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Executive Director, Corporate Engagement

Apply now Department: 3670001340 Office of Corporate Engagement
Job no: 517325
Employment type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified - Regular)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Executive / Director / Management, Community Development / Community Vitality
Pay Grade: 15A

About This Role:

The Executive Director of Corporate Engagement at Kansas State University plays a pivotal role in advancing the university's strategic objectives. They foster strong relationships with corporate partners, promote interdisciplinary collaboration internally, and act as a liaison between K-State and external stakeholders to drive innovation. Additionally, they leverage data and feedback to refine strategies continuously. This position also facilitates connections between external partners and university talent, enhancing the student pipeline and providing corporations access to research and creative works. Reporting to the Senior Vice President for Executive Affairs, University Engagement, and Partnerships/Chief of Staff, the Executive Director is crucial in driving corporate engagement initiatives at K-State.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Developing and implementing strategies to establish partnerships with local, national, and international corporations.
  • Leading university-wide planning groups for corporate engagement, fostering collaboration and innovation.
  • Representing K-State at industry events to promote university capabilities and forge new partnerships.
  • Driving corporate partnerships and entrepreneurship in the region using university resources.
  • Serving as the primary liaison for corporate partners, negotiating agreements and organizing site visits.
  • Implementing a CRM platform to monitor engagement activities and outcomes.
  • Establishing KPIs to measure success of engagement efforts and drive improvement.
  • Develop communication strategies for corporate engagement and economic development.

Why Join Us:

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit:

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion. The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

Worksite Options:

This position is required to be performed on-site. Work is performed on employer premises or designated assignment location.

Visit this link for K-State’s guidance and policies on remote work and flexible work arrangements. Remote work agreements are required for all flexible work arrangements and are subject to review.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Requires a bachelor’s degree and seven years minimum of related experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Education:
    • Master’s and/or Doctorate preferred in a job-related field.
  • Experience:
    • Seven years or more of successful corporate engagement, economic development, business development and/or customer management facing experience.
    • Proven track record of building and maintaining successful partnerships with corporate entities.
    • Strong leadership and communication skills, with the ability to inspire and motivate others.
    • Ability to travel, including some nights and weekends.
    • Strategic thinker with the ability to translate vision into actionable plans and initiatives.
    • Knowledge of economic development principles, funding mechanisms and best practices.
    • Demonstrated communication and collaboration skills with a record of accomplishment in successfully interfacing with executives and internal/external influencers.
    • Ability to work collaboratively across departments and disciplines to achieve common goals.
    • Exhibits a strong commitment to the land grant mission of Kansas State University.
    • Demonstrates skills as a self-starter and strong team player.

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Contact information for three (3) professional references

Screening of Applications Begins:

Screening begins immediately and continues until position is filled.

For best consideration, apply by June 21, 2024.

Anticipated Hiring Pay Range:

$115,084 - $180,000 annually

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.


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