Director Entrepreneurial Initiatives and Community Relations

Houston, TX
Sep 29, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Community College
The Organization

Houston Community College (HCC) is an open-admission, public institution of higher education offering a high-quality, affordable education for academic advancement, workforce training, career development and lifelong learning to prepare individuals in our diverse communities for life and work in a global and technological society. We're proud to say that 98 percent of our graduates step into a job in their field of study immediately upon graduation. One of the largest community colleges in the nation, HCC has served the Greater Houston area for over four decades. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Schools Commission on Colleges, we offer 300+ associate degree and certificate programs to 75,000+ students across 13 Centers of Excellence and online each semester. We are proud to be No.1 among all community colleges in the nation in providing associate degrees to minorities and No.1 in educating international students, with 10.4 percent of our student population from outside the USA. Our vision is to become the Employer of Choice in support of our mission for Student Success by attracting, retaining and motivating the best employees.

The Team

Some of the brightest minds in academics and business are choosing HCC as their teaching home. We appreciate your dedication to educating students! When you join our talented faculty team, you'll play a special role as teacher, mentor and academic advisor. We'll support you in your professional development as you contribute your knowledge and expertise to HCC, our students and the community.

We are currently seeking a Director Entrepreneurial Initiatives and Community Relations who will advance the institution's proud tradition of excellence in academics, student life and community service.


Under the direction of the Chief Entrepreneurial Initiative Officer, will direct and develop entrepreneurial initiatives at HCC. Will develop partnerships with community partners, serve as Lead Faculty in the Goldman Sachs programs, lead the Teen Entrepreneur College, and help develop, promote and grow entrepreneurship in Houston.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
  1. Direct the Teen Entrepreneur College (TEC) and expand to local independent school districts;
  2. Serve as Lead Faculty in Goldman Sachs programs;
  3. Host entrepreneurial and innovative events, including maker fairs and hackathons;
  4. Promote entrepreneurial activities at HCC including Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative, TEC, and Minority Business Development Agency;
  5. Collaborate with college personnel and administrative officers to gather interesting and compelling entrepreneurial stories to promote HCC;
  6. Work collaboratively with and in alignment with all HCC Business programs, cluster deans and workforce deans;
  7. Collaborate with appropriate District Communications Office staff (HCC-TV, HCC Web, Print and eMedia, and Community Development) to develop consistent and compelling messaging using all HCC and commercial mediums available;
  8. Develop and maintain relationships with strategic community partners and liaison with Entrepreneurial Office;
  9. Interface with local chambers and districts to build relationships and promote HCC programs, offerings, and activities; and
  10. Monitor, research and track legislation which impacts entrepreneurial initiatives and small businesses.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above. The qualifications listed below are representative of the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required.


Bachelor's degree in social sciences, human services, psychology, communication, business or related field from an accredited four-year college or university required.

Master's degree preferred.


Five (5) years' experience in entrepreneurship, small business, community development, public relations, communications, public affairs or a similar field required.

Experience with the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program is preferred.

  1. Possess excellent writing, speaking and presentation skills;
  2. Effective leadership skills which energize diverse work teams to respond to strategic business needs;
  3. Able to establish and maintain effective public relations in the business community;
  4. Able to research and analyze data to formulate successful projects, policies and plans;
  5. Able to administer multiple projects with varying deadlines, performance measures and reporting requirements;
  6. Demonstrated ability to develop strategic marketing and communication strategies;
  7. Demonstrated ability to analyze complex issues and communicate them effectively;
  8. Able to make high quality written and oral presentations to groups and stakeholders;
  9. Knowledge of general entrepreneurial and economic development principles and practices;
  10. Knowledge of conflict resolution and negotiation techniques;
  11. Knowledge of human resources/EEO policies, procedures and practices ;
  12. Knowledge of project management, program planning and performance measures;
  13. Able to attract, develop and retain community partnerships;
  14. Knowledge of sound principles of budgeting, recordkeeping and financial reporting ;
  15. Knowledge of educational administration and leadership in community college education; and
  16. General computer proficiency including Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel.

Next steps:
Take the next step toward a rewarding career and submit your application today!

Houston is a city with limitless possibilities:
Fourth-largest city in the U.S. and home to 54 Fortune 500 companies, second only to New York City's 55.

145 languages are spoken here.

Overall after-taxes living costs are 5.6 percent below the average for all 308 urban areas recently surveyed.

Houston is a major-league sports town, and don't forget the annual Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.

The weather is great! Mild winters ensure that outdoor activities can be enjoyed year-round.

World-renowned medical care. The Houston metro area has long been known for its first-rate health care system, with many Houston area hospitals consistently ranking among the nation's top institutions.

With over 150 museums and cultural institutions in the Greater Houston area, museums are a large part of Houston's cultural scene.

Houston is the Culture & Culinary Capital of Texas with more than 7,500 restaurants and eating establishments covering 60+ cuisines.

If this sounds like the role for you and you're ready to join an amazing team, please apply right away.

It is the policy of the Houston Community College System to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran's status. Individuals with disabilities, who require special accommodations to interview, should contact at (713) 718-8565.

HCC values its employees and their contributions, promotes opportunities for their professional growth and development, and provides a positive working and learning environment that encourages diversity, innovation and creativity, and inclusion.

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by their supervisor.

This job description may be revised upon development of other duties and changes in responsibilities.