8/2/2020 update: According to an often reliable informant, a donor (presumably one with an optimistic view of the effectiveness of transformational change facilitators) has contributed the funds for the first few years of this new position. After that it is meant to be self-funded by money raised by this office. We’ll see.
7/31/2020: My theory is that there are so many buzzwords floating around Johnson Hall that every now and then they have to let a bunch of them spew out, in a semi-controlled release. I wonder how many faculty pay cuts will be soaked up by our newest transformational and entrepreneurial
central administrator facilitator of change?
The Director of the Office of Entrepreneurship and Economic Transformation is a facilitator of change and investment on campus. Their primary initial responsibility is to partner with other University leaders in entrepreneurship and innovation to build a sophisticated network that connects the university’s academic, research, and economic development missions of the university to help the university make rapid progress in these areas. They build relationships internally, partnering with the leadership of UO’s academic units and their brilliant faculty, staff, and students; forging infrastructure for innovation; and advancing UO’s values of equity, diversity and inclusion. The Director also connects the UO externally, sharing the stories of innovation at UO with stakeholders, fostering investment relationships with entrepreneurs and industry leaders, building a pipeline for venture creation and commercialization, and soliciting philanthropic gifts for the future of the university’s work as an economic driver for the state and region. This includes garnering the financial resources needed to ensure long term success of the unit. They also play an important role in communicating the UO’s role in the economic development of state, as well as collaborating to convene statewide conversations in this space so as to position the UO as positive contributor and change-agent in ensuring the economic viability and prosperity of the state as whole.
Reporting jointly to the Provost and Senior Vice President and the Vice President for University Advancement, the Director plays an important role in positioning the University of Oregon as a leader in higher education and innovation, in serving as an economic engine for the local community, state and region. This position supervises a team of three. The University of Oregon is committed to creating a more inclusive and diverse institution and seeks candidates with demonstrated potential to contribute positively to its diverse community.
• Entrepreneurial leadership: Ability to lead the building of entrepreneurial infrastructure.
• Partnerships: Ability to act as a core advisor and partner to the Senior Vice President and Provost, the Provost’s Innovation Council, other academic leadership, faculty and graduate students to foster innovation and entrepreneurship, navigate venture creation, and build an understanding of industry. Ability to inspire increased faculty participation and partnership with external partners. Ability to partner with other University leaders in entrepreneurship and innovation to build a sophisticated network that connects the university’s academic, research, and economic development missions of the university. Ability to maintain strong partnerships with on- and off-campus partners to create and sell new programs and initiatives.
• Higher education and industry knowledge: High level of programmatic and institutional knowledge, including an understanding of the needs and opportunities of businesses including but not limited to the life sciences, manufacturing, science and/or technology industry, and engineering.
• Strategic planning: Ability to provide leadership in supporting institution wide effort to build a network of entrepreneurship and economic impact that connects academic programs, and research to external opportunities. Ability to collaboratively articulate and execute strategic plan while clearly understanding and positioning the institution in comparison to aspirant peers.
• Working with donors, stakeholders, and prospects: Sophistication in prospective donor and entrepreneurship partner identification, cultivation, and solicitation with a demonstrated ability to serve as a core anchor relationship between individuals and the campus.