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Director of Business Incubation

Georgia Southern University
Georgia, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Nov 29, 2022

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Director of Business Incubation

Job ID: 250329
Location: Statesboro, Georgia
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

About Us

Join Our Team at Georgia Southern!

Georgia Southern is a dynamic university with three vibrant campuses in Hinesville, Savannah and Statesboro serving the communities in Southeast Georgia. As a Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution, our world-class scholars instruct about 26,000 students in associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral level degree programs. Whether you are seeking the charm of a small town, the traditions of a historical/urban destination near the beach or supporting our military service members and their families, Georgia Southern offers its faculty and staff the best of all worlds!

Beyond an ideal location, there is a place for you to work in an exciting environment abounding with opportunities for personal and professional growth. We are steeped in tradition and devoted to academic distinction in teaching, scholarship and service. In 2018 Forbes Magazine listed Georgia Southern, along with 10 other Georgia companies or institutions, as one of America's Best Midsize Employers. Georgia Southern University is passionate about serving our region while preparing our students to be lifelong scholars, leaders, and responsible stewards of their communities and the world.


Statesboro Campus - Statesboro, GA

Department Information

Business Innovation Group

Job Summary

The Director will have a critical role in continuing to grow the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Georgia, particularly in the southeast region through the Innovation Incubators (I2), but also broadly throughout the state with the Georgia Enterprise Network for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (GENIE) program. The Director will also oversee the operations of the FabLab, the Business Accelerator Program, and the Virtual Incubator Program and have overall responsibility for launching and leading the university's industry relations efforts. As such, the incumbent will work closely with the other Business Innovation Group (BIG) units such as the Small Business Development Center and Center for Business Analytics and Economic Research, as well as in collaboration with the industry initiatives within Colleges, Departments, and Centers. The Director will primarily engage and support growth minded entrepreneurs and expansion driven small and mid-size enterprises and work to connect them with on and off-campus resources for the expressed purpose of helping the region to create new businesses, add/retain jobs and obtain capital.

This position reports to the Associate Provost for Innovation and Commercialization and supervises 3-5 full time employees. The incumbent will be expected to contribute to fostering a culture of innovation, collaboration, diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout BIG and its partner organizations.

  • Perform related duties as assigned to support the mission of the University.
  • Coach, mentor, motivate and manage BIG team to exceed partner expectations.
  • Collaborate on designing and implementing client focused policies and procedures that ensure that Georgia Southern has an effective framework for maintaining and growing business relationships with strategic clients so that they will recognize the university as an undeniable valued partner.
  • Stay abreast of best practices and continually grow the business incubation process/activities to improve sponsored research funding and tech transfer activities.
  • Work closely with internal and external partners to develop entrepreneurial and business development programs.
  • Serve in a team leadership capacity and collaborate with external partners, department and the Associate Provost for Innovation and Commercialization to deliver solutions to create value and satisfaction for partners. Plays a key role in helping to triage projects including identifying external partners that may serve to guide the further development of the business incubation programs.
  • Develop, oversee and expand the activities and services of the Innovation Incubator in Statesboro, Georgia Grown Innovation Center in Metter, Hinesville Business Incubator, and state-wide GENIE hub and spoke model, as well as to help identify potential sites (and partners) for expansion.
  • Work with university marketing and communications to develop and implement strategies to effectively communicate the business incubation and industry relation activities.
  • Build relationships across campus, and throughout the communities we serve, with information sessions, outreach programs, and college-specific activation strategy, to create strong pipelines and partnerships that will produce potential startup teams.
  • Create and host networking events, workshops, panels, and other means to grow and strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
  • Manage, track and maintain a customer relationship management (CRM) database to monitor the process by which units measure success/failure of members.
  • Create and enhance repeatable engagement processes to deliver desired clients solutions and outcomes. Proactively measure client satisfaction. Accountable for resolving issues and potential process breakdowns.

Required Qualifications

Educational Requirements
  • Master's Degree in Business or related field OR a certification as an entrepreneurship center/incubator director through International Business Innovation Association (InBIA) or similar professional group

Required Experience
  • Five (5) or more years experience in developing industry partnerships and supporting entrepreneurial activities (e.g. startup business creation, startup governance, team formation, business and financial modeling, strategic planning, investment, mentoring)

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Education
  • PhD or Master's degree in Entrepreneurship, Project Management or in a technical discipline
  • Project Management Certification (e.g. PMP)

Preferred Experience
  • Ten (10) or more years experience working in C-Level corporate position or successful exit from a startup company
  • Experience with, and appreciation of, the differing cultures and operating environments of academia, private investments entities and private industry
  • Experience working with entrepreneurial and business support programs such as, SBDC, MEP, VBOC, etc.

Proposed Salary

$76,500 - $90,000

This is an exempt position paid on a monthly basis.

Required Documents to Attach
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Two (2) Professional References

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Consistently exhibit engaging customer service.
  • Ability to work well in a diverse and inclusive environment through commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Proven proficiency with computers including Microsoft Office, Google, and/or applications as required for specific position.
  • Ability to represent the Business Innovation Group and Georgia Southern University in a range of professional settings.

  • Adhere to University policies and procedures to meet Institutional goals and support University's mission for student success.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of startup, business incubation, entrepreneurship, and innovation management concepts.
  • Knowledge of university culture and activities.
  • Knowledge of the region's economic and entrepreneurial landscape.

  • Effective communication (verbal and written), organizational and human relations skills.
  • Exceptional project/process management and communication skills.

Apply Before Date

Open Until Filled

Application review may begin on October 14, 2022.

Contact Information

For more information or questions about a job posting, please contact the Department of Human Resources by phone at (912) 478-6947 or by email at

For technical support, please call the Shared Services Center at (877) 251-2644 or

Conditions of Employment

Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of background investigation including a criminal background check demonstrating your eligibility for employment with Georgia Southern University, as determined by Georgia Southern University in its sole discretion, confirmation of the credentials and employment history reflected in your application materials and, if applicable, a satisfactory credit check. Applicants may be subject to a pre-employment drug test.

Offers are made expressly subject to the applicable federal and state laws, to the statutes, rules and regulations of this institution and to the Bylaws and Policies of the Board of Regents (BOR) of the University System of Georgia (USG), which are available for your inspection upon request.

Legally authorized to work in the United States for the duration of employment without assistance from the University.

Must be able to perform duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation.

Georgia Southern University is a Tobacco and Smoke-Free Community.

Proof of valid driver's license upon hire and throughout employment.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Georgia Southern University provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, or disability. Individuals in need of reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to participate in the search process should notify Human Resources: (912) 478-6947.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Believing that diversity, equity, and inclusion contribute to excellence in the workplace and to the quality of the University's academic environment, Georgia Southern University is committed to recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff to support, promote, and serve a diverse student body and promote Inclusive Excellence. Candidates from underrepresented groups, whose work furthers the institution's Inclusive Excellence goals, and who bring to campus varied life experiences, perspectives and backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

Other Information
  • Must be able to perform duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Work generally performed in office environment.
  • Workweek may extend beyond 40 hours.
  • Evening and weekend work may be required.
  • Travel may be required.

Background Check
  • Position of Trust + Education

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