Job Summary: The Masters of Science in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MSEI) is a one-year graduate program in the department of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Strategy, and International Business (EISIB) of the School of Management at the University of San Francisco. The program combines elements of traditional graduate instruction with an innovation and entrepreneurship practicum-focused design, including entrepreneurial internship placements, new venture launches conducted by students, and business immersion trips. The program is designed to launch student careers in entrepreneurship and management immediately following the program completion. The MSEI is STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) certified and one of the top graduate programs in entrepreneurship.
The Program Director (PD) of the MSEI program leads and manages all aspects of the program to ensure the program excellence and the high-quality student experience. The PD of the MSEI performs all daily functions necessary for running of the program and works directly with the EISIB department chair and the MSEI teaching faculty. The PD of the MSEI is also expected to work closely with the dean, associate deans, department chair(s), other graduate program directors, and graduate division staff on all aspects of program delivery, administration and development.
The PD of the MSEI acts as the advocate for the program and has the authority to speak for and represent the program in the internal and external communities of the university. As a liaison between students, faculty and administrators, the responsibilities of PD of the MSEI includes leadership, recruitment, admission and retention, advising and mentoring, administration, and planning.
Full Job Description:
Essential Job Responsibilities
Develops and implements marketing and enrollment strategies for the MSEI program, while closely working with the Graduate Admissions and Recruiting Unit staff.
Conducts regular meetings of the program faculty to discuss programmatic issues.
Consults and collaborates with the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs on all aspects of the program.
Ensures the flow of critical information between graduate student affairs, recruitment and admissions, program faculty, department(s), associate deans and the dean.
Solicits and submits program budget requests to the Dean's Office and, where appropriate, the department chair.
Liaises between the program and other campus and community constituencies.
Student Recruitment and Retention:
Recruits new students and communicates and meets with prospective students.
Reviews new MSEI student applications, interviews them whenever necessary, and proposes admissions and scholarship decisions to department chair.
Works on materials and processes that promote recruitment and retention of graduate students in conjunction with the Dean's Office.
Ensures the currency of all promotional literature, program website, catalog copy and degree checklists.
Represents the program at informational meetings, new student orientations and other events as needed.
Communicates and meets with alumni.
Program Curriculum and Courses:
Works with the MSEI Academic Committee and other MSEI teaching faculty for the development and review of the program curriculum.
Implements the MSEI course schedule that the department chair develops.
Maintains an active and current knowledge of trends in the field and guides the program accordingly.
Aligns program goals and learning outcomes with those of the school and, where relevant, the department.
Conducts and reports on assurance of learning, program review and accreditation in conjunction with the Dean's Office.
Teaches and manages the MSEI Practicum course (once a year) as an adjunct faculty, which involves providing support for students, including matching, documenting, and facilitating the relationships of student internships. Note: The ability to teach this course depends on the individual maintaining currency in the entrepreneurship discipline as evidenced by intellectual or practice contributions outlined in the school's Faculty Qualifications document.
Advises students on all aspects of the MSEI program and professional responsibilities.
Maintains current company partnerships (about 40) and develops new partnerships with the SF Bay Area's innovative companies that can provide exclusive internships to MSEI students.
Collects, organizes and securely maintains files of student internships and all necessary documentation pertaining to 30-40 external organization clients, where students work during the program. This includes all necessary paperwork (e.g., Curricular Practical Training documentation) and company offers.
Provides direct support for the development and launching of up to 25 entrepreneurial ventures and workshops as part of the MSEI program each year.
Organizes and facilitates company visits, follows up with clients, prepares the materials for the visits, and conducts the post-visit follow-ups.
Develops and executes new MSEI student orientation and other MSEI student events.
Designs, fundraises for, and implements the MSEI student venture fund to support new student ventures, coordinating with the School's development personnel.
Ensures that courses are taught by highly-qualified, well-prepared faculty who are motivated to contribute to program success in and out of the classroom.
Recruits the MSEI adjunct faculty and recommends them to department chair who interviews and is responsible for hiring them.
Assists the program's faculty with their instructional needs.
The ideal MSEI-PD candidate will be highly motivated, have prior experience working in high performance organizations and high-performing teams, will possess strong organizational skills, excellent customer relation skills, and have an excellent attention to detail. The position will be located at the USF 101 Howard Campus with some meetings and work to take place on main USF campus and other Bay Area venues.
A successful candidate will have a bachelor's degree in business or the humanities or sciences. A master's degree is preferred. A minimum of five years in a significant leadership role in business management. Must have a strong familiarity with entrepreneurial and business trends. The candidate will have five years or more of prior administrative experience, and excellent written and oral communication skills. An individual with a deep commitment to excellence in student education and the ability to multitask, meet deadlines, and work successfully in a fast-paced environment required. A responsible self-starter with an interest and willingness to work with a diverse group of faculty, students, alumni and organizations would be a good match for this position. The candidate should be able to work flexible hours on some occasions, including some evenings and Saturdays, and be open to new projects and support tasks as those evolve in the program.
The University of San Francisco is located in the heart of one of the world’s most innovative and diverse cities, and is home to a vibrant academic community of students and faculty who achieve excellence in their fields. Its diverse student body enjoys direct access to faculty, small classes and outstanding opportunities in the city itself. USF is San Francisco's first university, and its Jesuit Catholic mission helps ignite a student’s passion for social justice and a desire to “Change the World From Here.” For more information, visit http://www.usfca.edu.