Director of Innovation Services – HCDC, Inc. – Cincinnati, OH

May 6, 2019 | Jobs

Position Title: Director of Innovation Services

Classification: Full-time Exempt
Reports To: Vice President, Economic Development Office
Supervises: N/A
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: or to HCDC, Inc. Attn: Vice President – Economic Development, 1776 Mentor Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45212

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