Assistant Director, Entrepreneurship and Innovation ProgramsFull Time/Part Time:
Dean of the CollegeDepartment:
Thought Into ActionDepartment 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. Accountabilities:
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
- 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
Divisional and University Engagement
- 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.
- 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 DomainDescription:
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. Name:
Demonstrated ability to advise college-aged students and ability to create programmatic initiatives that are designed to help students grow within an established framework.Name:
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.Name:
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. Name:
Demonstrated ability to set goals, develop programs and methodologies to achieve goals, and to implement, facilitate, modify, and maintain strategic initiatives and programs. Name:
Personal Accountability for ResultsDescription:
Takes responsibility for decisions, performance, and outcomes; behaves in a responsible manner with a positive attitude; shows self-awareness and openness to feedback.Name:
Demonstrates effective written and oral communication skills; shares information and seeks input from others; adapts communication to diverse audiences; protects private and confidential information.Name:
Problem Solving and Decision MakingDescription:
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.Name:
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.Name:
Leadership and TeamworkDescription:
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.Name:
Creativity and InnovationDescription:
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.Name:
Diversity and InclusionDescription:
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.Name:
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.
- 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.Requisition Number:
Weekdays, with occasional evenings and weekends.Job Open Date:
10/26/2021Open Until Filled:
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