Center for Innovation - Business Manager - School of Business Administratrion

Fort Lewis College   Durango, CO   Full-time     Education
Posted on April 22, 2022
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Center for Innovation - Business Manager School of Business Administration

Position Summary

Fort Lewis College is seeking a Business Manager to lead its business school’s Center for Innovation (C4I). The goal of the Innovation Center is to offer resources and mentoring to help creatively solve business problems and better the community, serving aspiring business leaders and students alike. Reporting to the Dean of the Business School, the Center for Innovation Business Manager will administer the business affairs of C4I, engage university leaders, staff, students, and alumni, in addition to local businesses in the growth and development of the center.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Five or more years of position-related experience, including:
  • Significant innovation and entrepreneurial experience. This could include substantial innovation activity within an existing entity in any sector or experience with a for-profit or non-profit organization.
  • A robust knowledge of the business community and connections with leaders across economic development, business development, and entrepreneurial development groups in the 4 Corners Region.
  • One or more years of budgeting experience at an organization
  • Ability to engage students with a wide variety of interests from across the university and to create an inclusive community for students from all backgrounds.
  • Ability to interact comfortably with diverse constituents, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, La Plata County community members, and leaders of business, government, and non-profit institutions.
  • The ideal candidate will be able to lead without requiring the spotlight, and exert influence without formal authority
  • Two or more years’ experience managing staff or interns.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Ability to bring new technologies to the center and find appropriate uses for the technologies (workshops, rented out to members, etc.) as needed.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in business or equivalent degree or experience
  • Experience managing and motivating teams
  • Experience working at a college or university
  • Two or more years’ experience working with local businesses and knowledge on local barriers and challenges to entrepreneurship preferred.
  • Significant innovation and entrepreneurial experience. This could include substantial innovation activity within an existing entity in any sector or experience with a for-profit or non-profit organization.
  • Flexibility, curiosity, and willingness to experiment.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Ability to develop event ideas, plan events, find sponsorships, and partnerships.

Major Responsibilities

  • Work with advisory board and the Dean of the Business School to shape C4I’s vision, goals, and strategies.
  • Develop events and other community engagement opportunities to showcase the C4I and bring in revenue for the space
  • Create, coordinate, and oversee formal and informal programming about innovative thinking and entrepreneurship. Encourage and cultivate a culture of innovation, collaboration, experimentation, and resilience.
  • Thoughtfully engage the broader Fort Lewis College community, including faculty, staff, and alumni. Recruit and manage a robust network of mentors.
  • Engage students from a wide variety of backgrounds, interests, and experiences.
  • Develop partnership with schools, businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations across the community, including those with an existing entrepreneurship focus. Develop strategies for collaboration with the community at large.
  • Hire additional staff as needed.
  • Find creative ways to measure program outcomes and the impact of the C4I. Use qualitative and quantitative feedback to innovate and improve the C4I.
  • Address any conflicts between members of the space and help to manage and improve co-use of the center.
  • Help raise funds to make the C4I sustainable through memberships, sponsorships, and grants.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities
  • Manage Proximity, the platform used to manage the C4I’s coworking and rental spaces.
  • Recruit, supervise, educate, train, support and retain Center interns to take part in the C4I’s efforts; enable them to explore their personal ethics/values, develop a sense of belonging, and gain professional skills.
  • Oversee management of C4I’s website, newsletter, social media, event calendar and other outreach and promotion avenues
  • Explore and secure new sources of revenue where appropriate.
  • Maintains knowledge and awareness of digital accessibility including the American with Disabilities Act and Section 508. 
  • Produces and remediates digitally accessible materials in accordance with FLC standards. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned 

Work Conditions

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that an employee can expect while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phone, and printers, light traffic).
  • Ability to work in a confined area.
  • Ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time.


The salary range is $55,000 to $61,000, plus a comprehensive benefits package.

The successful candidate will be required to submit original, official college transcripts, and pass a background check. Back to all open positions The College and the Community Fort Lewis College, a public institution located in Durango, Colorado, offers degree programs in arts, business, education, health fields, humanities, social and natural sciences, and teacher education. Our inspiring mountain campus is located atop a scenic mesa overlooking historic Durango and situated between the San Juan Mountains and the desert Southwest. We are committed to accessible and high-quality baccalaureate education, and our hallmarks are remarkably close relationships between students and faculty, the freedom of intellectual exploration, and the challenge of experiential learning. Our 3,300 students come from 48 states, 17 countries, with 36% Native American and Alaska Native backgrounds, and 11% Hispanic backgrounds. Durango is a thriving multicultural community of 18,500 set along the beautiful Animas River Valley. Averaging 300 sunny days per year, the community is known for its outdoor lifestyle and friendly, festive atmosphere. Durango is also the cultural and economic hub of the Four Corners region, rich in dining, shopping, and entertainment, and linked with airline service to hubs in Denver, Phoenix, and Dallas.

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ADAA Accommodations Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Kristin Polens by phone 970-247-7459 or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.