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Director, Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship

University of Oregon
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Nov 9, 2021

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Director, Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship

Job no: 528138
Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Administrative/Professional, Business Administration/Management, Executive/Management/Director

Department: Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Compensation Band: OS-OA10-Fiscal Year 2021-2022
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins (updated)
October 11, 2021; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:
1. A resume/CV.
2. A cover letter indicating how you meet the minimum and if applicable, preferred qualifications for the position. Please describe how you have added value in previous roles and how you would add value in this role.
3. A diversity statement that highlights contributions and commitment to diversity. The Lundquist College of Business is committed to creating an equitable learning and working environment that actively respects, includes, and engages everyone. What would that mean to you in this role? How would that inform your work?

You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers as part of the application process. Any application missing the above documents/information may be considered incomplete. In order to ensure consideration, please submit your application materials prior to or on the listed review date.

Department Summary
Founded in 1989, the Charles H. Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship (LCE) has supported innovative students, faculty, researchers, and programs for over 30 years. The center's mission is to serve as the hub of student-oriented entrepreneurial activity at the University of Oregon. Thus, LCE supports a wide range of curricular programs for the entire UO student body, including an undergraduate concentration and minor in entrepreneurship, as well as a graduate specialization and planned certificate and one-year Master's. In addition, the center supports student clubs and student advising, and it facilitates a number of co-curricular programs and resources such as pitch competitions and seed-funding opportunities. Together these activities have fostered a number of successful startup ventures and have dramatically enhanced the innovation mindset and skill sets of a wide array students.

Although LCE has an explicit cross-campus mission, it is formally housed in the Lundquist College of Business (LCB). LCB is one of seven schools housing academic programs on the University of Oregon campus. The college works cooperatively with other UO Colleges and Schools to prepare students for a broad range of career paths.

Position Summary
The Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship seeks a director with experience leading entrepreneurial endeavors and a passion for supporting entrepreneurship among students, faculty, and the community. The director will be expected to work to refine and execute the center's strategic objectives including but not limited to:
1) Working in collaboration with senior leadership in the Lundquist College of Business and across the UO to identify, build, and manage student-oriented innovation and entrepreneurship resources, programs, and opportunities.
2) Managing the center, including the budget, metrics, and personnel.
3) Building relationships with a diverse array of stakeholders both internal and external to UO.
4) Working with students, particularly in the form of advising.
5) Planning and leading programs/events and managing communications associated with the center.

The director will be expected to leverage their own personal experience, as well as the knowledge and experiences of academic and business community partners, to evaluate existing programs and identify new opportunities that will best prepare students to succeed in their endeavors. The director will need to understand the breadth of opportunities and activities within the College and the University and ensure the Lundquist Center is deeply integrated with partners across the university. Additionally, the director will be engaged in cultivating relationships and demonstrating the impact of the center, which in turn will lead to fundraising opportunities that advance the center's mission and goals.

The director will need to be a skilled connector and translator between faculty, students, and business partners, and will also need to demonstrate a passion for removing barriers to entrepreneurship so that the entire community may benefit. This position is part of a highly collaborative team that includes the Lundquist Dean's office, the Associate VP for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, several engaged faculty members, and other key stakeholders across campus.

Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree, AND
  • Seven or more years of demonstrated experience that includes:
  • Engagement with innovation, entrepreneurship, commercialization and/or venture creation;
  • External relations (may include building partnerships, fundraising, managing volunteers, stakeholder engagements, and
    strategic communications); and
  • Conceptualizing events, programs and/or resources that align with an organization's strategic goals, and planning and
    executing on these events, programs and/or resources
  • Experience advising, mentoring and/or teaching students and/or entrepreneurs
  • Supervision of a team (including but not limited to performance management, professional development growth, and
    development of performance metrics).


  • A combination of education and experience (as described above) totaling 12 years.

    Professional Competencies
  • Entrepreneurial leadership: Ability to lead the building and expansion of student-facing entrepreneurial programs and resources. Ability to assess effectiveness of these programs and resources and to adjust accordingly.
  • Partnerships: Ability to act as a key team player alongside other innovation leadership and faculty at the university. Ability to maintain strong partnerships with on- and off-campus partners to create and execute on programs and initiatives.
  • Higher education and entrepreneurship knowledge: High level of programmatic and institutional knowledge, including an understanding of entrepreneurship pedagogy, university-based entrepreneurship programs, startups, and innovation.
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion: Ability to interact, communicate, and work effectively with individuals, recognizing and respecting the many and varied identities of each person. Commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Communication: Ability to craft a communications strategy, including timing, content, and channels (e.g., social media, mailing lists, newsletters, etc.)

    Preferred Qualifications
  • A graduate degree.
  • Five years of experience working with or in higher-education institutions.
  • Volunteer management experience including the ability to identify, recruit and manage volunteers.

    FLSA Exempt: Yes

    All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

    The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

    The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

    UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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