The Outreach Program Manager II, with a working title of Director of the St. Croix Valley Business Innovation Center, will fulfill the Center’s mission of growing the regional economy by supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses. This will be accomplished through the effective management of the business incubation program, creation of business development programming, and engaging in strategic partnerships. In addition, the Director will oversee daily operations and facilities management to ensure client satisfaction. This position reports to the Dean of the College of Business and Economics at UW-River Falls, but also has reporting requirements to the additional founding partners including the City of River Falls and the River Falls Economic Development Corporation, via the Center’s Management Committee.
50% Business Development
30% Innovation Center Management
20% Strategic Partners
Undergraduate degree in Business Administration or related field required. Master of Business Administration (MBA) or similar degree preferred.
4-6 years middle management experience, with 2-3 years Real Estate or Business Banking experience preferred, with the ability to demonstrate an understanding of the needs and operation of business
Excellent interpersonal, verbal/written communication and problem-solving skills.
Strong organizational ability
Strong time management skills
Ability to exercise discretion and confidentiality when interacting with a diverse faculty, student population, and businesses/organizations
Ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a team-oriented environment
Ability to work non-standard hours, including some evenings and weekends
Awareness of business development, economic development, entrepreneurship
Awareness of facility management and marketing
For more information and to apply, please visit the official posting: https://jobs.uwrf.edu/postings/6887
Inquiries should be addressed to:
Leanne Van Allen
College of Business and Economics
Deadline to Apply: Initial review of applications will begin upon receipt. For full consideration, applicants should submit all required materials by April 22, 2021.
UW-River Falls does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources at 715-425-4941.
We declare that diversity and inclusivity are core values. We dedicate ourselves to build a culture grounded in principles of equity, social justice, and excellence. We fundamentally affirm and embrace the multiple identities, values, belief systems, and cultural practices of all individuals and communities. We will address fundamental issues of bias, discrimination, and exclusion.
The University is committed to creating an educational community which enhances student awareness and appreciation of diverse ethnicities and cultures and identities which actively supports tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each person without regard to economic status, ethnic background, political views, sexual orientation, or other personal characteristics or beliefs. Awareness of and sensitivity to diverse ethnic and cultural heritages are especially sought in applicants.
UWRF is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer subject to all state and federal regulations pertaining to non-discrimination based upon sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, marital status, age, arrest and/or conviction record, veteran status, and membership in the national guard, state defense force, or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or the State of Wisconsin. All persons, especially women, persons of color, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Employment is subject to federal laws that require verification of your identity and legal right to work in the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act.
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BRADLEY UNIVERSITY, Peoria, Illinois
Director, Peoria NEXT Innovation Center & Technology Commercialization
The Turner Center for Entrepreneurship and Illinois Small Business Development Center at Bradley University is seeking an engaging and ambitious professional to serve as the joint appointment of Director, Peoria NEXT Innovation Center & Technology Commercialization.
NOTE: This position will work remotely (or on campus in a limited capacity) until COVID-19-related restrictions are eased at both the state, county, and university levels. When Bradley University resumes normal operations, this position will work primarily on campus and engage in work-related travel.
The Peoria NEXT Innovation Center (PNIC) is a 48,000 square foot technology incubator built in 2007. It was the manifestation of a larger vision developed through a community collaborative to support future growth of the greater Peoria area. That partnership included local healthcare, education, research and development including U.S. Dept. of Agriculture National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (NCAUR) and Caterpillar, leading technologists, and businesses. The PNIC facility was built as a community asset to help bring together these resources and drive innovation in Central Illinois. Additional details are available at bradley.edu/sites/pnic.
The Turner Center for Entrepreneurship was established in 2001 by a gift from Robert ’77 MBA ’78 and his wife Carolyn, and builds on Bradley University and the Foster College of Business’ historic strength in small business education and development. For nearly 50 years, the Foster College of Business has provided business training and technical assistance to start-up and existing businesses including one of the nation’s oldest student-based consulting projects. The establishment of the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship strengthened Bradley’s commitment in entrepreneurship by bringing together related services and help growth of the local economy.
