Skip to main content

This job has expired

Director, The LaunchBox

Athens State University
Alabama, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Apr 13, 2024

View more

Director, The LaunchBox

Athens State University

Closing Date:

Job Duties:
The Director of the LaunchBox serves as a primary liaison between the University and aspiring entrepreneurs, students, investors, small businesses, idea makers and government entities for the purpose of assisting business start-ups, creating new jobs, increasing investment, and engaging innovative business solutions in the Athens State University service area. The director is responsible for all aspects of the operation of the LaunchBox.

  • Ensures the success of the University's commitment to supporting economic development through entrepreneurship and small business development.
  • Develops appropriate business model for the LaunchBox, including a business plan and P&L projections after a comprehensive review of other organizations' operations and analysis of local need/demand. Potential areas may include incubation, co-working space, event hosting, etc.
  • Works with community stakeholders including entrepreneurs, business owners, elected officials, funding entities, and employers to stimulate economic development.
  • Manages the daily operations of the LaunchBox.
  • Promotes collaborative relationships with Athens State University faculty and staff, as well as with external clientele and local, state, and federal agencies.
  • Develops and manages an annual offline and online marketing plan to promote the LaunchBox.
  • Develops, promotes, and assesses outreach programs related to the LaunchBox for the purposes of developing community support, deepening stakeholder engagement, and increasing participation by those who utilize the LaunchBox
  • Manages and mentors LaunchBox staff members.
  • Manages the LaunchBox budget and fiscal resources while continuously seeking to diversify and expand funding sources.
  • Promotes a safe, educational, and professional work environment.
  • Assures compliance with all Athens State University policies and procedures.
  • Assures compliance with local, state, and federal policies and practices, as appropriate.
  • Demonstrates flexibility and adaptability to changing work scope and tasks based on need.
  • Identifies opportunities for improvements to work practices and offers viable solutions for implementation.
  • Proactively engages in problem solving related to tasks in this position with internal and external people.
  • Performs additional duties as assigned, flexibly responding to demonstrated market demand for LaunchBox services

Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree is required. A Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Experience in fields related to workforce development, business management, marketing, industrial training, employee development or academia are desirable.
  • Experience in teaching, leadership, and customer-service settings are essential.
  • Experience in starting and operating successfully a business desired
  • Experience in managing a mixed-use business incubator preferred.
  • Managing a collaborative work space focused on innovation development helpful.
  • Experience in counseling and vetting prospective small business owners preferred.

  • Promotes the mission of Athens State University through the LaunchBox.
  • Displays a high level of effort and commitment to performing work.
  • Operates effectively within the organizational structure.
  • Demonstrates trustworthiness and responsible behavior.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to manage external communications with stakeholders including local/state media
  • Energetic, flexible, positive, collaborative leadership style.
  • Highly organized with an aptitude for multi-tasking and successfully meeting deadlines.
  • Proven record of excellent time management skills.
  • Proven ability to work independently or with others to manage multiple tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Proven ability to plan and perform complex work in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Excellent customer-relations skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of records.
  • Proven ability to effectively teach both for-credit and non-credit courses.
  • Must possess and demonstrate a high level of professionalism.

Salary Schedule:
Salary Band: A100To view salary schedules visit: Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Special Instructions to Applicants
Unofficial transcripts should be from the college or university which verifies minimum qualifications for the position. Upon an offer of employment, official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be submitted. Continued employment is contingent upon receipt of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

Please provide contact information for three professional references on your application.

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

About Athens State University
Located in historic Athens, Alabama, Athens State University offers junior and senior-level coursework to community college graduates and transfer students holding sufficient credits from other institutions. Presently, over 3,100 students have selected Athens State because of its neighborly environment where 50 majors and degree programs are offered, with courses taught by a supportive and exceptional faculty. Approximately 80% of the students are enrolled in at least one online course. The typical student is a working adult who commutes. Recently, the University was featured in the 2015 Best Value Online College Rankings by for four online programs including computer science, accounting, education and human resources. The University offers undergraduate degree programs in Liberal Arts, Teacher Preparation, and Business. The University employs more than 350 full and part-time employees with approximately 90 full-time faculty members in three colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, and College of Education. Seventy-five percent of the full-time faculty members hold a terminal degree. The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Athens, Alabama is located in north Alabama equidistant between Nashville, TN and Birmingham, AL. Athens is home to several events and festivals that have been featured as the Southeast Tourism Society’s “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” including the Athens Storytelling Festival and the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention.

In accordance with Athens State University Policy and guidelines, the applicant chosen for employment will be required to sign a consent form for a criminal background check. Employment will be contingent upon the receipt of a clearance notification from that criminal background check.

Non-Discrimination Policy Statement Athens State University, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. Athens State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, disability, religion, genetic information, or veteran status in employment, or admissions to or participation in educational programs and activities. Inquiries or concerns may be addressed to the Office of the Vice President of Enrollment and Student Support Services, 300 N. Beaty St., Athens, AL 35611, 256- 233-8175.

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalized job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert