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Strategic Partnerships Manager- Minnesota Market

Western Governors University
Job Location:
Salt Lake City, Utah
Economic and Business Development

Job Type: Full time

Job Number: JR-008631

Location: Home Office

If you're passionate about building a better future for individuals, communities, and our country-and you're committed to working hard to play your part in building that future-consider WGU as the next step in your career.

Driven by a mission to expand access to higher education through online, competency-based degree programs, WGU is also committed to being a great place to work for a diverse workforce of student-focused professionals. The university has pioneered a new way to learn in the 21st century, one that has received praise from academic, industry, government, and media leaders. Whatever your role, working for WGU gives you a part to play in helping students graduate, creating a better tomorrow for themselves and their families.

The Role:

We are hiring a Strategic Partnerships Manager role to be performed remotely, from the Minneapolis or St. Paul, Minnesota area.

As a Strategic Partnerships Manager you will expand the impact and network of our academic and employer relationships to support the University's vision. Our partnership efforts increase market reach and student access, improving the affordability of tuition and enhancing the student experience. In this role, you will develop and grow our partners in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota area and surrounding locations, promoting the value of WGU's educational programs, and executing a flywheel approach to effectively benefit both the university and its partners. You will report to the Sr. Manager of Strategic Partnership for our Midwest Region.

What you will do...
  • Develop deep partnerships to increase our reach and educational impact

  • Execute a relevant, strategic partnership plan for every partnership owned; ensure there is a successful launch and maintenance of the partnership, and that the project timelines, student impact, and business results are achieved

  • Deliver presentations to potential partners, incorporating a flywheel approach

  • Research, recommend, attend, and participate in appropriate regional professional organizations or events to represent WGU and extend our reach

  • Collaborate with Marketing and College teams to support participation in national events located within the region. Incorporate consistent utilization of marketing and partnership communication that will enhance WGU being top of mind for educational opportunities

  • Plan and participate in WGU hosted events. Participation includes pre-event efforts to secure partner participation and marketing of the event to appropriate audiences. Support the day-of activities and complete follow-up tasks

  • Maintain timely, accurate and thorough documentation of all activities, tasks, contacts, and account management. Monitor assigned budget and provide recommendations regarding resources needed to meet established goals

  • In collaboration with regional leadership, develop and support engaged alumni to represent WGU within their places of employment or other opportunities, within your assigned region

  • Contribute to the team's success by planning, organizing, and developing work processes; identifying and implementing improvements; and leading team projects

  • Network with prospective students through installation job and education fairs, family day orientation programs, and local education seminars.

What you will need...
  • A bachelor's degree; Business Administration, Management, Higher Education, or related fields preferred

  • 5+ years' experience in business development or strategic account management with a record of high performance in solution selling across multiple verticals. Or experience in higher education environment, military, or department of veteran affairs. (Advanced degrees may lower years of experience)

  • Knowledge of either Salesforce, ZoomInfo, or Microsoft Office Suite

  • Strong military and business networks (preferred)

  • Broad knowledge of project management (preferred)

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with a proven ability to deal with others in a considerate, respectful, and unbiased manner; approach conflict proactively; solicit and share feedback openly; listen with empathy; and maintain composure

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, particularly for external audiences

  • Flexibility, with a proven ability to adapt behaviors and communication style to meet differing needs and be comfortable with ambiguity

  • Ability to effectively negotiate and influence

  • Ability to work independently and foster a cooperative spirit within a team of diverse cultures, while working in an adaptive environment with competing deadlines and frequently changing priorities

  • High level of professionalism and ability to handle confidential information

  • A passion for improving the educational experiences of our students

Why Join WGU?
  • You will be part of a diverse, inclusive workforce, dedicated to creating pathways to a better life for our students by expanding access to education. We commit to creating an inclusive environment where all can thrive, regardless of race, age, gender orientation, sexual orientation, religion, or disability.

  • We provide comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits

  • We offer generous retirement and health-saving-account company contributions

  • We offer paid time off, and depending on role, options for flexible and remote work

  • We offer heavily discounted WGU tuition for you and your family

Applicants with disabilities who need assistance with the hiring process may be entitled to reasonable accommodation in accordance with applicable law. If you need assistance in completing an application or participating in an interview because of a disability, please contact our Talent Acquisition team at

**Current WGU employees will need to apply through our internal job board by 10/15/2021 to be considered**

As an equal opportunity employer, WGU recognizes that our strength lies in our people. We are committed to diversity.

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