Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: A0011 / Strategic Planner
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 16
HR Review/Approval:COMP

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Provides integrated research, planning, and leadership in the development of programs and initiatives for a large, organizationally complex operating component of the University. Identifies key strategic opportunities, and interfaces with senior administration, faculty, staff, industry, academic, and/or government agency officials in the representation and development of strategic programs, services, and initiatives. Participates in the establishment of integrated strategies and policies for the organization. Manages and administers one or more key operational functions, as appropriate to the position.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Identifies and participates in the evaluation of strategic opportunities pertinent to the objectives of the organization.
  2. Interacts with senior management and administrators within the university and, as appropriate, within industry and government, to represent and promote the development of strategic programs.
  3. Oversees and coordinates the development of strategic programs on a project management basis, to include development of budgets and projections, identification of funding sources, and development and preparation of funding proposals.
  4. Coordinates the administration of multiple strategic programs, and serves as a principle point of liaison between program principals, administrators, and funding sources.
  5. Manages and coordinates the implementation and administration of integrated program development strategies, policies, and procedures for the organization.
  6. Develops and/or advises on strategies designed to raise the general level of consciousness within the community and among potential funding sources of the organization's capacities and offerings.
  7. Participates in the development of research strategies, and acts as a point of consulting expertise to faculty in the effective development of funding proposals and promotion initiatives.
  8. Facilitates interdisciplinary collaborative efforts among faculty and/or senior staff and the development of extramural support.
  9. May supervise and/or lead staff and/or student employees, as assigned.
  10. May serve as Campus Security Authority as outlined by the Clery Act.
  11. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 7 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging internal and external issues impacting on the operational environment of the enterprise.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Conflict resolution and/or mediation skills.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the principles, processes, and requirements for strategic planning and development within a public institution.
  • Ability to identify and secure alternative funding/revenue sources.
  • Knowledge of project management principles, practices, techniques, and tools.
  • Knowledge of university and/or public institution budgeting and funding procedures, standards, and documentation requirements.
  • Ability to identify, evaluate, and accurately assess the viability of strategic opportunities available to the enterprise.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of institutional administration and fiscal control principles and procedures, as applied to a public university.

Conditions of Employment

  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 09/22/2020