Executive Director, Tufts Food and Nutrition Innovation Institute - Friedman School of Nutrition - (19002138)
The Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University seeks an energetic, accomplished, and inspiring leader to serve as the first Executive Director of the Tufts Food and Nutrition Innovation Institute. This is a full-time position for a 3-year term, renewable based on performance and funding, and reporting directly to the Dean of the School
The world faces an existential nutrition crisis. Poor nutrition is the leading cause of death and disability globally, producing staggering healthcare costs and lost economic productivity. Our food system is also degrading our natural resources, generating and exacerbating population disparities, and threatening our nation's military readiness. The public increasingly recognize this global nutrition crisis, and are demanding products that are healthier, more sustainable, and more authentic and transparent. Yet, at the same time, consumers, industry, investors, and policy makers are often deeply confused on the science underlying these concepts, limiting progress and success.
These forces are creating enormous disruption in the food sector. Yet, the resulting innovation, new products and companies, and capital investments remain fragmented and not always science-based. The Friedman School is in a unique position to bring together cutting-edge science, companies, investors, and the non-profit sector to train a new generation of leaders, launch new ventures, and catalyze science-based innovation and entrepreneurship, all aligned to help create a healthier, more equitable, and more sustainable food system.
The Executive Director will lead the Institute's efforts toward achieving these goals, leveraging the power of our strong science, mission, credibility, and networks. The Executive Director will:
Develop and execute the Institute's strategy, articulating a vision, mission, and 5-year roadmap including metrics of success, operating budget, and resources; in collaboration with School leaders and advisors.
I ntegrate and leverage the Institute's activities with related programs and stakeholders across the School, University, and our external networks.
I dentify partners, investors, new ventures, and other fundraising opportunities to grow the Institute.
Serve as the lead ambassador for the School's innovation and entrepreneurship activities in science and business, both within and outside the University
Drive strategy for and lead fundraising efforts in collaboration with School leadership and relevant University offices.
Lead and grow existing and new components of the Institute, including:
Educational and experiential learning activities , in collaboration with School academic leaders and the Tufts Gordon Institute.
Establishing new angel and venture funding to support ideas and companies coming out of the programming.
Developing new incubator, accelerator, and early company spaces within and near the Tufts Boston campus.
Cultivating new partnerships with existing successful accelerators, incubators, and food/nutrition start-ups
Advancing the culture of entrepreneurship and new ventures among faculty, students, and alumni.
Develop and implement effective internal and external communication strategies to promote awareness and success of the Institute, in collaboration with the School's Communication team.
Supervise and manage Institute staff; and work closely with other relevant School and University staff.
A leader who will have instant business and technical credibility and is able to identify, motivate, and retain a network of high performing individuals of diverse talents and interests.
Inspiring and visionary about the Institute and its potential, with a passion for achieving end-to-end success by taking ideas from their conceptual stage to execution.
A goal-oriented professional who provides a sense of direction and perseveres to achieve positive results.
A team player who is effective at setting and agreeing to goals with key stakeholders and seen as a reliable deliverer against targets and holds others accountable for delivery of outcomes.
Interpersonally gifted with strong skills in listening, coaching, communicating, and showing appreciation.
A leader who recognizes the power of inclusivity, develops the ideas and potential of others, and is sensitive to the needs of people.
Comfortable appropriately and firmly challenging the status quo with peers and superiors.
Proven ability to leverage and develop the existing talent within the team, while acting decisively where capability gaps exist.
Understands the venture and commercialization process with proven experience creating and launching one or more ventures.
Inspires passion and excitement around shared goals and values and possesses the ability to build a sense of urgency in the team to get results.
Able to speak the language of and interact with leaders in both science and business.
The candidate should have at least 10 years of experience in one or more of the following: entrepreneurship, management, business, industry relations, and academics. Candidates should have had experience creating, obtaining funding, and launching a start-up company, nonprofit, or related venture. Candidates must have leadership experience with strategic and/or program planning, program management with P&L experience, excellent communication skills, and be able to effectively manage diverse groups in a complex environment. Experience in science and business is required; additional experience in higher education is preferred.
The Executive Director will report to the Dean of the Friedman School and interact widely with other School leadership, faculty, staff, students, and advisors. Candidates must be able to work both independently and collaboratively with School leadership, faculty, students, external stakeholders such as companies, accelerators and incubators, and our Innovation Council members and Entrepreneurship Advisors. As this is a new position, successful candidates will thrive on working in uncharted environments and building on strong foundations including the expertise and reputation of the Friedman School to make the Tufts Food and Nutrition Innovation Institute the "go-to" scientific partner for relevant ventures in food, nutrition, agriculture, and wellness.
The Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University is a global leader in domestic and international nutrition and food systems teaching, research, and policy. Located in downtown Boston on the Health Sciences Campus, Friedman School faculty members have extensive opportunities for academic and external collaborations, including with faculty within the Friedman School and the Tufts USDA Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, School of Medicine, School of Engineering, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, School of Dentistry, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, School of Arts and Sciences, and the multiple other colleges and universities in Boston, nationally, and worldwide.
Tufts University prides itself on creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive community. Current and prospective employees of the university are expected to have and continuously develop skills in positively engaging with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students.
An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.
Tufts is a leader in American higher education, distinctive for its success as a moderately sized university that excels at research and providing students with a personal experience. Our unique combination of research and liberal arts attracts students, faculty and staff who thrive in our environment of curiosity, creativity and engagement.