FastForward is a coordinated suite of resources designed to efficiently move technologies from startup to marketplace. Part of Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures (JHTV), FastForward serves as a catalyst for the advancement and commercialization of an array of innovations that are derived both at the University and from collaborative projects elsewhere. The goal of FastForward is to help early ventures increase the probability of realizing their potential and bring innovation and life-changing technologies to market.
FastForward U is a new initiative that is part of Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures and FastFoward that has been established to provide more robust student programming and dedicated space to enable more student entrepreneurs and teams from all campuses to explore innovation activities and interests. The program will offer extra-curricular opportunities, for student entrepreneurs (and students wanting to explore entrepreneurship) and will be closely aligned and coordinated with curricular and co-curricular offerings across campuses.
The mission of “FastForward U” is to provide programming and facilities with resources to support all Hopkins students including undergraduate, graduate, PhDs, and post docs with a goal of becoming a vibrant magnet for students in all programs to pursue entrepreneurial activities and experiential learning in a wide range of areas. FastForward U provides educational programming, speaker series, practical workshops, funding opportunities, mentorship, networking, along with dedicated facilities and resources that will support all Hopkins students including undergraduate, graduate, PhDs, and post docs in their efforts to grow as entrepreneurs and to learn how to develop their ideas and technologies into sustainable enterprises.
Importantly, FastForward U will provide dedicated student innovation hubs on both campuses – a facility at the Rangos building in East Baltimore and a complementary facility at the 320 West 29th Street in Remington next to our Homewood campus - where students can work on innovative projects, ventures, and events. These spaces will promote collaboration between different student organizations and bring together talent from across JHU schools, as well as help to move our game changing research to market. More importantly, the hub will enable links back to curricular and co-curricular offerings on campus. These locations near the East Baltimore and Homewood campuses will be staffed by FastForward U team members as well as student interns.
Reporting to the Sr. Director of FastForward, the Director of Student Ventures will lead all efforts, operations, strategic initiatives and programming related to student entrepreneurship and the venture hub including coordination with campus, FastForward/JHTV, student groups, DAR, and the broader Baltimore community as well as with alumni networks, sponsors, mentors, and others. The Director will be responsible for the design, implementation and deployment of a strategy and plan for the program, including budget, team management, programming, fundraising, facility management, marketing efforts, communications, and coordination with campus including University administration, faculty, staff, and other student groups and across schools and programs for integration in related efforts. The Director will also be responsible for providing counsel and connections to teams in their efforts and to assist recruitment efforts with FastForward U internship opportunities. The Director will also provide counsel to JHU and JHTV more broadly on questions of student entrepreneurship and innovation. The Director’s efforts should be geared to educate students and enhance the experience of student entrepreneurs through implementation support for key organizational initiatives as they relate to student entrepreneurship and participation in key student entrepreneurship/innovation events both locally and nationally.
Specific duties & responsibilities:
Leads discussions with appropriate stakeholders, including students, university administrators, faculty, staff, and community leaders as well as peer institutions to uncover best practices for supporting student efforts
Works with and supports broader initiatives to foster student entrepreneurship and innovation at JHU
Tracks, monitors, and evaluates outputs, outcomes, and impact of the student ventures and the work of FastForward U
Establishes operational plans including policies, procedures, and processes (e.g., budgeting, financial planning, human resources, risk management, etc.)
Makes marked effort to ensure diversity and inclusivity for participation in program efforts
Implements annual strategic planning process and ensures planning decisions are used in setting annual program/project goals
Promotes the advisory board and alumni engagement in critical thinking, strategic planning, resource/financial development, membership development and overall organizational wellness as needed
Successfully navigates the internal and external communities to guide and connect entrepreneurs
Works with JHTV and DAR to secure philanthropic support for FastForward U
Participates in design process and build-out of student innovation hubs
Designs and deploys educational programming, workshops and other learning opportunities
Oversees all application and selection process for student translational funding programs including O’Connor Fund and Summer Award, but also new programs
Supervises the Student Venture Coordinator and Facility Coordinator along with student advisory board and interns for FastForward U
Plans, oversees and manages budget and ensures appropriate allocation and expenditure of funds
Grows and maintains a network of mentors, advisers, and alumni that want to be involved
Oversees operations of student innovation hubs
Links students with entrepreneurial support by providing business guidance and linking them to resources at the university and elsewhere to bring projects to fruition
Serves as an expert to provide feedback, guidance, and advocacy for policies and practices that best support student entrepreneurship
Coordinates with faculty and administration across campuses for curricular and programmatic connections
Acts as face of FastForward U for external and internal meetings, conferences, etc.
Oversees and edits newsletter and other communications and marketing collateral
Tracks and reports key operating and engagement metrics for internal and external reporting purposes
Minimum qualifications (mandatory):
Bachelor’s degree required. A minimum of 7 years of experience in a relevant field.
Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Significant professional experience with a proven track record of leadership in a business or organization
Understanding and appreciation of business from both non-profit and for-profit perspectives
Experience mentoring young organizations
Experience working with students and universities
Familiarity with raising funding through foundations, individuals and other early stage financial resources
Skills to expand, develop, and transition the current organization into an expanded and more impactful enterprise.
Demonstrates ability to work with partners from multiple sectors, including public, private, not-for-profit, media, and education
Willingness and ability to serve in a variety of “start-up” roles, ranging from day-to-day operations to broader outreach
Keen understanding of how to support the work of student entrepreneurs through a combination of learning and practice that is focused on generating revenue and sustaining the impact of nascent businesses and organizations
The ability to build relationships quickly across cultures within the University and Baltimore and its constituents and to work effectively with a wide range of people, including persons from diverse backgrounds
A collaborative, consensus-building and flexible leadership style
Proven track record of establishing strategic relationships to strengthen program and service delivery
A strategic mindset and exceptional spokesperson for articulating strategic priorities
Ability to work independently – creating, designing and maintaining programs and personnel
Organizational skills to manage the myriad strategic, operational and interpersonal requirements and functions
A high degree of enthusiasm, energy, and creativity for career services
Exceptional interpersonal, oral, public speaking, writing, and listening skills
Demonstrated capacity to work effectively with persons from diverse backgrounds (e.g., class, race, nationality, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, etc.) and to foster sensitivity to diversity and an inclusive campus and community culture.
Experience managing and developing staff
The Director’s responsibilities will require in-state or out-of-state travel, as well as evening and weekend hours
Supervisory responsibility (indicate the number and type of persons supervised by incumbent): Directs the activities of FastForward U staff including the Student Venture Coordinator and the FastForward U Facilities Coordinator along with student advisory board and interns and all related functions.
Budget authority (indicate dollar amount of budget managed and type/level of authority): $1.3million budget - may make recommendations but not final decisions regarding major budget changes. May authorize discretionary spending.
Role/Level/Range: ATP/4/PH Starting Salary Range: $106,635-$146,655 Employee group: Full Time Schedule: M-F, 8:30am-5pm Employee subgroup: Exempt Location: School of Medicine- East Baltimore Campus Department name: Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures Personnel area: UN12
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