Program Manager for Blackstone Launchpad
Case Western Reserve University - Cleveland, OH

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POSITION OBJECTIVE

Working under general direction, the program advisor of Blackstone LaunchPad will provide professional expertise in integrating entrepreneurship education across Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) and will manage the daily operations of the Blackstone LaunchPad program. Primary duties include developing, implementing, and enhancing services that encourage CWRU students, especially undergraduates, to pursue entrepreneurship as a career path. Additionally, the program advisor will assist with creating new and enhancing current programs, activities, and networks that support the growth of student- and faculty-generated entrepreneurial efforts by collaborating with existing programs (e.g., think[box], STEP, MEM).

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Serve as a resource for students to explore entrepreneurial options and idea formation through venture assessment, individual appointments, and network sharing; encourage the inclusion of the special career needs of undergraduate female and international student entrepreneurs. Interview and conduct needs assessments. Advise and mentor students in developing their entrepreneurial ideas.
  • Network, identify, and collaborate with area economic development providers to identify the needs of businesses and create or join existing collaborative activities to address those needs.
  • Contribute in the recruitment, selection, and provide training of established entrepreneurs to serve as venture coaches. Evaluate the role of venture coaches in guiding undergraduate students in their idea formation within think[box].
  • Develop and implement a marketing plan to promote the growth of interest in student entrepreneurs. The implementation tactics should include, and not be limited to, developing dynamic presence through a program website and newsletter, electronic communications, social media, classroom outreach, and faculty partnerships. Promote the presence of start-up, entrepreneurial and small business ventures at the university career fair.
  • Develop and implement in-person and online resources that assist students in exploring the characteristics of an entrepreneurial career and determining self/ career fit. Create online and in-person forums for CWRU students, faculty, and staff to put forward, discuss, and develop entrepreneurial ideas.
  • Provide expertise in new program development related to entrepreneurship, as well as, participate in current programming, both on and off the campus (e.g., Global Entrepreneurship Week).
  • Create and implement a series of entrepreneurship-based training programs providing concrete tools and guidance to help aspiring entrepreneurs university-wide (students, alumni-entrepreneurs, and faculty) transform untested ideas into vital businesses.
  • Manage administrative operations, including the day-to-day budgeting activities. Provide data analysis in the preparation of the annual operational budget. Ensure accurate and complete program records including information on students, alumni, local, national and international press, and industry experts.


  • NONESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Stay current in the literature of entrepreneurship, including innovative business models, best practices in technology, search engine optimization, marketing, and finance, and the uses of rapidly evolving social media.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • CONTACTS

    Department: Daily contact with staff within the Blackstone LaunchPad program and the Career Center and undergraduate students in all disciplines.

    University: Frequent contact with faculty and staff within the university, especially those in established entrepreneurial initiatives such as think[box] and the Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Programs (STEP), including the Case School of Engineering, College of Arts & Sciences, the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, and the Weatherhead School of Management.

    External: Frequent contact with significant community-based and alumni entrepreneurs; frequent contact with members of business and industry organizations.

    Students: Regular contact with students in a mentor-role dealing with issues directly related to the university’s purpose of education and research.

    SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY

    This position has no direct supervision of staff employees.

    QUALIFICATIONS

    Experience: 5 to 8 years of responsible business management and/or entrepreneurial experience.

    Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university, preferably with major coursework in business, marketing, or a related field.

    REQUIRED SKILLS

  • Experience developing education/ incubator business programs is preferred.
  • Understanding of resources available for entrepreneurs and current business models.
  • Must possess advising and mentoring skills.
  • Strong connections within Northeast Ohio business community.
  • Strong communication and organizational skills required, with a particular focus on outstanding public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Prefer experience working with traditional-age, college students in a university setting, emphasizing an educational and developmental approach.
  • Prefer demonstrated success in developing strategic partnerships, collaborating with academic units, and achieving high satisfaction levels in meeting the needs of students.


  • WORKING CONDITIONS

    Typical office environment. Travel may be necessary.

    Diversity Statement

    In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

    Reasonable Accommodations

    Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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