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Director of Entrepreneur Innovation Center

Employer
Framingham State University
Location
Massachusetts, United States
Salary
$80,000.00 - $90,000.00
Posted Date
Sep 15, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Business Administration
Employment Level
Executive
Employment Type
Full Time
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Company Description:

Framingham State University is a vibrant comprehensive liberal arts institution located in the MetroWest suburbs of Boston, which integrates an academically challenging liberal arts education with workforce preparation programs. Founded in 1839, FSU enrolls about 4,000 undergraduates and 1,200 graduate and professional students. FSU offers 35 bachelor's degrees with 55 specialized concentrations, 63 minors, and 26 master's degree programs, in a highly personalized teaching environment. Our community takes pride in empowering student success by providing a superior education, leading research and innovation opportunities, and a strong first-year experience.

At FSU, we are deeply committed to inclusive excellence, encouraging a supportive, diverse and collaborative learning environment, and providing culturally relevant education. We are honored that our commitment earned FSU six Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Awards from INSIGHT Into Diversity and that we are the only public institution in Massachusetts recognized in 2018, 2019, and 2020. FSU is designated as an emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and also belongs to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Inclusive Excellence community, providing national leadership in science education and exploring strategies that will lead to more inclusive science education. We encourage applications from those who share our commitment to promoting a diverse, welcoming, and inclusive community.

Our founding motto, LIVE TO THE TRUTH, was said at the end of each class by beloved first principal, Cyrus Peirce, who sought to discover and teach "truth in theory and principle...truth in spirit and motive...truth in manner and form...truth intellectual and truth moral." Principal Bagnall found this motto "speaks of sincerity of spirit...of intensity of effort, of resolution to succeed, of joy in achievement." LIVE TO THE TRUTH continues to guide our institution in practice and endeavor. If you share in this quest for truth and a commitment to living it fully, make the next chapter of your career the best chapter at Framingham State University.

Learn more about our career opportunities at www.framingham.edu/careers.


Job Description:

Are you an innovative, industrious individual looking to lead a center in a stimulating "co-working environment" of innovation and growth? The Framingham State University Entrepreneur Innovation Center (EIC) espouses these qualities with its mission to create jobs in MetroWest through the creation and growth of innovatively-focused businesses, as well as to spark greater student knowledge of entrepreneurship and innovation.

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:

The director of the Entrepreneur Innovation Center (EIC) serves as co-working services manager, instructor for the EIC internship course ENTR 495, internship program manager, community liaison, career coach, and incubator manager.

Co-working Services Management

  • Provide members with a quality co-working environment.
  • Maintain the facility with assistance from the university Facilities Department.
  • Grow membership and increase revenue generation through networking events, community outreach, social media, and partnership with Workbar
  • Maintain 'Café Ruth' for member coffee and food prep (also 3rd floor café)
  • Seek and recruit for a diverse membership, especially young entrepreneurs, female founders, persons of color, new Americans, etc. that reflects FSU student body and the Framingham and surrounding community.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Teach ENTR495 Entrepreneurship Practicum Seminar
  • Work with students interested in Directed Study courses
  • Conduct entrepreneurship workshops to community organizations (e.g., Framingham Public Library)
  • Guest lecture in Entrepreneurship courses on various innovation and venture capital topics I

Internship Program manager

  • Manage the internship program connecting interested students with member companies at the Center and in the local community
  • Draft internship project proposals with member assistance.
  • Work to ensure that intern experiences are high value, intellectually engaging, and culturally diverse as well as personally comfortable for all students
  • Source scholarship funding (e.g., CHOICE and Pathways) for student interns
  • When necessary, use Center budget to pay students for staffing positions at the Center
  • Engage local startups and young companies to facilitate internship opportunities.

Community Liaison & Partnerships

  • Maintain strong working relationships with Workbar for member sourcing.
  • Work with the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce to reach out to local businesses for Center membership growth.
  • Maintain relationships with area organizations, like the Rotary Club, SMOC, MWRTA, MassBay Community College.
  • Visit area organizations to present details about the Center, its internship program, networking activities, etc. Promote the Center in the MetroWest market.

Career Coaching Services

  • Work collaboratively with Career Services to provide career coaching services to students pursuing entrepreneurship career paths.
  • Work collaboratively with the College of Business to conduct 1-on-1 career coaching sessions, workshops, and other student success initiatives when requested.

Incubator manager

  • Foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship by encouraging students to base their startup companies in the Center's 3rd floor INCUBATOR
  • Maintain the INCUBATOR office space with resources for multiple student teams
  • Advise student startup as well as source advisors from the member ranks and the local market.
  • Source investors for educational and investment purposes for student teams.
  • Pursue grant opportunities for the Center.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED:

Supervise student interns in the Center.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:

Reports to the Dean of Business

EXAMPLES OF SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The director leads the center, manages operations, and recruits new entrepreneurs, as well as performs other duties as required. The director is in charge of growing the number of entrepreneurs in the center, and at the same time is responsible for day-to-day operations. To support the center, the director recruits and selects student interns and matches them with entrepreneurs. The director also teaches a two-hour four-credit seminar once a week with the interns. The director explores and secures external funding for the center to help support its growth and mission (this includes seeking funding for paid internships for students and other opportunities for the entrepreneurs). External funding can come from grants, contracts, donor gifts, and fees for workshops offered to the community.



Requirements:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Knowledge and experience working in a co-working environment (for entrepreneurs)
  • Master's Degree required, a Ph.D. or work towards a Ph.D. preferred
  • Work experience in a managerial position (two years) or leading own business (five years)
  • Experience in innovative or entrepreneurial companies

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Teaching experience at college level or in corporate training.

Additional Information:

This is a full-time, exempt, benefits-eligible, non-unit position. The salary range is $80,000-90,000.

It is the policy of Framingham State University that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including booster if eligible, before they begin employment. Proof of the COVID-19 vaccine is required of all individuals hired by FSU, to be verified after a verbal offer of employment has been accepted, and before employment begins. Prospective employees may submit a request for a medical or religious exemption to the COVID-19 vaccination requirement to Human Resources. Furthermore, FSU employees must wear a mask inside certain campus spaces.

Framingham State University conducts criminal history and sexual offender record checks on recommended finalists prior to final employment for all positions.

Framingham State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Members of underrepresented groups, minorities, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and all persons committed to diversity and inclusive excellence are strongly encouraged to apply.


Application Instructions:

Candidates must apply online by submitting:

  • Cover Letter,
  • Resume/CV,
  • Equity and Inclusion Statement,
  • Names and contact information for three (3) professional references.

*The Equity and Inclusion Statement is an opportunity for candidates to discuss professional skills, experience and/or willingness to engage in activities that would enhance the university's efforts to promote a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. Equity and inclusion statements will be considered as part of a transparent and comprehensive review of candidate application materials.

For full consideration, application materials must be received by October 3, 2022. However, applications may continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

Framingham State University only accepts application materials through our online application system. We are unable to accept application materials through mail, email, fax, or hand delivery. If you experience technical issues with the online application process, please submit a helpdesk ticket.

Framingham State University understands that persons with specific disabilities may need assistance with the job application process and/or with the interview process. For confidential assistance, please contact the Human Resources Office at 508-626-4530 or humanresources@framingham.edu.

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