The PSU Business Accelerator Program Manager creates a unique and supportive environment for PSU and other local start-up companies by overseeing a 40,000 square-foot office and lab incubator that is a high-visibility home to ~25 of the region's most dynamic science and technology startup companies – both private and university spinouts.
In 2014, the Accelerator was listed as one of the top business incubators in the world according to the UBI Index. The Program Manager works with a team of FTEs and volunteers of approximately 6 people working on Accelerator programming. This position is full-time and reports to the Assistant VP for Research and Graduate Studies. The Program Manager will oversee and execute a suite of support services for resident companies, including workshops, boot camps, mentors, software tools and shared resource management, as advised by the Executive Director of Entrepreneurship Engagement.
Duties of the PSU Accelerator Program manager include:
Oversee and execute Accelerator programming in cooperation with the Executive Director of Entrepreneurship Engagement to include: coordinating topics and instructors to deliver workshops and trainings, bootcamps, and a variety of related programming events. Work in coordination with the program manager for the Center for Entrepreneurship on programs and events;
Oversee and manage creation and execution of tenant lease contracts using pre-approved template; act as PSU face of lease rate negotiations with direction from AVP Research, keep an updated rent roll for the building and advise on upcoming renewals and vacancies.
Oversee PSBA Program Assistant in facilitating necessary interactions with university facilities and outside property management company;
Recruit and supervise paid and volunteer staff;
Engage with Tenant companies and survey needs and areas of training; create and implement mentoring/coaching program for resident startup companies in cooperation with the Executive Director of Entrepreneurship Engagement;
Track key company metrics annually and collect testimonials, photographs and/or video for purposes of working with the Executive Director of Entrepreneurship Engagement and PSU Foundation for raising funds for the Accelerator;
Screen quality candidates for tenancy in the Accelerator; coordinate and interface with tenant advisory committee on selection;
Monitor trends in startups and business incubation to bring the highest service level to the Accelerator and its resident companies;
Execute connections between PSU and PSBA tenants by collecting and marketing job, internship and Capstone project opportunities created by resident companies to PSU graduate and undergraduate students, and by facilitating other appropriate interactions;
Identify and maintain directory of trusted providers of professional services to startups.
1. Master's Degree and 3 years of relevant experience. 2. Program development and management experience. 3. Event planning and execution experience. 4. Volunteer recruitment and management experience. 5. Valid State-issued driver’s license. 6. Successful completion of a background check.
1. Knowledge of startup lifecycle and needs. 2. Experience with Oregon startup ecosystem. 3. Experience with economic development organizations. 4. Experience with angel and venture capital funding process. 5. Experience with science lab management.
Internal Number: 29170
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