Date: April 23, 2018
Position Available: Vice President for Strategic Alliances
Position Reports to:  Chief Operating Officer     
Department:  External Affairs
FLSA Status:  Exempt
Schedule:  Monday-Friday, frequent evenings and weekends and extensive travel

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The Vice President for Strategic Alliances is responsible for providing executive level strategic leadership, vision and oversight for Franciscan University's external affairs which include partnerships and economic development, federal, state, and local relations. This position will serve as the University's primary senior executive level liaison responsible for working with a variety of internal and external constituencies to advocate for Franciscan University in achieving its goal of being passionately Catholic and academically excellent. To effectively accomplish the role, the Vice President will be guided by the mission, strategic plan, institutional, and individual school goals and metrics. 


1. Position the university as one of the top-tier growing Catholic academic institutions in the United States by monitoring, informing, and influencing public perception and public policy on issues that may impact the University. Increase the University's visibility by proactively engaging and educating officials at all levels of government as well as community, economic, and business partners about Franciscan University’s contributions as a generous and engaged institution.
2. Advise and collaborate with the President, the Chief Operating Officer, and senior leadership of potential opportunities to advance and promote the mission of the University through expanded relationships with other universities, business and economic partnerships, and federal, state, and local governments. Serve as a key link between external constituents and the University community by providing Information to the university community about issues that may impact operations, funding, research, economic development, and the higher education industry.
3. Develop and implement an external affairs strategy which is aligned with the University’s priorities. Proactively work to advance the University’s priorities by building industry, corporate, and government partnerships to stimulate growth, economic development, multidisciplinary research, and innovation. Establish, maintain, and report on key external affairs metrics.
4. Strengthen academic partnerships and cultivate industry alliances to create new economic development opportunities that enrich faculty, student, business, industry and government agency experiences.
5. Develop partnerships which are created on the strengths of the Franciscan Institute for Science and Health, Franciscan Institute for World Health, Center for Bioethics, Center for Leadership, and Catechetical Institute, among others.
6. Collaboratively work with the University's legal counsel on matters related to Ohio law and policy, and other key university offices, such as the Academic Affairs, Marketing and Communications, Finance, and Development.
7. Provide executive level leadership and supervision of the Executive Director of Community Relations, and an Executive Assistant.

This is not intended to be an all-inclusive list.  Additional duties, expectations and responsibilities may be added or changed as needed to meet the University's needs.

Must understand, support and embrace the mission of Franciscan University of Steubenville and possess the following:

Work Experience
• Minimum of 15 years of proven executive level leadership experience in relationship management, advocacy, communications, public policy or governmental relations, preferably within higher education or faith-based non-profit arena.
• Demonstrated experience in building alliances in academic, business and governmental settings and preferably focused in higher education, health care, infrastructure and business development.
• Demonstrated expertise in strategic planning and execution. Experience with the Four Disciplines of Execution (4DX) is preferred.
• Proven track record of providing strategic direction, leadership and operational management resulting in marked improvement in execution and revenue growth is required
• Demonstrated achievement in personally identifying and cultivating fruitful relationships with clients and/or constituents.

• Mission driven: Must be dedicated to the Catholic Church, the University mission, as well as the University’s 20-year vision.
• Drive for results: Tenacious in pursuing goals and can be counted on to follow through on commitments and deliver results, displays a continuous appreciation for results and key indicators.
• Action oriented: Displays initiative, comfortable acting in the absence of clear direction, and has the ability to identify and address impediments to progress.
• Strategic thinking: Follows relevant trends and accurately anticipates future implications, clearly articulates credible views of threats and opportunities, develops effective strategies as well as workable implementation plans.
• Interpersonal Skills: Effectively uses both formal and informal means of communication and influence. Is adaptive to how different people think and function. At ease meeting new people. Thrives on building fruitful long-term relationships.
• Communication Skills: Organizes, expresses, and effectively communicates ideas clearly orally and in writing. Comfortable speaking in front of large audiences and utilizes skill in presenting information, analysis, ideas and positions in a clear, succinct, accurate, and convincing manner.

Education & Experience
• Masters or Juris Doctor degree required, preferably within a closely related field such as Business, Public Policy / Administration / Relations, Law, or Governmental Studies.

Technical Skills
• Prior experience with customer relations management software, such as Sales Force, is preferred.
• Experience with Microsoft Office applications such including Word, Excel, and Powerpoint is required.
• Email application experience is required, preferably with Microsoft Outlook

Workplace Factors
• University is willing to explore a remote work arrangement with a requirement for bi-weekly travel to campus for meetings, etc.
• Willing and able to travel extensively
• Weekend and evening work is frequently required

Candidates must submit an online application, a resume and a cover letter that demonstrates their fit for the position based on their experience, accomplishments and skills as well as their desire to advance the mission of Franciscan University.

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