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This is advanced professional work coordinating and leading the work of the Economic Development Department and related authorities. This position is responsible for leading economic development by managing complex real estate development relationships, engaging in critical external local, regional and state-wide relationships, leading implementation of the City’s equitable economic development plan, and participating in teams that are responsible for place-making in business districts. Work involves coordinating the efforts of diverse groups from within and outside of City Government. Work is performed with considerable latitude for independent decision making under the managerial direction of the Deputy City Manager. The role of this position is to create new investment and attract residents to the community by planning, organizing, coordinating and directing the operational effectiveness and staff assignments of the Economic Development Department, including serving as Executive Director of associated Boards and Authorities and facilitating public/private partnership development finance investments.

  • Collaborates in the development of proposed economic development transactions and evaluates those transactions to determine value to the City.
  • Represents the department to investors in public forums and intergovernmental activities.
  • Collaborates with interdepartmental teams and leads teams as necessary and assigned.
  • Plans, organizes, prioritizes and directs the work of the Economic Development Corporation, Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, SmartZone Local Development Finance Authority, Neighborhood Business Corridor Improvement Authorities and Business Improvement District
  • Establishes and implements operational policies, goals and objectives for the department; assures operations and programs are carried out according to federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations
  • Develops long and short range planning and needs assessment for the improvement of programs and services
  • Supervises the work of assigned personnel; participates in hiring, training and disciplinary actions; delegates work assignments; conducts performance evaluations
  • Oversees preparation of, and presents the annual department budget; determines resource needs and financing requests; oversees budgetary administration
  • Plans and participates in technical and administrative studies and reviews reports of program needs and accomplishments; writes grant applications; drafts and reviews contracts
  • Prepares reports on a variety of subjects
  • Negotiates complex real estate and financing transactions between private/public sector entities and the City
  • Manages, oversees and evaluates the work of outside consultants, including legal counsel
  • Represents the City on economic development legislative, program and policy matters presenting the City’s position on economic development issues; provides information on City economic development programs
  • Collaborates with and manages relationships with local businesses and stakeholders, including neighborhood leaders, business district representatives, private businesses and the general public
  • Performs related work as required


  • Bachelor’s degree in business, public administration, or a related field; Master’s degree is preferred
  • At least seven (7) to nine (9) years of experience in a field related to economic development, community development, planning, or related management experience, including considerable supervisory experience;
  • Any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities


  • Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of economic development
  • Thorough knowledge of economics, municipal finances, and sociology
  • Understanding of equity, diversity, and inclusion principles
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with civic leaders, other City officials and the general public.
  • Ability to express ideas effectively orally and in writing.



  • Wage increases of 2.75% on July 1, 2020 and 2.50% on July 1, 2021
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision administered by Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • 6% Employee & 6% Employer matching 401a, with immediate vesting
  • Employee & Employer contributions to Retiree Health Savings Account
  • Free Parking Citywide
  • Tuition Reimbursement up to Master’s degree
  • 4 Weeks Paid Parental Leave
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Several voluntary benefits and deferred compensation plan options




Director of the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation McCormick School of Engineering

Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering seeks a leader with vision, a track record in entrepreneurship, and a dynamic, inclusive, and enterprising style to serve as Director of the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The Farley Center, an endowed center within the McCormick School, supports entrepreneurship education for students in and beyond McCormick; fosters innovation and entrepreneurship programming, activities, and experiences for students across Northwestern; and serves as a hub of the University’s expanding innovation ecosystem. Given the Center’s resources and standing and McCormick’s curricular and research strengths, the Farley Center’s new Director will have a remarkable opportunity to shape the future of innovation and entrepreneurship at one of the world’s premier private research universities and to position Northwestern as a primary catalyst in the ongoing development of the Chicago area’s technology startup sector.

The Director reports to the Dean of the McCormick School of Engineering and will hold a non-tenured faculty position in the School consistent with their experience and credentials.  The Director provides overarching vision for the Center, the focus and measures of success for its programmatic and reputational objectives, and the strategy and tactics to achieve those objectives. Working with the Center’s administrative staff but also drawing on expertise present within the School and in the central administration of the University, the Director is responsible for the curriculum offered by the Center as well as stewarding the Center’s financial and human resources and for contributing to the development of additional financial resources to maximize the quality and scope of its activities. Collaborating widely across the University, the Director ensures that the Center continues to be a distinctive element of the McCormick “whole brain” experience and continues to play a leading role in Northwestern’s innovation ecosystem. As the chief executive of the Farley Center, the Director is fully responsible for the Center’s curriculum and teaching as well as its efficient administration and operation and for growing and shepherding its resources wisely.

