Job: Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology

My friend Jon Burgstone (who is teaching entrepreneurship at UC Berkeley) is hiring for the following position. this is truly a unique opportunity:

The UC Berkeley College of Engineering is initiating a search for the first Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology – can you please help spread the word? Resumes will be reviewed starting Oct 19th and compensation is competitive with other Bay Area senior academic positions. Thanks for your continued support — information on the CET and the Position Description:

Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology

The College of Engineering is currently creating a new program in entrepreneurship, the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (CET). The CET is a top-tier academic center designed to promote entrepreneurial education and to foster new venture creation. The CET envisions building an academic program serving engineering and science students, and generating new start-up ventures derived from discoveries made in UC Berkeley laboratories. Academic programs will initially target undergraduate students at the College of Engineering, but will be available to all members of the UC Berkeley community.

CET activities will include coursework development, network building, student-faculty-entrepreneur mentorship, distinguished lecture series, business plan contest preparation and competition, and new venture creation. Academic instruction will rely heavily on case-based learning and classroom discussions. Students will pursue multiple projects in identifying and developing commercially attractive technology-oriented ventures.

The academic program of the CET will initially offer an undergraduate certificate program. The program will be administered through the College of Engineering’s Meakin Interdisciplinary Studies Center. Details on this new program can be found at

Position Description
Posting Title: Executive Director, Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (Title Code: MSP 0245)

Department: College of Engineering, Interdisciplinary Studies (Code: EDINS)

Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications within the Management and Senior Professional Program (MSP)

First Review Date: October 19, 2004. This requisition will remain open until filled.


The Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (CET) will primarily serve engineering and science students and faculty with interdisciplinary educational coursework, outreach services, and relevant research in entrepreneurial processes. The initial focus of this program is undergraduate students although it is anticipated that research and graduate education (linked, for example, to the Management of Technology program) will be developed.


Responsibilities of the Executive Director include program development and management of all aspects of the center’s operations, including budget matters. The director must also provide intellectual leadership in curriculum development and judgment in defining outreach services. The Executive Director will develop and maintain liaison with the advisory board for the center and coordinate fund raising for center programs in consultation with the College of Engineering.

The center is being established in the College of Engineering and the Executive Director is expected to play an important role in this process. As such, the Executive Director will be required to lead, or assist, in the process of securing approval for courses of study as part of the program (through the appropriate faculty committees of the university.) The Executive Director will be required to develop plans for securing financial resources to support the program and its activities within 1-2 years of its formal establishment. The Executive Director will be responsible for coordination with the Haas Business School and the Management of Technology Program on development of any cooperative entrepreneurship activities at the undergraduate or graduate level.

An ideal candidate requires the following interdisciplinary characteristics:
1) a Ph.D. in an engineering or science discipline and/or an MBA from a leading business school;
2) experience with the launch process of a new technology based new ventures;
3) executive experience with ability to assimilate development, financial, intellectual property, and market issues in technology firms;
4) experience with teaching and program building within a leading academic institution;
5) communicate effectively (both written and oral); and
6) be capable of working with a dynamic and diverse set of faculty, staff, and students in a university environment.

Successful completion of a criminal background check is required.

How to Apply
Applicants should apply through the UC Berkeley online system at (job #1903), to be formally considered for the position.

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