University of Colorado | CU Denver

Business School

Program Manager of Entrepreneurship Program

Position #00798192 – Requisition #26520

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The University of Colorado Denver seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

The Business School has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Program Manager.

The University of Colorado Denver is the state’s premier public urban research university and equity-serving institution. Globally connected and locally invested, CU Denver partners with future-focused learners and communities to design accessible, relevant, transformative educational experiences for every stage of life and career. Across eight schools and colleges in the heart of downtown Denver, our leading faculty inspires and works alongside students to solve complex challenges through boundary-breaking innovation and impactful research and creative work. As part of the state’s largest university system, CU Denver is a major contributor to the Colorado economy, with 2,000 employees and annual economic impact of more than $800 million. For more information, visit

The Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship (JJCE) is an entrepreneurship-focused resource center at the University of Colorado Denver Business School. Emphasizing real-world experience and learning, the JJCE is dedicated to educating and empowering undergraduate and graduate students to think and act entrepreneurially. Through the Center’s undergraduate, graduate, and certification programs, students learn and apply modern business practices in an open and diverse environment. The Center’s relationships with local business leaders and successful entrepreneurs provide opportunities and support services for students, whether they choose to launch their own startup or join an existing organization.

Jobs in this career family provide direct professional support for the teaching and/or educational service mission of the university. Functions include academic advising/counseling, student personnel administration, recruitment and admissions, registration, financial aid, faculty affairs, library services, curriculum administration, and others involving direct support of the educational mission of an academic unit.

Nature of Work

This full-time position is an integral member of the leadership team for the Jake Jabs Center and entrepreneurship department. The Program Manager, under the direction of the Executive Director, oversees all day-to-day operations. Primary responsibilities include coordinating the program staff, supporting faculty and students, and organizing the logistics for all events, programs, and other activities offered through the Jake Jabs Center. In addition, this individual participates in the and annual budget planning. This position has secondary fiscal responsibilities associated with the Jake Jabs Center and the entrepreneurship department, managing a university credit card to coordinate and approve purchases, ensuring all approved vouchers are tracked and paid, and properly preparing all necessary supporting documentation. Additional secondary responsibilities include managing the Center’s advisory council and strengthening alumni relations. This position will require some evening and weekend work.

Professional Background

The Program Manager for the Jake Jabs Center should have a professional background related to program oversight and project management. This individual must be able to plan and execute assigned duties with little to no supervision, as well as initiate projects and solve problems. As a senior member of the Jake Jabs Center team, the ideal candidate will work effectively with a variety of people to build a collaborative and diverse program culture.

Professional Fields

Program coordination, project management, admissions, event planning, financial management, customer service, alumni relations, and/or related fields.

Reporting Relationships

Reports to the Executive Director of the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship

Position Responsibilities

Program Management (40%):

  • Manage all aspects of program operations, and initiate projects for entrepreneurship in collaboration with the Jabs Center team
  • Manage all aspects of day-to-day operations and initiate projects for the Jake Jabs Center under the direction of the Executive Director and in collaboration with the Jake Jabs Center team.
  • Coordinate operations with other CU Denver Business School departments, campus services, and university administration (e.g., Admissions, Registrar, Bursar, Advising, HR, etc.).
  • Manage and coordinate other program employees tasks to ensure the effective operations of the Jake Jabs Center, including all classroom and non-classroom activities.
  • Create, maintain, organize, and secure all files and records related to the Jake Jabs Center program.Oversee and manage the Advisory Council for the Jake Jabs Center, as well as communicate and interact with students, faculty, alumni, and business partners as needed.Serve as the key organizer and logistical coordinator for Jake Jabs Center events, including all room reservations, catering, day-of operations, and other event management, as needed:Initiate and lead new activities and programs, including, but not limited to, scholarship management, student clubs, and extracurriculars (i.e., the Rutt Bridges Venture Fund and summer incubator/accelerator program).
  • Participate in and attend conferences related to academic services, entrepreneurship education, and other areas of professional development.
  • Procure and coordinate catering, snacks, and beverages for in-person classes and events.Hire, train, motivate, evaluate, and mentor hourly student assistants, as needed.
Course Management (35%):

    Manage the admissions and enrollment process, including working in Slate and the UCDAccess Student Portal.Manage course listings (descriptions, scheduling, room assignments, and student registration) in CU-SIS and the CU Denver Catalog.Coordinate Canvas courses and faculty access, including onboarding, training, and the coordination of program materials with faculty each term.
  • Work with facilities, rooming, and IT staff to support the delivery of in-person, virtual, and hybrid classes, programs, and events.
  • Connect students to post-graduate resources (e.g., writing and career guidance).
  • Respond to all student, staff, faculty, and other inquiries in a timely manner to quickly resolve issues and requests as they arise.
Fiscal Responsibilities (25%):

    Collaborate with the Executive Director and the Jake Jabs Center team to create, track, and report on annual budget.
  • Oversee travel arrangements for faculty, guest lecturers, advisory council members, and other guests of the Jake Jabs Center.
  • Implement vendor contracts, invoicing, and payments via the university accounts payable system.Review and submit accounting transactions, including all program purchases (e.g., P card, travel card).Coordinate procurements for the program, including office supplies, catering, textbooks, and orientation and graduation materials.Maintain supplies, articles, books, computers, software, furniture, copiers, and any other equipment used by the program.
Salary and Benefits:

The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at $58,442-$68,000.  

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.


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Diversity and Equity:

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at [email protected].

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons within the LGBTQ+ community, and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

Minimum Qualifications

    Bachelor’s degree in business, finance, management, public administration, or a directly related field from an accredited institution (a master’s degree in a business field would also meet this requirement). Three years of relevant experience in office operations which may include: budgeting, event planning, procurement, advertising, general office administration, and/or customer service.
Preferred Qualifications

    Master’s degree in in business, finance, management, public administration, or a directly related field from an accredited institution.Experience with event planning and advising, preferably in a university.Extensive experience managing a program office, including direct responsibility for student and/or academic services functions, or relevant customer service functions.Experience with Slate, student information systems (SIS), PeopleSoft, and Concur/Marketplace (finance and procurement), especially in a higher education setting.
Required: Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.Outstanding customer service skills.Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.Ability to work independently and in team settingsProficiency in MS Office 365, including MS Project and other productivity programs. Proficiency in web-based databases to interpret data and trends. Working knowledge of university and business school processes and policies.Must be able to initiate and accomplish goals with a minimum of supervision, and manage an office with a high degree of professionalism. Must be self-motivated, have excellent attention to detail, and be passionate about student success.Must be sensitive to and appreciative of cultural, political, and geographical diversity, be able to work well in a team environment with a wide variety of personalities, and develop and maintain strong interpersonal relationships.Ability to manage complex activities and events to exacting standards.Excellent organizational skills, as well as excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Job Category: Academic Services
Primary Location: Denver
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Jun 24, 2022
Unposting Date: Ongoing

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