Impact Studio Executive Director - #2995797

Oregon State University


Date: 05/08/2022
City: Corvallis, OR
Salary: $143,113.00 - $162,612.00 por year
Contract type: Full time
Oregon State University
The Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President is seeking an Impact Studio Executive Director. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE ), 12-month, professional faculty position.

The Impact Studio Executive Director (ED) is responsible for cultivating, assessing, recommending, incubating, and supporting the launch and transfer of new programs and initiatives that align with the university’s mission and improve its financial strength. The role includes the development and active management of a portfolio of opportunities selected and advanced based on their potential for high impact. The position reports to the Provost and Executive Vice President. The Provost appoints an Impact Studio Advisory Committee (ISAC) to provide the Executive Director with direct guidance and oversight. ISAC also advises the Provost on the performance and value of the Impact Studio operations and portfolio
Creating a portfolio of opportunities requires the following:
  • Strategic alignment with the Provost and ISAC on the kinds of opportunities to be developed through the Studio.
  • Productive partnerships with OSU’s colleges, programs, campuses, and administrators to move promising ideas forward in a highly efficient manner.
  • A merit-based, objective, and transparent investment decision process to ensure the best opportunities advance as investment grade proposals for university seed and incubation funding, if appropriate. The Provost makes final funding decisions.
  • Engage inside and external to the university to identify promising new ideas as candidates for the Impact Studio portfolio.
  • Thought leadership in the selection, adoption, and improvement of the most effective methodologies and tools for teams to create and advance new opportunities.
  • Creating a culture that attracts the best and most diverse talent from the university and beyond to expand the creative capacity of the Studio and contribute to meeting OSU’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals.
  • Direct visibility to the rapidly changing educational technology landscape, including partnerships with external thought leaders and consortia.


Position Duties 40% Initiative Development and Launch, including:
The ED and staff will give the initiative teams the highest priority as they move from ideation through Scale-up
  • Engage across the university to identify promising new ideas as candidates for the Impact Studio portfolio.
  • Participate in the ISAC initiative selection process by providing relevant background research to inform their selection recommendation to the Provost.
  • Guide the formation of the Core Team including roles and responsibilities.
  • Work with the Assistant Director to identify program management and student resources for the team.
  • Identify the appropriate methodology for the initiative and lead training.
  • Support the Core Team through the Prepare, Explore, and Converge Phases.
  • Support the Due Diligence process for user needs, competitive landscape, and solution design.
  • Facilitate broad university and external feedback on the proposed Investment Grade Proposal (IGP) for improvements and support with key stakeholders and sponsors.
  • Deliver an IGP to ISAC for their recommendation and the Provost for their decision.
  • Guide the Core Team and Sponsors through the Incubation and Pilot Phases.
  • Support the Scale-up decision and support the Core Team through the first two years of Scale-up.


20% Provide leadership, supervision, and direction for the Impact Studio, including:
  • Hire and train employees.
  • Create a culture that attracts the best and most diverse talent from the university and beyond to expand the creative capacity of the Impact Studio.
  • Plan, assign, and review work.
  • Establish goals and assess staff performance through completion of written evaluations.
  • Act on disciplinary issues, up to and including dismissal. Address grievances and develop a plan for corrective action.
  • Actively promote staff development and promote diversity, equity and inclusion through the pursuit of stated goals.

20% Lead Impact Studio Portfolio and Strategic Planning, including:
  • Provide leadership and active participation in the strategic planning and management of the Impact Studio portfolio, with the participation and input of the Impact Studio Advisory Committee.
  • Evaluate and propose improvements to Impact Studio to increase its value to OSU.
  • Lead strategic projects, as requested, for Impact Studio or in support of OSU.
  • Pursue diverse funding sources for innovative and fundraising initiatives and partnerships.

10%: Actively Communicate the Mission and capabilities of Impact Studio, including:
  • Engage across the university to identify promising new ideas as candidates for the Impact Studio portfolio.
  • Develop innovative ways to engage such as fellowships, internships, workshops, and innovation jam sessions to contribute to other initiatives in the university.
  • Provide consultation and facilitation for deans and administrators as available or requested by the Provost.

10%: Create a connection outside of OSU , including:
  • Engage with external stakeholders for new ideas and fundraising.
  • External thought leaders in the educational innovation space.
  • Participate in conferences and consortia, and present Impact Studio externally.
  • Host visits and visiting similar units and programs.

Minimum/Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • 10+ years of experience building and leading organizations and teams; proven ability to effectively lead initiatives with a high-level of uncertainty and ambiguity across independent operating units; collaboration with partner organizations spanning multiple academic programs, R&D businesses, or community engagements.
  • 3+ years of experience managing an innovation program inside of an organization with the charter to create, select, incubate, and launch new R&D businesses, academic programs, or community engagements that extend the organization to serve new constituencies.
  • 2+ years of experience launching a new program inside a university or nonprofit organization; proven expertise in the methodologies and tools used in the creation, selection, incubation, and launch of innovative programs;
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Strong interpersonal and group communication skills.
  • This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months.


Preferred (Special) Qualifications
  • Advanced degree in business, engineering, science, or education.
  • Successful service in an executive leadership role (vice president, dean, etc.) spanning greater than 100 employees and $10M operating budget.
  • Successful leadership of an academic program, R&D business or community engagement with annual revenues greater than $50M.
  • Active engagement as a thought leader in fields that are relevant to the Impact Studio charter such as innovation management systems, corporate venturing, educational innovation, educational trends and technology, etc.
  • Has started and/or mentored new R&D businesses, community engagements serving multiple causes or industries, or academic programs.


Working Conditions / Work Schedule The Impact Studio is located on Oregon State’s main campus in Corvallis, Oregon. Remote work may be possible, as agreed upon by the employee and the supervisor. Periodic travel around the state or nation may be required This position requires a clear and unambiguous commitment to compliance of all National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) regulations for Division I (FBS) universities. No Posting Detail Information

Posting Number P05652UF
Number of Vacancies 1
Anticipated Appointment Begin Date 09/01/2022
Anticipated Appointment End Date
Posting Date 05/31/2022
Full Consideration Date
Closing Date 09/09/2022
Indicate how you intend to recruit for this search Competitive / External - open to ALL qualified applicants
Special Instructions to Applicants When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

1) A resume/CV;

2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position; and

3) A portfolio

You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process

For additional information please contact: Rich Duncombe, [email protected]

OSU is committed to the health of our local and global community. All employees and students are required to comply with the university’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program. Please visit https://covid.oregonstate.edu/ for additional information about OSU’s plans for safety and success, as well as options for compliance with the vaccination program

OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community

Starting salary within the salary range will be commensurate with skills, education, and experience

The anticipated starting salary will be $143,113 – $162,612

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the criminal history check requirement.

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