Reporting to the Office of the Chief Legal Counsel and External Affairs, the Director provides strategic and operational leadership to create and advance relationships that support the mission of the Institute and the university. In doing so, the Director works collaboratively with academic programs, state organizations, and the business community to further enhance the Institute’s role in the workforce development and economic prosperity of the state.
Strong understanding of higher education and the intersection of higher education with industry, government, non-profit and other entities.
Demonstrated track record of success in connecting educational and service offerings with workforce and economic development outcomes.
Proven leader with proven team building skills
Critical thinker with proven analytical abilities, strong written and oral communication skills, and ability to delegate and manage simultaneous projects.
Ability to identify and analyze complex situations and recommend or implement effective courses of action in a rapidly changing and deadline-driven environment.
Ability to create a dynamic and flexible environment that is data-driven, with an emphasis on learning and service
Ability to identify opportunities and effectively lead a diverse team by leveraging expertise and connecting the dots through focused collaboration.
Ability to motivate, build long-term relationships with, and gain the respect of internal and external constituents.
Ability to lead with empathy, cultural sensitivity, curiosity, and positivity.
Track record of success in contributing to a collaborative, ethical, and professional team environment. Strong ability to work across campus.
10+ years of relevant work experience and 5+ years of leadership experience.
Managing Outreach Initiatives and Teams:
Provide strategic leadership and administrative oversight to the operations, planning, and implementation to enhance the effectiveness and productivity of the RCBI service units and projects through business diversification and income generation.
Work closely with Marshall’s academic programs as well as other higher education institutions, including the WV Community and Technical College System to align in-demand, competency-based and for-credit programs and services to advance prosperity in the Appalachian Region, while operationalizing and realizing the Institute’s strategic goals.
Provide direct leadership and support for strategic units (Workforce Development, Shared Manufacturing, Innovation Center, and Business Development) to enhance sustainment models, cultivate grants, and securing and executing awards.
Support and enhance the external outreach with the Institute’s programs and personnel to include grant-seeking activity in service to the Institute’s strategic units.
Partner closely and communicates with industries, and economic development organizations across the state to solve local problems through the engagement of the Institute’s and the university’s community and, industry expertise. Develop new business strategies through strategic partnerships
Drive new opportunities in the digital environment (machine learning and AI)
Develop and Manage Key Relationships:
Create and advance relationships that support the mission of the Institute.
Work to further establish the Institute’s role in the economic prosperity of the state.
Build and maintain strong relationships with WV state and business leaders, and with key agencies such as WV Department of Commerce, Economic Development Authority, Chambers of Commerce, etc.
Work closely with other institutions of higher education, including WVU, members of the Alliance for Economic Development in Southern West Virginia and the Community and Technical College System. Collaborate with these entities on strategic efforts and needs for the state.
Build strong relationships with academic units and leaders across Marshall to understand academic offerings, research expertise, applied learning opportunities and other aspects of the institution so that opportunities can be identified to position the Institute and Marshall as a key partner and strategic leader for workforce and economic development.
Work closely with key leaders and innovators at Marshall, and across the state, to support the needs of the state.
Continue to advance relationships with K-12 and youth-serving organizations to create meaningful initiatives and pipelines into the Institute and to Marshall.
Aligning Workforce and Economic Development Efforts:
Partner with academic leaders to innovate and create programs, such as micro credentials and competency-based offerings, to meet workforce needs of the state outside of traditional program and course offerings.
Support and advance initiatives in emerging academic areas
Work with College Deans to connect faculty and students with enhanced experiential learning opportunities such as class projects, internships, and co-ops.
Work with state partners to create bandwidth to stand up new initiatives and create a pathway for sustainability.
Work with internal and external stakeholders to operationalize the aspirational mission of Institute by creating educational opportunities and access for all West Virginians, providing pathways to economic prosperity (for both students and industry) Initiatives will focus on first generation, students from persistent poverty communities, minority, veterans and other populations that have been traditionally underserved. Initiatives will also focus on providing support to the business community which allows them to grow, hire, and be economically viable contributors to the state’s economy
Other duties as assigned by the Office of the Chief Legal Counsel and External Affairs