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Blackstone Charitable Foundation is seeking an experienced Program Director to oversee and execute the Blackstone LaunchPad collegiate entrepreneurship program. The Blackstone LaunchPad network makes entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial skills accessible and relevant for all college students to help them build thriving companies and careers. We work with higher-ed institutions to deliver proven startup resources, facilitate access to a global network of mentors and advisors, and offer unique virtual and physical convening opportunities so thousands of diverse college students can go further, faster. Students learn by doing, gaining knowledge and critical skills to help them succeed as a founder or contributor to the innovation economy. LaunchPad currently operates on 46 college campuses and is available to 1 million students. Recently, the Foundation announced a $40 million commitment to expand the program to 75 campuses with a focus on those that have a majority diverse population or that serve under-resourced communities. Drawing on insights from ten years of experience, Blackstone LaunchPad will also develop new offerings to bring its critical entrepreneurship training to a broader set of students and offer an expanded set of programs for entrepreneurial skill-building – like building business acumen and creative problem solving – to support career mobility in 21st century jobs. Apply here.
The University of Richmond invites applications for an Instructor of Entrepreneurship beginning in January 2022 or possibly August 2022. This position will support the Entrepreneurship Concentration and Minor and the proliferation of entrepreneurial activities on campus, such as those organized as part of the new Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (CIE) initiative.
The successful candidate will display the following characteristics:
A faculty member in this position is expected to make substantial contributions in teaching and service. Accordingly, this position’s primary functions are: teaching undergraduate and MBA courses related to entrepreneurship, innovation, and new venture creation, collaborating closely with other faculty in the Entrepreneurship program to develop and promote the program, and providing service to the University, its students, and the program in such areas as (a) mentoring student entrepreneurs as well as student-run campus organizations/clubs, (b) advising students in the Entrepreneurship Concentration and Minor, (c) facilitating business pitches and other competitions, (d) supporting students in off-campus events, and (e) community engagement including off-campus service and speaking events.
This is a nontenure-track teaching position subject to annual renewal, based on performance and school needs. The teaching load is three courses per semester for a total of six courses per academic year. Preference will be given to applicants who are able to effectively teach a variety of relevant core courses (e.g., Introduction to Entrepreneurship, Managing Innovation, New Venture Creation). Of particular importance is the ability to teach the experiential New Venture Creation course in which every entrepreneurship student is required to participate in a rigorous and immersive new venture experience. In the future, there could also be opportunities to teach elective courses, such as entrepreneurial finance, entrepreneurial marketing, social entrepreneurship, etc.
The University of Richmond is a private university located just a short drive from downtown Richmond, Virginia. Through its five schools and wide array of campus programming, the University combines the best qualities of a small liberal arts college and a large university. With nearly 4,000 students, an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, and more than 90% of traditional undergraduate students living on campus, the University is remarkably student-centered, focused on preparing students “to live lives of purpose, thoughtful inquiry, and responsible leadership in a global and pluralistic society.”
The University of Richmond’s dedication to entrepreneurship can be seen in its CIE initiative, which is a campus-wide effort that aims to foster creativity, entrepreneurial ingenuity, willingness to take risks, resilience, and competence in addressing problems and challenges from multiple perspectives. The initiative is managed by a director who supports student innovation fellows, campus events, and more. More information about those efforts may be found at http://cie.richmond.edu.
The University of Richmond is committed to developing a diverse workforce and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of difference in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development, and institutional success. Our academic community strongly encourages applications that are in keeping with this commitment. For more information on the department and its programs, please see http://cie.richmond.edu.
Applicants must be either professionally or academically qualified as defined by AACSB criteria. Professional qualification requires a master’s degree with a concentration in entrepreneurship or a closely related discipline and substantial work experience at the founder/co-founder and/or senior managerial level. Academic qualification requires an earned doctorate in entrepreneurship (or a closely related field such as Organizational Behavior, Human Resources, Management, Strategy, or Economics) with an appropriate publication record.
Preference will be given to candidates with work experience in business organizations and a network among the local startup ecosystem. The Robins School has multiple areas of strategic interest complementary to entrepreneurship, such as consulting, data analytics, and international business. Applicants who may have experience in one or more of these areas are encouraged to note this in the cover letter.