Chief Executive Officer of Maine Center Ventures

Portland, Maine
Jan 19, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Maine System (UMS) offers an opportunity for an innovative, entrepreneurial and collaborative leader to become the founding Chief Executive Office of Maine Center Ventures (MCV).  The purpose of the newly formed MCV is to build the Maine Center brand of active engagement and effective partnership with the business, non-profit, government, and professional communities.  This includes: encouraging and supporting new academic offerings among the professional and graduate programs in the Maine center; acting as a liaison to develop new experiential education opportunities for students and to expand executive education and other entrepreneurial programs for Maine business; acting as a liaison between the academy and the business and professional communities to advance Maine Center objectives; and acting as a liaison to increase the focus of academic and non-academic programs and services on economic development opportunities of importance to Maine.

MCV is a 501.c.3 tax exempt organization through which dedicated and external funding for academic and other programs of the Maine Center may flow from foundations, businesses and other external sources.  MCV will be led by a Chief Executive Officer (CEO). MCV has a board of directors chaired by the Chancellor of the University of Maine System and operating under the authority of the UMS Board of Trustees.  The CEO is the primary representative and voice of MCV and, along with the UMS Chancellor, the key representative of the Maine Center vision to the external communities and the general public.  The position will be based in Portland, Maine.

The Maine Center for Graduate and Professional Studies (the Maine Center) is a priority UMS initiative to increase graduate and professional opportunities for its students and advance economic and work force development in Maine. Fully developed, it will comprise a consortium of graduate and professional programs working collaboratively and interactively with one another and with the private and public sectors to serve students, businesses and public organizations statewide. The initial academic consortium members are the UMS graduate business programs, the University of Maine School of Law, and USM’s health management and policy graduate programs of the Muskie School and the Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy.

The CEO will:

  • Be responsible for the development and implementation of the MCV’s strategic plan
  • Be responsible for establishing and maintaining creative and engaged partnerships with businesses, NGOs, and public entities
  • Lead development and implementation of a branding and marketing strategy to effectively promote the mission of the Maine Center
  • Lead a broadly engaged MCV advisory council
  • Develop a fundraising strategy to meet the grant match requirements and to underwrite present and future Maine Center activities 
  • Lead planning, launching and ongoing operation of the Maine Center business incubator / accelerator
  • Build on the initial stages of an executive education pilot program resulting in a high quality, sustainable executive education program to meet needs of    Maine organizations

The successful candidate will be an innovative leader, with experience in business, higher education, law, economic development or public policy who is excited about the opportunity to help build graduate and professional education to advance the state of Maine.  Preferred characteristics of the CEO include:

  • Knowledge of, or a demonstrated serious commitment to, higher education and its role in economic development
  • A record of successful grant, corporate, and foundation fund raising
  • Very strong communication skills across all stakeholder groups, and the ability to articulate and market a clear vision for Maine Center Ventures reflective of its mission
  • Appropriate knowledge of Maine’s business, legal and public higher education strengths and challenges

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  •  MBA, J.D. or equivalent graduate or professional degree
  •  A significant and demonstrable record of achievement as a business executive, NGO /non-profit executive, legal practitioner, economic development leader, or graduate education administrator with major private sector experience, or an equivalent professional position
  • Demonstrated leadership success in a complex organization that uses both hierarchical and influence governance and management systems
  •  A record of strong entrepreneurial leadership, including innovation and a history of building and sustaining consensus around change

Other Information:

UMS offers competitive compensation and a strong benefits program including health, life and disability insurance, retirement, and tuition waiver.

 Review of applications begins immediately.  To ensure full consideration, materials should be submitted by February 20, 2018.  Materials received after that date will be considered at the discretion of the University. Materials must be submitted via “Apply For Position.”  You will need to create an applicant profile, complete an application (which includes contact information for three professional references), and upload a cover letter and a resume/curriculum vitae which fully describes your qualifications and experiences with specific reference to the required and preferred qualifications.  You will also need to complete the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status form.

The successful applicant is subject to background screening.

All UMS employees are required to comply with applicable policies and procedures, as well as to complete applicable workplace related screenings, and required employee trainings, such as Information Security, Safety Training, Workplace Violence and Sexual Harassment.

The University of Maine System is an EEO/AA employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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