Visiting Associate Director for Entrepreneurial Education - College of Business (A1700522)

Visiting Associate Director for Entrepreneurial Education

Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership
College of Business
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Extended 9/5/17

Mission of the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership:
The Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership exists to 1) provide transformational learning opportunities for students to put their ideas into the world, 2) broaden opportunities for entrepreneurial action and learning for all students, and 3) be a leader in entrepreneurship research with a focus on design, subsistence, social innovation, and entrepreneurship education.

History and context:
The Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership was created in 2004 as a College of Business-supported entity to achieve a radical goal: infusing entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking across every academic discipline of the University of Illinois-in curriculum development, in research, in economic development, and in public engagement. This initial work was enabled by a $4.5M grant from the Kauffman Foundation.

Most prominently, the Academy created the Faculty Fellows Program across the Urbana-Champaign campus, providing support to 38 faculty to create 60+ courses with entrepreneurship foci. These courses are taken by approximately 8,000 students per year, and have supported generations of entrepreneurial students. These students have in turn helped design, run, and make successful a host of Academy-supported programs for entrepreneurial learning: venture competitions, pitch days, hackathons, student organizations, and more, which have helped propel UIUC into the top 10 educational institutions in the world for producing venture capital backed entrepreneurs.

In the last three years, AEL has undergone a renaissance, attracting new staff and resources as it fills a new set of critical gaps in entrepreneurship on behalf of the University's students and broader community. The Academy now 1) offers award-winning capstone entrepreneurship education experiences like the award-winning iVenture Accelerator, EntreCORPS consulting for startups, and Entrepreneurs Without Borders, 2) just finished conducting a Kauffman Foundation-funded entrepreneurship education inventory of 4,000 higher educational institutions in the United States, and 3) is aggressively linking and collaborating with all of the University of Illinois' entrepreneurship units together to create a more cohesive, unified ecosystem.

Building on this momentum, the Academy is ready act and build decisively to capitalize on future opportunities to strengthen the Academy, the College of Business, and opportunities for students-all of which enhance the University of Illinois entrepreneurship brand and to create and retain talent in Illinois. It through fundraising and investments in world-class talent that we will be able to execute our new strategic plans for our campus and students.

Strategic Priorities of the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership - 2017-2018:
  • Create interdisciplinary entrepreneurship course offerings, including the establishment of an entrepreneurship minor, that engage students from across campus in learning through venturing-by seeding and nurturing communities of faculty.
  • Prepare the College of Business to be a key partner in the launch of the upcoming $48M Siebel Center for Design, an undergraduate-focused center for interdisciplinary design that equips our students with tools to solve our world's biggest challenges-located right next to the Business Instructional Facility, with groundbreaking in 2018.
  • Become a national leader in data and research to better understand entrepreneurship education in the ~4000 US colleges and universities - and share with organizations and institutions outside the University to generate additional revenues for the Academy.
  • Become recognized as a leader in social innovation, including excellence in subsistence marketplace research, and design/human/user-centered approaches to innovation.
  • Grow and unify our community of entrepreneurial alumni across the globe, with an emphasis on Chicago, to create many meaningful student-alum, alum-alum, and alum-university interactions and engagements.
  • Spearhead the creation of a cohesive entrepreneurship brand and communications at Illinois to show our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the world the strength of our innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Vision for the role of Visiting Associate Director for Entrepreneurial Education

The Visiting Associate Director for Entrepreneurial Education plays a key role in ensuring the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership, College of Business, and other units across campus can offer best-in-class offerings in the areas of innovation, design, and entrepreneurship. The hiring of this role reflects the Academy's desire to build capacity that can create multiple new programs, courses, events, and other offerings that serve students across campus, and prepare our campus for the launch of the Siebel Center for Design. This role plays a significant role in the strategy, planning, and execution of the Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurship Academy (IDEA) Faculty Fellows Program - fellowships that create more innovation, design, and entrepreneurship courses and research across campus.

The Visiting Associate Director for Entrepreneurial Education also supports AEL's other programs, including but not limited to, Social Innovation at Illinois, the iVenture Accelerator, EntreCORPS, and Entrepreneurs Without Borders. The Associate Director for Entrepreneurial Education will work closely with the Senior Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship Programs, Academic Directors, the School of Social Work, the College of Fine and Applied Arts, the College of Engineering, and other colleges and centers to participate in the development, planning, and execution of courses, events, projects, and programs across the campus entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurship Academy (IDEA) Faculty Fellows (35%) - Associate Director for Entrepreneurial Education will work closely with the AEL Faculty Director to launch the AEL IDEA Faculty Fellows program - providing paid fellowships to faculty across campus to conduct interdisciplinary course development and research in the areas of innovation, design, and entrepreneurship. By engaging these faculty, AEL can support curricular-based entrepreneurship education that reaches many students across campus and continue to foster research collaborations that increase Illinois' reputation as a leader in entrepreneurship, design, and innovation research.
  • Participate in the selection and on-boarding of one or two faculty co-directors of the IDEA Faculty Fellows program.
  • Collaborate closely with the faculty co-directors and the AEL Faculty Director to create a strategy and goals for the launch of the Faculty Fellows program; this will guide faculty selection and course and research focus areas.
  • Oversee the faculty experience: set goals with each, monitor progress, and track outcomes.
  • Participate in campus-wide Design Center conversations and town hall meetings, representing the IDEA Faculty Fellows program for new curriculum development in the entrepreneurship, innovation, and design spaces.
  • Work closely with AEL Faculty Director and IDEA Faculty Fellows to move pilot courses towards approval by intra-college course approval committees and the University-wide faculty senate approval processes.
  • Create and implement systems to get student feedback for IDEA Faculty Fellows' course content and teaching ability.
  • Serve as a lecturer or facilitator for certain courses, if needed.

