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Director, Higher Education

Job Title
Director, Higher Education
Job ID
Houston,  TX 77010
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The Director, Higher Education Initiative is responsible for developing, leading and overseeing a collaborative effort between private industry and higher education institutions to grow Houston’s current and future talent.


This will be accomplished by developing sustainable partnerships between industry and higher education institutions to support the growth of Houston’s higher education ecosystem. The objectives of the initiative are to increase student enrollment, the number of degrees awarded and grow available funding sources for our institutions. The initiative also aims to improve the perception of Houston as an innovation hub through the talent and research produced by the region’s higher education institutions.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The following responsibilities are essential to job performance:

  1. Lead efforts related to the creation of a coalition of private industry and higher education institutions that will be highly collaborative.
  2. Identify critical and specific talent needs and foster alignment with the region’s four-year institutions to develop those skills.
  3. Build a competitive advantage for Houston’s higher education ecosystem through its collaboration with private industry that attracts top students to our institutions and retains the talent within the region.
  4. Develop and execute a strategy to promote the research occurring in our regional higher education institutions and build links to industry for knowledge and technology transfer.
  5. Align and coordinate the Partnership’s Higher Education Initiative with the development and growth of Houston’s innovation ecosystem.
  6. In concert with the Partnership’s Marketing and Communications Division, execute and sustain a regional awareness campaign that includes: establishment of a regional brand, consistent public and media relations initiatives, website enhancement, application of “cutting edge” technologies to facilitate communications with and among all stakeholders and the general public and appropriate marketing and online materials that connect employers, education institutions and current and prospective students.
  7. In concert with the Partnership’s Public Policy Division, identify policy concerns and develop advocacy strategies to address policy issues.
  8. Represent Greater Houston Partnership at relevant special functions, seminars, conferences, etc.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The following knowledge, skills and abilities are desirable for job success:

  • Ability to find the best solution in the face of complex problems and multiple solutions
  • Develops and executes strategies that have a positive impact on the regional community
  • Proven project management skills
  • Holds himself or herself accountable for both successes and challenges
  • Ability to connect relationships to short and long-term goals
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills – ability to educate and,
    to be persuasive; and to leverage relationships at the right level to experience as an advocate
  • Can work effectively in a collaborative environment
  • Flexibility to work travel domestically as well as work some overtime, as necessary.
  • Other duties as assigned


Behavioral Competencies- Attributes, Behaviors, and Characteristics (ABC’s)The following behavior competencies include a myriad of defining qualifications, skills, and competencies required for job success


  • Planning & Organization- Integrates changes smoothly, plans for additional resources,
  • Problem Solving- Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations
  • Collaborative- Builds bridges internally/externally; Works with others to achieve common goals; respectful; forms teams; gets to “yes”
  • Business Savvy- Consistently demonstrates subject-matter expertise at a high level; is confident and self-reliant; comports him/herself in a professional manner


Education Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree; (Relevant area of study) Master’s preferred

Required Experience

  • 5 or more years consulting, strategy execution and program management experience; convening and coalition building. Corporate relations background, higher education administration, and/or relevant corporate program management/consulting.

Physical Requirements

  • Good vision and hearing acuity (with adaptive aids if necessary).
  • Manual dexterity and skillful use of computer keyboard.
  • Physical exertion includes bending, pushing, standing, and walking.  Must be able to move or lift approximately 25 pounds on occasion.

Mental and Aptitude Requirements

  • Job requires the ability to hear, see, and talk; analytical, conceptual, problem-solving, planning and decision-making skills.


Safety Requirements

  • Adhere to the office safety policies and procedures.


The Greater Houston Partnership is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants and employees are treated without regard to such factors as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other reason prohibited by law.


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