FT Temporary Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement

FT Temporary Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement


Johnston Community College
245 College Road
Smithfield, NC 27577
Phone: 919-934-3051

Job Location

Main Campus - Smithfield, NC 


$61,500.00 - $91,500.00 Annually



Job Category

  • Professional

Application Period

Opens: Thursday, April 15, 2021
Closes: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Target Start Date

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Expected Work Hours

M-Th 7:30 am - 5:00 p.m./Friday 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m./Evenings and weekends as needed

Employment Type

Full Time Temporary

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum & Preferred Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education Minimum:  Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and/or Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, or a comparable degree.
Education Preferred:  Master’s degree in Public Administration and/or Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, or a comparable degree.
Experience Minimum:  At least seven (7) years of progressive leadership responsibilities and experience managing in a complex, dynamic environment. 
Experience Preferred:  Ten (10) years or more of experience in a higher education setting developing learning opportunities and managing professional facilities.

Preferred Qualifications


Position Description

The Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement will assist with defining and executing strategies on which Johnston Community College can strengthen the College’s reach in the external community and with internal stakeholders. The Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement will develop and lead a community engagement strategy that informs and empowers the campus community, residents of Johnston County, and business and industry partners to work collaboratively to address complex issues that impact education, talent pipeline development, economic prosperity, and/or quality of life.  This is a leadership position that will interface with all internal and external partners. Johnston Community College is seeking a talented and highly motivated individual to work closely with the Vice President of Advancement and Community Relations to design and implement systems for collaboration with stakeholders that drive outstanding results. This role will have both externally and internally facing responsibilities as a thought-partner, strategist and operator in the organization. This is a new role in the college and is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who thrives in an entrepreneurial environment, is a natural problem-solver and relationship-builder, and is passionate about developing programming and systems to support a growing and results-driven organization. This role reports directly to and serves as a critical thought-partner to the Vice President of Advancement and Community Relations.


Knowledge & Responsibilities:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for leadership of the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium (PAJA).
  • Responsible for developing a comprehensive strategic plan for PAJA.
  • Works collaboratively with other auxiliary staff for Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center, Frank Creech Art Gallery, and the Arboretum to assess, plan and implement an entrepreneurial approach to operations and programming.
  • Prepares and implements strategic revenue generation plans to align with mission-critical areas of the College.
  • Responsible for meeting annual goals, both financial and programmatic, based on the strategic plan.
  • Responsible for working closely with Instruction Division to develop non-credit units as relating to the PAJA and other Auxiliary Services.
  • Responsible for working closely with the Instruction Division and other areas of the College to launch new programs and initiatives. 
  • Collaborates across JCC to assist in creating a transformative student experience.
  • Builds networks of relationships with internal and external stakeholders to identify promising new strategic initiatives.
  • Builds strong relationship with Communications and Marketing Department to guarantee appropriate marketing of all events internally and externally. 
  • Responsible for the oversight of planning, coordinating, and implementing college-wide events, fundraising initiatives and programs by closely partnering with campus leadership, development colleagues, and community members.  
  • Works directly with Development and Foundation Staff to achieve necessary corporate sponsorship and philanthropic goals.  
  • Prepares and implements strategic revenue plans that align with mission-critical needs of the College and is responsible for meeting annual goals based on prospect discovery, constituent qualifications, corporate solicitations and creative proposals to meet the needs of the College and the donor. 
  • Will achieve annual unrestricted and restricted fundraising and program goals; monitoring progress against goals and working with Advancement Data Applications Analyst to produce necessary reports.
  • Will work collaboratively with Registrar’s Office to create Non-credit database to be used for outreach purposes.


  • Serves as co-collaborator with Senior Director of Communications and Marketing and Director of Annual Fund and Advancement Communications regarding creation and dissemination of strategic communications.
  • Serves a leadership role in developing event and facilities rental marketing plans,


  • Demonstrated success managing complex projects while using a broad range of skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to use data to guide strategies and improve processes. 
  • Proven ability to lead with direct authority and through influence, including collaborating across peer leadership groups and deploying resources to support individual units as well as a college-wide narrative. Ability to forge effective relationships, influence, and collaborate internally and externally at all levels.
  • Demonstrated political savvy in identifying influencers in the broader public context, and in achieving positive public relations impact among outside stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience designing and executing a strategic operational plan(s) in a large, complex, decentralized organization with varied priorities and stakeholders.
  • Experience managing teams and budgets in a highly complex organization. This includes experience hiring, developing, and retaining high-performing professional teams, as well as evaluation and retention of and change management for existing teams.
  • Outstanding management and planning skills, including the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent and nuanced writing ability and range. Strong interpersonal skills and persuasive presentation and public speaking skills.
  • Supports and promotes the values of culture, diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
  • Ensures the confidentiality of personal and sensitive information, safeguarding the integrity of such information for the College.
  • Maintains relations with organizations and associations for professional growth and the benefit of the College. 
  • Awareness of, respect for, and adherence to Johnston Community College policies and procedures.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends required.

Supervisory Responsibilities:  This position will directly supervise four staff members.


Additional Information:

Language Skills

  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.

Mathematical Skills

  • Knowledge of budgeting and fund management principles.

Reasoning Ability

  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
  • Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Computer Skills
To perform this job successfully, an individual should be proficient in Microsoft Office, photo editing and graphic design software such as Adobe Creative Suite, and social media management tools.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Physical Demands 
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands and fingers, reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear and is frequently required to stand; walk; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
Work Environment 
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

How to Apply

Please apply directly through our website:  https://www.johnstoncc.edu/employment/index.aspx

Job Post Contact

Human Resources