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Director of Virginia Tech Southwest Center

Executive / Director / Management, Other, Program/Project Management


Director of Virginia Tech Southwest Center

  • 522950
  • Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
  • Virginia Tech Southwest Center
  • Executive / Director / Management
  • Other
  • Program/Project Management
  • Administrative & Professional
  • Virginia Tech University

Job Description

Based at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Abingdon, the director will report to the associate vice president for engagement and will provide support to the director for the Center for Economic and Community Engagement. The director will serve as an integral member of the Outreach and International Affairs leadership team.
The director:
•Provides leadership, management, and program development for Virginia Tech in the southwest Virginia region.
•Collaborates with university academic departments to develop a comprehensive portfolio of graduate degree programs, undergraduate courses, and noncredit offerings. Provides faculty and departments with market insight on regional needs.
•Supports corporate partners and public agencies in accessing university assets to address economic, research, workforce, and community development needs with the goal of securing funded collaboration opportunities.
•Provides business development through new lead generation and existing client management.
Builds revenue through program creation, expansion, and delivery.
•Partners with regional colleges and universities, public school divisions (K-12), private
foundations, industry, workforce, and economic development agencies to establish a STEM
innovation hub in Southwest Virginia. Develops and delivers turnkey workforce solutions that
expand high need credentials and skills development.
•Participates in community outreach events to promote the center's portfolio of programs and services. Develops programs to enhance alumni relations and engage alumni in center activities in partnership with VT alumni relations office.
•Prepares and manages program budgets. Monitors and evaluates overall effectiveness of
programs and activities, and implements changes for continuous improvement.
•Provides oversight for planning, management, and reporting activities in the region.
•Ensures compliance with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations and university
•Oversees recruitment, training, supervision, professional development, and evaluation of
assigned personnel.
•Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

•Completed bachelor’s degree and significant experience in educational program development,
planning, implementation, administration, and evaluation.
•Demonstrated ability to identify and secure new sources of institutional and external funding.
•Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills.
•Excellent marketing and promotional skills.
•Supervisory experience.
•Excellent organizational and planning skills.
•Demonstrated ability to establish close linkages within the academic community and must
have a keen understanding of the culture of education.
•Ability to create and maintain collaborative relationships.

Preferred Qualifications

Master's degree in a related field.
Familiarity with the technology, economic development, and K-12 communities in the Southwest Virginia region and assets at Virginia Tech.
Experience with the management of applied research or technical assistance projects in a corporate, government, or educational setting.


Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience up to a budget maximum of $90,000

Review Date


Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Scott Weimer at weimers@vt.edu during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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