Director, Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Transformational Change (3-year Administrative Faculty position)

  • The Evergreen State College
  • Olympia, WA, USA
  • Apr 27, 2020
Full time   BUS: Accounting/Economics/Finance BUS: Management, HR, OB, Strategy BUS: Marketing Business: Other Deans & Directors

Job Description


The College is establishing a new Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Transformational Change as part of ongoing efforts to strengthen curriculum in transformational leadership, change-making, and entrepreneurship.

This center will augment our current capacity to provide social and business entrepreneurship and career-connected learning opportunities for students, alumni, and community members.

We invite a creative leader to build a dynamic center that supports students and faculty in business, social entrepreneurship, organizational change, and transformational leadership. In collaboration with the Provost’s team, the Director will provide adaptive leadership for the Center, support the development of student-run businesses and organizations, design engaging events, and coordinate community outreach. Additionally, the Director will develop and teach certificate programs and other curricular elements that support change-making and entrepreneurship. This is an administrative faculty position that reports to the Vice Provost.

Job Expectations

The primary task of the Director will be to collaboratively envision, create and lead the Center as a hub for students, staff, faculty and community members who are interested in business, social entrepreneurship and transformational leadership and implement the model along with the Provost’s team. A related task will be to deepen the college’s local and regional network in the business and social entrepreneurship arenas by coordinating outreach to high schools, businesses, community and technical colleges, and organizations such as the Thurston Economic Development Council, local Chambers of Commerce and United Way of Thurston County.

The Director will lead a variety of curricular tasks. They will lead the design and delivery of business and entrepreneurship academic and co-curricular offerings associated with the Center, and work with the Curriculum Deans on integrating this with the overall undergraduate business curriculum and emerging Business and Entrepreneurship Path. They will convene and support faculty teaching programs with a change-making or entrepreneurship component. This may include faculty from the Visual Arts, Media, Food and Agriculture, Computer Science and related curricular areas.

In addition, they may teach courses and modules on topics such as grant writing, business planning, marketing, customer outreach, systems thinking, design thinking, and accounting. They will lead the development of certificate programs for non-matriculated students, either for-credit or not-for-credit, and may be offered online, in hybrid format or on campus. They will provide support to a year-long Team Entrepreneurship/ Change Maker academic program that will serve as an incubator for students who are ready to develop projects or businesses based on the skills and experience they have gained in in their studies at Evergreen. This is structured as a project-based learning environment where students work within structured teams on joint projects and new businesses ideas. Finally, they will convene and support students, staff and faculty involved with cooperative and co-curricular learning opportunities that develop capacities of students to lead and run their own businesses and organizations. Such areas may include Evergreen’s organic farm, the Flaming Eggplant, the physical computing lab, and media services, among others. This may include sponsoring contracts and internships for students studying entrepreneurship and business.

The Director will also provide administrative leadership to the Center. In collaboration with the Provost’s team, they will prepare a business plan, yearly action plan and associated budget for the Center. This will include monitoring spending under the initiative and working with the Office of Advancement and Academic Budget Coordinator to prepare a quarterly report on how project funds are allocated. They will also work with the Provost and Advancement to develop a long-term project funding strategy and assist with fund raising as needed and develop assessment measures for success of the Center and assist with the assessment process. The Director will also supervise a program assistant providing administrative and program support for the Center and oversee the work of student interns supporting specific projects.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree.
  • A record of successful teaching experience.
  • Work experience in entrepreneurship. For example, as an employee, manager, founder, or investor in an entrepreneurial business, social enterprise, nonprofit organization, business incubator, impact hub or related organization.
  • Demonstrated understanding of issues of diversity, equity and multiculturalism.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters or doctoral degree with an entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, business-related emphasis, or a related field.
  • Successful college/university level teaching experience. Superior communication and teaching skills, with demonstrated excellence in and commitment to designing and delivering engaging learning experiences for all students.
  • Entrepreneurial experience as a founder, manager, or investor in an entrepreneurial business start-up, social enterprise, nonprofit organization, business incubator, impact hub or related organization.
  • Higher education leadership experience, particularly in a Center of Social and Business Entrepreneurship or a related initiative.
  • Experience working with diverse and underserved populations.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the regional and national entrepreneurial environments.

Application Details

Required Documents:

  • Cover letter explaining your interest in the position, and how your background has prepared you for this leadership role; please include a section documenting how you meet the minimum qualifications.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A sample of student or participant evaluations of your teaching.
  • A list of at least 2 professional references with contact information
  • 1-2 page statement of your teaching philosophy and practice that specifically discusses your approach to developing curriculum in entrepreneurship, leadership and changemaking.
  • 1-2 page statement of your experience and/or practice with diversity and equity issues, including your vision for building a center that serves all members of our community (more information is available on our website:

These are the minimum application materials required, you can upload up to 3 additional documents.




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