Assistant Director, Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship

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Work type: Staff (Full-Time)
Location: Winter Park, FL
Categories: Crummer Graduate School of Business
Division: Academic Affairs

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Position Summary:

The Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship (CFAE) serves as the department responsible for positioning Rollins and the Crummer Graduate School of Business as a vital part of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in greater Orlando, strategically aligned to support and promote entrepreneurial interest and activities within Rollins.  The Assistant Director works with the Executive Director to help create, manage and fulfill all of the programs that encompass the CFAE plan of work. 

The primary purpose of the CFAE is to be a gateway to the "real world" of entrepreneurial business for students at Rollins.  The CFAE educates and connects students with successful entrepreneurs, and likewise, does the same for entrepreneurs with each other. To supplement traditional classroom teaching, the CFAE is a bridge to the entrepreneurial marketplace for students, providing a variety of practical experiences, including workshops, competitions, mentoring programs, internships, consulting engagements with companies, innovative workspace, and speakers both in and out of the classroom. These programs are made possible through the active involvement of successful entrepreneurs and entrepreneur support organizations in the community. In exchange, the CFAE provides significant benefits and programs to the entrepreneurial community, including a pool of talented MBA graduates and advanced entrepreneurship learning opportunities.

Programming & Engagement

  • Management of Entrepreneurial Growth Series Program including sponsor prospecting and solicitation, fundraising, and selling of the program to participant business owners/CEOs
  • Represent CFAE on the ATHENAPowerLink (APL) Governing Body.  Work with ATHENAPowerLink also includes managing the application / selection process, designing and delivering the orientation programs, and serving as key advisor / lead on all panels.
  • Management and execution of Venture Plan and Elevator Pitch Competitions. Provide mentoring to program participants.
  • Mentor and advise the Crummer Entrepreneurship Association
  • Management of the Entrepreneurial Scholar of Distinction Program
  • Management of team responsible for execution and logistics of onsite CFAE events
  • Serve as mentor and advisor to both startup and growth-stage entrepreneurial ventures in the greater Orlando community.
  • Serve as mentor and advisor to Crummer and greater Rollins students, alumni and community entrepreneurs in relation to their entrepreneurial goals and objectives.
  • Utilize the entrepreneurial network to identify guest speakers, mentors, panelists, judges and potential candidates for Crummer’s degreed and non-degreed offerings.


  • Under the guidance of the Executive Director, assist with the governance of the CFAE Advisory Board and its initiatives. The board is comprised of successful entrepreneurs representing a cross-section companies and industries.   
  • Primary representation of CFAE in key entrepreneurial sectors including the startup and technology communities. This encompasses networking and assuming leadership positions in a variety of community organizations. 
  • Educate current and graduating students about CFAE benefits and engage them in programs.


  • Cultivate strong relationships with all entrepreneurial-minded students, alumni, organizations, and other constituents of CFAE and the school.
  • Work in collaboration with the Executive Director, the Dean and Advancement to build relationships and cultivation of high capacity entrepreneurs.
  • Collaborate with Advancement to incorporate fundraising efforts into CFAE strategic engagements and communications. Administration of grant dollars and required reports.
  • Supervise the tracking and reporting (coding) of entrepreneur data (e.g., biographical and contact) and engagement through providing updates to relevant databases (e.g., CFAE mailing list, Banner) or similar systems. Generate reports as requested. Seek to enhance the depth of data available and work across Crummer to share and optimize the strategic use of the data.


  • Development of strategies and yearly goals for all core programs of CFAE.
  • Planning, managing and tracking budgets for all programs of CFAE.
  • Creation and execution of marketing and communication plans including working with internal and/or outside resources.
  • Management of all fundraising, sponsorship, and activities of the CFAE and its programs.
  • Responsible for hiring and management of operations coordinator for co-working space, graduate assistants and work study students.
  • Develop a working relationship with all departments at Crummer and throughout Rollins College in delivering the mission of the school through the assets and resources of CFAE. Collaborate with Admissions to involve CFAE with the admissions process.   
  • Represent CFAE in various management meetings, committees and initiatives at Crummer. Collaborate with and serve as a liaison to undergraduate entrepreneurial programs.
  • Collaborate with other areas within the Student Success cluster (Career Resource Center, Student Services and Leadership Development) ensuring alignment with operational practices, events and networking opportunities, and communications with students, alumni and business partners.
  • Attend conferences as appropriate.

