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Director, West Africa at SEED / Accra

Full-time / Posted 27 February 2013 / Viewed: 1618 times /

The Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED) aims to stimulate the creation of economic opportunities through entrepreneurship and the growth of businesses that change the lives of people living in poverty.

Located in Ghana, the centre’s activities will serve the greater West Africa region. The centre will be a convening place for entrepreneurs, business leaders, policy makers, and investors to come together for formal educational and training programmes as well as informal gatherings to share ideas.

Programmes will involve Stanford faculty and alumni, as well as local collaborating institutions, entrepreneurs, managers, and other leaders.

Reporting to the Chief of Operations of SEED, the Director will be the local lead in the establishment of the center and will manage all operational activities of the center. The Director will have initially two direct reports and it is anticipated that the local staff will grow to more than 5 people.

SEED is a new institute, so these responsibilities will grow and evolve as we expand our scope. Because these activities will involve direct interaction with a wide variety of affiliated organizations in West Africa, significant local and international travel by the Director is required.


In close collaboration and consultation with the Chief of Operations, the Executive Director and other members of the SEED management team, the Director of the Center will define a comprehensive plan to execute the establishment of the center.

Responsibilities include:

• Manage the growth and evolution of the Center. Form and create relationships with a broad spectrum of entrepreneurs and other stakeholders in Ghana and West Africa
• Provide expertise and local knowledge of business ecosystems and challenges to help entrepreneurs
• Lead creation of physical center space:
- Identify location
- Engage design and construction firms
- Work on all logistics to execute and deliver center on time
- Manage budget allocations
• Facilitate all programming between Stanford staff and program delivery in the Center
• Assist GSB faculty by providing ongoing feedback with identifying opportunities for research, case studies and data gathering
• Hire and develop additional staff
• Lead business development initiatives
• Interact with representatives of prospective new partners (firms, NGO’s, and government entities) regarding potential SEED programs and offerings that will emerge as we grow.
• Interact with the government to make sure SEED is a good citizen in Ghana and the region
• Maintain legal compliance with local law
• Interact closely with the staff at Stanford to ensure open communication
• Collaborate with SEED Centers when up and running in other geographies
• Manage and reconcile the West Africa office budget and expenses on an ongoing basis
• Provide support and be accountable for the safety and comfort of SEED affiliated personnel while in the region


• 10+ years of professional experience, including minimum 5 years of business management
• Knowledge of and experience working in developing economies
• Successful track record working with entrepreneurs or building companies or organizations. Experience in starting and scaling organizations is desired.
• Demonstrated ability to be an effective member of a senior leadership team, working effectively with a diverse team, and contribute to setting overall strategic direction
• Extensive experience in conducting business in West Africa, with significant access to important contacts in and/or the ability to develop key contacts and relationships in West Africa
• Self-starter, with the ability to work independently in an ambiguous, start-up environment and to help a team define clear goals and then execute on those goals
• Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills and customer service orientation
• Superior organizational skills; ability to establish priorities, initiate and manage projects and budgets, manage and operate in a high energy and quick-change work environment
• Demonstrated strategic thinking, people management skills, project management skills, and leadership capabilities
• Entrepreneurial experience desired
• Sound judgment, discretion, and attention to detail
• MBA or other post graduate qualification desired

Location for this position is in Accra, Ghana. Significant travel within West Africa and occasional international travel required.

Interested candidates should submit resumes by February 28, 2013 and
include “Director, West Africa” in subject line.