The new Director should be a dynamic and visionary leader with the domain expertise to create sophisticated entrepreneurship programming for diverse stakeholders in a complex and intellectually rigorous environment. This leader will have a track record of fostering an entrepreneurial culture and developing sustainable programs and events to advance understanding of, participation in, and commitment to entrepreneurship. Experience as an entrepreneur is an important additional attribute that may differentiate some candidates.

While there are various paths that could lead a successful Director to the Farley Center and many qualities, competencies, and credentials that will be conducive to their success, the Director should at a minimum possess a tangible passion for entrepreneurship and innovation along with the domain expertise necessary to gain the respect of Northwestern faculty, students, staff, alumni, and friends; a clear orientation to action, leadership presence, and effective communication skills; the ability to build and sustain relationships with many constituencies, including deans, faculty, staff, students, alumni, administrators, and philanthropists; exceptional teaching capabilities; the ability to create alignment in a decentralized environment; to influence by means of credibility, expertise, and demonstrated success; and to work effectively across and beyond a complex institution as a visionary, catalyst, guide, and partner; a demonstrated track record of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of leading and managing, of shaping organizational culture, and of curricular and co-curricular programming; a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution; the ability to align vision, strategy, business processes, incentives, and resources to achieve specific programmatic objectives; impeccable integrity and personal honesty; drive and stamina; a sense of humor.

Opus Partners ( is assisting Northwestern University in this search. Please contact Craig Smith, Partner, or Katie Dean, Associate Partner, to apply or to seek additional information: [email protected] / [email protected]

Northwestern University is an Affirmative Action / EEOC employer. Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.




Executive Director, Office of Technology Transfer & Innovation
Posting STA005422

Established in 1927, the University of Houston empowers students in their pursuit of learning, discovery, leadership and engagement. Located in a sprawling metropolis, our premier Tier One campus provides students with cutting edge programs including undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, distance and continuing education. Ranked among the best colleges in America, UH is home to award-winning faculty, innovative research centers, has one of the most diverse student populations in the nation, and alumni who have become international leaders.

Leads the Office of Technology Transfer and Innovation and oversees the technology transfer activities at the University of Houston; promotes the generation of Intellectual Property (IP), manages the University’s extensive IP portfolio, licenses IP to existing companies and startups, supports the formation of startups, and the eventual commercialization of technology.

  • Increase the Commercialization of UH IP: Establish and maintain a technology transfer process to ensure optimal monetization of the IP portfolio. This includes preparation of marketing plans, valuation, and negotiating/executing licenses and options.
  • Increase Industry Sponsored Research: Build relationships with and serve as a primary point of contact with potential industrial partners, including the protection of UH IP through involvement in research contracts with industry. Provide input to the Office of Contracts and Grants (OCG) on business and IP terms prior to OCG executing industry sponsored research agreements.
  • Ensure effective operation and stewardship of UH IP assets: Convene the Faculty Senate appointed IP Committee for recommendation and approval of IP, oversee management of the UH patent portfolio (300+ patents) and selection of outside counsel for patent prosecution (approximately $2m/year spend).
  • Increase the number of UH startups: Provide guidance and mentoring to faculty and student start-ups that are part of the innovation enterprise. This includes providing training and ensuring an effective interface with the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship (WCE).
  • Ensure effective operation of the innovation ecosystem at the Technology Bridge. This includes marketing the facilities/capabilities, sub-leasing space in the Technology Bridge buildings 4 and 5 to external companies, developing a suite of incubation capabilities (ex: accounting and legal advice) available to startups, and helping identify funding opportunities.
  • Increase the Generation of IP: Develop patent portfolios and intellectual property with faculty, research staff, and students, and provide early stage feedback on potential licensing opportunities.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Requires singular knowledge of a specialized advanced professional discipline or the highest level of general business knowledge, normally acquired through attainment of a directly job-related terminal degree or equivalent formal training in a recognized field of specialization that is directly related to the type of work being performed.

