Entrepreneurship Program Director - 21942BR
Entrepreneurship Program Director
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.
- 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.
- Master’s degree plus three years relevant experience or a Bachelor’s degree and five years of progressively more responsible & related experience.
- Minimum of two years experience in supervisory, mentoring or leadership role. Supervisory experience may be concurrent with related work experience.
- Successful record of starting and growing new for-profit businesses or demonstrably comparable innovative or entrepreneurial experience.
- Strong communication skills and commitment to the practice of entrepreneurship as demonstrated by application materials.
- Entrepreneurial experience in small and large organizations
- Successful record of building professional networks and affiliations
- Master’s degree in business or a related field
- Teaching or training experience in business or a related field
- Working knowledge of, and relationships with, entrepreneurship and economic development efforts within Kansas and the region
Additional Candidate Instructions
- 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.