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Associate Director, Corporate Engagement

Apply now Department: 3670001340 Office of Corporate Engagement
Job no: 517326
Employment type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified - Regular)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Executive / Director / Management, Community Development / Community Vitality
Pay Grade: 13A

About This Role:

The Associate Director of Corporate Engagement at Kansas State University plays a vital role in advancing the university's strategic objectives through corporate engagement. Responsibilities include cultivating relationships with corporate partners, fostering interdisciplinary collaboration internally, and promoting innovation externally. They also refine strategies using data and feedback and provide program support. Reporting to the Senior Vice President, they collaborate closely with the Executive Director of Corporate Engagement to ensure cohesive efforts in achieving university goals.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting in implementing strategies to strengthen partnerships with corporations.
  • Supporting the University’s Economic Prosperity Plan and foster innovation through collaboration.
  • Representing K-State at industry events to promote capabilities and forge partnerships.
  • Cultivating relationships with potential partners and facilitate collaboration opportunities.
  • Identifying funding opportunities and leverage university resources for economic development.
  • Collaborating with internal stakeholders to identify joint initiatives.
  • Managing corporate engagement operations and stay informed about relevant policies.
  • Using data to measure performances and improve outcomes.
  • Supporting coordination of communication across departments and disciplines.
  • Preparing reports and presentations for stakeholders and funding agencies.

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:

  • Bachelor’s degree and five years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Education
    • Bachelor’s degree in job-related field.
  • Experience
    • Four years of successful corporate engagement, economic development, business development and/or customer management facing experience.
    • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with external stakeholders, preferably in a higher education or research environment.
    • Detail-oriented with excellent organizational and project management skills.
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment.
    • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively engage and collaborate with diverse stakeholders.
    • Ability to travel, including some nights and weekends.
    • Demonstrated success at managing complex issues and relationships.
    • Exhibits a strong commitment to the land grant mission of Kansas State University.

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, please apply by June 21, 2024.

Anticipated Hiring Pay Range:

$80,000 - $125,000 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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