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Oklahoma State University
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Posted: 07/9/2018
Executive Director of Riata Center & Assistant/Associate Professor of Practice

The Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University seeks applicants for the position of Executive Director of the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship and Assistant/Associate Professor of Practice. This position reports to the Head of the School of Entrepreneurship. The Executive Director of the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship requires appointment to the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor of Practice. Professors of Practice in the Spears School of Business focus primarily on teaching and service. The Riata Center is the school's outreach arm, and is the hub and catalyst for entrepreneurial activity on the Oklahoma State University campus. The center supports the school's teaching and research missions, and offers a number of outside-the-classroom activities to provide students the full entrepreneurial experience. The center also supports an active student incubator, runs a Veteran's Entrepreneurship Program, and manages an NSF I-Corps site that facilitates technology commercialization. The Riata Center is located in a state-of-the-art 4,000 square foot facility in the new Spears School of Business building, which was opened in spring 2018. The center also supports physical locations in downtown Stillwater and Tulsa, Oklahoma to further support its outreach and student support missions. Job responsibilities include: Collaborate with the School of Entrepreneurship faculty to deliver existing entrepreneurship programming, such as the Pitch-and-Poster competition, the Business Plan competition, workshops on entrepreneurship-related topics, and the Veteran’s Entrepreneurship Program. Develop and delivery new programs to encourage cross-campus collaboration and spur entrepreneurial activity on the Oklahoma State University campus. Direct the Riata Center student incubator, including recruiting mentors to work with the students on advancing their business ideas. Assist in preparing student and student teams to participate in local, state and national business plan competitions. Develop strong relationships within the Oklahoma entrepreneurial ecosystem to provide funding and other opportunities for entrepreneurship students. Manage Oklahoma State University’s NSF I-Corps site program. Work closely with the OSU Research Foundation’s Technology Development Center and Cowboy Technologies to encourage technology commercialization on the Oklahoma State University campus. Support entrepreneurship-related outreach activities in Stillwater, the state of Oklahoma and beyond. Direct and evaluate the Riata Center staff and student interns and employees. Assist in fundraising for the Riata Center including grants and donor funding. Teach one class per semester (fall and spring) in the School of Entrepreneurship.

Minimum Qualifications: Master's Degree in Business or a related field. Five years of significant entrepreneurial business experience. Strong communication and people skills and the ability to work with internal and external constituencies. Enthusiasm for the entrepreneurial process and for student-led businesses. Must be comfortable acting as a visible leader in the Oklahoma entrepreneurial ecosystem. Preferred Qualifications: Experience working with scalable new business ventures, particularly in STEM disciplines. For consideration of your application materials, you should apply through the University’s website at Applicants need to upload a letter of interest, CV, and contact information for three references. To receive full consideration, complete applications should be received by October 1, 2018, although review may begin earlier and the positions will remain open until filled. For assistance with the on-line application process or to request an accommodation to enable application, contact OSU Human Resources, 106 Whitehurst, Stillwater, OK 74078 or call 405-744-7401. Oklahoma State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/E-verify employer committed to diversity and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or other protected category.

OSU is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and desires priority referrals of protected veterans for its openings. OSU will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)