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Innovation Manager

North Dakota State University
Fargo, ND
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The North Dakota Advanced Agriculture Technology Engine, a collaborative endeavor between key private and public stakeholders across North Dakota, has been selected as an inaugural awardee for the U.S. National Science Foundation's (NSF) Regional Innovation Engines competition.

Reporting to the NDSU Core Lead (Assoc Director, ND Agricultural Experiment Station), this position

will manage AgTech ecosystem development and engagement, and facilitate activities that support ideation through to market launch, with a strategic focus on solving food insecurity. The ideal candidate will possess a robust entrepreneurial mindset, a zeal for innovation, and the capability to lead diverse teams in a dynamic ecosystem.

This position is funded through an initial 2-yr, $15M National Science Foundation (NSF) Cooperative Agreement with an anticipated award up to 10 years and $160M. The role is a position at North Dakota State University, as the lead organization for the program.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Schedule: 40 hours/week (M-F: regular hours 8am-5pm, summer/winter break hours 7:30am-4pm)

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree in business, product management, or a related field
  • Proven experience in product management.
  • Strong analytical, organizational, and communication skills.
  • Leadership ability with a focus on fostering open communication and collaboration within diverse teams.
  • Demonstrated experience with the following:
  • Cross-Functional Collaboration and Stakeholder Engagement
  • Market Research and Continuous Improvement
  • Ideation, Prototyping, and Market Testing
  • Roadmap Development and Strategic Implementation

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience in AgTech or a related industry
  • Leadership experience in a learning and innovative environment
  • Alignment with the FARMS Innovation Corridor Framework

Application Process:

While applications will be accepted until the position is filled, full consideration will be given to candidates who submit application materials by May 17, 2024.

Please include a resume or curriculum vitae, the names and contact information for four (4) references (references will not be contacted without prior discussion with the candidate), and a cover letter addressing the minimum and preferred qualifications with your application materials.


NDSU offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes single or family health insurance coverage with premiums paid for by the university - with an effective date for new employees the first of the month following the date of hire. Other benefits include wellness benefits, basic life insurance, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual leave, EAP, sick leave, and holiday pay. Optional benefits include supplemental life, dental, vision, long-term care insurance, flexible spending accounts, and supplemental retirement plans.

About Us:

North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student-focused, land-grant, research university. Our main campus is located in Fargo, ND with Extension Service and Research Experiment Station locations across the state.

NDSU is the best college in ND, according to Money Magazine (September 2018). NDSU was named a 2019 Best Value College by Forbes. Fargo made's top 10 list of cities to find a job and ranked at #11 for best places to live overall.

No Smoking Notice :

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

EO/AA Statement:

North Dakota State University is an Equal Opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable.

Veteran's Preference Notice:

This position is subject to North Dakota Veteran's Preference requirements.

Reasonable Accommodation Information:

North Dakota State University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, please contact Human Resources at 701-231-8961 or .


NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities.

North Dakota State University is an employer of choice with a commitment to offer a well-rounded benefits package for employees and their families.

NDSU is listed at 95 among 404 public universities based on the university’s research expenditures reported to the National Science Foundation. In addition, NDSU is listed in the National Science Foundation’s top 100 in several areas, including: agricultural sciences; business management and business; communications; materials science; natural resources and conservation science; social sciences; sociology, demography, and population studies; and visual and performing arts.

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