Managing Director, Programs and Engagement

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Founded in 2011, the Harvard Innovation Labs (HIL) is an ecosystem designed to foster entrepreneurship and innovation across the Harvard University community. HIL consists of three entities:

  • The i-lab is available to current students from any Harvard school looking to explore innovation and entrepreneurship at any stage. The i-lab provides the physical and intellectual resources needed to develop and grow startups, including co-working space, advising, office hours with industry experts, workshops, Venture Programs, and the President’s Innovation Challenge (PIC), an annual venture competition.
  • Launch Lab X GEO (LLX GEO) is a nine-month accelerator for Harvard alumni ventures. Applications are accepted from all over the world and open to alumni from all schools.
  • The Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab is a shared laboratory space for high-potential life sciences and biotech startups founded by Harvard faculty, alumni, students, and postdoctoral scholars. The 15,000-square-foot facility has 36 lab workbenches and 50 co-working spaces.

Are you excited about developing the next generation of innovators? Is the idea of supporting them at a key point in their—and their ventures’—growth compelling to you? Are you interested in designing and delivering programming, services, partnerships, and other resources for entrepreneurial minded students and alumni? If so, we encourage you to apply for the Managing Director, Programs and Engagement position at Harvard Innovation Labs, where you will oversee a world-class university innovation center providing transformational opportunities to the Harvard community.

What you will do:

  • Spearhead a strategic portfolio of programming and resources, including:
    • Venture programs for student teams
    • Alumni outreach and programming, including Launch Lab X GEO for alumni
    • Array of expert resources (e.g., Experts in Residence, mentors)
    • Portfolio of funding resources (e.g., funds, grants) for teams
  • Partner with key leaders on the HIL team to deliver:
    • Portfolio of offerings—namely student advising, mentoring, and events—in key industry sectors (Health & Life Sciences; Social Enterprise; Consumer Products and Services; B2B and Technology)
    • Annual President’s Innovation Challenge
  • Manage a team of 6-8 FTEs and coordinate closely with department heads / functional leaders across the HIL team.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director, the Senior Director of Administration, the HIL team, and key stakeholders across Harvard University to create, market, deliver, and assess high-quality, strategically-relevant programming.
  • Align and assess HIL’s portfolio of offerings—delivered via in-person, virtual, and/or hybrid formats—to ensure that:
    • HIL remains customer-centric and highly-relevant. The Managing Director, Programs and Engagement should ensure that:
    • HIL provides best-in-class offerings for our community.
    • HIL develops a vision and roadmap for the future and constantly adapts its offerings to meet customer needs based on a rigorous approach to program measurement and evaluation.
    • HIL maintains an active and robust network of value creators / expert resources to support the work of our teams and community.

Who You Are

  • You love managing people and teams and actively cultivate cross-departmental relationships.
  • You consistently deliver operational excellence in everything you do.
  • You are a creative problem-solver who knows how to get things done in complex organizations.
  • You are a highly empathetic and customer-centric leader.
  • You are a seasoned strategic thinker with an entrepreneurial spirit who enjoys designing and delivering products, services, and experiences.
  • You are a strong communicator and active listener with outstanding judgment and discretion.
  • You appreciate the juxtaposition of innovation, entrepreneurship, and education in a non-profit, mission-driven environment.

Basic Qualifications 

10+ years of relevant experience in leading programmatic design and delivery in a service-driven organization.

Additional Qualifications

  • Higher education experience preferred but not required.
  • Deep knowledge and understanding of project management, content development, and program measurement.
  • Track record in building and cultivating long-term relationships externally and internally.
  • Proven experience in leading, developing, and managing teams.
  • Broad and meaningful relationships within the entrepreneurial ecosystem locally, nationally, and globally.
  • MBA or advanced degree preferred.

Additional Information

  • Cover Letter is required.
  • Many HBS employees are eligible for Flexible Work Arrangements, which may be explored during the interview process.
  • Culture of Inclusion: The work and well-being of HBS are strengthened profoundly by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more.
  • Explore HBS Work Culture at  http://www.hbs.edu/employment
  • Harvard Business School will not offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity.

If this is you, let’s chat.

Last Updated: 8.12.2020

To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Req 52491BR on the Harvard employment site.