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Coordinator, URI Launch Lab

University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI

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Job Title:

Coordinator, URI Launch Lab

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Position Type:

Professional Staff


PSA/NEA - Professional Staff Assoc

Pay Grade Level:


Pay Grade Range:

$41,914 - $62,213

Status :

Calendar Year, Full-time, Limited


Kingston Library


Please note: Job applications must be submitted directly online only at: (

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Extension Contingency Notes:

Position is full-time calendar year, limited to 06/30/2022 with anticipated renewal.

Job Description Summary:

The search will remain open until the position has been filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by November 15, 2021. Second consideration may be given to applications received by November 30, 2021. Applications received subsequent to second consideration date (November 30, 2021) may not be given full consideration.

BASIC FUNCTION: Assist with the execution of Launch Lab programs, recruitment, and logistics while coordinating administrative functions and processes. Manage multiple simultaneous projects, while supervising a team of student employees and volunteers. Manage Launch Lab’s workshops, meetings, and other programming as needed. Ensure smooth operations of all Launch Lab scheduling, activities, and student engagement.

Duties and Responsibilities:

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Support the execution of new events and programs involving student-focused project development, collaboration, and innovation. Maintain semester events and programs calendar and contribute to activities and agendas. Support the development and execution of Summer and Winter J-term programs. Coordinate development of branding, marketing, and communication for Launch Lab through the website, social media accounts, and monthly newsletters. Manage the administrative functions of the office, including but not limited to the daily management of the Launch Lab main email, Google Drive, meeting schedules, correspondence, website, and community calendar updates. Maintain Launch Lab contact lists, organize and update as needed. Supervise undergraduate students working with Launch Lab and lead student employee training programs.
Lead weekly full team meetings and assist in preparing materials needed for meetings, presentations, interviews, etc. Develop relationships across the University to help promote Launch Lab’s digital media presence. Work closely with student organizations, academic departments, and URI partners such as other units within the URI Libraries, Foundation and Alumni Engagement, Center for Career & Experiential Education, Multicultural Student Services Center, etc. to execute programs, workshops, and project development opportunities for students from all disciplines. Connect with external partners in the larger innovation ecosystem on programs and networking, such as RIHUB, URI Research Foundation, URI Foundation and Alumni Engagement, Social Enterprise Greenhouse, MassChallenge, Venture Café, CIC. Form strong working relationships with students, faculty, and alumni from diverse backgrounds. Be responsible for the operational aspects of Launch Lab, including scheduling of the facility, student staff work schedules, and facility tours. Attend Launch Lab programs and provide logistical support. Stay up to date on University-wide events, campaigns, and programs to better inform Launch Lab programming.
Work occasional weekends and evenings as needed. OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Perform other duties as assigned/requested. LICENSES, TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT: Personal computer and printers; word processing, database management, spreadsheet and presentation software. Social media. Microsoft Office.

Required Qualifications:


1. Bachelor’s Degree.

2. Minimum two years’ experience in event and program coordination.

3. Demonstrated supervisory experience.

4. Demonstrated computer skills (G-Suite, Zoom, Microsoft Office, etc.)

5. Demonstrated professional social media experience (account management, design of flyers, graphics & marketing materials, etc.)

6. Demonstrated website and contact list management skills.

7. Demonstrated presentation skills (lead meetings, create agendas, etc.)

8. Demonstrated strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills.

9. Demonstrated proficiency in written communication skills.

10. Demonstrated ability to multitask in a deadline-driven environment.

11. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups/populations.

Preferred Qualifications:


1. Demonstrated experience in Wordpress, Constant Contact, Slack, Hootsuite, Trello, Canva, and Adobe Creative Suite.

2. Demonstrated understanding of the innovation process and exposure to the local innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ ALL REQUIREMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO POSSIBLE MODIFICATION TO REASONABLY ACCOMMODATE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES.

Environmental Conditions:

This position is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

Posting Date:


Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach the following 3 (PDF) documents to your online Employment Application:

(#1) Cover letter.

(#2) Resume.

(#3) “Other Document – References” – the names and contact information of three professional references (pdf doc).

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The University of Rhode IslandURI Picture 1

Founded in 1892, this land and sea grant university is the flagship public research institution in Rhode Island, enrolling more than 14,500 undergraduate students and 2,000 graduate students.

Thinking big
URI is home to some of today’s leading innovators, discoverers, and creative problem solvers and is known regionally and worldwide for its big ideas and pioneering research in such areas as environmental studies, neuroscience, biotechnology and life sciences, engineering, marine sciences, forensic sciences, pharmaceuticals, behavioral sciences, and public health promotion. A strong core of traditional academic disciplines provides the foundation for all specialized, professional, and applied areas of study. The University receives about $60 million annually in federal funding for research across 87 undergraduate and 70 graduate degree programs.

Motivated students, engaged faculty

Nearly 23,000 students applied for fewer than 3,300 openings in the 2017 freshman class, which boasts an average grade point average of 3.54. The 17 to 1 student/faculty ratio allows for personal attention and rewarding teaching experiences. Approximately 87 percent of faculty hold terminal degrees. In 2018 URI produced two Fulbright Scholars, five Boren Scholars, a Truman Scholar, and was named a one of the country’s top Gilman scholar-producing schools. URI’s commitment to diversity is demonstrated through its student body, with 43 states and 65 nations represented and 20 percent of students identifying as persons of color, a 65 percent increase since 2008.

Four campuses, one community

URI’s main campus is located on 1,248 acres in rural Kingston, where the campus core — including a quadrangle surrounded by handsome granite buildings — is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Six miles from Rhode Island’s beaches, this campus is conveniently situated along the Boston to New York corridor. The University’s renowned Graduate School of Oceanography is located at the 165-acre Narragansett Bay Campus. The Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies brings higher education to downtown Providence. Nearby, the 133,000-square-foot Rhode Island Nursing Education Center URI Picture 2includes unparalleled simulation labs. The W. Alton Jones Campus — 2,300 acres of forests, lakes, and farmland in West Greenwich — provides a secluded setting for academic research, environmental education, business meetings and special events.


Investing in the future
Since 2007, the University has invested $607 million in campus capital projects, including: a $150 million engineering complex, due to open in 2019; Brookside, another new apartment-style residence hall, 2019; a Welcome Center, 2018; the Rhode Island Nursing Education Center, 2017; Beaupre Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences, 2016; and Avedisian Hall, home to the College of Pharmacy, 2012.


Expertise on demand

The University is home to several centers of expertise that tackle some of society’s most vexing challenges. The George & Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience brings multi-disciplinary research to bear on devastating brain diseases, such as ALS and Alzheimer’s. The Digital Forensics and Cyber Security Center supports state, national, and international public welfare through education, research, training, and service. The Business Engagement Center is the “front door” through which industry taps into research and training opportunities and assistance with intellectual property or technology issues. The R.I. Food Center brings URI’s agricultural roots to the 21st century as a resource for farmers, consumers, retailers, and others across the food industry

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80 Lower College Road
North Kingston
Rhode Island
United States
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