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Ashford University Manager, University Partnerships in United States

Position Summary:

The Manager, University Partnerships position is a full-time employment opportunity. Reporting to the Director of University Relations and Strategic Partnerships this individual will be responsible for maintaining strategic and supportive relationships with students, academic and military partners and affiliated organizations on behalf of the University.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Build and maintain excellent relationships with key leadership and staff of assigned relationships.

  • Understand and be able to articulate and assist students career pathways and assist them in the application and enrollment process.

  • Be knowledgeable of all degree programs and be able to articulate the pathways to students and staff.

  • Be able to articulate in small groups and in classroom presentations the benefits of attending Ashford University.

  • Plan and execute activities to drive enrollment and maintain a viable relationship with assigned partner(s).

  • Be visible and actively engaged with partner institutions and their events.

  • Understand and adhere to all protocols and regulations associated with the partnerships

  • Research, identify, attend and appropriately represent the University in consortium events, conferences and organizations.

  • Drive enrollment and interest in Ashford University.

  • Schedule, plan and execute outreach events.

  • Consistently enhance the organizational brand internally and externally.

  • Follow all team policies and procedures.

  • Stay apprised of current events within the education industry while maintaining current and thorough knowledge of all Ashford University programs, plus applicable regulatory, operational, and compliance guidelines of the industry and the University.

  • Be responsive and timely internal and external communication.

  • Ability to identify opportunities and make recommendations to team leadership and team on how to enhance operational efficiency and excellence.

  • Seek, develop, and maintain external networking opportunities and partnerships in order to stay apprised of industry trends and best practices.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements :

  • Minimum of 3 years related experience.

  • Must have a valid driver's license applicable to the State in which position is located.

  • Must be able to travel as business needs require, typically 10-15% of the time.

  • Must be willing to work some evenings and weekends.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Ability to work collaboratively to create a results-driven, team-oriented environment.

  • Effectively build and maintain quality relationships.

  • Track record of achieving results.

  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately.

  • Must have the ability to quickly learn systems, process and procedures:

  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to reprioritize quickly.

  • Strong business acumen; ability to recognize business development opportunity and pursue them strategically.

  • Ability to quickly assess information, anticipate issues and outcomes, and make effective decisions.

  • Growing understanding of industry knowledge.

  • Developing independence in relation to navigating constructive and strategic conversations.

  • Emerging business acumen, particularly in decision-making skills.

  • Increasing comfort level and experience in speaking with or presenting to multiple audiences.


  • Bachelors Degree required, Master’s Degree preferred

Education Requirements:

If a degree or education credit minimum is required for the position, all education must be conferred by a regionally accredited or approved nationally accredited institution. All candidates must provide proof of higher education (official transcripts) upon request.

Physical Requirements:

Physical Demands: While performing the duties of the job, the employee is regularly required to use a telephone and computer. The employee may frequently interact with fellow employees and/or clients. The requirements of this job may be completed with or without reasonable accommodation.

Communication Skills:

While performing the duties of the job, the employee is required to read and comprehend instructions, correspondence, and memos. The employee is required to demonstrate effective written and oral communication in one-on-one and group settings.

Mental Demands:

While performing the duties of the job, the employee is required to deal with stress associated with a fast-paced work environment and multiple priorities/tasks. The employee will be required to comprehend and apply new ideas, follow detailed instructions, make sound decisions, readily adapt to changing work situations, effectively collaborate with colleagues at all levels

Work Environment: While performing the duties of the job, the employee is required to work in an office environment, where the noise level is usually moderate to loud.

It is the policy of Ashford University to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, national origin or citizenship, age, ancestry, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner status, military or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, transfer, leaves of absence, and compensation. In addition, Ashford University will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

Notice to Prospective Employees

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