This position is responsible for leading programming (workshops, etc.) and advising efforts in support of students, student teams and alumni teams interested in social entrepreneurship. The ideal candidate has founded or been part of the leadership team of a social enterprise startup (nonprofit or for-profit), is connected to the Boston social entrepreneurship ecosystem, has experience as a mentor to startups and students, and is an excellent presenter, communicator and project manager.
Job Mission: Create meaningful, life impacting value for Harvard students, student teams and alumni teams interested in social entrepreneurship.
Develop and implement entrepreneurship skills development programming and resources that align with the four-part i-lab pedagogy. Plans will be developed in coordination with contacts developed from schools (i.e. College, HKS, HGSE, HBS, HLS), student clubs, and/or outside groups. Balance recruiting external speakers with personally delivered sessions
Serve as the primary liaison to students, student clubs, selected faculty, and administrative staff from across Harvard schools working on Social and Cultural Entrepreneurship ventures (primary schools include College, HKS, HGSE, HBS – tertiary school would include HLS, GSD, HSPH).
Initiate activities and programs that build the i-lab as a community home for student entrepreneurs and innovators pursuing social impact and cultural entrepreneurship ideas.
Initiate activities and programs that provide meaningful support to Launch Lab (LLX) teams, our alumni venture teams.
Serve as a contact point for faculty across Harvard who are interested in partnering to drive their teaching and program ideas with the i-lab and the Innovation Labs in general. Particular focus areas would be faculty interested in the Social Entrepreneurship sector in the College, HKS, HGSE, and HBS, but could come from other schools as well.
Serve as the primary staff advisor for all Social Enterprise teams in the i-lab (est. 40 per session)
Other Tasks and Accountabilities:
Work with Centralized Programming to:
develop high quality events for skill development, networking, and inspiration
Work with Centralized Marketing and Centralized Operations to ensure Social Enterprise programming is executed flawlessly (e.g., high NPS scores)
Serve the lead role for the Social Track for the annual President's Innovation Challenge
Work with the Director to optimize the Venture Incubation Program Mentor Program.
Actively participate in the broader innovation community and the social enterprise sector in particular
About the Harvard Innovation Labs:
The Harvard Innovation Labs is a unique collaboration and education space designed to foster entrepreneurship and innovation across Harvard University. The Harvard innovation labs consists of 3 lab facilities adjacent to each other as follows:
The I-lab which is a
BA/BS required. 7+ years of related experience.
The desired candidate would have the following experience:
MBA or Masters preferred
Experience leading or growing a social enterprise startup.
Experience working with university students
Strong diplomacy and communication skills (verbal, written, presentation)
Proven experience leading multiple projects requiring collaboration across teams of diverse people to achieve 'above and beyond' results.
The ability to work occasional extra hours, including evenings and weekends, to meet deadlines and oversee and/or attend events
Agility, gravitas, and high EQ are valued attributes
Solid PowerPoint and Excel skills required
Proven ability to deliver results with minimal oversight (self-starter)
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 49461BR
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