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Director of Jayhawk Hospitality

University of Kansas - Jayhawk Community Partners
Lawrence, Kansas, United States
5 days ago


Position Summary:

Jayhawk Hospitality is a new University of Kansas initiative intended to be the single point of entry for meetings and events at the University of Kansas, and ensures alignment with brand standards, creates efficiencies in scheduling and use of space, provides support for campus planners, and spurs revenue growth across academic and service units.  The Director will lead the establishment of this initiative by leading a team that delivers builds a vision across the University in partnership with major service providers, including Lifelong and Professional Education, Housing, Athletics, Alumni, the KU Memorial Union, and the City of Lawrence among others.  The events portfolio will include traditional year-round conferences, symposiums, and special events and summer-only camps, conferences, and retreats. With specific, aggressive goals for generating revenue growth, increasing annual headcount, gaining operational efficiencies, increasing space utilization, and supporting the recruitment pipeline, the Director implements best practices in the marketing, sales, operations, and evaluation of meetings and events at the university and is a resource for any university college, department, or program that seeks to create or attract meetings and events in support of their individual missions. The Director will also be a liaison with the City of Lawrence, Kansas to coordinate operations, align goals, and establish regional benefits to the program.


Duties and Responsibilities of all Positions at Kansas Athletics

  1. Adhere to University, Big 12 Conference, Kansas Athletics, and NCAA policies and procedures;
  2. Maintain knowledge of departmental activities, sports schedules, and procedures; 
  3. Foster cooperative working relationships with fellow staff members within the Department; 
  4. Support the athletics department goals and philosophies as described by the Director of Athletics and work to achieve and uphold the department’s mission statement and core values; 
  5. Maintain a positive attitude toward performing job duties and in working with other staff members;
  6. Exhibit professional decorum at all times while representing Kansas Athletics, including routine events and meetings that occur outside of the office and on the road
  7. Maintain the confidentiality of all information obtained while an employee of Kansas Athletics including all private, confidential, or sensitive information and ensuring compliance with FERPA, HIPAA, and other applicable regulations.

Responsibilities of this Position:

  1. Oversee corporate partner relationships from the activation management perspective; Actively work to grow existing partner relationships across the University and its affiliates;
  2. Work with campus stakeholders to create and manage efficient practices for internal and external clients to reserve spaces for meetings and events, communication of reservations, setup requirements and costs to relevant campus service providers, and billing and collection of appropriate charges. Evaluate and procure technological solutions to support the event management process.;
  3. Establish advisory group that will put together parameters for ongoing coordination and partnership with University partners and stakeholders along with the City of Lawrence to ensure universal benefit and alignment on goals and opportunities;
  4. Develop a set of standards for all meetings and events at, or sponsored by, the university that establish expectations for quality of service, adherence to brand, and suitable outcomes for attendees. Train all campus meeting planners and service providers on the established standards and ensure accountability across all meetings and events;
  5. Provide direction and leadership for a team of professional staff and student staff that are charged with the booking, planning, and execution of meetings and events at the university, including external events such as conferences, day meetings, youth and athletic camps, academic symposiums, educational programs, retreats, and other activities that leverage the outstanding academics and premier facilities at the university, provide for greater space utilization during periods of lower use, and generate net revenue to the University;
  6. Manage all unit functions including:
    1. Recruitment, training, and annual evaluation of staff;
    2. Development and implementation of policies that are client- and customer-focused and financially responsible related to scheduling, booking, contracting, and invoicing spaces and services on campus;
    3. Marketing and outreach activities to internal and external constituencies;
    4. Development and execution of proposals and contracts between the university and internal/external clients for all meetings and events activities;
    5. Preparation of an annual budget for Jayhawk Hospitality in alignment with established goals for the unit. Management of detailed financial reporting for each meeting and event, specified categories of meetings and events, revenue share for campus service providers, and unit operating expenses;
    6. Oversight of execution of meetings and events to established university standards, including scheduling, overnight accommodations, food service, facility setups, technology, parking, and other services as required;
    7. Develop and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external service providers, vendors, and stakeholders; establish expectations, standards, and accountability for the provision of services that ensure a high level of customer experience;
    8. Oversee the development and implementation of a strategic marketing and outreach plan to attract new meetings and events to the university, with the goal of increasing annual headcount and net revenues. Coordinate with the City of Lawrence on these efforts;
    9. Other duties as assigned or required.




  • Bachelor’s degree with seven or more years of job-related experience, or master’s degree with four or more years of job-related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. A degree in Business Administration, Hospitality Management, or related field is highly desirable;
  • Experience with managing meetings and events in a higher-education setting is preferred;
  • Experience in the development and review of contracts and service agreements for the execution of meetings and events;
  • Must be able to thrive in a fast-paced environment;
  • Work with a sense of urgency, have the ability to handle stress associated with tight deadlines and deal with multiple projects in short time frames;
  • Ability to prioritize, coordinate, and organize own work and set direction for subordinates;
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community;
  • Ability to make administrative/procedural decisions and judgments;
  • Ability and willingness to work on evenings and weekends as needed.

Work Environment

This job operates in a professional office. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as laptop computers and various digital devices, including, but not limited to:  cell phone, printer, copy machine, and other related devices. This job requires flexibility and adaptability in schedule and the ability to perform job related duties on short notice.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to speak and hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus. This position may require frequent bending, moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 25 pounds; standing up to eight hours each day; and working in all weather conditions.


Limited Travel is expected for this position.

Hours of Work

This is a full-time position.  Days and hours of work will vary based on the needs of the position. Early morning, evening and weekend work maybe required.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 63264968
  • Location:
    Lawrence, Kansas, United States
  • Position Title: Director of Jayhawk Hospitality
  • Company Name For Job: University of Kansas - Jayhawk Community Partners
  • Job Function: Director
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: 7-10 Years
  • Required Travel: 0-10%

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