I-Corps Program Manager

Fairfax, VA
Salary commensurate with education and experience
Jan 21, 2023
Mar 25, 2023
Full Time
I-Corps Program ManagerThe George Mason University, Office of Research Innovation and Economic Development (ORIE) invites applicants for an I-Corps Program Manager. This position is part of the Virginia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP). George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.About the Center & Program:Virginia SBDC: The Virginia SBDC is an organization of 27 local Small Business Development Center offices across Virginia providing professional business counseling, training, and business resources to help grow and strengthen Virginia businesses. The organization's state office is housed at GMU.ICAP: The Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP) is a program of the Virginia SBDC focused on helping Virginia-based technology and innovation-driven startups on their path to success. ICAP works with startups to provide support along their entire journey towards scaling - from the early idea stage, all the way through working on Series A level of funding. This is accomplished through experiential learning programs and one-on-one advising with a team of experienced entrepreneurs.George Mason University (Mason) is a partner in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Mid-South I-Corps Hub led by Vanderbilt University. Mason I-Corps will support university faculty, graduate students and post-docs across the Commonwealth of Virginia. About the Position:The I-Corps Program Manager will manage day-to-day I-Corps efforts that include the outreach, recruitment, and support work of university faculty from across the Commonwealth of Virginia. These efforts should allow for a steady flow of faculty, as well as graduate students and post-docs, into Mason's I-Corps programming and receive long-term ICAP mentorship.The position will work in partnership with the ICAP Program Coordinator and under the supervision of the ICAP Director with guidance from the I-Corp Principle Investigator. The I-Corps Program Manager will also collaborate with departments across Mason and its statewide partners including universities, incubators, accelerators and funders.Responsibilities:Manages the daily operations of Mason's I-Corps operations;Plans and executes regular in-person and virtual presentations and other outreach activities to promote I-Corps and the recruitment faculty. This work can include sending communications, making A/V preparations, and tracking attendance. This can also include working with local partners, providing training and instruction to local counterparts, and reporting any problems or issues to the ICAP Director in a timely fashion;Helps identify, schedule, and prepare speakers for I-Corps programming;Collects and organizes state and federal funding awardee data for outreach;Assists the ICAP Program Coordinator with I-Corps/ICAP cohort activities, as required;Develops and maintains relationships with key partners at universities and colleges, as well as resource partners, across the Commonwealth;Assists in the overall efforts to recruit and maintain program partnerships;Manages and organizes data collected in coordination with the ICAP Program Coordinator;Coordinates with, and assists as needed, ICAP Mentors to ensure the current status of I-Corps teams are known and forwards progress towards established goals are maintained;Assists I-Corps teams, as needed, with the platforms used within the program;Develops articles, communications, and marketing materials, focused on university researchers and other audiences, that promote the benefits and outcomes of, as well as motivate to participation in, I-Corp programming and ICAP mentorship;Coordinates efforts with other Mid-South Hub Partners, including the University of Virginia;Assists in reviewing and researching relevant best practices from NSF National Innovation Network (NIN) I-Corps and other relevant programs to use with I-Corps and ICAP;Provides support, as needed, to the ICAP Director related to the search for and application to future funding opportunities;Ensures all activities align with the mission and objectives of Mason, Virginia SBDC, ICAP, and the Mid-South Hub; andOther duties as assigned by supervisor.Required Qualifications:Bachelor's Degree in Business or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience;Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills;Knowledge of entrepreneurship, commercialization, tech transfer, and Lean Startup principles;Understanding of Microsoft software;Superior customer service skills;Attention to detail;Event planning experience;A/V knowledge and skills;Ability to understand and strictly adhere to policies and procedures;Excellence in organizational and time management;Interpersonal skills to interact with a diverse management team;Must be an independent worker who can prioritize and manage simultaneous projects, is self-motivated, and well-organized;Ability to effectively use social media and online business tools;Experience as staff lead on projects and/or volunteer management;Public speaking / training experience;Proposal development and grant management experience; andAbility to work some nights and weekends.Preferred Qualifications:Master's Degree in related field (5+ years preferred);Experience in technology transfer office(s);I-Corps and/or other Lean Startup programming; andBusiness consulting/coaching experience.

For full consideration, applicants must apply at https://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

"Great Careers Begin at Mason! George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at jobs.gmu.edu/!George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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