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Associate Director, Industry Partnerships

Salary for Announcement

We anticipate the qualified candidate to be placed between $57,600 - $76,900. The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Position Summary

As MSU Denver seeks to be the national leader in educating students for tomorrow’s careers, the Industry Partnerships team within the Classroom to Career (C2) Hub is forward-thinking and ensures programs are aligned to Colorado workforce development trends and the Colorado Talent Pipeline report. With an ambitious goal of engaging 100% of students in robust career planning in the next three years, the University is committed to creating services that are scaled, highly evaluated, and focused on the specific needs and interests of MSU Denver students. To that end, successful team members think critically about MSU Denver student demographics and their respective career planning.

The Classroom to Career (C2) Hub is designed to create a more permeable boundary between MSU Denver and industry leaders. The Industry Partnerships team will strengthen and deepen our existing partnerships in addition to developing new relationships with employers.

The Associate Director will create and implement the strategic initiatives related to industry partnerships as well as student career development and readiness. This is inclusive of the management of the work-based learning programs, internships, and cooperative education agreements, and apprenticeships according to industry trends and MSU Denver policies and practices. The role will oversee and manage cross-functional projects of the Industry Partnerships team broadly to ensure programs and activities are in alignment with MSU Denver strategic priorities. The Associate Director informs and guides the development of a campus-wide Corporate Partnership strategy withAdvancement colleagues.

In collaboration with the Executive Director of Industry Partnerships, the Associate Director will develop and execute industry specific strategies for employer engagement and workforce development. This role also supervises employees within the MSU Denver’s Industry Partnerships team.



Leadership & Strategy (40%)
  • Work with campus and employer partners to lead the development of pertinent upskilling programs and new workforce development models within Health & Human Services industry cluster .
  • Inform and guide the development of a campus-wide Corporate Partnership strategy; Support the working relationship between the C2 Hub and Advancement’s Corporate and Foundation Relations team.
  • Provide direct supervision t o a team of industry navigators .
  • Build and prioritize collaborative relationships with academic deans and leadership teams.
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director of Industry Partnerships in reporting and research related to specific industry growth patterns.
  • Regularly consult with the Directors to support and execute C2 Hub strategic initiatives.
  • Provide expert consultation to the industry partnership team to ensure they are following best practices and provide strategic direction to the campus-wide employer engagement strategy.
  • Create and implement policies, practices, and expectations related to interactions and follow-up with employers. Develop procedures to implement that policy and monitor implementation.
University-Industry Partnerships (40%)
  • Operationalize efficient systems and processes that support credit-bearing work-based learning opportunities.
  • Establish and strengthen strategic working relationships with corporations, nonprofit organizations, and community-based groups.
  • Lead collaborative campus programs that expands the professional network and social capital of MSU Denver students and alumni.
  • Work with current and prospective employers to understand their unique opportunities to partner with MSU Denver.
  • Work with Director of Faculty Engagement and respective faculty members to ensure learning objectives are integrated into internship experiences ; Collaborate with appropriate faculty and staff to manage affiliation agreements according to state and institutional policies and practices.
  • Conduct site visits with students, employers, and faculty partners.
Student Career Readiness (10%)
  • Support career readiness programs through direct student support and/or the supervision of programs.
  • Provide industry-specific knowledge an d strengthen students’ opportunity network within respective workforce sectors.
  • Develop key partnerships with faculty to bolster skills learned in the classroom and connect to applied learning within industry opportunities.
Assessment and Reporting (10%)
  • Partner with campus offices to support career outcomes survey and related success measures.
  • Work with University Advancement to ensure information related to corporate and foundation relations is accurate and delivered in a timely fashion.
  • Ensure regular communication and reporting between university systems including Raiser’s Edge, Symplicity, and Student Success Collaborative.
  • Ensure that the database procedures are adequately tracking and reporting employer engagement data.
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • Experience supervising professional or student staff
  • Experience in program development and implementation
  • Client or employer relations experience
Important Note: Successful applicants will ensure their resumes clearly demonstrate that their work experience describes how they meet ALL required qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience working in the Healthcare industry
  • Experience working with industry leaders to ideate and execute mutually beneficial outcomes.
  • Experience managing multiple concurrent projects or tasks while adapting to changing priorities.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Familiarity with Customer Relationship Management platforms such as Salesforce, Handshake, or Symplicity.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit; comfort with leading change management.
  • Demonstrated management/administrative skills (for policy, budget, supervisory, and program development and evaluation responsibilities).
  • Experience with interviewing, hiring, and managing staff including administering performance reviews.
  • Knowledge of emerging trends and needs in the student population.
  • Demonstrated experience working with and advocating for racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse populations.

Work Hours
  • Monday through Friday 8:00-5:00. Some evenings and weekends will be required.
  • This position offers a hybrid schedule (on-campus and remote) which is subject to change based on business needs.
Instructions to Apply

For full consideration, please submit the following documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter describing relevant job experiences as they relate to listed job qualifications and interest in the position
Official transcripts will be required of the candidate selected for hire.

If you are an Internal applicant, please apply via the Career tab within the WorkDay Menu

​ ​ Important Note: Successful applicants will ensure their resumes clearly demonstrate that their work experience describes how they meet ALL required qualifications.

Closing Date

Open Until Filled

Posting RepresentativeCarlos Alcala

Posting Representative


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Diversity Statement

Metropolitan State University of Denver is a unique, access-oriented campus community that values diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. Our student population consists of nearly 58% first generation students and over 50% students of color. We are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution located in downtown Denver.

We create an equitable learning and working environment in concert with individuals who consistently demonstrate commitment to equity and inclusion. We greatly value the diverse identities and perspectives of our students, faculty, and staff and recognize that in order to achieve a just and equitable society, diversity must go beyond simple representation. It requires critical inquiry and dialogue and a commitment to action. We strive to provide a culture of belonging for all community members to achieve personal and professional success.

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