The Owen Entrepreneurship Center serves as a centralized hub for entrepreneurial efforts at the school and works across the university with the Innovation Center (Wondry), Center for Technology Transfer & Commercialization, and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Throughout the year, the center brings together entrepreneurs, business managers, investors, faculty, and students to share innovative ideas and build productive relationships through programs such as the annual entrepreneurship conference, FireStarter events, Sohr grant competitions, entrepreneurial competitions (such as the VCIC), entrepreneurship breakfast, informal networking lunches with established entrepreneurs, and Entrepreneur Week for first-year MBA students.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Senior Associate Director reports into the Faculty Director of the Center. They will actively work with faculty, the Center Board of Advisors, and students to develop, implement and execute action-oriented programming in entrepreneurship for the school.
The Senior Associate Director is responsible to further develop and maintain strategic community relationships as well as relationships with the broader private equity and entrepreneurship communities, providing opportunities for further growth and development.
This position oversees the budgeting and financial needs of the center, ensuring thoughtful stewardship and accountability for the efficient use of funding.
The Senior Associate Director actively works with students across all programs - providing mentorship and coaching, guidance and direction as needed for startup concepts.
The Center Senior Associate Director plays an integral and visible role in the development of students and student-led businesses.
The Senior Associate Director is responsible to see that key entrepreneurial programs build year-over-year, enhancing the Owen student experience in entrepreneurship.
Key Activities (include but are not limited to):
Development of annual center strategy; actively working with the faculty director and the advisory board to best utilize resources and maximize impact for students and community.
Allocation, distribution, and monitoring of center resources.
Management of student partners participating in center development.
Collaboration with OVEC (Owen Venture & Entrepreneurship Club - our student-led organization).
Development and oversight of projects; reaching out to community partners to determine their needs and matching them with student teams from various Vanderbilt programs who are best suited to serve them, and then monitoring and supporting their efforts.
Career support and entrepreneurial mentoring for students seeking opportunities in start-up businesses.
Support students participating in case competitions, matching them with the mentors and resources needed to develop presentations and business ideas.
Work with students and faculty to identify unmet needs, to create complimentary programming to enhance current entrepreneurial courses at Owen, and support the development of new curriculum to support these interests
Develop and maintain relationships with key university constituencies including the Vanderbilt Innovation Center.
Develop grant proposals to build and sustain funding of center initiatives.
Work with the Faculty Director, the Dean and affiliated faculty to steward existing donors and develop new donors.
Form productive relationships with local Chambers, economic development, and entrepreneurship organizations (i.e., Launch Tennessee, Nashville EC).
Establishes and maintains linkages with local, state, and national organizations and institutions related to entrepreneurship (Startup America, etc.).
Crafts recruitment plans to attract traditional and non-traditional students to the Center's entrepreneurship programs.
In partnership with the Faculty Director, plan and execute the annual entrepreneurship conference (logistics, speakers, registrations, marketing, etc.).
Support and participate in leading "short course" programming at the Owen School.
Bachelor's degree in business administration, or similar field with 5 years of experience.
2-5 years of experience in a start-up or small business - preferably having either raised capital or participated in a successful exist (through a sale or merger).
Experience with developing and successfully implementing community and/or student based programs.
Requires an individual with strong organizational and communications skills, high-energy and collaborative attitude who is comfortable in a leadership role and wants to participate in a dynamic and hands on approach to the development of students and community.
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Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
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