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Director of Outreach Programs - Fort Wayne

Requisition ID:  15840

Job Summary


The Director of Outreach Programs plays a critical role in the strategic mission and goals of the College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science (ETCS) and Purdue University Fort Wayne. This position is in charge of outreach programs’ communications, marketing, and partnerships with college leaders, faculty, and strategic partners, including K-12 teachers and administrators. This position is also in charge of event logistics and management, along with administrative duties.


This position supervises two staff members working in ETCS outreach programs and reports to the Assistant Dean.


A detailed description of this position’s duties is provided below.


Administrative: 30%


  • Manage Outreach Programs to introduce and maintain the interest of pre-college students in engineering, technology, and computer science (ETCS) fields of study through a schedule of events and activities currently established and new initiatives to achieve College of ETCS goals.
  • Lead in a collaborative environment to implement events by overseeing staff meetings, assigning workload, navigating event processes, and meeting requirements for HR processes, including various staff approvals and assessments.
  • Oversee Outreach accounts to ensure the viability of the Outreach budget; supervise expenditures, purchases, payments, and sign accounting documents.
  • Maintain Outreach income by contacting program sponsors for ongoing support; write grants with PFW Development help; and seek new funding sources.
  • Execute on-the-spot leadership at events: troubleshoot, problem-solve, make decisions, and serve as a servant leader to support staff and volunteers.
  • Participate in the College’s strategic plan efforts and provide information and reports related to outreach activities.

Communication, Marketing, and Partnerships: 30%


  • Interface with college leaders and faculty to keep them apprised of outreach activities, meeting requests, and determine future programming.
  • Communicate effectively with campus and college support staff who are vital to achieving program goals.
  • Serve as the PFW liaison to National, State, or local event partners with whom ETCS plays a crucial role in coordinating competitions, including Future City, FIRST LEGO League, and the DiscoverE Bridge contest.
  • Maintain leadership of the director’s current position on event committees; sustain positive working relationships to accomplish events with partners and volunteers.
  • Write effective informational or persuasive messages for letters, flyers, websites, PowerPoints, and email news to accomplish event needs.
  • Attend educational events to promote programs and the College.
  • Meet with area educators or administrators sharing programs to encourage partnerships.
  • Plan educational opportunities for teachers, guidance counselors, and school administration.
  • Generate College and program visibility strategies by working with staff on news releases, brochures, flyers, website pages, distributions (mailing or emailing), or other means.
  • Establish close partnership with local K-12 and promote the College’s student life-cycle flow strategic initiatives.


Event Logistics and Management: 40%


  • Establish a work schedule to accomplish each event cycle from beginning to end. The preparation includes recruitment, interface with participants/volunteers, providing resources and program information, meeting event guidelines, planning logistics, engaging in pre-event setup, event execution, and post-event tear down, and concluding with a debrief for continuous improvement.
  • Accomplish all responsibilities of a tournament director or competition coordinator before, during, and after events.
  • Develop assessment strategies for participants to determine effective outcomes using data for annual reports, grant proposals, or improving program options.
  • Travel within Indiana for participant recruitment, state meetings, or other situations to represent the College. Travel out-of-state to attend National Competitions and conferences.



  • Bachelor's degree with preferred coursework in organizational communication or leadership, STEM education, engineering, technology, computer science, or related field.
  • Four to five years of experience in managing educational programs and event planning with a record of community engagement, working with volunteers, and oversight of accounts, including fundraising.
  • Demonstrated capacity to maintain and build educational networks.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills.
  • Project management and committee leadership.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize to manage a variety of events and activities simultaneously.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office software; extensively using Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Excel.
  • Ability to interface effectively in virtual settings like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or other similar virtual platforms.
  • Must have a valid driver's license and remain in compliance with the Purdue University Motor Vehicle Records policy




  • Knowledge of pre-college STEM competitions, careers, and area school systems.



Find out why so many are taking advantage of a career at Purdue University Fort Wayne!  Employees enjoy:


  • Free tuition through Purdue University Global
  • Fee remission for a traditional Purdue degree for yourself, spouse, and children
  • Health, Vision, and Dental Insurance
  • Retirement benefits
  • Paid Time Off
  • Support for professional development opportunities
  • Live and work in an affordable, family friendly community


Additional Information:


  • For highest consideration, please submit a resume cover letter, and contact information for three professional references
  • Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position
  • FLSA:  Exempt (Not Eligible for Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility:  Defined Contribution Waiting Period


Purdue University Fort Wayne seeks to develop and nurture its diversity.  Purdue Fort Wayne is committed to maintaining an inclusive community that recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person; fosters tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect.  Purdue Fort Wayne is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Sep 28, 2021

Nearest Major Market: Fort Wayne

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