The Department Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Texas Christian University invites applications and nominations for a position as Assistant Director for the TCU Neeley Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Instructor of Entrepreneurship within the Neeley School of Business. The successful candidate will begin employment in August, 2019.
The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate significant accomplishments in both the teaching and practice of entrepreneurship. Primary responsibilities will include duties associated with the role of Assistant Director for the TCU Neeley Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. This will primarily involve managing a new accelerator program and developing it into a well-organized and scalable operation, with streamlined processes and procedures. The position will also require teaching entrepreneurship and/or innovation courses. Collegiality and a demonstrated ability to work with others are important. The teaching load and salary are competitive and commensurate with qualifications.
Assistant Director’s responsibilities include:
Program Administration: Plan and manage a range of administrative operations for the accelerator program. Develop and improve the core administrative processes that support the program and its key stakeholders with a focus on application cycles, diversity of applications across campus, program delivery, and graduation. Ensure the effective implementation of the Institute’s strategic plan through client services, relationship management, resource coordination, facilities, marketing, event production, budgeting, and program evaluation responsibilities.
Event and Meeting Management: Responsible for implementing event-based programming, including Demo Days, startup selection and orientation, mentor recruitment and management, and funder/partner engagement events. Coordinate high-profile meetings with potential partners, mentors, investors, and campus leaders.
Cohort Coordination: Implement a variety of on-boarding and off-boarding processes for each cohort of startups moving through the different stages of the accelerator program. Responsible for streamlining and improving application management, onboarding paperwork, account access, distribution of funds, and graduation procedures to ensure a successful experience for program participants.
Marketing Communications: Plan annual marketing calendar and create related collateral. Assist in the development of website content, event promotions, social media, newsletters, and correspondence with the Institute’s stakeholders.
Startup Services: Coordinate and improve access to external program resources including legal, banking, computing, and multimedia service providers among others.
Facilities Access: Ensure an engaging and productive environment for program participants. Manage collaborative workspace, coordinate access to facility and lab resources, identify needs, and implement improvements.
Program Evaluation: Prepare, analyze, and communicate key performance, financial, and client services metrics. Develop and prepare budgets and financial reports in conjunction with Institute staff to ensure effective and cost-efficient operations as the program scales in size. May prepare materials to assist with fundraising-related activities.
The department provides an exceptional work environment, with highly supportive colleagues who are dedicated to the vision of being world class thought leaders. We realize this vision through excellence in research, teaching and professional service. We are seeking candidates who share in our vision and can contribute effectively to our highly productive and collaborative environment.
The Accelerator Program at TCU
The accelerator program at TCU is designed to build transformative companies that will make a significant impact on the world. The three stage accelerator program will typically work with early-stage startups before they have raised money or chosen a go-to-market strategy and help provide expert guidance, resources, and coordinate mentorship to navigate these critical steps. The program focuses on students, faculty, staff, and alumni of TCU.
TCU and the Neeley School of Business
TCU has approximately 10,000 FTE undergraduate and graduate students, with a student to faculty ratio of 13:1 and an average class size of 27. The Neeley School has approximately 2,500 undergraduates enrolled in the Departments of: Accounting; Finance; Management, Entrepreneurship & Leadership; Marketing; and Information Sciences & Supply Chain and 350 graduate students enrolled in the MBA and Masters of Accounting programs. The school’s BBA is ranked in the top 25 by Bloomberg Businessweek, with entrepreneurship ranked in the top 10. The Executive MBA program was recently ranked twelfth in the world by The Economist, and the Full-Time MBA program is ranked in the top 40 by Bloomberg Businessweek. TCU was among 86 Universities cited by The Chronicle of Higher Education 2015 edition of Great Colleges to Work For and recognized in all twelve categories as well as being cited on their honor roll. TCU recently received a grade of “A” and was ranked among the top 10 percent of private, not-for-profit universities rated by Forbes using nine measures of fiscal soundness. The Neeley School offers a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programs including executive and international programs. For further information on TCU, see www.tcu.edu and www.ir.tcu.edu/factbooks.asp and for further information on the Neeley School of Business, see www.neeley.tcu.edu.
The Fort Worth and Dallas Metroplex
The Neeley School is located in Fort Worth, Texas, one of the nation’s top communities for business growth.The DFW area is the 4th largest metropolitan area in the United States with a combined population of 6.7 million people. Fort Worth is a large city that lives “small” and boasts five world-class museums including the Amon Carter, Kimbell, and Modern Art Museums. Fort Worth’s downtown is vibrant and supports both the Fort Worth Opera and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Quality of living is high with great restaurants, local breweries, and Trinity Trails, which offers 40 miles of running or biking trails, equestrian trails for horseback riding, boat launches for canoes, kayaks and sculls, and a water-ski slalom course.
Candidates for the position should possess (or expect completion by August 2018) an earned master’s or doctorate in business management or a closely related discipline.
3-5 years of accelerator program or an incubator program management experience.
Experience developing processes, procedures, and protocols to improve the operations of a new or existing program.
Ability to assess diverse stakeholder needs and create appropriate solutions.
Exceptional organization skills and attention to detail, including complex or technical content.
High degree of professionalism when working with diverse constituencies to represent the organization.
Ability to prioritize, pivot, and excel in a fast-paced, rapidly-changing startup environment.
Knowledge of a variety of administrative operations activities such as events planning, budgeting, financial analysis, basic fundraising processes, short-and long-range planning, and human resources.
Excellent interpersonal communication skills including verbal and written, active listening, critical thinking, persuasiveness, advising, and counseling skills.
Exceptional problem-solving and customer service skills.
Demonstrated interest in entrepreneurship and one or more high-technology fields such as engineering, computer science, biotechnology, or other STEM disciplines.
Demonstrated interest in new technologies, and how they can create positive societal change.
Applications and other documentation must be submitted electronically through the TCU HR system at https://tcu.igreentree.com/CSS_Faculty/CSSPage_Welcome.asp. From there, click on “Find Openings” and select “Business Positions.”
Applicants should attach the following to the online application: (1) a cover letter indicating interest in the position, (2) curriculum vita demonstrating accomplishment in the teaching and practice of entrepreneurship, (3) evidence of teaching activity and excellence, and (4) three references with addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Requests for additional information or assistance should be directed to:
Office of Human Resources
Texas Christian University
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