Executive Director, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation 5/5/2020
University of Chicago
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3035801 Bus - Strategic Initiatives
ABOUT THE UNIT
The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation bridges the gap between knowledge and practice, idea and action, and research and impact through education, partnerships, and new venture creation. BRINGING OUR MISSION TO LIFE The Polsky Center brings the power of ideas in the laboratory, classroom and community to the world. Through education, resources, and programs, the Polsky Center commercializes discoveries, partners with companies, and attracts venture capital. The Polsky Center runs a top-ranked business accelerator, the Edward L. Kaplan, 71, New Venture Challenge and operates a 34,000 square-foot, multi-disciplinary co-working space called the Polsky Exchange; an innovation fund, the George Shultz Innovation Fund, that invests in early-stage ventures; and a state-of-the-art Fabrication Lab for prototyping new products. Finally, the Polsky Center manages the University of Chicago s technology transfer function that manages all University-based intellectual property originating from faculty research and discoveries, which can be licensed to industry partners and investors. FROM IDEA TO IMPACT In addition to providing venture creation support for all members of the University of Chicago community, the Polsky Center also has a community-facing mission to supporting local South and West Side community entrepreneurs with no formal connection to the University. By igniting a spirit of innovation and fostering connections that extend across the University, city, region and world, the Polsky Center enables more ideas to have a meaningful impact on society.
Administration & Management
Responsible for planning, directing, coordinating and managing daily operations individual organization units, clinical research facilities, centers or academic departments. Responsibilities are diverse and general in nature and may reflect more than one functional area.
CAREER TRACK AND JOB LEVEL
Provides strategic leadership for a Center and serves as a liaison to academic departments, professional organizations, and administrative units of the University. Has overall responsibility for the management, operations, outreach, and programming for the center.
M4: Provides leadership and direction through managers. Is accountable for the performance and results of related departments. Executes functional plans and contributes to the development of unit strategy that has a division-wide impact. Decisions are guided by division, school or sub-function strategy and priorities.
The role manages and grows a center with multiple complex teams of managers and professional staff responsible for leadership within a Center whose mission is to understand current state of the art concepts and academic theory and merge them with practical applications that create or enhance existing or new products process or technology. Serves as a liaison to academic departments, professional organizations, and administrative units of the University. Has overall strategic responsibility for the management, operations, outreach, and programming for the center.
1) Provides strategic leadership for a Center with senior management and serves as a liaison to academic departments, professional organizations and administrative units of the University., 2) Manages multiple related teams. Establishes department priorities, is responsible for the management of the center budget, allocates resources and executes strategic plans., 3) Works closely with faculty, students and other leaders across campus to foster experimentation and multi-disciplinary inquiry and teaching by coordinating and developing Center programming. This may include workshops. Conferences, colloquia, training programs, community outreach, etc., 4) Oversees a communication strategy and marketing efforts aimed at increasing the visibility of the Center. Collaborates with others to make the center a valuable resource to all students and contributes to the broad goals of creating a stronger campus community., 5) Performs other related work as needed.
Since the inception of the entrepreneurship center in 1998, the Executive Director (ED) position has been responsible for leading the entrepreneurship programming at the University working with the Faculty Director. In this role as a senior leader in the Polsky Center within Chicago Booth, the ED is responsible for leading entrepreneurship activities. The ED leads and develops an organization that has a track record of significant success in creating and growing startup-focused activities and courses at Chicago Booth and the University of Chicago. The ED creates and executes initiatives for internal and external constituents and works with Chicago Booth leadership to integrate Polsky Center activities into those of Booth while coordinating campus-wide activities for entrepreneurship and innovation leaders. The ED oversees all activities of the Polsky Center Booth, including budgeting, programming, education, fundraising, operations and strategic planning. This position reports jointly to the Associate Vice President and Head of Polsky and the Deputy Dean for MBA Programs, Chicago Booth.
The ED is a member of the Polsky Center Executive Committee led by the Associate Vice President and works closely with all unit heads of the Polsky Center. This includes the Science and Technology, the Polsky Exchange and Polsky s Operations and Marketing teams where the ED collaborates on University-wide entrepreneurship objectives and all external related activities. They also work closely with the Faculty Director to ensure the direction of the program is aligned to the Chicago Booth academic mission. The ED also participates fully in a leadership capacity in Polsky-wide strategic planning and ensuring the organization stays at the leading edge of the field on a global scale.
1) Strategic thought leader and promoter of entrepreneurship and innovation and high-growth, high-impact venture creation; includes familiarity with both student-led, alumni led and faculty-led entrepreneurial activities.
2) Work with the Chicago Booth Dean s office and the Polsky Center s executive team to implement the overall strategy and operation plan of the Center.
3) Accountable to plan and execute work to an annual staff and operating budget that contributes to Chicago Booth s bottom line.
4) Lead a team of professional and administrative staff with direct responsibility to hire, develop and evaluate individuals and maintain a high performing team consistent with Booth s people values.
5) Actively lead fundraising activities for the Polsky Center; coordinates with Chicago Booth, UChicago development teams, corporate relations, grant administration and the Polsky Center executive team; work with the Polsky Council.
6) With the Faculty Director, manage a portfolio of entrepreneurship courses including laboratory courses in which students gain course credit working with entrepreneurial ventures.
7) Lead co-curricular programming activities that serve students, alumni, faculty, and the community.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law.