Director, Corporate Engagement
Delaware Business Roundtable Education Committee – Greater Philadelphia Area
Director, Corporate Engagement, Delaware Business Roundtable Education Committee
This position reports to the Chair of the Delaware Business Roundtable Education Committee, which is a 501(c)(3) organization governed by a board of 8-10 corporate leaders. Committee members will provide input to, and oversight of, goals that are established annually for this position.
Direct the day-to-day efforts of building and expanding highly effective partnerships among business, education, and community organizations to help create a system of world-class public schools in Delaware.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Deepen employee engagement strategies with Delaware businesses. Provide leadership in building understanding within the business community around education policy decisions that are essential to fundamentally improve our schools, such as those related to teacher evaluations, academic standards, expanded “choice,” and innovative school models. This work could include: facilitating education speakers’ series; brokering different types of partnerships, such as externships, mentoring, and adopt-a-school strategies; and deepening participation in existing programs such as Principal for a Day and Superstars, sponsored by the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce; and providing model content for employee newsletters/intranets.
Cultivate the next generation of business leaders for education reform. Work with DBREC leaders and other private sector stakeholders to craft an intentional succession plan that builds “bench strength” to ensure the long-term effectiveness of the business community’s voice in public school improvement.
Expand funding partnerships to seed and sustain impactful programs. Delaware’s two major federal grants (Race to the Top and the Early Learning Challenge) expire in 2014/15, and much of the work will require ongoing support to ensure success. The goal is to increase the number of businesses actively contributing to this work, as well as the overall level of financial support.
This position description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards. The incumbent should expect to fulfill other related duties as assigned.
Desired Skills & Experience
A bachelor’s degree with five years experience required, a master’s degree in business administration preferred.
- Self-starter, entrepreneurial
- Exceptional interpersonal skills
- Executes against expectations with minimal supervision
- Ability to handle multiple situations and projects
- Strong organizational skills and consistent follow through
- Professional success in corporate/community relations and fundraising
- Familiarity with the Delaware business community strongly preferred
- Working knowledge of education reform issues
- Able to build respect quickly within business and education sectors
The Delaware Business Roundtable has long been a strong and visible partner in the plan to transform public education in Delaware to world-class. The Roundtable’s related Education Committee (DBREC) has accelerated and focused that commitment through the active engagement of member companies with other public, private, and civic stakeholders.
To build on the state’s number-one finish in the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top competition and to help implement its nationally-recognized education plan—Vision 2015—DBREC is looking for a dynamic leader to help strengthen and expand the business partnerships necessary for Delaware to create a world-class system of schools.
- June 25, 2012
- Business Development, Public Relations, Education
- Public Policy, Nonprofit Organization Management
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