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Job: Principal Executive/Manager F (Innovation & Entrepreneurship Manager)

Portland, OR

Economic Development Division, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Section

We invite members of all diverse communities to join our workforce as we endeavor to best serve Oregonians from every background.

This employment opportunity is with the Oregon Business Development Department in the Economic Development Division, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Section. This recruitment is for a permanent, full-time, Management Service, supervisory position. This position is located in Portland, Oregon, but agency leadership is open to considering candidates who could split time between the agency’s Portland and Salem locations. This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates to fill the current vacant position and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur.

OBDD employs approximately 135 employees who carry out the agency mission, “to invest in Oregon businesses, communities, and people to promote a globally competitive, diverse, and inclusive economy.”

The Economic Development Division (EDD) promotes business and community development opportunities by removing barriers to business growth, job creation/retention, and infrastructure development.  EDD services include assisting Oregon businesses, communities, non-profit entities, and academic and research institutions to access State resources and programs for public and private sectors.  Assistance includes venture capital funding for high growth businesses, business technical assistance programs, global trade and recruitment, infrastructure financing and other community and economic development programs.  Recruitment Officers, Regional Development Officers, Global Trade Specialists, Innovation and Entrepreneurship staff, analysts, program specialists and coordinators, and loan officers work collectively in partnership with Oregon entities to achieve the Department’s strategic plan priorities.

One ingredient of quality job growth and economic development generally is an innovative economy in which cutting-edge research translates into commercialized technology and job-creating companies. Small and middle-market companies, along with the state’s emerging industries are central to Oregon’s long-term competitiveness since they have historically provided the majority of family wage job growth the past 10 years. To capture this segment of the economy, Oregon must continue to invest in statewide research and development (R&D) and support small business growth and startup activity. In response, Business Oregon’s  Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) team manages programs that support R&D, invest in emerging industries, increase access to capital for high-growth startups, and support small business growth statewide, including rural Oregon and within underrepresented communities.

Business Oregon’s I&E team seeks to link the investments it already makes into a more cohesive and strategic program – elevating innovation as a statewide priority. This section focuses its efforts on four key priorities: industry R&D, tech-transfer and commercialization; rural small business and entrepreneurial support; and access to growth capital. The Oregon Innovation Council (Oregon InC), the Oregon Growth Board, the state’s Small Business Development Center network, Oregon’s research universities, existing agency small business support programs, as well as support for external partner programs will be critical for implementation going forward.

Duties & Responsibilities

The primary purpose of this position is to align staff and programs around a cohesive strategy for investment in Oregon’s innovation and entrepreneurial environment. One of the core priorities identified in Business Oregon’s new five-year Strategic Plan is to “Innovate Oregon’s Economy.” This priority includes strategies designed to expand the state’s R&D capacity and increase access to capital for high-growth startups. Other priorities outlined in the agency’s strategic plan also focus on promoting an environment that supports rural entrepreneurship and small business growth, as well as foster wealth creation for underrepresented populations.  Key to this work will be developing outcome targets, setting specific and quantifiable metrics, and establishing implementation tactics for delivering on outcomes.

In addition to supervising and managing the staff in this division, the manager will also be responsible for leading the development of a statewide innovation “road map” that will identify a strategy for enhancement of Innovation and Entrepreneurship as a statewide priority.  This “road map” will be the centerpiece of national recognition of Oregon as a leader in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and guide legislative funding and policy proposals.

Furthermore, the position is responsible for shaping the overall development of innovation initiatives, including policy development (best practices research), managing emerging research projects, program creation, project management, and building relationships/liaison with partners (universities and colleges, national labs, industry, service providers, constituents, etc). The position manages staffing and program implementation related to the Oregon Innovation Council (Oregon InC) and the Oregon Growth Board.

For the full list of specific duties and working conditions, see the Position Description (Download PDF reader).

Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills

Your work experience must clearly demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications below in the WORK HISTORY section of your application. A resume’ WILL NOT substitute.  All answers to the supplemental questions will be verified using the work history section of your application to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications.   Failure to provide this information may result in eliminating your application from further consideration.

