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Managing Director of the Lowder Center for Family Business and Entrepreneurship
Auburn University

Date Posted Feb. 12, 2021
Title Managing Director of the Lowder Center for Family Business and Entrepreneurship
University Auburn University
Auburn, AL, United States
Department Management
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Fall 2021
  • Director/Manager
  • Entrepreneurship
    Business - General

The Department of Management in the Harbert College of Business at Auburn University invites applications for the Managing Director of the Lowder Center for Family Business and Entrepreneurship. This position will be a non-tenure track position within the Department of Management at the rank of either a Professor of Practice or Lecturer beginning Summer or Fall 2021.

The Harbert College’s Lowder Center for Family Business and Entrepreneurship is dedicated to producing highly-successful entrepreneurs and generating knowledge that drives diverse entrepreneurship thought and sustainable business practice. It has a vision to become one of the elite entrepreneurship programs among public universities in the United States.

Duties and Responsibilities:
I. Organize and manage student-related entrepreneurial activities at the Harbert College of Business.

  • Teaching classes in the entrepreneurship program
  • Mentoring and advising students in the techniques for developing ideas for new products or services, evaluating whether those ideas represent a viable business opportunity, and understanding how to turn that opportunity into a successful business.
  • Coordinating and marketing the campus-wide entrepreneurship minor both inside the college and to other colleges across campus.
  • Managing and providing experiential learning opportunities for students to apply what they have learned in real-life situations. This includes current initiatives such as Business Idea Competitions (e.g., Tiger Cage, Halloween Pitch, SEC Student Pitch), Entrepreneurship-related clubs/events, and student-oriented speaker series.
    II. Coordinate student instruction and support at the various accelerator programs available for students inside and outside the Auburn University system.
    III. Manage and actively promote (in conjunction with Harbert’s Director of Entrepreneurship Strategy and the Harbert Communication Team) outreach/recognition programs that benefit the Lowder Center, Harbert College, and Auburn University including, but not limited to: Top Tigers, Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame, Women’s Entrepreneurship Week, etc.
    IV. Engage in and expand Lowder Center outreach with key stakeholders including the Entrepreneurship Advisory Board, alumni, businesses, the State of Alabama’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, the city of Auburn, and other outside entities.
    V. Manage operations efficiently within the Lowder Center.

Students in Auburn University’s entrepreneurship program enjoy access to world-class facilities, including Lowder Hall, Hall, and the newly opened Venture Accelerator in the Auburn Research and Innovation Center.

The Raymond J. Harbert College of Business has a strong tradition of producing highly desired graduates and generating knowledge that drives diverse business thought and sustainable business practice. The college and its programs consistently rank among the nation’s best public undergraduate and graduate business programs. The Harbert College has experienced steady enrollment growth in recent years and currently serves over 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students through six academic departments offering both undergraduate majors and multiple Master’s and PhD options. In addition, the college raised over $130 million in private support during the most recent "Because this is Auburn" campaign. The college pioneered online masters and executive programs that are now ranked among the very best, with additional recognitions occurring in programs across the college. The college has invested in building a nationally recognized faculty that moves thought forward through research, engages with industry, and delivers relevant and current instruction.

The Auburn Family values tradition, yet eagerly prepares for the future. Rooted in more than 160 years of tradition, Auburn University occupies 1,841 acres and is the academic home to more than 30,000 students. Auburn’s commitment to active student engagement, professional success, and public/private partnerships garners a growing reputation for outreach and extension that delivers broad economic, health, and societal impact. The University’s alumni have enjoyed success in myriad fields.

Auburn, Alabama is a vibrant and thriving college town and community. Southern Living recently recognized the city of Auburn as one of the top small towns in the South and Money magazine named Auburn as the best place to live in Alabama. Known as the ‘Loveliest Village on the Plains,’ Auburn offers a high quality of life including a vibrant cultural scene at the new Gogue Performing Arts Center, SEC sports throughout the academic year, an outstanding K-12 school system, general and concierge healthcare options, and an exceptional veterinary school for pet care. Chewacla State Park, just five miles from campus, offers camping, hiking, and mountain biking, as well as swimming and boating opportunities. The Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport is only 90 miles away, with multiple shuttle service options to/from Auburn daily. Birmingham is a similar drive to the north and Montgomery, the state capital, is only 50 minutes southwest of Auburn. Beaches or mountains, whichever you prefer, are only a 3-4 hour drive. here for more information on Auburn.

Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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