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Executive Director, McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship (UPDATED)

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, 85724

Posting Number: req17986

Department: McGuire Ctr - Entrepreneurship

Location: Main Campus

Address: 1130 E Helen Street, Tucson, AZ 85721 USA

Position Highlights

Please Note: The following sentence has been added to the Position Highlights regarding the expected start date "The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona invites applications to join the McGuire center for Entrepreneurship as Executive Director, preferably starting January 2024 or no later than July 2024."

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona invites applications to join the McGuire center for Entrepreneurship as Executive Director, preferably starting January 2024 or no later than July 2024. The Executive Director will function as leader for the Center with emphasis in setting mission, vision, and long-term strategic goals. The role will also function like a department head in charge of handling grade-disputes, etc. while at the same time enhancing the mission, expanding collaborations with other University units, entrepreneurship ecosystems, and community. Simultaneously, the successful candidate will serve as a career-track or tenured faculty member in the McGuire Center or one of Eller College's other academic units.

As a faculty member in the Eller College of Management, the Executive Director will teach courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels and contribute to mentoring students, including those from underrepresented backgrounds. All faculty members are expected to participate in outreach and contribute to departmental, college, and university service. In these and other ways, the Executive Director will help to develop innovative approaches to enhancing student engagement, increasing diversity, and expanding collaborations with community and business partners.

In 2024, the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship will be celebrating 40 years of impacting university students, the local community, and academic research. To learn more about some of the McGuire Center's programs and areas of focus, visit the highlights below:

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision
insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family
members; state and optional retirement plans; accessto UA recreation and culturalactivities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

Program and Academic Management:

  • Lead the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship, setting the mission, vision and long-term strategic goals aligned with the strategic goals of the University and Eller College of Management.
  • Identify and implement opportunities for new revenue streams.
  • Provide oversight and direction for McGuire Center curriculum.
  • Oversee non-credit bearing programs for community/interdisciplinary programs.
  • Function as department head for grade disputes and other student issues.
  • Oversee rankings and accreditation reporting related to the McGuire Center and entrepreneurship-related programs. 
  • Connect with faculty engaged in entrepreneurship research to create affiliations, leverage entrepreneurship research and connect with other academic disciplines.

Partnerships and Collaboration:

  • Increase opportunities for engagement with other departments in Eller College, McGuire Center advisory board members, alumni, current and prospective donors, and advisors of entrepreneurial organizations.
  • Engage with donors and alumni.

Development and Outreach:

  • Oversee development and implementation of a strategy for communicating with internal and external constituents.
  • Develop outreach activities, including conferences, workshops, speakers, seminars, internships, and course projects.
  • Identify and pursue external funding.
  • Support grant writing.

Center Operations:

  • Oversee and manage financial matters of the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship including financial matters related to developing and executing grants and gifts.
  • Provide supervision to McGuire Center employees.

Teaching and/or Research:

  • Career-Track Faculty: Teach 3 classes.
  • Tenured Faculty: Teach 2 classes and conduct research related to entrepreneurship.

Minimum Qualifications

For All Applicants:

  • 9 years of related work experience, including 5 years of managerial experience, or equivalent combination of education and work experience.

Additional Requirements Associated with Career-Track Faculty Title:

  • Master's degree in a business-related field.

Additional Requirements Associated with Tenured Faculty Title:

  • PhD in a business-related field.
  • Active research portfolio, including published research related to entrepreneurship.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous administrative experience as a department chair, center director, of equivalent leadership position.
  • Record of interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Experience working with start-ups and/or new venture development.

Rank: To be Determined

Tenure Information

To be Determined

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Academic Administration

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: DOE

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Jeffrey Schatzberg

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Cover Letter

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As a Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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