Job Details

University of Nevada, Reno
  • Position Number: 3662819
  • Location: Reno, NV
  • Position Type: Business - Management

Program Manager, Entrepreneurial Development

University of Nevada, Reno - Main Campus

The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) appreciates your interest in employment at our growing institution. We want your application process to go smoothly and quickly. Final applications must be submitted prior to the close of the recruitment.

If you need assistance or have questions regarding the application process, please contact our recruitment helpline at (775) 784-1495 or For UNR Med professional job postings, please contact the Office of Professional Recruitment at (775) 784-6778.

Job Description

The University of Nevada, Reno invites applications for a Program Manager, Entrepreneurial Development.

The Program Manager, Entrepreneurial Development, is responsible for creating and supporting new and existing programs that contribute to the development of faculty, student and community entrepreneurs and small business success through federally funded programs, business incubation and acceleration, and technology commercialization. The position designs and executes entrepreneurial programming and manages the development of a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.

This position will support entrepreneurial development programs associated with both University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). The incumbent will develop strategies for applying for and managing grants and programs, communicate and share resources with program stakeholders, coordinate educational events, and establish new programs to further both universities' objective of creating a vibrant innovation ecosystem in Nevada.

Duties include but are not limited to:

Entrepreneurial Program Management
  • Strategizes, researches, develops and manages grant funded entrepreneurship programs and initiatives including SBIR/STTR, I-Corps, ASCEND, , and other future programs;
  • Research, prepare and submit grant proposals for federally funded entrepreneurship programs to ensure long-term sustainability of these programs;
  • Establishes and performs data gathering, surveys and analyses to report on demographics, outcomes, metrics, and other information critical to enhancing success of the programs;
  • Creates and manages program budget and resources; coordinates program resources, services, partnerships, and deliverables to align with program objectives;
  • Coordinates program outreach efforts via newsletters, university and partner communications, and other announcement methods;
  • Coordinates program related events, resources and technical information distribution;
  • Develops, organizes and delivers targeted educational programs to enable community entrepreneurs and university faculty and students to utilize program services.
  • Establishes and facilitates relationships with entrepreneurial support organizations, community partners, stakeholders, local industry and university faculty, staff and students to promote effective collaboration with ecosystem partners.
  • Hires, trains, performs evaluations and disciplines when needed, interns and student workers;
  • Collaborates with University Marketing and Communications to ensure that the content of the website is updated timely to reflect the events and activities of the programs.

Accelerator Program
  • Designs and co-directs an entrepreneur academy for faculty and/or students interested in starting a company licensing university technology.
  • Organizes all aspects of the academy including community outreach, marketing, cohort selection, and operational aspects of the program;
  • Recruits mentors, speakers, subject matter experts, and volunteers for the program;
  • Secures commitments of participation or donations from individuals and/or corporate sponsors;
  • Monitors budgets, expense reports and other financial data for the accelerator program

Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Liaison
  • Serves as the liaison with entrepreneurial support organizations, community partners, stakeholders, local industry and university faculty, staff and students to promote effective collaboration with ecosystem partners.
  • Develops, organizes and delivers targeted educational programs to enable community entrepreneurs and University faculty and students to utilize program services.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree and two (2) years of related work experience; OR a Master's degree and one (1) year of related work experience.

Related Experience: Commercial Operations Management, Non-Profit Management and/or Start-Up experience or related.

Schedule/Travel Requirements

Variable work schedule

Occasional travel

Compensation Grade

Administrative Faculty B

To view the salary schedule for this position, please visit: Salary Schedules and select Administrative Faculty by Grade. Salary is competitive and commensurate with related education and experience.

Remarkable Retirement!

Our retirement plan is beyond compare. Your 15.50% contribution is generously matched by the University. With the faculty retirement plan, you are 100% vested your first day. Sit back and watch your retirement dollars grow! All permanent employees on an annual "A" or "B" contract who are employed at least 50% full-time are eligible to participate in the NSHE retirement program unless they are members of PERS of Nevada.

