Lead Instructor, I-Corps Hub

Princeton University

United States

November 26, 2021


Lead Instructor, I-Corps Hub

Requisition # 2021-13765

Date Posted 3 days ago(11/22/2021 9:27 AM)


 VP for Innovation


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The National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (NSF I-CorpsTM) Northeast Hub is led by Princeton University in collaboration with several other prestigious universities in the region. The Northeast I-Corps Hub will develop a regional network of academic, industrial and government partnerships that will grow the nation's capacity to transform scientific discoveries into tangible societal benefits. Serving as a catalyst to democratize access to opportunities through educational and training programs, the Hub will directly lead to the formation of new commercial ventures to translate laboratory discoveries for societal impact.

The Lead Instructor will be experienced in teaching lean startup methodology and customer discovery principles. She or he will recruit, staff, and vet potential instructors for regional and national cohorts as well as design and deliver the regional I-Corps programs and execute the delivery of the national curriculum as directed by the NSF. She or he will also be the primary person responsible for growing the Northeast Hub and consequently the National Innovation Network by building relationships with potential future Affiliate universities.



  • Collaborate with the Hub Director and the Hub leadership team to set strategic goals and objectives.
  • Recruit, staff, and vet potential instructors for regional and national cohorts.
  • Serve as the Lead Instructor in NSF I-Corps Teams cohorts.
  • Teach and/or support the delivery of regional I-Corps cohorts.
  • Train new instructors and mentors in regional cohorts.
  • Recruit new teams into the I-Corps program and provide continued support to I-Corps alumni.
  • In collaboration with the Hub leadership team, lead the design of the curriculum for the regional I-Corps programs.
  • In collaboration with the Lead Mentor, recruit, vet, train and match mentors to I-Corps teams.
  • Serve on the NSF Curriculum Committee to evaluate and modify the national I-Corps Teams curriculum as necessary.
  • Design, build and execute a comprehensive suite of pre- and post-I-Corps programs such as information sessions, showcases, networking events and post I-Corps training programs.
  • Cultivate relationships with regional universities' entrepreneurship centers, tech transfer offices and faculty in order to grow the Northeast Hub and the National Innovation Network by identifying and recruiting new Affiliates.
  • Prepare reports for the Hub leadership team and NSF such as annual grant reports, monthly leadership agenda items, team's success stories, etc.
  • Attend conferences and events to promote and share lessons learned from I-Corps.
  • Pursue additional grants and corporate sponsorships to augment and scale innovation activities.
  • Support assessment activities led by CRESP as necessary.
  • Lead a team of support staff including a coordinator, finance administrator, marketing manager and innovation intern(s).
  • Qualifications


  • Certified National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (NSF I-CorpsTM) instructor
  • Master's degree in business and science and eight (8) or more years of related experience.
  • Strong passion for entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial education.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and analytical skills.
  • First-hand knowledge of entrepreneurial education offerings at the University level as well as demonstrated ability to develop and administer new educational programming, especially in the context of technology-based startups.
  • Familiarity with I-Corps/lean startup methods and venture investing strongly preferred.
  • Established relationships with the relevant National Science Foundation program directors as well as key entrepreneurship leaders at universities in the northeast.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality; work independently and/or as a team member; handle multiple assignments concurrently and re-prioritize; successfully adapt to rapid change; build coalitions; and communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders (e.g., students, faculty, successful entrepreneurs, venture investors, corporate representatives, other universities, government officials).
  • Special requirements: Ability to work a flexible schedule, as the responsibilities of the position will require some travel as well as participation in evening and weekend activities.
  • Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

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