Associate Director, I-Corps Regional Outreach

Washington, D.C.
Mar 02, 2018
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 academic startups from the broader Mid-Atlantic community. This new pilot program is called the "Mentorless Teams Pilot Program" and seeks to recruit, fund, train, and support teams from research universities in regions with less robust mentor networks.

This new Associate Director, I-Corps Regional Outreach reports directly to the Director for I-Corps at GW and has primary responsibility for managing the Mentorless Teams Pilot Program.

The primary mission of the Mentorless Teams Pilot Program is to engage academic STEM-based technology startups and aspiring entrepreneurs at research universities in the mid-Atlantic to participate in I-Corps. NSF I-Corps has traditionally required all participating teams to have a mentor on each team. This new pilot aims to serve researchers at universities where there may not be adequate mentor support for them to participate. These "mentorless teams" will be recruited and funded to participate in specialized national I-Corps programs with centralized mentor support on site. Likely candidates will come from R1 universities in the mid-Atlantic but outside of the immediate Washington, DC metro area.

The Associate Director, I-Corps Regional Outreach will work with stakeholders at these universities to identify and support relevant startup teams, to organize and run informational sessions and Introduction to I-Corps workshops, to connect candidates with NSF and I-Corps Node resources, to oversee sub-awards that fund the selected teams, and ultimately to organize and support a national I-Corps Teams Mentor Cohort in which these teams participate. Specific duties and responsibilities include:

Manages of all aspects of the DC I-Corps Mentorless Teams Pilot and Regional Outreach program administration and operations including program design, development and delivery. Promotes programs to communities, and partners, particularly researchers looking to commercialize technologies at R1 mid-Atlantic universities. Represents I-Corps through hosting, attending events, meet ups, conferences and workshops.

Designs programs' communication plan. Develops and executes strategies to engage stakeholders and build visibility of the 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. Conducts 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. Manages and monitors sub-awards to grantees and supports teams through participation in National I-Corps activities. Organizes and supports specializes Mentor cohorts.

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.
• Experience mentoring or training academic and STEM-based technology startups.
• Demonstrated command of Lean Startup, Customer Development, and entrepreneurship principles.
• Experience with SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) programs.
• Experience with research universities and with the innovation ecosystem throughout the Mid-Atlantic.
• Experience with academic technology transfer policies, procedures, and offices.
• 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, Washington, D.C. 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: 20 Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 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 limited term appointment based on funding.

Internal Applicants Only? No Posting Number: S006956 Job Open Date: 01/26/2018 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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