The Turner Center includes the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The SBDC provides advising, training, and resources to assist entrepreneurs in starting or owning their own business. The SBDC assists existing companies in strategic development, financial planning, marketing, and business valuation. The center also helps individuals and companies identify, evaluate, and pursue technology commercialization projects that lead to innovative products and services. This includes making connections with Bradley University resources, local partners, and
capital providers to support related funding. Additional details available at bradley.edu/turnercenter.
This position holds the joint appointment as Director of the Peoria NEXT Innovation Center and Director of Technology Commercialization in the SBDC.
Key responsibilities as the PNIC Director are:
• Manage the overall operations of the Peoria NEXT Innovation Center including tenant recruitment, lease agreements, tenant communications, and community relations.
• Support a community of innovation and entrepreneurship within the facility.
• Provide leadership and support of local partners (including Distillery Labs, Startup GP, and the Peoria Innovation Alliance) to drive innovation in Central Illinois.
• Communicate with relevant vendors and Bradley administration in regards to building operations, maintenance, and safety.
• Engage in fundraising to support operational expenses and programming.
• In coordination with the Turner Center Director of Budgets and Programs, and Turner Center Social Media Manager, support the marketing and social media goals of the facility.
Key responsibilities as the Director of Technology Commercialization are:
• Facilitate the commercialization and acceleration of technology generated by the region’s manufacturers and businesses, academic community, technology research centers, and entrepreneurs.
• Assist in assessing the economic potential of new technology, define potential markets, identify funding needs and potential funding sources, and assist clients in planning and implementing technology development plans.
• Collaborate with public and private resources in support of program and client needs.
• Facilitate training programs to support technology commercialization and acceleration within the community.
• Facilitate impact surveys of the success of technology commercialization and/or acceleration and its economic impact.
• Assist with student-based new-technology development projects.
The Director reports to the Turner Center Director of Operations, with indirect reporting to Bradley administration. The position carries a three-hour annual teaching load in the Foster College of Business.
• Master’s Degree (preferably in business, engineering, or STEM).
• A minimum of three years’ experience in managing an incubator (preferably five or more years of experience) or a minimum of three years’ experience in bringing to market, managing, and/or commercializing new technologies and innovations (preferably five or more years of experience). Experience in both fields preferred.
• Experience in product development process management, intellectual property, business and financial planning, and the funding of new ventures through grants, loans, angel investors, or venture capital.
• Strong communication skills – both verbal and written.
• Ability to utilize technology effectively and easily navigate standard word processing, spreadsheet databases, email, virtual meeting venues, and database software and applications.
• Ability to interact effectively with a diverse constituency including inventors, investors, entrepreneurs, faculty and staff at Bradley, SBDC clients and partners, and other area agencies and partners.
• Experience in teaching in higher education.
• Experience in training practitioners.
• Knowledge of start-up methodology and tools including NSF I-Corp and Lean Launchpad.
• Past involvement with business accelerator programs.
• Demonstrated success in supporting angel and venture capital investment in startups.
• A sincere interest in working with entrepreneurs and start-up/early stage technology ventures.
Local, regional and national travel is required and occasional commitments before 8 a.m. and after 5 p.m. and on weekends both off and on campus (pending easing of COVID-19 related restrictions according to state, county, and university guidelines).
Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Qualified applicants should send a cover letter addressing qualifications for the position, resume and complete contact information for three professional references electronically to [email protected]
Employment with Bradley University is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a criminal background check.
Bradley University is a top-ranked, private university in Peoria, Illinois, offering 5,400 undergraduate and graduate students the opportunities, choices and resources of a larger university and the personal array of undergraduate and graduate academic programs in business, communications, education, engineering, fine arts, health sciences, liberals arts and sciences, and technology. The university is located on an 85-acre campus in the largest metropolitan area in central Illinois. The Peoria Next Innovation Center is located close to campus at 801 W. Main Street, Peoria, IL.
