Assistant Director, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programs

Colgate University
Hamilton, NY

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Assistant Director, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programs

Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time


Dean of the College


Thought Into Action

Department Statement:

The Assistant Director for Colgate’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation programs collaborates closely with colleagues and volunteers to create a supportive learning environment around innovation and entrepreneurship. With direction from the Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation programs, and in close collaboration with the Alumni Director of the Thought Into Action Incubator and Accelerator, the Assistant Director person has a critical role in the planning, implementation, and support for entrepreneurship and innovation programming, particularly Colgate’s Thought Into Action incubator and summer accelerator.

The position manages program operations and communications for innovation and incubation-based initiatives and fosters an environment that promotes creativity and accountability while prioritizing inclusion to advance student learning and programmatic outcomes. The role works primarily with student participants, and alumni and parent volunteers, but also engages with staff, faculty, and local community members.

Learn more about Colgate University and the Dean of the College Division by reviewing A Candidate’s Guide to Colgate.


Reporting to the Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation programs, the Assistant Director, Entrepreneurship and Innovation is a student-centered professional who executes on program management, operations, and communications within the context of entrepreneurship, innovation, and creativity at Colgate. This new role is positioned to work within the emerging Middle Campus Initiative for Arts, Creativity, and Innovation, which envisions a cross-departmental collaborative approach between academic and co-curricular areas, as well as the co-location of creative departments into new and revitalized spaces on campus.
Specific Accountabilities include:
Program Design, Implementation, and Execution

  • Assist with and often take a lead role in the planning, implementation, and assessment of programming related to innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Develop program curricula in collaboration with the Director. Execute on workshops and programs, collaborating with alumni presenters to achieve target learning outcomes.
  • Design assessments to measure student learning in programs.
  • Manage all program communication with participants and volunteers
Student Engagement
  • Develop and execute recruitment plans for programs. Field inquiries from students interested in programs and resources.
  • Advise students and support their creative and entrepreneurial development. Work with students to identify their goals and plan of approach, assist to introduce new innovative frameworks, and assist students to problem-solve through challenges
Volunteer Management
  • Maintain strong communication with alumni and parent volunteers and donors who serve in a variety of roles including: mentoring student entrepreneurs, presenting workshops, and serving within application review committees.
  • Assist the director in designing and facilitating volunteer training and onboarding.
Divisional and University Engagement
  • Contribute to a wide array of cross- and inter-divisional programs in support of the mission of the college in student learning
  • Collaborate with colleagues across the University, including students, staff, and faculty, as well as community members, to promote initiatives and assist in bringing projects to fruition.


Entrepreneurship and Innovation Domain


Demonstrated understanding of the nuances of thriving in a startup environment and understanding of the opportunities and challenges of entrepreneurial environments. Demonstrated ability to apply an innovative, growth mindset to situations. Demonstrated ability to apply innovation frameworks to solve challenges or rethink existing dynamics to achieve more desirable outcomes.


Student Development


Demonstrated ability to advise college-aged students and ability to create programmatic initiatives that are designed to help students grow within an established framework.


Program Management


Demonstrated expertise in program delivery to develop program goals, handle logistics, and deliver content under time-sensitive conditions with multiple stakeholders. Demonstrated ability to consider student learning and programmatic outcomes and to facilitate content to ensure completion of outcomes. Demonstrated ability to effectively use technical solutions to assist in the collection/maintenance of key data and records.


Volunteer Management


Demonstrated ability to build strong working relationships with volunteers. Demonstrated ability to understand volunteers’ interests, requirements, and goals, as well as understand the larger context of the volunteers’ relationship with the institution. Demonstrated ability to identify volunteers with specific fit for individual students.


Strategic Planning


Demonstrated ability to set goals, develop programs and methodologies to achieve goals, and to implement, facilitate, modify, and maintain strategic initiatives and programs.


Personal Accountability for Results


Takes responsibility for decisions, performance, and outcomes; behaves in a responsible manner with a positive attitude; shows self-awareness and openness to feedback.


Effective Communication


Demonstrates effective written and oral communication skills; shares information and seeks input from others; adapts communication to diverse audiences; protects private and confidential information.


Problem Solving and Decision Making


Analyzes and prioritizes situations to identify and solve problems; generates solutions to improve efficiency and quality; involves others in solving problems and making decisions; factors organizational goals into decisions; makes clear, transparent, and timely decisions.


Change Management


Responds positively to changing university initiatives and readily adapts behavior to maintain effective performance; understands the long-term direction of the university and can relate this to departmental area; adapts to new methodologies; identifies and acts on areas where change is appropriate.


Leadership and Teamwork


Applies skills and knowledge to provide a climate to achieve departmental and organizational success; balances individual and department goals; helps others perform at their best; builds productive relationships to enhance individual and organizational effectiveness; treats others with respect; resolves conflicts among team members.


