Director, Entrepreneurship Center
- Salt Lake Community College
- Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
- Category: Admin-Other Administrative Positions
- Posting Date: 06/30/2020
- Application Deadline: Open until filled
Position TitleDirector, Entrepreneurship Center
Open Internally or ExternallyExternal
If faculty, tenure track statusNot Applicable
Reports to (title)Executive Director
DepartmentMiller Business Resource Center
Starting SalaryBased on qualifications
Job Open Date06/30/2020
Open Until FilledYes
Priority Review Date07/14/2020
The Director of the Entrepreneurship Center (The Mill) manages and facilitates activities related to the Business Incubator/co-working space. Collaborates with the Executive Director and Mill staff to set and implement the Mill’s strategic plan. Implements expansion plans related to Everyday Entrepreneur Program and other campus incubator programs. Mentors & consults with clients, recruits and maintains membership. Supervises and hires Mill staff. Coordinates and networks with independent consultants, resources, subject matter experts, business school staff and faculty, student affairs, and potential speakers and mentors. Creates, manages, monitors and evaluates the quality of programs offered by The Mill. Develops new programs for the Mill and trains/teaches courses. Actively markets The Mill to the community, prospective clients and develops strategic partnerships with other business development and entrepreneurship organizations. Collaborates with small business and start up entities to provide resources and value to incubator clients. This is an at-will position.
Essential Responsibilities and Duties
Provide one-on-one counseling/mentoring services to clients to advance their businesses such as capital acquisition plans, stategic planning, market research, sales and marketing strategies, operations, and general management. Communicate regularly with clients regarding resources, programs, workshops, meet ups that will add value to their start up enterprises. Track client engagement and activity in software tool. Monitors and tracks clients’ progress with one-on-one meetings regarding capital acquisition plans, strategic planning, market research, sales and marketing strategies, operations and general management using incubator software tool. Reports monthly results for the clients and the center overall to track progress and maintain a monthly dashboard. Manage clients entry and exit from incubator based on client intake profile and progress metrics.
Manage and develop strategic plans for the The Mill. Recruit, market and maintain 80% occupancy. Hire & manage Mill staff. Manage & monitor client progress and Mill budget. Work with executive director on developing new funding sources including grants, partnerships, sponsors, and donors. Work with director to create, direct and maintain an advisory board and mentor program, additional training programs and workshops.
Develop resource partners and other revenue sources thru public and private funding & grant opportunities designed to expand Mill ecosystem. Establish and maintain relationships with capital resource providers (venture capitalists, lenders, micro lenders, government loan/grant administrators) as well as the entrepreneurship community of resources within Salt Lake and Summit Counties.
Develop and/or provide course materials to clients. Assist in developing and teaching Everyday Entrepreneur Program. Organize monthly events such as Bagels & Business, Mentor Mondays and Lunch & Learn sessions. Attend educational events to enhance knowledge of tools and resources available to entrepreneurs.
Develop and conduct other financial analysis, financial planning, market research, marketing, strategic planning and capital acquisition seminars and activities for clients. Conduct and manage board meetings and strategic planning initiatives to maintain brand and direction. Conduct EEP (Everyday Entrepreneur Program) training and participate on the funding committee for Everyday Entrepreneur Venture Fund (EEVF). Assist with promoting and building EEP as a Mill program.
Organize conferences and workshops that provide education/training covering a wide range of small business needs. Write articles to post to social media, newsletters. Advertise Mill activities. Attend conferences and be the face of the Mill at Miller Campus and in the community.
Develop an advisory board, resource guide and mentoring program for the Mill clients. Add enhancements to the Mill to create an environment where entrepreneurs want to work and collaborate. Establish and manage an advisory board and external relationships with capital resource providers (venture capitalists, lenders, micro lenders, government loan/grant administrators) within Salt Lake and Summit Counties. Collaborates with all Miller Business Resource entities and staff on seminars, workshops and training. Find new opportunities to attract new ideas and talent to The Mill. Attend community events and participate in entrepreneurship events, panels, programs and meet-ups to elevate The Mill awareness to attract new clients.
Attend Miller Business Resource Center staff meetings and maintain a working knowledge of center-related and college events and activities to act as a referral and collaborative resource to other campus programs. Promote the services of the MBRC to various groups and organizations to attract new clients to the incubator physical and virtual space. Maintain and update incubator process and procedures handbook, resource directory, website and social media. Assist incubator coordinator with client concerns, issues, and needs as they relate to incubator space, contracts, pricing, and service.
Other duties as assigned.
Masters Degree in Business
Prefer eight (8) or more years experience as an entrepreneur or principal in a successful start up and/or responsibilities in business development, and administration, including small business management,strategy, decision making.
Past ownership of a business or business consulting firm, 5 years min. Marketing and capital acquisition experience preferred.
Bachelors degree in Business or related field.
Five (5) to seven (7) years experience as an entrepreneur or principal in a successful start up and/or responsibilities in business development, and administration, including small business management,strategy, decision making.
Understanding the key attributes of start ups such as software technologies, lean methods, MVP, products, markets, and attributes that lead to successful startup companies.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Knowledge of capital acquisition programs.
Business development & networking skills.
Strong problem solver.
Strong interpersonal skills and relationship building skills.
Excellent presentation and communications skills.
Ability to quickly identify key issues/elements within business start ups.
Excellent listening skills.
Ability to manage multiple disciplines and tasks.
Skills in teaching, mentoring and coaching
Must work with a high degree of integrity & ethical standards, treating others with respect and dignity. Demonstrated strong oral and written communications skills
Knowledge of early stage development tools and training and funding of technology companies.
Existing network of business, technology and investment contacts and ability to interact with influential members of the business community.
Experience with one-on-one consulting services to clients in general business management, accounting, finance, sales, marketing, operations, supervision and business planning. Establish & maintain relationships with trade associations and lenders.
Computer, database, CRM, internet and social media skills
Obtain and maintain a high level of knowledge of various capital acquisition opportunities and programs including SBIR, TCIP grants opportunities. Maintain a working knowledge of entrepreneurship trends, programs and tools available to incubators.
Ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of diverse people, ability, culture, ethnic background, to maintain good working relationships across the College. Ability to work with all groups in a diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic background of community college students, faculty and staff, including those with disabilities.
• Full consideration will be given to applicants who apply on or before the priority review date indicated above.
• More information about Salt Lake Community College benefits: http://i.slcc.edu/hr/docs/benefits-summary-current.pdf
Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) is fully committed to policies of equal employment and nondiscrimination. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, religion, protected veteran status, expression of political or personal beliefs outside of the workplace, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.
SLCC is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”).
This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check.