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Processing... please waitJob Title: Innovation Corps Faculty Director (6300U) #17009
Job ID: 17009
Location: Main Campus-Berkeley
Full/Part Time: Part-Time
Department: Institute of Business Innovation (IBI)
Regular/Temporary: Temporary

Departmental Overview

The Lester Center for Entrepreneurship is internationally recognized for providing leading edge entrepreneurship education and scholarly research in innovation at the hub of the UC Berkeley and the San Francisco Bay Area’s collaborative, multidisciplinary start-up community. Our offerings include Steve Blank’s Lean LaunchPad class, the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps, the cross-school Skydeck Accelerator plus many more. From Google Earth to Bright Source Energy and Fair Trade products, Lester Center entrepreneurs realize the Berkeley-Haas mission to “Redefine how we do business.”

The Lester Center for Entrepreneurship has five key missions: (1) Support the development of curricular programs in and in support of entrepreneurship at the Haas School and across campus. (2) Support the development and management of extracurricular programs related to entrepreneurship available to students at the Haas School and across campus. (3) Support faculty research in entrepreneurship, including fundraising, publishing of working papers and providing access to data and members of the entrepreneurial community. (4) Outreach to business community in support of entrepreneurship at Berkeley. (5) Coordinate with all campus units interested in support of entrepreneurship at Berkeley.

The Lester Center for Entrepreneurship is the recipient of a grant from NSF for the next three years to support the creation of a Bay Area/Silicon Valle I-Corps Node. The Lester Center will team up with Stanford University and UC San Francisco to train the next generation of entrepreneurs. This cooperative effort will encourage partnerships between academia and industry. The grant will need positions to engage external constituencies, including entrepreneurs, faculty from other institutions, corporate partners of the university, government agencies, alumni, and members of the external entrepreneurship community and members of the UC Berkeley community in non-curricular entrepreneurship training programs.

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The Haas School of Business develops innovative leaders - individuals who redefine how we do business. Berkeley-Haas, the second oldest business school in the United States, educates 2,200 students each year in six degree-granting programs, and hundreds more through executive education programs. A team of 300 staff members support these students, faculty and alumni through work in areas that include Admissions, Student Services, Career Management, Administration, and Development.

Berkeley-Haas offers opportunities to champion new ideas, collaborate across boundaries, and learn continually. Our culture is captured by Four Defining Principles (Question the Status Quo, Confidence Without Attitude, Students Always and Beyond Yourself) that distinguish Berkeley-Haas as a place to learn—and a place to work.

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The Faculty Director will report to the Executive Director of the Lester Center. The Faculty Director will design, develop and implement short- and long-term strategic plans, programs, events, and activities focused around leading-edge entrepreneurship education to fulfill the Lester Center’s NSF grant and its teaching mission. Core responsibility is reaching, serving and engaging external constituencies including entrepreneurs, faculty from other institutions, corporate partners, government agencies, alumni, members of the external entrepreneurship community, and members of the UC Berkeley community in non-curricular entrepreneurship training programs.

The Faculty Director will be responsible for fostering activities within the Lester Center as well as working collaboratively with other programs around the UC Berkeley campus.

Specifically, the Faculty Director will pursue activities in the following categories:

Leading-edge Entrepreneurship Education (10%)
• Using institutional knowledge and awareness of constituency perception, designs, develops and implements short- and long-term strategic plans, programs, events, and activities focused around leading-edge entrepreneurship education.

External Relations Programs (40%)
• Oversee aspects of complex external relations programs, projects and events, including coordinating special programs and overseeing production of AV or written and visual materials and online services including educational materials.

Mitigating Unforeseen Events (5%)
• Quickly and appropriately identifies, addresses, and mitigates unforeseen and/or rapidly unfolding events that may negatively impact relationships between the campus and various constituencies, keeping senior management appropriately advised and notified.

Mentoring (10%)
• May mentor less experienced staff members and instructors.

Data Review (15%)
• Analyzes, summarizes and/or reviews data, reporting findings, interpreting results and/or making recommendations on the effectiveness and results of programs.

Inquiries (20%)
• Responds to constituent inquiries.

Required Qualifications

• Bachelors degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training
• 5-10 years of experience teaching undergraduate and or graduate classes at the college or university level or the equivalent.
• Advanced knowledge of the campus, its vision, mission, goals, objectives, achievements, issues of concern and infrastructure in relationship to entrepreneurship and the advancement of entrepreneurship education.
• Advanced knowledge of assigned area of responsibility, for example, the campus scientific community entrepreneurship education, in particular in science and technology-related fields.
• Advanced knowledge of issues of concern in higher education related to entrepreneurship education.
• Advanced knowledge of practices and procedures associated with building and maintaining effective working relationships with all levels of internal and external constituencies mentioned above.
• Advanced written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including skill to produce information that is appropriately presented and effectively received by target constituencies– in particular, training materials for entrepreneurs, program instructors and government agencies.
• Active listening skills, including advanced critical thinking and analytical skills.
• Skill to recognize potential areas of constituency concern and address, resolve and/or mitigate problems or issues alone and in conjunction with supervisor.
• Advanced project management skills, including skills to plan and implement successful complex events and programs.

Preferred Qualifications

• National Science Foundation Innovation Corps faculty training and/or Lean LaunchPad class experience preferred.

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, contract variable part-time position. The fulltime salary equivalent range is $94,600 FTE up to $115,000 FTE commensurate with experience.

Criminal Background Check

This position has been designated as sensitive and may require a Criminal Background Check. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of a Criminal Background Check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


UC Berkeley has an online applicant website and no longer accepts applications via mail.

We require applicants to submit a cover letter and resume when applying for this position.

Please submit the cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

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