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The Universities at Shady Grove (USG) offers nearly 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs from nine Maryland public universities on one convenient campus in Montgomery County.USG helps prepare students for rewarding careers in the region’s most high-demand fields. Students who successfully complete their coursework on the USG campus graduate with a degree from one of its nine partner universities. Through on-campus services such as academic coaching, career advising, internship preparation, personal counseling, and leadership training, students leave the USG campus with the academic skills and real-world experiences needed for successful careers.

The Program Director, Business Engagement serves as a business engagement innovator, liaison, and ambassador for the Universities at Shady Grove (USG). This position has primary responsibility for facilitating and executing the strategic management of corporate partnerships locally and regionally to advance the USG Promise. This position is a vital partner in the successful implementation of USG’s business and employer engagement strategy with its nine university partners and industry hubs.

The Program Director works in tandem with the Chief Advancement Officer, Executive Director, and other USG Executive Council members and university partners, or in some cases independently, to develop and support appropriate program concepts and strategies for partnerships that support student academics, work experiences, career readiness, and entry into careers following graduation. Employer engagement innovations are critical to academic program development and expansion, investment in pathways and pipelines to meet employment demand, and research related to the USG model and Promise. The Program Director, Business Engagement works to build a team culture built on trust, collaboration, and performance; understanding both internal and external colleagues’ goals and identifying appropriate and innovative opportunities for support; ensuring diversity of experience and opportunity.

POSTING DATE: 11/17/2022

BEST CONSIDERATION DATE: 12/17/2022. Open until filled.


Please visit https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/102033


Education Required

  • Master’s degree required.

Experience Required

  • A minimum of 10 years of related experience is required, three years of which include experience serving as a primary relationship manager for a significant portfolio of trade associations or chambers related to various industries, or, three years of which include direct fundraising or donor relations experience.


  • Skills in communication and presentations, both written and verbal
  • Ability to initiate collaborations
  • Ability to ensure stakeholder engagement (internal and external)
  • Ability to deliver on the Promise under USG 2.0 through innovation and creativity
  • Ability to think as an entrepreneur
  • Ability to leverage messaging and relationships
  • Ability to work non-traditional hours and attend events outside of the standard workweek
  • Local and National travel may be required
  • Knowledge of STEM-related industry workforce needs


  • Degree in Business, Economics, Public Policy, or a related field.
  • Experience in partnership building between educational institutions, businesses, and community organizations.


  • Ability to work non-traditional hours and attend events outside of the standard work week
  • Predominantly sedentary position/work; work is performed in an office environment and requires the ability to sit for an extended time and operate standard office equipment and keyboards
  • Ability to communicate with external and internal stakeholders
  • Local and national travel may be required


This position is located in Rockville, MD


The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University requires that students, faculty, and staff on the UMD campus be vaccinated against COVID-19. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at return.umd.edu and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment. Failure to provide proof of vaccination or to obtain approval for a medical or religious exemption will result in the offer of employment being rescinded.


Offers of employment are contingent on the completion of a background check. Information reported by the background check will not automatically disqualify you from employment.