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Executive Director of the Business Engagement Center

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Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Executive Director of the Business Engagement Center
Faculty Rank: Lecturer
Role Title: Professional Faculty
Posting Number: AP0160285
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

The Executive Director of the Business Engagement Center (BEC) is responsible for planning and implementing an integrated approach to engaging industry with Virginia Tech in a holistic manner to expand relationships with faculty, students, and university programs. The Executive Director will oversee a central team and two to four satellite Business Development Directors, a marketing manager, and data specialist. This position will manage and support the identification and evaluation of new strategic partnership opportunities that fit into the strategic vision of Virginia Tech and will contribute to growth. The Executive Director will exhibit expertise with domestic and international partners concerning improvement, diversification and expansion of Virginia Tech and industry collaborations. The Executive Director will maintain a current working knowledge & understanding of the industry news and trends and apply this knowledge to the formulation of recommendations to BEC management. The BEC’s mission is to connect industry with researchers, students, and resources at Virginia Tech. The BEC strives to create partnerships that will help drive world class research and partnerships.

The Executive Director will lead an organization that will realize success across many metrics including but not limited to: Strategic Partnerships, Philanthropy, Research partnerships and investment, Involvement with Students, Access to Resources, Involvement in Centers and Consortia, Economic Development, Marketing and Sponsorships.

The Executive Director will be responsible for formation and management of an internal advisory board of key university stakeholders with an interest in the work of the Business Engagement Center.

Reports jointly to the Vice President of Research and Innovation and the Associate Vice President of Development for Colleges.

Required Qualifications:

Master’s degree or a Bachelor’s degree and significant experience in business development setting.

Willingness to travel on a frequent basis.

Individuals should demonstrate professionalism, with strong communication skills and be capable of motivating internal stakeholders, corporations, and volunteers.

The successful candidate will be self-motivated and have the ability to work as a team member in a complex organization.

Previous experience developing and implementing strategies with increasing complexity.

Preferred Qualifications:

Significant years of experience in a corporate setting.

Proven research and development and business development skills exhibited through: financial success, strong team and program building skills, and history of customer development success.

Demonstrated knowledge of national security, technology markets, university operations or relevant fields.

Employment Conditions: Must have a criminal background check, Must have a driver's license check, Other (Describe Below), Must have an acceptable and safe driving record
Must have a conviction check: Yes
Describe Other:

Regional and national travel required for the purposes of conducting field research, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship, which may include overnights and weekends. Must have the ability and willingness to travel utilizing standard, commercial, and/or personal modes of transportation.

Reports jointly to the Vice President of Research and Innovation and the Associate Vice President of Development for Colleges.

Employment Comments:
How to Apply for this Job:

Interested candidates must apply online at and search for posting AP0160285. Include with the faculty application, a cover letter, resume, and list of five references.

Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodation in the application process please notify the Human Resources Service Center, 540-231-9331,

A review of applications will begin after January 30, 2017.

Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience
Location: Blacksburg
Department: University Development
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: 8-5, M-F + As Needed
Job Posting Date: 12/06/2016
Review Begin Date: 01/30/2017
Job Close Date:
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Will you have a bachelor's degree and experience or a master's degree by the anticipated start date?
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    • yes
    • no
  2. * How did you first learn about this job opening?
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    • Virginia Tech job site (
    • Facebook
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    • From a friend/acquaintance not associated with Virginia Tech (please name below)
    • From a Virginia Tech employee/representative/recruiter (please name below)
    • Veteran related event/site (please describe below)
    • Virginia Employment Commission - VEC
    • Other Virginia Tech affiliated website (please describe below)
    • Other job board such as Simply Hired, Career Builder, etc. (please describe below)
    • Other - Not listed (please describe below)
  3. Please describe recruiting source identified in previous question (if applicable):

    (Open Ended Question)

Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
Optional Documents