This position is responsible for all aspects of an expanding 400 acre development focused on building an innovation community for established and startup companies as well as university entities. The President often gets directly involved in the execution of operational and tactical activities in addition to providing leadership and vision. The Research Park is a highly visible leader in economic development and job creation. The Park operates as a financially self-sustaining entity.
The successful candidate must demonstrate a record of strong management skills; demonstrated success developing and implementing innovative and creative ideas to promote economic development; demonstrated ability to work with business, universities, and state and local government organizations; and excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Required Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree and 10 years of related experience; OR a Master's degree and 8 years of related experience; OR a Ph.D. or other professional degree and 5 years of related experience.
Preferred Education and Experience:
Demonstrated ability to work with business, universities, state and local government organizations.
Demonstrated general management and negotiating skills.
Demonstrated experience in real estate development.
Demonstrated skills in public and private finance.
Demonstrated engagement with the university community in encouraging and evaluating entrepreneurial and potential business startup efforts.
Buffkin/Baker has been retained to assist with the search. Candidates will be notified prior to contacting references. All nominations and applications will be held confidential until finalists are publicly announced.
Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. Over 36,000 students are enrolled and served by over 6,200 faculty and staff (see www.iastate.edu). Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted the best college town in the nation (see www.visitames.com).
Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented minorities, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.
Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status and will not be discriminated against.