The Illinois Science and Technology Coalition and Illinois Science and Technology Institute are seeking a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to lead both non-profit corporations. The CEO will be a self-motivated leader with an entrepreneurial streak and experience managing not-for-profit corporations, who is prepared to be responsible for growing the programs and operations of the corporations and advocating on behalf of their members and the Illinois research and technology community more broadly.
The Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC) is a member-driven 501(c)(6) non-profit corporation that cultivates technology-based economic development throughout Illinois. Authorized by state statute in 1989 as Illinois’ technology adviser, ISTC serves as a convener, catalyst, and champion for Illinois’ research, science, and technology communities to enrich the Illinois innovation economy. ISTC sits in a unique position at the juncture of the State’s research universities, Fortune 500 corporations, the Illinois tech startup community, the State’s economic development bodies, and other members of the civic community. ISTC exists to measure, connect, and advocate for the state’s innovation community, and its major projects include conducting research on the state and direction of Illinois’s research industry, particularly the production of the Illinois Innovation Index reports.
The Illinois Science & Technology Institute (ISTI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, connecting companies with classrooms to better prepare the next generation of problem solvers. ISTI was formed by the ISTC to administer talent and education programs, most notably STEM Challenges and Mentor Matching Engine.
The ISTC and ISTI CEO reports to the ISTC and ISTI Board of Directors, which is composed of representatives of the Illinois corporate and research university community. The ISTC and the ISTI and their respective members each have a commitment to diversity and inclusion, and this commitment will be reflected in the hiring process.
- Providing strategic direction to the ISTC and ISTI, including identifying those areas in the Illinois research and innovation ecosystem that are underserved by other civic organizations, as it relates to new business development or the creation and execution of new programs or initiatives.
- Serving as a public spokesperson for the ISTC and ISTI, and by result, for Illinois’s research and technology communities, both inside and outside Illinois.
- Advocating on behalf of Illinois’s technology and research communities, both at the State and Federal levels. This will include hosting the State’s annual Innovation Day in Springfield, as well as coordinating quarterly lobby days in Washington on behalf of members and the Illinois ecosystem more generally.
- Driving broad public education about the state’s research and technology capabilities, both through media engagement and public events. The CEO is expected to be a strong and effective speaker on behalf of Illinois and the ISTC’s membership.
- Supporting Illinois’s related civic organizations in their collective efforts to grow the State’s technology community through recruitment of capital, talent, and corporate and government investment in the State of Illinois. In this context, the CEO will be expected to align with other stakeholders to lead (or, where appropriate, support) efforts to obtain competitive grant funding for the State and for ISTC’s membership.
- Overseeing and ensuring the continued high quality of ISTC’s key programs, including the quarterly publication of ISTC-coordinated ‘Illinois Innovation Index’ research report on the themes of Illinois STEM talent, Research & Development and University Entrepreneurship for use by policymakers, technology industry partners, universities and media. The CEO also manages and ensures the monthly publication of the ‘ISTC Catalyst’ on Illinois’ knowledge economy for the Illinois technology sector.
- Overseeing the expansion of the ISTI’s programming, including particularly the continued growth of the Illinois STEM Challenges programs and the broader development and use of the Mentor Matching Engine. This work will involve demonstrating the value proposition of this program to existing corporate and educational partners, and attracting new partners to broaden the communities serviced by these programs.
- Overseeing the day-to-day operations of the ISTC and the ISTI, including the management of six staff members.
- Managing the general finances of the ISTC and the ISTI, including seeking grant funding from corporate and civic partners, and appropriately managing annual budgeting and audit processes annually. The CEO will also be responsible for more general fundraising for each organization.
- Developing and maintaining relationships with members and partners across the state with universities, local/regional economic developers, entrepreneurs, investors, entrepreneurial support organizations and others.
- Advising the Board and state policymakers regarding public policy matters that support research, technology development and commercialization, early-stage capital formation and talent development, including the development of initiatives, programs and legislation to further member goals.
- A self-starter and motivator with proven leadership skills and an entrepreneurial mindset
- Embodies the ISTC’s mission as a convener and champion of the Illinois research and technology community
- Ability to lead the envisioning, development, and implementation of long-term organizational goals
- Ability to plan, organize and execute on major events and programs
- Able to perform effectively as a public figure and leader of the entire community, not merely the organization
- Ability to work with members, other stakeholders and other members of the ecosystem to produce results that benefit the State of Illinois
- Strong written and oral communications skills required
- Ability to interact with policy-makers at the local, state and federal level, including both legislative and executive branches
- Ability to work independently on complex and confidential assignments without detailed instruction
- A high degree of personal integrity and ethical standards
- Experience in managing professional and clerical personnel
- Overseeing the management of the finances of a small and leanly-staffed organization, including operations and budgeting
- Ability to identify and grow the talent necessary to perform ISTC and ISTI’s programmatic functions
- Ability to travel as needed for the performance of duties
- Ability to demonstrate regular and reliable attendance
- Ability to identify and secure grant funding
- Experience with technology-based economic development policy, with preference for demonstrated knowledge of the policymaking process on the state level
How to Apply:
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected].