The Director will work closely with the appropriate areas of the College of Business to: expand the scope, depth, and level of relationships with external college constituencies, including alumni, friends, corporations and foundations; creating a bridge between the college and the business community; connecting regional businesses and organization with course projects and other experiential learning opportunities; building strong relationships with corporate and community leaders and public officials for the purpose of raising awareness of the college. The Director will also oversee COBA communication and brand building initiatives. This is a boundary-spanning position which will increase the visibility and impact of the business school in the Milwaukee-area community.
Duties and Responsibilities:
1.Assist faculty in bringing more projects from the MKE business community into courses in support of experiential learning. Experiential learning is one of COBA’s 3 strategic pillars. The Director will be an important resource in helping to connect business school students with real-world projects that reflect “high impact” learning that is an important feature of a Marquette education. 2.Help with the management and record-keeping of the various COBA volunteers, including Department and Program advisory boards. Leveraging the relationships COBA has through its network of volunteers (mentors, guest speakers, advisory board members) is critical to enhancing the reputation of the College. The Director will play an important role in chronicling and coordinating these touchpoints. 3.Develop and implement a COBA communication plan and ensuring coordination of communications across the College. This position will help coordinate communication activities across the various Centers, Programs, and Departments to ensure a consistent brand image. Additionally, the Director will serve as the primary point person for College-level communications. 4.Represent the College of Business Administration in specific community activities as needed and presenting a strong professional image of the college. The Director will extend the reach of the Dean and other forward-facing COBA representatives by representing the business school in appropriate community activities. 5.Manage the College’s Summer Business Academy program. This is a new program that brings in rising high school sophomores for a one-week immersion experience designed to help these students understand what studying business at a university is like and introduces them to Marquette and business school faculty. The Director will oversee this annual program. 6.Connecting College faculty as content experts in the regional business community. The reputation of the business school is enhanced as more COBA faculty are seen as expert resources for the business community. The Director will help to facilitate and promote such connections. 7.Coordinate external engagement activities with the Business Career Center. COBA has a number of strong industry relations via the recruiting activities of the Business Career Center. The Director will work with the Business Career Center to explore synergies for enhancing the visibility and impact of the business school. 8.Working with other college administrators and faculty to expand the points of contact between the college and the external community (e.g., businesses, foundations, appropriate government agencies). 9.Working with the college advancement officer and dean's assistant in coordinating college outreach events. The Director will partner with the College’s UA Development Officer to increase the effectiveness of College outreach events 10.Lead the College’s External Relations advisory team. COBA has an Exerrnal Relations advisory team to help ensure that College activities are appropriately coordinated. The Director will lead this team. 11.Perform other duties and responsibilities as required, assigned, or requested.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Bachelor’s Degree required, preference for business or administration background.
Four or more years of related work experience.
Proven experience in developing and fostering strong relationships with corporate and community leaders is critical.
Ability to work with colleagues across the university and establish relationships that encourage a collaborative work environment is needed.
An understanding of and ability to communicate the mission and ideals of Jesuit education is necessary.
Marketing and communication expertise is necessary.
Must have strong verbal and written communication skills.
Must have a strong track record in exercising sound, timely judgment; excellent short- and long-range planning and organizational skills.
Ability to assess priorities and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
Travel is required.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Familiarity with business education
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