Director, Business in a Digital World Initiative (Program Director II)

Posted Date 2 weeks ago(7/7/2021 7:55 PM)
Number of Openings
Closing Date
Application review will begin end of July/early August
Type of Search
Who May Apply
This position is open to all qualified applicants.
Position Number
Opus College of Business - OCB
FLSA Status
Employment Type
Full-Time Staff
Assigned Months per Year
Benefits Eligible


The University of St. Thomas invites qualified candidates to apply for the Director, Business in a Digital World Initiative position within the Opus College of Business.


The University of St. Thomas embraces diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity for all. Our convictions of dignity, diversity and personal attention call us to embody and champion a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment.  We welcome applicants of diverse races, ethnicities, geographic origins, gender identities, ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, religions, work experience, physical and intellectual abilities, and financial means. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. This commitment is consistent with our mission to inspire our students, using the Catholic intellectual tradition, to think critically, work skillfully, and act wisely – all for the common good.  A successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission.



The University of St. Thomas offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program, which includes:

  • Up to 100% tuition remission for employees, spouses, and dependents upon eligibility
  • A generous Employer retirement contribution of 9.4% of annual salary upon eligibility
  • Medical, dental, and vision options
  • Employer-paid disability, life, and AD&D benefits



The director is responsible for the overall development and delivery of co-curricular educational offerings and outreach in support of the Opus College of Business’ Business in a Digital World (BDW) initiative. This grant-funded initiative exists to “develop leaders who understand the enormous power and potential of emerging technologies in business and society, and who can responsibly harness that power for the common good.” Educational offerings will reinforce managerial competencies related to responsible digital transformation, including navigating a problem space, building digital/tech literacy, and managing associated risks. Offerings will be targeted at both external constituencies, including alumni and business and non-profit communities, as well as internal audiences, including undergraduate and graduate students and faculty and staff across the university. Offerings comprise a diverse series of non-credit signature learning experiences (4-week immersive programs, hackathons, speaker series, MeetUps, etc.) and Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE) offerings. These programs are offered as complements to academic programming and extend the visibility and impact of management education at the Opus College.


The director will also lead outreach and promotional efforts to elevate awareness for the BDW initiative, one of the strategic initiatives at the Opus College. This will include outreach within the business, non-profit, and philanthropic community to build partnerships, co-created learning experiences, or donor engagement in support of the work. This will also include partnering with the University’s Marketing, Insights, and Communications group to develop and execute a marketing plan to raise visibility for this work and support the College’s value proposition around contemporary, real world management education.


Reporting to the Opus College dean, the director will work in partnership with the Academic Director of the BDW initiative to set initiative priorities and goals, lead the implementation of key initiatives, and manage innovation and continuous improvement efforts. The director will oversee contracted industry fellows, staff, and student workers and manage complex external and internal partnerships to successfully develop and deliver these offerings. The director will also engage regularly with shared services staff in marketing, student services, academic operations, CAPE, instructional innovation, advancement, and alumni relations to achieve program outcomes.


Some local and national travel required (5-10 % annually).



1.  Initiative leadership:  Develops initiative-level priorities and goals in partnership with Opus College Dean and Academic Director, then takes the lead in delivering key co-curricular educational offerings. Determine and deliver new revenue models to sustain the initiative and contribute financially to the Opus College. Sets project priorities, determines resource allocation, and monitors progress. Maintains overall responsibility for engagement goals, quality and participant satisfaction. Works with internal shared services and business partners to deliver product and establish a strong partnership.  Consistently evaluates offerings for future opportunities and improvement.


2.  Initiative management: Develops and delivers offerings including 4-week immersive programs, hackathons, speaker series, CAPE courses, etc. Works with a team of contracted industry fellows, shared service professionals, student workers and external collaborators. Leads team by assigning work, assessing progress, addressing challenges, and problem-solving solutions. Pursues partnerships and collaborations within and outside the University that promote the ability to develop and deliver impactful offerings.  Represents the Opus College and the BDW initiative with faculty, staff, the University, and external partners.


3.  Learning and development: Maintains expertise in responsible digital transformation, the application of emerging technologies in business, and management through ongoing learning and development. Attends and presents at relevant conferences and events. Engages meaningfully in related industry associations. Serves as key spokesperson for BDW initiative with media.


4.  Promotion: Drives promotional efforts for student, alumni, faculty/staff engagement in BDW educational offerings. Engages with University Marketing, Insights and Communication team to develop and deliver communication and public relations campaigns that highlight BDW activity. Serves as subject matter expert on educational initiatives.

5.  Financial management and reporting:  Manage the development of an annual operating budget for the BDW initiative and monitors expenditures. Partners with finance team to prioritize and track expenditures against budget.  Works closely with Dean and Director of Development to manage communications with major university donors who are funding BDW initiatives. Prepares and provides regular updates on BDW initiative for internal and external stakeholders.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
  • Seven years of relevant professional experience
  • Must be able to travel both locally and nationally

An equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills have been acquired may be substituted.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field
  • Relevant professional experience in technology management, consulting, or higher education administration
  • Knowledge of and experience with the application of technology solutions, digital transformation and/or emergent technologies
  • Experience working with college students and/or early career professionals in a team, project-based environment
  • Proven project management skills
  • Experience managing partnerships to drive meaningful outcomes



All interested candidates must apply online at Follow the instructions to complete an online application which includes creating or updating an applicant profile, uploading a resume, and completing a job specific application.


In light of its commitment to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, employment with the University of St. Thomas requires consent and successful completion of a background screening.

The University of St. Thomas, Minnesota Human Resources Department advertises the official job listing on its website at


The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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