Concordia University Wisconsin/Ann Arbor
  • 31-May-2018 to 30-Jul-2018 (CST)
  • Mequon, WI, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Concordia University invites applications for the full-time, exempt position of Director of Community Outreach and Innovation. The Director of Community Outreach and Innovation will be focused on coordinating and initiating critical outreach, negotiation and relationship management for new and existing academic and corporate partnerships. The director will develop new growth opportunities for the university by improving revenue growth and competitive differentiation through strategic alliances, partnerships, and other business development initiatives. Project management, strategic planning, communication, influencing and organization are key skills for success in this role.  This position is responsible for working across Academic and other units to coordinate all aspects of strategic academic partnerships.  The position reports to the Vice Provost for Student Enrollment and Engagement.


  • Establishes policies and practices to guide the development and implementation of strategic academic and corporate partnerships within the broad community, with a focus upon efforts to serve adult accelerated learners
  • Forms a shared vision, standard protocols for establishing and maintaining academic partnerships
  • Designs and leads training for internal stakeholders on community partnerships
  • Identifies, establishes and maintains relationships with outside businesses and education settings
  • Develops a comprehensive and robust partnership program designed to achieve mutual benefit and be driven by shared responsibility for both Concordia University and the partner institution
  • Monitors industry trends, including competitive intelligence and actively participate in strategy discussions
  • Demonstrates comfort and confidence in work that reflects the distinct mission and core values of Concordia University
  • Collaborates with the admission team to identify, select, and recruit potential students through outside partnerships
  • Maintains clear communication with others internally who are coordinating/pursuing partnership efforts
  • Serves as key liaison in working with various internal departments and leadership to gain appropriate approvals and review modifications needed to any relevant business processes
  • Designs, tracks and reports on key performance metrics of the success of the outreach and innovation program
  • Advises internal stakeholders in the areas that may be of growth potential with programs, certificates and other offerings at Concordia University
  • Works closely with leaders in Enrollment and Marketing to ensure alignment with recruitment/enrollment goals, tracking and reporting on lead source (by partnership) and collect/give ongoing feedback

Knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Proven ability to close deals, from prospecting through contract negotiation, execution, and relationship launch
  • Proven ability to build and leverage relationships toward successful outcomes and build consensus even in the face of competing priorities
  • Proven ability to think strategically and exhibit leadership
  • Commitment to the University mission and core values
  • Clear sense of integrity, work ethic and a sincere interest in building strong relationships based upon competency and trust

 Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Marketing, Sales, Entrepreneurship or a related field required, MBA preferred.
  • 5+ years' experience in business development and/or strategic partnership.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time, exempt position.  Starting range is dependent upon on individual qualifications and experience. Concordia health, disability and retirement plan enrollment is available to full-time employees and their eligible dependents.  Tuition benefits are also available for employees and their qualified dependents.

Physical Demands/Equipment 

The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee frequently is required to sit, reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 40 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the position. It is not intended to be all-inclusive. Administration reserves the right to adjust the duties and responsibilities.

Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of CU to provide equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment in accordance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws. The University will not discriminate against or harass any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, pregnancy, national origin (including ancestry), citizenship status, physical or mental disability, age, marital status, gender, veteran or military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, domestic violence victim status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. However, CU is an institution of the LCMS and, to the extent allowed by law, CU reserves the right to give preference in employment based on religion.  In addition, preference in holding certain employment positions is given to ordained or rostered ministers of the LCMS.  Based on a religious tenet, CU recognizes only male, LCMS ordained Ministers of the Gospel, but recognizes both male and female LCMS Rostered Ministers of the Gospel. The Human Resources Department has been appointed to manage the equal employment opportunity program, including all equal employment opportunity activities, as required by federal, state and local agencies.  If any employee or applicant for employment believes this policy has been violated, he/she must contact the Director of Human Resources.

Concordia University is a HLC accredited, co-educational, liberal arts school offering 71 undergraduate majors of study, 39 master's degrees, and 4 doctoral programs.

Concordia is a Lutheran higher education community committed to helping students develop in mind, body, and spirit for service to Christ in the Church and in the world.
Concordia University Wisconsin/Ann Arbor
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