Job Information

University of Utah Innovation District at The Point Project Director in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 06/28/2021

Requisition Number PRN26706B

Job Title Executive Director

Working Title Innovation District at The Point Project Director

Job Grade UGR

FLSA Code Executive

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area President

Department 01379 - USHE Comissioner

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range Salary commensurate to experience

Close Date 08/09/2021

Open Until Filled No

Job Summary

Directs and oversees strategic initiatives and day-to-day progress of the Innovation District at The Point. Serves as executive director of the Innovation District at The Point Strategy Team which guides vision and makes formal recommendations to the POTM State Land Authority. Supports The Point’s goals and mission by seeking and securing private funding, developing and maintaining a budget and coordinating with advisors to help guide strategic processes. Acts as a catalyst between the Platform teams to develop and execute work programs and serves as an interface with private sector partners. Higher education’s participation in creation of an Innovation District at The Point is sponsored by USHE under the leadership of Commissioner Woolstenhulme. The Project Director will coordinate with involved research and regional higher education institutions throughout the process.


1. Oversight of the day-to-day progress of the Innovation District at The Point initiative.

2. Leading strategic initiatives for the Innovation District at the Point.

3. Serve as the executive director of the Innovation District at The Point Strategy Team. The Strategy Team guides the vision, oversees work plans, and makes formal recommendations to the POTM State Land Authority.

4. Regular reporting with all post-secondary education institutions involved in the development of the Innovation District at the Point.

5. Interfacing with the Platforms of Innovation Platform Teams to develop work programs, execute on work programs, and serve as an interface with private sector partners.

6. Developing, maintaining, and accounting for a project budget.

7. Coordinating with a slate of advisors who help guide tech transfer, research, economic development, real estate development, and other activities.

8. Seeking and securing private funding for public-private partnerships.

Problem Solving Incumbents in this position have the authority to manage assigned units and designated programs and services. They are responsible for ensuring that diverse customer and community issues affecting the project are resolved. Directs the planning and administration of the unit’s budget and makes spending decisions within budget guidelines. Oversees program development for assigned units and ensures that policies and procedures are followed. This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

• Master’s degree in Business Administration, or related area; or eight years of progressively more responsible management experience; and demonstrated leadership, human relations and effective communications skills required.

• At least 5 years of experience in a leadership role in creating innovative programs across key real estate holdings or among business entities.

• Demonstrated ability to establish and pursue a successful innovation agenda.

• Demonstrated experience in strategic planning.

• Experience in an administrative role within higher education preferred.

• Excellent organizational skills, with the ability to plan and successfully execute multiple projects with conflicting priorities and concurrent deadlines in a dynamic environment.

• Ability to forge collaborative relationships with peers and to work effectively and collaboratively with diverse stakeholders at various organizational levels.

• Strong network of industry partners and the creation of even stronger network of business creation and partnerships.

• This position has no responsibility for providing care to patients.

• Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.