Oversees the implementation, programming, education, and operations of the accelerator-incubator program in coordination with the Chicago Quantum Exchange (âœCQEâ), with the goal of ensuring that the program is run and operated consistently with the Polsky Centerâ™s other premier programs and CQEâ™s goals.
Oversees design and implementation, logistics, partnerships and support in conjunction with CQE for 12 month program.
With leadership from the Polsky Center and CQE, defines and implements a strategic vision for the accelerator, including outlining goals, strategies, and metrics for the next five years.
In coordination with marketing teams, develops external and internal marketing strategies to raise national and international awareness of the accelerator program, including proactively identifying speaking/presentation roles at conferences and opportunities to be featured in national media outlets.
Manages the application process, review of applications, and selection of startups.Â
Supports teams participating in the accelerator program through quality programming execution, events, drawing upon appropriate resources, connecting teams to a network of mentors and investors, and soliciting feedback from teams on their satisfaction with the program.
Manages communication with all accelerator constituents, including business liaisons, coaches, mentors, student interns, sponsors, and others involved with the program.
Develops and manages a scalable and repeatable mentorship program bringing in external leaders with business, technical and domain expertise to mentor, advise and guide startups in the Â program.
Oversees curriculum development, selection of instructors, and quality of educational programming.
Works together with relevant Polsky Center and CQE staff, oversees events and programming execution and logistics.
Oversees contractual engagement with startups participating in the program, individual contributors, facilities, non-profit partners, industry partners, and founding partners.
Works together with the Polsky Center and CQE marketing teams on the content for all print and web materials, such as posters, brochures, flyers, surveys, and web pages.
Manages budgets for the education, programming, and associated operations of the accelerator- incubator.Â
With Chicago Booth, University ARD teams, and Chicago Quantum Exchange, develops a financial sustainability strategy focused on access to capital for teams participating in the program, sponsorship opportunities for the accelerator, and strategic partnerships that support financial and other strategic goals including outreach to current and new corporate sponsors and ongoing donor stewardship.
Establishes and cultivates strategic partnerships with internal and external organizations to provide constituents with best-in-class entrepreneurial opportunities and resources.
Evaluates program success through feedback, data collection, goal setting, and metric tracking.
At minimum, prepares a quarterly progress report for the governing body (âœSteering Committeeâ) outlining financial results and operational progress.Â
Attends events as a representative of the Polsky Center, Chicago Quantum Exchange, and the quantum accelerator to build and maintain relationships, stay up to date on entrepreneurial initiatives and accelerator programs, and participates in programming hosted by external partners as they relate to the goals and purpose of the quantum accelerator.
Plans, develops, and implements University objectives, long-range and strategic plans.
Identifies new external partners to advance strategic priorities. Communicates and collaborates with internal and external community members and leadership to achieve strategic priorities.
Performs other related work as needed.
Masterâ™s degree in the sciences (including physics, materials science, engineering, data sciences, chemistry) or in business/economics.
PhD degree in the sciences (including physics, materials science, engineering, data sciences, chemistry) or in business/economics.
At least seven years of experience in program management or other directly related experience.
Background working at a startup accelerator.
Prior background working with scientists/researchers in the sciences.
Working knowledge supporting research, startups, initiatives or projects in science and technology fields, like quantum.
Proficient using design software (e.g., Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Acrobat).
Comfortable working with diverse campus constituencies and populations.
Work effectively with a variety of constituents, including corporate executives, academic faculty, students and entrepreneurs.
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.Â
Excellent written and verbal communications skills.Â
Exceptional customer service skills.
Resourcefulness, creativity, detail-orientation, and ability to work independently.Â
Effectively multi-task under deadlines.Â
Outstanding professional/interpersonal/customer service skills.Â
Proven ability to seek out, coordinate, and appropriately disseminate information.
Work well with staff at all levels of the organization as well as vendors, service providers, and other external constituents.
Flexible and able to work evening or weekend hours, on occasion.Â
Travel between Hyde Park, downtown Chicago, and 53rd Street.Â
Travel outside of the Chicago-area and/or internationally.
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