Venture Program Manager

University of Maryland, College Park
College Park, Maryland
Commensurate with experience
May 08, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is seeking a well-qualified Venture Program Manager to join the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship.  Princeton Review ranks the University of Maryland #8 in Entrepreneurship and the Dingman Center is an internationally recognized Center for teaching and inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs. The Center’s curricular and non-curricular programs leverage Smith School thought leadership, experiential learning and a broad network of practitioners to discover, equip, connect and celebrate student, faculty, alumni and regional entrepreneurs. One of 13 schools and colleges located on the University of Maryland, College Park campus, the Smith School is a recognized leader in management research and education for the global economy. The school is consistently ranked among the world’s top business schools by leading business publications such as Business Week, Financial Times, Economist and the Wall Street Journal. 

The Dingman Center is comprised of a passionate and energetic team working every day to deliver on our mission to make entrepreneurs of all kinds more successful serving its mission to build a community of entrepreneurs. We strive for inclusion, proactively seeking to work with both traditional and social entrepreneurs, as well as female founders. We are looking for a hard hardworking, solution oriented professional to join our team as the Student & Venture Programs Manager. This Manager will have ownership over manage the strategy & logistics of curricular and non curricularnon -curricular student venture programs and create and implement project plans that efficiently leverage Center and partner resources to meet deadlines and achieve growth milestones. This person will report to the Managing Director and will work closely will all members of the Dingman Center staff, faculty partners and other collaborators. 

The Venture Program Manager will manage and support all student venture creation programs including Fearless Founders, Dingman Fridays, Dingman Jumpstart, Pitch Dingman Competition, Terp Startup Accelerator, and New Venture Practicum. To accomplish these responsibilities, the Manager will oversee a robust advising and mentor network. The Manager will track the progress of student entrepreneurs working with the Center to ensure venture acceleration. Beyond program management, the Manager will be responsible for increasing awareness of Dingman Center student venture programs throughout the entire campus while working closely with the Center's Events & Marketing Manager to market and successfully fill registration into programs.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree and at least five years of relevant work experience, preferably in entrepreneurial environment; demonstrated track record of successful project and/or program management. Experience/interest in working in an academic environment.  Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: high energy, efficient worker who excels in a dynamic working environment; strong problem-solving and troubleshooting skills.  Ability to delegate to student workers and colleagues, deadline driven with strict attention to detail; interact with a diverse community in a professional and respectful manner.  Ability to set priorities, organize and manage multiple planning tasks independently, excellent written and verbal communication skills, ability to work under time constraints and adapt quickly to a changing environment.  Willingness to work some early mornings and evenings; passionate with interest in innovation and entrepreneurship; comfortable with public speaking and experience or interest working with digital platforms such as, TrustedPeer, Emma, Google Products. 

The salary for this position will be commensurate with experience.  The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package, including 22 Days Annual Leave; 15 Days Sick Leave; 3 Days Personal Leave; 15 Paid Holidays; Tuition Remission; Health, Dental, Vision and Prescription coverage.

When applying, please upload a PDF version of your cover letter, resume and list of references. For best consideration, please submit applications no later than May 31, 2019 at; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Candidates must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the USA. No H1-B Visa sponsorship offered for this position

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 The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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