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Job Req ID:  57436

Associate Director, Innovation Initiatives

Associate Director, Innovation Initiatives 


General Description

The Associate Director is responsible for cultivating a robust community of alumni innovators and entrepreneurs whose time, networks, and financial gifts are leveraged to enhance the university’s innovation ecosystem. We are looking for someone with strong communication, collaboration, and project management skills. Key responsibilities include research, tracking and reporting; managing programming and events (both digital and in-person); and managing annual giving relationships.


Reporting to the Director of Innovation Initiatives and Corporate Relations, this highly collaborative position is focused on pipeline building which requires close working relationships with alumni relations and annual giving colleagues across the university to identify and cultivate high-potential relationships. It also requires close coordination with the professional staff that facilitate innovation and entrepreneurship at Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures (JHTV), the commercialization and entrepreneurship arm of the university, as well as the networks of mentors, industry partners, investors, and startup executives that comprise our growing entrepreneurial ecosystem. This position will be a hybrid model of on campus and remote work locations.  Duties include:


Program Design and Management

  • Execute alumni relations programming (digital and in-person) in partnership with the Office of Alumni Relations and the divisions, including VIP dinners for industry leaders and executives, Founders’ Forums for alumni founders, and other programs that support community building, i.e. student professional development events in biotech and entrepreneurship.
  • Coordinate alumni events (digital and in-person), including assisting with invitation lists, briefing materials, managing event website, and on site execution as needed.
  • Support Hopkins Founders’ Pledge programming led by Director.
  • Identify and coordinate alumni engagement opportunities, with a particular focus on matching constituents with Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures / FastForward / FastForward U needs (e.g. mentoring, reviewing/judging, and investing) in addition to other innovation activities across campus.



Annual Giving Fundraising and Relationship Management

  • Manage or support discovery prospect pool of up-and-comers, entrepreneurs, industry experts, and investors targeting approximately 70 prospects in the $1K - $50K range for specific visit, engagement and solicitation strategies.
  • Identify and build relationships with alumni in the startup / business community, in coordination with school-based Development & Alumni Relations peers and the Office of Leadership Programs. Maintain and update prospect lists and design research projects to identify new leads
  • Manage annual giving campaigns for Hopkins entrepreneurship programs. Support gift conversations with up-and-comers and other prospects from the Innovation Ecosystem by liaising with the Office of Annual Giving and school-based gift officers.


Communications, Tracking, and Reporting

  • Execute, plan and coordinate engagement communications, including the JHTV Competitive Edge newsletter, the Innovation & Entrepreneurship networking group, and the Hopkins Founders’ Pledge.
  • Liaise with JHTV, the Office of Alumni Relations, DAR and the President’s communications teams on alumni stories and PR support.
  • Develop analysis tools to track annual giving and alumni relations activities to determine effectiveness; and produce reports for senior staff.


Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree required. Three years project management experience required, preferably in startup/industry and either fundraising, customer/external relations, or event planning.



Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Strong interpersonal, relationship-building, and verbal communication skills, with the ability to work with diverse audiences and speak comfortably to internal stakeholders as well as executives and other external groups.
  • Strong project management skills, including the ability to set appropriate timelines, meet deadlines, and communicate progress
  • Strong event planning and coordination skills
  • Strong research and organizational abilities. Strong attention to detail.
  • Strong written communication skills, including the ability to draft emails and letters using excellent form, style, grammar, and spelling
  • Self-motivated with an ability to work independently and in dynamic environments
  • Passion for innovation, entrepreneurship, and/or a love for connecting people
  • High degree of comfort and skill working across multiple systems and software, including MS Office, websites, and CRM databases

Classified Title: Annual Giving Officer 
Working Title: Associate Director, Innovation Initiatives 
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PD 
Starting Salary Range:
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus 
Department name: 60009331-Corporate Relations 
Personnel area: University Administration


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at jhurecruitment@jhu.edu. For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.


The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work.  Your recruiter will advise accordingly.


During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.


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