The George Mason University Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation is seeking a dynamic, motivated and innovative Associate Director for Entrepreneurship Programs. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
The Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (OEI) is looking for a leader with great entrepreneurial, strategic, and analytic skills, and who is attentive to detail and possesses finesse and maturity as a manager and collaborator. This position reports to the Associate Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (AVP) and plays a significant role in visioning and executing the university's ambitious goal to rise to the top tier of global entrepreneurship universities.
- Support AVP and other OEI leaders with developing, refining and scaling Mason's campus-wide and regional entrepreneurship initiatives and programs
- Plan, coordinate and manage day-to-day logistics for the Mason Summer Entrepreneurship Accelerator (MSEA). This will include marketing the MSEA to the student body, managing the application and team selection processes, working with the MSEA lead instructor to set and meet participant expectations, and creating and maintaining an engagement strategy for the MSEA alumni network
- Plan, coordinate and manage day-to-day logistics for the NSF I-Corps Site Grant. This will include working closely with the PIs on the grant to establish and maintain processes and procedures that ensure compliance with the grant while offering entrepreneurial teams (both student-led and faculty-led) a streamlined and efficient pathway to apply for grant funds and to receive timely reimbursement
- Work closely with the OEI's Operations Administrator to ensure that established processes and procedures are consistently and accurately applied
- Plan and manage diverse events throughout the year. Such events will be developed in collaboration with the AVP and may include a CEO speaker series, startup job fairs, multidisciplinary hackathons, startup company site visits, and entrepreneurship open houses
- Act as the OEI liaison to other entrepreneurship programs across Mason, including the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (a School of Business program), the Laboratory for IT Entrepreneurship (a School of Engineering program), the Virginia Serious Game Institute (a program within the College of Visual & Performing Arts), the Entrepreneurship Club (a registered student organization) and more
- Develop and manage a mentorship program designed to provide student-led entrepreneurial teams with startup support from seasoned entrepreneurs. Work with the AVP to recruit mentors into the network, and be prepared to assist the AVP with fundraising efforts directed at individual and corporate donors
- Support Mason's existing and future social entrepreneurship programs, and help develop and manage initiatives that promote the inclusion of underrepresented populations in innovation and entrepreneurship
- Provide exemplary leadership in an environment that is fast-paced with high expectations
- Supervise and train assigned professional staff
- Exhibit a genuine, professional and positive impression of the university
- Perform other work-related duties as assigned.
- Master's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience is required; * Passion for entrepreneurship
- At least three years of relevant work experience
- Strong administrative skills and be highly detail-oriented
- Ability to work effectively with students, faculty and administrators across all academic disciplines
- Ability to handle multiple and sometimes conflicting priorities
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- University program management and/or startup experience and/or venture capital experience
- Demonstrated command of Lean Startup, customer development, and entrepreneurship principles.
George Mason University's pioneering tradition of innovation attracts some of the brightest minds in the country. Mason is only minutes from the nation's capital and is close to cultural activities, excellent schools, and vibrant neighborhoods in a region known for its dynamic growth and opportunity. Mason enrolls over 35,000 students in more than 200 degree programs at the undergraduate, masters, doctoral and professional levels; and The Chronicle of Higher Education named Mason one of the "Great Colleges to Work For."