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Founding Director of the Griffiths Center for Collaboration & Innovation
Hartwick College

Date Posted Feb. 10, 2020
Title Founding Director of the Griffiths Center for Collaboration & Innovation
University Hartwick College
Oneonta, NY, United States
Department Griffiths Center for Collaboration & Innovation
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
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Hartwick College
Founding Director of the Griffiths Center for Collaboration & Innovation

Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist Hartwick College in their search for the Founding Director of the Griffiths Center for Collaboration & Innovation (GCCI).

This is truly a unique opportunity for a design thinking subject matter expert and practitioner to influence the culture of a College, administration, faculty, staff, and student body. The successful candidate is adept at exploring different options to thinking and building opportunities and knows how to translate design thinking knowledge to others. The ideal candidate is a change agent who brings a proven track record demonstrating their ability to work with people, motivate and inspire change.

The inaugural Director of the GCCI will lead and advance a culture of collaboration, innovation, and entrepreneurship at Hartwick College. Success in this position will be the measurable increase in the demonstrated capacity of students and employees to inspire, make, and leverage change to meet their personal goals and the goals of the College, and measurable engagement in meeting the educational needs of the workforce across the region.

The Griffiths Center for Collaboration & Innovation (GCCI) builds upon Hartwick College’s longstanding commitment to experiential learning and creative problem solving. The Director will inspire innovative thinking, support collaborative learning, and model key outcomes that are reflected in the Hartwick College mission statement, including "curiosity, critical thinking, creativity, personal courage, and an enduring passion for learning."

The position reports to the President of the College. The Director will work with the President, the College’s senior leadership team, and a GCCI cross-campus advisory committee to fully develop and implement the strategic direction for the Griffiths Center for Collaboration and Innovation. Among other duties the Director will: convene and lead the advisory committee; guide development and delivery of programs that support creativity and innovation across campus; advise and support faculty in their use of design thinking principles when developing and delivering curricula; collaborate with faculty to develop programming for newly established Innovation Stations on the Hartwick Campus; establish the need for and provide the delivery of education that meets regional workforce needs; contribute to the career preparation of students through substantive cross-campus and community collaborations; develop strategic partnerships with external mentors (alumni and others) and community partners; and provide daily operational oversight for each facet of the GCCI. The Director will forge alliances with the College’s various communities and constituencies, including the greater Oneonta business and non-profit community and Hartwick’s 18,000 alumni, in order to enhance the learning of Hartwick students.

Responsibilities include:
⦁ Fully develop the operating structure and mission of the GCCI, consistent with the Mission of the College, and oversee its operation.
⦁ Promote the GCCI’s services and programs with faculty, students and community partners.
⦁ Develop strategic partnerships, both on and off campus, catalyzing experiential learning activities designed to foster creativity and collaboration between various groups (both on campus and off campus.
⦁ Increase the number of student engagements, including internship, opportunities with entrepreneurs and innovators in the Oneonta area, throughout greater New York, and beyond.
⦁ Convene and lead a GCCI Advisory Committee.
⦁ Guide the development, delivery and funding of programs that support creativity and innovation across the campus and with and through our strategic community partners:
⦁ Develop and deliver workshop programming to increase campus and community exposure to, and understanding of, tools that promote innovative thinking and initiatives within and beyond the classroom.
⦁ Develop an inventory of faculty and staff capacity for delivering added value coursework & educational services to the community.
⦁ Direct a formal market study of Oneonta and the surrounding area to assess what expertise is needed and the ideal form/format of in demand educational offerings. Determine opportunities for the potential disaggregation of current program components, whether formal college credit & NYSED-approved certificates are desired, how to structure the offerings, and how to structure associated fees. Make recommendations on the establishment of new community educational programs and, if approved, design and execute an effective delivery strategy.
⦁ Collaborate with faculty to develop programming for newly established Innovation Stations on the Hartwick Campus.
⦁ Contribute to career related services offered by the college (including career planning, mentoring, and internships and related opportunities) through meaningful and substantive collaboration. Lead the effort to identify a growing number of post-graduate employment opportunities in industries and professions that require workers with creativity, strong collaboration skills and experience with refined problem solving skills. Build and leverage collaborative relationships with the Director of the Hartwick College Center for Craft Food & Beverage and Hartwick College Grain Innovation Center (under development) to achieve this objective.
⦁ Develop and deliver a new speaker series that will support the programmatic goals of the GCCI.
⦁ Work collaboratively with the College Advancement office to identify funding sources to support paid internship opportunities and other experience related learning opportunities.
⦁ Assist the College Advancement office in identifying private, corporate and foundation sources for funding of GCCI programming and operations and assist in soliciting these funds.
⦁ Assure and oversee the College’s participation in Stanford’s University Innovation Fellows or similar program and mentor the students who qualify for the program, encouraging their success in program related initiatives. Assist the Fellows in their development of a group of Student Ambassadors who will advocate for and support greater innovation and collaboration on campus.
⦁ Assist in the full implementation of Hartwick225: Students First initiatives (2018) that relate to the 225th anniversary of the College in 2022.
⦁ Assist in the full implementation of the Promise initiative (under development.)
⦁ Support all future College planning efforts.
⦁ Assess the need for additional staff to support the GCCI; determine the ROI of expansion. Direct and evaluate future GCCI staff with respect to programs and initiatives of the Center.

