Director of iZone

River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Director, iZone

The River Campus Libraries (RCL) seeks a collaborative and energetic leader to assume the role of Director of the Barbara J. Burger iZone. The iZone – Imagination, Ideas, Innovation – is a pre-incubator where, primarily, undergraduate students will explore and imagine ideas for social, cultural, community and economic impact. Its mission is to help students build skills, access tools and resources, get advice, and connect with a community of collaborators to generate, refine, and communicate ideas, connecting these with other idea and entrepreneurship organizations and units and the broader community and City of Rochester. The Director will be responsible for the overall programming, including development and implementation, partner relationships and working with and advising the inspiring students who are the iZone’s primary users as they seek to make the world ever better.

The iZone will be a vibrant environment that provides programs, services, and experts focused on supporting student ideas, imagination, and innovators. The iZone will position itself as a resource for the exploration and refinement of ideas, focusing on developing the student. The Director will work with a host of partners to integrate experts, services and programming into the iZone to complement the existing ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship on campus and in the city of Rochester.

Successful candidates will demonstrate an understanding of and strong track record in innovative leadership, idea exploration and entrepreneurship across domains, and an outstanding ability to cultivate and meaningfully partner with a broad range of stakeholders who are essential to the success of the iZone. The Director also must have a strong aptitude and desire to work effectively with students in a higher education environment, work in a technology-rich learning space, develop programs to meet the needs of curricular and co-curricular activities, and connect externally, in particular, with other entrepreneurship units at the University of Rochester (UR) and the City of Rochester. Reporting to the Dean, River Campus Libraries, the iZone Director is accountable to a Steering Committee (Dean of The Undergraduate College, Vice Provost, Ain Center for Entrepreneurship and the Vice Provost and Dean, River Campus Libraries) and an Advisory Board which represents the interests of key constituents, including alumni of the UR.

Responsibilities include:

  • Leading, developing and implementing program strategy
  • Forging a strong relationship and working closely with the staff of the Ain Center for Entrepreneurship
  • Initiating, managing and cultivating partner relationships (e.g., faculty, staff, alumni, practitioners, etc.)
  • Hiring, training, supporting, coaching and developing staff (one full time and student staff)
  • Working with faculty to develop and enhance experiential curriculum options in entrepreneurship and innovation for students in the undergraduate business program and other related areas
  • Developing programs, resources and services to support students’ exploration of ideas, forming teams and connecting with experts and tools that equip them with the skills, competencies and wherewithal to understand how to advance their ideas
  • Preparing students for success in an increasingly competitive and volatile marketplace
  • Overseeing the marketing and outreach to communicate iZone services, programs and opportunities to students and partners, including utilizing the most current forms of social media 
  • Coordinating assessment activities to establish and capture metrics, usage satisfaction and impact.
  • Leading, planning and continuously improving the iZone
  • Overseeing the deployment of core facilities operations, including physical space, virtual presence, digital platforms and other technology
  • Exercising budgetary oversight
  • Enhancing collaboration with external partners, donors, and alumni, and across disciplines, such as science, social science, engineering, business, education, music (including the Eastman School of Music) and humanities
  • Representing the iZone locally, state-wide and nationally

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree and specialized experience in an appropriate field related to the assignment is required. 
  • Minimum of two years leadership experience in a related field or role
  • Evidence of outstanding leadership abilities
  • Demonstrated enjoyment, passion and commitment to working with and mentoring students
  • Familiarity with best practices in entrepreneurship education and programming
  • Evidence of being a self-starter with an ability to develop and lead new programs,  services and resources
  • Recognized as an initiator, a collaborator and a champion of innovative approaches
  • Proven effectiveness working with students, faculty, and staff and demonstrated utilization of user-centered approaches
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building, communication and presentation skills across disciplines and staffing groups, including the ability to inspire others to be the best they can be
  • Strong skills in team dynamics and comfort in working with minimal supervision
  • Ability to promote programs, solve problems and interact with individuals at all levels
  • High comfort level in managing ambiguity and an evolving agenda
  • Demonstrated ability in working in a technology-rich environment, including general comfort in creating opportunities through the use of technology
  • Financial management skills and experience
  • Project management skills and experience
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to assess projects and program effectiveness
  • Strong commitment to diversity

Desired Qualifications:

  • A graduate degree
  • Experience as an entrepreneur
  • Previous administrative experience
  • Demonstrated success and affinity for donor relations and fundraising  
  • Experience working in an academic environment

The University and the Library

The Barbara J. Burger iZone in the River Campus Libraries will be constructed in the Spring 2017 within the Rush Rhees Library. The iZone will be comprised of an Innovation Zone, the Chester F. Carlson Collaborative Zone, team rooms, instruction room, presentation space and fixed computing/digital displays. The iZone provides a unique opportunity for the incumbent to realize the user research which has occurred into a compelling design in a state-of-the-art, technology-rich specialized learning space. The iZone offers the opportunity to work with a variety of partners in offering new and existing programs to meet student and curricular needs. The iZone also aspires to contribute to the UR’s support for the City of Rochester by helping to prepare students for success and civic contribution for social, community, cultural and economic impact. The iZone will be a conduit for students to meaningfully engage with the broader community and to address issues of local, national, and global importance. 

The University of Rochester Libraries belongs to the Association of Research Libraries and has collections of more than three million volumes and more than 44,000 active serial titles. The River Campus Libraries, the largest of three library systems at the University of Rochester, is in the process of implementing the fourth year of a five-year transformational strategic plan. The iZone will contribute to the Libraries vision of being a collaborative hub of innovation in support of the Schools we support. For more information on the Libraries, please consult our website:  

The University of Rochester is the sixth largest private employer in New York State and one of the nation's leading private universities with just over 5,600 undergraduate and over 4,600 full and part-time graduate students on the River Campus.  Located in Rochester, New York, the University gives students exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study and close collaboration with faculty through its unique cluster-based curriculum. 

Among the 100 largest metropolitan regions in the country, Greater Rochester has earned a reputation as one of the most livable communities in the nation.  Located on the southern shore of Lake Ontario and gateway to the scenic Finger Lakes, Rochester offers its 1.1 million residents the amenities of a metropolitan area with a quality of life not available in many urban regions. 

Rochester is recognized as one of the most affordable housing markets in the country.  Several high schools in the metropolitan area have been consistently listed by Newsweek as among the best in the country.  The metropolitan area boasts 20,000 acres of parkland and offers year-round recreational opportunities for those who like to be outdoors in all seasons.  In addition to hosting past PGA and Ryder cup tournaments and the annual LPGA tour, Rochester is also home to top-level minor league baseball, hockey, soccer, and lacrosse teams.

For more information about living in Rochester, see Rochester Made for Living

Salary and Benefits:

Rank and competitive salary are commensurate with education and experience.  The University of Rochester offers comprehensive benefits; choice of retirement programs including TIAA-CREF. Twenty-five days paid vacation and seven calendar holiday as well as tuition benefits.


Reference ID:   196565

Applications will be accepted immediately and until the position is filled. Please send a letter of application, resume, and the names, address and phone numbers of three references to:  

Kelley Kitrinos

Human Resources Manager, River Campus Libraries
Rush Rhees Library
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY  14627 
E-mail address:

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