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.
CTV is administering the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Entrepreneur-in-Residence (NEIR) program to provide paid mentoring and executive team building services to eligible climate tech startups in New York. In order to improve service coverage of the entire state, CTV plans to hire an Upstate Program Manager to share administration of the program regionally.
The Upstate Program Manager will report to the NEIR 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. Within the NEIR ProgramCTV, also operates a C-level talent matching platform to serve the broad community of cleantech startups that are located in or want to locate in NYS. The goal is to identify, match and integrate venture-backable entrepreneurs (???CXO candidates???) 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 assist in the design of Skills Labs on a variety of topics as requested by the community and deemed relevant to the NEIR program mission and will also serve as the moderator of the sessions.
The Upstate Program Manager will help administer and monitor a Slack community call the Climate Leadership Network (CLN). This will also include adding content and seeding conversations in CLN.
The Upstate Program Manager will become conversant in the use of the Predictive Index (PI) tool and use it to conduct individual behavioral and team dynamic assessments on existing team members and CXO candidates to improve the quality of C-level placements. Using input from serial entrepreneurs and investors, the Upstate Program Manager will establish Job Targets within the PI tool that will be used to describe the function of the C-level roles.
In support of a new NYSERDA EIR Program Startup-Investor Showcase, the Upstate Program Manager will be responsible for organizing pitch coaching sessions to connect teams with advisors to review their pitch decks.
The Upstate Program Manager will assist in the design, evaluation, and implementation of a peer group program focused on serving the Cleantech startup community in NYS.
The Upstate Program Manager will spend a portion of his or her time assisting the NEIR Director in the evolution and execution of CXO matching. 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. The Upstate Program Manager will work from an office located west of Albany, NY.
Recruitment & Assessment
The Upstate Program Manager will recruit (both initially and ongoing) startup applicants, NEIR applicants and C-level candidates review for their eligibility and appropriateness.
Work with outreach partners (e.g. incubators, accelerators, proof-of-concept centers, NYSERDA, etc.) to recruit NEIRs and startups.
Interview, assess, and (re)certify NEIR candidates to ensure they have the requisite time, experience and motivation to be able to assist eligible climatetech companies.
Interview, review and assess each startup to ensure they are committed to commercializing their clean technology, are coachable, and are likely to make productive use of the program.
Review each project to ensure that it serves an important need for the startup.
Recruit C-level professionals. Identify NYS-based startup candidates that need C-level experience.
Facilitate startup, NEIR and C-level candidate assessments.
Relationship Management & Tracking
The Upstate Program Manager will establish relationships with various stakeholders (e.g. marketing partners, technology transfer representatives, entrepreneurs, experienced business professionals, startups, venture investors, NYSERDA, etc.).
Travel throughout the northern and/or western regions of New York State (i.e. Albany to Buffalo) to meet the representatives of the technology transfer offices of the local institutions, cleantech startups, venture investors, and other places, including international organizations with a mission to bring promising cleantech to New York State, that have connections to entrepreneurs and cleantech startups (e.g. incubators and accelerators).
The Upstate Program Manager will review the NEIRs and startups in the NEIR program and actively seek to make matches for projects identified by the startups.
Once a match has been made, the Upstate Program Manager will check in with the NEIR and startup regularly to assess how the project and relationship is progressing and provide assistance as appropriate.
Work with database, CRM and other IT tools to track project progress.
Participate in the matching process for CXO Candidates.
Manage relationships with NYSERDA-funded incubators, accelerators and proof of concept centers.
Communications & Reporting
Work with the CTV Marketing Team on all communications, including newsletters, press releases, social media posts, and other ways of communicating the progress and successes of the programs.
Manage Slack community called the Climate Leadership Network
Identify and deliver documents to necessary parties, including providing application materials to NEIRs and startups, outreach materials to marketing partners, agendas to meeting participants, and notes from meetings.
Communicate, coordinate, and share best practices with the Downstate Program Manager.
Attend local and regional networking events.
Design, arrange and conduct NEIR and startup training workshops and other events with assistance from in-house marketing resources as appropriate.
Arrange and manage Info Sessions for NEIRs and the broader cleantech and entrepreneurship communities.
Assist in educational workshop design and execution.
Organize and lead networking events.
Organize and moderate webinars
Resource Management & Expansion of Services
The Upstate Program Manager will work with the NEIR Director to create and adhere to a program budget that fits within the overall NEIR Program budget.
Participate in ongoing stakeholder discovery with regional stakeholders to determine areas for improvement and make recommendations for pilot initiatives to improve the NEIR program.
Assist in developing and implementing plans for pilot programs for program expansion for both programs, based on the feedback from stakeholder discovery.
BA or higher degree in Business, Management, Communications, Marketing or relevant field required.
Minimum of five (5) years of relevant business experience required.
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, Outlook, and Slack 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 plan 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.
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