Assistant Director, Curriculum and Capstone Experience/Advisement; Faculty
Location: University of Notre Dame Open Date: Mar 29, 2021 Deadline: Apr 26, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time
Description:Are you interested in helping to lead one of the most dynamic, innovative graduate programs in technology and entrepreneurship in the world with global reach and impact; to have the opportunity to help shape and learn from some of the brightest young technology minds from around the globe? Are you keen to advance the bold and ambitious goal of Notre Dame 'to be a powerful force for good in the world' through innovation and entrepreneurship, through 'fixing things that matter?' This position will engage in high-performing, leading-edge practices, valuing people, partners, and stewardship. At Notre Dame, we are committed to fostering an equitable, inclusive culture, and engaging and hiring a diverse workforce.
We in the ESTEEM Graduate Program, as part of the IDEA Center at Notre Dame, have a vision to unlock discoveries, fuel genius, and advance the Common Good. We are looking for a highly qualified, passionate change agent to be a catalyst for impact - both within our ESTEEM Graduate Program, our IDEA Center, and across Our Lady's University.
ESTEEM is the only academic program within the IDEA Center and is positioned to help lead a significant growth in academic programming (with a substantial experiential learning construct) across the entire university (for graduate and undergraduate students). We are committed to having all students - from any discipline - participate in this rapidly growing ecosystem of innovation and startups here at Notre Dame and the broader community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.
About the ESTEEM Graduate Program
The ESTEEM Graduate Program is a one-year Master of Science degree program at the University of Notre Dame that equips students from technical backgrounds with the skills and experience to launch new businesses, become innovators within large corporations, and be leaders of dynamic, innovative teams. Over the course of a year, students are immersed in an entrepreneurial sandbox, where they get their hands dirty with entrepreneurship and innovation through a cutting-edge curriculum, a capstone commercialization project for an emerging technology, and outstanding out-of-the-classroom experiences.
ESTEEM emphasizes the action of entrepreneurship, not just the study of it. By the time they graduate, due to the rigorous academic experience (including a high degree of experiential learning), exposure to real-life business ventures, and exceptional mentorship, ESTEEM students find their technical skills impactful and marketable in a rapidly changing economy. Students are launched into career tracks outside of narrow technical roles, taking positions of leadership at the intersection of business and innovation.
About the IDEA Center
The IDEA Center is the University of Notre Dame's collaborative innovation hub dedicated to expanding the technological and societal impact of the University's innovations. It provides the necessary space, services and expertise for idea development, commercialization, business formation, prototyping, entrepreneurial education, and student entrepreneurial efforts. It is designed to bring the best Notre Dame faculty, staff and student ideas, and innovations to market.
Serve in the role of Assistant Teaching Professor (Faculty designation)
Have primary responsibility (with support from two direct reports and other internal resources) to lead all curriculum design, implementation, and faculty selection (including workshops; other applied/outside learning opportunities) for the ESTEEM Graduate Program
Have primary responsibility to lead all capstone (thesis) related strategy and operations, including the capstone project matching of all capstone project opportunities to ESTEEM students (from Corporate/Startup sponsors; from Research/IDEA Center at Notre Dame; from student Founder's Projects); development of all capstone project guidelines; development of the capstone project content and construct; ensure that all capstone projects are properly defined, scoped and clearly written at the outset; schedule fall and spring student presentations; and serving directly as a capstone advisor to a minimum of 20 ESTEEM students per year
Oversee other curriculum and capstone advisors; ensure that all capstone projects meet uniform and consistent standards and academic rigor requirements
Ensure consistent and high-quality communication between students, advisors, and project sponsors; Maintain open lines of communication with all capstone project sponsors and properly assess overall quality of student engagement and delivery of work throughout the one-year capstone experience
Engage heavily with the IDEA Center, College of Engineering, College of Science, and Mendoza Business School faculty to ensure awareness of the ESTEEM Program, improve faculty engagement and solicit university-research capstone projects from the IDEA Center
Provide overall leadership, direction, and effective management and execution of the overall curriculum and capstone experience/advisement process; participate in hands-on capstone advising and mentoring; secure advisors for all capstone projects; teach/mentor ESTEEM students and their advisors throughout the 11-month program
In addition to leading the overall curriculum design and capstone classes/process, teach a minimum of 1-2 courses in the ESTEEM curriculum based on the candidate's background
Play a strong supporting role to the Assistant Provost/Executive Director of the ESTEEM Program in continuing to build the overall quality of the ESTEEM Program with students, faculty, staff, the IDEA Center, and all external partners
Other related activities:
Accompany ESTEEM students on ESTEEM student trips in the greater South Bend region; Indianapolis (summer/fall); Chicago (January) and Silicon Valley (Spring Break) and other possible trips
Assist with ESTEEM recruiting efforts by speaking to prospective students at all stages of the recruiting cycle
Provide ad hoc career advising to students
Participate in a variety of IDEA Center initiatives
Job Type: Full-time
Travel: 10-15% of the time
Salary Range: Very competitive salary + benefits compensation package commensurate with overall education and experience.
Qualifications: Minimum Qualifications
Minimum of a Masters degree, preferably in Engineering or Science. A PhD received in Engineering or Science is preferred (but not required). Strong track record in research and technology commercialization and/or startups
Strong self-starter with experience in team-based cross-disciplinary projects
Strong involvement with and exposure to design and product development including market studies, business model development, and prototyping technologies
Experience in entrepreneurship (either as a founder/co-founder or in another fast-growing startup); demonstrated history of helping to create, grow and manage companies, programs, lab facilities, etc. with demonstrated results
Able to effectively communicate with a wide spectrum of audiences including science and engineering professionals as well as business leaders and entrepreneurs
Strong proficiency in conducting market exploration and market assessments related to the commercialization of research and/or startups
Excellent written and oral presentation skills
Some understanding of the Business Model Canvas and Lean Startup Methodology
This appointment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Applicants will be asked to identify all felony convictions and/or pending felony charges. Felony convictions do not automatically bar an individual from employment. Each case will be examined separately to determine the appropriateness of employment in the particular position. Failure to be forthcoming or dishonesty with respect to felony disclosures can result in the disqualification of a candidate. The full procedure can be viewed at https://facultyhandbook.nd.edu/?id=link-73597.
Equal Opportunity Employment Statement The University of Notre Dame seeks to attract, develop, and retain the highest quality faculty, staff and administration. The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace. We strongly encourage applications from female and minority candidates and those candidates attracted to a university with a Catholic identity. Moreover, Notre Dame prohibits discrimination against veterans or disabled qualified individuals, and requires affirmative action by covered contractors to employ and advance veterans and qualified individuals with disabilities in compliance with 41 CFR 60-741.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-300.5(a).
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