California State University, Dominguez Hills — Executive Director, Innovation Incubator

California State University, Dominguez Hills’ mission is to provide education, scholarship and service that are, by design, accessible and transformative. We welcome students who seek academic achievement, personal fulfillment, and preparation for the work of today and tomorrow.


California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) is seeking a visionary leader to serve as Executive Director (ED) of the Innovation Incubator. The Innovation Incubator is a robust, multi-faceted combination business incubator and accelerator, integrated into the greater university community at CSUDH that offers mentorship, education-based programs and events, and educational opportunities for startups and existing businesses. As a visionary leader with a knowledge of start-ups, incubation programs, and managing entrepreneurial organizations, the Executive Director will co-create the Incubator’s development within the University community, promoting engagement with faculty, students, and staff.

A highly diverse, metropolitan university primarily serving the South Bay area of Los Angeles County, CSUDH is a public, co-education institution and one of the 23 campuses that comprise the California State University system. CSUDH enrolls over 17,000 students across six colleges, and is a leader in developing outstanding programs that foster a college-focused culture in the communities it serves, with a goal of becoming a national model for student success grounded in academic excellence. The 346-acre campus is in Carson, California, just 10 miles from the beach and 13 miles from downtown Los Angeles. 

Reporting to the Provost in the Division of Academic Affairs, the Executive Director will lead and oversee the Innovation Incubator, working to develop its programs while connecting it to local and regional business and industry.  The successful candidate will possess a successful track record in growing and managing entrepreneurial organizations, and have demonstrated ability in building relationships and connections with stakeholders, including members of the local and regional business community. The next Executive Director will lead the design, programming, strategy and implementation of the Incubator’s activities, while integrating it with the academic activity, curriculum, and mission of CSUDH, placing particular emphasis on student success efforts. The ED will connect the resources and activities of the Incubator with business, industries, and the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the South Bay of Los Angeles. The successful candidate will be adept at working effectively with university faculty, engaging them across CSUDH and all disciplines. The next ED will emphasize cultural sensitivity, diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Incubator’s activities, while supporting its fundraising efforts and solicitation of sponsorship. 

A bachelor’s degree in a relevant technology or business discipline is required.  California State University, Dominguez Hills has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm to assist in this recruitment. 

All inquiries, nominations/referrals, and resumes with cover letters, should be submitted, in strict confidence to: 

Daniel Rodas, Partner
Gregg Glover, Senior Associate
Isaacson, Miller
Boston, MA 02210
Phone: (617) 262-6500

Electronic submission of application materials is strongly preferred.

California State University Dominguez Hills is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, and is strongly committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce. The University actively encourages applications of all qualified individuals. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.