Manager of College & University Partnerships, Dallas County Promise

Dallas, Texas, United States Full-time

Application closes: No close date

The Commit Partnership, under its Dallas County Promise initiative, seeks a passionate, hard-working individual to serve in a full-time position as the Manager of College and University Partnerships reporting to the Managing Director of the Promise effort. This new and highly visible role is key to ensuring successful collaboration with our college and university partners.   

About the Position:

The manager of College and University Partnerships will serve as the primary liaison between our college and university partners and internal stakeholders with the objective of supporting Promise student enrollment and success.  Interfacing with college and university leadership teams, this individual will foster and grow relationships, ensuring that our partners receive the highest levels of collaboration and support, ultimately contributing to their success and that of all Promise students. 

 Success will look like every Promise high school student is aware of and has thoughtfully selected a career pathway and education, progresses through a coherent program of study beginning in high school to through postsecondary training programs, colleges and universities and be placed in a living wage job guided by a career advisor.


This role will have three major areas of responsibility:

  • Lead College and University Partner Marketing
  • Cultivate College and University Relationship Management
  • Support and serve as the internal advocate for College and University needs


Lead College and University Partner Marketing

  • Develop and maintain a deep understanding of each university's unique needs, program offerings and brand guidelines
  • Ensure all university partner marketing assets are accurate, up-to-date and are optimal for generating student interest
  • Execute on marketing plans for each university partner
  • Actively track and monitor student interest in university partners and proactively suggest opportunities to further foster student interest and enrollment


Cultivate College and University Relationship Management

  • Collaborates and engages with University Leadership and cross-functional internal stakeholders to help drive strategic initiatives supporting enrollment and engagement of Promise students.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with University stakeholders through proactive outreach calls, regular email communication, and other methodologies, integrating white-glove service keeping them informed of Promise initiatives.
  • Work with higher education partners on preparing and reviewing data as a foundation for continuous improvement across the enrollment, retention, and completion pipeline.
  • Address any questions or concerns that partners may raise and appropriately escalating to internal stakeholder leadership as required.
  • Develop and formalize a regular communications cadence for University partners, manage calendaring and logistics of quarterly Presidents meeting, including presentations materials and other important communication tools.

Support and serve as the internal advocate for College and University needs

  • Collaborates with recruitment team, ensuring they have tools and information necessary to communicate university offerings, guidelines etc. to the ISD’s and students.
  • Consistently organize and create a structure for the communication of changes/updates to all internal stakeholders
  • Maintain partner program information which outlines procedures and offerings for specific university partnerships
  • Own the development of necessary training and on-going education to ensure all stakeholders are kept informed of program information in order to successfully, accurately, and efficiently communicate this information to prospective students


Education and Experience

  • 3-5 years of experience in client relationship management and/or agency marketing
  • Bachelor’s degree in business, marketing, communications or related discipline
  • Experience in higher education (or higher ed related) with a working knowledge of higher ed programs and culture for economically disadvantaged students and students of color is highly desirable.
  • Bilingual (Spanish) preferred but not required


Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

  • Solid communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to be personable yet persuasive.
  • Ability to interact effectively in the higher ed environment and at multiple levels within colleges and universities, especially those serving culturally and economically diverse communities.
  • A degree of personal organization and results-orientation that enables success in a quantitative, outcomes-oriented environment.
  • A proven ability to exercise sound judgment and work independently on complex initiatives.
  • Ability to operate with humility, an open mind, and a sense of urgency.
  • A true curiosity and commitment to finding more effective ways to meet the needs of underserved students with a willingness and desire to engage fully in the challenges of this work and to communicate its challenges, successes, and conclusions.
  • A gift of taking data and effectively visually representing it while telling an accurate and powerful story to help inspire and move people to action.
  • Belief in the power of education and equity to improve the odds for all children in service of The Commit Partnership’s mission.

Location: Dallas, Texas

Compensation: Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

This position offers a competitive compensation and benefits package. Interested candidates should apply in our Recruiterbox platfom.  If applying from a third party site without a direct link, please go to our Careers ( page to apply. Candidate should attach a cover letter, resume’, and three professional references to their application. For more information about us, visit and/or  For inquiries regarding the position, contact ( or a team email address). Please reference “Position Name” in the subject line. 


The Commit Partnership is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to hire individuals with backgrounds similar to that of the stakeholders they serve. As an organization that embraces equity and inclusion, all employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws.


About the Commit Partnership:

The Commit Partnership is focused on the powerful idea that every child in Dallas County should receive an excellent and equitable K-12 education, preparing them to flourish at the collegiate level and beyond. To reach this vision, the Partnership serves as a community navigator and connector, analyzing data to elevate strategic initiatives, improve practices and policies, and ultimately growing community capacity, capabilities and resources to serve students more effectively.

Founded in 2012, the Partnership is the nation’s largest educational collective impact organization: a coalition of over 200 partners (public and private schools, colleges, foundations, businesses, and nonprofits), all working collaboratively to solve our region’s biggest systemic educational challenges. Our flagship effort, “Early Matters Dallas”, focuses on improving early childhood outcomes, while our second initiative, “Best-in-Class DFW”, aims in partnership with the Communities Foundation of Texas to increase the number of effective and diverse campus educators serving DFW’s 1.2 million students. Our third initiative, “Dallas County Promise”, seeks to align our local higher ed institutions to maximize the number of students who can access and complete a quality post-secondary education.

Each effort is supported by a dedicated advisory board responsible for fundraising, advocacy, and monitoring community progress and is guided by community strategic plans developed by global management consulting firms Boston Consulting Group, Bain & Co. and McKinsey &Co., Day-to-day work is supported by more than 25 full-time staff who combine data, deep educational experience, and strategic thinking to. collectively support Partnership efforts while advocating for Dallas County students at the state and local level and convening community conversations around the latest research and best practices. The net result is a shared roadmap for the future that civic leaders and local stakeholders own and hold themselves mutually accountable for its execution.

Commit's Core Values

Students First: We are guided by multiple stakeholders, but ultimately our decisions rest upon one question: What is in the best interest of students?    

Systemic Impact: We maintain patience and persistence while relentlessly insisting upon efficient and highly-effective approaches to sustainably change systems to more effectively serve their communities.

Equity and Inclusion: We work with others to transform systems in ways that ensure every student has access to the resources they need. We help set the table for an expansive conversation, welcoming and valuing every voice at the table, while actively and explicitly working to create outcomes that narrow opportunity gaps and shift power towards communities and individuals most impacted.

Humility: We embrace the fact that our success depends on our ability to work cohesively with each other and our community. We learn and grow best together. 

Joy: We bring a constant sense of optimism and fun to this difficult work.

Integrity: We will act honestly and ethically in all internal and external decisions, in the ways we present data, and in how we communicate with partners; this unwavering commitment allows us to best serve students, families, and the community.


About the Dallas County Promise:

Launched in 2017, the Dallas County Promise is a transformational collaboration between regional school districts, higher ed institutions, workforce, and communities to increase college completion rates aligned to the needs of the North Texas’ workforce for the County’s 28,000 high school seniors graduating annually. Dallas County is committed to developing a world class talent pipeline that creates equity in outcomes for students, families, and communities. At its core, the “Promise” is (i) a last dollar scholarship from the Dallas County Community College District Foundation, combined in partnership with matching university scholarships for students seeking a four-year degree supporting career pathways aligned to high demand jobs; and (ii) a backbone organization supporting the Promise’s enrollment and degree completion efforts through data, convening power, fundraising and continuous improvement processes.