Associate Director/Director Of Entrepreneurship And Innovation


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Williams College
Williamstown, MA 01267
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Established in 1793 with funds bequeathed by Colonel Ephraim Williams, the college is private, residential, and liberal arts, with graduate programs in the history of art and in development economics. The undergraduate enrollment is approximately 2,000 students.
Associate Director/Director Of Entrepreneurship And Innovation
Full Time
High School or Equivalent

Associate Director/Director Of Entrepreneurship And Innovation

Williams College Main Campus

Associate Director/Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The 68 Center at Williams seeks an exceptional colleague passionate about fostering entrepreneurship and innovation. If you are excited about developing Entrepreneurship@Williams and inspiring the next generation of college students, this could be your perfect role!!

About the Role:

As the Associate Director/Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, you will lead the strategic direction and implementation of Entrepreneurship@Williams. You'll curate a dynamic program that empowers students to explore entrepreneurship through personalized advising, workshops, pitch competitions, alumni panels, networking opportunities, and more. Collaborating closely with alumni, student groups, faculty, and cross-campus colleagues, you'll cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset, preparing students to explore their career options in today's rapidly evolving entrepreneurial landscape.

Key Responsibilities:

Programming: Design and implement innovative programming initiatives, integrating interdisciplinary perspectives and fostering creative thinking. Lead students through idea generation and market fit, encouraging them to explore diverse solutions to real-world problems while learning about start-up culture and social entrepreneurship.

Outreach and Engagement: Provide learning opportunities that are accessible and appealing to a range of students, keeping in mind that anyone can be an entrepreneur and innovation skills are valuable across all disciplines and career paths. Encourage broad participation in Entrepreneurship@Williams, meeting students where they are and offering tools to approach issues they identify on campus and beyond.

Advising: Provide personalized guidance to students at every stage of their entrepreneurial journey, emphasizing the importance of critical thinking and problem-solving skills inherent to a liberal arts education. Encourage deep participation in Entrepreneurship@Williams, connecting students to alumni and industry professionals who can help them to take their ideas to the next level.

Building Relationships: Forge partnerships with student groups, faculty, alumni, and local/national entrepreneurs to create a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem. Collaborate with the 68 Center's External Relations Team to offer insight into internship and job opportunities at startups, sharing industry knowledge with students and staff.

Broader Contribution to Career Exploration and Education: As a member of the broader 68 Center Advising Team, collaborate on strategic initiatives, with a particular focus on contributing to more robust and innovative alumni engagement strategies. Empower students and fellow staff members with design thinking and innovation skills, fostering a culture of lifelong learning and adaptability.


  • Expertise in using of design thinking, business model canvas, or other design tools for innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Previous experience providing advising, teaching, or mentorship, ideally with young adults, especially in the context of entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Experience designing, delivering, and evaluating programs in an educational environment, ideally in higher education
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills, including persuasive writing and presenting to groups
  • Ability to build effective relationships with a diverse groups of students, faculty, staff, and college stakeholders
  • Ability to collaborate and contribute to strategy and operations of an evolving 68 Center team.

Application review will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. Pay range is from $80,000 to $90,000 per year, commensurate with experience. Job Grade 09. All applications will be reviewed by the search committee.

Employment at Williams is contingent on the verification of background information submitted by the applicant, including the completion of a criminal record check, and education when applicable. Decisions regarding appointments, promotions, and conditions of employment comply with applicable federal or state law prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ancestry, or military service.

Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process please feel free to contact us via phone at (413) 597-2681 or email at

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