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Director of Innovation Services

Posted: 07/03/2022

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Job Type: Full-time Exempt
Salary Range: $80,000 - $90,000 (DOQ)

Key Responsibilities

  • Performs outreach and delivers presentations to promote Innovation Services programming and support to targeted Hamilton County companies, business leaders, public officials, and key members of the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem in order to identify potential participants.
  • Responsible for recruiting eligible businesses to utilize services and meeting participation goals for businesses in the second-stage focus area.
  • Coordinate delivery of services to innovative Hamilton County businesses of all sizes, including peer learning opportunities, workshops, public presentations, and individualized strategic technical research.
  • Responsible for revenue generation and business development of Innovation Services by working with various collaborative partners, including Alloy Growth Lab, the Cincinnati start-up services community, REDI Cincinnati, local Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), Cincinnati Minority Business Collaborative, local jurisdictions, and other Hamilton County business and economic development stakeholders.
  • Enhance interactions with Growth Lab and Commercial Capital Programs to create follow-on opportunities for innovative participants in these programs with Innovation Services.
  • Create programming that would link Growth Lab and Innovation Services clients together.
  • Collects, maintains, reports, and promotes key program results using general and individual participant metrics.
  • Establish and maintain/enhance relationships with appropriate economic development organizations, financial institutions, business support organizations, community leaders, and other local resources.
  • Other duties as assigned by management.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, finance, marketing or related field and/or equivalent experience
  • Working knowledge of small business issues
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Some travel may be required

Preferred Qualifications

  • Entrepreneurial experience preferred.
  • Experience in a manufacturing, software, and/or technology company.
  • Public Speaking experience preferred.
  • Passion for working with small businesses and entrepreneurs

Required Competencies

  • Strong oral and written communication skills demonstrating tact, diplomacy, professionalism, and a positive demeanor. Public speaking experience preferred.
  • Ability to evaluate, analyze, and assess credit risk. Able to interpret and understand financial statements, ratios, and various accounting issues and principles.
  • High level of judgment and decision-making skills that allow for identifying areas of need, defining problems, collecting data, establishing facts, drawing valid conclusions, and determining possible solutions to meet needs.
  • Problem-solving skills including identifying the root cause, envisioning future needs, and correcting/planning accordingly.
  • Computer skills and comfortability utilizing various technology including Microsoft Office Applications, Google Workspace Applications, and other web-based systems.
  • Time management skills including multitasking, setting priorities, and meeting deadlines for a wide variety of tasks.
  • Ability to maintain the confidentiality of highly sensitive information.
  • Ability to work independently and in a collaborative team environment.


  • Health/Dental/Vision
  • HSA employer contribution of $1500 per year
  • 401(k) with a 4% employer match
  • Additional annual contribution to 401(k) depending on organizational results (vesting schedule applies)
  • Life Insurance of 2x annual salary, max=$200k (employer-paid)
  • Short Term and Long Term Disability Insurance (employer-paid)
  • 18 Vacation Days accrued annually to start (increases with tenure)
  • 6 Sick Days accrued annually
  • 9 Paid Holidays
  • Remote hybrid work option (40% Remote/60% Office)

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