Advertised Summary Job Description: Columbia Technology Ventures (CTV) is the technology transfer office for Columbia University and a central location for many of the technology development initiatives, entrepreneurial activities, external industry collaborations, and commercially-oriented multidisciplinary technology innovations across the university. CTV's core mission is to facilitate the transfer of inventions from academic research labs to the market for the benefit of society on a local, national, and global basis. Each year, CTV manages more than 350 invention disclosures, 100 license deals, and 20 new IP-backed start-ups, involving over 750 inventors across Columbia's campuses. CTV currently has over 1,200 patent assets available for licensing, across research fields such as bio, IT, clean tech, devices, big data, nanotechnology, materials science, and more.
Over the years, CTV has been involved with launching well over 200 companies based on Columbia's technologies, and has also founded several technology initiatives to accelerate the path to market for promising technologies, including the PowerBridgeNY (PBNY) clean energy proof-of-concept center, the NYC Media Lab, the Columbia-Coulter Translational Research Partnership, Life Science Venture Exchange, and the NYS Cleantech Venture Exchange (CVX).
CTV's efforts are backed by 45 full time staff and an additional 30+ graduate student interns (CTV Fellows), providing broad support to the Columbia community and other stakeholders. CTV also runs an Executive-in-Residence program, which brings seasoned industry executives, serial entrepreneurs, and investors to campus to support faculty and student entrepreneurial activities.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has selected CTV to administer the next phase of its New York State-wide Entrepreneur-in-Residence (NEIR) program to provide paid mentoring to eligible cleantech startups in New York. In order to improve service coverage of the entire state, CTV plans to hire an Upstate Program Manager and a Downstate Program Manager to share administration of the program regionally.
The Upstate Program Manager will report to the NEIR Program Director and work with a Downstate Program Manager to design event curriculum, recruit NYSERDA Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (NEIRs), match NEIRs with eligible cleantech startups that are located in or want to locate in New York State (NYS), identify potential service vendors, and pilot new initiatives among other related tasks.
CTV, as part of its PBNY grant, also operates a C-level talent matching platform (NYS Cleantech Venture Exchange (CVX)) to serve both the PBNY teams and the broader community of cleantech startups that are located in or want to locate in NYS. The goal of the program is to identify, match and integrate venture-backable entrepreneurs and experienced business professionals in C-level roles with NYS-based cleantech startups in order to increase their chances of raising capital as well as improve their long-term outcomes.
The Upstate Program Manager will spend a portion of his or her time assisting the Managing Director of CVX in the evolution and execution of that program. In some cases the NEIR program will serve as a transition for a CEO or other C-Level candidate to become comfortable working with a startup in advance of taking a full time role with the startup through the CVX program.The Upstate Program Manager will work from an office located west of Albany, NY.
General Minimum Qualifications: -BA or higher degree in Business, Management, Communications, Marketing or relevant field required.
-Minimum of five (5) years of relevant business experience required.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: -Excellent oral and written communication skills.
-Willingness to travel within New York State and attend relevant events during both daytimes and evenings required.
-Proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook are required.
-The most important criteria for this job are: ability to understand what early-stage startups need; ability to build a network of contacts; ability to multi-task effectively and efficiently; ability to interact effectively with people at varying levels of technical detail and career development and ability to track projects over time at varying degrees of detail. Accordingly, the candidate must have outstanding organizational and time management skills and be extremely detail-oriented in a high-volume dynamic environment.
-The candidate should be a self-starter able to execute upon the NEIR Program and CVX Program plans without significant supervision.
-Experience managing mentor networks and/or recruiting are preferred.
-Experience within the cleantech sector is preferred but not required.
-Experience with AirTable or other database/CRM tools is a plus.
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
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