Strategic Initiatives Officer (SIO)

Job Description

  • Manages coordinated implementation of the University’s strategic plan to ensure University-wide alignment and progress on identified objectives.
  • Develops change strategy for the University, including identifying areas of opportunity and paths to achieving optimal solutions to the University’s most pressing challenges
  • Builds and fosters collaborative relationships across the University and with key public and private sector partners, with the ability to influence executive-level leadership. Ensures alignment and integration with University goals and strategic initiatives
  • Assesses new and existing programs, partnerships, and projects by guiding strategic and data-informed decision making. Partners and coordinates across the University on cross-cutting strategic planning efforts
  • Provides analysis, advice, and recommendations to the Vice President and his executive team regarding the formulation of strategy and project implementation, as appropriate, and assists with solutions to problems by recommending approaches to be taken and methodologies to be utilized
  • Works with senior leaders to ensure strategic alignment of organizational messaging, performance evaluations, and incentive plans
  • Effectively drives, manages, implements, and tracks a broad portfolio of deliverables, measuring performance, automating across life cycles, and adjusting the overall roadmap of deliverables as needed
  • Oversees the compilation of required data and metrics. Coordinates metrics and performance reporting
  • Provides strong strategic leadership, direction, and execution focus. Leads with a diverse and inclusive mindset and proactively engages team members so they reach their full potential.
  • Determines escalation protocols to keep stakeholders apprised and aware of project status, emerging needs, and potential execution failures
  • Oversees and leads strategic projects through assessment, diagnosis, design, and implementation, including gathering and analyzing data, bringing together relevant stakeholders, and delivering recommendations.
  • Evaluates opportunities to bring best practices from other organizations and promotes execution of new initiatives that promote the success of the University’s strategic plan

Desired Profile

  • Masters from a reputed institute
  • 2 years of Teaching experience will be preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate, present and influence credibly and effectively
  • Should possess communication skills (Both Written & Spoken English)
  • Adequate research background
  • Should be willing to stay on the campus (off 90 Kms from Hyderabad)


  • Bachelor's degree/Master's degree


  • Minimum of 7 years of management experience at the senior level with experience in strategic planning, strategy consulting, project management, and/or change management.


  • Demonstrated ability to put strategic plans into action
  • Knowledge and experience with change management methodologies and facilitating organization/transformational changes
  • Experience working with advanced project-management methodologies and principles
  • Self-motivated and resourceful with the ability to operationalize and execute complex strategic roadmaps and to remove obstacles to implementation
  • Ability to manage cross-functional and/or conflicting interests and stakeholders
  • Ability to engage individuals throughout the organization and to drive a progressive and collaborative set of behaviors
  • Proven experience in diagnosing organizational capabilities and translating these into practical applications, including organizational effectiveness
  • Strong influencing communication and listening skills
  • Capable of securing senior leadership buy-in, sponsorship, and investment
  • Strong analytical capabilities and ability to synthesize complex information and derive data-driven insights through logic and frameworks
  • Strong facilitation and conflict resolution skills
  • Experience managing multiple complex projects simultaneously
  • Well-developed quantitative and qualitative analytic skills and critical thinking skills
  • Demonstrated ability to understand technical feasibility and viability
  • Experience using new/evolving technology tools to gather, analyze, report, and monitor performance data across varied sources and department

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