Associate Director for Entrepreneurial Communities - College of Business (A1700539)

Champaign, IL
Sep 03, 2017
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Associate Director for Entrepreneurial Communities
Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership
College of Business
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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 Associate Director for Entrepreneurial Communities:

The Associate Director for Entrepreneurial Communities has responsibility for managing the day-to-day operations of key Academy functions, particularly, campus-wide initiatives supported by the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership. This role plays a significant role in the strategy, planning, and execution of the iVenture Accelerator - campus' educational accelerator for top student startups. The iVenture Accelerator plays a critical role in our campus' ability to provide immersive educational experiences to students, help grow and scale impactful new ventures, strengthen our culture of entrepreneurship on campus, and create fruitful links between alumni, students, and the University. Because of this foundational role of the program, this role is tasked with ensuring a great experience for all stakeholders. This includes significant operations, strategy, relationship-building, research, proposal development, student education, and marketing components.

This role also supports AEL's other programs, including but not limited to, Social Innovation at Illinois, EntreCORPS, and Entrepreneurs Without Borders. The Associate Director for Entrepreneurial Communities 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 events, projects, and programs across the campus entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Duties and Responsibilities

Lead Coordinator of the iVenture Accelerator - The Associate Director for Entrepreneurial Communities will work closely with the Senior Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship Programs and the AEL Faculty Director to deliver a best-in-class experience for students, and be responsible for the network of communities that contribute to this goal. The Associate Director for Entrepreneurial Communities will lead the iVenture Oversight Group composed of cross-campus faculty and staff members in support of the program.
  • Plan and oversee operations for all stages of the iVenture Accelerator, including program design, interviews of applicants, selection, onboarding, and program execution, and impact measurement.
  • Manage and grow the iVenture Accelerator network of serial entrepreneurs, business leaders, faculty, and others that provide advising, knowledge, resources, and opportunities for students and venture teams. Create mechanisms for student-alumni interactions and alumni-alumni links.
  • Grow and engage with campus-wide entrepreneurship ecosystem to drive applications to the iVenture Accelerator. Spread awareness of the opportunity, identify promising student ventures, and guide teams through application process.
  • Develop best-in-class user experience for the 10-week summer component and the iVenture Accelerator Seminar course in the fall and spring semesters. Significant curriculum development, event planning, and experience design will be required. Includes understanding, and occasionally visiting, similar programs at peer institutions.
  • Serve as primary point of contact for startup teams throughout the 11-month experience - help with goal setting and strategy, connect to resources on campus and externally, provide fundraising support, and address all early-stage startup concerns.
  • Build and maintain key partnerships with internal and external partners in support of iVenture Accelerator.
  • Create and coordinate ways for alumni to engage with the University entrepreneurship ecosystem, including the iVenture Accelerator.
  • Identify, acquire, design, and manage co-working spaces to create an environment for peer learning.
  • Working with the Office Support Specialist, manage operations for the program, including, but not limited to, managing information and fund disbursement processes (which includes scholarships and seed funding for the participating teams).
  • With campus communications professionals, develop a coordinated communications and marketing strategy for iVenture Accelerator and its ventures.
  • Update external communications and website.
  • Interview, hire, and manage support personnel including summer co-coordinator and interns.
  • Working with advancement leaders in the college and across campus, develop proposals and meet with donors, as appropriate.
  • Promote the Illinois Founder's Pledge to students who participate in the iVenture Accelerator. Working closely with advancement officer and the Entrepreneurship Roundtable, contribute to the creation of the pledge and roll-out strategy. Ensure successful, ongoing participation and stewardship.
  • Working with the AEL Faculty Director, conduct and administer IRB-approved survey to measure learning outcomes. Create and implement other performance systems.

Required Skills and Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree in business, engineering, social work, entrepreneurship, or a related field.
  • Two years of experience in operations, research, marketing, 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.
  • Proven ability and passion for community building, especially for communities of successful professionals.
  • A commitment to serving students and to advancing the intellectual, professional, and leadership development of undergraduates and graduate students.
  • Hands-on management experience including demonstrated project management and program management experience.
  • Ability to organize and coordinate multiple, complex projects and events with attention to detail and quality.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social innovation, social justice, or social entrepreneurship.
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal and communications skills (written and oral).
  • High energy, self-motivated, and enthusiastic about working with students.
  • Collaborative work style with students, faculty, professionals, and executives,
  • Excellent presentation skills.

This is a full-time, 12-month academic professional position that reports to the Senior Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship Programs. The starting date will be as soon as possible after the closing date. 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.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

College Name or Administrative Unit: Business
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Associate Director for Entrepreneurial Communities - College of Business (A1700539)
Open Date: 09/02/2017
Close Date: 09/23/2017
Organization Name: Academy Entrepreneurial Ldrshp