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Vice President, Future of Learning and Work

Lumina Foundation

Published: 6/18/2018
Employment type: Full-Time (Paid)
Function: Education/Training
Primary domain: Education
City: Indianapolis
Postal code: 46204

State: Indiana
Country: United States

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$20M +


Mission statement:

Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. We envision a system that is easy to navigate, delivers fair results, and meets the nation's need for talent through a broad range of credentials. Our goal is to prepare people for informed citizenship and for success in a global economy.

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Lumina Foundation is committed to the creation of an equitable, universal postsecondary learning system that is easy to navigate, delivers fair results, and meets the nation's need for talent through a broad range of credentials; the goal is to prepare people for informed citizenship and for success in a global economy.

The Foundation believes that the postsecondary system must be redesigned to give all Americans-regardless of race, income, and other socioeconomic factors-the opportunities that postsecondary attainment provides. While some progress has been made since 2008, attainment rates for African-American, Hispanic, and American Indian students continue to lag behind those of whites and Asian-Americans. Lumina's Equity Imperative reflects its commitment to equity across all learning and work contexts (with recognition that historic, persistent factors have created inequity) and excellence (credits and credentials defined by learning and competencies rather than time; assurance of high-quality learning that aligns with 21st century workforce and industry needs; and an affordable system with incentives that encourage students and institutions to increase educational attainment and close achievement gaps).

Lumina Foundation employs a number of evidenced-located approaches in its investment and thought leadership abilities work, including its function as convener and sponsor of networks and partnerships. The Foundation is focusing on fivepriorities for action-big ideas about how to ensure six of every 10 working-age Americans have significant and marketable credentials beyond a high school diploma by 2025:
   » Scaling Affordable Pathways: A system for learning beyond high school that assures equitable access to affordable pathways to quality credentials.
   » Transparent Credentials: A new, national system of transparent, quality credentials exists in which learning is recognized however Information technology occurs, offering every American a chance for a better life.
   » Competency-located Learning: A national expansion of competency-located learning takes place that recognizes measuring academic progress located on demonstrations of what students know and can do offers another option for educating Americans.
   » First Credential for Adults: Pathways to initial credentials - including workforce certificates and industry certifications - exist for adults who have not yet pursued education beyond high school.
   » Quality Assurance: An integrated quality assurance system is in place for credentialed learning beyond high school that is rooted in measuring student results and enabling responsible innovation.
Lumina Foundation has a passionate and committed staff of 55 and is among the nation's top 100 private foundations, with an endowment in excess of $1 billion.


In this new function, the Vice President (VP) for the Future of Learning and Work will infuse workforce skills into the Foundation's strategic work to build an equitable, innovative learner-centered postsecondary ecosystem that aligns to the United States' current, and future, workforce demand. As a critical member of the Executive Team, the VP will: provide input into the Foundation's programmatic investments and priorities; and serve as an internal/external thought leader and spokesperson.

Reports to: Jamie Merisotis, President and CEO

Direct Reports: Senior Advisor for Credentialing and Workforce Development; and Administrative adjunct

Job location: Indianapolis ideally; a remote work opportunity may be considered. The Foundation also has a small office in Washington, D.C. If the individual is located outside of Indianapolis, including Washington, D.C., 8-10 days per month will be required in the Indianapolis office, with additional presence as circumstances dictate.

KEY Job responsibilities:

Align Postsecondary Learning (supply) and Work (demand): Provide continuing thought leadership abilities, vision, counsel and feedback to the Foundation's strategic teams (program, stakeholder engagement/communications, planning/learning) on postsecondary learning and the alignment with both current and future work, including work that does not take place in traditional “job” contexts. Develop research, skills or insights that can aid in scaling and spreading the best ideas in training, non-degree credentialing and other postsecondary learning approaches.

Engage Workers and Employers: Advise the Foundation on the needs of employers, labor leaders and worker advocates in order to ensure that its work will result in the nation's postsecondary and workforce systems better serving learners in careers, citizenship, and life.

Partner on Strategy, Innovation and Special Projects: Work with the CEO, Executive Team and staff to develop new ideas regarding the future of work and opportunities for Lumina Foundation's next-stage strategies (not necessarily tied to current portfolios or results). Serve as a resource to Executive Team members on the newest ideas shaping how people work and live; assess how those societal trends may impact postsecondary learning now and in the future.

External Representative: Present at or attend meetings of employer groups, education associations, organized labor, think tanks and other organizations that the Foundation is interested in influencing.

Collaborate: Actively engage on the Executive Team and share accountcapability for Lumina Foundation's results.

Appropriate qualifications:

   » At least 10 years' leadership abilities practice developing leading-edge workforce training or talent development initiatives. Can point to tangible examples of applying insights of future workforce needs into innovative programs, ideally gained in a highly visible function in: the public or corporate sectors; a labor union; a research organization; or philanthropy.
   » Prior practice at the intersection between work and postsecondary education, or supporting adults engaged in initial or retraining, would be a plus.
   » leadership abilities approach that is collaborative, forward-leaning and risk-taking; track record of being a culture-builder and aligning multiple internal and external stakeholders.
   » practice rigorously researching and evaluating the vicapability of multiple new initiatives including the sequencing of initiatives.
   » Analytical and strategy orientation; practice of structured problem-solving and priority setting with complex political and policy implications.
   » Deep personal commitment to Lumina Foundation's equity goals and initiatives.
   » Excellent written and verbal communications; an influencer who can effectively engage multiple audiences.
   » Thoughtful, effective manager of people, projects, and budgets.
   » practice leveraging technology.

   » Work may be performed in an office environment, mostly sedentary.
   » Visual and auditory acuity for broad use of various forms of technology.
   » Travel: 20%-30%, including overnight stays.

This position description is only a summary of the typical job functions, not an exhaustive list of all possible responsibilities, and may be subject to change at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.

Lumina is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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