Associate Vice President, Economic Development

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Associate Vice President, Economic Development

Job ID: 227085
Location: Kennesaw, Georgia
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

About Us
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University is one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. KSU offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university's vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties, entrepreneurial spirit, and Division I athletics draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Ranked a top choice for students by U.S. News, Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status.

Our Kennesaw campus is located at 1000 Chastain Road NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144. Our Marietta campus is located at 1100 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA 30060.

Job Summary
Responsible for creating, implementing, and sustaining innovation and community and industry partnership initiatives for Kennesaw State University and specifically, the strategic priorities for research and economic development. Works closely with the Vice President of Research and other executive leaders to prioritize institutional initiatives in innovation and partnership within and external to the institution including strategy, planning, joint ventures, business development, community partnerships, and the university's innovation portfolio. Develops effective relationships with colleagues across the University and key academic, administrative and other community and business stakeholders external to KSU. Develops sources for, and benchmark other organizations to support the development of innovative community and industry partnerships, assessing the field to identify emerging trends, and recommending new initiatives to grow the organization.

1. Partners closely with research staff and industry and community members to better understand market trends and to forge collaborations that can benefit both the University, the participating partners, and the regional and national economy

2. Develops and leads initiatives and programs to improve and increase interaction with industry and community members to the mutual gain of the university and the economy

3. Identifies, develops, and expands entrepreneurial opportunities for KSU faculty and students

4. Works directly with faculty entrepreneurs to form new ventures and support existing startups in all disciplines

5. Coordinates campus activities related to economic development

6. Serves as a liaison with local, regional and national economic development organizations and organizations aligned with the University

7. Supports recruitment of new businesses and strengthen existing businesses within the state in cooperation with economic development organizations and government agencies

8. Encourages and assists faculty and other University personnel in developing opportunities for industry collaborations in the future

Required Qualifications
Master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education in Business, Management, Public Administration, Entrepreneurship or related field

Ten (10) years of experience in business and/or economic development, strategic planning and/or leadership is required. Experience should demonstrate increasing responsibility.

Preferred Qualifications
PhD is preferred
Experience in a higher education setting highly desired

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Able to handle multiple tasks or projects at one time meeting assigned deadlines

  • Excellent interpersonal, initiative, teamwork, problem solving, independent judgment, organization, communication (verbal and written), time management, project management and presentation skills

  • Proficient with computer applications and programs associated with the position (i.e., Microsoft Office suite)

  • Strong attention to detail and follow up skills

  • Strong customer service skills and phone and e-mail etiquette

    Equal Employment Opportunity
    Kennesaw State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Kennesaw State University to recruit, hire, train, promote and educate persons without regard to age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, national origin race religion, sexual orientation, or status as a protected Veteran. Kennesaw State University is a participant in the Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify) effective October 15, 2007. Participant ID: 61415

    Other Information
    This is a supervisory position.
    This position does not have any financial responsibilities.
    No, this position will not be required to drive.
    This role is not considered a position of trust.
    This position does not require a purchasing card (P-Card).
    This position may travel 1% - 24% of the time
    This position does not require security clearance.

    Background Check
    • Standard Enhanced + Education

    Per the University System of Georgia background check policy, all final candidates will be required to consent to a criminal background investigation. Final candidates may be asked to disclose criminal record history during the initial screening process and prior to a conditional offer of employment. Applicants for positions of trust with screening results which confirm a disqualifying criminal history will be immediately disqualified from employment eligibility.

    All applicants are required to include professional references as part of their application process. Some positions may require additional job-based screenings such as motor vehicle report, credit check, pre-employment drug screening and/or verification of academic credentials.

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    Job No:
    Posted: 5/10/2021
    Application Due: 6/11/2021
    Work Type: Full Time