Director of Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative - 476011

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Director of Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative - 476011


The Director of the Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) initiative is responsible for working with faculty and administrators to help envision, develop and implement distinctive curricular and co-curricular programming related to Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship across the 5 schools at the University of Richmond (School of Arts & Sciences, Robins School of Business, Jepson School of Leadership Studies, School of Law and School of Professional and Continuing Studies). We are looking for a creative, collaborative, forward-looking leader who will help develop robust and distinctive programing in CIE across the university.


  • Cultivate and build a culture of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship on campus especially in terms of preparing students to understand their creative processes, develop their ability to ideate and innovate, and provide training in entrepreneurial design thinking.
    • Promote a culture of CIE at the University of Richmond, maintaining regular, high-level contact with administrators and faculty across campus. Create and influence policies and opportunities to advance entrepreneurial ideas, start-up ventures, and inspire CIE thinking.
    • Develop, implement and assess distinctive, foundational and transformational CIE programs and initiatives.
    • Act as a catalyst and champion to build an innovation ecosystem on campus by identifying and promoting “innovation” occurring within various parts of the university and providing training and education to campus community members.
  • Administer the University of Richmond Entrepreneurship Minor.
  • Oversee and manage a comprehensive portfolio that fosters CIE opportunities across and between the colleges and disciplines, including student curricular and co-curricular programs and competitions.
  • Engage and partner with faculty and staff from various disciplines to discuss “innovation” strategies and how they can engage these concepts for the benefit of UR students.
  • Act as a resource for students, alumni, faculty and administrators who are seeking advice, information, assistance or mentorship related to creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship activities.
  • Foster faculty involvement and collaborate with faculty on CIE course and research development.
  • Develop and manage relationships with internal and external stakeholders to provide financial, recruiting, internship, and other engagement opportunities.
  • Engage with community and professional organizations to promote CIE at the University of Richmond.
  • Create and oversee a process for generating, researching and vetting new ideas and insights to develop a pipeline of innovation projects that will benefit UR students.
  • Balance resources with opportunities; manage operations related to CIE including budget development and administration.
  • Perform other duties and assist with projects as assigned.


  • Ability to work with students and connect people, ideas, and concepts
  • Knowledge and experience in the areas of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship
  • Strong leadership skills and ability to inspire and influence partners at all levels of the university.
  • Ability to lead academic development efforts
  • Ability to influence change in an organization
  • Knowledge of trends in CIE, and in undergraduate education
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; strong interpersonal communication skills; data analysis skills; presentation skills; organizational skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects
  • Candidates should be creative, innovative and/or entrepreneurial problem solvers.
  • Ability to work with diverse stakeholders, and to gain the respect and confidence of faculty, students, alumni, staff, administrators and external partners.
  • A deep commitment to the well-being of University of Richmond students and the advancement of the university mission.


  • A terminal degree is preferred; an equivalent combination of entrepreneurial experience and education will be considered.
  • Track record of success in creative and innovative ventures.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years experience in roles requiring innovative, creative, and/or entrepreneurial skills.
  • Experience providing administrative leadership in an educational setting preferred


  • Full-time, exempt position
  • This position is classified as limited term and is expected to end by 06/30/2023
  • Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; 7.75 hrs./day; 38.75 hrs./week


At the University of Richmond, we’re creative, inclusive, and determined. We’re Spiders, and our mission is to create positive change in the UR community and beyond. Located minutes from downtown Richmond, Virginia, the University of Richmond ( blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research, and cultural opportunities usually found only at large institutions. There’s only one place like Richmond.

UR is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development and institutional success. In keeping with this commitment, our academic community welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds and candidates who support diversity. EOE




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Posted: 10/13/2020
Application Due: 12/4/2020
Work Type: Full Time