"I had no idea the values of the faculty retirement plan when I joined UNR. On my first day, I found out I was fully vested in my contributions and the companies 15.5% matching. I have watched my retirement grow over the years, not only in contributions, but with investments. It is hard to put into words how appreciative I am to feel so secure in my future" - Michelle B.

Perks of Working at UNR!
  • Health insurance options including dental and vision - Health Insurance
  • Generous annual and sick leave and life insurance - Faculty Benefits
  • E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center offers an annual or semester membership and family membership options. E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center
  • Reno is proud to be a University town! Many local businesses offer discounts to WolfCard holders
  • Mountain EAP supports employees (and eligible dependents) through life's difficult moments. Mountain EAP is located in Reno and specializes in counseling and advising services for personal or interpersonal issues.
  • Several Diversity Committees and Affinity Groups focusing on campus-wide diversity initiatives to ensure we are working to create a diverse and welcoming campus climate. Diversity Groups
  • Faculty Senate is the principal representing body for faculty. Its membership includes representatives from each academic and administrative major unit of the University. Faculty Senate
  • No state income tax!

Grants-in-aid for Faculty Employees

The University is proud to provide a reduced-rate tuition benefit to faculty and qualified dependents. Faculty can take up to six credits per semester at a reduced rate. Dependents of faculty have unlimited credits, but in order to be eligible children must be unmarried and under the age of 24 and must receive at least 50% of their financial support from the employee and/or employee's spouse or domestic partner. Faculty Grants-in-Aid

Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples' professional needs. We offer a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada. Dual Career Assistance Program

Department Information

The Innevation Center is designed to build connections between the University and the community. Memberships are available to all members of the University and local community. Members have access to co-working areas, a Makerspace, conference rooms and rental of open and closed-door offices. Members enjoy access to business mentorship and networking opportunities. Conference rooms are also available to all community patrons for meetings and events.

Contact Information

Grace Chou -


Full-Time Equivalent

Required Attachment(s)

Please note, once you submit your application the only attachment/s viewable to you will be the attachment/s to the resume/CV section of the application. Any additional required attachment/s to the cover letter, references, additional documents sections of the application, will not be viewable to you after you submit your application. All uploaded attachment/s will be on the application for the committee to review. To request updates to attachments, prior to the committee review of applications, please contact the candidate helpdesk at

Please attach the following documents to your application:

1) Resume/CV

2) Cover Letter

3) Contact Information for Three Professional References

4) Please write a brief statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment in the role for which you are applying.

This posting is open until filled

Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. Lists of eligible candidates will be established and hiring may occur early in the recruiting process. Recruitment will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received or a hiring decision has been made.

Posting Close Date

Note to Applicant

A background check will be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified, HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member's first day of employment.

References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process.

Applicants hired on a federal contract may be subject to E-Verify.

As part of the hiring process, applicants for positions in the Nevada System of Higher Education may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform job-related tasks.

For positions that require driving, evidence of a valid driver's license will be required at the time of employment and as a condition of continued employment.

Schedules are subject to change based on organizational needs.

University of Nevada, Reno

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Founded in 1874, the University of Nevada, Reno is the State of Nevadas land grant institution with a statewide mission and presence. The University of Nevada, Reno is a Carnegie I Research Institution and has been recognized as a "Top Tier" Best National University by U.S. News & World Report. With an enrollment of nearly 21,000 students we offer 145 Tier 1 accredited degree programs. Located in the picturesque Truckee Meadows the University of Nevada, Reno is surrounded by numerous state and national parks, is 45 minutes from beautiful Lake Tahoe, and four hours from San Francisco.

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. We are an inclusive and engaged community and recognize the added value that students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience.

The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) is committed to providing a place of work and learning free of discrimination on the basis of a persons age, disability, whether actual or perceived by others (including service-connected disabilities), gender (including pregnancy related conditions), military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race, or religion.

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