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Director of the Griffiths Center for Collaboration & Innovation

Hartwick College
Oneonta, New York
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Hartwick College

Director of the Griffiths Center for Collaboration & Innovation

Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist Hartwick College in their search for the Director of the Griffiths Center for Collaboration & Innovation (GCCI).

For best consideration, please apply by May 23, 2022.

This is a unique opportunity for a design thinking subject matter expert and practitioner to influence the culture of a College, administration, faculty, staff, and student body.  The ideal candidate will be a change agent who demonstrates curiosity, the ability to enable, inspire and motivate individuals and teams, and catalyze change that enhances the College’s progress toward its strategic goals.

The Director of the GCCI will lead and advance a culture of collaboration, innovation, and entrepreneurship at Hartwick College. 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, and measurable engagement in meeting the educational needs of the workforce across the region. 

The Griffiths Center for Collaboration & Innovation (GCCI) builds upon Hartwick College’s longstanding commitment to experiential learning, adaptation and creative problem solving, especially and as recently articulated in FlightPath. The Director will inspire innovative thinking, support collaborative learning, and model key outcomes that are reflected in the Hartwick College mission statement, including “curiosity, critical thinking, creativity, personal courage, and an enduring passion for learning.” The Director will lead the identification of new opportunities that enhance regional economic development while providing learning opportunities for Hartwick students and generating new revenue opportunities for the College.  

Success in this position will be evidenced by the: 

  • Measurable increase in the demonstrated capacity of students, faculty, and professional employees to inspire, make, and leverage change to meet their personal goals and the strategic goals of the College.  Measurable engagement in meeting the educational needs of the workforce across the region through the development of collaborative partnerships with local employers and governmental agencies.  Measurable increase in revenues associated with entrepreneurial efforts that enhance student learning while strengthening the financial base of the College.

The Director of the GCCI reports to the President of the College.  The Director will work with the President, the College’s senior leadership team, and others across campus to implement the strategic direction for the Griffiths Center for Collaboration & Innovation.  Among other duties the Director will:

  • Guide the development and delivery of programs and advisory services that support creativity and innovation across campus. Advise and support faculty in their use of design thinking principles when developing and delivering curricula through traditional and alternative media. 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. Guide the development, delivery and funding of programs that support creativity and innovation across the campus and with and through our strategic community partners. Collaborate with faculty to support and develop programming for existing Innovation Stations including the College’s FAB(rication)LAB and E(ntrepreneurship) Hub.  Provide strategic oversight and support for these stations.  Catalyze the development of new Innovation Stations.  Examine opportunities for and create programming that supports the delivery of education that meets regional workforce needs.  Explore and create innovative programs that leverage the intellectual capacity of our campus while generating new or increased net positive program revenues for the College. Provide strategic oversight for and support that College’s well-established Center for Craft Food & Beverage and Hartwick’s Grain Innovation Center (opening in fall 2022.) Assist these Centers in fulfilling their missions to strengthen the regional economy through collaborations with business and government while providing learning opportunities for students. Assure that both CCFB and GIC operations generate net positive program related revenues.   Contribute to the career preparation of students through substantive cross‐campus and community collaborations including through the development of strategic partnerships with local, regional, national, and international community partners.

The Director will also: 

  • Administer all activities of the GCCI, including the GCCI budget, and provide supervisory oversight for the CCFB, GIC and other staff as appropriate. Assist in and provide active support for the full implementation of Hartwick’s FlightPath initiatives as these initiatives evolve and relate to the work of the GCCI.    Create and promote the GCCI’s services and programs with faculty, students, and community partners.  Act as a catalyst for collaborative thinking, creativity and problem-solving across the campus. Develop a meaningful and substantive collaboration with the office of Career Services to increase the number of student engagements, including internship opportunities, with entrepreneurs and innovators.  Help 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.  Work collaboratively with the College’s Institutional Advancement office to identify funding sources to support paid internship opportunities and other experience related learning opportunities.  When appropriate, contribute to the development of funding applications. Work collaboratively with the College’s Institutional Advancement office to identify private, corporate and foundation sources for funding of GCCI programming and operations.  When appropriate, contribute to the development of funding applications. 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.  Advise these participants in their development of a group of Student Ambassadors who will advocate for and support greater innovation and collaboration on campus.  Support all future College planning efforts.  Complete other duties as assigned by the President.

 About the Griffiths Center for Collaboration and Innovation (GCCI):

The GCCI serves as an umbrella for three on-campus, learning Innovation spaces:

1.  Hartwick’s Makerspace 

2.  Hartwick’s Fabrication Lab (Fab Lab)

3.  Hartwick’s planned entrepreneurship hub

All three platforms are part of the College’s overall strategy of further enhancing Hartwick’s very interdisciplinary approach to learning to make our students more marketable problem solvers in a tech savvy world. Students benefit by connecting what they are learning in the classroom with real needs in the community. The GCCI is an idea incubator and an instigator of innovative approaches to academic coursework both for credit and not for credit.

The GCCI director also provides oversight for the College’s Center for Craft Food and Beverage and soon to open Grain Innovation Center.  These Centers provide testing services and education for breweries, malthouses, growers, millers, and bakers.   These enterprises provide practical learning experiences for Hartwick students.