Creativity and Innovation


Generates, explores, encourages, and implements innovative ways of creating strategic value for the university, division, department, and individual level; critically assesses the effectiveness of new initiatives.


Diversity and Inclusion


Demonstrates respect for people and their differences; understands the benefits of a diverse workforce; earns the trust and respect of others; includes and welcomes others; works to understand the perspective of others; promotes opportunities to experience diversity within our community.




Understands the impact of decision-making and personal behavior in achieving the university’s commitment to a sustainable and carbon neutral campus; supports and advances the university’s sustainability initiatives; influences others to use sustainable practices.

Professional Experience/ Qualifications:

The Assistant Director, Entrepreneurship and Innovation position requires prior experience in one or more of the following areas: entrepreneurial environment, program design and management, student advising, and volunteer management. Candidates with a passion for working on creative, innovative, and evolving programs are encouraged to apply.

  • 1-3 years of relevant work experience required.
  • Desire to work with college-aged students and to structure programs that prioritize student learning and development.
  • Comfort in using technology to facilitate program management.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Team-oriented with excellent interpersonal and intercultural skills.
  • Strong support for diversity, equity, and inclusion, desire to make an impact in those areas, and documented efforts in ongoing learning related to DE&I.
  • Aptitude for project management, including data gathering and analysis, strategic project planning, and project implementation.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with marketing and social media is preferred.
  • Experience managing volunteers strongly preferred.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have prior experience studying or working to apply innovation frameworks to achieve more desirable outcomes (i.e: Design Thinking) or who have experience thriving within an entrepreneurial environment.


A Bachelor’s degree is required.

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Work Schedule:

Weekdays, with occasional evenings and weekends.

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Open Until Filled:


EEO Statement:

It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Clery Act:

The Campus Safety Department will provide upon request a copy of Colgate’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. This report includes statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education for the previous three years concerning reported: 1. crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Colgate University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus and 2. fires that occurred in student housing facilities. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security and fire safety, such as policies concerning sexual assault, life safety systems, and other related matters. To obtain a copy, contact the Campus Safety Compliance Manager via e-mail at [email protected]. You may also access the report from the Campus Safety web page at:


Colgate is a nationally recognized liberal arts college set on a beautiful campus in central New York.

Some 2,900 undergraduates are enrolled in 54 programs, taking advantage of the university's award-winning curriculumoff-campus study program, and numerous research opportunities.

Students enjoy small class sizes taught by expert faculty members -- not teaching assistants.

The university’s strategic plan offers a blueprint for turning today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders, joining the scores of alumni already playing major roles in a variety of fields. The Center for Career Services is a key player as students make this transition.

Colgate hums with activity. It is a place where the arts thrive. Student-athletes compete at the very highest level of NCAA Division I sports. There are dozens of club and intramural sports programs, and the college’s outdoor education program is second to none.

Above all, Colgate is about academic excellence. It is a tradition forged in 1819 and honed through the years by each class of select students.

Colgate University is a highly selective residential liberal arts institution distinguished by academic excellence and interdisciplinary inquiry. Located on a beautiful campus in upstate New York, Colgate takes pride in the active engagement of its students, staff, and faculty in local, national, and global communities. At Colgate, we feel that a diverse and inclusive community is a cornerstone of educational excellence.

Colgate University is a highly selective residential liberal arts institution distinguished by academic excellence and interdisciplinary inquiry. Located on a beautiful campus in upstate New York, Colgate takes pride in the active engagement of its students, staff, and faculty in local, national, and global communities. At Colgate, we feel that a diverse and inclusive community is a cornerstone of educational excellence.

The Office of Equity and Diversity at Colgate is charged with fostering a diverse and collaborative community by increasing understanding, respect and inclusion. It is the mission of the office to support campus diversity initiatives with the goal of increasing understanding, respect and inclusion, and to ensure compliance with policies relating to affirmative action, discrimination, and harassment.  The university’s strong commitment to equal opportunity and inclusivity is clearly articulated in the diversity mission statement found here.  The university strives to provide an environment where everyone in our community can learn about, appreciate, and celebrate our diverse cultures and gain understanding, knowledge and skills to be engaged citizens locally as well as globally.

Colgate University fully subscribes to all federal and state civil rights laws banning discrimination in private institutions of higher education. Colgate will not discriminate against any student, employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, national origin (including ancestry), citizenship status, physical or mental disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran or military status (including special disabled veteran, Vietnam-era veteran, or recently separated veteran), predisposing genetic characteristics, domestic violence victim status, or any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law, including protections for those opposing discrimination or participating in any complaint process at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or other human rights agencies. This nondiscrimination policy covers both employment and access to educational opportunities.  It is the policy of the university to provide equal opportunity in employment and not to discriminate against any individuals with disabilities who are qualified for employment in the positions for which they apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.

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