Position will remain posted until a successful candidate has been identified. Priority consideration will be given to applicants who apply by 08/16/19.
This is a 100% career position for three (3) years with the possibility of extension, depending upon funding.
The Director of Student Entrepreneurship and Blackstone Launchpad is the senior leader for student entrepreneurship in the Office of Innovation and Commercialization (OIC) and works at the general direction of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Commercialization to lead the strategic development of student entrepreneurship education and programs.
The Director will help realize UC San Diego's vision that as many students as possible have access to Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E) education and experiential resources across the campus by exposing students to I&E learning opportunities and supporting the commercialization of their ideas through venture mentoring. The Director will oversee UC San Diego's largest business incubator for students – The Basement (https://www.ucsdbasement.com/) – and will be the founding director of the Blackstone Launchpad powered by TechStars, which is a new entrepreneurial program that is supported by the Blackstone Foundation and is part of the world-wide network of Blackstone Launchpads.
In these roles, the Director manages the day-to-day operations of the Blackstone Launchpad and The Basement (https://www.ucsdbasement.com/), including oversight, solicitation of grant funding, stewardship, marketing and educational workshops for all student entrepreneurship programs. The Director is also responsible for developing, implementing, and delivering educational programs and workshops that train and nurture entrepreneurial-minded students; educating students of all disciplines in entrepreneurial thinking; accelerating the translation of student innovation to the market, and building local, national and international partnerships that support the acceleration of student innovation. Collectively serving more than 3500 students per year, the Director manages two staff members, in addition to student employees as well as volunteer mentors and experts, to effectively deliver round-the-year programming.
The Director leads student entrepreneurship activities and priorities, oversees financial operations in collaboration with the OIC Business Officer, leads communications with the external community, and ensures integration and coordination of student entrepreneurship activities in the context of the campus entrepreneurial ecosystem. To achieve strategic goals, the Director develops extensive collaborative working relationships with corporations, venture firms, investors, universities (nationally and internationally), and members of the San Diego innovation ecosystem such as CONNECT, Tech Coast Angles, CleanTech San Diego.
The Director supports sustainability efforts to secure funding for efforts that support student entrepreneurs, including developing and implementing self-sustaining business and financial models for new and existing need areas – such as The Basement, IGNITE, and AIM – including philanthropic and sponsorship models.
These activities will be achieved through ingenuity, creativity, network creation, and in-depth knowledge to seek out, evaluate and bring together opportunities and individuals that will result in ground-breaking entrepreneurship and commercialization programs to educate the next generation of leaders of the innovation-driven global economy.
Advanced Degree in related area; and/or equivalent experience/training. Terminal degree in a related field (PhD, JD, MD, etc). Master's Degree in Entrepreneurship or MBA. preferred.
Entrepreneurial minded with a deep knowledge of the principles of entrepreneurship and experience supporting the development of business models for a variety of technical and non-technical business ideas.
Experienced business mentor that has a background supporting entrepreneurs that are developing technology-based businesses and non-for-profit organizations.
Demonstrated experience designing, implementing and delivering experiential learning educational programs.
Strong leadership skills with experience addressing diverse problems that affect an organization's resources and management. Prior experience leading and motivating units, leaders and staff to achieve objectives with the ability to plan and organize projects involving multiple steps and participants.
Demonstrated experience delegating work to subordinate staff and maintaining time schedules and budgets.
UC San Diego is an academic powerhouse and economic engine, recognized as one of the top 8 public universities by U.S. News and World Report. Innovation is central to who we are and what we do. Here, students learn that knowledge isn't just acquired in the classroom - life is their laboratory. UC San Diego's rich academic portfolio includes six undergraduate colleges, five academic divisions and five graduate and professional schools. The university's award-winning scholars are experts at the forefront of their fields with an impressive track record for achieving scientific, medical and technological breakthroughs.