Sally Griffiths Herbert ’88 and Tim Herbert provided the backbone of support for the GCCI, named in honor of her father, with a $1.25 million gift to the College. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree Evidence of familiarity with, and the successful application of, design and/or systems thinking methods and ability to illustrate and teach design thinking principles Proven record of accomplishment in initiating and leading new projects, programs and/or product development, in a commercial, not for profit or governmental setting Creative and open-minded, demonstrate the ability to collaborate with, lead, and motivate others Proven leadership experience with the ability to motivate and influence others Excellent oral, presentation and written communication skills Demonstrated evidence of resourcefulness and flexibility, outreach, and team building

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Terminal degree in a chosen field of study. Experience in an academic setting that includes direct engagement with students, faculty, and others. Hartwick College will consider non-academic candidates who can demonstrate a clear understanding of academic culture and commitment to student success Experience managing budgets Career and workforce development experience including the ability to interface with area businesses regarding their needs and how to best prepare students to meet those needs

 About Hartwick College:

Hartwick College is a non-denominational, private, four-year liberal arts and sciences college in Oneonta, New York offering 35 majors leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. In addition, it offers over 30 minors, pre-professional programs in law, medicine, engineering and allied health professions; and five cooperative programs in engineering, law, business, and physical and occupational therapy. 

Hartwick College was featured by journalist and scientific writer Malcolm Gladwell in his book David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants as a liberal arts college that offers the same academic rigor and quality of education with similar career outcomes of an ivy league university or elite liberal arts college in the United States, without the competitiveness or restrictive admission criteria of these top colleges and universities.

Washington Monthly ranked Hartwick 83 among National Liberal Arts Colleges in 2021.  U.S. News & World Report ranked Hartwick College 146th in its National Liberal Arts College Rankings and 22nd of 216 schools in Top Performers on Social Mobility.  Hartwick’s nursing program ranked 288 by USN&WR.    The College was named Distinguished Business of the Year in 2021 by the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, Hartwick College is ranked 76th for liberal arts colleges on's 2021 list of highest-paid graduates. Forbes Magazine ranked Hartwick # 579 overall in the 2021 Forbes ranking of the best colleges and universities in the nation, a grouping that includes public and private colleges and universities.  

Living in the Area:

Situated in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains’, Oneonta is a scenic college town boasting a lower cost of living, lower unemployment rates, lower crime rate and higher educational levels than the national average. With median home values of $180K, the area offers an affordable lifestyle in a picturesque environment with close access to New York City. The idyllic environment is an exceptional area for the outdoor enthusiast, raise a family, or simply enjoy a more laid-back lifestyle void of rush hour traffic.

The College is located just 3.5 hours north of New York City, 4 hours west of Boston, MA, and 4.5 hours north of Philadelphia. The campus sits on a hilltop that spans 425 picturesque acres and overlooks the Catskill Mountains. 

Conveniently located just off Rt. 88 in Oneonta, Hartwick is also just 59 miles from Binghamton, NY, 82 miles to Albany, NY, and 60 miles from Utica, NY. Cooperstown, NY, known for the Baseball Hall of Fame, and Glimmer Glass Opera is just right down the road.

To Apply

For best consideration, please apply by May 23, 2022.

To be viewed by the search firm, you must apply directly at:
Please do not email applications.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should include a cover letter and curriculum vita. All applications are treated confidentially.

Inquiries, referrals, and nominations are also treated confidentially:

Inquiries and questions: Please send to [email protected]

Nominations and referrals: Please send to [email protected]

Institution’s EEO Statement

Hartwick College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran, or marital status. We welcome applications from the community, alumni, and the general public. 


Working at Hartwick College 

An independent, residential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 1500 full-time undergraduates, Hartwick embraces the teacher-scholar model, with teaching excellence as the first priority.  Located in the scenic Susquehanna River valley in Oneonta, NY, near the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains, the College has adopted a Liberal Arts in Practice curriculum and aspires to “be the best at melding liberal arts education with experiential learning.” 

Our Mission
Hartwick College, an engaged community, integrates a liberal arts education with experiential learning to inspire curiosity, critical thinking, creativity, personal courage and an enduring passion for learning.

Our Purpose
Our purpose as a college of the liberal arts and sciences is to educate people who will thrive in and contribute to the world of the future; people who are prepared to meet the personal, intellectual, and social challenges of a rapidly changing and increasingly interdependent world.

Hartwick graduates will be noted as being able to thrive in a world of global interdependence in which people of the broadest range of national, ethnic, social, and personal backgrounds will interact personally and technologically.

To thrive in this context will require that Hartwick students learn to: understand the world from a variety of perspectives; work constructively with people from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences; be avid learners and critical thinkers; communicate effectively and have a well-developed personal presence; be purposeful in their actions and value-based in their decisions; and know how to use information technology resources as a routine tool to enhance effectiveness.

Our Values
We are:

  • a college of the liberal arts and sciences, focusing on the development of the disciplines of thinking, learning, analyzing, communicating, and values-based judgment;
  • a relationship college, focusing on the development of a 24 hour per day, seven day per week, residential educational experience characterized by personal responsibility and collaborative relationships among faculty, students, and staff; and
  • a future-directed college, focusing on educating people in ways that will make them effective and contributing citizens to the world of their future.

Our Character:
By being intentional in fulfilling our values—taking those actions that help us better be what we believe we should be—we are a college of both quality and distinctiveness. We are a future-directed community of learners where students, faculty, and staff are mutually engaged in intellectual, social, and personal learning inside and outside of the classroom. Our curricular and co-curricular educational experience emphasizes: shared and interdependent learning; a balance of challenge and support; a caring commitment to the individual; intellectual, social, and individual rigor; the development of personal responsibility; and approaches that link theory and practice, what we term "The Liberal Arts in Practice." 

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