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Partnerships Director

University of Oregon

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Partnerships Director

Job no: 528275
Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Administrative/Professional, Education

Department: College of Education, HEDCO Clinic
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $100,000 - $135,000 per year
Compensation Band: OS-OA11-Fiscal Year 2021-2022
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins
October 26, 2021; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Complete applications must include a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references.

Department Summary
The HEDCO Institute is a research and outreach unit within the University of Oregon (UO) College of Education (COE), which aims to close the gap between educational research and practice. The HEDCO Institute's core mechanism for improving practice is through the conduct of authoritative rapid evidence reviews and research syntheses that meet the immediate decision-making demands of local, state, and national school leaders. The work of the HEDCO Institute is carried out by a team of faculty and staff who work collaboratively with affiliated faculty at the UO and an external advisory board comprised of research and policy partner institutions, school leadership organizations, professional societies, foundations, and business and industry partners. The HEDCO Institute also provides research and outreach training and experience to students from across the COE and the UO.

The UO COE is organized in four academic departments and 14 research and outreach units. All departments include both tenure and career non-tenure track faculty, as well as graduate and undergraduate programs addressing the full range of issues present in educational and social systems. Our faculty are devoted to inspiring and mentoring the approximately 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students in the COE who will be the next generation of educational and social science leaders. A range of academic degrees and majors are offered, including communication disorders and sciences, elementary and secondary education, school psychology, counseling psychology, couples and family therapy, special education, education studies, administrators, and research methodologists. As noted in our mission statement, COE faculty, staff, and students are committed to developing and validating programs that prepare scholars and practitioners, while promoting respect for diversity, equitable opportunities, and inclusive environments. The COE is currently ranked 5th among all public institutions, and 14th among all public and private institutions nationally (U.S. News and World Report, 2019). College of Education graduate programs are some of the highest ranked in the country for both research scholarship and graduate education, including the Educational Leadership, Counseling Psychology, School Psychology, and Special Education Programs. Faculty are dedicated to enhancing multicultural competencies, promoting social justice, and promoting education and prevention sciences and practices.

The HEDCO Institute is a central research and outreach unit in the COE that operates within the Dean's Office. Functions of the HEDCO Institute thus facilitate the success of the entire college as well as external alumni, donors, and community partners.

Position Summary
The HEDCO Institute Partnerships Director develops and maintains the Institute's external partnerships with K-12 school leadership organizations, school districts, professional societies, foundations, research and policy institutions, and business and industry partners. This position plays a critical role in elevating the Institute's national reputation as a K-12 education research to practice thought leader. The Partnerships Director will forge new partnerships with K-12 education stakeholders around the country, foster good relations, and maintain deep engagement with organizations that align with or have an impact on the Institute's strategic vision, priorities, or research agendas. This position will share responsibility for formulating and implementing the Institute's strategic approach to stakeholder engagement along with the Institute's Executive Director. The Partnerships Director will identify outreach opportunities for the Institute and act as the Institute's spokesperson at local, state, and national meetings and other public forums.

The Partnerships Director works both independently and under the direction of the Executive Director. This position will need to work collaboratively with a wide variety of individuals and organizations and must be comfortable and competent interfacing with diverse stakeholders as a representative and spokesperson for the Institute. This position will formulate and carry out management decisions as well as make discretionary decisions in public-facing situations.

This position will require travel up to 50% of the time and frequently works outside of normal business hours to attend weekend and evening events throughout the country, including overnight travel.

There is potential for this position to be fully or partially remote.

Minimum Requirements



  • Master's degree in Education or Education Policy, or terminal degree in Law, Public Policy, or other related field
  • Five years of experience in community relations, policy development and advocacy, research translation, or other stakeholder engagement

    Professional Competencies
  • Knowledge of education or social science research methods, policy research, or other related research methodologies
  • Knowledge of practice issues or challenges facing education and education leaders nationally
  • Commitment to, and experience with, promoting and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills, including effective presentation skills
  • Solutions-oriented, flexible, and skilled in collaborative approaches
  • Demonstrated ability to work with efficiency and diplomacy as part of a team with faculty, staff, and students
  • Significant experience in strategic planning and strategy implementation
  • Demonstrated ability to make connections across campus and with external stakeholders to achieve strategic objectives
  • Expert proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and proficient with other collaboration tools

    Preferred Qualifications
  • Doctoral degree in Education, Education Policy, or related field
  • Eight-plus years of experience in community relations, research translation, or other stakeholder engagement
  • Experience collaborating with school leaders, teachers, education professionals, and other diverse constituency groups
  • Experience in the conduct or administration of education-related research
  • Extensive knowledge of K-12 education research and evidence-based practices
  • Extensive knowledge of state and federal education policies
  • Experience with evidence synthesis, meta-analysis, and/or systematic reviewing

    FLSA Exempt: Yes

    All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

    The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

    The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at [email protected] or 541-346-5112.

    UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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