Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Conservation at the Institute for Integrative Conservation

William & Mary
Williamsburg, Virginia, USA
Job Category
Faculty Appointments
Up to $95,000, commensurate with experience
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
The Institute for Integrative Conservation (IIC) at William & Mary is seeking a Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Conservation to lead teaching and research related to innovation and entrepreneurship for conservation. This person will direct, in collaboration with external partners (e.g. NGOs, private companies, state and federal agencies, local and indigenous communities), applied projects that help to build business cases for conservation activities and outcomes and will teach courses in areas of innovation, entrepreneurship, and business process relevant for conservation. This is a 12-month professional faculty appointment. Salary is up to $95,000 commensurate with experience. The successful candidate will have an appropriate advanced degree (e.g. MBA, PhD, MS, or MA) in a suitable field related to innovation and entrepreneurship. Though not required, we would favor candidates that have experience working on applied projects that relate to biodiversity conservation and/or other environmental or sustainability topics. We are looking for a highly collaborative person who has experience working across disciplines and with a diverse set of partners. Candidates should clearly articulate how their work complements other conservation-related activities at William & Mary. We are also particularly interested in candidates who could collaborate with William & Mary’s Alan B. Miller Entrepreneurship Center. Responsibilities include but are not necessarily limited to the following: Teach two courses per semester (fall and spring). The courses will include an undergraduate course in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Conservation, and other relevant courses as fits curricula needs and the expertise of the successful candidate. Contribute to teaching and training in a summer conservation leadership program. Starting in summer 2023, the IIC will offer a summer program in conservation leadership that will include training in innovation and entrepreneurship. The successful candidate will contribute to the development and teaching of relevant elements of that summer program starting in 2024. Lead applied research projects in areas of innovation and entrepreneurship for conservation. The successful candidate will collaborate with external partner organizations in these applied research projects. In many of those projects, the candidate will mentor students (primarily undergraduate with the potential for graduate students) who are playing key roles in the project. In some projects, the students will be the lead and the candidate will be in an advisory role. Collaborate with internal W&M and external conservation partners to address relevant needs and expand capacities in areas of innovation and entrepreneurship. In some situations, the successful candidate might help to train partners so that they can become suitably proficient for their own needs. Contribute to the strategic leadership of the IIC, including facilitating the further development of the IIC strategic plan. Lead efforts to integrate entrepreneurial approaches within IIC operations and strategy We will hold an information session about this position on Zoom at 3-4pm (Eastern US) on Thursday, December 15: Through this session, we hope to answer questions about the position and the IIC and help to demystify the academic job application process. We recommend that attendees anonymize their Zoom ID before logging on and keep their videos turned off so as not to reveal their identities to other attendees. We will receive questions through the chat function. For general enquiries about this position please contact us at
Required qualifications: A suitable advanced degree (e.g. MBA, PhD, MS, or MA) in a field related to innovation and entrepreneurship Demonstrated ability to teach an undergraduate course in innovation and entrepreneurship for conservation Clearly articulated commitment to biodiversity conservation and the mission, vision, and values of the IIC Demonstrated commitment to and achievements in justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) Excellent interpersonal skills and leadership qualities Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, including the ability to present complex issues to non-specialist audiences Preferred qualifications: Experience working on applied projects that relate to biodiversity conservation and/or other environmental or sustainability topics Demonstrated success in collaborations with conservation and/or environmental organizations (e.g. NGOs, private companies, state or federal agencies) Demonstrated experience in mentoring and supervising students or staff in research projects Ability to collaborate with the Alan B. Miller Entrepreneurship Center in educational and/or research activities Experience with travel abroad, to non-English speaking countries Previous knowledge of or desire to learn languages other than English All applications must be submitted through the W&M online portal at: Applicants should submit a CV and a cover letter that addresses how they meet the required and preferred qualifications listed above and enter the contact information for three professional references (who we will contact at the semifinalist stage). Each candidate must also submit a 1-2 page document that addresses how they would express the values of the IIC while in this position ( We will begin review of applications after January 6, 2023. William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching, and service missions of the university. The university is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
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