Rollins College and Central Florida

Rollins is a top-tier private liberal arts institution on a par with many of the best liberal arts colleges in the Northeast U.S. Founded in 1885, Rollins was the first recognized college or university in Florida and is a significant force in the Central Florida community. Rollins has been listed for nine consecutive years on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of “Great Colleges to Work For” and was named the #1 “Most Beautiful Campus” in the nation by Princeton Review in 2016. The Crummer School is fully accredited by AACSB for MBA and EDBA and Rollins is fully accredited by SACS.

Winter Park is a beautiful community nestled within the dynamic Orlando metro area in Central Florida, a region that has recently been ranked #1 in the U.S. for job growth. Cost of living is very reasonable and opportunities for year-round entertainment and outdoor activities are second to none. Beyond the obvious theme park and hospitality focus, the region also has a burgeoning high tech sector including a substantial focus on simulation and is a leading market in health care innovation. The area is a great community for families to put down roots.

Education and Required Experience:

  • Master’s Degree and/or equivalent entrepreneurial/business experience with a bachelor’s required.
  • Knowledge of greater Orlando entrepreneurial ecosystem.
  • Knowledge of CFAE, Crummer and Rollins preferred.
  • Several years of related work experience with supervisory and budgetary responsibilities preferred.
  • Ability to mentor and advise early-stage and growth-stage entrepreneurial ventures.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to handle management responsibility for many programs occurring simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated experience creating and implementing strategic marketing and brand strategy plans that lead to specific, measurable results aligned with the organization’s goals.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, including the ability to positively interact with individuals on all levels to achieve common goals (faculty, staff, vendors, students, alumni, and other constituents). Strong public speaking and presentation skills
  • Analytical and financial proficiency.
  • Ability to represent CFAE and Crummer in a positive, customer-friendly manner.
  • Ability to use tact and good judgment in resolving work problems and dealing with public, students and staff.
  • Professional appearance.
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial skill-set:
    • Initiative
    • Self-starter
    • Business focus
    • Creative thinker
    • Risk taker
    • Confident
  • Thorough computer and technology literacy with ability to manipulate complex data sets and generate meaningful representations.
  • Ability to contribute ideas to improving internal processes.
  • Willingness to work evenings and occasional weekends as appropriate and required.
  • Willingness to travel in Central Florida and throughout the country.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

To apply, please submit an application and upload the following required materials:

  1. Cover letter including desired salary
  2. Resume

 Please be prepared to answer the following required questions when completing the application:

  • How many years of experience do you have in a role involving entrepreneurship, community building, event management, fundraising and/or volunteer management?
  • Highest degree earned?
  • What are three key contributions you can bring to this role?  
  • Which Central Florida entrepreneur most inspires you? Why?
  • What would be the most challenging aspect of this position for you? 

Review of applications will be begin immediately.

Rollins offers a competitive salary with a generous benefits package featuring comprehensive health insurance coverage, generous paid time off, retirement savings plan with generous employer contribution, full tuition waiver after one year for employees, spouses, domestic partners and dependents.

Our Values:


Rollins seeks to foster and to model a campus environment that is welcoming, safe, and inclusive to all of our administrators, faculty, staff, and students. We view differences (e.g. nationality, race, gender, age, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, physical ability, learning styles, perspectives, etc.) not as obstacles to be overcome but as rich opportunities for understanding, learning, and growth.

Through its mission, Rollins College is firmly committed to creating a just community that embraces multiculturalism; persons from historically under-represented minority groups are therefore encouraged to apply. Rollins does not discriminate on the basis of sex, disability, race, age, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical characteristics, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law, in its educational programs and activities. 


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