Arizona State University seeks their next UIA Fellow

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The University Innovation Alliance Fellowship at Arizona State University (ASU) provides specific expertise to plan, organize, coordinate, evaluate and participate in Arizona State University’s collaboration with the University Innovation Alliance (UIA). The UIA Fellow provides strategic project management to advance UIA initiatives at ASU and interacts with internal and external project stakeholders to build support. The Fellow facilitates communication and collaboration between ASU and other UIA institutions.


Over 24-36 months, fellows have the opportunity to gain full-time experience supporting high-yield projects that are impactful to their member institution, and critical to the scaling mission of the Alliance. Fellows may engage in such work as project management, project design, policy research, assessment, memo and proposal writing, and program enrichment analysis. With a focus on a manageable scope of work under the supervision of an experienced higher education leader, fellows are charged to complete projects that enhance institutional capacity based on the needs of ASU and the Alliance. Examples of such projects have included predictive analytics, proactive advising, strategic financial interventions, chat bots, and college to career efforts.

Fellows at ASU will manage and design student success projects intended to address scale and equity amongst student populations through qualitative and quantitative data analysis. This will include the design and development of projects, moving from diagnosis of a problem through project completion. ASU’s UIA Fellow will be exposed to senior leaders in student success work under ASU’s Academic Enterprise, their decision-making process, and how student success initiatives and projects are conceptualized, launched, and managed over time. A Fellow will also be trained in process mapping and design thinking to help improve the likelihood of student success for undergraduates who identify as first-generation college students, from low-income households/communities, and/or students of color and other historically underserved backgrounds.

60% Project Management: Provide strategic assistance to keep UIA-related projects moving forward at ASU. Manage ASU student success projects from various departmental stakeholders and leaders. Facilitate communication and information sharing between key players for each project. Research, compile, prepare, and compose analysis, data and documents in support of ASU and UIA initiatives. Identify, coordinate, and manage project-specific budgets and resources in collaboration with the business center and other relevant administrative units.

20% Internal/External Relations: Represent ASU’s UIA liaison at relevant campus meetings. Anticipate and assist with preparation of, or prepare independently, documents, presentations, and reports. Establish, manage, and maintain collaborations and partnerships with key departments, programs, and groups. Facilitate communication and collaboration between ASU and the UIA central office, and between ASU and other UIA member institutions.  Maintain frequent communication with Fellows at other UIA institutions.  Coordinate gathering of data and information requested by UIA or other institutions.

20% Central Projects & Service: Contribute to central UIA projects and multi-campus initiatives such as site visits, conference presentations, and grant proposals. Serve on relevant ASU task forces and committees related to undergraduate student success and other duties as assigned


Fellows complete a 24 to 36-month placement in a full-time (40+ hours per week) academic professional position with a salary of $50,000-$70,000, commensurate with experience. Benefits include health insurance, vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, reduced tuition, and more.

Eligibility and Qualifications

Applications for the UIA Fellowship are invited from those who:

  • Are able to commit for the entire duration of the program;  
  • Are authorized to work in the United States. (Applicants must be either a citizen of the United States or be able to maintain work authorization throughout the fellowship. Arizona State University does not offer visa sponsorship to candidates for the fellowship program.)

Desired Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in any program
  • At least three years of relevant work experience (3-8 years preferred)
  • Evidence of outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience with quantitative and qualitative data analysis
  • Knowledge of Design Thinking, Process Mapping, and other innovation techniques
  • Evidence of outstanding organization skills to manage projects across university units and across/among UIA institutions
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity

Successful Candidates

Candidates with an unwavering passion and commitment to transforming public higher education to better serve low-income, first generation, and historically underrepresented students are encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will exhibit the following qualities:

  • Track record of success in academic and professional settings
  • Infectious energy and aptitude to motivate others
  • Make connections between divergent people, projects, and goals
  • Embody a professional, mature, and humble presence, especially among senior leaders
  • Take initiative and drive results both independently and as part of a team
  • Think outside the box and rapidly iterate to strategically solve problems
  • Exceptional project management skills and talent to appropriately pivot and adapt


  • Questions about the opening at Arizona State University can be directed to
  • Questions about the UIA Fellows Program generally can be directed to Camilo Villalpando (

How to Apply

The deadline to apply is May 14, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. MST.

Step 1: Create a single Adobe Acrobat (.PDF) document that includes the following components in this order:

  1. Cover letter that addresses your interest in the fellowship and interest in the University Innovation Alliance. Cover letters should also highlight examples of how you exhibit the qualities listed in the “Eligibility and Qualifications” section above.
  2. Resume, including employment listed in month/year format (e.g. August 2005-July 2008), job title, job duties/accomplishments and name of employing organization for each position. Education should include the month and year each academic degree was received. If the degree has not yet been earned, list the anticipated graduation date.
  3. Contact information for three professional reference, including name, phone number and email address for each.

Step 2: Email your completed application to with the subject “2021 UIA Fellowship at ASU Application” by the deadline. Be sure application materials clearly exhibit the qualifications listed in the “Eligibility and Qualifications” section above.

Step 3: Complete the required University Innovation Alliance Fellowship survey form. This form is required to complete your Fellowship application. The link to the survey form will be emailed to you after you complete Step 2.

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