About the University of Denver
Located where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains, the
University of Denver embodies the spirit of exploration and
discovery that defines our region and our history. DU is a private
institution built on exploration through research and collaboration
among educators, students, and local and global communities. With
nationally recognized academic programs, a history of widespread
influence, a forward-looking vision for a 21st-century education,
and a deep commitment to promoting inclusion, we open a world of
opportunity to students and empower Pioneers to make a difference
around the world. Through learning, scholarship and practice,
students gain the experience, knowledge and courage they need to
tackle big challenges in the real world and guide diverse
communities and organizations.
About DU Advancement
In preparation for the most ambitious philanthropic campaign in
the University’s history, the University of Denver is building an
advancement enterprise that mirrors the excellence of our great
institution. Advancement efforts at DU have a tremendous impact
through our relationships with DU’s remarkable students, dedicated
donors, inspiring alumni, engaged families, and wonderful friends.
DU is committed to building and fostering a culture of deep
engagement and philanthropy in support of our institution as we
implement the DU IMPACT 2025 vision and prepare for a fundraising
campaign with a bold and courageous goal.
The University of Denver and DU Advancement deeply value
inclusive excellence, recognizing that its success is dependent on
how well it values, engages, and includes the rich diversity of
constituents. You can learn more about inclusive excellence at the
University of Denver by visiting the Office of Diversity, Equity &
Inclusion. As a part of that effort, we are continuing to grow
a team of inclusive, collaborative, inquisitive, innovative,
ethical, and transparent advancement professionals who possess deep
mutual respect for one another and for our shared profession.
The University of Denver’s vision is to be a “great private
university dedicated to the public good.” Sitting squarely in the
Denver city limits, one of the country’s fastest-growing start-up
and innovation centers, DU is one of Denver’s anchor institutions
and is one of the city’s largest private employers, pumping over $1
billion annually into the local economy. To build upon this history
of success, DU must skillfully expand and deepen relationships with
the greater Denver region, including the ever-growing business
sector. In addition, DU is actively implementing its dynamic
strategic plan, DU IMPACT 2025 which includes an emphasis on
strengthening DU’s role and relationships within the city.
Reporting to the Senior Vice Chancellor of Advancement, the
Executive Director for Corporate Relations is the University’s most
senior officer dedicated to growing, cultivating, and facilitating
a holistic corporate and industry relations portfolio. The
Executive Director for Corporate Relations will actively advance
opportunities for strengthening and building new campus-wide
corporate relationships across DU. They will work closely
with academic units and career services to increase tailored
corporate talent development programs, intern, extern, capstone
projects, co-op and experiential learning opportunities for
students. Additionally, they will also work closely with academic,
athletic, and administrative leadership to successfully secure
increased sponsorships and research opportunities for DU. The
Executive Director provides strategic counsel and advice in these
areas to the chancellor and other members of senior leadership.
The Executive Director is also charged with developing and
implementing a University-wide strategic plan to identify,
cultivate, coordinate, and steward corporate partnerships in
support of DU’s mission of teaching, research, and contributions to
the public good. The role will work to identify both companies with
strong current footprints on campus and industry leaders where the
development of new or stronger relationships is desired. This
position will work in collaboration with campus partners to
conceive of, design, implement, and sustain effective models for
industry engagement that support the strategic priorities of the
University of Denver.
University-wide Corporate Engagement Strategy &
- Design and implement a university-wide corporate engagement
strategy that results in increased corporate philanthropy,
sponsored research, sponsorship, volunteerism, student recruitment
and internship, and transfer of intellectual property.
- Implement productive and efficient corporate relations
strategies across campus that build new relationship and strength
- Develop strong internal communications protocols to streamline
corporate relations strategies.
- Develop and implement identification, cultivation and
solicitation strategies for corporate prospects and provide
effective coordination of activities such as campus visits, site
visits, travel to relevant sites, briefings, and presentations or
- Identify and implement strategies, activities, communications,
and coordinate outreach to enhance corporate/campus partnerships
and to cultivate and solicit these constituencies for support of
Corporate Engagement Portfolio
Manage a personal portfolio of corporate prospects to solicit
direct corporate investment support, with focus on securing
investments of $50,000 and above.
Collaboration & Leadership
- Strategically coordinate and facilitate corporate relations
functions with University partners including the Deans,
Advancement, Sponsored Research, and Athletics, among others.
These strategies will be designed to engage new and existing
corporate partnerships while still allowing units, colleges,
and schools to build and continue individual corporate relations
- Work closely with academic leaders, faculty, and staff to
couple research and educational activities with corporations and
their foundational interests. The Executive Director must
understand and clearly communicate the scientific, technical,
educational, financial, and human resource aspects of campus
- Actively, strategically, and seamlessly work with the schools
and colleges and career services to increase our students’
experiential opportunities, as well as job placement upon
- Work with key campus leadership to build the visibility,
stature, and brand of DU within the corporate community.
- Support the deans, faculty, and staff in corporate proposal
- Partner with staff at the university to promote DU, develop
initiatives, and submit funding proposals.
- Serve as an active and collaborative partner to all central and
unit-based advancement functions and campus colleagues to foster
strategic, effective, and collaborative practices.
- Contribute to team success and model “One DU” leadership.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Advanced knowledge of the on-going issues of concern in higher
education and research and familiarity with government and
community relations (a strong partnership is anticipated between
Government and Community Relations and Corporate Relations)
- Expertise in the areas of proactively developing
corporate/university partnerships. Ability to understand and
communicate technical, scientific, intellectual property, and
educational activities essential.
- Outstanding interpersonal skills and a professional demeanor;
willingness and ability to deal with internal and external
constituents in a professional, confidential, friendly, and
responsive manner via phone, email, and face-to-face meetings.
- High performing team leader that enables unit leaders to lead
when necessary, step out front to gain access and champion
internally for new opportunities.
- Sufficient experience and expertise to operate effectively with
advisory or governing boards.
- Prior knowledge and familiarity with local and national
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, including
public speaking, coaching, proposal development, and persuasive
communication techniques and approaches.
- An appreciation for the critical role that campus colleagues
play in enhancing corporate relations, and the ability to
strategically orchestrate relationships and partnerships to best
represent the university.
- Ability to work with diverse constituents both on and
- Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of education and
- 7 years of relevant experience in university development,
business development, corporate outreach, or equivalent work with
the business community.
- Experience in a complex and dynamic higher education setting is