Director of Entrepreneurship (R-0755)

Job description

Qualifications:  The Director will typically have a graduate degree in a business related discipline, information technology, engineering, or another field related to entrepreneurship and will have substantial firsthand experience with entrepreneurship either through research or practice. 

APPOINTMENT DATE:  June 17, 2018


BENEFITS: Competitive benefit package

The Director of Entrepreneurship has campus-wide responsibilities serving as a leader and catalyst of entrepreneurship.  The Director will work to enable a campus-wide culture of entrepreneurship.  The Director will also link the campus community to external entrepreneurship resources such as:  Network Kansas, the Kansas Small Business Development Center Network, Northwest Kansas Economic Innovation Center, Wichita Technology Corp., KC SourceLink, mentors, and investors.  The Director’s end goal is creation of entrepreneurial capacity and successful entrepreneurial activity.

The Director of Entrepreneurship will lead FHSU’s co-curricular entrepreneurship activities which will evolve and vary according to needs and opportunities.  Initially, these will include two main areas of focus:  1) Activities tied to the Dane G. Hansen Entrepreneurship Scholarship Hall; and 2) those open to the FHSU community.

Activities directly tied to the Dane G. Hansen Entrepreneurship Scholarship Hall are intended to create an innovative and supportive environment for living, learning, and developing entrepreneurial capacity.

  • Recruitment of students from majors across campus for the Dane G. Hansen Entrepreneurship Scholarship Hall
  • Lead student orientation and community building
  • Facilitate student development of rules for living, interaction, and engagement for residents.  This will be assisted by the Residential Life staff.
  • Development and delivery of programming for the Dane G. Hansen Entrepreneurship Scholarship Hall’s residents.  Most importantly, programming should inform students of entrepreneurship models and opportunities in Northwest Kansas.  The director will also expose students to successful ventures and resources across the country and perhaps even international models. 
  • Each week residents will have a one hour activity that may include a presentation by an entrepreneur or resource provider or participate in an activity such as an ideation exercise.
  • The students living in the scholarship hall and alumni of the hall will be expected to be the campus entrepreneurship student leaders.  They will be the most involved in competitions and in starting new ventures.
  • Serve as the liaison between the College of Business and Entrepreneurship, FHSU Residential Life, and the FHSU Physical Plant on issues regarding the scholarship hall. 

The Entrepreneurship Director is responsible for the following activities serving varying constituencies of the FHSU campus community:

  • Serve as the connector for students and faculty seeking to start businesses with a variety of resources including:      
    • Ideation feedback
    • Strategy assistance
    • Capital
    • Intellectual property assistance
    • Market analysis and marketing assistance
    • Prototyping
    • Mentorship
    • Potential co-founders
  • Organizing on-campus entrepreneurship competitions and supporting FHSU students in preparing for and traveling to one to three competitions held by other universities and organizations;
  • Organizing tours of Northwest Kansas entrepreneurial businesses for students and faculty;
  • Organizing one or more student/faculty tours to Kansas City, Denver, or other cities to visit startup companies and support organizations;
  • Serve on the Department of Management Entrepreneurship Curriculum Committee;
  • Establish an Entrepreneurship Advisory Council and facilitate its engagement;
  • Facilitate Entrepreneurship Mentoring;
  • Develop and guide other activities that stimulate FHSU entrepreneurship;
  • Collect metrics on entrepreneurship activities including such things as:
    • Enrollment in Entrepreneurship classes
    • Completion of the Certificate in Entrepreneurship
    • Participation in events
    • Assessment of student readiness to engage in entrepreneurship
    • Student and alumni of FHSU entrepreneurship activities who have started businesses
  • Execute certain entrepreneurship grants as the FHSU administrator.  These currently include:
    • Kansas Jumpstart – funded by the Kansas Department of Commerce
    • Hansen and Werth Internships programs

The Entrepreneurship Director will lead a team who will assist in carrying out his or her responsibilities.  These may include:

  • Entrepreneurship Coordinator (position filled based on resources available)
  • Hansen Hall Residence Hall Assistant (RA)
  • Student employees

This is a 12 month position.  During the summer, the Entrepreneurship Director will continue to recruit students, work with student entrepreneurs seeking assistance, work on additional program development, place fall internships, compile an annual entrepreneurship performance report,  create specific reports for key donors, arrange events that will occur during the academic year,  and assist as requested with the FHSU Entrepreneurship camp.

