Managing Director – Accelerator Programs

Faculty of Engineering: Dr. J. Herbert Smith Centre UNB Fredericton

This position is responsible to coordinate and execute operations of the Accelerator programs. The startups would mainly be focused on Energy, Smart-Grid, Cybersecurity, and Clean Tech in the programs.
Representative Responsibilities
·    Vet accelerator applications, conduct due diligence and make recommendations for which companies will be selected for each cohort.
·    Screen applicants, select and contract with applicants. Interview and help select startups for global impact.
·    Work closely with the startup founders to ensure a valuable accelerator experience.
·    Manage the budget. Raise funds to make the program sustainable.
·    Recruit and manage sponsors. Recruit ad0hoc mentors and companies to come in and give presentations.
·    Recruit and get to know the mentors. Help guide mentors to companies based on backgrounds, personalities, needs and interests.
·    Meet weekly with companies to check in, evaluate needs, and connect them with mentors.
·    Plan, manage, and execute the schedule.
·    Foresee schedule conflicts and communicate with all individual impacted.
·    Design and plan networking events for our companies to meet our corporate partners, and community of entrepreneurs and alumni.
·    High attention to detail as the planned programs must track all moving parts and people and ensure all are on track.
·    Professional business demeanour, one who can interact comfortably with C-Level, Academics, Thought leaders and world class domain experts.
·    Be available to the companies as needed.
·    Collaborate with the video and marketing teams to create fun and engaging video assets.
·    Contribute to the development and evolution of the product strategy including objectives, tactics, product roadmap, key milestones and key performance indicators.
·    University degree in a relevant area; Master’s preferred.
·    5 – 7 years’ experience in an entrepreneurial environment, including 2 – 3 years supervisory experience.
·    Leadership, entrepreneurial, fundraising, analytical, critical thinking, and the ability to solve problems (often under pressure and tight deadlines).
·    Knowledge of innovation and entrepreneurship to be able to lead and build a globally impacting organization.
·    Demonstrated leadership and management abilities.
·    Strength in managing multiple priorities and complex tasks.
·    Ability to function independently in the role with proven decision making and problem solving skills.
·    Demonstrated ability in communication, team building and conflict resolution skills.
·    Demonstrated organizational, administrative and interpersonal skills.