The George Mason University, College of Science, invites well qualified applicants to apply for our position as I-CORPS Program Manager. 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.
Mason Science is committed to advancing access, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (A-JEDI) throughout our STEM community, including within our hiring and retention practices. At Mason Science, our values include fostering an organizational culture that promotes anti-racism, belonging, respect, and civility. We believe that a diversity of opinions, cultures, and perspectives is what provides vibrancy, innovation and growth to an academic community. By prioritizing inclusive excellence in academics, teaching, research, and global engagement, we strive to attract a diverse pool of faculty and staff who exemplify the Mason Science mission and vision.
About the Department:
The College of Science at George Mason University blends traditional science education with sought-after programs in molecular medicine, climate dynamics, planetary science, forensic science, environmental studies, and geoinformation science to prepare students for exciting careers at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary scientific domains.
While serving as a vital community and regional resource for teaching and learning through hands-on programming for kindergarten through 12th grade (K–12) students, teacher training, and outreach programs, the college also undertakes pioneering research endeavors that offer insight and solutions to the complex issues that challenge today's world. The COS community includes more than 4,100 undergraduate students; 1,000 graduate students; and 970 faculty and staff. To learn more visit https://science.gmu.edu/
About the Position:
The I-Corps Sites program was established by the NSF to provide basic entrepreneurial foundations to students and faculty who want to explore the feasibility of bringing their innovations to the marketplace. As part of this activity, the NSF is also focused on developing local innovation ecosystems that can be integrated into the NSF's national network of entrepreneurs, investors, scientists, and mentors, to enhance the Nation's innovation capabilities.
This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is passionate about innovation and enjoys working with GMU students and faculty to explore the commercial and technical merits of innovative ideas. The PM will help to establish novel programs for enhancing the innovation culture at GMU, with the long-term goal of creating more university startups and teams that can participate in the National I-Corps program. The successful candidate will work closely with the I-Corps Site leadership at Mason to help recruit participants into the program, deliver the I-Corps curriculum, and engage regional stakeholders. The Program Manager will be responsible for the management and coordination for all the I-Corps site programs and operations, including outreach, promotion of the programs and communication for the GMU I-Corps site. The PM will also lead I-Corps events, providing support and strategic communication, by overseeing website and content, as well as organizing and facilitating connections to entrepreneurs, mentors, and investors.
Additional duties include but are not limited to:
Responsible for the project management and coordination for all I-Corps Site programming and operations, including course offerings, events logistics, and program promotion;
Management of the application process for all I-Corps Site applicants and placement into cohorts;
Responsible for outreach, communication, and reporting for the GMU I-Corp Site in collaboration with the program leadership;
Develop relationships with I-Corps teams and mentors;
Promote and market I-Corps program and upcoming courses to the Mason community; Create and update program materials, as needed;
Promote and market I-Corps events such as hackathons and fireside chats with successful entrepreneurs and investors and social media postings. Create I-Corps digital marketing e-newsletter for the I-Corps community;
Lead the planning and execution of I-Corps events, such as hackathons and fireside chats with successful entrepreneurs and investors. This work will include sending communications, making A/V preparations, and tracking attendance for both in-person and virtual programming;
Work with I-Corps teams as a mentor and, when appropriate, coordinate with the I-Corps leadership to evaluate technology disclosures and support teams with customer discovery and tech commercialization;
Responsible for scheduling and organization of virtual regional courses; attending in-person and virtual sessions, and providing logistical support;
Support I-Corps teams by facilitating connections to entrepreneurs, mentors, and other available resources;
Assist teams with applications to national-level NSF I-Corps program; participate in I-Corps leadership meetings, and other institutional efforts;
Develop and administer impact and experience survey results; oversee team metrics collection and reporting in partnership with the leadership;
Oversee maintenance of I-Corps website and content, was well as the program's presence on relevant social media platforms; and
Create strategic events and develop new programs that emphasize Lean methodology.
Bachelor's Degree in a related field, or equivalent combination of education and related experience;
Project oversight and management experience, with proven ability to plan, develop, coordinate, supervise and organize programs and activities;
Experience with the I-Corps program;
Experience with startup creation; and
Demonstrated skill in effective communication and ability to work with diverse students, faculty, staff and administrative populations.
Advanced degree in STEM preferred;
Demonstrated professional work experience (typically 10+ years);
Experience in technology commercialization is highly desired;
Experience with international entrepreneurship is highly desired; and
Experience working with startup companies in the setting of university-affiliated technology parks is highly desirable.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
Location: Fairfax, VA
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