Vice President of Corporate Development - Hybrid



Job Description

Together we are powering the future of Higher Education

Here at Ellucian, we are motivated by a mission ~ the power of education to transform lives and change the world.  We are the global market leader in EdTech for Higher Education, serving more than 2,900 customers and reaching over 26 million students in 50+ countries.  We are dedicated to helping Higher Ed thrive by transforming their institutions to agile, digitally connected campuses that enable student success.

About the Opportunity

Ellucian is seeking a Vice President of Corporate Development to join our strategy and development organization reporting to our Chief Strategy Officer. This is a high impact; highly visible role where you will be responsible for defining and executing the corporate development strategy for Ellucian. This role involves identifying and evaluating strategic growth opportunities, including mergers and acquisitions, partnerships, and strategic investments. 
The VP of Corporate Development will collaborate closely with our executive leadership & equity owners to help accelerate the company's strategic vision & expansion and overall success. This is a challenging and dynamic role that requires strategic thinking, a keen business sense, and the ability to navigate complex transactions to drive the company’s growth agenda.

Where you will make an impact

Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)

  • Identify and evaluate potential acquisition targets that align with the company's growth strategy.
  • Lead due diligence efforts, including financial, legal, and operational assessments.
  • Negotiate and execute M&A transactions, ensuring they align with the company's objectives and financial goals.
  • Oversee post-acquisition integration efforts to maximize synergies and value.
  • Work closely with financial teams to secure necessary funding and investments to support the company's growth initiatives.
  • Market Research and Analysis

Financial Modeling

  • Develop detailed financial models to analyze the financial performance of the company and potential acquisition targets.
  • Create forecasts and projections to assess the impact of different strategic initiatives on the company's financials.

Due Diligence

  • Participate in due diligence activities for potential acquisitions, including reviewing financial statements, contracts, and other relevant documents.
  • Work with cross-functional teams to assess the strategic fit and identify potential risks and opportunities.

Deal Structuring

  • Collaborate with legal and other teams to structure and negotiate deals that align with the company's strategic objectives.
  • Assess the financial implications of different deal structures and financing options.

Market Research & Analysis 

  • Continuously monitor market trends, competitive landscapes, and emerging opportunities to inform corporate development strategies.
  • Conduct market and industry research to identify potential targets and opportunities.

What you will bring

  • Bachelor's degree in business, finance, or a related field (MBA preferred).
  • Proven experience in corporate development, M&A, and partnerships/deals within the enterprise software, banking, or private equity space.
  • Strong negotiation and deal structuring skills.
  • Exceptional strategic thinking and problem-solving abilities.
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and relationship building skills
  • Hands on financial acumen.

What makes #Ellucianlife

  • Comprehensive health coverage: medical, dental, and vision
  • Flexible time off 
  • Thrive Flex Program that allows you to contribute towards your health, financial or learning interests
  • 401k w/ match & Bright Plan - to help you save for the future
  • Parental Leave
  • Charitable leave – 40 hours/year
  • Telemedicine
  • Wellness
    • Ginger (mental health)
    • Wellbeats (virtual fitness classes)
  • Rethink – caregiver support
  • Diversity and inclusion programs which provide access to 11 internal employee resource groups
  • Tuition Reimbursement Assistance
  • Professional development opportunities



At Ellucian, we believe in the “power of together.” We embrace an inclusive, diverse, and equitable workplace, and believe that our differences help inspire a culture of acceptance that makes our company more collaborative and innovative. We’re proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetics or any other characteristic protected by law. We welcome you to come as you are!