Director, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Student Services Professional 2 - MR11)
Department of Marketing & Entrepreneurship
Gary W. Rollins College of Business
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
The Gary W. Rollins College of Business at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) invites applications for the Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) beginning July 1, 2023. The Director executes the strategic direction and provides operational oversight for the Center. The CIE is housed in a newly renovated, 5,700 sq. ft. facility located in the James R. Mapp Building on campus and in the Chattanooga Innovation District. It includes a large collaborative space, classroom, conference room, mentor suite, and a makerspace. The CIE serves students from across the UTC campus. The Gary W. Rollins College of Business at UTC has long-standing AACSB accreditation at the undergraduate and graduate levels and serves approximately 2,400 students.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Works with the Clarence E. Harris Chair in Entrepreneurship, Department Head for Marketing & Entrepreneurship, and Dean of the College of Business to deliver existing entrepreneurship programming, such as the Pitch Competition, the Veterans Entrepreneurship Program, Urban Vision Initiative, Inventanooga, Entrepreneurship Breakfast, Sigma Nu Tau Entrepreneurship Honor Society, and Research Commercialization Events; develops and delivers new programs to encourage cross-campus entrepreneurial activity; directs and evaluates the CIE administrative staff with respect to programs, conferences, and initiatives of the center; identifies, recruits, and deploys mentors, coaches, and entrepreneurs-in-residence to enhance the curricular and co-curricular entrepreneurship experience for students and faculty; and serves as faculty advisor for the E-Club (Entrepreneurship Club).
Teaches two classes per year in entrepreneurship; assists in managing the CIE's budget process; assists in fundraising activities for the CIE, i.e. grant proposals, donor funding; supports collaboration and increased communication across UTC and the Chattanooga entrepreneurship community; increases student engagement with the Chattanooga entrepreneurship community; and actively engages in outreach and partnership with the Chattanooga Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and its individual members through existing and newly created programming, activities, and initiatives.
The ideal candidate will possess the following:
- Knowledge of new venture ideation, launch, growth, and harvest.
- Ability to teach and mentor students in new venture development, growth, innovation, and creativity.
- Strong program development and project management abilities.
- Ability to lead and motivate others, both direct and non-direct reports.
- Ability to coordinate internal and external partners.
- Strong financial, budgetary, and supervisory skills.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications received by this date will receive priority consideration.
Applicants must possess a master's degree and three years of new venture development or innovative start-up experience in a business or academic environment, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
For full consideration, applicants should prepare and submit the following information within our online application system:
- Cover Letter / Letter of Interest
- CV including up-to-date personal information (name, email, phone, etc.)
- References: list of names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses for three (3) professional references.
Applications must be submitted electronically through the UTC Staff Career Site.
Questions regarding the position may be sent to Dr. Philip Roundy, Philip-Roundy@utc.edu.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is the second largest school in the University of Tennessee System, serving a diverse student body of more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students through five academic colleges. UTC offers a unique blend of private and public school traditions and is a driving force for achieving excellence, embracing diversity, inspiring positive change, and enriching the community. Since its founding as Chattanooga University in 1886, UTC has developed a reputation for excellence built on an unusual blend of the private and public traditions of American higher education. For more than 83 years, the university was a private school. In 1969, UTC became part of the state university system. Today, UTC is on a journey to excellence -- boldly embracing a passion for excellence in all things and focused on changing lives and transforming communities. The UTC commitment -- each and every day -- is to earn the trust and confidence of those we serve. Our goal is to make a difference in our community and in the lives of our students.
Chattanooga, the fourth largest city in the state, is located in Southeast Tennessee near the border of Georgia at the junction of four interstate highways. The city has received national recognition for the renaissance of its beautiful downtown and redevelopment of its riverfront. Chattanooga also has the fastest internet in the country. Home to the first Gig Internet in the United States, Chattanooga has a 100% fiber network that links every home and business in a 600-square mile area. Companies like Unum, McKee, U.S. Xpress, Volkswagen, Coke-Cola, United, and Amazon.com have chosen to set up shop in Chattanooga. Attractions such as the Tennessee Aquarium, Lookout Mountain, Civil War battlefield sites, the African American Museum, and the Appalachian Trail bring thousands of people to the area, as do events like the Riverbend Festival, Nightfall, Jazzanooga, the Creative Discovery Museum for Children, and the Southern Writers Conference. Chattanooga is the home to the seven-time NCAA Southern Conference Football Champions, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Mocs. People who love the outdoors use Chattanooga as a base for hang-gliding, bass fishing, mountain climbing and caving expeditions; the beautiful Smoky Mountains and Tennessee River support the greatest variety of flora of any area in the United States. Chattanooga also has a long and rich past with regard to diversity, which includes Native American heritage, Civil War history, and the Civil Rights movement. Chattanooga is also just a two hour (or less) drive from Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville, and Birmingham.
The University of Tennessee Chattanooga is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.