The Program Manager for Entrepreneurship Initiatives will play a critical leadership role in the design, execution, and ongoing evaluation of signature entrepreneurship support programs administered by the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in collaboration with units across campus: the regional National Science Foundation-funded, i-Corps site, the Venture Mentor Service, and the annual Arkansas Commercialization Retreat. This position will report to the Executive Director, Office of Entrepreneurship, and Innovation, and will serve as a key liaison between OEI and the Office of Technology Ventures.
This position requires an energetic, highly organized, self-directed individual with strong interpersonal and project management skills. This position will be responsible for maintaining a high level of engagement with mentors, entrepreneurs, faculty, collaborators, and for management of the digital, physical, and fiscal operations of these programs. A passion for entrepreneurship as a tool for economic development and familiarity with the principles of technology commercialization and lean startup principles is also essential.
Bachelor’s degree in business or STEM field from an accredited institution of higher education
At least three years of project management and/or operations experience
Demonstrated familiarity with project and database management software
MBA or other master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education
Experience as a participant in NSF i-Corps or similar program
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):
Knowledge and familiarity with lean startup and technology commercialization principles
Excellent communications and writing skills
Proficient skills using the MS Office Suite
Ability to adapt, multi-task, and produce deliverables under short notice
Internal Number: 16772
About University Of Arkansas Office of Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations. Ten colleges and schools serve more than 27,600 students with 200+ academic programs. U of A students earn nationally competitive awards at an impressive rate and represent all 50 states and 120 countries.
The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life. Arkansas is a natural wonder of forests, mountains and lakes framed by picturesque riv...ers and streams. Some of the best outdoor amenities and most spectacular hiking trails are a short drive from campus.
As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.
About the College/Department
Technology Ventures is part of the University of Arkansas’ Fayetteville campus. Each of our team has an appointment in the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Innovation. We work closely with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and the University of Arkansas Technology Development Foundation.
With the clear objective of facilitating the creation of a lasting knowledge-based economy, we engage inventors, faculty start-up/spin-out companies and businesses in transferring inventions into marketplace products and services.
As a condition of employment, University faculty and researchers have obligations pertaining to research conducted with university and third party support. Certain rights and rewards are due inventors/authors of intellectual property, as well. The university policies that cover these programs are 210.1 and 210.2.