Executive Director for Advancement, Corporate Engagement Position with University of Missouri


The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the University of Missouri in the search for an Executive Director for Business Advancement and Engagement.

Reporting to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Programs, the Executive Director for Advancement, Corporate Engagement will lead engagement with corporate entities, developing and managing beneficial relationships that advance the mission, purpose and MU’s schedule. The Executive Director will serve as a liaison between business and campus representatives to identify mutual interests and mutually beneficial partnerships that will lead to significant investments in research, programs, philanthropic priorities, and other projects at MU. The Executive Director will lead a large-scale and comprehensive program of cooperation with companies from all industry sectors and academic disciplines, taking overall responsibility for all phases of the relationship, from developing leads and proposals, to soliciting and negotiating deals, to managing ongoing relationships. The Executive Director will establish and maintain relationships with senior executives of major international companies. The Executive Director will lead a team to develop, execute and evaluate a strategy to build a brand and enhance the university’s reputation as a premier corporate partner. The Executive Director will contribute to strategic planning and lead the planning of external engagements, typically involving considerable ambiguity, complexity and scope. The Executive Director will manage a team that supports industry engagement and programs that will have a cross-university reach.

Since 1839, and as the only state-supported member of the Association of American Universities of Missouri, the University of Missouri (MU) has engaged in groundbreaking research and comprehensive scholars that define its strength as as a higher education institution. Today, MU supports 31,103 students in more than 300 degree programs, including 97 undergraduate majors, 96 masters, 69 doctorates, and more than 70 certificates. Students work side-by-side with some of the best teachers in the world to advance the arts and humanities, sciences and professions. At MU, scholarship and teaching are driven daily by a commitment to public service – the obligation to produce and disseminate knowledge that will improve the quality of life in the state, the nation, and the world. MU’s NCAA Division I athletics program in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) has 550 student-athletes in 20 sports. There are 344,000 MU alumni living around the world, 185,000 of whom remain in the state of Missouri, maintaining MU’s positive impact globally and locally.

MU is committed to acting ethically, welcoming differences and openly exchanging ideas. University leaders demonstrate their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion by ensuring that every individual, regardless of background, experience, and perspective, is supported at UM. Over the past eight years, the university created the Division of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity, hired a Director of Diversity to lead the new division, and established mandatory diversity training for hiring managers. As part of its student accessibility efforts, in 2021 MU invested more than $167 million in scholarships and awards, enabling nearly half of all MU students to earn their degree without debt.

On the heels of record retention and enrollment growth amid the unprecedented challenges facing higher education in 2020, the University of Missouri jumped 15 spots in the US News and World Report list of top national universities, rising to 124 in the publication’s latest ranking of more than 380 public and private institutions. MU also moved up five spots, from No. 90 in 2020 to No. 85, among Best Value Schools – a measure of which colleges offer the best value for students receiving need-based financial aid. . Additionally, the university climbed 13 places to No. 86 among the best colleges for veterans.

A bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least seven years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired are required. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and a curriculum vitae. Cover letters should address the mission of the University of Missouri as well as the responsibilities and qualifications presented in the prospectus.

The salary range for this position is $115,000 to $150,000 annually.

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