Job Information

University of Utah Strategic Engagement Manager in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 01/11/2022

Requisition Number PRN28947B

Job Title Business Data Analyst Sr

Working Title Strategic Engagement Manager

Job Grade G

FLSA Code Computer Employee

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 01114 - HS Planning Office

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $85,000 - $100,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled No

Job Summary

The strategic engagement manager works for Health Sciences Strategy in the Office of the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences and reports to the Director of Strategy and the Associate Vice President for Strategy. Health Sciences Strategy is a dynamic work environment in which strategic engagement managers facilitates an array of nascent engagements aimed at achieving core health sciences missions. Strategic engagement managers typically work in small team settings to move engagements from conception to completion in a timely and effective manner. Engagements are rolling and have arcs that last from weeks to months. To successfully advance and complete initiatives, strategic engagement managers proactively deploy a diverse skillset, including:

Proactive Synthesis of Theory. Strategic engagement managers leverage theoretical models, principles, and insights from fields of strategy, business, health care, organizational studies, higher education, finance, and behavioral economics to inform, guide and advance engagements.

Production of Data-Driven Narratives. Strategic engagement managers catalog knowledge gaps that fall within the scope of an engagement, identify which parties own or can collect information needed to fill said gaps, and ensure that data and analysis critical to engagement success are completed. Once completed, strategic engagement managers synthesize findings into broader engagement narratives.

Facilitation of Strategic Discussions. Strategic engagement managers facilitate understanding of ideas, implications, and proposals embedded in an engagement. They actively raise the standard of thought by helping engagement members understands trade-offs inherent in choices and see how their units and their roles will evolve in response.

Timely Advancement of Multiple Engagements. Strategic engagement managers take responsibility for multiple engagements at a time. Deadlines are kept through the repurposing of relevant content, leveraging team resources, effective time management and mental fortitude.

Team Input and Participation. Strategic engagement managers regularly bring their work to other team members for review, discussion, and refinement. Strategic engagement managers also provide critical input to others and provide extra support to the team as needed.

In sum, the position requires skills in organization, prioritization, anticipation of and proactive resolution of challenges, and effective communication. The work is also intellectually rigorous and requires aptitude for analytical, critical, abstract, and theoretical thought. Candidate must be able to work cooperatively and effectively in the context of a large, highly complex academic medical center. The candidate needs to thrive in situations that demand high performance under short deadlines. The candidate should also have a knowledge of statistics and statistical packages and be well versed in synthesizing unstructured, disjointed materials into meaningful, data-driven, compelling narratives and visions.


Successful performance is demonstrated through management of strategic engagements to completion to the satisfaction of senior leadership. Day-to-day tasks include advancement of multiple engagements, coordinating responses to emergent requests from senior leadership, and helping academic leaders, business leaders, and functional leaders make progress on mandates, initiatives, and proposals. The following is representative of work performed by the strategic engagement manger but is not all-inclusive:

  • Manages multiple, simultaneous strategic engagements by creating successful and realistic work plans, setting engagement timelines, identifying and obtaining data sources and other resource needs, anticipating and responding to impediments, coordinating efforts across multiple groups and individuals, offering direct analytical support and content generation and providing timely updates on progress.
  • Rigorously thinks through engagements from multiple angles, anticipate and proactively prepare for the views of others, identify key decisions and their implications, and situate engagements and their development within the context of broader health system strategy and goals.
  • Identifies pathway(s) forward when engagement work streams stall. Engages relevant actors and sources and proactively works with them to rejuvenate and reinvigorate engagements. Collects and organizes information needed to overcome stumbling blocks and determines how to resolve knowledge gaps that require new data capture and analysis.
  • Develops and oversees engagement communication. Prepares documents and presentations with clear, cogent writing and effective graphical illustrations of findings and arguments to advance understanding of health care trends and potential strategies for organizational response and evolution. Helps champion engagements across the organization.
  • Keeps abreast of developments and changing technologies and applications via self- initiated professional development. Shows a willingness to participate in continuing education courses, professional organizations, attends training and trade seminars, and maintains professional contacts in the community and the industry.
  • Undertakes other responsibilities as needed to support the implementation of health system strategy.

• This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

Requires a bachelor’s degree in area of specialty or equivalency (2 years related work experience may be substituted for 1 year of education). Four to six years of experience in the field or in a related area required.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


A graduate degree and 5+ years professional experience in in strategy, organizational studies, business, finance, health care administration or a related field. Strong health care industry acumen. Experience in business strategy, organizational development, business development, finance, and non-linear systems thinking. Products developed by Health Sciences Strategy are often written and/or graphical. As such, talent for communication, visual depiction and writing is desired. Preference may be given to candidates who have strategic engagement management experience in academic medical centers or similarly complex health care systems.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.