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InnovationX Instructor and Program Manager

Oregon State University
Salary is commensurate with education, training and experience

InnovationX Instructor and Program Manager

Oregon State University

Department: College of Business Dept (BUS)

Appointment Type: Academic Faculty

Job Location: Corvallis

Recommended Full-Time Salary Range: Salary is commensurate with education, training and experience

Job Summary:
The College of Business invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE) 12-month combination position of InnovationX Instructor and Program Manager. The incumbent will hold two appointments, a 0.6875 FTE fixed term, Instructor position, and a 0.3125 FTE Program Manager, professional faculty position, reflecting job duties in both the academic and administrative arenas.
The position reports directly to the Assistant Director for InnovationX in the College of Business. The purpose of this position is to provide instruction within the College's first year InnovationX LaunchPad and BA160 series courses and support the overall management of the wide variety of Student Engagement & InnovationX Programming. This person is responsible for providing direction for entrepreneurial programming and events, while providing student support for student start-up's and interest within the First Year Experience (FYE) in the College of Business.

This position is responsible for the instruction, curriculum development, classroom management, and overseeing academic projects as part of the first year curriculum. This position is also responsible for the coordination of tasks that provide wrap-around services for College of Business students including: student employee coordination and support, entrepreneurially minded student programming, course curriculum, maintaining best practices for first year student support within the College of Business, as well as other assigned programs within Innovation Nation, InnovationX and Student Engagement.

This position will participate in strategic planning efforts that support the mission, vision, and goals for the College of Business as it pertains to the first year program.

The College of Business is committed to maintaining and enhancing its diverse and collaborative community that strives for equity and inclusivity. All faculty and staff members are responsible for helping to ensure that these goals are achieved and should be able to demonstrate contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Such contributions can be part of teaching, advising, service, and/or professional development. Outputs and impacts of these efforts to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion will be included in annual performance reviews and promotion dossiers.

Why OSU?
Working for Oregon State University is so much more than a job!

Oregon State University is a dynamic community of dreamers, doers, problem-solvers and change-makers. We don’t wait for challenges to present themselves — we seek them out and take them on. We welcome students, faculty and staff from every background and perspective into a community where everyone feels seen and heard. We have deep-rooted mindfulness for the natural world and all who depend on it, and together, we apply knowledge, tools and skills to build a better future for all.


Top 1.4% university in the world
More research funding than all public universities in Oregon combined
1 of 3 land, sea, space and sun grant universities in the U.S.
2 campuses, 11 colleges, 12 experiment stations, and Extension programs in all 36 counties
7 cultural resource centers that offer education, celebration and belonging for everyone
100+ undergraduate degree programs, 80+ graduate degrees plus hundreds of minor options and certificates
35k+ students including more than 2.3k international students and 10k students of color
217k+ alumni worldwide
For more interesting facts about OSU visit:


Oregon State has a statewide presence with campuses in Corvallis and Bend, the OSU Portland Center and the Hatfield Marine Science Center on the Pacific Coast in Newport.

Oregon State’s beautiful, historic and state-of-the-art main campus is located in one of America’s best college towns. Corvallis is located close to the Pacific Ocean, the Cascade mountains and Oregon wine country. Nestled in the heart of the Willamette Valley, this beautiful city offers miles of mountain biking and hiking trails, a river perfect for boating or kayaking and an eclectic downtown featuring local cuisine, popular events and performances.

Total Rewards Package:

Oregon State University offers a comprehensive benefits package with benefits eligible positions that is designed to meet the needs of employees and their families including:
Medical, Dental, Vision and Basic Life. OSU pays 95% of premiums for you and your eligible dependents.
Free confidential mental health and emotional support services, and counseling resources.
Retirement savings paid by the university.
A generous paid leave package, including holidays, vacation and sick leave.
Tuition reduction benefits for you or your qualifying dependents at OSU or the additional six Oregon Public Universities.
Robust Work Life programs including Dual Career assistance resources, flexible work arrangements, a Family Resource Center, Affinity Groups and an Employee Assistance Program.

Future and current OSU employees can use the Benefits Calculator to learn more about the full value of the benefits provided at OSU.

