Since the inception of the entrepreneurship center in 1998, the Executive Director (ED) position has been responsible for leading the entrepreneurship programming at the University working with the Faculty Director. In this role as a senior leader in the Polsky Center within Chicago Booth, the ED is responsible for leading entrepreneurship activities. The ED leads and develops an organization that has a track record of significant success in creating and growing startup-focused activities and courses at Chicago Booth and the University of Chicago. The ED creates and executes initiatives for internal and external constituents and works with Chicago Booth leadership to integrate Polsky Center activities into those of Booth while coordinating campus-wide activities for entrepreneurship and innovation leaders. The ED oversees all activities of the Polsky Center Booth, including budgeting, programming, education, fundraising, operations and strategic planning.Â This position reports jointly to the Associate Vice President and Head ofÂ Polsky and the Deputy Dean for MBA Programs, Chicago Booth.
The ED is a member of the Polsky Center Executive Committee led by the Associate Vice President and works closely with all unit heads of the Polsky Center. This includes the Science and Technology, the Polsky Exchange and Polskyâ™s Operations and Marketing teams where the ED collaborates on University-wide entrepreneurship objectives and all external related activities. They also work closely with the Faculty Director to ensure the direction of the program is aligned to the Chicago Booth academic mission. The ED also participates fully in a leadership capacity in Polsky-wide strategic planning and ensuring the organization stays at the leading edge of the field on a global scale.
1) Strategic thought leader and promoter of entrepreneurship and innovation and high-growth, high-impact venture creation; includes familiarity with both student-led, alumni led and faculty-led entrepreneurial activities.
2) Work with the Chicago Booth Deanâ™s office and the Polsky Centerâ™s executive team to implement the overall strategy and operation plan of the Center.
3) Accountable to plan and execute work to an annual staff and operating budget that contributes to Chicago Boothâ™s bottom line.
4) Lead a team of professional and administrative staff with direct responsibility to hire, develop and evaluate individuals and maintain a high performing team consistent with Boothâ™s people values.
5) Actively lead fundraising activities for the Polsky Center; coordinates with Chicago Booth, UChicago development teams, corporate relations, grant administration and the Polsky Center executive team; work with the Polsky Council.
6) With the Faculty Director, manage a portfolio of entrepreneurship courses including laboratory courses in which students gain course credit working with entrepreneurial ventures.
7) Lead co-curricular programming activities that serve students, alumni, faculty, and the community. Â
8) Develop and teach content for programs, identify guest speakers, practitioners and others to support programs; includes management of the Entrepreneur and Investor-in-Residence programs.
9) Develop and oversee student internship programs where students work for entrepreneurial ventures, venture capital firms and/or private equity firms; collaborate with Chicago Boothâ™s Career Services Office, Deans Office and the Universityâ™s Career Advancement Office to support these programs.
10) Manage award-winning, nationally recognized New Venture Challenge startup launch program and each of its affiliated programs.
11) Initiate and grow partnerships with industry leaders, venture capital investors, corporate innovators, student groups and others to build co-curricular activities for students and faculty at Chicago Booth and broadly at the UChicago.
12) Promote the Polsky Center by managing, building and nurturing relationships with the members of the Polsky Council, Private Equity Council, and Entrepreneurship through Acquisition Advisory Committee.
13) Develop and nurture relationships with key stakeholders across all UChicago divisions and professional schools, as well as within the Chicago-area business community and with key alumni entrepreneurs.
14) Collaborate with Chicago Booth leadership to ensure that Polsky Center activities align and coordinate with those of Booth; connect Boothâ™s MBA student body and University innovators among the faculty, research and student community.
15) Serve as a member of the Booth Management Group.
16) Collaborate with the ED of Science and Technology and the ED of Operations to manage annual planning requirements.
17) Identify new growth opportunities for the Polsky Center.
1) Strategic planning experience and demonstrated success with implementation.
2) Proven ability to lead, manage and operate in a complex organization.
3) Strong communication skills including coaching, facilitating, negotiating and effective written communications skills.
4) Demonstrated ability to work effectively with multiple constituencies in a sometimes ambiguous and fast-paced environment.
5) Fundraising knowledge and experience.
6) Effective presentation skills.
1) Bachelorâ™s degree.
2) MBA or Masterâ™s degree.
1) A minimum ten years of demonstrated work experience in either a startup venture and/or other type of business or related discipline.
2) Managing a team of professional staff.
3) Developing and bringing a new offering to market.
4) In an entrepreneurial company or with entrepreneurship programming.
5) With graduate students.
6) In an academic setting.
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