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The Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship within the UW Michael G. Foster School of Business has an outstanding opportunity for a Director.
The Buerk Center's mission is to integrate entrepreneurship into the fabric of the University of Washington and invest in the students who want to change the world. It promotes and develops an entrepreneurial environment that leads to the creation of numerous start-up companies, often in high-growth fields. Research on undergraduate entrepreneurs, for example, shows that these are the students who are most likely to become serial entrepreneursand who will credit the University of Washington with their successes. Both undergraduates and graduate students form the talent pool that many of the region's top employers seek out. Not only do these entrepreneurship students graduate with business, science or technical degrees, but their ability to act entrepreneurially makes them attractive to both large companies and early-stage venture-backed companies.
The Buerk Center is now ranked 12th in the nation in entrepreneurship education at the graduate level (US News & World Report) and 20th at the undergraduate level. A recent $5.2 million naming gift from Artie and Sue Buerk make it possible for the Center to expand its reach at the undergraduate level to other disciplines (the new ENTRE Minor). The annual UW Business Plan Competition spins out 10-20 new companies each year, and the 2003 winner of the BPC (NanoString Technologies) went public in 2013. Since 1998 at least 987 companies have launched from the Buerk Center's competitionsand those companies have raised nearly $400m in outside funding.
Develops the Buerk Center vision, provides leadership locally and nationally, spearheads the strategic planning effort. Leads external relations efforts, including the Center's Advisory Board, connections across the University of Washington campus and within Seattle entrepreneurial and venture communities, and with alumni
Develops, in coordination with the Foster School dean and the advisory board, the Center's vision, mission, objectives and goals, and executes on that strategic plan. Quarterly meetings with the dean and the Center's advisory board revisit the elements of the strategic plan and chart the progress of implementation.
Represents the Center inside the Foster School, the University of Washington campus, and the larger Seattle community. Joins university committees, sits on advisory boards outside the UW, and speaks at conferences, both local and national.
Manages an advisory board of 35 entrepreneurs, venture investors, and start-up professionals. Works with board chair to set meeting agendas, employs the board to work through Center-related issues, and cultivates high-profile potential candidates for board members.
Meets with deans and directors across campus to engage other disciplines/students/faculty in entrepreneurship. Collaborates on NIH and NSF grant proposals that include a technology commercialization component. Key university constituencies include engineering, arts and sciences, medicine, law, global health, environment, the Graduate School, the various research centers, UW CoMotion, the Institute for Translational Health Sciences, Children's Hospital, the Applied Physics Laboratory, etc.
Collaborates with the Seattle entrepreneurial community to bring classroom speakers, domain experts, angel and VC investors, etc to campus to participate in classes, judge competitions, mentor teams, help with pitches, etc. In any given year, more than 1,000 individuals are engaged in the Center's programs and activities.
Creates, implements, and evaluates interdisciplinary programs/competitions/activities/fellowships for entrepreneurship students
Develops and nurtures the entrepreneurial activities that provide students with the knowledge, skills, and experience they need to become articulate, well-prepared entrepreneurs.
Key programs include the Lavin Entrepreneurship Program, the ENTRE Minor, the Technology Entrepreneurship Certificate for nonbusiness PhD students, and the Jones + Foster Accelerator.
Annual competitions include the UW Business Plan Competition, the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge, the Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge, and the Venture Capital Investment Competition intramural.
Activities include ENTREFest UW, the New Venture and CGF Internships (with the UW CoMotion), the Startup Job Fair, the Science and Technology Showcase (with SEBA), several entrepreneurship clubs, and the MentorConnect program.
Fellowships include full-time summer positions in social entrepreneurship, technology commercialization, and venture capital, as well as the Gates Foundation's Global Innovation Fellowships, which are 3 to 9 months long.
Coordinates with career advisors to recruit and fill 50+ paid internships annually in early-stage companies in the Northwest.
Reviews all programs, competitions, and activities to continuously improve quality, structure, deliverables, and content.
Raises external funding for the Center, including endowments, donations and sponsorships, grants (25%)
Develops a fund-raising strategy for the Center, in collaboration with the Foster School's Advancement Office, to cultivate connections for potential endowments and annual corporate donations. Writes grant proposals and provides donors with quarterly updates as requested. Major endowments have come from Artie and Sue Buerk, Leonard Lavin, and Wayne Perry.
Raises $800k+ a year in sponsorships in support of the competitions to provide funding for staff time, prototype funding, prize money, and the costs of the producing the event. Maintains detailed donor records.
Ensures that advisory board members make annual contributions and are engaged in Center activities.
Writes grant proposals to entrepreneurship-focused organizations in support of specific activities and provides annual summary reports. Multi-year grants have come from the Herbert Jones Foundation and the Wells Fargo Foundation.
Develops (in concert with the dean, department chairs, and faculty) the entrepreneurship curriculum, bringing in outside instructors as needed, and evaluating content and relevancy.
Directs curriculum program activities for undergraduates and graduate students, including the ENTRE Minor and the Technology Entrepreneurship Certificate (TEC).
Works with faculty and department chairs to ensure that new trends/knowledge in entrepreneurship education are reflected in the curriculum, follows entrepreneurial thought leaders outside academia, and works with other colleges on campus to develop courses specific to science and engineering disciplines. Examples include Software Entrepreneurship, Medical Device Entrepreneurship, and Business Models in Global Health.
Recruits qualified and skilled instructors from the entrepreneurial and venture capital community to teach classes as needed. More than 60 percent of courses are taught by outside experts.
Supervises logistics and budget of yearly international research conference in technology entrepreneurship, which attracts 75-90 faculty to Seattle.
Hires, supervises, and develops staff (currently at 6 FTE)
Recruits, hires, and mentors center staff to ensure their best performance, their ability to set and meet annual goals, and continuously improve the programs they manage.
Manages $1.8m annual budget
Develops center's annual budget and manages to expectations.
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