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POSITION: The Director – Business Accelerator & New Client Development for Delaware Innovation Space

DEADLINE: Open until Filled

Location: DISI- Experimental Station

The Director – Business Accelerator & New Client Development for Delaware Innovation Space will be the key leader for driving the development and launch of a new science-based business accelerator program and related business building programs and competitions. The Director will be seconded from the University of Delaware to DISI and be on the leadership team of the Delaware Innovation Space and will receive day to day and overall strategic guidance from the CEO/President of DISI as part of that organization as well as administratively from the Research Office for UD specific matters.

The incumbent is a person who is willing to get the job done with strong focus on core values such as safety, valuing people, strong ethics, respect for the environment, and a value and drive for a diverse workplace.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide leadership and be responsible for all aspects of the program offering for a new business accelerator with related business building programs and competitions as part of the Delaware Innovation Space
  • Provide leadership for the cultivation of new clients and the overall management of the client pipeline for the Delaware Innovation Space
  • Be a strong team member of the Delaware Innovation Space team and work collaboratively across sectors and responsibilities including contributions to operational aspects and well as the business development and cultivation of new clients
  • Stay in strong sync with the needs of current and future clients of Delaware Innovation Space and partner with other organizations to deliver a first in class science based business accelerator program(s) in both compact modules or immersion experiences as well as programmatic efforts run across the year and beyond
  • Provide leadership for overall marketing strategy and work collaboratively with Manager of Client Experience to develop marketing collateral for the Delaware Innovation Space
  • Represent Delaware Innovation Space in public forums and conferences
  • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned by the CEO of the Delaware Innovation Space

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a science and engineering or related field and at least seven years of relevant experience in business development, marketing, startup companies, program development & execution or equivalent combination of education and experience. MBA preferred
  • Strong passion and drive for being part of an entrepreneurial community and new venture.
  • Ability to be highly flexible in scope of their role and tactics associated with the role
  • Evidence of leadership and experience in initiation, development, and delivery of business acceleration programs
  • Commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce and work environment
  • Ability to effectively represent the Delaware Innovation Space within the research and business community across the United States and potentially overseas
  • Ability to plan and evaluate programs. Program planning and implementation skills.
  • Ability to develop financial plans and manage resources
  • Strong strategic planning skills with ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals
  • Ability to create marketing collateral and other elements of marketing material including webpage and social media content development
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community
  • Ability to conceive, develop and deliver presentations and training sessions
  • Knowledge of the University of Delaware, DuPont, and experience with the broader entrepreneurial and business accelerator landscape across the United States preferred
  • Strong network of position relevant contacts across the United States, including a strong network with entrepreneurs and key entrepreneurial ecosystem leaders in Mid-Atlantic region.

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POSITION: The Director of Business Operations for Delaware Innovation Space

DEADLINE: Open until Filled

LOCATION: DISI- Experimental Station

The Director of Business Operations for Delaware Innovation Space will be the key leader for the business operations and overall business systems development and execution for the Delaware Innovation Space. The Director will be seconded from the University of Delaware to DISI and be on the leadership team of the Delaware Innovation Space and will receive day to day and overall strategic guidance from the CEO/President of DISI as part of that organization as well as administratively from the Research Office for UD specific matters.

The incumbent is a person who is willing to get the job done with strong focus on core values such as safety, valuing people, strong ethics, respect for the environment, and a value and drive for a diverse workplace.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide leadership and be responsible for all financial, procurement, accounting, and budgeting matters for the Delaware Innovation Space. Support the Treasurer and President/CEO in execution of their fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Provide leadership and be responsible for overseeing the overall business systems and their development and improvement for the Delaware Innovation Space
  • Work in collaboration with foundational partners of UD, State of Delaware, and DuPont in support of on-going business operations of the Delaware Innovation Space.
  • Be a strong team member of the Delaware Innovation Space Leadership Team and work collaboratively across sectors and responsibilities including contributions to operational aspects and the overall client experience at the Delaware Innovation Space.
  • Work collaboratively with external legal counsel on DISI contract and manage relationships with key vendors and clients of the DISI.
  • Drive the accounts receivables and payment process including client invoicing and bill management.
  • Develop and manage networks of personnel/consultants to create and manage an a la carte menu of choices for DISI clients and enable effective engagements.
  • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned by the CEO of the Delaware Innovation Space

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least six years of relevant experience in business operations, or equivalent combination of education and experience. MBA preferred.
  • Strong passion and drive for being part of an entrepreneurial community and new venture.
  • Ability to be highly flexible in scope of their role and tactics associated with the role.
  • Proven experience in financial matters especially in a small to medium business enterprise where one would manage all aspects of finance from invoicing to bill payment to budgeting and financial forecasting.
  • Commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce and work environment.
  • Strong passion and expertise in building and maintaining sustainable business operation systems
  • Strong network in the finance and business operations community and in the Delaware landscape.
  • Strong ability to use and develop financial tools and planning processes.  Adept at financial modeling, proforma financial statements, budgeting, online cash management, online invoicing and bill payment.
  • Strong strategic planning skills with ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Strong project management skills
  • Strong computer skills
  • Detail oriented but able to see the forest as well as the trees

