Entrepreneurship Program Director - 21942BR

Entrepreneurship Program Director

University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
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Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

The KU School of Business seeks a dynamic, experienced, passionate leader for its evolving Entrepreneurship Program. This is a program within the School of Business that serves students from across the university at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Program Director will work closely with faculty, other School staff, with other university units, and with local and regional partners to stabilize, grow, and enhance the experiential components of the entrepreneurship program, as well as advise on curricular elements of KU’s entrepreneurship education. The Director will act as a liaison with other units and partners and as an advocate for the School and university’s entrepreneurial and economic development efforts.

This position is a full-time, 12-month, staff position reporting to the Area Director of the Management and Entrepreneurship. Currently, the position is designated as an on-campus. Alternative and flexible work schedules will be evaluated as per KU policy and School guidelines, as the program evolves. Pay and benefits are competitive.

In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education.

Job Description

75% Lead the Entrepreneurship Program:
  • Provide leadership, develop, and direct skill-building, experiential, and extra-curricular aspects of the School’s Entrepreneurship program. Ensure such experiences are closely tied to program/School curriculum and are broadly available to students seeking the Entrepreneurship minor. Ensure a subset of such experiences are made available to students in the certificate program or business minor. Experiences may include:
    • structured opportunities associated with the Professionalism Platform (e.g., certifications, LinkedIn Learning modules, workshops, etc.)
    • internships in start-ups or with innovation efforts in established firms
    • business plan development workshops, competitions
    • entrepreneur-in-residence and other student mentoring resources
    • accelerator/incubator experiences in conjunction with associated professions (accountants, lawyers, technical specialists, etc.)
    • structured seed funding opportunities
    • structured exposure to venture capital and other potential funding partners
  • In concordance with the School’s and university’s strategic plans, and in coordination with faculty, build formal and informal networks and partnerships between the Program/School and other units within the university, the KU-SBDC, entrepreneurs, for- and non-profit firms, regional industries and associations, regional economic development programs and agencies, etc., in order to provide opportunities for students to learn, network, and gain skills and experiences
  • Work with the Dean, KU leadership, and KUEA development personnel to secure grants, gifts, funding commitments, and revenue streams for the program
  • Link the program to economic development efforts of the state and region, consistent with the mission of the School and university
  • In coordination with faculty, develop and monitor metrics of success for the program and program participants
  • Directly supervise program staff and student employees and assist the Management and Entrepreneurship Area Director in evaluating faculty who teach in the entrepreneurship programs
  • Develop and manage program budgets

25% Teaching, academic and other related duties:
  • Assist in developing new curricular content which responds to the demonstrated demand for entrepreneurial education both across KU and in outreach programs to the region
  • As necessary, teach entrepreneurship classes at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels. Instructional duties include but are not limited to: course preparation, formal instruction, student consultations, assignment of course grades, assessment of learning outcomes, and other responsibilities of a course instructor.
  • Abide by the School’s and University’s policies and procedures.
  • Work closely with the School’s Certificate Coordinator to track student progress toward and completion of the Entrepreneurship Certificate.
  • Participate as an active member of the School staff including attending staff meetings and serving on School or University committees, as directed.
  • Other engagement in school, university, and professional service activities as assigned in concordance with the mission of the program and School.

Required Qualifications

  1. Master’s degree plus three years relevant experience or a Bachelor’s degree and five years of progressively more responsible & related experience.
  2. Minimum of two years experience in supervisory, mentoring or leadership role. Supervisory experience may be concurrent with related work experience.
  3. Successful record of starting and growing new for-profit businesses or demonstrably comparable innovative or entrepreneurial experience.
  4. Strong communication skills and commitment to the practice of entrepreneurship as demonstrated by application materials.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Entrepreneurial experience in small and large organizations
  2. Successful record of building professional networks and affiliations
  3. Master’s degree in business or a related field
  4. Teaching or training experience in business or a related field
  5. Working knowledge of, and relationships with, entrepreneurship and economic development efforts within Kansas and the region

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete online application requires:
  • current resume;
  • cover letter;
  • complete contact information for three professional references.

Application review begins May 2, 2022 and will continue until a pool of qualified applicants is received. To ensure priority consideration, apply before the review date, May 2, 2022.

Contact Information to Applicants

Jordan Yochim, jeyochim@ku.edu

Advertised Salary Range

Commensurate with experience

Work Schedule

M-F 8-5, occasional evening or weekend

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