Associate Director of Veteran Entrepreneurship Initiatives
Job ID: 2019-6917 Type: NYU Tandon School of Engineering (PE1001) # of Openings: 1 Category: Business/Professional Administrative New York University
The Associate Director of Veteran Entrepreneurship Initiatives at NYU Tandon School of Engineering will lead a Brooklyn-based initiative at NYU Tandon to support early stage ventures, from ideation to funding, that are founded by US Military Veterans, Veterans’ Spouses, and Department of Defense affiliates. The Associate Director will oversee the Veterans Future Lab and that is home to three core programmatic functions, all of which pertain to Veterans’ entrepreneurship; those functions are: education, incubation, and innovation. The individual also exercises command and control over the VFL’s three supporting functions; those functions are: logistics, marketing, and fundraising.
The Associate Director reports to the Director of Entrepreneurship at NYU Tandon. The VFL is a part of the Future Labs Program, a ten year old network of unique, high-performing incubators that are run by NYU Tandon School of Engineering. The VFL Associate Director collaborates with peers at the other Future Labs as necessary. Supervises three direct reports at the VFL: the VFL’s Community Manager, ProtoShop Manager, and Marketing Lead. Represents the Veterans Future Lab as a member of NYU’s university-wide Veterans Working Group.
For education, the VFL educates members of its target demographic group through executing in-person learning / networking events that advance the innovation ecosystem. Additionally, the VFL conducts a recurring multi-week, 36 hour Veterans Entrepreneurship Training (VET) course for US Military Veterans, Veterans’ Spouses, and Department of Defense affiliates. For incubation, the VFL houses and mentors select ventures from across the country that are founded by members of its target demographic group for an approximately one year period via its signature incubator program, Apex. For innovation, the VFL empowers its target audience to transition hardware ideas into physical creations through its state of the art prototyping resources.
Required Education: Bachelor's Degree
Preferred Education: Master's Degree
Required Experience: -7+ years US military service experience preferred
-Extensive experience effectively managing teams and supporting team members in achieving ambitious objectives
-8+ years of professional work experience with entrepreneurial implications required
-Fundraising experience or access to a network of potential funding sources
-Experience working comfortably with disparate populations
-Experience teaching adults desirable
Preferred Experience: -7+ years Experience teaching adults desirable
-Prior entrepreneurship experience as the founder of a nonprofit or for profit venture preferred
-US military service preferred
Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities: -Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity
-Knowledge of the startup lifecycle and support services for entrepreneurs required
-Proven ability to cultivate partnerships with diverse stakeholders
-Strong attention to detail a must
-Outstanding problem solving and project management skills
-Ability of working in a values-based culture and a collaborative work environment
-Digital literacy, including ease with Microsoft Office products, Slack, Notion and other project management platforms
-Ability to commute to Industry City in Sunset Park
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