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Job Req ID:  42159

Director Student Ventures

General Summary/Purpose:

Reporting to the Sr. Director of FastForward, the Director of Student Ventures will lead all efforts, operations, strategic initiatives and programming related to student entrepreneurship and the venture hub including coordination with campus, FastForward/JHTV, student groups, DAR, and the broader Baltimore community as well as with alumni networks, sponsors, mentors, and others.  The Director will be responsible for the design, implementation and deployment of a strategy and plan for the program, including budget, team management, programming, fundraising, facility management, marketing efforts, communications, and coordination with campus including University administration, faculty, staff, and other student groups and across schools and programs for integration in related efforts.  The Director will also be responsible for providing counsel and connections to teams in their efforts and to assist recruitment efforts with FastForward U internship opportunities.  The Director will also provide counsel to JHU and JHTV more broadly on questions of student entrepreneurship and innovation.  The Director’s efforts should be geared to educate students and enhance the experience of student entrepreneurs through implementation support for key organizational initiatives as they relate to student entrepreneurship and participation in key student entrepreneurship/innovation events both locally and nationally.


Essential Job Functions:

Strategic Development

  • Leads discussions with appropriate stakeholders, including students, university administrators, faculty, staff, and community leaders as well as peer institutions to uncover best practices for supporting student efforts
  • Works with and supports broader initiatives to foster student and alumni entrepreneurship and innovation at JHU
  • Tracks, monitors, and evaluates outputs, outcomes, and impact of the student and alumni ventures and the work of FastForward U
  • Establishes operational plans including policies, procedures, and processes (e.g., budgeting, financial planning, human resources, risk management, etc.)
  • Makes marked effort to ensure diversity and inclusivity for participation in program efforts
  • Implements annual strategic planning process and ensures planning decisions are used in setting annual program/project goals
  • Promotes alumni engagement in critical thinking, strategic planning, resource/financial development, membership development and overall organizational wellness as needed
  • Successfully navigates the internal and external communities to guide and connect entrepreneurs
  • Works with JHTV and DAR to secure philanthropic support for FastForward U
  • Participates in design process and build-out of student innovation hubs



  • Direct execution of marketing and outreach strategiesLiaise with student groups, professors, departments and other campus entities to strengthen FastForward U’s presence
  • Designs and deploys educational programming, workshops and other learning opportunities
  • Oversees all application and selection process for student funding programs, including the FFU Accelerator
  • Supervises the Student Program Manager and Marketing and Operations Coordinator along with student interns for FastForward U
  • Plans, oversees and manages budget and ensures appropriate allocation and expenditure of funds
  • Grows and maintains a network of mentors, advisers, and alumni that want to be involved
  • Oversees operations of student innovation hub
  • Links students with entrepreneurial support by providing business guidance and connecting them to resources at the university and elsewhere to bring projects to fruition
  • Serves as an expert to provide feedback, guidance, and advocacy for policies and practices that best support student entrepreneurship
  • Coordinates with faculty and administration across campuses for curricular and programmatic connections
  • Acts as face of FastForward U for external and internal meetings, conferences, etc.
  • Oversees communications and marketing collateral
  • Tracks and reports key operating and engagement metrics for internal and external reporting purposes


Minimum Qualifications (mandatory):

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Seven (7) years’ experience in a relevant field. 


Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • US Citizen or legal permanent resident required due to Federal Export Controls
  • Significant professional experience with a proven track record of leadership in a business or organization
  • Understanding and appreciation of business from both non-profit and for-profit perspectives
  • Experience mentoring young organizations
  • Experience working with students and universities
  • Familiarity with raising funding through foundations, individuals and other early stage financial resources
  • Skills to expand, develop, and transition the current organization into an expanded and more impactful enterprise.
  • Demonstrates ability to work with partners from multiple sectors, including public, private, not-for-profit, media, and education
  • Willingness and ability to serve in a variety of “start-up” roles, ranging from day-to-day operations to broader outreach
  • Keen understanding of how to support the work of student entrepreneurs through a combination of learning and practice that is focused on generating revenue and sustaining the impact of nascent businesses and organizations
  • The ability to build relationships quickly across cultures within the University and Baltimore and its constituents and to work effectively with a wide range of people, including persons from diverse backgrounds
  • A collaborative, consensus-building and flexible leadership style
  • Proven track record of establishing strategic relationships to strengthen program and service delivery
  • A strategic mindset and exceptional spokesperson for articulating strategic priorities
  • Ability to work independently – creating, designing and maintaining programs and personnel
  • Organizational skills to manage the myriad strategic, operational and interpersonal requirements and functions
  • A high degree of enthusiasm, energy, and creativity for career services
  • Exceptional interpersonal, oral, public speaking, writing, and listening skills
  • Demonstrated capacity to work effectively with persons from diverse backgrounds (e.g., class, race, nationality, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, etc.) and to foster sensitivity to diversity and an inclusive campus and community culture.
  • Experience managing and developing staff
  • The Director’s responsibilities will require in-state or out-of-state travel, as well as evening and weekend hours.


Specific Physical Requirements for the Job:

  • Sitting in a normal seated position for extended periods of time. 
  • Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction. 
  • Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s), for example, using a keyboard. 
  • Communication skills using the spoken word. 
  • Ability to see within normal parameters. 
  • Ability to hear within normal range. 
  • Ability to move about.


Supervisory Responsibility:

2 staff members (Student Program Manager and Administrative Assistant)


Classified Title: Director Student Ventures 
Working Title: Director Student Ventures  ​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PH 
Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with experience
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F, 8:30am-5pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus 
Department name: 60006027-Fast Forward 
Personnel area: Academic and Business Centers


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


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