Director – Higher Education Ecosystems
Posted on 3/22/2024

51-200 employees

Fosters STEM entrepreneurship through training, funding, and networking.
Company Overview
VentureWell stands out as a nurturing hub for STEM innovators and entrepreneurs, providing comprehensive support through funding, training, and mentorship to transform ideas into impactful solutions. Their commitment to fostering collaboration and promoting institutional change is evident in their extensive network-building efforts and programs that empower faculty and students alike. This focus on holistic development, coupled with their mission to solve the world's most pressing challenges, makes VentureWell a dynamic and purposeful place to work.
Venture Capital

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Hadley, Massachusetts

Growth & Insights

6 month growth


1 year growth


2 year growth

Remote in USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
Strategy Development
Business Development
Business & Strategy
  • Advanced degree preferred (MA/MS, MBA, and/or PhD), bachelor's degree required
  • At least 10 years leading higher education capacity-building initiatives through the development and/or implementation of frameworks to incorporate I&E into programs, strengthening co-curricular and extracurricular offerings
  • At least 5 years experience managing collaborative teams in a higher education or similar ecosystem-related role
  • Demonstrated experience with the current ecosystem-building landscape including tech-based economic development, startups, commercialization and intellectual property
  • Superior project management skills, including ability to meet deadlines and coordinate multiple tasks with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders in a fast-paced environment
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills with an ability to articulate and synthesize information in a compelling, organized manner; comfort and experience delivering trainings or content related to domain experience online and in person
  • Significant experience leading institutional change initiatives through the development and/or implementation of frameworks to incorporate innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E) into courses, strengthening co- and extracurricular offerings and models for integrating entrepreneurship into into a broad range of programs/curriculum
  • Track record of successfully leading both large and small highly-interactive events, both in person and virtually (e.g. workshops, conferences, etc.)
  • Experience (work or lived) with groups identifying as marginalized by racism, sexism, or classism
  • Lead and execute VentureWell’s new higher education strategy and manage alignment with the organization’s overall strategic direction
  • Manage a team of two Senior Program Officers (SPOs) and a Grants Manager who will be responsible for carrying out VentureWell’s new focus in higher education ecosystem building
  • Serve as an internal subject matter expert in the field of higher education ecosystem building; design, develop, deliver, and evaluate a wide range of STEM innovation, entrepreneurship, and commercialization to advance operational, programmatic and organizational best practices at institutions
  • Collaborate with leadership to raise funds to support the implementation of new program offerings
  • Evaluate internal learning insights to implement strategic initiatives, grants programs, and program offerings to advance unit operations
  • Develop customized program and service offerings to promote capacity building support to regional ecosystem leaders, with a focus on colleges and universities
  • Collaborate with appropriate partners on development of resources, budget planning and management, and oversight of staff and contractors
  • Builds and maintains a work culture that investigates equity, and is imbued with a sense of inclusion and belonging amongst staff (direct reports, indirect reports, matrix relationships)
  • Seeks out opportunities to weave in and center environmental sustainability and advancing equity to team’s work and discussions
  • Provide domain relevant leadership in initiating and stewarding relationships and revenue-generating opportunities in collaboration with Development Team and Executive Team (e.g. grants, sponsorships, donors, etc.)
  • Autonomously cultivate relationships and interact directly with funders, partners and key stakeholders to represent VentureWell’s mission, strategic initiatives, goals, and Higher Education programming; builds presence and reputation in the field
  • Contribute to and/or drive grant proposal development for future funding
  • Responsible for program design, evolution, and renewals through provision of content for and authorship of reports to funders