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Associate Director of Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

Northeastern University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Nov 8, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Management
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Associate Director of Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

About Northeastern:
Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern's comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

About the Opportunity:
The Roux Institute is driving economic development in the state of Maine through Research, Learning, Entrepreneurship, and Partnerships. The entrepreneurship team is focused on developing the entrepreneurial mindset in all the communities we support as well as attracting and supporting high growth startups to Maine.

Our portfolio of programs in service of that mission; and the Associate Director of Entrepreneurship Ecosystem is responsible for designing and executing that new and growing a portfolio of programs. Reporting to the Director of Entrepreneurship, this team member will be a thought partner and leader developing strategies to support the growth of the entrepreneurial mindset. They will have the autonomy and responsibility to design, build, and sustain the programs in support of the strategies they develop.

The Associate Director of Entrepreneurship Ecosystem's portfolio will evolve over the coming years and the ability to discover and then realize new opportunities is essential. The ideal candidate for this role is an experienced connector, community-builder, and operator embedded within Greater Portland's entrepreneurial ecosystem. This person would be responsible for connecting corporate leaders, founders, and talent within the Roux and leading community outreach beyond it. The position will build upon existing work by introducing new initiatives to develop the ecosystem and increase the Roux Institute's net impact.

At its core, the Associate Director of Entrepreneurship Ecosystem role is about program design and execution. This position will work collaboratively internally and externally to the University to create these programs, serving students, researchers, corporate partners, and community members interested in starting businesses in Maine.
Develop and manage Entrepreneurship Programming.
  • Grow current programming including our Entrepreneurship Summer Immersion Program, Speaker Series, and other Events.
  • Create new programs that inspire entrepreneurship among the communities we support in a scalable and sustainable way.

    Design frameworks to measure and report on ROI of community engagements.
  • Develop community building strategies that map to shared business objectives.
  • Ensure that the Roux Institute focuses on diversifying the tech ecosystem and supporting diverse communities in the process.
    Attract new talent to the region.
  • Identify leaders, founders, and leadership team members that are leaving a lasting impact on the region and find ways to engage them with the community.
  • Plan and produce events and opportunities to expand community and establish connections between partners, founders, investors, mentors, students, and more.
  • Report on the strength of domain-specific communities according to the Roux Institute's research and learning areas (e.g., experiential AI, life sciences and medicine, data visualization, etc.).
    Develop the Roux Institute's Entrepreneurship network.
  • Leverage technology to make it simple for the community to figure out who's who within the burgeoning talent ecosystem and connect with Roux Institute portfolio companies.
  • Experiment with talent development programs and partnerships (such as domain-specific mentorship programs and apprenticeships) and iterate on those programs based on data.
  • Develop scalable network for engaging individual and institutional investors.

  • 7+ years of experience in community management, marketing, business operations, and partnerships.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strategic, organized, and able to deliver independently
  • Committed to the Roux Institute's mission; passionate about creating a stronger, more competitive, and more diverse tech and talent ecosystem in Portland and the State of Maine.
  • Entrepreneurial Experience (in a startup or startup support organization) required
  • Team management experience preferred
  • Proven ability to foster community both on and offline in creative ways.
  • Entrepreneurial approach to growth; willingness to both lead and roll one's sleeves up to get the job done.
  • Proficient with marketing, event operations, product, and project management tools.

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    Additional 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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