Visiting Incubation and Entrepreneurship Outreach Coordinator

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University of Illinois System


Visiting Incubation & Entrepreneurship Outreach Coordinator

Urbana Campus


The system office seeks a Visiting Incubation & Entrepreneurship Outreach Coordinator to be responsible for the day-to-day operations of a startup incubator network throughout Illinois that partners higher education institutions and communities working on entrepreneurship. The Coordinator will facilitate sharing of resources and best practices between incubation programs. The role includes arranging and managing events, training sessions/webinars, traveling workshops, and other programming created for the network. Additionally this role supports the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) funded University Center at the University of Illinois to support small businesses in downstate Illinois with student assistance resources. The visiting role is based on a five-year federal grant funded position with 3.5 years remaining in the grant programs. Additional responsibilities include:


1. Coordinates outreach to university-based entrepreneurial activities and incubators across the state of Illinois as outlined by EDA guidelines.

2. Incubator feasibility and operations assistance for universities across Illinois, this includes site visits to communities operating incubators or considering new facilities.

3. Coordinate Illinois university incubator research for benchmarking with the Department of Urban Planning at the University of Illinois, including IMPLAN economic impact studies.

4. Manages the creation and distribution of white-label training templates that can be used by all incubators. 

5. Manages projects for entrepreneurs associated with university incubators and downstate entrepreneurship centers, this includes managing student interns that complete graphic design, website development, and market research services for startup companies.

6. Supports entrepreneurship centers and small businesses in pursuing federal Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) funding.

7. Assists with website content creation and continuing maintenance, social media management, and email user group communication.

8. Leads the planning of an annual startup showcase of higher education incubators in Illinois to share best practices.

9. Reports project progress to EDA as required by the terms of the grant.

10. Develop program metrics, keeps track of services provided, and develops reporting mechanisms for internal and external audiences.

11. Maintains guidelines and procedures to ensure that Research Park fulfills all the requirements of the EDA grant agreement and exceeds its annual objectives.

12. Organizes travel for colleagues as well as outside contractors.

13. Assume additional appropriate duties to further the mission of EnterpriseWorks, the Illinois University Incubator Network, the responsibilities of fulfilling the EDA obligations.


Candidates must possess a bachelor's degree in business, communications, urban planning or related field with two years of experience in higher education administration or work with economic development government programs. Other requirements include: proficiency in Microsoft Office products including Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint; proficiency in social media, ability to manage cloud based content and database input; ability to handle multiple duties simultaneously and deadlines; strong communications skills for partner relationship building; excellent writing skills for grant reporting and marketing materials creation; management experience of students or other part-time staff; ability to travel once weekly within Central Illinois area and occasionally throughout the state of Illinois (expect 4 travel days minimum per month).

Preferred qualifications: grant administration and reporting with government agencies; project management experience, including organizing others responsible for project deliverables, adherence to timelines and deliverables, reporting of project completion and metrics from outcomes; experience with entrepreneurship ecosystems, business incubators, small business mentoring; experience working with government liaisons and higher education partners; event planning experience;  and salesforce or other CRM software experience.

This is a full-time, 12-month Academic Professional position. For full consideration, candidates must apply and submit a letter of application, resume, and names/addresses/phone numbers of three professional references by July 16, 2018 at

The system office conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer of employment.   Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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The system office is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer dedicated to building a community of excellence, equity and diversity. The system offices welcome applications from women, underrepresented minorities, individuals with disabilities, protected veterans, sexual minority groups and other candidates who will lead and contribute to the diversification and enrichment of ideas and perspectives.

Close Date: 07/16/2018

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