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Director of Executive Education and Leadership Development - School of Business

Duquesne University

Job Description

The Director of Executive Education and Leadership Development (DEE&LD) is housed in the School of Business’s Center for Student Success (CSS) and reports to the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Executive Education. The CSS prioritizes the customer experience by providing a smooth transition from applicant to student to placement to life-long learning opportunities. Consequently, as an integral member of the CSS, the DEE&LD is a “full-service” position representing the School of Business’s offerings and graduate students as an asset to the business community – providing educational and leadership development opportunities for students and employees. Additional responsibilities include selling all executive education programs and managing and expanding our existing portfolio of leadership development executive education programs. As such, the position is charged with identifying new executive education opportunities in the leadership space and collaborating with the Center Directors as they develop new programs in their respective areas. The DEE&LD works with the Senior Associate Dean as well as faculty to implement those programs. She or he also supervises a part-time administrative assistant. The position requires effective interaction with the Director of Corporate Relations and Community Partnerships (DCR&CP), alumni, advisory councils, corporations, the University’s Office of Career Development and the School’s MARCOM Group and gift officers. Note that such interactions may be coordinated and/or directed by the Senior Associate Dean and Dean’s office.

The successful candidate will be evaluated based on their ability to meet established goals and through feedback from appropriate constituencies. Work will be reviewed through regularly scheduled meetings, reports, analysis, and observation of results.

As a condition of employment, Duquesne University requires all new employees —full-time and part-time, including adjunct faculty—to get a COVID-19 vaccine and provide proof of their vaccination upon commencement of employment.

New employees requesting a religious or documented medical exemption from the vaccine must complete and submit a Duquesne University exemption request form for review and approval. To receive the appropriate exemption request form, contact hrservices@duq.edu. Employees with approved exemptions will be required to be tested on a regular basis.


Actively participates in strategy meetings with the Senior Associate Dean to ensure that recruitment goals for executive education are met.

Works with the corporate community in three primary areas that have important consequences for increasing revenue:

Identifying corporate workforce skills and executive education needs.

Developing, managing and implementing a portfolio of leadership development executive education programs.

Delivering development and coaching for graduate students (in particular this in the One-Year MBA program) with an eye toward meeting corporate workforce skills.

Collaborates with the DCR&CP to develop comprehensive strategic plan for providing “full-service” corporate relation with primary emphasis on position responsibilities:

Strengthening current and establishing new relationships with corporations in the Pittsburgh area and beyond.

Promoting the portfolio of current executive education offerings.

Building and executing the portfolio of leadership development executive education offerings.

Conducts ongoing bench marking and needs assessment of companies that result in proposed modifications to existing programs and executive education offerings as well as identification of new opportunities.

Coordinates executive education offerings with the goals of:

Developing and implementing a comprehensive and coordinated recruiting strategy for all executive education programs.

Expanding enrollment in current and new executive education programs.

Developing additional curricular or co-curricular integration of our Professional Coaching programs.

Collaborating with MARCOM Group and program coordinators to build executive education program awareness and ultimately increase enrollment by…

Developing strategic marketing plans for executive education offerings.

Creating and updating marketing materials including print, electronic and social media.

Updating the Executive Education website on an ongoing basis.

Manages current (Women’s Executive Leadership Program, Emerging Leaders Program, and Professional Coach Certification Program) and implement new leadership executive education programs. This includes:

Acting as the primary point of contact and first-line customer service representative to clients and instructional faculty through explanation of services, troubleshooting needs, resolving issues and creating plans for open enrollment and onsite clients.

Overseeing all program logistics in support of instructors and participants (including ensuring that necessary instructional materials are available, room set-ups, meal coordination, schedules, rosters, etc.).

Developing and maintaining professional relationships with clients and consultants/faculty.

Maintaining a database of executive education program participants, perspective and current client contacts.

In collaboration with the DCR&CP, initiating and maintaining contact with targeted companies and executives to recruit new participants as well as to solicit referrals from past participants for enrollment in programs.

Overseeing the preparation of budgets and financial processes (instructor payments and client invoices, material and facility needs) for leadership programs.

Overseeing the preparation of contracts for instructional faculty (delivery and signatures).

Supervising the use of intellectual property and material preparation for programs.

Implementing evaluation processes for program revisions.

Provides career development and placement support for current graduate students including teaching the career practicum for the One-Year MBA students.

Identifies opportunities for career development activities for graduate students.

Participates in Advisory Councils as needed.

Attends School events including evening and weekend events as required.

Ensures accuracy and professionalism of work.

Performs related duties as assigned by Senior Associate Dean.

Completes other duties as assigned.


Minimum qualifications:

Work requires a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or closely related field of study from an accredited institution.

5 or more years of successful corporate relations and business development as well as leadership development experience in an educational and/or foundation context.

Preferred qualifications:

A Master’s degree (MBA or MS in a business-related field) from an accredited institution is preferred.

Alternately, the successful candidate may possess any equivalent combination of experience and training, which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the essential job functions. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

A track record of success and experience in leading change.

Experience developing/executing training and/or executive education programs.

Demonstrated success increasing sales and revenue.

Proven ability in building relationships and strategic partnerships.

An executive presence and strategic problem-solver.

Highly organized and detail-oriented, excels at multi-tasking with a strong work ethic.

Willingness to take ownership of initiatives to modify and improve procedures.

Exceptional interpersonal skills; can interact effectively with diverse constituencies.

Impeccable integrity and commitment to success of the School overall.

Excellent written and verbal communication, listening, and follow-through skills.

Ability to work occasional evenings/weekends, facilitate programs in off-site locations.

Skilled with Microsoft Office products, CRM software and relational databases.

A valid driver’s license in good standing and passport.

Commitment to the University’s values of diversity, equity and inclusion, and recognition of the importance of treating each individual with dignity and respect consistent with the University’s Mission. Demonstrated experience with, and understanding of, the broad diversity of the University community (students, faculty, staff and others).

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the University Community.

Ability and willingness to contribute actively to the mission of the University and to respect the Spiritan Catholic identity of Duquesne University. The mission is implemented through a commitment to academic excellence, a spirit of service, moral and spiritual values, sensitivity to world concerns, and an ecumenical campus community.


Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references.

Catholic in its mission and ecumenical in spirit, Duquesne University values equality of opportunity as an educational institution and as an employer. We aspire to attract and sustain a diverse faculty and staff that reflects contemporary society, serves our academic goals and enriches our campus community. We particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups and support dual-career couples through our charter membership in this region's HERC (http://www.hercjobs.org/oh-western-pa-wv/).

We invite applicants for this position to learn more about our university and its Spiritan heritage by visiting http://www.duq.edu/about/mission-and-identity/mission-statement. Those invited to campus for an interview may be asked about ways in which they see their talents contributing to the continued growth of our community and furthering its mission.

Duquesne University was founded in 1878 by its sponsoring religious community, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. Duquesne University is Catholic in mission and ecumenical in spirit. Motivated by its Catholic identity, Duquesne values equality of opportunity both as an educational institution and as an employer.

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