Job no: 231785-LI
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Accounting, Finance, Purchasing, Dean, Director, Executive, Project Management, Other, Extension, Outreach, Public Engagement, Human Resources, Payroll, Information Systems/Technology, Instructional Design, Management/Supervisory, Office & Administrative Support

Position Summary:

CDL Wisconsin is a partnership between the Wisconsin School of Business, the School of Computer Data & Information Sciences at UW-Madison, and the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) of Toronto, Ontario. The initiative is an objectives-based program for massively scalable, seed-stage science- and technology-based companies. The program has created more than $4.2 billion in equity in less than nine years targeting companies that have the potential to transform our social, industrial, and economic landscape.

The Director of CDL Wisconsin has overall responsibility for the success of the program, The Director will plan, manage and supervise the activities of this initiative, will supervise day-to-day operations, and provide direction to the CDL staff members.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

A bachelors degree is required

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

7+ years of experience leading teams is required
Any number of years of project management expertise and experience managing interdisciplinary teams required

Successful candidates will also have all or some combination of the following:
-Experience leading teams through periods of rapid change and uncertainty
-Experience working in the entrepreneurship ecosystem
-Experience working as a consultant or advisor to startup companies is an asset
-Financial literacy and experience with fundraising and venture deals
-Excellent written and verbal communication skills and public speaking skills
-Strong understanding of business models and drivers of success in startups
-Experience and confidence working with senior technology executives and angel investors
-Highly motivated with a strong interest in all aspects of business development and relationship management is required
-Ability to analyze and systematically evaluate ventures; proficiency with financial modeling, conducting market analysis, and strategic planning is an asset
-Ability to lead autonomously and make decisions in environments with high ambiguity
-Successful candidates must be able to think and act strategically and deliver results without having direct authority over entities and individuals who share responsibility for these activities and who must be partners in these efforts in order to achieve successful results. This position helps facilitate the success of others, and thereby, the success of the university, state, and industry

Additional Information:

Diversity and inclusion are primary values for the Wisconsin School of Business and are integral to achieving our strategic goals. We seek candidates with an awareness of and commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion across all spectrums. Our school is committed to continuously increasing the cultural competence of its staff and faculty members through school-wide forums and professional development opportunities.

There is a possibility this position can be extended in subsequent semesters to teach one or more of course(s) listed on this PVL, or similar courses within the department. This position may become renewable if there is a need for an ongoing appointment.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



ANNUAL (12 months)

Instructions to Applicants:

Complete the online application, attach a comprehensive resume, and write a cover that addresses your qualifications for this particular job. Your cover letter should demonstrate your written communication skills and highlight the following areas:

- Experience with project management and managing interdisciplinary teams
- Experience and confidence working with senior technology executives and angel investors
- Experience with and approach to diversity and inclusion, and strategies for classroom inclusion and equality


Lelah Frey
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The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) Project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change in Fall 2020. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit: .

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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Applications Open: Feb 23 2021 Central Standard Time
Applications Close: Mar 22 2021 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

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