Executive Director, Innovate@BU

Boston University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Sep 25, 2021

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Position Type
Executive, Executive Directors
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Summary

Boston University is seeking applications for the Executive Director of Innovate@BU. Innovate@BU is a vibrant campus-wide organization with a mission of educating, mentoring, and enhancing student experiences with innovation and entrepreneurship. Innovate@BU supports all forms of student enterprise and ideation, ranging from for-profit concepts, to new product conception, to social and non-profit ventures. Believing that all students should be able to see themselves as entrepreneurs and in the field of innovation, Innovate@BU seeks to engage full participation of students from all academic fields representing the social, ethnic, and cultural diversity found at Boston University. The Executive Director is responsible for developing and implementing the strategy for Innovate@BU; cultivating a vibrant, entrepreneurial culture and programs accessible to all BU students; and building a robust network of innovators both within BU and throughout the Boston ecosystem and beyond. The Executive Director provides vision and leadership for Innovate@BU and has direct responsibility for the organization’s programs, staff, finances, fundraising with Development & Alumni Relations, and external relations.

This position will provide a passionate, energetic, collaborative leader with the opportunity to engage with students, faculty, and staff across all of Boston University’s 17 schools and colleges in the pursuit of meaningful engagement and the cultivation of a vibrant entrepreneurial community throughout Boston and the country. Competitive candidates will have experience interacting with higher education, academia, or students, complemented by first-hand experience with innovation and entrepreneurship. Candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Experience that qualifies candidates for a faculty appointment, ranging from a Professor of Practice to a Full Professor, is welcomed. The Executive Director will report to the University Provost and Chief Academic Officer or her delegate; if the incumbent qualifies for a faculty appointment, in their capacity as a faculty member they will report to the dean of the relevant school or college.

A full description of the position, responsibilities, and required qualifications can be found at: https://sites.bu.edu/innovatesearch/files/2021/07/Final-ED-Innovate-job-description_7.27.21.pdf



Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For consideration, a resume or CV and a cover letter should be submitted to the Search Advisory Committee at edinnovate@bu.edu. The cover letter should discuss the candidate’s interest in the role, relevant leadership experience, thoughts on how they would advance diversity, equity, and inclusion, and other qualities or experiences relevant to this role.
While nominations and applications will be accepted until a new Executive Director is selected, interested parties are encouraged to submit their materials before Friday, September 17, 2021, to ensure full consideration.

Boston University is committed to fostering a diverse University community within a supportive and respectful environment. We believe that the diversity of our faculty, students, and staff is essential to our success as a leading research university with a global reach, and that diversity is an integral component of institutional excellence.
Boston University is an equal opportunity employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service, or because of marital, parental, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. If you require a reasonable accommodation to complete the employment application, please contact the BU Equal Opportunity Office at 617-358-1796 or eoo@bu.edu.

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