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.
Essential Job Functions:
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 and alumni entrepreneurship and innovation at JHU
Tracks, monitors, and evaluates outputs, outcomes, and impact of the student and alumni 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 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
Direct execution of marketing and outreach strategiesLiaise with student groups, professors, departments and other campus entities to strengthen FastForward U's presence
Designs and deploys educational programming, workshops and other learning opportunities
Oversees all application and selection process for student funding programs, including the FFU Accelerator
Supervises the Student Program Manager and Marketing and Operations Coordinator along with student 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 hub
Links students with entrepreneurial support by providing business guidance and connecting 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 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.
Seven (7) years' experience in a relevant field.
Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
US Citizen or legal permanent resident required due to Federal Export Controls
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
Internal Number: 42159-en_US
About Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins University remains committed to its founding principle, that education for all students should be grounded in exploration and discovery. Hopkins students are challenged not just to learn but also to advance learning itself. Critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and entrepreneurship are all encouraged and nourished in this unique educational environment. After more than 130 years, Johns Hopkins remains a world leader in both teaching and research. Faculty members and their research colleagues at the university's Applied Physics Laboratory have each year since 1979 won Johns Hopkins more federal research and development funding than any other university. The university has nine academic divisions and campuses throughout the Baltimore-Washington area. The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the Whiting School of Engineering, the School of Education and the Carey Business School are based at the Homewood campus in northern Baltimore. The schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing share a campus in east Baltimore with The Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Peabody Institute, a leading professional school of music, is located on Mount Vernon Place in downtown Bal...timore. The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies is located in Washington's Dupont Circle area.