Director, Institute for Social Innovation


The University of St. Thomas invites qualified candidates to apply for the position of Director of the Institute for Social Innovation within the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship (Department or College).

The University of St. Thomas embraces diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity for all. Our convictions of dignity, diversity and personal attention call us to embody and champion a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment. The University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer (EEO). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. We are committed to building a skilled team that represents a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. This commitment is consistent with our mission: Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good. A successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission.


The University of St. Thomas offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program, which includes:

Up to 100% tuition remission for employees, spouses, and dependents upon eligibility

A generous Employer retirement contribution of 9.4% of annual salary upon eligibility

Medical, dental, and vision options

Employer-paid disability, life, and AD&D benefits


The Schulze School of Entrepreneurship is seeking an inaugural program director to lead the strategy and program development of the Institute for Social Innovation (ISI). The Director will develop cross-university and external partnerships with a goal of increasing the visibility and reputation of University of St. Thomas as a changemaking institution for social good.

With support from the Schulze School’s Senior Director, the ISI Director will develop and launch the Zesbaugh Family Scholars program. The ISI Director will implement and oversee day-to-day program operations and manage all facets of the Zesbaugh Family Scholars program services. These services include the following: Developing and executing programs and events; student leadership development; venture exploration; entrepreneurial-focused mentoring; and preparing students for participation in internal and external competitions.

The Director will launch and oversee a social entrepreneurship incubator with a resident social innovation mentor to provide support and resources to current students and alumni, connecting them to the broader social innovation ecosystem in the community and beyond.

In partnership with a program manager, oversee two annual competitions: the Fowler Business Concept Challenge and the Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge to foster the spirit of entrepreneurship and social change among student innovators.

This position reports directly to the Associate Dean of the School of Entrepreneurship and will supervise a program manager and a social innovator-in-residence.

This is a two-year, limited term contracted position.


1. Program development: In collaboration with Associate Dean, pursues partnerships and collaborations within and outside the University to create a strategy, vision, and culture around social innovation to promote the Schulze School and the University of St. Thomas as a changemaking institution for social good. Engages with appropriate stakeholders, including community leaders, university administrators, students, faculty, and staff. Develops, delivers, and evaluates all co-curricular social innovation and entrepreneurial-related programs, managing a dedicated team, and serving as lead for the Institute for Social Innovation. Drives team to seek new opportunities, assess progress, address challenges, and continuously improve programs and activities.

2. Scholarship program management: Develops and executes the goals of the Zesbaugh Family Scholars Program. Manages ongoing operations including developing an infrastructure to ensure efficient, effective, and relevant programming. Recruits Zesbaugh Family Scholars, including developing and distributing scholarship marketing materials and outreach to prospective candidates. Coordinates on-campus resources for scholars as well as establishes external connections to guide and support student entrepreneurs with the resources they need to be successful. Oversees student mentorship and customized co-curricular program opportunities to enhance their professional development. Creates measures to evaluate program success and reports progress to the donor(s).

3. Team management and engagement: Drives program development and delivery through effective coaching, collaboration, and management of the ISI team. Supervises a program manager and a social innovator-in-residence. Supports Schulze School initiatives by contributing thought leadership and program support to meet goals and objectives.

4. Financial management: Develops the Institute’s operating budget and monitors expenditures. Provides excellent stewardship of funds. Creates donor reports to include program updates, metrics, and financial reporting information.Program marketing: In conjunction with the Opus College of Business marketing director, develops creative marketing strategies to increase internal and external awareness of ISI’s work and program value. Monitors effectiveness of initiatives and provides feedback and direction on goals, strategies, objectives, and tactics.


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree

Five years of program administration experience

Fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or eligible for legally required exemption such as a medical or religious reason.

Preferred Qualifications

A Master’s degree and relevant professional experience in higher education administration and/or social innovation, and a track record of building and sustaining successful educational programs, preferably in a business school

Possession of an MBA or graduate degree from an AACSB accredited business school, and/or relevant experience, including but not limited to admissions, student life, or career services, in such a program is preferred

Experience working with diverse and multicultural populations of students in higher education

Experience managing university education program(s) focused on the retention, graduation, and success of under-represented students preferred

Ability to guide students of diverse backgrounds to higher levels of skill development

Skills and Abilities: A high degree of enthusiasm, energy, and creativity for social innovation. Ability to take high-level, aspirational vision to an executable strategy with tactical implementation. Experience partnering successfully with academic faculty, staff, and wider communities to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and strategic results. Must be able to manage complex projects, work independently as well as collaboratively, and meet deadlines. Excellent communication and organizational skills. Ability to gather and analyze data, to reason logically, draw valid conclusions, and make appropriate recommendations. Ability to participate in and contribute to group meetings, conferences, and speaking engagements. Ability to present clear and concise information orally and in written reports. Ability to think creatively and conceptually and to apply independent judgment, discretion, and initiative to address problems and develop practical, thorough, and creative solutions. Excellent interpersonal skills, demonstrating a desire to promote diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging to establish and maintain positive & professional working relationships with administration, faculty, student, and community partners. Demonstrated personnel and budget management skills.

An equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills have been acquired may be substituted.


All interested candidates must apply online at Follow the instructions to complete an online application which includes creating or updating an applicant profile, uploading a resume, and completing a job specific application.

In light of its commitment to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, employment with the University of St. Thomas requires consent and successful completion of a background screening.

Official job posting is available at

Job Type
Full Time
59 days ago

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