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University of Rochester Executive Director - 226217 in Rochester, New York

Executive Director Job ID 226217


Central Administration

Full/Part Time Full-Time

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Full Time 40 hours Grade 055 Ain Ctr for Entrepreneurship


8:30 AM-5 PM



To provide leadership in the day-to-day operation, management, administration, and marketing of the Ain Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE) and the Technical Entrepreneurship and Management (TEAM) M.S. degree program. Initiate activities in-line with the strategic plan of the CFE and the mission of the University of Rochester as an institution of higher education. Identify educational needs in the constituencies the CFE serves, and work to connect University resources with the entrepreneurial communities on and off campus. Conduct needs assessments and oversee their development into program offerings. Serve as innovative manager of CFE and TEAM staff and create collaborative relationships and institutional partnerships – both within the University and in the external community. Develop marketing strategies for CFE's programs that ensure maximum exposure of the offerings to the relevant constituents. Provide direction and organization to CFE and TEAM staff.


With broad latitude for independent action and decision making, the Executive Director will:

45% Management of CFE Programs & Activities

  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the CFE. Assure the policies and procedures are effectively implemented.

  • Set appropriate goals for CFE programs. Conduct/oversee program evaluation.

  • Provide strategic and tactical input on the direction of entrepreneurship University-wide.

  • Give strategic direction on the organization and implementation of various activities including seminars, presentations, business plan competitions, and special events supported or co-sponsored by the CFE. Oversee the CFE student business incubator along with the appropriate CFE staff member.

  • Benchmark with peer institutions and monitors best practices. Occasional travel required.

  • Keep current on developments in entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship education, and the business industry.

  • Strengthen existing relationships and establish/form new, collaborative relationships with similar organizations.

  • Support the Ain Advisory Council in conjunction with the Vice Provost for Entrepreneurship.

  • Work with the Vice Provost, CFE and appropriate advancement personnel to develop advancement opportunities for the CFE.

  • Assist Vice Provost for Entrepreneurship with special projects as assigned.

20% Marketing & Communications Strategy (Internal and External)

  • Provide oversight of marketing, public relations, and communications for the CFE and TEAM.

  • Identify target audiences externally and internally by program. Work with CFE program managers to assign research to student workers in order to create targeted marketing lists.

  • Work with appropriate CFE and TEAM staff to develop digital and print collateral.

  • Oversee the review of and updates to TEAM and CFE impact reports.

  • Develop and implement strategies aiming to promote the organization’s mission and brand.

  • Act as public speaker/public relations representative in ways that strengthen CFE’s profile.

  • Work with the Associate Director of Career Management & Career Relations to represent the University and the CFE in meetings and initiatives with other community organizations.

  • Advise and connect community members interested in entrepreneurship with appropriate University contacts and resources.

15% Oversight of M.S. TEAM Program and CFE Educational Initiatives

  • Provide strategic direction for the Technical Entrepreneurship and Management (TEAM) M.S. degree program's marketing activities along with the TEAM Marketing Program Manager.

  • Provide strategic direction for recruitment activities for the TEAM program along with the TEAM Education Coordinator.

  • Work with Vice Provost for Entrepreneurship and CFE staff to develop educational and curricular initiatives, including potential certificates.

  • In collaboration with the Associate Director of Career Management and Community Relations and the TEAM Education Coordinator provide strategic direction for development of career opportunities for TEAM students and TEAM alumni.

10% Management of CFE Staff & Budgets

  • Recruit, interview, train, and contribute to employee performance evaluations.

  • Oversee work of and provide direction to CFE and TEAM staff.

  • Build an effective team of leaders by providing guidance, coaching, and recommendations for professional development opportunities to direct reports.

  • With appropriate Ain Center staff members, initiate search for new grants and contracts as needed.

  • Consider and explore new revenue streams.

  • Work directly with Vice Provost for Entrepreneurship, CFE.

10% Represent the CFE Internally/ Liaison with the University

  • Attend conferences and take part in committees and groups, act as liaison to CFE and associated departments.

  • Serve on applicable University committees.

  • Attend meetings on behalf of department.

  • Attend professional meetings related to the programs and department goals.

  • Serve as liaison with key departments, as necessary, and may include:

  • Alumni & Advancement

  • Dean's Office Personnel

  • Provost's Office Personnel

  • Academic departments Perform other related duties as required.


Master’s Degree or higher and a minimum of five years’ experience in an entrepreneurial venture or equivalent graduate training and experience in enterprise creation; experience in higher education preferred. Strong management/supervisory experience and organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development, and task facilitation. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to effectively network within and outside UR.

NOTE: This document describes typical duties and responsibilities and is not intended to limit management from assigning other work as required.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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