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Associate Director, Women Entrepreneurship

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Author pmnationtalk
Date November 28, 2019
Type Temp - Full Time
Company Wilfrid Laurier University
Salary $74,918 - $93,647 - Per Hour
Location ON
Category Education/Administrative
Client Wilfrid Laurier University
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Associate Director, Women Entrepreneurship

Posting ID : 11409
Apply By : 11/29/2019
Position Title : Associate Director, Women Entrepreneurship
Department : Lazaridis School of Business and Economics
Job Type : Full-time, Limited Term
Reports To : Senior Administrative Officer, Lazaridis School
Position Summary : Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading multi-campus, university known for academic excellence and a culture that inspires lives of leadership and purpose. Laurier has a distinct commitment to teaching, research, experiential learning, sustainability and scholarship, which combine to address critical challenges in society, business, the economy and the environment – globally and in the communities we serve. At Laurier’s heart is its strong student focus, which results in exceptional levels of student satisfaction and a deep sense of community that lives on through the university’s highly engaged alumni.Laurier takes pride in building meaningful relationships with colleagues and students. The Laurier community supports one another, encourages collaboration and teamwork and respects work/life balance, all while recognizing the importance of a challenging, rewarding and inspiring career. Laurier has more than 19,000 students and 2,100 faculty and staff across campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, as well as locations in Kitchener and Toronto.

Diversity is one of Laurier’s core values. The university is committed to providing an inclusive workplace and employing a workforce that is reflective of local and national demographics. Our locations are situated on the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishnawbe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. We recognize the unique heritages of Indigenous peoples and support their intentions to preserve and express their distinctive Indigenous cultures, histories, and knowledge through academic programming and co-curricular activities. Laurier’s Centre for Indigegogy is one example of how Laurier honours Indigenous knowledge.

We currently have an opportunity to join the Laurier community as an Associate Director, Women Entrepreneurship.
The Lazaridis School of Business and Economics develops leaders with skills in management and economics for a rapidly changing and complex global environment. It seeks to advance knowledge and practices in these fields by supporting both theoretical and applied research. Further, the Lazaridis School strives to serve business and its community by fostering mutually beneficial alliances with leaders at local, national, and international levels.

The incumbent is responsible for working with Lazaridis School senior leadership and a board of advisors to develop and implement a 4-year project to engage and support women entrepreneurs within the community, including a focus on Indigenous women. This project will include the development of boot camp, incubator, and accelerator programs specifically designed for these cohorts and will specifically support non-tech entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs.

The incumbent does this by:

    • Developing and implementing a project plan with metrics and timelines;
    • Developing the boot camp, incubator, and accelerator programs in-line with the project plan;
    • Managing a budget of $1.3 million over the term of the project in-line with both Laurier and FedDev financial policies and procedures;
    • Liaising with Laurier campus partners and community partners on best practices and operations;
    • Liaising with the Lazaridis School’s marketing department to market the project and each program;
    • Hiring, training, mentoring, and managing a small staff complement to operationalize the project plan and deliver each program;
    • Reporting back to both the board of advisors and to the granting agency as required.

The incumbent reports to the Senior Administrative Officer of the Lazaridis School and takes guidance from the Dean and Vice Dean of the Lazaridis School and from the board of advisors. The board of advisors is composed of Lazaridis School senior leadership; Laurier’s Senior Advisor, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Laurier’s Senior Advisor, Indigenous Initiatives; and, a member from the entrepreneurship community.

This position has a university-wide mandate and is based at the Waterloo Campus.  The incumbent provides leadership in a multi-campus environment, requiring regular interaction, communication, and collaboration with staff and stakeholders at the Waterloo and Brantford campuses and external partners.

Accountabilities : Project Planning and Operations

    • Develop the 4-year plan for the Women Entrepreneurship project based on the approved FedDev application and in alignment with both Laurier’s and the Lazaridis School’s respective strategic plans.
    • Determine the key performance indicators and timelines to operationalize the project plan.
    • Develop and manage a 4-year budget to support the project plan.
    • Ensure compliance with both FedDev and Laurier financial policies and procedures in terms of expenditures.
    • Authorize purchases, expenditures, and budget transfers according to the signing authority policy.
    • Responsible for hiring direct reports to support the project plan.
    • Provide leadership, mentoring, coaching, and performance management to direct reports in a unionized environment.
    • Determine and locate other resources required to implement the project plan.

Program Development and Delivery

    • Lead the development of a boot camp program by researching and developing educational workshops to guide women and Indigenous women through the start-up and scale-up processes.
    • Lead the development of an incubator /accelerator program by creating a mentoring network for entrepreneurs, providing referrals as necessary, and providing space for the ideation, development, and growing of businesses.
    • Ensure that all programming is designed to address the challenges to women entrepreneurs.
    • Ensure that all programming designed for Indigenous women entrepreneurs is both culturally appropriate and addresses the challenges to this group of women.
    • Train and oversee staff on the delivery of programming.
    • Collect and analyze program metrics to ensure that programs are meeting their key performance indicators.
    • Iterate programs as necessary based on metrics and feedback.
    • Ensure that all programming complies with AODA standards.

Networking and Reporting

    • Liaise with the Dean and Vice Dean of the Lazaridis School on project planning and implementation.
    • Liaise with FedDev and any other granting agency on the specifics of their grants and reporting requirements.
    • Liaise with Laurier’s Senior Advisor, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion to ensure that programming is meeting the needs of women from an equity, diversity, and inclusion lens.
    • Liaise with Laurier’s Senior Advisor, Indigenous Initiatives to ensure that programming involving Indigenous populations is culturally appropriate and meeting the needs of Indigenous women.
    • Liaise with the start-up and scale-up communities to ensure that programming is following best practices and to look for collaboration opportunities.
    • Liaise with Indigenous communities to ensure that programming is following best practices for Indigenous entrepreneurs and to look for collaboration opportunities.
    • Liaise with the Lazaridis School’s marketing department to market the project and each program.
    • Liaise with campus partners as necessary to ensure the success of the project and each program.
    • Liaise with the Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation as necessary.
    • Provide regular project, program, and financial updates to Lazaridis School senior leadership.
    • Provide regular project and program updates to the Board of Advisors.
    • Complete quarterly program reports and annual project reports outlining the status of the project.
    • Complete reports to FedDev and any other granting agency as required.

Customer Service

    • Assist colleagues within the Lazaridis School during high-pressure times to ensure that the business of the School is completed on time; including, support with events and reports.
    • Maintain confidentiality around programs, reports, and budgets.
    • Maintain a high level of professionalism.
    • Stay current on the most recent and relevant best practices, literature, and software, related to the accountabilities and qualifications of the position.
  • Ensure that the manager is kept to-date on all important items related to the position through electronic or in-person communication.
Qualifications :
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration or equivalent; Master’s degree preferred.
    • At least four years of relevant administrative experience showing progressive increases in responsibilities.
    • Relevant experience in the entrepreneurship ecosystem.
    • An understanding of the challenges facing women entrepreneurs preferred.
    • An understanding of the challenges facing Indigenous women entrepreneurs is an asset.
    • Experience in the Canadian higher education system is an asset.
    • Demonstrated experience developing long-term project plans that led to successful implementation.
    • Experience with project management.
    • Project Management Professional certification is an asset.
    • Relevant experience managing budgets.
    • Experience implementing and reporting on FedDev grants.
    • Leadership experience with managing professional and administrative staff.
    • Experience managing unionized staff is an asset.
    • Demonstrated experience developing and delivering educational programming.
    • Relevant experience developing and managing an incubator /accelerator program.
    • Relevant experience developing and reporting on program metrics.
    • An understanding of the responsibilities under AODA legislation.
    • Relevant experience successfully engaging internal and external partners through strong interpersonal, intercultural, intergenerational, and persuasive communications skills.
    • Experience working with Indigenous peoples and communities is an asset.
    • Experience developing and writing informative and concise reports using multimedia elements and descriptive statistics.
    • Experience creating accessible (AODA compliant) and dynamic documents using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
    • Experience working under pressure with tight timelines to a successful outcome.
    • The ability to work in an agile environment where priorities regularly change.
    • The ability to problem-solve under pressure to ensure a successful outcome.
    • The ability to self-motivate and experience working independently with little supervision.
    • A collegial personality and experience working within and leading a team.
    • An understanding of best practices within the field, and experience with independent learning of new skills, theories, and technology.
Grade : MG-2B
Salary : $74,918 – $93,647
Salary Notes : This is a full-time, limited term position with an anticipated end date of December 31, 2023.
Please Note :

Please submit a cover letter and resume

Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with qualified candidates who have a combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier’s Employee Success Factors.

Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan and is one of Laurier’s core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and from persons of any sexual identities and gender identities. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at Candidates from other equity seeking groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact Equity and Accessibility at We have strived to make our application process accessible however if you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources at 519-884-1970 ext.2007 or

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