Assistant Director, Smith Family Business Initiative, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business

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Leading at the intersection of people, business, and technology, the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business is one of the most comprehensive business schools in the nation and includes many areas of expertise not found in any other leading institution. The college is comprised of the university’s three accredited business schools, each of which is recognized as among the best in higher education: the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, and the Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration. Our academic research; industry and community engagement; and undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs all reflect the future of business: flexible, collaborative, and cross-disciplinary. The college community includes 232 research faculty, 46,000 alumni, and nearly 3,300 undergraduate, professional, and graduate students. The SC Johnson College of Business has an unparalleled resource base from which to draw—within the college, Cornell Tech in New York City, and Cornell University broadly.

Our Team:

Founded in 2014, the Smith Family Business Initiative at Cornell is dedicated to supporting and strengthening the network of owners, leaders, and alumni that work in, with or for a family business. The Initiative provides education, networking and new knowledge for family business owners, successors, and students from across the globe.

The Assistant Director, Smith Family Business Initiative opportunity:

Reporting to the John and Dyan Smith Executive Director of the Smith Family Business Institute, the Assistant Director will oversee and lead activities and operations for all educational events, student programs and affinity groups for the Smith Family Business Initiative at Cornell.

Required Decision-Making and Impact on the Organization:

General decisions and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Design and implement programming, events, curriculum, and logistics including event venue, program, and marketing
Oversee the annual calendar; complete with staffing, marketing and communications plan
Will develop and lead an effective marketing plan to promote and attract participants to all public SFBI events, to include but not limited to the Families in Business Conference, the Cornell Family Business Roundtables, the Cornell Case Competition for Family Ownership, and the Family Innovations Summit.
Promote and recruit students to the same events, as well student centric events such as the Mentors Forum, International Treks, family business courses and club activities, and on-campus events. It is the expectation that this position would be present at all events, or to coordinate a plan for coverage if unable to attend.
Due to events and meetings, this position will be required to travel (locally and regionally) 10-20% of the work time, depending on need.
Oversee Student club and mentoring students, especially in regards to activities with the Family Business Club.
Oversee of SFBI faculty activities, including research support and administration of SFBI Scholars program

Required Qualifications:

Deep understanding of family business curriculum, content and issues that are pertinent for students, owners, and advisors of family enterprise.
Ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of people with diverse ability, culture, and social and ethnic backgrounds.
Strong organizational skills: ability to prioritize and to work on numerous projects simultaneously with a commitment to accuracy and attention to detail
Reliability and dependability, intuitive decision-making skills, including on-time arrival and departure, in particular to special events and programs.
Proficient in computer software including Microsoft Office & CRM (Salesforce) with the ability to learn new software programs with minimal instruction.
Ability to establish trust with business owners, students of family business and key alumni.
Must have transportation for occasional regional travel.
Flexibility to occasionally work outside of the normal 8:00-5:00 workday.
Bachelor’s Degree plus 3-5 years’ experience in a professional setting is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

A Master’s Degree in business, education, public administration or similar.
A strong preference is extended to related experience in a peer family business program or family business advisory capacity.
Self-starting, creativity and responsive to student and stakeholder needs, ability to work independently and understand the implications of what a “world-class” program looks, acts, and performs like.

Rewards & Benefits at Cornell:

This position is a full-time position based in Ithaca, NY, and is eligible for benefits. This role is also eligible for a hybrid work arrangement with some remote work opportunities. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. If interested in applying please include a cover letter with your application.

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SalaryPay Range:

$65,637.00 – $76,281.00Remote Option Availability:

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EndowedContact Name:

Turner DePalma

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