Dunwoody College of Technology is seeking an energetic and innovative Executive Director of Community Partnerships. This is a new position at Dunwoody College to lead the College’s work to identify, establish relationships, and direct strategic activities that strengthen and grow Dunwoody’s mission to improve lives through technical education.
Addressing economic disparities for BIPOC in the Twin Cities through access to technical education and jobs/careers is a key focus for the College. This position plays the primary role in connecting community partners, Dunwoody College, and industry partners to help close the achievement gap in Minnesota.
This position will launch the Career Pathways Program and oversee the development and execution of key programming that evolves the connections within the Twin Cities BIPOC community. The position will be a key informer for inclusion efforts and a key facilitator in connecting industry partners with a diverse workforce.
What you will get to do:
Create and conduct needs assessments with community and industry input to make programmatic decisions that further the strategic direction of The College
Prepare, launch, and oversee the execution and expansion of the Career Pathways Program (CPP) at Dunwoody College of Technology
Identify, establish and maintain relationships/agreements with community and industry partners to form pipelines for growth
Collaborate with officials, business leaders, and community leaders on equitable community workforce development initiatives
At Dunwoody, students learn things that are relevant, tangible, and useful. Faculty come directly from industry and are passionate about helping students enter the fields they love. Our alumni are the top technicians and leaders in their industries, who are proud to give of their time, talent, and resources.
We are a private, non-profit institution of higher education, with a 104-year history of employing and producing excellence.
This position is a unique opportunity to work with a dynamic team that helps drive the enrollment and communication themes for the College. We invite you to join us during a time of exciting momentum. Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) from an accredited college or university in public administration, urban planning, business, economics, education or related-field
Seven to ten years of increasingly responsible positions managing multiple aspects of corporate, economic or community development that resulted in significant contributions
Substantial experience working and influencing business, civic, community leaders and other key stakeholders at a state or local level
Skilled in working with a diverse range of people from a variety of socio-economic levels and building consensus around a common set of goals and outcomes
Proven experience in creating effective community partnerships
A strong passion for equitable development of educational opportunities and an intrinsic drive to elevate the community into meaningful and high-paying work
Knowledge of STEM education and appreciation of the culture of technical higher education preferred
Leadership ability and experience, especially the ability to plan, coordinate, and evaluate activities required to achieve Dunwoody’s strategic goals
Founded in 1914, Dunwoody College of Technology is a private, not-for-profit, endowed institution of higher education. It is one of the few institutions of its kind in the nation, and has been a champion of applied education throughout its history. Its mission is to provide students with a high-quality technical education that result in an immediate job and a fulfilling career.Located in the Lowry Hill neighborhood next to downtown Minneapolis, Dunwoody College offers bachelor’s and associate’s degrees in a variety of technical fields. The College maintains strong ties to local business and industry and values a diverse faculty, support staff, and student body and their unique contributions to an inclusive Dunwoody community. As articulated by our founder William Hood Dunwoody, the College's vision is to provide "for all time" a place where people of diverse backgrounds receive learning opportunities that prepare them for "the better performance of life's duties."