Director for Strategic Partnerships

Denver, Colorado
$75,000 - $85,000
Jun 21, 2022
Jul 22, 2022
Position Type
Organization Type
College / University

The Office of Internationalization (INTZ) provides leadership and support for the University of Denver's efforts to internationalize the campus. At DU, students, and scholars from overseas are part of our community, and all our faculty and students are encouraged to study, research, collaborate and offer service in a global context.

Position Summary

The University of Denver's strategic partnership builds on the traditional relationship between institutions to include broader-based cooperation such as faculty and staff exchanges, research, collaborative online international learning (COIL), and mobility. Joint and coordinated courses and classes are encouraged, as are other ways of cooperating online and digitally. In addition, there may be the possibility of degree cooperation, dual or joint degrees, research partnerships, curricular partnerships, or other innovative joint ventures including grant applications. The ideal partnership capitalizes on the strengths of each institution in a complementary fashion and involves a certain amount of mutual vision and belief in the benefits of the partnership itself.

Strategic & Priority Partnerships can vary in intensity and do not imply that the many other agreements that a university may have with other institutions are somehow less important or valuable. In fact, strategic partnerships can strengthen the other relationships by bringing them into clearer focus and providing for a bridge between the various institutions. The University of Denver, through the Office of Internationalization, has established of a select number of strategic partnerships with Lund University in Sweden, the University of Western Australia in Australia, and the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. In addition, there are numerous priority partnerships that include the University of Glasgow, the Indian Institutes of Management, and others. Some examples of collaborations DU have with Strategic & Priority Partnerships are the 3+1 (Bachelors and study abroad through DU) +1 (Masters through partner institution) programs known as Global Masters Scholars, various faculty exchanges and research collaborations, and a dual Juris Doctor Program with the University of Western Australia.

Position Summary

The Director for Strategic Partnerships reports to the Vice Provost for Internationalization (VPI) who oversees the Office of International Scholars and Student Services (ISSS), the Office of International Education (OIE), academics, and operations. The Director for Strategic Partnerships works closely with the Office of Internationalization and other stakeholders to provide strategic thought-leadership and vision to develop and support an integrated and cohesive approach to international partnerships. The Director is the primary person on campus responsible for the identification, design, development, promotion and implementation of the strategy, and operational execution including sustaining and broadening of DUs strategic and priority partnerships and collaborations. The ideal candidate will be a highly collaborative leader who is equally adept at working with experienced internal leaders and strengthening faculty, staff, and student capabilities by promoting engagement in high-quality, multidisciplinary, international collaborative partnership with external collaborators including educational institutions, federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, foundations, and international organizations. The individual will be knowledgeable, well-organized, and resourceful, and possess experience engaging high level institutional contacts to meet or exceed short-term and long-term partnership goals.

Essential Functions

  • Develop and guide the implementation strategy for DU's international partnerships. This includes assisting the Vice Provost for Internationalization in the identification and development of new partnerships and collaborations.
  • Work with leadership across DU and at partner institutions in identifying, developing, and maintaining joint programs at all levels, from staff exchanges through academic cooperation, including Global Masters, dual and joint degrees, and certificates.
  • Serve as the main point of contact with partners for inquiries regarding new University initiatives and identifying and coordinating initial working groups between DU and the partners for the establishment of such initiatives.
  • Coordinate and facilitate the development of joint curricula with external partners and relevant campus partners, including COIL, language programs and extension programs.
  • Oversees the faculty and staff exchanges to grow cooperation in the partnerships, providing logistic support, resources and organization for outgoing and incoming faculty related to the partnerships.
  • Directs student exchanges in coordination with the Office of International Education and International Student and Scholar Services.
  • Assist with DU's Internationalization grant funds to advance global engagement with strategic and priority international partners.
  • Work with the Vice Provost and the Director of Budget and Operations to manage the logistics of the application process as well as ensure alignment of application with DUs goals and the international partner(s). This includes ensuring INTZ grant opportunities are promoted on campus and throughout the University community.
  • Facilitate the joint advising of Global Masters students (with academic advisors at both institutions), establishing a cohort each year in collaboration with key stakeholders in OIE and ISSS.
  • Develop and oversee the Study Abroad @ DU initiative (fee-paying non-degree international students studying at DU.
  • Lead partnership-related data collection, analysis and assessment including the development of databases and relationship management systems and matrices allowing for regular evaluation of existing partnerships.
  • Provide analytic support for a wide range of internationalization indicators and effectively communicate with various stakeholders using graphic and text-based modalities.
  • Facilitate the promotion and development of international and cross-institution collaborative internal and/or external grant proposals meant to strengthen comprehensive internationalization at DU, assessing funding opportunities and building teams to support application and implementation.
  • Collaborate with partners and Director of Budget and Operations on agreement creation and signing process, ensuring the agreements align with university and unit goals.
  • Assist in organizational and logistical responsibility for the annual Internationalization Summit particularly with respect to DUs partner week.
  • Other job responsibilities and duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to plan, set goals, and evaluate results including management of a variety of projects to completion independently and strategically.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify evidence needs, perform quantitative and qualitative data analyses using the results to create innovative and useful informational tools, and produce excellent visualizations of data.
  • Ability to solve problems, think critically and creatively, and use independent judgment and initiative including proven ability to guide strategic planning, manage projects, and guide teams in completing and using the results of the evidence-based analysis to improve work.
  • Appreciation and respect for principles of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Ability to engage with diverse individuals (age, gender, nationality, race/ethnicity, profession, sexual orientation, etc.)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills for dealing with and building relationships with students, staff, faculty, community leaders, and coworkers both at DU and around the world.
  • Knowledge of higher education including language education, non-credit education market, traditional and adult educational needs, program and/or business development and management.
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to multi-task, and work independently and responsibly; ability to organize and manage complex and multi-faceted details.
  • Superior ability to interact effectively with a wide variety of internal and external constituents. Excellent oral and written communication skills, including marketing/catalog copy, presentations and professional correspondence including skills in social media communication and management.
  • Ability to leverage technology including computer skills, including MS Office applications (Excel, PowerPoint, Word) and expert Internet search skills. Preferred computer skills to include graphic design software, Canva or equivalent, database software (Access), content management software, web analytics software, and educational management software (Banner), Technical knowledge of TerraDotta and/or equivalent study abroad/international education software.

Required Qualifications

  • Masters degree
  • 5 years experience working in higher education or equivalent field that supports global and/or cross-cultural engagement
  • Academic and/or administrative experience with partnership and program development/management
  • Computer skills and technical skills, including MS Office applications (Excel, PowerPoint, Word)
  • Demonstrated writing, editing and grammar skills and media communications ability and experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability in an additional language
  • Interdisciplinary background to work with stakeholders across disciplines locally and globally
  • International work experience
  • Experience studying abroad directly at a foreign university
  • Demonstrated computer skills to include graphic design software, database software (Access), content management software, web analytics software, and educational management software (Banner)
  • Experience with project management, assessment and evaluation, and strategic planning
  • Experience in strategic planning, staff, and budget management

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. evenings and weekends as required. While this position will predominantly be required to work in the office there is flexibility for some remote work during the week. International Travel required

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) July 6, 2022. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 12.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $75,000 - $85,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non?discrimination?statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

  • Masters degree
  • 5 years experience working in higher education or equivalent field that supports global and/or cross-cultural engagement
  • Academic and/or administrative experience with partnership and program development/management
  • Computer skills and technical skills, including MS Office applications (Excel, PowerPoint, Word)
  • Demonstrated writing, editing and grammar skills and media communications ability and experience