Director of the Griffiths Center for Collaboration and Innovation
Date: January 14, 2019
Title: Director of the Griffiths Center for Collaboration and Innovation
Description: The Griffiths Center for Collaboration & Innovation (GCCI) builds upon Hartwick’s longstanding commitment to experiential learning and the Liberal Arts in Practice. The inaugural Director of the GCCI will lead and advance a culture of collaboration, innovation, and entrepreneurship at Hartwick College. The Director will inspire innovative thinking, support collaborative learning, and model key tenets of the Hartwick mission: “curiosity, critical thinking, creativity, personal courage, and an enduring passion for learning.” Success in this position will be the measurable increase in the demonstrated capacity of students and employees to inspire, make, and leverage change to meet their personal goals and the goals of the College.
The position reports to the President of the College. The Director will work with the President, the College’s senior leadership team, and a GCCI cross-campus advisory committee to fully develop and implement the strategic direction for the Griffiths Center for Collaboration and Innovation. The Director will lead the advisory committee; guide development and delivery of programs that support creativity and innovation across campus; provide daily operational oversight for each facet of the GCCI; and collaborate with faculty to develop programming for newly established Innovation Stations on the Hartwick Campus. The Director will forge alliances with the College’s various communities and constituencies, including the greater Oneonta business and non-profit community and Hartwick’s 18,000 alumni, in order to enhance the learning of Hartwick students.
- Raise the visibility of, champion and further the mission of the GCCI, across Hartwick’s campus and among the College’s constituent groups;
- Support faculty, staff, and students by catalyzing the development of innovative experiential learning activities designed to foster creativity and collaboration between various groups (both on campus and off campus.) Specifically:
- Increase the number of student engagement, including internship, opportunities with entrepreneurs and innovators in the Oneonta area, throughout greater New York, and beyond.
- Develop and deliver workshop programming to increase campus and community exposure to, and understanding of, tools that promote innovative thinking and initiatives within and beyond the classroom.
- Develop and deliver a new speaker series that will support the programmatic goals of the GCCI.
- Lead the effort to identify a growing number of post-graduate employment opportunities in industries and professions that require workers with creativity, strong collaboration skills and experience with refined problem solving skills. Help Hartwick faculty and students to make connections with these opportunities.
- Work collaboratively with the College Advancement office to identify funding sources to support paid internship opportunities.
- Assist the College Advancement office in identifying private, corporate and foundation sources for funding of GCCI programming and operations; assist in soliciting these funds.
- Assure and oversee the College’s participation in Stanford’s University Innovation Fellows or similar program and mentor the students who qualify for the program, encouraging their success in program related initiatives. Assist the Fellows in their development of a group of Student Ambassadors who will advocate for and support greater innovation and collaboration on campus.
- Assist in the evaluation and full implementation of Hartwick225: Students First initiatives (2018) as appropriate and needed.
- Develop and manage budgets to support the GCCI Innovation Stations.
- Assess the need for additional staff to support the GCCI; determine the ROI of expansion. Direct and evaluate future GCCI staff with respect to programs and initiatives of the Center.
- Regularly assess the effectiveness of GCCI programming and develop and act on a plan of continuous program improvement
Qualifications: Doctoral degree preferred, though candidates with a Master’s degree and a strong combination of qualities and experiences will be considered. The ideal candidate will be an active listener with excellent organizational, oral presentation, and written communication skills. S/he will be creative and open-minded, demonstrate the ability to collaborate with, lead, and motivate others. S/he will demonstrate evidence of resourcefulness and flexibility, outreach and team building. Must have a record of accomplishment in initiating and leading new projects, programs and/or product development, in a commercial, not for profit or governmental setting. The successful candidate will provide evidence of familiarity with, and the successful application of, design and/or systems thinking methods. S/he will have effectively managed budgets. Experience in an academic setting that includes direct engagement with students, faculty and others is strongly preferred.