2. iVenture Accelerator (25%) - The Associate Director for Entrepreneurial Education will work closely with the Senior Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship Programs and the AEL Faculty Director to deliver a best-in-class experience for student ventures, alumni, and other stakeholders. This person will lead the iVenture Oversight Group composed of cross-campus faculty and staff members in support of the program.
  • Support the Associate Director of Entrepreneurial Communities in all stages of the iVenture Accelerator, including program design, interviews of applicants, selection, onboarding, and program execution, and impact measurement.
  • Contribute to the growth of the iVenture network of serial entrepreneurs, business leaders, faculty, and others that provide advising, knowledge, resources, and opportunities for students and venture teams. Create venues for student-to-alumni and alumni-to-alumni links.
  • Explore similar models for campus-wide accelerators and venture lab courses, providing recommendations to the Associate Director of Entrepreneurial Communities, and working to incorporate them.

3) Social Innovation at Illinois (30%) - The Associate Director for Entrepreneurial Education will work closely with Colleges across campus to create meaningful programming and events that create broader participation in our innovation, entrepreneurship, and design ecosystem. By channeling more diverse student participation into the ecosystem, we believe the learning, venturing, culture, and alumni engagement of our campus will be strengthened.
  • Continue audit and environmental scan within University of Illinois system, collating information on all relevant units
  • Identify and build relationships with potential partners of Social Innovation at Illinois, from both within and outside the University of Illinois (e.g., Public Engagement, Ashoka U)
  • Create materials and communications to build interest, attract funding, build relationships, and convey progress
  • Represent Social Innovation at Illinois on- and off-campus in relevant meetings with partners, including strategy communication and formulation, and at industry-specific gatherings (e.g., VentureWell, Ashoka U)
  • Manage operations for the initiative, including, but not limited to, managing information and finances
  • Coordinate and manage events and programming
  • Create and maintain external communications and website
  • Interview, hire, and manage support personnel
  • Participate in fundraising, including developing proposals and meetings with donors, as appropriate
  • Assist and mentor student entrepreneurship teams in social innovation and entrepreneurship areas

4) Oversee portfolio of student-facing programs (10%) - The Associate Director for Entrepreneurial Education will oversee two AEL programs:
  • EntreCORPS - student-run consulting groups for startups.
    • Support the Student Director with client selection, organizational strategy, expansion, and provide general operational oversight.
    • Participate in fundraising and secure opportunities to ensure organizational strategy.
  • Entrepreneurs Without Borders (EWOB) - a student organization that provides immersive study abroad experiences for students to build capacity of entrepreneurs internationally, often in low-resource and low-literacy settings. Builds on the work of Professor Madhu Viswanathan.
    • Support the Student Executive Board with organizational strategy, trip selection, expansion, and provide general operational insight.
    • Coordinate/chaperone domestic and international experiences in partnership with the EWOB Academic Director, as needed
    • Participate in fundraising and secure opportunities to ensure organizational strategy.

Required Skills and Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree in business, education, social work, public policy, public health, or a related field. Master's degree preferred.
  • Two years of experience in research, teaching, program development, and relationship-building. It is preferred that the candidate possess experience with supporting or interacting with courses in social innovation, entrepreneurship, and policy; developing startups or small businesses; working with government agencies; working in international development; working in or with charities, foundations, and other civil society organizations; and management consulting.
  • A commitment to serving students and to advancing the intellectual, professional, and leadership development of undergraduates and graduate students.
  • A commitment to working with faculty on curriculum development and sustainability.
  • Hands-on management experience including demonstrated project management and program management experience.
  • Ability to organize and coordinate multiple, complex projects with attention to detail and quality.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social innovation, social entrepreneurship, small business entrepreneurship, cultural entrepreneurship, and economic development.
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal and communications skills (written and oral).
  • High energy, self-motivated, and enthusiastic about working with students.
  • Collaborative work style with faculty, students, professionals, and executives.
  • Excellent presentation skills.

This is a visiting, full-time, 12-month academic professional position that reports to the Senior Director of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Programs. The starting date will be as soon as possible after the closing date. This position may become permanent at a later date pending continued funding and/or programmatic needs.

Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes an excellent benefits package. Interviews may be conducted before the closing date, although no hiring decisions will be made until after the search has closed.

For full consideration, create your candidate profile at and upload a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references by September 23, 2017. For further information regarding our application procedures, email For more information about the role, please email

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

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College Name or Administrative Unit: Business
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Visiting Associate Director for Entrepreneurial Education - College of Business (A1700522)
Open Date: 08/25/2017
Close Date: 09/23/2017
Organization Name: Academy Entrepreneurial Ldrshp