Strategic Partnership Specialist

Colorado, United States
Salary Not specified
Jul 13, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

About the Job

The Strategic Partnership Specialist (SPS) is an integral role to the success of an aggressive growth plan for the College of Adult and Graduate Studies (CAGS) at Colorado Christian University (CCU). The primary goal of this position is to increase enrollment by generating high-quality leads through business development activities. Leads are obtained by strategic partnership efforts including, obtaining new Professional Education Partnership (PEP) and Christian Higher Education Partnership Program (CHEPP) contracts, account management of all current PEP/CHEPP contracts, and all campaigns/visits for strategic partnership contract fulfillment.

About CCU

Colorado Christian University is the premier interdenominational Christian university in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region, delivering world class education to thousands of students. The fully accredited, nonprofit University is located in Lakewood, Colorado, a suburb of Denver.

Colorado Christian University was founded in 1914.  CCU’s motto is--grace and truth. This motto comes from John 1.14: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (ESV) 

CCU's mission is Christ-centered higher education transforming students to impact the world with grace and truth.

Colorado Christian University cultivates knowledge and love of God in a Christ-centered community of learners and scholars, with an enduring commitment to the integration of exemplary academics, spiritual formation, and engagement with the world. We envision graduates who think critically and creatively, lead with high ethical and professional standards, embody the character and compassion of Jesus Christ, treasure the gospel, and who thereby are prepared to impact the world in their callings.

CCU’s embraces an educational model that was there at the foundation of many of the great western and American universities.  It is made up of three pillars—competence, character and Christ-centered faith. Secular universities have abandoned two of those pillars. We think this is a major oversight that eventually undermines education. Furthermore, we believe this classical educational model is both life-giving and greatly needed in our time. 

A leader in higher education, CCU has been consistently ranked in the top 2 percent of colleges and universities nationwide for its core curriculum by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. CCU has had ten consecutive years of enrollment growth and has been named one of the five fastest-growing master’s granting universities by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

CCU offers more than 100 degree program options for traditional and adult students through its two colleges--the College of Undergraduate Studies and College of Adult and Graduate Studies. More than 8,000 students attend the University on the main campus, in regional centers throughout Colorado, and online.

What is most appealing about working at CCU?

  1. Faith friendly: CCU’s culture is unique to higher education. Where else can you pursue academic excellence yet read the Holy Bible, pray with teammates and students at work, and work to impact our culture in support of Christian values?
  2. Convictionally Christian: As a university, we have an enduring commitment to Christ, his kingdom and the truth of God’s Word.
  3. Live out your calling: We are a traditional evangelical university where you can invest your God-given talents and abilities alongside coworkers and teammates, while having a profound influence on students as they deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ.
  4. Equip students for kingdom work: You can be a part of helping students discover their callings and preparing them for positions of significant leadership in the church, business, government, education, and other professions, as a key part of our University's Strategic Priorities.

We’re looking for candidates who have:

  1. A minimum of two years of successful experience in business development, sales, or enrollment. Experience in a Christian college or university is preferred. Bachelor's degree in business or a related field is preferred.
  2. Ability to present activities and outcomes through analysis and compilation.
  3. Effective oral and written communication skills.
  4. Exceptional knowledge of Excel, other Microsoft Office products, Salesforce, Colleague, and other related software.
  5. Ability to work effectively on multiple projects and priorities simultaneously, while maintaining a high standard of quality.
  6. Strong practical knowledge of sales processes and importance of follow-through in order to enhance and support high performance sales expectations.
  7. Ability to drive distances and maintain eligibility for proper auto insurance.

Key Job Duties

  1. Contribute to CCU’s mission: Christ-centered higher education transforming students to impact the world with grace and truth. In this role, the Strategic Partnerships Specialist shares with potential partners and students the vision of how a degree or program through CCU will transform their organizations and prospective students as they obtain their education with a Christian worldview that emphasizes how personal values and ethics can impact education, life, and work.
  2. Generate leads through business development/strategic partnership activity for CAGS field enrollment teams.
  3. Document all business development and strategic partnership outcomes in Customer Relationship Management (CRM) for reporting and tracking purposes.
  4. Attend scheduled campaigns with active strategic partners (SP)/PEP/CHEPP organizations.
  5. Pursue and execute new SP/PEP/CHEPP accounts based on target criteria established by the Director of Strategic Partnership (DSP).
  6. Achieve goals and metrics for lead generation, conversion rates, and other criteria as determined by the Vice President of CAGS Enrollment.
  7. Remain accountable to individual SPS role performance goals/metrics that will be determined each fiscal year. Determined goals include total number of new accounts on-boarded, average/total leads generated, average/total campaigns attended, and overall conversion rate on the account.
  8. Develop strategies with DSP for the expansion of strategic partnerships between CAGS and outside organizations (i.e. businesses, ministries, churches).
  9. Attend national conferences and events with DSP for lead generation.
  10. Demonstrate ability to work effectively and positively with Enrollment Counselors, Enrollment Directors, and other administrators while establishing and maintaining effective, positive working relationships with all stakeholders.
  11. Collaborate with various University departments for projects and/or recruitment training efforts.
  12. Demonstrate strong self-management, strategic thinking, and conceptual skills.

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, you may be required to walk, stand, sit, reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, speak with clarity, and have appropriate vision and hearing capabilities. Requires sitting at a desk, working on a computer, and conducting phone conversations for extended periods of time. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Colorado Christian University expects all faculty and staff to become a part of the University community by participating in activities and events that occur on the campus throughout the year, which may occur during evenings and weekends.

High level of in-state, weekly travel (ranging 75%-80% of time) for campaign attendance and business development visits, and to each CAGS location (Sterling, Lakewood, Grand Junction, Denver Tech Center, Colorado Springs and Pueblo) for scheduled events. Travel expectations are dependent on business needs and the training schedule.

What we offer our employees:

We offer competitive compensation and benefits packages to all employees. Our benefit package includes: a tuition waiver program, excellent healthcare, generous paid time off, matching 403(b) retirement plan, and additional organizational paid benefits and voluntary benefit offerings. Pay and benefits will be discussed in more detail as candidates progress through the interview process. 

Colorado Christian University’s pay philosophy is based on internal and external data for pay equity; along with budgetary considerations for effective stewardship. Pay will be assigned based on relevant experience. We reserve the right to pay an equitable rate that we believe is within our salary structure or that may fit a candidate’s qualifications or experience for the job. A wage range posted is not a guarantee of a specific wage range for a job offer. CCU reserves the right to make pay decisions based on economic and equity considerations to attract the best possible talent. CCU does not determine pay based on sex or any other protected status.