will develop a strategic approach and plan to leverage ASU’s unique, cross-disciplinary expertise and market position to drive scale, impact, and revenue.
    • You will collaborate with CareerCatalyst / Learning Enterprise leadership and leaders from ASU’s schools and colleges to develop the vision and strategy, with the goal of generating strong internal support and engagement in program development.
    • You will lead the development of Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) for the executive education portfolio.
  • Program development and operations: To implement the vision and achieve defined OKRs, you will collaborate with internal stakeholders to rapidly scale ASU’s executive education portfolio.
    • You will lead the coordination of an ASU-wide portfolio approach. With program development happening across several schools and colleges and centrally, this will require working collaboratively across the enterprise.
    • You will lead cross-functional colleagues to deliver on the executive education vision and Objectives and Key Results that you develop for the program. This will involve working across many disciplines and groups within ASU: faculty, product experts, instructional designers, marketers, business development professionals, and more.
    • You will recommend investments in capabilities and capacity to stand up synchronous programs and learning experiences that offer meaningful learner engagement, as well as proactively identify opportunities for continuous improvement and growth.
  • Go-to-market and financial sustainability: You will be responsible for managing the P&L for executive education and the performance of the portfolio overall.
    • All executive education programs must be financially sustainable. You will work with the team to ensure that programs have viable financial models and will return funds to the university to reinvest in growth.
    • You will collaborate with the marketing and workforce partnerships team to scale executive education offerings via ASU’s direct-to-learner channel and the enterprise-to-organization channel.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND eight (8) years of related administrative experience which includes five (5) years of supervisory experience OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

  • Evidence of a proven leader who has demonstrated the ability to design, launch, and scale educational offerings. Demonstrated knowledge of the executive education industry and a view on how ASU can grow its impact in this market.
  • Evidence of a broad understanding of state-of-the art learning technologies to serve executive audiences.
  • Evidence of demonstrated success in influencing and inspiring action from distributed, cross-functional teams without formal authority.
  • Experience developing solutions that align to executive learners’ needs and the needs of organizational partners.

Working Environment

  • Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and manipulating a computer mouse; required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work.
  • Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds.
  • Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities, which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts.
  • May be required to perform tasks in the field within and/or across University campuses.
  • Ability to clearly communicate to perform essential functions.

Department Statement

About the Learning Enterprise

We believe that the rigid and linear design of traditional higher education is neither an effective ladder to social and economic opportunity for all learners nor is it responsive to rapidly evolving workforce needs. ASU has responded to these challenges with the creation of Learning Enterprise (LE). We are guided by the belief that everyone should have universal access to education and opportunity. At every stage of life.

LE re-imagines the role of universities in society and evolves the design of learning offerings. These products (LE’s learning offerings) are academically rigorous, tech-enabled, and outcomes-driven. They are stackable, accessible, and evidence-based — designed to respond to the needs of students and employers with the resources and values of the university.

LE‘s initial focus is on the following areas: foundational skills and mindsets, professional and technical career skills and personal development, cultural and civic learning.
At LE, we share a common set of values that guide our work and collaboration:

Scrappy. We are undaunted by challenges. We remain undeterred by anything that stands in the way of moving our vision forward. If we fall, we get up, over and over again. If it doesn’t exist, we create it. If something doesn’t work, we try something else.

Driven. We always push to be better for ourselves, for each other, and for our students. We are not defeated or guided by the status quo. We see what could be and relentlessly pursue it.

Intentional Architects. We know our attitude towards what we are doing will determine our success. We see the big picture and take deep pride in building every block that makes up our long-term vision. We are motivated by the potential of a transformed future while remaining firmly focused on tending to the tasks in front of us today.

Leading from the heart. We deeply care about people and their well-being. Everyone is unconditionally supported. We believe in human potential and invest in continuous growth.

Candid collaborators. We share ideas and feedback at all levels. We have strong opinions loosely held and intentionally engage in debate. We strive for clarity through direct and honest communication. We know our work is better for it.

ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation’s fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

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Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated. 30-November-2022-EXTENDED

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Résumé should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.

IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.