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Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship, Executive Director

Zeal and its board of directors seek a passionate, collaborative, and visionary Executive Director to build upon the mission of fostering entrepreneurship. This position will serve as the face of

Zeal supporting entrepreneurship in Sioux Falls, SD and play an engaging role in moving the

entrepreneurial initiatives of the community forward. Zeal is located in Sioux Falls, SD and is categorized as an entrepreneurship super hub. It is a 45,000-sq. ft. facility that serves as a collaborative resource for early stage companies by providing office space, programming, and direct access to resources including SBA, SBDC, and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development as well as a developing professional partner network.

In collaboration with the president, board of directors, and internal Zeal staff, the successful candidate will play a leading role in building partnerships, marketing, securing funding, and advocating for local entrepreneurship. The Executive Director will manage a staff of 3 employees in the ongoing creation and delivery of programing and facility management.

 

Zeal’s Work Includes:

  • Collaboration with other organizations: government, non-profit, and private to serve entrepreneurship initiatives, innovation, and investment to maximize Zeal’s value to entrepreneurs.
  • Providing a thriving epicenter of entrepreneurship and a pipeline of emerging rapid growth businesses to expand and diversify the local and regional economies.
  • Creating sustainable programming that serves all stages of entrepreneurship and promotes resource support.
  • Advocating for local economic development through supporting and contributing resources to government, non-profit NGOs, and private economic development entities.
  • Facility and grounds management.
  • The Executive Director’s Primary Responsibilities Include:
  • Strategic Direction; working with the president, board of directors, and Zeal team members to establish and execute a long term strategic plan to foster entrepreneurship, collaborate with external resources, and provide sustainability.
  • Focusing on promotion and recruitment of supporting resources as well as strategic operations. The Executive Director will drive toward achieving sustainability through seeking innovative partnerships and funding.
  • Providing distinctive leadership for Zeal staff and leading initiatives in planning, promoting, and executing Zeal’s mission.
  • Overseeing and managing the financial operations of Zeal. The Executive Director will be accountable for budgeting and reporting as well as overseeing the internal financial processes.

 

Zeal – Executive Director Professional Qualifications:

Well qualified candidates will have a successful history (3-5 years minimum) in entrepreneurial development, business or non-profit leadership, finance, marketing, economic development or other related fields. A minimum of a 4-year degree is required with additional professional degrees (MBA, MPA, JD) a plus.

Professional Skills & Characteristics:

  • Priority on the values of integrity and honesty
  • Proven leadership with an emphasis on a developed leadership philosophy
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Willingness to maintain high visibility within the organization as well as the community
  • Developed and proven written and verbal communication skills with emphasis on professionalism
  • Ability to work effectively with a board of directors to provide timely, accurate information and ability to provide perspective to support an informed decision-making process
  • Willingness to work extended hours and answer occasional after-hours emergencies
  • Applicants must send cover letter, resume/CV, and two letters of recommendation in PDF format to: [email protected].Application review process will begin on November 6, 2017. Zeal offers competitive benefits package that includes:
  • PTO/Holiday
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Long Term Disability
  • Retirement Contribution

Please email cover letter, resume/CV, and 2 letters of reference to: [email protected]


The Oklahoma City Innovation District (OKCID), seeks a President & CEO (CEO) to lead and grow a newly formed enterprise.  This is a newly created position.  The OKCID represents a concentrated hub of the region’s innovation assets that offers the potential to spur economic growth and civic vitality where innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity, and placemaking intersect.

OKCID’s stakeholders engaged the expertise of the Brookings and Project for Public Spaces (PPS) to help them understand the area’s distinctive strengths and identify missed opportunities in ways that advance the district’s innovation ecosystem and improve the competitive position of the region.  To learn more, please see the full report at https://www.brookings.edu/research/positioned-for-growth-advancing-the-oklahoma-city-innovation-district.

Requirements:

  • Top level executive management experience – preferably with some start-up expertise.
  • Background in economic development, commercialization, entrepreneurship/venture capital, urban development, and mixed use real estate development.
  • Experience in a top leadership role reporting to a Board of Directors.
  • A track record of success in holistic fund raising and obtaining funding and grants from state and federal governments, corporations, foundations and the private sector.
  • An undergraduate degree is required. Graduate level education preferred.

Responsibilities: Reporting to the OKCID Board of Directors (under formation), the CEO will be responsible for the strategic, financial, managerial, and operational leadership of the entire organization, including hiring and managing a senior management team and staff. S/he will create, identify and lead strategies in which anchor institutions, firms, and civic leaders rally stakeholders to engage with their time, expertise, and resources to support the innovation district’s vision to create a dynamic, inclusive innovation hub.

Please submit your resume to [email protected]  or [email protected] .

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