Director, College and University Relations – New Affiliates

Join an organization where you can make a difference in the lives of students from across the nation and the world. At The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC), we see a world where young people from all backgrounds have the opportunity to discover, develop and realize their full potential. TWC is the bridge between higher education and professional careers–leveraging all that Washington D.C. has to offer to provide dynamic, experiential learning opportunities to empower and motivate young people to become engaged global citizens.

Position Description

The Director for New Affiliates drives the The Washington Center’s (TWC) outreach to domestic colleges and universities to develop new partnerships and enrollments for the Academic Internship Programs (AIP) and Academic Seminars, with a percentage of time devoted to re-engaging existent but dormant partners. Through strategy development, direct administrator and faculty outreach and collaboration with various TWC departments, s/he is key to fulfilling the organization’s mission and forging opportunities for college and university students around the country to have a transformational D.C. experience. S/he leverages technology, including TWC’s CRM and other tools, to track, measure and evaluate efforts. This position requires travel up to 50% and periodic evening and weekend work and events.

Job Function 

New Affiliate Business Development

  • Assess existing strategies and processes for identifying and engaging prospective partners, expanding and/or revising, as necessary, and developing and implementing new key growth initiatives  
  • Conduct direct outreach to potential partner institutions 
  • Collaborate with Marketing & Communications department in the development of collateral and marketing material for new partners
  • Continue development of new affiliation toolkit and of training and communication strategy for new affiliates
  • Work with Office of the President and Chief Academic Officer to facilitate presence at conferences and meetings with current and new partners; organize new affiliate events as needed
  • Produce briefing material and fact sheets on new college and university targets to facilitate cultivation visits and recruitment
  • Develop systems and processes to ensure data regarding outreach/development is up to date and key communication is tracked. Leverage technology, including TWC’s mass email platform, CRM, web CMS and other tools to track and measure efforts.
  • Meet enrollment goal of at least 30 students from new affiliates each fiscal year

Dormant Affiliate Re-Engagement

  • Assess existing partners identified as “dormant” by current affiliate team and develop strategies for re-engagement
  • Re-assess academic credit and financial arrangements with those institutions, signing new Affiliation Agreements, as necessary
  • Facilitate hand-off to current affiliate team once college/university demonstrates interest in re-engagement and student enrollment

College and University Relations Team Operations  

  • Attend internal, cross-functional, and cross-departmental meetings necessary for the smooth operation of college and university processes
  • As needed, participate in projects for which colleagues serve as Team Lead, such as execution and promotion of TWC annual events, mass communication to schools, and Academic Seminars enrollment
  • Work with Director, College and University Relations to manage processes for overall function of five-person team
  • Collaborate in development of team processes, prioritization of projects and activities, and communication with TWC departments
  • As needed, manage a portfolio of existing college and university accounts

Professional Development

  • Independently read higher education periodicals and other materials to stay abreast of industry news and information
  • Attend local and national conferences on higher education, workforce development, experiential education, and related areas
  • Participate in team trainings related to partnership management, business development, projects, and the field of higher education
  • Assist in identifying, delivering and supporting team professional development

Required Education and Experience

An equivalent combination of education, experience and training will also be considered:

  • Master’s degree required
  • Business development experience required

Preferred Education/Qualifications and Experience

  • At least 5 years’ experience working with colleges and universities or within a higher education setting strongly preferred
  • Participation in The Washington Center or similar internship program a plus

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

These may not be reflected in the functions but are critical to the successful performance of the job are below. These may be representative but not all-inclusive of those commonly associated with the position:

  • Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with external partners
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills 
  • High level of responsiveness to partner correspondences
  • Ability to manage projects from inception to completion
  • Team-oriented approach to work, balanced with ability to work well independently
  • Ability to work efficiently towards deadlines and in a fast-paced environment
  • Knowledge of higher education industry, including current climate and emerging trends, preferred
  • Proficiency in MS Office with strong knowledge of Excel and Word, as well as ability to use online databases such as
  • Experience with mass email platforms (preferably ExactTarget) preferred
  • Ability to travel up to 50% and participate in periodic evening and weekend work and events

Supervisory Responsibility

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Equipment Used to Perform the Job

May be representative but not all-inclusive of those commonly associated with this position:

  • Standard office equipment, including a photocopier, scanner and telephone system
  • Personal computer, job-related software and printer

Physical Abilities

Commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodation can be made for individuals with disabilities to perform described essential functions of this job. These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • The employee may frequently lift and/or move up to 25lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, precise hand-eye coordination, and the ability to identify and distinguish colors.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use repetitive wrist, hand, and/or finger movement, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear.  The employee is frequently required to stand and walk.  The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl. Travel is required, which may include making necessary travel arrangments, navigating airports and/or train stations, and driving rented vehicles.

Application Instructions

To apply to this position, please do so via our online application form.

This job description no way states or implies that these are the only duties preformed by the employee occupying this position. Employees may be required to follow instructions and to perform other job-related duties as requested, subject to all applicable state and federal laws. Certain job functions described herein may be subjected to possible modification in accordance with applicable state and federal laws.