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Associate Director of Industry Engagement and Outreach

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Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Associate Director of Industry Engagement and Outreach
Faculty Rank: Lecturer
Role Title: Professional Faculty
Posting Number: AP0170101
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

The Associate Director: Industry Engagement & Outreach (AD) must have a passion for working with creative students and will serve as lead for the Apex Systems Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship’s (Apex CIE) innovative programs for connecting students and industry partners. The ideal team member will establish and sustain partnerships within the broader Virginia Tech community, specifically corporate partners, in order to create transformational learning experiences. The Associate Director is responsible for planning and implementing an integrated approach to engaging industry with Apex CIE in a holistic manner to expand relationships with faculty, students, and corporate partners. This position will manage and support the identification and evaluation of new strategic partnership opportunities that fit into the strategic vision of Virginia Tech and will contribute to its growth. This position will directly oversee Virginia Tech’s Catalyst program. The Catalyst program provides select teams of multidisciplinary faculty and students the opportunity to work alongside representatives from industry to ideate on business problems, critically assess opportunities and propose solutions based on market potential. The goal is to enhance entrepreneurship education by having faculty, students, alumni, and associated businesses working together to accelerate the launch of new startups or scale existing ventures via commercialization of technology and intellectual property.

Required Qualifications:

• Master’s degree required, preferably business administration, engineering, industrial design, or related field
• Experience with project planning and managing multiple tasks and deadlines
• Ability to form positive relationships with students and corporate partners
• Excellent organization skills and attention to detail for tasks
• Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills
• Strong oral, written and interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively within a team
• Demonstrated interest in commitment to creating an atmosphere of innovation and entrepreneurship at Virginia Tech
• Highly dependable. Ability to assume responsibility for delegated tasks and meet agreed upon deadlines

Preferred Qualifications:

• Experience supervising or serving as advisor to student leaders in campus environment
• Significant experience building joint partnerships
• Broad understanding of innovation in large organizations and launching new ventures
• Experience as an entrepreneur – creating, launching a new product or service, and growing a company
• Ability to manage logistics involved in planning and implementing large and small projects with multiple students on each project
• Ability to build partnerships with industry
• Experience managing grants and joint partnerships
• Previous experience teaching entrepreneurship classes at the undergraduate level

Employment Conditions:
Must have a conviction check: Yes
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How to Apply for this Job:

To evaluate the requirements and apply, candidates may review posting AP0170101 in its entirety at Review of applications will begin April 12, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants MUST apply on-line to be considered. If you have any questions please contact our Service Center @ 540-231-9331 or email

Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
If restricted or temporary, enter end date: Reviewed Annually
FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Range: $70,000 - $75,000
Location: Blacksburg
Department: CIE (Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship)
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: 8-5, M-F + As Needed
Job Posting Date: 03/29/2017
Review Begin Date: 04/12/2017
Job Close Date:
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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