Manager, Weissman Foundry & Innovation Spaces
The Weissman Foundry on the Babson College campus is an exciting new building and strategic educational initiative named in honor of esteemed Babson alumnus and trustee Bob Weissman '64, H'94, P'87 '90 and his wife Jan P'87 '90. This 9,800-square-foot educational facility will combine a flexible design studio classroom with innovative, related programming, prototyping facilities, and makerspaces where students can work on entrepreneurial projects where prototyping is central.
This new building is envisioned as an innovation and design space where entrepreneurs of all kinds can come together to learn and create and is a strategic action by Babson College to lead interdisciplinary education at the intersections of Entrepreneurship and the Liberal Arts. The Weissman Foundry is less about the actual tools and space provided, and more about the curricular and co-curricular programing that will bring Babson College, Olin College of Engineering and Wellesley College students together to create new products and services and solve problems. The modern, new space is being designed with faculty, student and staff input to increase this cross-college collaboration.
The Manager will be a key member of the Foundry team who will work closely with the Faculty Director and report directly to the Dean of the Undergraduate School and indirectly to the Dean of the Graduate School.
• Contribute to the strategy and leadership of this new space, aiming to impact global thought on interdisciplinary education.
• Work with the Faculty Director, Dean of the Undergraduate Program, and Provost to develop, implement, and coordinate innovative programming and events that serve the needs of all Foundry constituents.
• Manage all aspects of the Foundry and is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations, events and programs at the Foundry and other design spaces as determined by the Deans. This includes conceiving of, coordinating and executing all programming at the Foundry in an effective and fiscally responsible manner.
• Identify and pursue opportunities for programs and events at the Foundry, focused on creating impactful student educational experiences.
• Attend Foundry classes, events or other programming to represent Babson as needed.
• Attend open houses, orientations and other events for new and prospective students at Babson, Olin and Wellesley Colleges to educate them about the Foundry.
• Collaborate closely with all offices and units across Babson College to advance the goals and objectives of the Foundry. Cultivate and manage Foundry relationships with both internal and external stakeholders.
• Build strategic alliances across Babson, Olin and Wellesley Colleges to achieve cross-college collaboration in accordance with the goals and objectives of the Foundry.
• Serve as a liaison to student organizations on Babson, Olin and Wellesley College campuses.
• Design evaluation methods and/or surveys for Foundry classes, events and programming in collaboration with Babson Institutional Research (IR); and with IR, compile and analyze results for distribution to stakeholders.
• Design and implement a database that captures critical information on Foundry classes, events, programming, and tenants (i.e., cross-college participation rates); manage updates to the database; and identify criteria for success as well as tracking results.
• Create a branded Foundry website and maintain content, including user-friendly 'making-resources' for students such as instructional videos and other online and offline resources.
• Create, produce, and manage communications, newsletters, social media platforms and digital marketing initiatives.
• Play a role in fundraising for the Foundry and its programming as needed working with College Advancement. This includes planning and advancing fundraising initiatives; working closely with the Faculty Director and campus colleagues to identify and facilitate outreach to potential supporters across a range of giving levels; creating communications related to fundraising; and managing ongoing stewardship communications.
• Work on special projects and initiatives as assigned by the Deans or Faculty Director. Analyze project scope, establish contacts, perform research and data analysis, draft correspondence and reports, and create presentation materials.
• Oversee activities to ensure the health and safety of those engaging in Foundry operations including all procedures and regulations related to use of any toxic or hazardous materials in the building.
• Assume additional responsibilities as required.
Minimum Level of Education Required: Bachelor's degree
Position Knowledge/Skills & Abilities Requirements:
• A minimum of 4-6 years successful experience in program or department management or other equivalent leadership responsibilities.
• Must have excellent oral, written, and presentation skills.
• A demonstrated passion for hands-on education
• Must have prior supervisory experience including working with students.
• Ability to work collaboratively, and also independently.
• Proven ability to work with colleagues across multiple departments and divisions; and with both internal and external stakeholders. Ability to establish credibility and confidence.
• Must have experience leading teams and initiatives.
• Must be a self-starter with the ability to lead and motivate others who are not direct reports.
• Ability to infuse student empowerment and create design/innovation options for student teams.
• Ability to facilitate difficult conversations/negotiations.
• Must have strong leadership, judgment, and creative problem-solving experience.
• Must have experience in coordinating, managing and executing events independently.
• Must have a strong attention to detail with the ability to multi-task; strong database management skills; and superior analytical skills.
• Ability to operate with a high degree of confidentiality.
• Ability to envision and propose new methods to perform tasks that support ET&A; take thoughtful risks; and accept new and ongoing initiatives, objectives, and solutions to gain sought-after results.
• Ability to anticipate and embrace change; demonstrate willingness to achieve, acquire, and utilize new skills and challenging tasks; and is flexible in changing conditions.
• Must have proficiency or an interest to learn major 3D design software as well as other software used in typical Maker Space environments.
• Must have a proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, SharePoint).
• Must have a proficiency in social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, WordPress. Familiarity with social media tools including dashboards.
• Must have a proficiency in website development including knowledge in HTML.
• Requires some evenings/weekends. Flexibility to oversee programming, events or student employees that may occur outside of normal working hours.
Additional Experience, Skills & Abilities:
• Master's degree preferred
Interested candidates should apply via our website https://babson.peopleadmin.com
We are an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic. The EEO is the Law poster is available here. Babson College is committed to enhancing diversity and inclusion across all levels of the College. Candidates who believe they can contribute to this value are strongly encouraged to apply.