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Associate Director -Venture Mentor Network

Northeastern University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Start date
Jul 28, 2023

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Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Management
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Associate Director -Venture Mentor Network

About the Opportunity

About the D'Amore-McKim School of Business:

Founded in 1922, the D'Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University prepares the leaders that the times demand. We deliver a curriculum that combines knowledge in technology and data analytics with uniquely human skills, such as critical thinking, creativity, and an entrepreneurial mindset. From undergraduate to MBA-level programs—online, on-site, or hybrid, full- or part-time, our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

About the Opportunity:

About NUCEE: The Northeastern University Center for Entrepreneurship Education (NUCEE) is a university-wide experiential entrepreneurship center that works with undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and faculty to design, build and launch new ventures. NUCEE helps the university's entrepreneurial community achieve success through educational, experiential, and custom programming to support the development of entrepreneurs and startups. Core components of NUCEE Include Mosaic, the Venture Mentoring Network, a collection of grants, international and iCorps programs.

About VMN: The McCarthy(s) Venture Mentoring Network (VMN) is a university-wide resource available to all Northeastern students, faculty, and alumni ventures. The goal of the VMN is to pair Northeastern entrepreneurs with high-quality, experienced mentors that can help address business challenges and make our ventures more successful. Mentoring occurs at all stages of venture development. The VMN looks for mentors with entrepreneurial, innovative backgrounds and experience, backed by strong interpersonal skills, who will adhere to the mission and the principles of the program. VMN works with centers and organizations at Northeastern to serve 300+ ventures.

The VMN Approach:

Start with a conversation: Mentorship starts with an informational conversation between mentor and venture. Mentors learn more about the venture's business achievements and opportunities. Ventures learn more about the Network and how mentors might be impactful. Develop an action plan: Mentors and ventures collaborate to determine best next steps for the business and create a detailed list of mentor needs to present to the Network. Build a mentor team: Mentors work with the Network's management team to connect ventures with additional mentors to fulfill identified mentor needs. Collaborate to scale and launch: Mentors and ventures connect, collaborate to scale, and launch successful businesses based on identified mentoring needs.


The Venture Mentoring Network (VMN) Associate Director will be responsible for:
  • Growing the participation in the Mentoring Network by providing mentors with an experience that meets their background, keeps them engaged and connected with each other.
  • Managing and collaborating with the Venture Mentoring Network Program Manager.
  • Directing the ongoing operations of the Venture Mentoring Network, including organizing and running all events, lunches, and meetings; onboarding new ventures and mentors; administering training sessions; or any other operational requirement s/he feels is required.
  • Sourcing ventures from a variety of university sources, especially IDEA, so that Northeaster's ecosystem continues to be known for the excellence of its ventures.
  • Creating strategy in collaboration with VMN Co-Chairs, Founders and the VMN Steering Committee.
  • Developing the scope of the network through new program offerings, engagement opportunities, and collaboration with University Colleges
  • Expanding the collaboration of the network with University Advancement

Strong communication and relationship management skills are critical for this position combined with a mastery of operational details. Mentors are high priority individuals for NUCEE and the University. Building and maintaining strong, positive relationships with mentors is an important function of the McCarthy(s) Venture Mentoring Network.

Mentors expect to be treated professionally and value follow-up and strong operational capabilities.

The Associate Director and Program Manager will share strategic and operational responsibility for all of VMN programming. The Associate Director has a direct reporting line to leadership for the Northeastern Center for Entrepreneurship Education (NUCEE) due to the importance of VMN's operational excellence.


  • Undergraduate degree, master's degree either in hand or in process, preferably a Business Administration or a related field
  • Five (5) plus years' experience in industry or higher education
  • Experience in or adjacent to building and/or mentoring businesses from concept to first customer and beyond.
  • Strong management, organizational, communications (written and oral), interpersonal communication, public speaking, and computer skills (Microsoft Office suite)
  • Detail oriented
  • High level of self-confidence and enthusiasm
  • Ability to be entrepreneurial and a self-starter.
  • Strong customer service focus
  • Ability to interact professionally and diplomatically with mentors, ventures, alumni, students, staff, faculty, vendors, and external entities.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment on several projects at a time.
  • The candidate needs a proven record of effective stakeholder management in a large organization, as well as managing logistics needed large-scale events.
  • Ability to travel as necessary.

Position Type

General Administration

Additional Information

Northeastern University considers factors such as candidate work experience, education and skills when extending an offer.

Northeastern has a comprehensive benefits package for benefit eligible employees. This includes medical, vision, dental, paid time off, tuition assistance, wellness & life, retirement- as well as commuting & transportation. Visit for more information.

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University's commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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