To be considered for this position you must have the following:

Four (4) years of management experience in a public or private organization which included responsibility for each of the following:

a) Development of program rules and policies.
b) Development of long- and short-range goals and plans.
c) Program evaluation and
d) Budget preparation.


Three (3) years of management experience in a public or private organization which included responsibility for each of the following:

a) Development of program rules and policies.
b) Development of long- and short-range goals and plans.
c) Program evaluation and
d) Budget preparation AND 45-48 quarter hours (30-32 semester hours) of graduate level coursework in management.

In the work history section on your application, you must clearly describe your experience in each of the a), b), c), d) areas listed. Failure to provide this information may result in eliminating your application from further consideration.


  • Ability to convene and align the diverse innovation and entrepreneurship efforts of the state into a cohesive strategy that delivers on measurable outcomes.
  • Ability to maneuver within the public sector while managing the demands and needs of private sector entrepreneurs.
  • Skill to work at all levels of government and business, particularly with small rural communities and businesses.
  • Aptitude for working across all departmental teams to identify collaborative opportunities for innovation in all areas of departmental work.
  • Management ability to invest in, develop, coordinate and align a highly professional, diversely talented staff.
  • Considerable professional judgment in dealing with collaborators in a highly competitive and very politically charged arena.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.  High performer when communicating and interacting with Oregon Legislative Assembly and other elected officials.
  • Provide forward guidance for growing the state’s ability to deliver full life-cycle investment needs and establishing a robust technology transfer and commercialization systems.
  • Understand seed, angel and venture investment principles and the ability to evaluate opportunities through these lenses.
  • Understand economic principles and technology based economic development practices in a wide variety of industry sectors.

Additional Information

TO APPLY, follow the “Apply” link above to complete the Oregon Employment Application online. All application materials must be received by the closing date/time posted on this announcement.

This announcement has supplemental information required for submission.  Please see the “Supplemental Questions” section of this announcement.  Only complete applications will be considered.

PLEASE NOTE:  You must attach the following to your on-application:

  1. A Cover Letter (must be limited to no more than two pages in length) describing how your experience and training meet the desired attributes listed above.
  2. Answer the supplemental questions.  Please see the “Supplemental Questions” section of this announcement.

The selection process will consist of a review of the materials provided and an evaluation of experience and training.  Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications and most closely match the desired attributes may be invited to interview.  Submit only the required materials.  Portfolios and other work products should not be included at this time.

Work Experience is based on a 40 hour workweek.  When answering questions regarding work history, credit for work that is less than full-time should be pro-rated based on a 40-hour week. (Example:  20 hours a week for one year would equal six-months of work experience.)

NOTE:  Transcripts are required to be attached to your application if you are using education or coursework to meet the minimum qualifications.  Transcripts must clearly show 1) your name; 2) the name and address of the institution; 3) the degree received and date conferred; 4) required coursed completed with a passing grade.  For application purposes, unofficial transcripts are acceptable however, official or original documents may be requested to validate education. Transcripts must be attached to your application and WILL NOT be accepted as verification of education after the announcement has closed.

Veterans’ Preference
Eligible veterans who meet the qualifications will be given veterans’ preference. To receive preference you MUST attach appropriate documentation. See additional information link below for more details.

Criminal Records Check
The hiring of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the results of a Criminal Background Check.  Adverse background data may be grounds for immediate disqualification.

Driver’s License 
Driving is an essential function of this position.  This position requires you to possess and maintain a current valid driver’s license and maintain a satisfactory driving record.

Work Authorization
The Oregon Business Development Department does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, all applicants will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security’s Form I-9, confirming authorization to work in the United States.

Email Address
You must have a valid e-mail address to apply for jobs with the Oregon Business Development Department.

All communication regarding your application and status will be done by e-mail.  For more information, see the Applicant E-Recruit FAQ’s located in the “Information Links” resource section listed below.

The pay and benefits on all announcements may change without notice.