Director – Engineering Entrepreneurship Program

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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Work Unit:
College of Engineering


Penn State’s School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) is seeking a Director of Engineering Entrepreneurship (E-SHIP: Located within the College of Engineering, SEDTAPP houses two of the nine clusters of the University’s Intercollege Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ENTI: Technology-Based Entrepreneurship (TBE) and Social Entrepreneurship (SE). ENTI, with shared governance directed by an inter-college team of faculty members of which the Engineering Entrepreneurship Director is one, engages students from across the University to develop entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial mind-sets, with the TBE Cluster focused on technology-based products and businesses. The SE Cluster prepares students to effect sustainable and scalable social impact within marginalized communities in the United States and abroad and is managed by SEDTAPP’s Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) program. The E-SHIP Program is partnered with SEDTAPP’s Engineering Leadership Development Program to offer a Masters of Engineering in Engineering Leadership and Innovation Management (ELIM: The Director is expected to establish a strong record of research and engaged scholarship, as well as teach and advise students. In addition, the Director should form collaborations within SEDTAPP’s other vibrant programs (see; the College of Engineering; within ENTI and other colleges, institutes, and campuses at Penn State; and partner with other University entities to leverage a broad base of cooperation. The Director will engage with broader University initiatives on entrepreneurship and innovation, such as Invent Penn State (, and with resources in the broader community that support a growing entrepreneurial ecosystem. The surrounding environment is very supportive: State College is a robust college town that values entrepreneurship, innovation, and creativity. In 2016, Entrepreneur Magazine named State College as one of the top 10 entrepreneurial cities in the U.S. Its location in central Pennsylvania combines a good environment for families and professionals with easy accessibility to NYC, Washington, DC, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and other metropolitan areas in the Northeast. Successful candidates will have demonstrated success in venture creation, start-ups, and/or product launch of technology-based ventures. Successful candidates should have a demonstrated ability to seek and secure external funding. The Director will collaborate with development offices to raise funds that will be critical to the success and continued growth of the program. Candidates should have an established research agenda and demonstrated record collaborating across institutional boundaries and working with students, faculty, staff, and community leaders. Additionally, candidates should possess superior communication skills and have demonstrated experience in teaching and engaging students in curricular and co-curricular learning and activities. The Director position is a non-tenure track, multi-year fixed-term appointment. While an earned Ph.D. or equivalent in engineering or closely related field is preferred, applications from exceptional candidates with an M.S. or equivalent will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Salary and academic title will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Review of applications will begin on February 15 and applications will be received until the position is filled. Applicants should upload a letter of application, names and contact info for three professional references, curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests, as well as a detailed portfolio of companies and endeavors they have been part of and their impact to the job posting.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088