Director, Foisie Innovation Studio Programs and I&E Integration

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Director, Foisie Innovation Studio Programs and I&E Integration


Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI

The Director will unleash and elevate the spirit of innovation at WPI and drive utilization of the Foisie Innovation Studio. The Director will build and implement a vibrant portfolio of innovative programs, a student engagement strategy, and a squad of strategic partners, sponsors, and collaborators with whom to expand our capabilities to enable and inspire our students with the skills and mindset to make the world a better place. The role will have primary responsibility to identify, develop, test, roll-out, and grow new sustainable programs across all phases of the WPI I&E funnel serving students in all disciplines (STEM, Business, & Humanities/Arts). These programs will either complement or be integrated into the academic project-based learning curriculum and/or drive utilization of the Foisie Innovation Studio.


  • Work with the I&E Executive Director and team to create a vibrant I&E culture and eco-system through the development of innovative student programs and experiences that will inspire discovery and mission finding, 21st century skills development, and an innovation/entrepreneurial mindset, which aligns with WPI's strategic priorities in being an innovation leader in project-based, experiential learning
  • Identify, develop, test, roll-out, and grow new sustainable programs across all phases of the WPI I&E funnel serving students in all disciplines (STEM, Business, & Humanities)
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders to understand students' needs and to develop insights that will help design new programs to address them
  • Build strong collaborations with WPI faculty, internal centers and institutes, external entrepreneurs and corporate leaders, and the TAN alumni network to drive though leadership and to support the content development and delivery of engaging workshops and experiences
  • Develop a student engagement and marketing strategy to drive participation in these programs and utilization of the Foisie Innovation Studio
  • Support the lifecycle of Impact Makers programing, including WPI I-Corp and WPI Tinkerbox program through curriculum development, teaching, mentoring, and recruiting
  • Develop, track, and report-out metrics of success in alignment with the short and long-term goals of the I&E program and strategic plan

  • 5-10 year's experience as Company Founder, General Manager or Executive Preferred
  • Master's in Business Administration, Management or Engineering required
  • Experience working in an Academic Setting strongly desired

United States of America (Exempt)

WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving and change making.

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About WPI
WPI is a vibrant, active, and diverse community of extraordinary students, world-renowned faculty, and state of the art research facilities. At WPI, we have competitive and comprehensive benefits, including health insurance, long-term care, retirement, tuition assistance, flexible spending accounts, work-life balance and much more.

Diversity & Inclusion at WPI
WPI is committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected; a place where every student, faculty and staff member can be themselves, so that they can study, live, and work comfortably, to reach their full potential, and make meaningful contributions in order to meet departmental and institutional goals. WPI thrives on innovative practice and welcomes diverse perspectives, insight, and people from diverse lived experiences, to enhance the community environment and propel the institution to the next level in a competitive, global marketplace.

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Posted: 1/14/2019
Application Due: 3/22/2019
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