Community and Business Engagement Specialist

Pennsylvania State University

Community and Business Engagement Specialist

Penn State Abington is searching for a full-time Community & Business Engagement Specialist. This position will support the mission, vision, and strategies of the Office of Strategic Communications and Community Engagement as well as the Office of Continuing Education. The successful candidate would be responsible for programmatic community and business outreach efforts that align with campus-wide goals and objectives and increase the brand, awareness, and participation in continuing education programs.

Essential responsibilities for the position include developing and maintaining relationships with business, residential, employer, and education institutions and other stakeholder groups as identified. Candidates will also develop and manage continuing education programs that meet the needs of new client partners and advance the financial goals of Continuing Education programming.

The position dually reports to the Director of Continuing Education and Innovation and Director of Strategic Communications and Community Engagement.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage activities that develop and foster relationships with public and private entities and cultivate new business and community partnerships
  • Provide stewardship of existing relationships and ensure partner organizations’ needs are identified and matched with Penn State Abington resources for mutual benefit
  • Proactively seek out opportunities and develop strategies for outreach and engagement solicitations, collaborating with a variety of other units
  • Serve as Abington College’s lead on “town and gown” related matter
  • May serve as direct supervisor for wage payroll, student, and/or temporary workers or volunteers

Responsibilities Pertaining to Continuing Education

  • Develop and maintain relationships with external stakeholder groups including Chambers of Commerce, associations, and employers and others as assigned and identified
  • Proactively expand existing and build new partnerships for contract training
  • Identify, consult with, and assess organization client needs to develop program proposals/negotiate contracts in conjunction with Director of Continuing Education; may moderate trainings as needed
  • Evaluate and analyze program outcomes; use data to inform decision-making
  • Work with Continuing Education peers to promote and market programs and certifications
  • Support community outreach efforts that lead to growth of awareness and usage of LaunchBox programs at Abington

Responsibilities Pertaining to Strategic Communications and Community Engagement

  • Develop and maintain relationships with external stakeholder groups, including nonprofit organizations, employers, educational institutions, civic associations, and others as assigned and identified
  • Manage sponsorship of community events throughout the year
  • Identify and create opportunities for faculty and subject matter experts to appear at public or private speaking engagements
  • Work with StratComm peers to promote and market Abington-sponsored events
  • Represent Penn State Abington at stakeholder events

This position typically requires a Bachelor’s degree plus 4 years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Ability to travel locally and work evenings/weekends as needed for networking and events is required.

Preferred competencies include:

  • Strong communication, relationship-building, problem-solving, organizational, and computer skills
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and changing environment with minimal supervision
  • Self-directed and self-motivated to meet organizational goals
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively on tasks
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging
  • Sales/Business Development experience a plus

This position offers a flexible work arrangement that combines remote and on-campus work. Questions related to flexible work should be directed to the hiring managers during the interview process.

The following background checks must be successfully completed for this position:

  • Employment with the University for this job will require successful completion of the Pennsylvania (PA) Publicly Available Clearances: PA Child Abuse History Clearance, PA State Police Criminal Record Check, and the FBI Criminal History Background Check.

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusive excellence that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusive excellence as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

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