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Director of Venture Development - Kokomo Thriving Center

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Work type: Administrative, Full-Time
Location: Kokomo, IN
Categories: Administrative/Professional

Job Title: Director of Venture Development - Kokomo Thriving Center

Reporting Relationship: Executive Director of Regional Strategy & Ventures

Unit: National & Global

Department: N&G Regional Education Admin

Campus Location: Kokomo Education Center

Summary of Position:    The Director of Venture Development, Kokomo Thriving Center, will serve as the local leader for emerging endeavors to address regional needs through strong community and academic partnerships. This site leader will establish new programming, encourage growth in student enrollment, manage an agile team, and build a robust business model. A background in mental health, substance abuse recovery, or counseling is ideal, along with a desire to build innovative, impactful educational models from scratch.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serve as the site leader for Kokomo educational center's regional ventures, responsible for development and growth of new regional initiatives focused on mental health, substance abuse recovery, and thriving. Initiatives may also include projects such as a student navigator coaching model, mobile career accelerator, and a center for life coaching. 
  • Provide project leadership and agile team management for new regional initiatives, ensuring regular progress, measuring success, and communicating updates to the Regional Ventures team. 
  • Build and supervise a strong team to collaborate, create, and execute novel ideas quickly and at a high level of excellence. 
  • Lead partner development for the region. Be consistently present within the region to build relationships with city, region, and state entities that support the development of ventures that drive enrollment growth. 
  • Explore and cultivate new ideas to serve the learning needs of the area and/or scale local initiatives to other regions. Shape related proposals for approval and broader implementation. 
  • Support research and development of grants for funding regional initiatives. Actively build relationships with foundations and granting agencies. 
  • Work in conjunction with the alumni office and IWU's Talent Ladder to involve a wide array of constituents in programming throughout the region. 
  • Actively develop partnerships across IWU's organization to assist in the implementation of new initiatives. 
  • Demonstrate a Christian worldview and upholds the University's Christ-centered mission in interactions with students, faculty, and staff. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications: According to Indiana Wesleyan University employment policy all employees must possess a strong Christian commitment and adhere to the standards outlined in the IWU Community Lifestyle Statement.


  • Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree preferred.


  • Experience executing complex problems and multiple constituents
  • Experience managing projects or developing new initiatives
  • Experience in building partnerships and working with a diverse range of people
  • Record of strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Experience in mental health, substance abuse recovery, or related fields preferred
  • Ability to work under strict deadlines with a high degree of urgency and accuracy

Required Skills

  • Ability to lead a team of faculty, staff, and community partners
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills. Strong ability to prioritize tasks, work autonomously, and produce results quickly
  • Capacity to handle multiple tasks at one time and to execute ambiguous assignments
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills used to create an effective team and build partnerships
  • Strong writing ability including grant and report writing
  • Comfort with technology, including Microsoft Suite, and the ability to learn new platforms quickly (such as Smartsheet, Salesforce, and other CRM and project management tools).
  • Willing to travel to other IWU regional sites in Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky for project-based implementation, partner development, and training. Travel would be seasonal and limited.
  • Fast learner and curious


As a religious educational institution operating under the auspices of The Wesleyan Church, Indiana Wesleyan University is permitted and reserves the right to prefer employees on the basis of religion (42 U.S.C., Sections 2000e-1 and 2000e-2).

The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. Employees will be required to follow other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with Federal and State Laws.



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