Executive Director of the Transportation Institute

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Academic Administration, Business Operations / Services

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The University of Denver is searching for an Executive Director of the Transportation Institute (DTI). This position functions as the CEO of the Transportation Institute (DTI) and is responsible for the implementation of policies and programs set forth by the University and in consultation with the DTI Board of Directors. As such, the Executive Director participates in all DTI board meetings and is accountable to present the DTI strategy and agenda to the University and the DTI board, seek and incorporate feedback, and deliver and communicate on-going results and progress against DTI strategy and goals.

Position Summary

The Executive Director reports directly to the Dean of University College; it is a position that is selected jointly by the University (Dean of University College) and the DTI board and serves at the pleasure of the University (Dean of University College). This position works closely with the DTI Board Chair, the DTI Board President, and the DTI Board Executive Committee. This position provides general oversight, management, and financial and operational administration of DTI, an interdisciplinary academic unit within the college of professional and continuing studies, University College, in partnership with the transportation industry, which is represented by the fifty-member board with senior representatives from transportation and supply chain industry.

The Executive Director will engage in positive, productive, professional, and interpersonal relationships throughout the University, with the DTI Board, alumni, students, and with external constituencies. The role requires diplomacy to establish and maintain cohesive, productive relationships at the greater University, with corporate partners, and with the community. The successful candidate must be willing to be a part of and promote an inclusive team and work culture and demonstrate results-oriented leadership.

Depending on the background of the candidate, the opportunity for a one-year appointment as a faculty member, renewable annually, in the teaching professor series may be possible. Should faculty status be awarded, the individual will have teaching responsibilities in the program. With the faculty appointment the primary affiliation for employment status and benefits will be as a faculty, not staff, member.

Essential Functions

Strategic Leadership of DTI

  • Create and execute the DTI strategic plan with input and support from the DTI Board of Directors.
  • Ensure the activities and endeavors of DTI are consistent with the mission and values of the Transportation Institute.
  • Manage Institute financial performance to meet agreed upon budgetary expectations.
  • Create a culture and environment at DTI that emulates what best in class companies in the Transportation Industry are achieving; high collaboration, high engagement with employees, and high intensity and commitment to positive results and achievement of goals.

Master’s Program and other Educational Programs

  • Recruit students and manage recruiting efforts for the DTI Executive Master’s program.
  • Oversee the DTI board scholarship program.
  • Oversee successful delivery of all education programs; DTI Executive Master’s program and other DTI educational programs as deemed appropriate, such as certificates and seminars.
  • Work with the DTI faculty directors of supply chain and Executive Masters programs to ensure educational and academic content, program design, and program delivery is at the highest level of quality and will consistently meet the needs of the students and the industry and compare favorably with similar programs offered elsewhere.
  • Work with the DTI faculty directors of supply chain program development and curriculum to recruit and evaluate faculty to ensure a high level of academic rigor required by the University.
  • Oversee and coordinate external communications and marketing plans, including the management of external communication resources. Ensure proper branding, placement and effectiveness of external communications strategy in alignment with overall DTI strategic goals.
  • Conduct a high level of engagement with DTI board and non-board transportation and supply chain organizations to recruit students and evaluate organizational talent development needs in order to grow additional programs to diversify and augment the Master’s program and provide a base of potential student candidates for the Masters programs.

DTI Board Facilitation and Administration

  • Direct the administration, organization, and oversight of all board-related meetings, conference calls, committee meetings, events and seminars according to University policies and procedures.
  • Provide administrative assistance, appropriate information, and the necessary reports through the DTI office to support the board.
  • Administer the DTI board annual giving programs.
  • Work with DTI Board President to raise scholarship funds to support DTI students.
  • Manage the DTI board membership procedures; maintain files, prepare and implement elections, prepare board welcome packets and board retirement letters.
  • Under the direction and with the approval of the DTI board chair, oversee the organization of the two board meetings held each year through the DTI office including; inviting guest speakers, setting the agenda, preparing the reports, printing the programs, organizing the board committees through the DTI office. The fall board meeting is held at the University of Denver and the spring board meeting is held in various cities.
  • Present administrative and budgetary reports on DTI and its programs to the DTI board at each of the respective board meetings.
  • Recommend new policies, programs, and action plans that are consistent with the vision of DTI.
  • Establish and maintain an effective system of communication with the DTI board.
  • Serve as a liaison and representative of the board to the University community and represent the board and DTI to the local transportation community.
  • Administer transportation-related grants involving DTI.

DTI Office Management and Development

  • Develop the budget for the overall DTI program and provide annual updates.
  • Oversee the administration of the DTI office and its programs, according to the DTI mission and goals as agreed upon by the DTI board and the University.
  • Provide leadership in the development and the implementation of the short- and long-range strategic plans, policies, and other activities to successfully execute goals and objectives.
  • Oversee the development of all DTI budgets, according to University procedures and for submission and review by the DTI board and the Dean and Director of Budget of University College.
  • Ensure compliance with approved budgets and administer fiscal responsibility in the implementation of DTI programs and activities.
  • Supervise the staff of the DTI office, hiring additional staff when programs require and resources are available.
  • Review current practices and methods and initiate new ones to encourage program growth and development, improve efficiency, and grow revenue.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret industry literature, professional journals, technical procedures, and/or government regulations.
  • Ability to create and utilize analytics to inform decision-making.
  • Strong administrative, financial, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
  • Proven ability to develop mutually beneficial relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to work effectively with diverse communities.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; a style that creates a collaborative work environment, promotes high employee engagement, demonstrates the ability to coach and develop team members and deliver high performance that meets or exceeds annual goals
  • Ability to interact and build strong personal relationships with Board members and senior executives in the Transportation and Supply Chain Industry
  • Ability to establish strong transportation industry network
  • Demonstrated experience in: team building, personnel development, management of budgets, and proficiency in computer applications
  • Ability to write reports and business correspondence and effectively present information to varied constituents.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • 7 years business-related management/administrative experience.
  • Experience working with diverse stakeholders, including executives, faculty, board of directors, and community groups.
  • Demonstrated experience in the transportation industry, including public/private sectors, passenger and freight, carrier operations and shipper operations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's and/or PhD in transportation or business related field.
  • 10 years management/leadership experience in the transportation industry.
  • Board and/or public policy relationship management experience in the transportation industry.
  • Teaching and/or education administrative experience in non-traditional and professional education programs.
  • Established strong transportation industry network.
  • Experience in marketing communication to support student and board recruiting and public policy forums.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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