Vice President, External Relations

Bentley University invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Vice President, External Relations.

Bentley University is one of the nation's leading business schools, dedicated to graduating future business leaders who possess exceptional professional skills, along with a broad global perspective and high ethical standards. From humble beginnings as a local accounting school, Bentley has risen to become one of the country’s leading top professional schools offering undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees. U.S. News & World Report now ranks Bentley No. 2 on its list of best undergraduate programs among regional universities in the North. The Princeton Review places Bentley among the top three colleges in career placement, while Money Magazine lists it as the twelfth best institutions for business majors. Located on a classic New England campus just minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of scholars, professionals, and creative thinkers with a history of innovative educational practices. Blending business, technology and the liberal arts, Bentley provides students with relevant, practical, and transferable skills. Its motto is "Paratus," Latin for "Prepared."

The Vice President, External Relations (VPER) is a new position for Bentley University, and will report directly to President Alison Davis-Blake. The units reporting to this position are those most engaged with Bentley’s corporate partners and include Career Services, Executive Education, Center for Women in Business (CWB).  The VPER will have comprehensive oversight of these units, including responsibility for setting and implementing strategy, identifying growth opportunities, and managing resources. The goal of the VPER is to coordinate the activities of these units, along with other centers and academic programs on campus, so that the experience of each corporate or other partner with Bentley is well coordinated, unified, and focused on generating value both for the partner and for Bentley. In addition, the VPER will work collectively across the institution with faculty, staff, and other University leaders to help strengthen the breadth and depth of Bentley’s reputation to both internal and external audiences.

Qualified candidates may come from a number of professional backgrounds but will have at least ten years of relevant experience in leadership at management at an executive level. In addition, qualified candidates will have proven relationship acumen and an ability to grow and diversify a portfolio that focuses on C-suite decision makers and their senior leadership teams.  A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is strongly preferred.

Nominations and expressions of interest will be received until a list of candidates is put forward for final consideration.

Review of candidates will begin immediately. Applications and nominations may be sent to:

Bentley University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, building strength through diversity. The University is committed to building a community of talented students, faculty and staff who reflect the diversity of global business. We strongly encourage applications from persons from underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities, covered veterans and those with diverse experiences and backgrounds. We strive to create a campus community that welcomes the exchange of ideas and fosters a culture that values differences and views them as a strength in our community.