Employment Opportunities

The University's best practices is to build and/or support student academic success and retention, and assist in meeting strategic objectives for persistence and timely graduation of all the student population.

Assistant Director of Corporate Engagement

Apply now Job no: 511144
Work type: Staff Full Time
Categories: Other Staff Positions

OFFICIAL JOB TITLE: Assistant Director of Corporate Engagement                        

DIVISION: Advancement

DEPARTMENT:  Development


FLSA STATUS:  Exempt                                                        

EEO STATUS: 35             

JOB CODE: 1965

REPORTS TO:  The Director of Corporate Engagement and Institutional Partnerships with a temporary, secondary reporting relationship to the Executive Director of Government Relations (PI of EDA Grant) while working on the EDA grant.

SUPERVISES: Research Assistants and other staff as needed.

SALARY: ESU Salary Ranges

BENEFITS: Benefits

SUMMARY PURPOSE OF POSITION: The Assistant Director of Corporate Engagement will assist with the development of the University’s strategic priorities by providing research and outreach support, including but not limited to the EDA-funded Southeastern Massachusetts Marine Science and Technology (MST) Corridor initiative. Provide the University with expertise in a number of substantive areas including but not limited to: program evaluation and development, regional economic development, regional innovation ecosystems, and workforce development research and initiatives. The incumbent will assist with the development of relationships amongst University faculty/staff, government, and regional businesses in the furtherance of the development of a regional innovation ecosystem, with special attention paid to marine science and technology opportunities.

Follows the University’s best practices to build and/or support student academic success and retention, and assist in meeting strategic objectives for persistence and timely graduation of all the student population.


  • Develop and analyze information to support the University’s economic development and outreach activities, including but not limited to the EDA-funded Southeastern Massachusetts Marine Science and Technology (MST) Corridor initiative.
  • Participate, advise, and research data in support of building and developing relationship with local businesses especially with the MST Corridor Alliance’s sustainability plan and the 10 year strategy.
  • Assist develop, implement and evaluate strategies and programs to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward institutional partners and prospect relationships to achieve the strategic priorities and foundation needs related to the University’s strategic priorities and the Advancement Division objectives.
  • Assist in the development and management of programmatic activities to strengthen region’s MST cluster, recommended by PI and Alliance Members.
  • Coordinate, research and remain up to date on the latest grant opportunities, including Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs and, where appropriate, bring these to the attention of the blue tech firms in the region.
  • Identify University, federal, state, and local resources useful for the development of the region’s bluetech cluster.
  • As a representative of the University: build connections and foster relationships on and off-campus in support of growing the regional blue economy and facilitating overall corporate engagement.
  • Provide leadership, direction and consultation to faculty and administration to engage the in economic development activities.
  • Explore and identify new markets and leads, and conduct corporate outreach to the region’s blue economy clusters, enhancing UMass-D and the Alliance’s corporate relationships.
  • Assist the Director with creating long range plans for outreach and development, and related standards/objectives.  
  • Cultivate and maintain effective relations and partnerships with key contacts   within municipalities, non-profit organizations, and other internal and external stakeholders to identify emerging opportunities and needs.
  • Prepare charts, tables, maps, memoranda, reports, and presentations; create, develop and manage databases.
  • Present research findings to industry/regional stakeholders as needed.
  • Assist PI in the development of the MST Corridor Alliance website, marketing, and social media content.
  • Other duties as assigned.


EDUCATION:  Master's degree in Economics, Public Policy, Planning, Business, or a related discipline.  


  • Demonstrated experience (over three years) in a combination of market development, data research and analysis, report preparation and publishing, project management, or other related experience.
  • Experience working with and developing primary and secondary data sets.

OTHER: The incumbent may need periodically to work irregular hours. Some local and regional travel will be required.


  • Knowledge of the region’s marine science and technology cluster, workforce needs, and research assets/opportunities.
  • Proficient in the use of professional office software, specialized software such as for GIS, statistical analysis, economic impact models, and other relevant analytical software.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Ability to work and manage projects independently.
  • Ability to participate in and manage several different projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to meet project deadlines.
  • Flexibility and adaptability; ability to persist with projects amid uncertainty.
  • Ability to perform under pressure in a high intensity work environment with public visibility.


  • Five or more years of relevant experience
  • Experience developing successful grant proposals.
  • Experience developing strong relationships with funders and other partners.
  • Experience supervising junior staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to present research findings in public settings and to write clearly and persuasively.

Effective September 27, 2021, UMass Dartmouth requires that all members of the campus community are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and provide proof of vaccination.

Applicants must be authorized for employment in the U.S. on a full time basis. Employment-based visa sponsorship not available.

To apply please submit a letter of interest, current resume and the contact information for three professional references.


The deadline for INTERNALS to apply is December 3, 2021.

The review of applications will begin December 4, 2021.

Advertised: Eastern Standard Time
Applications close:

Back to search results Apply now Refer a friend

Share this:

| More