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Fellow for Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth

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Please submit the following with your application: - Cover Letter - CV - Job Market Paper

Posting Details

Position Information

Job Title Fellow for Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth
Department Baker Institute
Full Time/Part Time Full-Time
Requisition Number S18227
Open Date 12/15/2017
Close Date
Salary Information

Salary Commensurate with Experience and Qualifications

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Occasional participation in after hours events or fundraising appointments is required.

Benefits Eligible Yes
Eligible for Overtime No
Position Summary

Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is seeking a research fellow to direct the activities of the McNair Center. The institute’s McNair Center focuses on producing research on the role of private enterprise and entrepreneurship in fostering economic growth. Accordingly, the principal purpose and research and public policy outputs of the Center and of the Fellow for Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth shall focus on the role of entrepreneurship in promoting economic growth, particularly as it relates to small businesses.

Education Required PhD or other Doctoral Degree
Concentration / Degree Type

PhD or other doctoral degree in economics, finance, business, or some other related field.

Substitution for Education Requirement

Experience may not be substituted for the education requirement.

Education Preferred
Experience Required 2 years
Type of Experience

Demonstrated competency in policy-related research; doctoral candidates receiving degrees in the 2017-18 academic year are encouraged to apply.

Substitution for Experience Requirement

Education may not be substituted for the experience requirement.

Experience Preferred

Preference will be given to candidates with experience conducting data-driven research related to private entrepreneurship and small business policy.

License/Certification Required
License/Certification Preferred
Skills Required

• Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
• Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
• Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making related to research of the center.
• Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. Able to write and summarize works of research in policy reports, issue briefs, research papers, and other forms of communication.
• Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
• Public Speaking — Talking to various audiences to convey information effectively. These audiences may include academics, industry, donors, and other groups.

Skills Preferred
Internal / External Contacts

Internal: The position will collaborate with other Baker Institute fellows studying related issues and work closely with the institute’s administrative team. The position will also build connections with other entrepreneurship faculty and programs on campus, including the Rice Entrepreneurship Initiative, the Jones Graduate School of Business, and the Department of Economics.

External: The position will coordinate, as appropriate, with the McNair Foundation and McNair Centers for Entrepreneurism and Free Enterprise. The position will also have frequent interactions with representatives from various levels of government, private sector, non-profits, academia, and NGOs.

Physical Demands

No extraordinary physical demands. Typical office environment.

Working Conditions

Occasional travel will be required to attend various industry functions, conferences, or networking opportunities. Occasional participation in after hours events or fundraising appointments is required.

Security Sensitive Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit the following with your application:

- Cover Letter
- CV
- Job Market Paper

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Job Duties

Job Duty Name Research
Description of Job Duty

- Develop a policy research agenda addressing the critical role of entrepreneurship, innovation, and small business in economic growth.
- Identify and study government policies, industry and market structure, and market forces that are conducive to entrepreneurial driven growth.
- Write and publish white papers, conference reports, opinion articles, blogs and policy briefs that translate research results into timely and relevant public policy recommendations for dissemination to government, academia, and private sector audiences as well as the public.

Percentage of Time 70
Job Duty Name Administration and Development
Description of Job Duty

- Manage a team of research and programmatic staff — postdoctoral fellows, research assistants, program coordinators — supporting the research center within the institute.
- Facilitate collaboration between the Baker Institute McNair Center and other local, national and international organizations and experts in the areas of private entrepreneurship.
- Work with the Baker Institute development team to create fundraising strategies and materials including grants proposals and gift solicitations to prospective donors.
- Plan and implement an annual budget for the McNair Center’s research program and related activities.

Percentage of Time 20
Job Duty Name Outreach and Communication
Description of Job Duty

- Communicate and promote the work of the Baker Institute in the area of private entrepreneurship, innovation, small business policy, and economic growth to the public through media appearances, public testimony, social media, and other speaking engagements.
- With the support of Baker Institute staff, organize conferences, workshops, seminars and other events.

Percentage of Time 10

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Other Document
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a PhD or other doctoral degree in economics, finance, business, or some other related field, or will have by summer 2018?

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Do you have two years of demonstrated competency in policy-related research?

    (Open Ended Question)