Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

  • Entrepreneurship Program Manager

    Job Locations US-IL-Aurora
    Posted Date
    3 months ago(9/19/2018 2:15 PM)
  • Overview


    The Entrepreneurship Program Manager is responsible for the successful operation of IMSA Entrepreneurship, a multifaceted, experience-based program that teaches entrepreneurial thinking to middle and high school students at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. The Program Manager is expected to be an active team member of IMSA’s Faculty and Staff, supporting the innovation and entrepreneurship mission of IMSA. The person hired must be knowledgeable with products and methods for teaching entrepreneurship and stay current with advances in this fast-changing field.


    One of the tenets of entrepreneurial thinking is “you can’t do it alone.” Consequently, the success of this position depends on the Entrepreneurship Program Manager’s ability to network and engage a wide range of subject matter experts to work with students. The Program Manager is responsible for training, supervising and implementing the programs and/or volunteers and overseeing the varied student boards—IMSA students who assist with the leadership of the entrepreneurial programs. The Program Manager is expected to collaborate with all faculty and staff at IMSA. The Program Manager leads the development of new curricula.


    This position reports to the Chief Innovation Officer and is a member of IMSA’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship team.


    Hours/Shift/Work Schedule:  This position is a full time exempt position.  Hours worked: 8:00am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday with frequent flex-time utilized to adapt to evening and/or weekend programming.


    Lead the design, implementation and evolution of a comprehensive strategy that ensures an ever-expanding network of innovators and entrepreneurs at IMSA:

    • Recruit, cultivate and leverage a network of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, financial professionals, lawyers, professional entrepreneurship talent developers, global entrepreneurship business professionals, higher education entrepreneurship directors and production specialists;
    • Actively involve and supervise all entrepreneurship programs;
    • Cultivate appropriate partnerships to meet program goals;


    Lead and manage the design, development and adoption of structures, processes and tools for entrepreneurship:

    • Co-design and provide Web-based tools that promote program initiatives;
    • Manage the program budget;
    • Research and design entrepreneurial processes;
    • Identify and leverage emerging trends in entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education.

    Additionally the Program Manager should:

    • Contribute to the overall success of the IMSA strategic plan;
    • Be able to work irregular schedules, including periodic evening and/or weekend hours;
    • Perform other duties as assigned.



    • Bachelors Degree – (business/economics preferred);
    • Ability to design curriculum and instructional activities pertaining to entrepreneurship;
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
    • Demonstrated ability to work well with a variety of individuals and diverse populations;
    • Ability to work independently, resolve issues, seek help when needed, and work on concurrent projects;
    • Budget experience;
    • Experienced user of common computer hardware (e.g. laptops), office productivity software (e.g. Microsoft Office, budget software), mobile devices (e.g. phone), and common peripherals (e.g. printers, others…);
    • Ability to flex schedule to meet programs hours;
    • Must possess a valid drivers license;
    • Ability to travel as needed;


    The preferred qualifications for this position include:

    • Experience with running and/or managing business
    • Previous teaching experience (classroom, workshops and seminars) with high school students and learners of all ages;
    • Masters degree or equivalent experience;
    • Experience running or being on a startup team or as an entrepreneur;
    • Curriculum development experience (summer programs and workshops for learners of all ages);
    • Bilingual, Spanish preferred.



    Work is performed in an office setting with minimal exposure to health or safety hazards.  Substantial time is spent working on a computer.  This role requires the following physical activities: talking, hearing and visual acuity, sitting, walking, bending, stooping, finger dexterity, repetitive motions, loading, unloading and moving materials/boxes weighing up to 50 pounds.


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