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Associate Director, Technology Venture Studio, UMKC's Innovation Center, 08450

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UMKC's Innovation Center; Small Business Tech Development Center; Technology Venture Studio

Job Description

This position manages UMKC Innovation Center Technology Venture Studio programs to assist technology founders and businesses in accessing capital, advisors, networks, training, coaching and other resources for developing businesses. The role works directly with Digital Sandbox KC, KCInvestED, Whiteboard2Boardroom, Digital Health KC, and the supporting Studio programs designed to build connectivity and community for early-stage tech companies. The Associate Director creates and manages events, measures program success, and assists with program impact collection. This position requires strong project management and networking skills.

Responsibilities:
  • The responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
  • Manage existing Technology Venture Studio programs including Digital Sandbox KC, KCInvestED, Whiteboard 2 Boardroom, bootcamps and roundtables
  • Develop, manage, and coordinate networking events, such as Sound Bytes and targeted bootcamp programs to develop technology clientele
  • Identify, develop, and grow network of technology commercialization and investment community partners
  • Work with early-stage technology companies to promote their opportunities, network and growth
  • Develop, pilot and implement new programs that meet market needs, providing guidance and oversight as necessary
  • Assist in the development and implementation of communications programs, to include social media campaigns, communication outreach efforts, videos, stories and website.
  • Manage process flow and deliverables of program requirements for technology clients, partners and funders
  • Develop and oversee preparation of necessary reports and documentation to supporting agencies, clients, stakeholders, advisory boards, etc., and participate in grant development and strategic planning as required
  • Maintain and grow database of technology ecosystem participants to include founders, advisors, researchers, industry partners and investors
  • Represents the UMKC IC Technology Venture Studio to administrators, faculty, staff and other internal or external constituents
Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 4 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary

Preferred Qualifications

Minimally Preferred Qualifications:
  • A Bachelor's degree and at least 6 years of applicable experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary
  • Understanding of the entrepreneurial process, including start-up and growth phases, and demonstrated experience managing multiple program objectives is required.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • A Master’s degree in business, technology, entrepreneurship or equivalent advanced degree is a plus.
  • Experience with technology venture development is a plus.
  • The successful candidate must demonstrate:
  • Outstanding writing and speaking ability and presentation skills to effectively lead trainings and facilitate panels
  • Ability to build strong professional relationships and networks amongst business and investor communities.
  • Creative thinker and leader for building and growing a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem that reflects the needs of technology founders and businesses.
  • Exceptional follow-through with Studio clients and partners and funders
  • Proven time-management skills to prioritize and execute on multiple projects and deliverables
  • Strong computer and software skills including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel and hands-on experience with CRM databases and project management softwares
  • Incredible people management and teaming skills whether with direct reports or leading external teams
  • Strong sense of initiative and self-motivation and ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Work with a high degree of integrity, hold high ethical standards, and maintain confidentiality.
  • Treat others with respect and dignity.
Anticipated Hiring Range

Anticipated salary up to $85,000 annually, commensurate with experience, education, and internal equity.

Application Deadline

Application review begins April 1st, 2024.

Position will continue to accept and review applications until filled.

Community Information

Kansas City offers the best of both worlds—a vibrant, urban community with Midwestern appeal. The city’s rich history and its modern-day, innovative thinking come together to create an eclectic group of neighborhoods that offer a little something for everyone. From thriving arts districts, an energetic downtown nightlife, casual to upscale shopping and champion sports teams, you will have no problem making yourself at home. Of course, one of Kansas City’s biggest claims to fame is its food, especially its world-famous barbecue. Foodies will delight in the culinary scene found throughout the city. Ranging from award-winning chefs to cozy pizza joints, Kansas City definitely is not lacking any flavor.

UMKC’s campuses are conveniently nestled in the middle of all the action. Volker Campus is just minutes from the legendary Country Club Plaza, perfect for shopping or restaurants for lunch or after-work happy hours. Surrounded by hip neighborhoods and eateries, the Health Sciences Campus is located downtown near University Health Truman Medical Center and Children’s Mercy Hospital.

UMKC is proud to be “Kansas City’s university,” and the campus and its people celebrate all the characteristics of the surrounding community. To learn more about life in Kansas City and find more resources, visit VisitKC.com.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. As part of your total compensation, the University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, short- and long-term disability, paid parental leave, paid caregiver leave, and educational fee discounts for all four UM System campuses. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at https://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits .

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research, and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit https://www.umsystem.edu/ums/hr/eeo or call Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Office of Equity & Title IX at 816-235-6910.

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 UMKC

The University of Missouri-Kansas City, one of four universities of the University of Missouri System (UM System), is a doctoral research-intensive public university offering traditional and interdisciplinary programs. The University is designated as a high research activity university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and is home to 13 colleges and schools; indeed, few urban universities have the depth and breadth of disciplines (ranging from medicine to the performing arts) offered at UMKC. The University enrolls more than 16,000 students, coming from 48 states and more than 95 countries, in more than 125 academic areas. The student population includes 47% undergraduates, 31% graduates and 22% dual-enrolled HS students. Providing a stimulating classroom experience is paramount at UMKC. The institution’s diverse and international faculty hold doctorates or the highest degree in their field at an impressive 83%. UMKC has earned national and international recognition for the quality of its faculty, students, research and community leadership.

UMKC VISION
UMKC aspires to be an exemplary public urban research university of the 21st century, pursuing excellence as a human-centric learning and discovery community, fostering equity, diversity and inclusion to enrich the lives of the people and region we serve.

MISSION STATEMENT
As an urban research university, our mission at the University of Missouri-Kansas City is to promote learning through the discovery, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge of public value across a broad spectrum of disciplines and fields of study. UMKC celebrates the individual and embodies diversity and inclusion by intertwining these goals with innovation to enable transformational impact aimed at bringing cultural, social, health, and economic prosperity to the metropolitan, regional and global communities we serve.

KANSAS CITY INFORMATION
The University is located in a Kansas City metropolitan area that is among the most entrepreneurial cities in America with a population of more than 2.4 million and a diverse portfolio of industries and businesses. Home to a diverse base of corporate centers, high-tech firms and prominent non-profits, Kansas City is an inspiring example of 21st century economic transformation, with UMKC sitting at its heart. From thriving corporate headquarters such Garmin to tech startups such as ZOLOZ and ShotTracker, KC’s business community is strong.

Kansas City offers the best of both worlds—a vibrant, urban community with Midwestern appeal. The city’s rich history and its modern-day, innovative thinking come together to create an eclectic group of neighborhoods that offer a little something for everyone. From thriving arts districts, an energetic downtown nightlife, casual to upscale shopping and champion sports teams, you will have no problem making yourself at home. Of course, one of Kansas City’s biggest claims to fame is its food, especially its world-famous barbecue. Foodies will delight in the culinary scene found throughout the city. Ranging from award-winning chefs to cozy pizza joints, Kansas City definitely is not lacking any flavor.

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