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Director, Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Job no: 497582
Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Other, Academic Affairs

Director, Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation


Bucknell University invites nominations and applications for the inaugural position of Director, Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (E&I). Reporting directly to the Associate Provost for Research and Creative Inquiry, the Director will work closely with the faculty and staff engaged in Bucknell’s ecosystem for entrepreneurship and innovation, the Deans and Associate Deans of the three Colleges, the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, and other relevant stakeholders within the campus and greater Lewisburg communities to oversee the establishment of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.


At Bucknell, entrepreneurship is more than a concept taught in a course, or a set of practical skills that help students launch a business. It's the development and fostering of creativity, innovation, and exploration, and the process of taking purposeful, experiential action to bring new products, services, or organizations to life. This is the core of Bucknell's newest cross-college center of excellence: The Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Set to open in 2024, the Center is already poised to become a distinctive focal point for Bucknell as it will expand the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the University and advance social entrepreneurial mindsets. Students from all three of Bucknell's colleges will have the opportunity to harness the support and guidance that the Center will offer to transform their creative ideas into real-world products, services, and ventures that can make a large-scale impact on campus and throughout the region.


The Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation will work across the institution to lead this unique, interdisciplinary Center. This position will assist members of the faculty and staff to organize programming and identify and develop relevant experiential opportunities for students. The Director will work with relevant University stakeholders to grow the Center in line with the University strategic plan and needs of students, alumni, and the broader campus community.


Embodying the spirit of innovation and inclusive excellence, the Director will create value for the entire Bucknell University community by attracting resources, developing engagement opportunities, overseeing programming activities, enhancing the student experience, and developing the Ecosystem of Entrepreneurship and Innovation to benefit students, alumni, faculty, and staff, as well as the local community. The Director will be responsible for executing the mission and vision of the Center through the development of relationships, resources, opportunities, and programming.


The ideal candidate will be a seasoned higher education administrator with a master’s degree and at least seven-to-ten years of previous entrepreneurial experience (e.g. founder; owner/manager of a business; developed new business processes; patented an idea, product, or process; entrepreneurial performance/artist) or closely related significant professional experience (e.g. Business Development, Marketing & Sales, Product development, experience in organizational leadership). The Director will possess strong project management and/or productivity management experience and organizational skills. They will demonstrate the ability to think critically and be able to successfully work toward strategic goals. They will be able to work independently, manage multiple responsibilities, and adjust priorities in a busy environment. Additionally, the Director will possess a commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University and contributing to programs and initiatives that convey Bucknell’s efforts to create an inclusive and equitable culture. Demonstrating a strong emotional intelligence, the Director will have excellent interpersonal skills and a commitment to working courteously with internal and external constituencies. Excellent communication skills are a must with the ability to handle confidential information.


Bucknell is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse community and promotes all its members’ full participation and inclusion. Grounded in the belief that diversity challenges assumptions, opens minds, and unlocks collective potential to solve any problem, the Director will share the University’s mission to create and sustain a campus community that welcomes, understands, supports, and celebrates diversity of all kinds.


This is a full-time position that will be performed on site in Pennsylvania. Salary commensurate with experience with a generous benefits package.


For best consideration, please send all nominations and applications to:



Carly Rose DiGiovanni, Managing Associate

Ruth Shoemaker Wood, Managing Director

Erin Meissner, Senior Associate




For more information about Bucknell, please visit the University’s website at Bucknell.edu.


Bucknell University is committed to excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, Bucknell University especially welcomes applications from candidates underrepresented in higher education.

About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 60 majors and 70 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,700 undergraduate and 30 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors on scholarly and artistic projects.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its undergraduate students. Student life is vibrant with about 200 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletics teams, a robust arts culture, and a commitment among many of the students to community and global service work.

Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Community

Lewisburg (pop. 5,700) is located in central Pennsylvania and features beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), a variety of restaurants, shops and boutiques, and the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. It is the seat of Union County, which has about 44,000 residents.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is within a three-hour drive of New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and outstanding opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School consistently ranks among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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