The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) seeks an energetic a Director of Strategic Industry, Government and International Relations with a history of demonstrated success in leading industry relations initiatives and other innovative relationships in a higher education setting. S/He will identify key partners with industry, foundations, government agencies, and other organizations and will develop mutually beneficial partnerships by linking the expertise of the School with their industry, philanthropic, and societal missions. Working closely with SEAS faculty, SEAS senior administrators, and the Office of Dean, the incumbent will provide strategic leadership and will expand both philanthropic and sponsored research opportunities with existing and new external partners. In addition, the incumbent will develop programs for interaction with industry and other external partners. These alliances will support a number of important initiatives at SEAS, including funding for academic and research programs, faculty and industry collaborations, internships, student recruitment and hiring, and executive training programs.
Reporting to Dean and Sr. Executive Vice Dean, the incumbent will lead a new effort to improve the existing industry and external relations program and increase the number of donors and sponsors that support SEAS efforts worldwide. The incumbent will be responsible for developing and managing the Industry Affiliates Program, an engagement program that will be established to extend SEAS' work with the private sector and to provide its members with relevant and valuable programming and interactions. To this end, the incumbent will grow and manage the program, develop strategies to recruit and retain members, and to implement best practices for the operation's sustainability. The incumbent will also explore other forms of collaborations with external partners, including but not limited to joint research centers or labs. The incumbent will provide high level support to leverage existing external relationships that will increase opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. Working with our external partners, the incumbent will seek student internships, develop relationships that facilitate student recruitment and hiring, and help to identify industry speakers for high level events, panels, and practicums. Charged with accelerating the identification and development of new partnerships, the incumbent will identify and establish new donors by developing a portfolio of prospects and assertively cultivating and soliciting those prospects. This will include developing and executing strategies that align marketing and philanthropic interests of external partners with SEAS programs and initiatives. The incumbent will work with colleagues in the Office of the Dean, the SEAS departments and centers, and other units to plan and execute donor trips, special events, and meetings with faculty, staff, program officers, and others.
Preferred Qualifications: Master's Degree, preferably in Engineering
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