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
About the Opportunity:
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.
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Expanding the collaboration of the network with University
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
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
- Five (5) plus years' experience in industry or higher
- 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
- 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.
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 https://hr.northeastern.edu/benefits/
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
To learn more about Northeastern University's commitment and
support of diversity and inclusion, please see
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