The Entrepreneurship Director will teach one entrepreneurship class each semester and during the summer term.

The Entrepreneurship Director is an administrator who reports to the Dean of the Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship and is also a part-time non-tenure track faculty member within the discipline most aligned with his or her expertise.  This position is funded via private support.  Its continuation beyond its first two years will depend upon the success of the program and satisfaction of donors.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  To apply for this position, please visit  Only electronic applications submitted through the webpage will be accepted.

REQUIRED APPLICATION DOCUMENTS:  Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and names and contact information for three professional references. Applicant documents should be submitted in one PDF.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:
Name: Dr. LeAnn Brown
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (785) 628-4201

Mission: The Fort Hays State University Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship offers highly engaging educational experiences, preparing and supporting our students and alumni for professional success in a dynamic, global environment. Our focus is on instructional engagement. Faculty add value to student instruction and the community through scholarly activity and ongoing professional engagement. The College provides service that benefits the university, our disciplines, and the greater community. (Adopted by COBE Faculty on May 4, 2016).

Description: The college consists of four large and growing departments: Applied Business Studies; Economics, Finance, and Accounting; Informatics; and Management and consists of more than 50 full-time faculty supported by key staff. In addition to a wide range of undergraduate programs, it has a significant sized Master of Business Administration program and also offers Master of Professional Studies degrees in Human Resource Management and varying areas of Informatics. On-campus students majoring in these academic areas number approximately 800 and domestic distance learning students number 1150. The RCOBE is housed in the historic, but recently remodeled McCartney Hall and newly constructed Hammond Hall. In addition to on-campus offerings, the college offers several undergraduate and graduate degrees on-line. It also participates in joint degrees with two partner universities in China. Among the college’s many unique attributes is the Dane G. Hansen Entrepreneurship Scholarship Hall that opened with the 2016-2017 academic year. Website:

Forward Thinking.  World Ready - Fort Hays State University is a highly entrepreneurial teaching focused institution with major operations on-campus, online and in China.  Providing a high-quality education at an affordable price, FHSU is ranked by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the top ten fastest growing universities in the U.S.  It has an enrollment in excess of 14,000 students (Approximately 5,000 on campus, 3,500 in China, and over 6,000 online) and over 380 full time faculty.  Bachelors, masters and professional doctoral degrees are offered through five colleges, the Graduate School, the Honors College, the Virtual College, and various international partnerships.   Fort Hays State University's award-winning Virtual College coordinates distance education to the U.S. Armed Services and students in over 20 countries.  The Virtual College has received many accolades, including U.S. News & World Report Online Programs rankings,, Best Buys in Education, among others.  Students at FHSU may select a major field of study from 30 departments.  FHSU is fully accredited by several national agencies, and is one of six state-assisted institutions of higher education governed by a Board of Regents appointed by the governor of the state of Kansas.  The website ranked the Fort Hays State campus as the safest in the state of Kansas.

The University has rich sports and cultural programming, all of which enjoy tremendous community support.  The Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center is home to the Encore Series, which hosts many travelling Broadway shows, the Hays Symphony, university and other national and world-caliber performances.  Fort Hays State University athletic events provide NCAA Division II athletic entertainment.

FHSU is located in Hays, a vibrant university community of approximately 22,000, located half way between Kansas City and Denver on Interstate 70.  Hays has received numerous recent accolades such as being voted an All-American City, second best city in the state to raise children, and also the third best small college town in America.  It is the regional center for education, health care, professional services, shopping, culture, and recreation for the western half of Kansas – serving a population of nearly 400,000.  Hays boasts excellent recreational facilities including the comprehensive Center for Health Improvement, Hays Aquatic Park, the Sternberg Museum of Natural History, Smoky Hill Country Club, Hays Municipal Golf Course, an extensive recreational program, and excellent opportunities for walking, running, and biking.  Hays is within 45 minutes of two large lakes providing boating, fishing, and camping. The Hays Municipal Airport provides connecting service to Denver with several flights daily.  The community has award-winning public and private schools.  With over 60 restaurants, robust retail outlets, one of the lowest unemployment rates and commute times in the U.S., the city provides a safe, very friendly, low-cost, high-quality living environment.

Notice of Non-discrimination – Fort Hays State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, national origin, color, age, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability or veteran status.

Background Check: Final candidate will have consented to and successfully completed a criminal background check.

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Posted: 4/5/2018
Application Due: 6/4/2018
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