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Application Review Date The First Review Date for this job is: 6/3/19
Departmental Overview The University of California is home to several programs which create educational and entrepreneurial opportunities and provide value for UC-affiliated students, faculty, alumni, campus groups and extramural partners. These entrepreneurship programs are growing in activity and complexity across the UC system, which has increased the need for coordination among external and internal stakeholders. In addition, CITRIS is engaged with global innovation collaborations that will include the development of new accelerators (Guizhou Berkeley Big Data Innovation Center - GBIC), coordination with existing accelerators (e.g., Foundry, Skydeck), executive education programs, and coordination with industry and other stakeholders. The Program Coordinator will provide support for high-visibility Entrepreneurship, accelerator and education programs at CITRIS and the Banatao Institute.
The Program Coordinator for CITRIS will work with early-stage startups before they have raised money or chosen a go-to-market strategy and coordinate expert guidance and resources to help start-ups navigate these critical stages. The Program Coordinator will work with graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and recent alumni from UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Merced, UC Santa Cruz, or UC San Francisco who possess deep technological expertise to help them prepare to commercialize their work. The Program Coordinator will develop and support immersive accelerator programs; executive education programs; and industry, investment and government stakeholders. The position will be based at UC Berkeley but require intercampus, domestic and international travel.
The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) collaborates with US and international research and innovation institutions (e.g., Guizhou Berkeley Big Data Innovation Center - GBIC) to conduct planning and feasibility studies, development and operation of an accelerator(s), management of executive education and academic training programs, industry/investor/government relations. CITRIS works with start-up companies, industry and academic institutions working in Chinese, US, EU and global markets. This includes technical assistance; coordination with legal, financial, and policy experts; interaction with academicians, researchers and technologists; and technical assistance with experienced entrepreneurs, business leaders, and venture capitalists.
Responsibilities 25% Develops and implements programs, events and/or communication strategies designed to inform external constituencies of institutional programs, activities, policies, and practices; constituencies may include the general public, prospective students, parents, donors, campus visitors, government and/or community representatives.
Planning and Development of CITRIS Accelerators:
Conduct a planning process, including design proposals, to develop accelerators based on the highly successful Foundry model at UC Berkeley.
Contribute to development of CITRIS Accelerators. Proposed accelerators will provide an immersive experience for start-up companies and entrepreneurs and include Chinese, US and other international venues.
Assist in the ongoing operation of CITRIS Accelerators and development of an innovative ecosystem modeled on the CITRIS Foundry to provide support for start-up companies through mentoring and technical assistance, as well as access to legal, financial, and policy experts.
Assist in the design of ongoing technical assistance from experienced entrepreneurs and successful business leaders; introductions to company-aligned venture capitalists; and intensive pitch training for start-ups and members.
Identifies, recruits, on-boards, and retains new mentors to support various aspects of the CITRIS accelerator programs, including a Mentor Match service and Dealer Day events.
Co-designs and implements key aspects of the CITRIS startup programs (Founder Skill Series). Identifies relevant topics, recruits qualified trainers in the US and China, refines delivery formats, and develops methods to reinforce new skills throughout the course of the CITRIS accelerator program.
25% Executive Education Program:
Designs Executive Education model for industry, venture, entrepreneurship, and CITRIS initiatives to provide state-of-the-art training and education.
Responsible for identifying and securing program sponsorship and developing sustainable business model.
Identifies methods and channels for sourcing new external partners and attendees from both US and international sources. Initiates and coordinates meetings, and works with CITRIS Foundry and other programs to scope engagement proposals that can potentially generate significant value.
In coordination with CITRIS collaborators, develops and implements strategies for fulfilling partnership agreements and retaining external partners and trainers.
20% Recruitment of Start-up Companies and Executive Education Attendees:
Develops an outreach and recruitment program for start-up companies and executive education participants.
Sustains recruitment strategy with industry, academia, venture, entrepreneurship, and government partners who can support accelerator and executive education programs, including expert advisors, mentors and program sponsors.
Identifies methods and channels for sourcing new external partners internationally and in the US. Initiates meetings, gathers constituent insights, and works with CITRIS stakeholders to scope engagement proposals that can potentially generate significant value.
In coordination with CITRIS management, develops and implements strategies for fulfilling partnership agreements and retaining external partners.
15% External Partner Relations
Sustains existing relationships with industry, venture, and entrepreneurship partners who can support the CITRIS programs and startup teams through grants, contracts, and sponsorship.
Identifies methods and channels for sourcing new external partners both globally and in the US. Initiates meetings, gathers constituent insights, and works with CITRIS management to sustain external partners.
In coordination with CITRIS Initiatives and CITRIS Foundry, develops and implements strategies for fulfilling partnership agreements and retaining external partners.
Coordinates partner relationships, including the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology, the NSF I-Corps, the Haas School of Business, the Master of Engineering Program, the Master of Translational Medicine (UCB / UCSF) program, IPIRA, and comparable programs.
10% Program Fund Development:
Serves as a key liaison to domestic and global funding partners, including a pipeline of industry, venture, foundation and government funding sources.
Proactively identifies new funding partners, meets with new and existing funding partners on a regular basis to understand opportunities, and conducts high-touch events to cultivate funding channels.
5% Skill Development:
Participates in conferences and training programs to build personal skill sets and knowledge in accelerators, executive education, fund raising, and program management.
Thorough knowledge of basic concepts, principles, and procedures of building and maintaining effective relations with internal and external constituencies.
Thorough written, verbal and interpersonal communications, tact and political acumen to effectively represent CITRIS.
Thorough research, analytical and critical thinking skills, including sound judgment and decision-making skills and skill to correctly identifying real and potential problems, advising management as required, and proposing effective strategic resolutions.
Skill in project management, including event planning and meeting deadlines.
Ability to communicate in both English and Mandarin.
Ability to travel and work some evenings and weekend hours and travel internationally, including current documentation for travel and work in China (potential for other international travel).
Bachelors degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training
Masters degree preferred
Salary & Benefits For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
*This is a six-month contract position. Contract positions may be extended based on operational demand. Contract positions are eligible to participate in the health and welfare programs offered by UC Berkeley.
*The salary range designated for this position: $50,100 - $75,000; however, starting salary commensurate with experience.
How to Apply Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
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