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Director, CU Boulder Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative

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Boulder, Colorado

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University Staff



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Job Summary

The Research and Innovation Office is looking to hire a collaborative and energetic leader as Director of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E) Initiative. This position will support education, research, scholarship, and creative activity across the CU Boulder campus by creating a culture of entrepreneurial thinking among students, faculty, staff and campus leadership.
The Director should combine a strategic understanding of higher education with experience in the entrepreneurship community for the purpose of creating a best-in-class organization. This position will report to the Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation.
The Director is responsible for the oversight of the I&E Program including education initiatives, budget oversight, staff oversight, and other related objectives. Responsibilities will include engaging the entrepreneurial community, engaging with mentors/advisors to support students and faculty, building an international brand in entrepreneurship, and developing long-term financial sustainability and growth. The position also has responsibilities for the creation and execution of a well-developed strategy advancing innovation and opportunities for practicing innovation at CU Boulder. The Director will also bring together I&E activities with the activities of the Director of the Commercialization Academy and the Commercialization Net Liaison.

Who We Are

CU Boulder Chancellor Philip DiStefano declared “CU Boulder’s ambition is to be one of the nation’s top entrepreneurial universities. I want to establish CU Boulder as the go-to public university for entrepreneurship, startups, and innovation.”

The University of Colorado Boulder launched a campus-wide innovation and entrepreneurship initiative in the Fall of 2016. In less than three years, the campus has come together and achieved significant milestones and a cross-campus entrepreneurial mindset. The Research and Innovation Office is looking to hire an events coordinator for the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Strategic Leadership 
  • Demonstrate understanding of the institution and appreciation for the academy.
  • Responsible for working with faculty, staff and campus leadership across campus to support a culture of entrepreneurial thinking across campus and supporting design thinking and problem solving.
  • Develop systems and structures to coordinate communications and strategy across stakeholders.
  • Support the development of marketing, social media, event tools, and aligned branding for campus communication channels.
  • Connect opportunities on and off campus into meaningful innovation and entrepreneurship experiences and activities.
Program Management 
  • Create, support, and coordinate I&E programs, workshops, and spaces, including but not limited to: New Venture Challenge, Global Entrepreneurs in Residence, StartupTree, Get Seed Funding, the Entrepreneurial Space at the Village Center, and various panels, speakers, workshops, and bootcamps.
  • Supervise Global Entrepreneurs in Residence, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative program team members, and the student innovation action team.
  • Facilitate sessions with campus partners to build capacity and shift culture on campus.
  • Maintain insight into activities and events in order to cross-pollinate and connect the dots across campus and with community partners.
  • Supervise I&E Program Manager, Events Coordinator, and student employees.

What We Can Offer

We can offer a competitive salary, commensurate with experience.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Master’s degree (or higher).
  • At least 8-10 years of professional experience with an entrepreneurial, innovative and/or design focus.

What You Will Need

  • Demonstrated strategic planning & execution experience.
  • Executive level oral and written communication skills.
  • Evidence of high-social skills and emotional intelligence when interacting with key constituencies including executives, faculty and staff.
  • Proven success working within higher education and with entrepreneurial programs. 
  • Knowledge of approaches and capabilities for developing workshops and tool-kits for faculty and staff to use entrepreneurial approaches to challenges within the university context.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Terminal degree in a business, engineering, law discipline, or education.
  • Knowledgeable in, and experienced with, the key trends in higher education entrepreneurship, Innovation and design efforts both in and outside the classroom.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
  1. A current resume. 
  2. A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.
You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

Please apply by June 2, 2019 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer