Northern Illinois University’s College of Business is seeking a dynamic, articulate, and energetic leader to fill the role of Executive Director of Innovation & Partnership Development. The Executive Director will collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to develop and execute mission-relevant business strategies and foster partnerships to advance College of Business initiatives relating to innovation and entrepreneurship.
Duties and Responsibilities (generally)
The Executive Director will be responsible executing mission-relevant business strategies and fostering partnerships to advance the College’s initiatives related to innovation and entrepreneurship. This will include:
- Engage faculty, staff, students, and community partners through direct interactions, lectures, workshops, and digital media.
- Design and execute programs to educate participants on the process of starting from an idea and bringing it to market.
- Cultivate and manage partnerships to create sustainable funding to support strategic goals in the area of innovation and entrepreneurship.
- Work with internal stakeholders to manage financial resources.
- Collaborate on the communication and marketing of the College’s emphasis on building an entrepreneurial mindset in students across all colleges at NIU.
- Build and nurture a strong entrepreneurship-related business and alumni network.
Minimum Required Qualifications for this position
1. Bachelor’s degree in education, business, technology, or engineering or a related field.
2. A total of five (5) years (60 months) working in an entrepreneurial capacity.
Specialty Factors (Additional Required Qualifications)
Education and Experience Preferred
1. Master’s degree in education, business, technology, or engineering preferred.
List the knowledge, skills, and abilities critical to the performance of this position.
1. Evidence of strong project management skills
2. Demonstrated ability to develop effective working relationships with partners and key stakeholders
3. Demonstrated ability to work independently in an unstructured environment
4. Demonstrated experience and comfort working with executives and people across reporting structures