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Rist DifferenceMaker Fellow (part-time/temporary)

Apply now Job no: 507411
Position type: Staff Part Time
Benefit Status: Non-Benefited – Non-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Entrepreneurship&EconDevelopmt
Salary: $25.00/hr.
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General Summary of Position:

The Rist DifferenceMaker® Fellow is designed to engage current, past, and future graduate students; masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral candidates, in building, developing, and expanding the DifferenceMaker® Program and the success of its student teams. The position is supported by the Rist DifferenceMaker® Institute.

The Rist Fellow is a part of UMass Lowell’s DifferenceMaker Program. The Rist Fellow will work directly with the DifferenceMaker Program management team. They will be given the opportunity to work on projects that contribute to the institutional innovation and entrepreneurial efforts and goals of DifferenceMaker and UMass Lowell. Furthermore, they will participate in the startup process by working closely with student entrepreneurs to help them build their ventures, compete in national competitions, attend conferences, gain funding, and more.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • The Rist Fellow will work collaboratively and individually on innovative projects under DifferenceMaker. Typical projects include, but are not limited to:
    • Creating new campus-wide innovation initiatives within DifferenceMaker
    • Developing grant proposals to support the expansion of DifferenceMaker and/or DifferenceMaker student teams
    • Designing and creating tools for DifferenceMaker impact evaluation and assessment
    • Raising the national profile of the DifferenceMaker program and DifferenceMaker student teams
  • The Rist Fellow will serve as a mentor and coach to DifferenceMaker student teams to assist them in moving through the innovation pipeline.
    • These responsibilities include, but are not limited to: coaching student teams throughout the pre and post-Idea Challenge year, preparing teams for participation in regional and national competitions, travelling with teams to conferences and competitions, assisting teams in the development of their business models and strategies, and providing information and guidance to teams in terms of pursuing additional funding and business opportunities.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):

Applications for the Rist DifferenceMaker Fellow are invited from those who are:

  • Currently enrolled or have completed any graduate program within the last 5 years, or plan to pursue a doctoral or post-doctoral degree.
  • Minimum education to apply is a master’s degree.
  • Authorized to work in the United States (applicants must be either a citizen of the United States or be able to maintain work authorization throughout the Fellow position. UMass Lowell does not offer visa sponsorship to candidates for the position).
  • Able to commit for the entire duration of the program (a one-year appointment, with the potential to extend through year-two).

Successful candidates will exhibit the following qualities:

  • Ability to advise and coach student groups
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-motivated
  • Teamwork oriented
  • Has an entrepreneurial spirit and a willingness to learn
  • Is a creative problem-solver
  • Encompasses public speaking abilities and presentation skills
  • Has experience with project management, entrepreneurship, and innovation

Additional Considerations:

The Rist DifferenceMaker® Fellow:

  • Will complete a one-year appointment, with the potential to extend through year-two.
  • Will work collaboratively with incoming/outgoing Fellows during a one-month transition period.
  • Is a part-time paid position (18 hours per week)
  • Working with a globally recognized program
  • A chance to build entrepreneurial skills
  • Access to a diverse network
  • Becoming a part of the UMass Lowell community and entrepreneurial ecosystem

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received. 

This is a temporary, part-time, non-benefited position.

Please include a resume, cover letter and *writing sample/response to include (see below*) with your application.  Names and contact information for three professional references will be requested at the time of application.     

*Writing sample/response should include:

  1. A 6-page response, typed in Times New Roman, 12-point font, double-spaced, 1 inch margins to the following prompts:
    1. Describe the most innovative process, practice, or initiative you encountered.
      1. What were the successes and challenges you faced?
      2. How did you help in the successes and overcome the challenges?

    2. Describe your philosophy on student entrepreneurship and programming.
      1. How have you supported student entrepreneurship on your campus, in your workplace, and beyond? 

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