Minimum Qualifications:
⦁ Master’s degree
⦁ Evidence of familiarity with, and the successful application of, design and/or systems thinking methods and ability to illustrate and teach design thinking principles
⦁ Proven record of accomplishment in initiating and leading new projects, programs and/or product development, in a commercial, not for profit or governmental setting
⦁ Creative and open-minded, demonstrate the ability to collaborate with, lead, and motivate others
⦁ Proven leadership experience with the ability to motivate and influence others
⦁ Excellent oral, presentation and written communication skills
⦁ Demonstrated evidence of resourcefulness and flexibility, outreach and team building

Preferred Qualifications:
⦁ Doctoral degree
⦁ Experience in an academic setting that includes direct engagement with students, faculty and others. Hartwick College will consider non-academic candidates who can demonstrate a clear understanding of academic culture and commitment to student success
⦁ Experience managing budgets
⦁ Career and workforce development experience including the ability to interface with area businesses regarding their needs and how to best prepare students to meet those needs

About Hartwick College:
Hartwick College is a non-denominational, private, four-year liberal arts and sciences college in Oneonta, New York offering 35 majors leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. In addition, it offers over 30 minors, pre-professional programs in law, medicine, engineering and allied health professions; and five cooperative programs in engineering, law, business, and physical and occupational therapy.

Hartwick College was featured by journalist and scientific writer Malcolm Gladwell in his book David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants as a liberal arts college that offers the same academic rigor and quality of education with similar career outcomes of an ivy league university or elite liberal arts college in the United States, without the competitiveness or admission criteria of these top colleges and universities.

In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked Hartwick College 159th in its National Liberal Arts College Rankings. Hartwick College is ranked 59th for liberal arts colleges on’s 2016-17 list of highest-paid graduates and Business Insider recognized Hartwick as #13 in their 2015 "50 Most Underrated Colleges in America" ranking for graduate earning potential. Forbes Magazine ranked Hartwick # 501 overall in the 2016 Forbes ranking of the best colleges and universities in the nation; public and private colleges and universities included. Hartwick College is one of just 375 colleges nationwide recognized as a College of Distinction in multiple categories. Hartwick is also consistently featured in The Fiske Guide to Colleges and it is a Princeton Review Best Northeastern College.

About the Griffiths Center for Collaboration and Innovation (GCCI):

The GCCI serves as an umbrella for three Innovation Services:
1. Hartwick’s Makerspace
2. Hartwick’s Fabrication Lab (Fab Lab)
3. Hartwick’s planned entrepreneurship hub

All three platforms are part of the College’s overall strategy of further enhancing Hartwick’s very interdisciplinary approach to learning to make our students more marketable problem solvers in a tech savvy world. Students benefit by connecting what they are learning in the classroom with real needs in the community. The GCCI is an idea incubator and an instigator of innovative approaches to academic coursework both for credit and not for credit.

Sally Griffiths Herbert ’88 and Tim Herbert provided the backbone of support for the GCCI, named in honor of her father, with a $1.25 million gift to the College.

Living in the Area:
Situated in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains’, Oneonta is a scenic college town boasting a lower cost of living, lower unemployment rates, lower crime rate and higher educational levels than the national average. With median home values of $141K and monthly rents of $835, the area offers an affordable lifestyle in a picturesque environment with close access to New York City. The idyllic environment is an exceptional area for the outdoor enthusiast, raise a family, or simply enjoy a more laid-back lifestyle void of rush hour traffic.

The College is located just 3.5 hours north of New York City, 4 hours west of Boston, MA, and 4.5 hours north of Philadelphia. The campus sits on a hilltop that spans 425 picturesque acres and overlooks the Catskill Mountains.

Conveniently located just off Rt. 88 in Oneonta, Hartwick is also just 59 miles from Binghamton, NY, 82 miles to Albany, NY, and 60 miles from Utica, NY. Cooperstown, NY, known for the Baseball Hall of Fame, and Glimmer Glass Opera is just right down the road.

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Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Materials should include a cover letter and CV. Candidates advanced in the process will be required to provide the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates.

Inquiries and nominations are treated confidentially and can be sent to Jennifer Muller, Managing Partner with Academic Career & Executive Search:

Candidates advanced in the process will be required to provide a Diversity Statement.

Information regarding Hartwick College’s Diversity Statement is located at:…

Hartwick College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran, or marital status. We welcome applications from the community, alumni, and the general public.

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