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Executive Director: Central Oregon Innovation Hub



Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2024
Position Information
Department Community Relatns/Admin (LCB)
Position Title Specialist 2-Ext Relations
Job Title Executive Director: Central Oregon Innovation Hub
Appointment Type Professional Faculty
Job Location Bend
Benefits Eligible Full-Time, benefits eligible
Remote or Hybrid option?
Job Summary
Oregon State University – Cascades, in Bend, Oregon invites applications for an Executive Director for the Central Oregon Innovation Hub . This is a full-time 1.00 FTE, 12-month, professional faculty position.

The person in this position works at OSU-Cascades, located in Bend, Oregon. The Hub is jointly supported by OSU-Cascades, the state, and regional partners.

The Central Oregon Innovation Hub (COIH) will become a resource for innovators and entrepreneurs in the region of Central Oregon and will be known nationally for its collaborative innovation culture. The coordinated system of support will nurture entrepreneurs’ abilities to create innovative, traded sector businesses that generate novel solutions to identified problems and opportunities for the residents of its equitable, sustainable, and thriving communities. Three core objectives serve as a framework for success:

Cultivate: Foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship and build an ecosystem that supports innovators, entrepreneurs, and traded sector companies, with an emphasis on broader participation among underserved communities in the innovation ecosystem

Connect: Connect existing elements of the ecosystem, reduce duplication, and ensure that innovators and entrepreneurs across the region can ind what they need.

Coordinate: Take a high-level view to identify and attend to the gaps in the innovation ecosystem, track progress and success, and identify new opportunities to grow innovative businesses. This will include coordination with the development of OSU-Cascades’ Innovation District.

The Executive Director is responsible for the launch of the COIH including identifying the Steering Committee and Working Groups, develop Declarations of Cooperation with hub partners, work with state partners on a shared data/CRM system, and identify essential activities to promote connectivity and networking, access to capital, technical assistance for collaboration, coordinated education and mentoring, talent development, and cultivate and communicate innovation impact. The Hub will promote equitable, regional access to resources for innovation to all Central Oregonians.

OSU-Cascades, located in Bend, Oregon, is a branch campus of Oregon State University. The campus currently enrolls more than 1,300 students in bachelor’s and graduate degree programs. The branch campus has ambitious enrollment goals to reach 2,200 students and is engaged in building a culturally diverse and community-centric campus.
Why OSU?
Working for Oregon State University is so much more than a job!

Oregon State University is a dynamic community of dreamers, doers, problem-solvers and change-makers. We don’t wait for challenges to present themselves — we seek them out and take them on. We welcome students, faculty and staff from every background and perspective into a community where everyone feels seen and heard. We have deep-rooted mindfulness for the natural world and all who depend on it, and together, we apply knowledge, tools and skills to build a better future for all.


Top 1.4% university in the world
More research funding than all public universities in Oregon combined
1 of 3 land, sea, space and sun grant universities in the U.S.
2 campuses, 11 colleges, 12 experiment stations, and Extension programs in all 36 counties
7 cultural resource centers that offer education, celebration and belonging for everyone
100+ undergraduate degree programs, 80+ graduate degrees plus hundreds of minor options and certificates
35k+ students including more than 2.3k international students and 10k students of color
217k+ alumni worldwide
For more interesting facts about OSU visit: https://oregonstate.edu/about


Oregon State has a statewide presence with campuses in Corvallis and Bend, the OSU Portland Center and the Hatfield Marine Science Center on the Pacific Coast in Newport.

Oregon State’s beautiful, historic and state-of-the-art main campus is located in one of America’s best college towns. Corvallis is located close to the Pacific Ocean, the Cascade mountains and Oregon wine country. Nestled in the heart of the Willamette Valley, this beautiful city offers miles of mountain biking and hiking trails, a river perfect for boating or kayaking and an eclectic downtown featuring local cuisine, popular events and performances.

Total Rewards Package:

Oregon State University offers a comprehensive benefits package with benefits eligible positions that is designed to meet the needs of employees and their families including:
Medical, Dental, Vision and Basic Life. OSU pays 95% of premiums for you and your eligible dependents.
Free confidential mental health and emotional support services, and counseling resources.
Retirement savings paid by the university.
A generous paid leave package, including holidays, vacation and sick leave.
Tuition reduction benefits for you or your qualifying dependents at OSU or the additional six Oregon Public Universities.
Robust Work Life programs including Dual Career assistance resources, flexible work arrangements, a Family Resource Center, Affinity Groups and an Employee Assistance Program.

Future and current OSU employees can use the Benefits Calculator to learn more about the full value of the benefits provided at OSU.
Key Responsibilities
15% Strategic Planning and Execution

20% Business Development, Fundraising and Partnerships

40% Program Development and Delivery

10% Business Operations

15% Community Engagement
What You Will Need
  • Master’s or equivalent degree in science, engineering, business, law or related ield, or bachelors degree in an appropriate ield and signiicant relevant of professional experience, or extensive professional experience in innovation and traded sector startups.
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate industry and community partners and supporting business innovation and development.
  • Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a wide variety of people, including faculty, students, industry representatives, administrative staff, and colleagues.
  • 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 University Standard: 05-010 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months.
What We Would Like You to Have
  • Five or more years of experience managing an incubator, business accelerator, venture capital fund, research institute, or “labs” division.
  • Experience developing business plans and commercialization strategies for complex projects involving patents, software, copyrights, and/or trademarks.
  • Executive level experience in sales, marketing, and operations.
  • Executive experience in a minimum of two startup companies, including raising rounds of venture capital.
Working Conditions / Work Schedule
Largely a traditional work schedule. Some evening and weekend work is likely. Occasional travel may be required
Pay Method Salary
Pay Period 1st through the last day of the month
Pay Date Last working day of the month
Recommended Full-Time Salary Range Salary is commensurate with skills, education and experience.
Link to Position Description
Posting Detail Information
Posting Number P08230UF
Number of Vacancies 1
Anticipated Appointment Begin Date 08/15/2024
Anticipated Appointment End Date
Posting Date 06/28/2024
Full Consideration Date 07/14/2024
Closing Date 07/28/2024
Indicate how you intend to recruit for this search Competitive / External - open to ALL qualified applicants
Special Instructions to Applicants
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by July 14, 2024. Applications will continue to be accepted after the full consideration date, until a sufficient applicant pool has been achieved or the position is filled. The closing date is subject to change without notice to applicants.

When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

1) A resume/CV; and
2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position.

Letters of Reference will be requested on finalist only. When applying, you will be asked to provide the email address and telephone number for 3 referees who will be sent a secure quicklink that will allow them to upload the requested letters of reference on your behalf.

For additional information please contact:
Sherman Bloomer,

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.

OSU will conduct a review of the National Sex Offender Public website prior to hire.

OSU is a fair chance employer committed to inclusive hiring. We encourage applications from candidates who bring a wide range of lived experience including involvement with the justice system. This job has “critical or security-sensitive” responsibilities. If you are selected as a finalist, your initial job offer will be contingent upon the results of a job-related pre-employment check (such as a background check, motor vehicle history check, sexual misconduct reference check, etc.). Background check results do not automatically disqualify a candidate. Take a look at our Background Checks website including the for candidates section for more details. If you have questions or concerns about the pre-employment check, please contact OSU’s Employee and Labor Relations team at employee.relations@oregonstate.edu.