Position overview: The Associate Director is responsible for assisting Harvard students, alumni, and affiliate-founded ventures. The role oversees programming (workshops, roundtables, outreach, dinners etc.) to equip our community to tackle the opportunities and challenges in creating new ventures and working on their ideas.
The ideal candidate has led or been part of the leadership team of a startup, is connected to the entrepreneurship ecosystem, has experience as a mentor to startups and students, and is an excellent presenter, communicator, collaborator and project manager.
Job mission: Create meaningful, life-impacting value for Harvard students, alumni, and affiliate teams interested in innovation and/or startups.
Develop and implement innovation skills development programming and resources that align with the core Harvard Innovation Labs pedagogy and support all three Harvard Innovation Labs programs. Plans will be developed in coordination with contacts developed from assigned Harvard schools, student clubs, and/or outside groups. Balance recruiting external speakers with personally delivered sessions.
Serve as a primary Staff Advisor for teams and students in the Harvard Innovation Labs ecosystem (i-lab, Launch Lab X and Life Lab) using the Harvard Innovation Labs assessment and guidance methodology to ensure traction.
Serve as a liaison to students, student clubs, selected faculty, and administrative staff from across Harvard schools, especially those working on technology and business-to-business and consumer facing ventures.
Initiate activities and programs that build the Harvard Innovation Labs as a community home for student entrepreneurs and innovators pursuing technology- consumer- and business-centric ideas.
Serve as a contact point for faculty across Harvard who are interested in partnering to drive their teaching and program ideas with the Harvard Innovation Labs.
Participate in the guidance, assessment and coaching of the President's Innovation Challenge Open Track and overall execution with support from the Operations and Marketing teams.
Build and maintain understanding and relationships with the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Boston and other key national hubs, i.e. San Francisco and New York City.
Other tasks and accountabilities:
Work with Marketing and Operations to ensure programming is executed flawlessly.
Assist in optimizing the Venture Program.
Actively participate in the broader innovation community.
Many HBS employees are eligible for Flexible Work Arrangements, which may be explored during the interview process.
Culture of Inclusion: The work and well-being of HBS are strengthened profoundly by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more.
Harvard Business School will not offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity.
Salary Grade: 058
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
BA/BS required + 10 years of experience leading or helping to grow startup organization, or in product or technology roles in fast growing organizations.
Strong understanding of and passion for the latest trends
Excellent local network in the startup space
Experience with business models
Experience working with university students preferred
Strong diplomacy, organizational and communication skills (verbal, written)
Proven ability to deliver results with minimal oversight (self-starter)
Excellent communication skills – verbal, written, presentation
Some experience with event management preferred
The ability to work evenings a few times a month and occasional weekends, to meet deadlines and oversee and/or attend events
Agility, gravitas, and high EQ are valued attributes
Solid PowerPoint and Excel skills required
Client to Marketing, Tech Dev and Operations
Supplier to Marketing, Tech Dev and Operations
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: 51445BR
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