Assistant Vice President Economic Dev/CPO TechTown
Number of Vacancies
31 - Executive Office of the President
H3103-VP Economic Development
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Essential Functions (Job Duties)
This Assistant Vice President Economic Development/Chief Program
Officer TechTown (AVPED/CPO) reports to the Vice President Economic
Development & President/CEO Tech Town and is responsible for
the design, implementation, management and continuous improvement
of the entrepreneurship programs under the purview of the Office of
Economic Development and TechTown.
The AVPED/CPO leads high functioning teams to successfully operate
each of the programs, assists in crafting the overall economic
development strategy for the University and helps manage day-to-day
activities for both the Office of Economic Development and
TechTown. The teams that report to the AVPED/CPO are Small Business
Services, Technology Based Programs, Entrepreneurial Education,
Goldman Sachs 10K Small Businesses, and Detroit Revitalization
Provide strategic direction for the design and implementation of
entrepreneurship programs, training, and events.
Create, motivate and lead high-performing, professional teams to
deliver excellent client service. Oversee unit staff and management
hiring, performance management and development.
Craft department and entrepreneurship strategic plans in
partnership with internal and/or external stakeholders.
Oversee the development and implementation of relevant program
metrics and other evaluation tools. Identify and initiate
Develop and adhere to program and department budgets in
collaboration with funders, finance, HR and individual program
Serve as a strategic resource, reporting to and/or serving on
several governance and advisory boards.
Establish and maintain impactful relationships with funders,
community partners, and other external stakeholders that promote
and benefit entrepreneurship programs.
Bachelor's degree in business, management or related field from an
accredited college or university.
Minimum ten years in progressively responsible leadership roles,
focused on innovation and/or entrepreneurship organizations.
Experience in managing an entrepreneurial training programs in the
private sector preferred.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES REQUIRED
Ability to think critically; skilled in project management and
planning; advanced communication and collaboration abilities;
effective management and leadership skills; self-motivated and the
ability to work under pressure in an entrepreneurial environment.
Skilled in advocating, managing, and leading change related to
program and business opportunities.
MBA or Master's Degree in management or closely related field
Duration of Posting
Fiscal Year of Job Open Date
Job Open Date
(When job is posted in the system)
Job Close Date
(or until suitable candidate is found)
Until Suitable Candidate is Found
Is this position reposted?
None (New Posting)
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