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The Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise is the outreach arm of UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. Founded in 1985 by visionary entrepreneur and philanthropist Frank Hawkins Kenan, the Institute is the research, outreach, and strategic planning arm of Kenan-Flagler Business School. The nonprofit institute and its affiliated centers convene leaders from the private sector, academic community, and government to build a greater understanding of how the business sector can work for the public good. The Institute’s mission is to develop and promote innovative, market-based solutions to vital economic issues. With the belief that private enterprise is the cornerstone of a prosperous and free society, the Institute fosters the entrepreneurial spirit to stimulate economic prosperity and improve the lives of people in North Carolina, across the country and around the world. 

Diversity, equity, and inclusion is core to the work of the Kenan Institute. We celebrate the multle dimensions that each individual shares and believe that diversity among our faculty and staff is paramount to ensuring the greatest possible impact of our work. We encourage all qualified individuals interested to apply to any open position. 

Assistant Director of Business Development

Application Deadline: 02/13/2023

The Assistant Director of Business Development will build new relationships and expand existing partnerships with corporations to advance the mission of the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. The Assistant Director will also act as a liaison between the institute and its business partners with the goal of further developing the organization’s unique brand of thought leadership in the corporate community. Specifically, the Assistant Director will work to:

  • Develop and execute a corporate engagement strategy on behalf of the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, in concert with other partners at the Kenan-Flagler Business School.
  • Develop and grow deep, sustainable corporate partnerships essential to the long term advancement of the Institute and its affiliated centers
  • Directly solicit, cultivate, engage, and steward partnerships, corporate members, sponsors and other champions for the Institute’s programs and interests.
  • Provide key program management expertise to corporate partnership programs central to the Institute’s long term success
  • Engage and solicit key stakeholders in support of Institute and affiliated center programs
  • Develop partnership opportunities related to the institute’s strategic initiatives
  • Develop new internal business processes and supporting programs to support affiliated centers and other institute initiatives.
  • Expand corporate funding & philanthropic opportunities
  • Enhance the brand of the Institute by increasing the visibility of current corporate support & engagement
  • Identify mutual research interests and thought leadership activities to engage faculty with key corporate partners

In addition to cultivating outside partners, the Assistant Director will work collaboratively with the Kenan-Flagler business partnership office, affiliated research centers, corporate and foundation relations, advancement, faculty, and, alumni and across the University. This position will report to the Managing Director of the Kenan Institute.