Key Responsibilities
62% Classroom Management & Programming
Supports and teaches the InnovationX LaunchPad and BA160 series courses (small lecture courses, and large lecture recitation courses).
  • Trains, supervises/mentors, and evaluates student teaching assistants.
  • Works with Student Engagement’s staff, student workers and faculty to identify and implement enhanced events tied to the LaunchPad and First Year Series to promote the success of students in collaboration with faculty, alumni and industry representatives.
  • Provides support for BA160 teaching team, including but not limited to: creating course content and curriculum, designing student and team assignments and exams, grading, and facilitating classroom functions, etc.
  • Supports the onboarding of first year students in Innovation Nation through orientation and welcome week programming.
  • Manages Innovation Nation’s student-run microbusiness projects.
  • Collaborates with the Assistant Director(s) of InnovationX and Student Engagement in planning programs that contribute to the program’s mission
  • Meets 1:1 with students to provide holistic support.
  • Interacts with a variety of internal and external customers (e.g., staff, student assistants, business owners, students and their families, companies, outside speakers, faculty, classified and administrative personnel in the college and throughout the university, vendors, and program sponsors) by phone, in person, electronically (website/email), etc.

28% InnovationX Entrepreneurial Support
  • Manages communications with students about InnovationX opportunities.
  • Recruits students into InnovationX courses, workshops, programming, and competitions.
  • Supports K-12 programming related to innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Supports innovation & entrepreneurship summer camp experiences for high school students
  • Offers holistic support for student innovators, designers, and entrepreneurs throughout their first year.
  • Coordinates and manages events (in conjunction with events team) in recruiting, inviting, and hosting speakers and workshop facilitators.
  • Supports students interested in beginning a start-up and help navigate steps to launch.
  • Advises student entrepreneurs individually to facilitate learning of classroom content and the creation of effective businesses.
  • Leverages and deepens relationships with the local business ecosystem and community to support student-led ventures and to advance mentoring for student entrepreneurs.
  • Assists within the classroom to coordinate group activities and support faculty, projects, and presentations.
  • Works with student entrepreneurs to connect them to external business support services as needed for specialty services and connect them with mentors to support the business creation and growth.
  • Supports InnovationX Academy seminars, workshops, and experiential learning opportunities.
  • Supports the development of InnovationX curriculum.
  • Supports student innovators, designers, and entrepreneurs with prototyping and product support
  • Serves as an advisor or co-advisor to innovation & entrepreneurship related student organizations & clubs if requested.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

10% Service, Special Projects, & Professional Development:
  • Serve on college and/or university commmitees, attend professional conferences or other trainings, and attend college and/or university events as required.
  • Collaborates with the Assistant Director of InnovationX in planning programs that contribute to the program’s mission.
  • Plans, assigns, and reviews work regarding program logistics, and provides coordination and expertise to the program.
  • Coordinates student work schedules and trains, supervises/mentors, and evaluates student assistants. Disciplines or effectively recommends discipline.
  • Writes letters of recommendation, as requested.

What You Will Need
  • Master’s degree in Business, Education, Engineering, College Student Services and Administration, or a closely related field from an accredited university.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with supporting students in their personal, professional and academic pursuits in a higher education setting.
  • A demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging trends in innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Demonstrated record of effective teaching at an accredited university.
  • Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal).
  • Excellent teamwork and collaboration skills.
  • High computer proficiency; required qualifications include: strong MS office experience with Word, PowerPoint, Excel and working knowledge of Outlook and Windows/Mac.
  • Ability to maintain professional decorum, as well as know or can demonstrate ability to learn and work within OSU system.

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per University Standard: 05-010 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months.

What We Would Like You to Have
  • Previous experience in supporting students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated experience launching a venture, working in a start-up or small business, or leading entrepreneurial projects within an organization or entrepreneurship/innovation center.
  • Experience with supporting student start-up businesses.
  • Strong interest in business, current market trends, and technological opportunities.
  • Experience with managing facilities or a lab with technology, tools, and equipment.
  • Knowledge of the entrepreneurship community in the State of Oregon.
  • Experience in utilizing best practices in retaining first year students in a higher education setting.
  • An ability and willingness to learn new programs and applications quickly.
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and responsibilities, prioritize appropriately, pay careful attention to details, and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work with ambiguity and change.

Working Conditions / Work Schedule

Special Instructions to Applicants
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 8/10/2023. Applications will continue to be accepted after the full consideration date, until a sufficient applicant pool has been achieved or the position is filled. The closing date is subject to change without notice to applicants.

When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:1) A resume/CV; and2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position.

You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.
• The anticipated starting salary for the Instructor Position will be $65,700-$69,636.
• The anticipated starting salary for the Program Manager Position will be $38,688-$65,748.

For additional information please contact:Dale McCauley

OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

OSU will conduct a review of the National Sex Offender Public website prior to hire.

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per University Standard 05-010. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the criminal history check requirement.

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