Bradley University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The administration, faculty, and staff are committed to attracting qualified candidates from underrepresented groups.
HUMAN RESOURCE DEPARTMENT
1501 WEST BRADLEY AVENUE – PEORIA, IL 61625 – (309) 677-3223 – FAX (309) 677-3867
International Business Innovation Association (InBIA)
Project Manager – Grants
InBIA is a global nonprofit with over 1,200 members that lead entrepreneurship centers in 32 countries. For over 30 years, InBIA has provided industry best practices through education while enabling collaboration, mentorship, peer-based learning and the sharing of innovative ideas for entrepreneurs across the globe. InBIA is the premier organization for business incubators, accelerators, coworking spaces and other entrepreneurship centers.
The InBIA seeks a new addition to the team to manage InBIA’s portfolio of grant-funded projects beginning immediately. The Manager of Programs is a grant-funded position and will be responsible for ensuring the successful execution InBIA’s grant-funded programs in a manner that meets grantor’s requirements and achieves InBIA’s strategic and financial goals. The ideal candidate will bring a track record in successfully managing grants from both government agencies and philanthropic organizations, competencies in project management and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment
The Project Manager-Grants will report directly to InBIA’s interim President and have responsibility for the successful implementation, compliance and reporting for InBIA’s grant-funded program portfolio to include the La Idea Incubator Program, funded by the United States Department of State, a program focused on supporting internationalization opportunities for Central American entrepreneurs in the U.S., (https://inbia.org/la-idea-incubator-program/) and the Fluency Score Pilot Program, funded by JP Morgan Chase, a program focused on developing a framework to measure entrepreneur performance in accelerators (https://fluencyscore.com/).
This position will include involvement in several areas of the organization, with principal focus on the following areas:
- Execution, coordination and tracking of work effort, from self, staff, subcontractors and InBIA members, to ensure the satisfactory completion of grant-funded program deliverables.
- Thoroughly understand all grant program requirements. Responsible for ensuring timely submission of required reports and deliverables and complying with grantor’s rules and regulations.
- Tracking and coordinating InBIA staff levels and other expenditures to meet grantor deliverables, program budgets and InBIA’s annual financial goals.
- Serve as a liaison between InBIA and grantors, providing status updates, to include interim progress and final reports, to appropriate point of contact(s).
- Prepare and submit, as necessary, grant contract amendments, extensions and associated budget modifications.
- Support for InBIA’s financial reporting and auditing, particularly for activities associated with grant-funded programs.
- Establishment and growth of a Soft Landings community of practice to meet InBIA’s annual financial goals.
- Support team efforts to identify and submit proposals for new grants in line with InBIA’s mission and goals.
- Participation in and support for InBIA convenings.
- Other related worked as required.
- Strong skills in managing people, processes, and timelines with a proven ability to ensure program deliverables on time and under budget.
- Ability to work independently, manage multiple priorities, function effectively in a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment and make prudent decisions.
- Excellent communication skills, to include strong writing, presentation and interpersonal skills, especially when working with individuals from different cultures in situations requiring tact/diplomacy.
- Personal credibility and willingness to contribute to a team and help other colleagues when required.
- Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
- Attention to detail and organizational skills.
- Ability to speak and read Spanish a plus.
- Minimum of three years of experience in managing grant-funded programs.
- Bachelor’s degree in business administration, or equivalent years of experience, with a preference for a concentration in accounting or finance.
- Experience as an entrepreneur or with entrepreneur serving organizations a plus.
- Compensation commensurate with experience within a range of $30-35 per hour.
- Compensation for this position is dependent on funding from the La Idea Incubator Program and the Fluency Score Pilot Program.
