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Director of Entrepreneurship

Apply now Job no: 503598
Position Type: Staff
Location: Portland, ME Campus
Categories: Regional Campuses

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

About the Opportunity:

At the core of the Roux Institute, strategy is sustaining, attracting and building businesses that drive the Maine economy. This role is to lead that third leg of the stool: building new companies. The Director of Entrepreneurship is responsible for designing and executing the all-new venture-related activities at the Roux Institute.

This leader will be directly responsible for developing strategies, programming, and a collection of resources that enable the creation and support of new businesses and the education of entrepreneurs. S/he will lead engagement with entrepreneurs across the global Northeastern and local Maine network with the goal of making Maine the most exciting place to start a business. This position will also work directly with leadership of partnership, academic, and research domains to ensure programs integrate with the Roux Institute mission and efforts of other key components.

The successful candidate will be passionate about engaging and supporting new ventures and be able to execute on the core mission and values of The Roux Institute. They will possess strong knowledge of what it takes to launch a company, a keen ability to build relationships across all sectors needed to support new ventures, a bias to partnership and ecosystem building, and a drive to build a team that makes this center come alive.


The Director of Entrepreneurship is a deeply integrated role responsible for envisioning, creating and leading an inclusive community-driven Entrepreneurship Center at the Roux Institute.

S/he will work collaboratively internally and externally to the University to create a Center. The Center will serve students, researchers, corporate partners, and community members interested in starting businesses in Maine as well as developing and providing an experiential entrepreneurial education offering.

The Director will develop and launch all aspects of this Center including offerings that provide support for ventures throughout their entire life-cycle from inspiration to acceleration. The Director will:

- Develop strategic vision and plans for the full suite of offerings in the center, including where to partner and what programs to build based on a deep understanding of entrepreneurs needs and the resources available through the Northeastern Network, Maine, and global startup ecosystems.

- Supervise center staff, a set of resident ventures, and innovation fellows supporting specific projects.

- Be responsible for structuring, executing, and managing strategic partnerships internal and external to the University.

- Develop a framework and system to measure the impact of the center including venture creation and success metrics.

- Work in collaboration with the Institute’s team to develop a yearly action plan and associated budget for the Center. This will include monitoring spending and preparing an annual impact report on how project funds have been allocated and the impact driven. The Director will contribute actively to the Roux Institute’s quarterly strategic planning meetings, facilitating all parts of the planning for venture creation.

- Will work with Partnerships & Advancement to develop short and long-term funding strategy and assist with fundraising as needed.

- Act as a liaison between The Roux Institute and the broader Northeastern University network related to entrepreneurship and venture creation


The Director of Entrepreneurship will be required to have deep first-hand knowledge of starting a business, fundraising, venture accelerators, and managing a diverse set of partners. S/he must work with a high level of independence within a progressive institutional environment. S/he challenges the status quo and develops/offers new techniques to support venture creation. S/he embraces new ideas; innovates and anticipates future needs; shares knowledge and teaches others to do the same. It is an expectation that the candidate is a strong communicator and collaborative partner, able to work up, down and across the organization, and represent the Institute in a variety of diverse forums.

- 10+ years experience in entrepreneurial ecosystems or startups. Ideally a candidate who has started and raised capital for at least one company

- Strong experience and network in the Boston and Portland Startup Communities

- Strongly demonstrates a bias towards action, rapid iteration, and hands on approach

- Proven track record of success and expertise in building and/or mentoring businesses from concept to first customer and beyond

- Proven track record of mentoring companies of all industries and stages

- Proven ability to work with external and internal organizations, partners, donors and agencies to produce results. This may include investors, corporations, government programs, and entrepreneurs

- Excellent communications skills and ability to work independently and in a team environment are a must

- Strong leadership skills that require a balance of managing day to day activities, as well as oversight of a team

- Networked approach to developing leadership style is key; must be comfortable in an environment of deep collaboration, engagement and creativity from all levels of the organization

- Ability to work efficiently, creatively and meet deadlines

- Demonstrated ability to make decisions and exercise sound judgment

- Ability to interact with all levels of the organization, including University senior leaders and external executives where necessary, ability to positively represent the Institute

- Bachelor’s degree preferred

Travel Requirement:

- You will be required to travel, mostly regionally, to meet potential partners and entrepreneurs

- You will be required to travel to Boston a few days a month for meetings at Northeastern’s Boston and Burlington campuses

- There is limited travel further afield to meet companies who wish to move offices to Maine or to visit Northeastern regional campuses

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Additional Information:

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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