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Spin In® Community Partnership Planning Specialist

Spin In® Community Partnership Planning Specialist
The Office of Economic Innovation and Partnerships (OEIP) at the University of Delaware (UD) is seeking a Community Partnership Planning Specialist to join an interdisciplinary team of engineers, business analysts, health care and hospitality specialists working together to develop an articulated vision, program and concept plan for a university-based life plan community. While working as an independent team in close consultation and under the guidance of experts and mentors, the team will conduct market research and analyses to support the development of a preliminary business plan to include market and customer analyses, programming, and recommendations for future innovations and opportunities. The Community Partnership Planning Specialist will be responsible to integrate the interdisciplinary components and perspectives of the team; and align community needs with proposed programs and services, as well as new innovative solutions and opportunities for consideration. The team will be based in a dedicated space on the UD STAR campus.
Position as Community Partnership Planning Specialist:
Responsibilities as member of a collaborative team include the following:
·      Develop a clear understanding of the landscape of senior living communities and services in Delaware.
·      Engage in market research and analysis of Delaware’s aging population and demographic trends to establish primary market.
·      Identify customer needs and parameters for a successful university-based life plan community.
·      Identify and analyze existing and competing products and services.
·      Coordinate interdisciplinary components of the team (i.e. all members) to develop a program document to establish preliminary vision, goals and programming.
·      Ensure proposed programs and services align with community needs and support community vision and goals.
·      Organize and conduct focus groups to test assumptions, identify and confirm benefits and programming.
·      Understand the need/drive for new solutions and innovations; work with the team to research, analyze and recommend opportunities throughout the value chain with respect to customers.
Professional qualifications:
·      BS program in Leadership, business, community planning, or related field.
·      Direct experience, knowledge and ability to engage in market research and use of research software tools.
·      Ability analyze data and draw conclusions from market research.
·      Ability to engage with potential customers to gain insight (customer discovery).
·      High attention to detail.
·      Excellent communication skills and leadership skills.
Personal qualifications:
The successful candidate will be a personally motivated self-starter, able to work with little guidance and have the ability to engage with mentors, peers, and experts to further develop his or her knowledge to solve work related challenges. The candidate must be capable of contributing and achieving in a small, highly collaborative, consensus-driven team. Strong interpersonal and communication skills are required.
Terms and Conditions:
This paid position begins August 2023 (Fall Semester) and runs through the May 2024 (Spring Semester), with a possibility of Summer Session (through August 2024). Average hours of 15 hours per week. Dates will be finalized during hiring process. Rate of pay is $15.00 per hour.
To Apply:
Please send a written application marked “Community Partnership Planning Specialist” via e-mail to: In your application, please include the following: a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references. 
This position will remain open until filled.