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Executive Leadership

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Davenport University cultivates a community where similarities and differences are understood, respected and valued. We actively promote full participation of all community members and seek multiple perspectives and diversity of thought.  Diversity, equity and inclusion is the framework for the way we engage talent and use resources, including physical and fiscal, to conduct business as we equip students, faculty and staff for an inclusive way of being and leading in the world. Davenport University's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion has been recognized with the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, as well as the Hispanic Advocate Award in 2014 and the 2016 Giving Back Award. 


Vice President for Detroit Campus and Strategic Partnerships

Davenport is a private, non-profit university focused on offering a practical curriculum and the latest degree programs. We specialize in preparing students for today’s careers in business, technology and health professions. Davenport University is a leader and innovator amongst Higher Education institutions. Davenport aspires to be renowned as a quality institution of higher education that understands the market better than any other institution. We strive to apply that understanding to our programs and teaching, preparing Davenport and its graduates to exceed employer expectations, transform communities, and change lives by believing that every person can achieve his or her dream.

Job Title: Vice President for Detroit Campus and Strategic Partnerships

Job Summary:

The Vice President for Detroit Campus and Strategic Partnerships is a member of the President’s Leadership Team responsible for the development and execution of strategies and partnerships to meet recruitment and retention goals, and ensure students the opportunity to attain meaningful employment upon graduation. Key success factors includes providing leadership and management for the Detroit Campus operations, as well as building positive student, community, and business relations in order to enhance the University’s visibility and public relations.

The Vice President represents and promotes the University, increasing its visibility and supporting the institution’s mission, vision, cultural values - STAIR and goals.

Responsibility Overview:

  • Develop and implement strategic initiatives and partnerships to advance the University’s mission, vision, values, and strategic plan.

  • Hire, train, manage and develop staff. Provide leadership, support and guidance to campus staff.

  • Effectively lead and manage the enrollment of new and current students.

  • Attain recruitment, retention, graduation and other established goals and objectives.

  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with community leaders, business and industry, local and state officials, other institutions of higher education and local school districts.  Through active participation in local organizations/groups, promote enrollment and corporate services as a means to support the campus and university goals.

  • Identify trends and needs in the community that affect enrollment, corporate partnerships, and general business related activities and provide input into public relations and public policy campaign objectives and initiatives.

  • Develop and maintain a student-centered learning environment of academic excellence.

  • Provide for networking opportunities with area or industry specific employers as a ready source of employment and internships for students.

Qualification Highlights:

  • Master’s degree required in business development, business administration, education, marketing, or other related field.

  • A minimum of five years experience in progressively challenging leadership positions.

  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills, both written and oral, which transcend diverse audiences.

  • Demonstrated motivational and problem solving skills with a high degree of integrity, ethics, and dedication to the mission of the university.

  • Demonstrated ability to promote a multicultural environment, lead diverse groups of people, and obtain cooperation and results through others.

Benefit Offerings:

Davenport University offers a comprehensive array of benefit offerings including medical, dental, and vision plans, generous employer contribution to retirement plan, variable incentive compensation in addition to base salary, tuition benefits, generous paid time off, basic & executive life insurance, salary continuation for personal medical leave and others.

 Additional Information and Application:

Click here to learn more about DU as an employer, the communities in which we serve, our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion vision, full benefits guide, and STAIR, which is the culture in which we are proud to portray.  If you are interested in the opportunity, select the “External Candidates-Search Careers” box which provides the path to viewing the complete job description and application process.

To apply for the position, click here.