- A full range of employee benefits is offered.
If you are interested in applying or have any questions about the position, please contact Charles Ross at [email protected].
Rist DifferenceMaker Fellow (part-time/temporary)
Job no: 507411
Position type: Staff Part Time
Benefit Status: Non-Benefited – Non-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Applications Close: Open until filled
General Summary of Position:
The Rist DifferenceMaker® Fellow is designed to engage current, past, and future graduate students; masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral candidates, in building, developing, and expanding the DifferenceMaker® Program and the success of its student teams. The position is supported by the Rist DifferenceMaker® Institute.
The Rist Fellow is a part of UMass Lowell’s DifferenceMaker Program. The Rist Fellow will work directly with the DifferenceMaker Program management team. They will be given the opportunity to work on projects that contribute to the institutional innovation and entrepreneurial efforts and goals of DifferenceMaker and UMass Lowell. Furthermore, they will participate in the startup process by working closely with student entrepreneurs to help them build their ventures, compete in national competitions, attend conferences, gain funding, and more.
Roles and Responsibilities:
- The Rist Fellow will work collaboratively and individually on innovative projects under DifferenceMaker. Typical projects include, but are not limited to:
- Creating new campus-wide innovation initiatives within DifferenceMaker
- Developing grant proposals to support the expansion of DifferenceMaker and/or DifferenceMaker student teams
- Designing and creating tools for DifferenceMaker impact evaluation and assessment
- Raising the national profile of the DifferenceMaker program and DifferenceMaker student teams
- The Rist Fellow will serve as a mentor and coach to DifferenceMaker student teams to assist them in moving through the innovation pipeline.
- These responsibilities include, but are not limited to: coaching student teams throughout the pre and post-Idea Challenge year, preparing teams for participation in regional and national competitions, travelling with teams to conferences and competitions, assisting teams in the development of their business models and strategies, and providing information and guidance to teams in terms of pursuing additional funding and business opportunities.
Minimum Qualifications (Required):
Applications for the Rist DifferenceMaker Fellow are invited from those who are:
- Currently enrolled or have completed any graduate program within the last 5 years, or plan to pursue a doctoral or post-doctoral degree.
- Minimum education to apply is a master’s degree.
- Authorized to work in the United States (applicants must be either a citizen of the United States or be able to maintain work authorization throughout the Fellow position. UMass Lowell does not offer visa sponsorship to candidates for the position).
- Able to commit for the entire duration of the program (a one-year appointment, with the potential to extend through year-two).
Successful candidates will exhibit the following qualities:
- Ability to advise and coach student groups
- Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
- Teamwork oriented
- Has an entrepreneurial spirit and a willingness to learn
- Is a creative problem-solver
- Encompasses public speaking abilities and presentation skills
- Has experience with project management, entrepreneurship, and innovation
The Rist DifferenceMaker® Fellow:
- Will complete a one-year appointment, with the potential to extend through year-two.
- Will work collaboratively with incoming/outgoing Fellows during a one-month transition period.
- Is a part-time paid position (18 hours per week)
- Working with a globally recognized program
- A chance to build entrepreneurial skills
- Access to a diverse network
- Becoming a part of the UMass Lowell community and entrepreneurial ecosystem
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received.
This is a temporary, part-time, non-benefited position.
Please include a resume, cover letter and *writing sample/response to include (see below*) with your application. Names and contact information for three professional references will be requested at the time of application.
*Writing sample/response should include:
- A 6-page response, typed in Times New Roman, 12-point font, double-spaced, 1 inch margins to the following prompts:
- Describe the most innovative process, practice, or initiative you encountered.
- What were the successes and challenges you faced?
- How did you help in the successes and overcome the challenges?
- Describe your philosophy on student entrepreneurship and programming.
- Describe the most innovative process, practice, or initiative you encountered.
- How have you supported student entrepreneurship on your campus, in your workplace, and beyond?