Executive Director and Entrepreneur in Residence

Job description


This position is responsible for (1) developing and implementing co-curricular programming to enhance student experiences in innovation and entrepreneurship. Programs include a skills-based workshop series; a cohesive summer internship program; a certificate program in entrepreneurial studies, and others (2) providing advice and consultative support for student ventures and student groups. This position involves interactions with students, faculty, and external constituencies, including the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) Advisory Board.

This is a new, five-year, renewable appointment at the College.  Continuation of this position will depend on both performance and continued funding.

The CIE, one of eleven research institutes at CMC, supports student-faculty research and co-curricular experiences. The CIE is the catalyst for private sector innovation and entrepreneurship at CMC. By providing experiential learning, credentialing, and networking, the CIE helps equip students with the skills, experience, and confidence to engage effectively in entrepreneurial organizations. 



Reporting to the Academic Director of the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, the Executive Director works independently and collaboratively to perform the following essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Develop a series of rigorous skill-based workshops and co-curricular programs to enhance student experience with the innovative and entrepreneurial process
  • Coordinate with the Academic Director to oversee recruitment of the student leadership team and their involvement in co-curricular design and implementation 
  • Coordinate with the Academic Director to develop, implement, and oversee a certificate program in entrepreneurial studies
  • Develop a CIE internship program that supports student internships in targeted cities with  tech companies, startups, and venture firms 
  • Forge and maintain relationships with potential employers and internship sponsors 
  • Support individual students and student organizations active in the areas of entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Support the CIE as an organization through involvement with the student leadership team, CIE planning, fundraising and advisory board outreach
  • Performs other essential duties and tasks specific to the position


  • Regular attendance
  • Productively take and follow directions
  • Work cooperatively with others
  • Receive and respond appropriately to constructive criticism
  • Ability to multitask



Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a relevant social science, business, or computer science fields, or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.  


Applied experience with entrepreneurship is required.  Relevant experience could include: experience as an entrepreneur or key employee of a startup or as an investor in new ventures; experience working in an entrepreneurial organization or in an entrepreneurial position within an organization. 


A valid driver’s license or equivalent means of reliable transportation to off-site meetings and events is required.


Individual must possess knowledge, skills, and ability to be able to successfully perform the essential functions of the position, or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions will be performed, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of knowledge skills and abilities.

Deploy professional skills, in collaboration with colleagues and independently, in:

  • Co-curricular design and delivery in applied areas related to technology, computer science, strategic management, innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Design and implementation of learning outcome assessment systems; group facilitation;
  • Capability to custom design educational programs based on local needs;
  • Understanding of the mission of a liberal arts college;
  • Effective, accurate and clear communication with excellent verbal, written, interpersonal, reading, and leadership skills to supervise, facilitate, motivate and inspire a highly diverse group of individuals including  CIE staff, other college staff, student employees, and other stakeholders;
  • Knowledge of diverse types of current technology;
  • Operate computers proficiently with Microsoft Office software (such as Word, Excel, Outlook) and associated professional software such as Photoshop. Use assigned technology, devices and equipment to achieve annual goals and maintain confidentiality. Follow evolution of educational technology.
  • Capacity to prioritize and perform multiple projects/tasks, meet deadlines/timelines, respond to others in a timely manner, and work both independently and as a collaborative member of the College with a high standard of integrity and ethics, in support of the College’s strategic vision and the Center’s annual goals.
  • Capacity to motivate and mentor students and staff, foremost in CIE and also beyond; 
  • Strong organizational and time management skills to complete work with accuracy and a keen attention to detail.
  • Ability to travel to offsite events, meetings, programs or conferences.


REQUIRED HOURS: The regular hours for this full time position are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.  Holiday, weekend and evening work hours will be required.  Travel may be required.  Regular hours may vary due to needs of the College. This is a 12 month position.


This is an exempt position.

This is a regular, full-time position.

This is a benefits-eligible position.

Physical Requirements:                Sedentary (up to 10 lbs.)

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY:   This position will supervise professional and administrative staff.

GROOMING AND APPEARANCE:  The Claremont Colleges seek to maintain a neat and professional image at all times. 

BACKGROUND CHECK:  The successful candidate will be required to undergo a full consumer background check.  Certain positions will require the successful completion of a post-offer physical agility test.  Employment is contingent on the satisfactory results of the aforementioned, in addition to compliance with requirements cited in this job description.

ADA/OSHA:  This job description defines the essential or fundamental job duties of this position.   It is assumed that employees hired for this position can perform the essential functions of this job without imposing risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of themselves or others.  It may also include marginal functions, generally defined within Title 1 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

DISCLAIMER: This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this position.  When duties and responsibilities change and develop, the College will review this job description and make changes of business necessity.




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Posted: 2/28/2018
Application Due: 4/29/2018
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