Requires a minimum of ten (10) years of directly job-related experience.

Application Process: Interested candidates must complete the on-line application. Posting number STA005422. All UH positions can be found on our website at Candidates must include a resume, cover letter, and a list of references with names and contact information in addition to the on-line application.

The University of Houston strives to be an employer of choice by offering a full range of benefits to our full-time staff members. Tuition scholarships, a retirement plan, dental and full medical coverage are only a few of the benefits offered to employees at the University of Houston. From our award winning faculty to our active student body, UH offers the most diverse research university in the country.

The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.






Director, Center for Entrepreneurship & Social Impact Instructor

We are seeking a motivated, engaged, and socially-minded leader to serve as the Director for the Center for Entrepreneurship & Social Impact. The Center’s mission is to support entrepreneurship and innovation, and as such, the director will be central to enabling and maintaining connections to Chicago’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, organizing programs and events to create cross-disciplinary engagement in entrepreneurship across the campus, and facilitating students’ entrepreneurial success via mentorship. The director will also teach two courses each semester and manage the Creativity & Empathy Lab.

The successful candidate will be a seasoned professional with significant experience and leadership in entrepreneurship and innovation, ideally in both academic and business settings. They will have a history of innovation in a traditional corporate enterprise, 2) track record of entrepreneurship; including starting a business, fundraising and managing a P&L, and 3) created a social impact strategy that was adopted by either a for-profit or non-profit organization. They will have demonstrated outstanding interpersonal, communication, and team building skills and the ability to develop relationships and collaborate with entrepreneurs, potential donors, media, faculty, and other internal and external stakeholders. A master’s degree or PhD is required, as is the ability to deliver high quality educational experiences in entrepreneurship and social impact.

Northern Illinois University & the College of Business

Northern Illinois University (NIU) is a regional public university located approximately 60 miles west of Chicago in DeKalb, IL.  NIU is nationally ranked for ROI value and social mobility, and it is recognized for providing our 18,000 students with personal, career, and life skills. The College of Business at NIU is among an elite 4% of business schools worldwide to hold AACSB International accreditation at all levels: baccalaureate, master, and accounting. Business students have the opportunity to choose from among six undergraduate programs, five graduate disciplines, as well as numerous minor and certificate programs to meet their academic and career goals.

Required Applicant Documents

  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Transcript
  4. List of References

Please submit application documents to Sarah Marsh at [email protected] Review of completed applications will begin on May 20; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filledFor additional information please contact Sarah Marsh ([email protected]).


EEO Statement and Visa Policy

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document from upon hire.


Activation Capital, a catalyst for the entrepreneurial and innovation community headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, seeks an energetic, dynamic, and visionary leader to become its next Executive Director and President/CEO (CEO).

The Richmond Region is a vibrant and growing community with nearly 1.3 million people, gaining 30 net new people daily. Its stable and diverse economy includes Fortune 1000 headquarters, ranking second for the total number of firms compared to its peer cities. Activation Capital has built its success serving as a key resource in addressing the gaps within the greater Richmond innovation ecosystem.

The CEO will build on Activation Capital’s success, furthering the scope and impact of the innovation community not only in the Central Virginia/Capital City region, but also through furthering the organization’s presence more broadly in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This includes articulating a strategy for the next phase of the organization’s growth, positioning Activation Capital as the model for the Commonwealth, advancing existing relationships across the innovation and entrepreneurial community, and developing a talented, high-performing team.

The CEO is accountable for continued growth according to plan, as well as working cross-functionally with other Activation Capital leaders to execute on the overall vision. This leader will be responsible for the continued transformation of Activation Capital and will regularly interface with entrepreneurs, stakeholders of the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem, corporate and academic partners, as well as elected and administrative officials at the local, state, and federal levels.

The ideal candidate will have a working knowledge of, and expertise in, supporting the creation, development, and expansion of successful advanced-technology companies, and a strong understanding of the business start-up environment. A proven leader with exceptional communication skills, the next CEO will be creative, strategic, adaptable, and nimble.

Activation Capital has engaged Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist with this search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in confidence to:

Andrew Lee, Partner

Laura Uvena, Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller

1300 19th Street, NW, Suite 700

Washington, DC 20036


Activation Capital is an equal opportunity employer.





Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR)
Position Description

Reports to Director, SC Academic Innovations (SCAI)
Supervises Others No
Employment Type Part-time (20 hours a week)
Travel Requirements Moderate, mostly within the state
Location Greenville or Clemson

South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) was chartered in 1983 by the State of South Carolina as a public, non-profit corporation, to fuel South Carolina’s innovation economy by supporting entrepreneurs, enabling academic research and its commercialization, and connecting industry to innovators. Through SCAI, select early-stage companies with academic affiliations are provided mentoring, networking, and grants. The SCAI EIR will coach Client Companies with the objective of ultimately being accepted into the next phase of SCRA support – the SC Launch program.

SCAI Client Companies must be:

1) based in South Carolina (SC) with more than 50% of their payroll in SC;
2)either advancing intellectual property from an SC academic institution of higher learning or founded by a faculty member from an SC academic institution;
3)developing technology with intellectual property in the Advanced Materials/Manufacturing, Information Technology, or Life Sciences sectors.

Position Description:

The Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) is responsible for providing expert advice and mentoring to entrepreneurs, facilitating company development for potential SC Launch Program candidates, and providing guidance to companies on securing Academic Startup Assistance Program (ASAP) and SBIR/STTR Matching Grant funding. This position will serve academic startups in the Upstate region of South Carolina. The EIR will partner with key stakeholders and assist in growing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the state. The EIR will work one-on-one with entrepreneurs, coaching them in the development and execution of their business plans and pitch decks. The EIR will be responsible for introductions to potential sources of funding, additional business advisors, and resources, if needed. The EIR will also provide guidance on business strategies and securing funding from both investors and grants. Successful candidates will be seasoned entrepreneurs, business executives, and/or investors with accomplished business backgrounds.


Essential Functions:

  • Evaluate and assess the business potential of prospective Client Companies and provide recommendations for applying for SCAI funding, when timely and appropriate.
  • Cultivate and advise Client Companies in strategic areas that foster development and growth of the companies.
  • Coordinate with SC Launch Investment Managers regarding milestones to be achieved to qualify for subsequent graduation to SC Launch
  • With SC Launch EIRs, convene sector- and skills-based subject matter experts to help cultivate startup talent and advisory services support.
  • Develop and support the delivery of educational materials in entrepreneurship to address the needs of academic stakeholders.
  • Assess how candidate Client Companies may complement or potentially partner with other SCRA stakeholders, including existing Client Companies, SC Ventures and SC Launch networks.
  • Identify gaps, deficits, and obstacles to company maturation and identify resources to overcome the obstacles, which will cultivate and mature current and prospective Client Companies.
  • Engage with university technology transfer offices to identify gaps in support for academic entrepreneurs and develop solutions through collaboration within the ecosystem.
  • Manage the application process for Upstate Client Companies for the ASAP and SBIR/STTR Matching Grants; contribute to the contracting process with the SCRA internal team; and contribute towards the drafting of solicitations for these programs.
  • Serve as a champion for applications from Upstate-based companies for the ASAP and SBIR/STTR Matching Grants, which includes making recommendations for funding to the SCRA Company Reviews team, garnering support and input from an SC Launch Investment Manager for long-term prospects for the company to advance to SC Launch, preparing the company to present at the SCRA Company Reviews, and determining when companies have met the eligibility and funding criteria for the programs.
  • Participate in monthly Company Reviews and grant funding decisions.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of seven years of relevant experience, preferably including mentoring early-stage, technology-based companies.
  • Experience as a founder of a technology startup is strongly preferred.
  • Ability to communicate clearly, in verbal and written forms, formally and informally at all levels within the organization.
  • Ability to identify, address and resolve complex issues in a professional manner.Proven skills in teamwork and individual responsibility to accomplish goals.
  • Expertise in securing multiple rounds of financing (angel or venture), preferably with experience in obtaining SBIR/STTR grant funding.
  • Must have experience in at least one of the following areas: Information Technologies, Life Sciences, and/or Advanced Manufacturing and Materials.
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills managing a technology company.

Physical Efforts:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Regular physical activity to include walking, bending, stooping, reaching, standing and prolonged sitting. Ability to use phone and computer systems, copier, fax, and other office equipment. Must be able to occasionally move/lift to 25 pounds with or without reasonable accommodation.

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