The Tufts Gordon Institute (TGI) provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to lead teams, and entire companies. Our graduate and undergraduate engineering management, innovation & management, and entrepreneurship programs are taught by faculty who have excelled in industry, have started and run their own companies and know what it takes to succeed in the business world. We help create transformative leaders across industries.
The Derby Entrepreneurship Center (DEC) is part of the Gordon Institute and focuses on helping students, alumni, faculty, researchers and other members of the broader Tufts community embrace an entrepreneurial mindset and skillset, helping them succeed wherever their careers take them – in a startup, in a large corporation, in a non-profit, in a government agency and more.
DEC offers academic courses and co-curricular activities, including educational workshops, speaker events, meetups and hackathons, venture competitions, entrepreneurial achievement prizes and a summer venture accelerator.
The EIR and Diversity Programming Lead is two roles in one. This role reports to the Director of Tufts Entrepreneurship Center. This position is expected to require 15-30 hours a week.
What You'll Do
The Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) program is a pilot program where we bring in practicing innovators and entrepreneurs with subject matter expertise in new venture creation to coach, mentor and create innovative co-curricular programming for students, presenting them with a practical perspective that is deeply in tune with the EIR’s own work outside an academic context. EIRs helps educate, mentor and coach Tufts students across campus on the realities of being an innovator and entrepreneur in any setting – startup, corporate, non-profit, government and more.
The EIR with Community Focus shall not only help students learn how to become entrepreneurial leaders, but will also act as a personal ambassador for innovation and entrepreneurship among a diverse set of student groups, building awareness for learning experiences and collaborating with student leaders to bring these learning experiences to student groups that are historically under-represented in entrepreneurshipA education at Tufts.
What We're Looking For
• Bachelor’s degree
• At least five years' industry experience in an entrepreneurial setting (can be startup, corporate, non profit or government)
• Excellent command of written and spoken English
• Excellent cross-cultural communication, networking, and negotiation skills
• Ability to prioritize and coordinate multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment, and work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team
• An appreciation for and ability to work with a diverse population of students, staff, faculty, and community members.
• Experience as a founder or early employee of a startup or nonprofit and willingness to openly share successes and failures with students is a big plus
• Proven experience in community building and management
• Experience supporting and advocating for historically under-represented groups in tech and/or innovation and entrepreneurship is a big plus