Assistant Director of Strategic Partnerships

Posted: 12/12/2021


Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa has an opening for an Assistant Director of Strategic Partnerships. This position will support the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Buena Vista University in areas of cultivating partnerships with leaders in schools, industry, and business. Core activities of this position include relationship building, partnership development and maintenance, business outreach, and community relations. 


  • Conduct outreach to develop new partnerships with business, industry, schools, the military, and non-profits and grow existing relationships 
  • Collaborate within the Strategic Partnerships Division to identify and develop innovative ways in assisting current and future partnerships with professional needs 
  • Work collaboratively with staff in other BVU offices in planning and implementing business/community engagement activities to effectively represent and promote the institution and help increase student enrollment, professional development, and strategic partnership opportunities 
  • Coordinate, attend, and support community engagement activities in identified key areas of influence 
  • Effectively utilize standard office software applications to prepare correspondence, presentations, statements of work, and other detailed comprehensive reports as assigned 
  • Other duties as assigned 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

  • Individual must  
    • be dynamic and have prior sales experience with a focus in enrollment growth 
    • be outgoing and able to conduct cold calls when necessary 
    • be a team player with excellent written and verbal communication skills 
    • be able to work collaboratively with others 
    • be a self-starter with an entrepreneurial mindset 
    • be able to work in a fast-paced and highly competitive market
  • Ability to travel within the state is required 

Education and Experience 

  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • 3-5 years of experience in higher education and/or managerial position in sales, business, or related field preferred 

A background check will be conducted on the final candidate.

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