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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF [email protected], Office of the Provost
Boston University
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A cover letter is required for consideration.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Experience in education or student engagement.
  • Background successfully navigating large, complex organizations, with a preference for candidates with some exposure to higher education institutions.
  • Enough first-hand experience with innovation and entrepreneurship to be able to knowledgeably advise students and make connections to mentors or other experts where needed.
  • Knowledge of the Boston innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem is preferred; experience building connections across a regional network/ecosystem is required.
  • Personal commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and prior work in this area.
  • Leadership experience and history of successfully managing a team.
  • Very strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to establish a clear, long-term vision, lead implementation of that vision, and generate measurable results.
  • Ability to build relationships and partnerships both within BU and with external partners.
  • Experience successfully designing, implementing, and evaluating programs.
  • History of building consensus and developing collaborative efforts in pursuit of common goals.
  • Ability to work and collaborate across disciplinary boundaries.
  • Commitment to the mission of [email protected] as an interdisciplinary resource for all students at BU, including students of all majors, backgrounds, personalities, and interests.
  • Ability to effectively engage donors and alumni; prior fundraising experience is not required, but competitive candidates will demonstrate the skills and personality required to grow into an effective fundraiser.
  • Academic experience in a particular field is not required, nor is a specific degree.
  • Preference may be given to candidates who are qualified for a faculty appointment, ranging from Lecturer to a Full Professor, but non-faculty candidates will also be considered.
  • A desire to help people and contribute to their growth; ideal candidates get energy from helping students, mentors, faculty, and staff to succeed and grow personally, professionally, and academically.

Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For consideration, a resume or CV and a cover letter should be submitted to the Search Advisory Committee. The cover letter should discuss the candidate's interest in the role, relevant leadership experience, thoughts on how they would advance diversity, equity, and inclusion, and other qualities or experiences relevant to this role. While nominations and applications will be accepted until a new Executive Director is selected, interested parties are encouraged to submit their materials before Monday, October 31, 2022, to ensure full consideration.

[email protected]
[email protected] is a University-wide initiative that works to enable all BU students and alumni to become drivers of innovation in their own lives, careers, and communities. With an extensive curriculum of future-focused education, world-class research, a vast network of experts, and a growing community of makerspaces, [email protected] is where students can find the resources to turn ideas into tangible solutions for diverse problems, with the goal of fostering an entrepreneurial mindset and helping students turn ideas into something real. Led by an Executive Director, a team of staff, and a number of affiliated faculty, [email protected] provides engagement opportunities, training/education, and a physical gathering space for students, faculty, staff, alumni across all of Boston University's 17 schools and colleges, as well as the broader Boston innovation ecosystem.

[email protected] offers experiential learning programs, oversees a University-wide minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, engages faculty in research, amplifies the plethora of innovation and entrepreneurial activities happening across the University, and is a key member of the Boston innovation and entrepreneurship community. Through its physical home on the Charles River campus, the BUild Lab IDG Capital Student Innovation Center, it provides a variety of signature programs that collectively foster a culture and community of innovation and entrepreneurship.
For more information, visit Innovate.

Boston University
Boston University (BU), a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), is one of the leading private research and teaching institutions in the world, with two primary campuses in the heart of Boston and programs around the globe. Chartered in 1869, the University today enrolls over 33,000 students including over 16,000 undergraduates and employs nearly 4,000 faculty members across 17 schools and colleges. Boston University has a rich tradition of
inclusion and social justice, and is committed to living that history today as a diverse, equitable, and inclusive institution.

BU is one of the largest private universities in the United States and one of the Boston area's largest employers. BU's students come from all 50 states and over 135 countries. Students pursue studies on the Charles River and Medical Campuses as well as study abroad programs in over 30 cities around the world. Boston University's faculty are committed to excellence in teaching and in path-breaking research and scholarship. We place a strong emphasis on collaborative research efforts of both faculty and students, with major initiatives in emerging areas such as neuroscience, systems biology, photonics, engineering biology, data science and artificial intelligence, urban health, global health and development, and emerging infectious diseases.

From its earliest days, Boston University has opened its doors to women and people from racial and ethnic groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education and academia. Founded in 1839 (in Newbury, Vermont) as a Methodist seminary, the University was incorporated in 1869 and emerged in the twentieth century as a Boston-area institution. Until the early 1970s, the University had a modest research profile and limited on-campus housing. The transformation into today's Boston University began in the early 1970s with a conscious decision to raise the University's standing and quality by marshaling resources, primarily from operating funds, to build an infrastructure for basic and applied research and to improve the campus by adding residential facilities.

The University recently completed its first-ever comprehensive campaign with gifts and pledges totaling over $1.85 billion. Boston University's transformation is perhaps most evident in the national and international recognition achieved by faculty in diverse fields on both campuses and in prestigious grants to distinguished programs or departments. U.S. News & World Report ranked BU #57 worldwide in their 2021 list of Best Global Universities and #42 in their 2021 rating of Best National Universities in the United States. The recent QS rankings listed BU as #17 in Private Universities and #20 in Doctoral Universities.

Boston University is committed to fostering a diverse University community within a supportive and respectful environment. We believe that the diversity of our faculty, students, and staff is essential to our success as a leading research university with a global reach, and that diversity is an integral component of institutional excellence.

Please note all newly hired staff and faculty will need to be in compliance with Boston University's COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Requirement within 30 days of date of hire. You must upload your vaccine documentation or request a medical or religious exemption (instructions). For further information on the University's response to COVID-19, please visit the COVID-19 Resources site.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, or because of marital, parental, or veteran status. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. If you require a reasonable accommodation to complete the employment application, please contact the BU Equal Opportunity Office at 617-358-1796 or [email protected]

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