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Skidmore College seeks a Director of Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship in the Schupf Family IdeaLab
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Location: Saratoga Springs, New York

The Position:
Skidmore College invites nominations for, and inquiries and applications from, individuals interested in serving as the Director of Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship in the Schupf Family IdeaLab. Skidmore College seeks for its inaugural IdeaLab Director a compelling advocate for creativity, innovation in teaching and learning, and inclusive community building.

The inaugural Director will have a unique opportunity to shape the IdeaLab and maximize its impact in advancing Skidmore’s mission of fostering creativity. The mission of the Director of Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship in the Schupf Family IdeaLab is threefold: promoting making (broadly construed), fostering innovative pedagogy across campus, and overseeing the infrastructure and administration of the Schupf Family IdeaLab.

The Director will report to the Dean of the Faculty/Vice President for Academic Affairs and be a member of the VPAA Senior Staff. In turn, the Director will be supported by (1) the IdeaLab Manager, who handles the equipment and training on equipment within the Schupf Family IdeaLab; (2) the Faculty Curriculum Liaison, who will serve as a bridge between faculty and the director in supporting innovative pedagogy; (3) an Administrative Assistant for logistical and administrative tasks; and, (4) if the Director desires it, a multi-disciplinary Advisory Board, whose members can provide advice and act a sounding board.

To Apply:
Skidmore College, in consultation with Summit Search Solutions, Inc., will begin a confidential review of application materials immediately and continue until the position is filled; parties who apply by October 24, 2022, will be given first consideration. All applications and nominations will be held in confidence.

Cover Letter: In the cover letter, please include information that may not be highlighted elsewhere in your application, and that will help the search committee evaluate your experience with making/prototyping, your curiosity across disciplines/fields/media, your experience with leading and managing projects, and/or your relationship to teaching/learning/mentoring/advising. If you can react to, connect with, or get excited about elements of the IdeaLab Director position, this is the place to do so! To assist the search committee in understanding and evaluating your candidacy, please fully address the following topics in your cover letter:
  1. Your ability to imagine/create/grow/develop/disrupt an enterprise. Please describe a project that did so and highlight your contributions over time. Please explain your involvement in the many phases that a project goes through (e.g., idea, fundraising, prototyping, planning for the future), and about your ability to work collaboratively and inclusively.
  2. Your interest and experience in making (broadly construed). This could include your experiences in or thoughts about makerspaces, making/artistic production, entrepreneurship, community engagement and/or organizing, design thinking, craftivism/activism, recreational making, and/or engineering.
  3. Your interest in innovative teaching, broadly construed. This could include classroom instruction and/or curricular development, grassroots information sharing, non-classroom sharing of knowledge and resources, and/or inquiry-based community building.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) statement: Please describe how your experience supports IdeaLab’s goals of creating physical and intellectual spaces that center equity and justice. Skidmore’s community of students, staff, and faculty represents diversity across a wide range of identity categories, and a successful IdeaLab director will create a welcoming and supportive environment for all members of the community in the IdeaLab.

Curriculum Vitae: Please attach your curriculum vitae (CV). Given the cross-disciplinary nature of the position, you are encouraged to include all relevant information or experiences. This may include “traditional” CV materials (such as positions and appointments, conference presentations, publications, patents, etc.) but can also include any other information you deem relevant (e.g., artistic hobbies, leadership of groups, mentorship, funding secured, software skills, technical skills, service, and administrative duties, etc.). In addition to candidates with formal training and education in making, we also invite applications from candidates whose qualifications for the position come from both their professional and non-professional (extra-curricular) background. If your managerial, making, fundraising, collaborative, and/or teaching background comes from experiences that might not be on a standard academic CV, please include them.

For more information or to offer recommendations:
Caitlin Hummel
Senior Consultant

Summit Search Solutions, Inc.
Direct: 585-880-7550

Skidmore College is committed to being an inclusive campus community and, as an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, domestic violence victim status, familial status, dating violence, or stalking, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.


Institution: Skidmore College
This is a full time position

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