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Innovator in Residence

Apply now Job no: 493789
Categories: Staff
Department: T&I - Innovation & Entrepreneurship

This is a grant-funded, time-limited position.  The ideal candidate will be paid as a contractor for a one-year term.

The Innovator in Residence (IIR) role at the Jay Hurt Hub for Innovation & Entrepreneurship delivers on the recommendation from Davidson’s Commission on Race and Slavery: “The college will create an ‘Innovator in Residence’ program at the Jay Hurt Hub for Innovation and Entrepreneurship for alum entrepreneurs whose businesses promote equity or combat systemic racism.” The position aligns directly with our vision, values, and mission for the Hurt Hub@Davidson and is an opportunity for a Davidson alum who is actively working as founder and/or innovator to grow their venture while employing Davidson students, teaching classes, engaging with our Hurt Hub co-workers, and providing mentorship for the broader Davidson community. 


Vision: We facilitate access and exposure to innovation and entrepreneurship for all Davidson students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the broader Davidson community.

Values: We believe innovation is born out of Freedom, Integrity, and Inclusion.

  • Freedom to take risks. Freedom to fail and to succeed.

  • Integrity is our expectation.

  • Inclusion is the foundation of everything we do.

Mission: We convene innovators and entrepreneurs in the Davidson college community and the Lake Norman region to catalyze innovative solutions to critical problems through:

  • Educational Programming

  • Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • Inclusive Co-working Space

  • A Robust Mentor Network

  • Access to Capital

Primary Responsibilities:

  • The IIR will receive a grant of $75,000 for one full year (July 2021 - June 2022) to cover their time working in the Hurt Hub as an instructor and mentor and to employ at least 2 Davidson students to support their venture. The IIR is required to reside in or around Davidson and be present in person during the work week at the Hurt Hub. The IIR may occasionally be asked to attend evening events at the Hurt Hub@Davidson or on campus.

  • The IIR will be a Davidson alum entrepreneur or innovator who has an active for-profit business focused on providing services and/or products with a mission to combat systemic racism, inequality and inequity. 

  • The IIR must be looking to grow their business through collaboration with Davidson students, faculty, staff and community members (may or may not be co-workers at the Hurt Hub@Davidson). 

  • Through this grant, the IIR must employ at least 2 Davidson students during the academic year to support the growth of the IIR’s venture. The IIR will be responsible for crafting job descriptions and working closely with the Hurt Hub@Davidson’s Gig-Hub program coordinator, through which the students will be employed. Note that given students’ schedules, the same students may not be available for the full academic year. We expect each student to be employed at least 5 hours per week. 

  • The IIR must be willing to spend at least 25% of their time teaching a class at the Hurt Hub@Davidson (not for Davidson credit), hosting office hours, providing mentorship to students, serving as a guest speaker in Davidson classes or other presentations/events, engaging with alumni and other centers on campus (e.g. Center for Career Development, Center for Civic Engagement), and otherwise being available for consultation relative to their expertise in the spirit of providing more access and exposure to entrepreneurship and innovation in our community.

  • The IIR position will rotate with each Davidson fiscal year (July 1st - June 30th). The IIR will have full access to the Hurt Hub@Davidson facilities, with a dedicated desk/work space, and to the Davidson College campus akin to full-time employees. 

Other Benefits:

  • Professional Mentorship: IIR would have access to the Mentorship program operated in conjunction with Launch LKN through the Hurt Hub@Davidson.

  • Faculty & Staff collaboration/mentorship/consultation: IIR would be assigned a faculty counterpart to help navigate opportunities to collaborate on the growth of their business, receive mentorship/counsel on ideas, and/or get introduced to more students interested in getting involved in the venture.

  • Marketing: IIR would collaborate with the Hurt Hub@Davidson marketing team to participate in the Hub & Spoke Storytelling platform, to write a monthly blog/newsletter, participate in social media stories and to take advantage of other storytelling opportunities as appropriate. IIR would also have access to the College Communications team in sharing the story of their entrepreneurship journey and work with Davidson, providing a platform to drive brand awareness and interest in their business. 


Success Measures:

  • Year over year growth of the IIR’s business that can be attributed to collaboration with Davidson students, faculty and broader community.

  • Active employment of at least two students throughout the academic year with clear objectives and key results relative to driving growth in IIR’s business and to providing substantive experiential learning opportunities for students that easily translate into desired professional skills development.

  • Increased awareness across the Davidson community of the Hurt Hub@Davidson’s vision, values and mission.

  • Increased participation of new Davidson student, alumni and community populations with Hurt Hub@Davidson programming.

  • Alignment to and progress against Davidson College’s objectives for inclusion, equity and diversity as set forth in the College’s strategic plans and the Commission on Race and Slavery.


If interested in this role, please go to and submit an application along with a resume and cover letter.  Review of the applications will begin immediately.

At Davidson College, we believe the college grows stronger by recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff committed to building an inclusive community.  In order to achieve and sustain educational excellence, we seek to hire talented faculty and staff across the intersections of diverse races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, socio-economic backgrounds, political perspectives, abilities, cultures, and national origins.



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