Director of Innovation Services – HCDC, Inc. – Cincinnati, OH
Position Title: Director of Innovation Services
Classification: Full-time Exempt
Reports To: Vice President, Economic Development Office
Date: May 2019
Position Overview and General Description
The Office of Innovation and Creativity is an initiative funded by Hamilton County and directed by HCDC’s Economic Development Office. The OIC provides support, directly and through contracted services, to growing technology oriented second-stage businesses in Hamilton County, Ohio. Its task is to encourage revenue growth and to foster innovation, stability, and job creation among the companies served. The Director is a senior position with primary responsibility for directing the OIC. She or he will aggressively market OIC programs, recruit targeted businesses to participate, coordinate support to those businesses, collaborate with regional economic and business development stakeholders, and monitor, report, and promote key results. The Director is a team member in HCDC’s Economic Development Office.
Principal Functions and Responsibilities
Primary responsibility for promoting the Office of Innovation and Creativity and for marketing OIC programming and support to targeted Hamilton County companies, business leaders, public officials, and key members of the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem in order to identify potential participants
Primary responsibility for recruiting eligible businesses to utilize OIC support and for meeting OIC participation goals of businesses in the second-stage focus area.
Primary responsibility for coordinating delivery of OIC support including peer learning opportunities, workshops, public presentations and individualized strategic technical research to innovative Hamilton County businesses of all sizes.
Primary responsibility for fundraising and business development for the program.
Primary responsibility for obtaining, monitoring, reporting, and promoting key program results using general and individual participant metrics
Primary responsibility for convening and providing administrative support for an OIC Advisory Committee
Works closely with HCDC marketing and economic development staff to develop and sustain a vigorous marketing campaign for the OIC to broadly promote its services, recruit participants, solicit testimonials, and generate participant referrals
Works with the HCDC Business Center (its business incubator), the Cincinnati start-up services community, REDI Cincinnati, local Small Business Development Centers (SBDC’s), Cincinnati Minority Business Collaborative, local jurisdictions, and other Hamilton County business and economic development stakeholders to identify and recruit participating businesses
Works with HCDC’s Business Center and Economic Development Office to identify resources for participating businesses, including industry specific funding and technical resources
Works with HCDC’s senior staff to identify and develop additional funding sources for the OIC
Competencies, Skills, and Experience Required
Demonstrated ability to create and communicate a compelling vision, build enthusiasm, and take charge of groups and processes
Demonstrated ability to speak and write clearly, listen actively, and articulate key concepts effectively
Demonstrated understanding of the processes of starting, growing, and exiting a business enterprise, including an understanding of the unique needs of second-stage companies – significant business or economic development experience preferred
Demonstrated ability to work with public officials, business leaders, and a community of diverse stakeholders, including achievements with coalition building, community relations, and advocacy
Demonstrated ability to take initiative, work independently, collaborate closely, develop trust, and deliver results
Ability to work a flexible schedule including some evenings and weekends, provide own transportation, and travel occasionally
Undergraduate business or related degree required, Master’s degree preferred
Please respond with a cover letter and resume by June 7, 2019 to: firstname.lastname@example.org or to HCDC, Inc. Attn: Vice President – Economic Development, 1776 Mentor Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45212
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