The Social Innovation Lab (SIL) accelerates emerging ventures and leaders that seek to change Baltimore and the world. SIL provides the funding, mentorship, office space and workshops that help these innovative nonprofits, mission-driven companies and disruptive technologies to develop into thriving, sustainable ventures that make measurable impacts.
SIL aims to:
Provide promising, emerging social ventures with the essential resources they need to reach milestones, achieve sustainability and scale faster
Foster and contribute generously to a collaborative and inclusive social entrepreneurship/innovation ecosystem in Baltimore
Retain and grow entrepreneurial talent in Baltimore
SIL's primary program is its annual cohort. Each Fall, SIL conducts a competitive application process where Baltimore-area residents and JHU students, faculty or staff can apply to seek support for a social venture. Ten selected ventures receive funding, intensive mentorship and coaching, weekly learning sessions, and more. To date, SIL has supported 62 ventures that have gone on to secure more than $17 million in funding and hire 351 individuals in paid roles.
During the 2016-17 program year, SIL launched a new program to support early stage innovators. The bootcamps are a one-day, intensive training for people looking to gain or enhance the skills essential for launching and leading a social venture. SIL's bootcamps have provided approximately 125 students and community members with the skills, tools and connections to spark change in Baltimore and beyond.
Situated within Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures and reporting to the Director of Student Ventures, the Director will lead efforts in operating the SIL, refining, implementing, and evaluating a strategy for the SIL, and ensuring integration of SIL into other innovation ventures at Johns Hopkins. The Director will lead such efforts with a focus on creating environments that foster learning, innovation, inclusion, and impact. The Director will also provide counsel to the Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures leadership more broadly on questions of social entrepreneurship and innovation.
Essential Job Functions:
The Director will be responsible for leading the long-term direction of SIL by:
Leading discussions with appropriate stakeholders, including students, university administrators, faculty, staff, and community leaders
Working with and supporting broader initiatives to foster entrepreneurship and innovation at JHU and in the greater Baltimore community
Developing enduring and creative partnerships with entities throughout Baltimore to further the efforts of the SIL
Tracking, monitoring, and evaluating outputs, outcomes, and impact of the SIL
Establishing or refining operational plans include policies, procedures, and processes (e.g., budgeting, financial planning, human resources, risk management, etc.)
Supporting inclusive annual strategic planning process and ensure planning decisions are used in setting annual program/project goals
Promoting the Board of Advisors' engagement in critical thinking, strategic planning, resource/financial development, membership development and overall organizational wellness. Implementing creative strategies to increase internal and external awareness of the SIL's work and program value
Establishing and maintaining dialogue and shared learning between the SIL at Johns Hopkins with national and regional bodies that promote social entrepreneurship Successfully navigate the internal and external communities to guide and connect entrepreneurs
Developing and implementing strategies - in conjunction with JHTV and DAR - to secure philanthropic support
The Director will also be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the SIL. The Director will lead the programmatic operations of the SIL by:
Recruiting applicants and leading the selection process for the annual cohort
Recruiting, selecting, and supervising a team of mentors and fellows that advise the cohort
Overseeing and managing budget and ensuring appropriate allocation and expenditure of funds
Planning, implementing, and evaluating programming for the annual cohort and bootcamps
Serving as an expert to provide feedback, guidance, and advocacy for policies and practices that best support social entrepreneurship on campus and in the greater Baltimore community
Bachelor's degree required. Minimum of five (5) years of experience in a relevant field. Additional education can be substituted for experience.
JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.
Significant professional experience with a proven track record of leadership in a business or organization
Understanding and appreciation of business from both non-profit and for-profit perspectives
Experience mentoring young organizations
Experience working with students and universities
Familiarity with raising funding through foundations and other early stage financial resources
Skills to expand, develop, and transition the current organization into an expanded and more impactful enterprise.
Demonstrates ability to work with partners from multiple sectors, including public, private, not-for-profit, media, and education
Willingness and ability to serve in a variety of "start-up" roles at SIL, ranging from day-to-day operations to broader outreach
Keen understanding of how to support the work of student and faculty entrepreneurs through a combination of learning and practice that is focused on generating revenue and sustaining the impact of nascent businesses and organizations
The diplomatic and tactful nature required to build relationships quickly across cultures within the University and Baltimore and its constituents and to work effectively with a wide range of people, including persons from diverse backgrounds
A collaborative, consensus-building and flexible leadership style
Proven track record of establishing strategic relationships to strengthen program and service delivery
A strategic mindset and exceptional spokesperson for articulating strategic priorities
A high degree of enthusiasm, energy, and creativity for career services
Exceptional interpersonal, oral, public speaking, writing, and listening skills
Demonstrated capacity to work effectively with persons from diverse backgrounds (e.g., class, race, nationality, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, etc.) and to foster sensitivity to diversity and an inclusive campus and community culture.
The Director's responsibilities will require in-state or out-of-state travel, as well as evening and weekend hours.
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