Associate Director, I-Corps at GW

Oct 03, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Job Description Summary:

The George Washington University (GW) Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship is housed under the Office of the Vice President for Research. The office provides programming around innovation, education, venture creation, and making connections to support GW entrepreneurs and the Mid-Atlantic startup community. Founded in 2010, the office has worked with thousands of students, faculty, and alumni, and serves as a focal point for entrepreneurship at GW. It leverages the unique strengths of our university's schools in the nation's capital to serve society at large through the knowledge and practice of entrepreneurship.

GW is a core university in DC I-Corps, which is one of the U.S. National Science Foundation's (NSF) eight Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Nodes, teaching the Lean Startup approach for building successful technology-based startups. GW has also been designated as an NSF I-Corps Site, one of eighty-seven Sites in the nation, and one of only a handful that has received grants as both a Node and a Site. In its capacity as a core university in the DC I-Corps Node, GW is launching a new program with the support of NSF to engage early-stage deep-technology ventures from the broader Mid-Atlantic community. This new two-part program is called SBIR Phase 0 and I-Corps Go.

The Associate Director, I-Corps at GW reports directly to the Director for I-Corps at GW and has primary responsibility for managing the Phase 0 and I-Corps Go programs.

The primary mission of the Phase 0 program is to engage community-based early-stage deep-technology prospective ventures in I-Corps programming. Phase 0 is designed to support teams that do not have a viable path to NSF I-Corps participation through existing university-based funding mechanisms. These community based teams may come from incubators, accelerators, and non-university affiliated labs and research institutions among other prospective partners.

I-Corps Go is a program designed to support graduates of the I-Corps entrepreneurial training cohorts that have decided to launch start-ups. As these ventures transition from searching for a business model to execution and building a company, they are faced with a unique set of challenges. I-Corps Go will support early stage technology start-ups in their on-going customer discovery, and in addressing start-up challenges around IP protection, team building, fund raising, and more. Specific duties and responsibilities include:

Manages of all aspects of the DC I-Corps SBIR Phase 0 and I-Corps Go program administration and operations including program design, development and delivery. Markets and promotes DC I-Corps SBIR Phase 0 and I-Corps Go programs to internal and external communities, and partners (including corporate partners, regional incubators and accelerators, state-level innovation programs, veterans' programs, and more) to encourage participation in mentorship programs. Identifies community based teams (incubators, accelerators, startups, non-university affiliated labs and research institutions) who are interested in the program. Represents I-Corps through hosting, attending events, meet ups, conferences and workshops.

Designs programs' communication plan. Assists the Director for I-Corps at GW in the development and execution of strategies to engage stakeholders and build visibility of the DC I-Corps SBIR Phase 0 and I-Corps Go programs. This includes managing the implementation of digital and print promotional pieces; overseeing the execution of web and social media strategy; creating content; and, managing the production of various communications for print, video and web.

Develops training programs, presentations and workshops including educational materials and coaching of teams. Recruits and vets mentors from the regional and national area. Conducts employee training sessions, workshops, presentations and discussions. Develops and maintains metrics for programs. Manages data collections/analysis, program assessment and evaluations activities, and regular tracking of participating teams performance against milestones.

Performs other work related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor's degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 5 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Master's degree or higher in a relevant area of study plus 3 years of relevant professional experience. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Additional Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications:

• Understanding of the NSF I-Corps programs
• Graduate degree in STEM field
• Demonstrated command of Lean Startup, Customer Development, and entrepreneurship principles
• Experience with SBIR programs
• Experience with the innovation ecosystem in Washington, DC and throughout the Mid-Atlantic
• Strong administrative skills
• Ability to work effectively with researchers, entrepreneurs, students, faculty, and administrators across all academic disciplines
• Ability to handle multiple and sometimes conflicting priorities
• Great oral and written communication skills


Campus Location: Foggy Bottom College/School/Department: Office Vice President of Research (OVPR) Family Academic Affairs Sub-Family Program Administration Stream Individual Contributor Level Level 3 Full-Time/Part-Time: Part-Time Hours Per Week: 30 Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, hours will vary Position Designation: Essential: Employees who perform functions that have been deemed essential to maintaining business or academic operations. Employees are generally expected to work from home during an event and may be asked to physically report to work. Telework: Yes Required Background Check: Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search Special Instructions to Applicants:

This is a one-year pilot appointment with possible renewal dependent on grant funding from the National Science Foundation or other sponsor.

Internal Applicants Only? No Posting Number: S006718 Job Open Date: 10/03/2017 Job Close Date: If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until: Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire. EEO Statement:

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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    1. Resume
    2. Cover Letter
    Optional Documents
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    2. Letter of Recommendation 2
    3. Letter of Recommendation 3


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