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Silicon Flatirons Executive Director

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Boulder, Colorado

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University Staff



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Job Summary

The Silicon Flatirons Center at the University of Colorado Law School is now accepting applications for the position of Executive Director!

The Executive Director will lead the Center’s fundraising and external relations efforts, be responsible for the overall management of the Center, including the Faculty and Initiative Director-led conferences, provide support for the Center’s academic and research programs, and mentor students to help identify career paths related to technology law.

Key dimensions of the Executive Director role include:

  1. Providing a strategic vision for the Center’s programs by understanding the current and relevant topics in the tech sector and integrating them into the Center’s work and outputs;
  2. Collaborating with the Center’s faculty and initiative directors to foster stimulating and relevant discussions about information and communications technologies (including privacy, IP, content, entrepreneurship, regulation of movement of information, new business models, etc);
  3. Growing the Center’s network of individual, company, academic, and policy connections, integrating the Executive Director’s pre-existing network into the Center;
  4. Ensuring exceptional opportunities and experiences for students interested in tech policy, emerging companies, and public service.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

Silicon Flatirons is a center for innovation at the University of Colorado Boulder whose aim is to serve students, scholars, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and professionals at the intersection of law, policy, and technology. We create productive collisions and spark tomorrow’s thinking with intellectually honest programming and community engagement!

Through papers, conferences, roundtables, and other events, all of which provide valuable opportunities for students, we propel the future of technology policy, drive innovation, and develop the professionals ready to lead what’s next.

Silicon Flatirons’ mission is threefold: to elevate the debate surrounding technology policy issues; inspire, prepare, and place students in these important areas; and support and enable entrepreneurship in the technology community.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Fundraising and Community Relations:

Silicon Flatirons is 100% gift funded and requires an Executive Director committed to sustainability and public service to continue the Center’s success. Duties include:

  • Responsible for successful fundraising to ensure the financial success of the Center.
  • Build and maintain a high caliber intellectual network for the Center.
  • Produce and or supervise innovative work that people want to be a part of and get behind.
  • Develop robust and significant relationships with other vision leaders, the Silicon Flatirons community, alumni, and students.
  • Maintain, strengthen, and broaden the Silicon Flatirons brand.
  • Cultivate new donors, draft fundraising proposals, steward existing funders, and lead thoughtful advisory board meetings.

Foster Scholarship and Programming:

  • Work with Silicon Flatirons faculty and Initiative Directors to grow the academic rigor of the Center.
  • Monitor legal, social, economic, political, and industry trends to identify areas of concern for law and policy.
  • Coordinate, research, and develop conferences and roundtables.
  • Generate ideas and marshal a deep network of speakers.

Center Management and Administration:

  • Supervise and mentor staff and fellows.
  • Supervise and collaborate with faculty and Initiative Directors.
  • Coordinate budget and operations.

Student Engagement:

  • Connect students with the community and employers.
  • Mentor and prepare students for internships and job placements.
  • Engage students in Silicon Flatirons programming.
  • Cultivate and maintain employer relationships.
  • Generate new ideas for programs that serve students in our constantly evolving environment.
  • Adjust and modify existing programs in response to industry change and transformation.

Foster Interdisciplinary Activity and Engagement:

  • Communicate with other departments on campus to collaborate on programming.
  • Meet with faculty, researchers and others across the University and community to foster relationships and advance our affinity group initiatives, and to facilitate new projects and initiatives.
  • Build a sense of community with other departments to welcome their faculty and students to participate in programs and events sponsored through Silicon Flatirons.

What You Should Know

  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to follow the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

  • The annual salary range is $122,000 - $183,000. Onboarding assistance is available.


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

  • J.D. or other advanced degree (equivalent education, training, or experience may substitute).
  • Four years of experience in information communication and technology.
  • Organization leadership and/or management experience.

What You Will Need

  • Strong knowledge of issues and current developments in technology policy and/or expertise around innovation.
  • Ability to work with multiple constituencies across the political spectrum.
  • Excellent organizational, communication (oral and written), and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to build and strengthen partnerships and work collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.
  • Budget and long-range planning skills.
  • Commitment and dedication to public service.
  • Proven commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Eight or more years of professional experience in information communications and technology.
  • Experience in an academic or high-level policy setting.
  • Successful fundraising experience.
  • Cross-disciplinary experience (i.e. working with scholars in other fields, such as engineering, economics, and political science).
  • Experience working with students.
  • Significant experience working in technology policy.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. A current resume.
  2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.

We may request references at a later time.

This position is open until filled. Please apply by December 2, 2022 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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