Venture Manager

Job description

Venture Manager

Date Posted: 10/06/2020
Req ID: 1301
Faculty/Division: School of Management
Department: Joseph L. Rotman School of Management
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


About us:

The Rotman School of Management is part of the University of Toronto, a global centre of research and academic excellence at the heart of Canada’s commercial and financial capital. Rotman is a catalyst for transformative learning, insights and public engagement, bringing together diverse views and initiatives around a defining purpose: to create value for business and society. We make a fundamental promise - Here’s where it changes - to our students, our partners and the broader community. Everyone at Rotman, faculty and staff, plays a role in bringing that promise to life.

Your opportunity:

The Creative Destruction Lab (CDL), originated at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, is one of the world’s premier seed stage programs for massively scalable science-based ventures. The program has created more than $4 billion in equity in less than seven years targeting companies that have the potential to transform our social, industrial, and economic landscape.

As the Venture Manager, you will be responsible for supporting CDL site operations; focusing on venture recruiting, providing business development support to CDL ventures, and leading initiatives to support the growth and continuous improvement of the program.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Fostering stakeholder engagement and maintaining relationships with project partners
  • Promoting programs and service offerings to internal and/or external contacts
  • Determining which applications to refer to committee for selection
  • Monitoring established key performance indicators of projects or products
  • Analyzing statistical information to evaluate the performance of programs and/or partnerships
  • Implementing plans and process improvements for project activities

Essential Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree, STEM degree or technology background; or acceptable combination of equivalent education and experience. Master of Business Administration or BComm degree in progress or completed is an asset.
  • Minimum three (3) years relevant experience in external relations, strategic community development, business development, stakeholder relations and/or venture management
  • Experience and confidence working with high performing teams and multiple stakeholders
  • Highly organized with strong project management experience
  • Strong analytical ability and understanding of business models and drivers of success in start-ups across several verticals
  • Ability to analyze and systematically evaluate ventures
  • Entrepreneurial and highly motivated with a strong interest in start-ups and venture capital
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Passion to consistently meet or exceed performance objectives
  • Strong, team-oriented work ethic with a willingness to work independently and autonomously

Assets (Nonessential):

  • Experience working with start-ups, technology companies, or venture capital
  • Proficiency with financial modelling, conducting market analysis, and strategic planning

To be successful in this role you will be:

  • Achievement oriented
  • Communicator
  • Diplomatic
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Multi-tasker
  • Self-directed


Term to July 2021

Closing Date: 10/22/2020, 11:59PM EDT
Employee Group: USW
Appointment Type: Budget - Term
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone:
USW Pay Band 11 -- $65,669 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $83,978. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol.
Job Category: Research Administration & Teaching
Recruiter: Jen Salerno

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact [email protected].
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Job Segment: Equity, Manager, Strategic Planning, Venture Capital, Finance, Management, Strategy, Research




Diversity Profile: University



View more

Learn more on Inside Higher Ed's College Page for University

Arrow pointing right
Job No:
Posted: 10/17/2020
Application Due: 10/23/2020
Work Type: