Director, Inclusive Entrepreneurship, ChicagoNEXT


ChicagoNEXT is seeking a Director to lead the inaugural Inclusive Entrepreneurship Challenge program which will support Chicago’s startup ecosystem by enabling the creation of networks and resources to support underrepresented entrepreneurial communities throughout all of Chicago looking to build and scale tech and tech-enabled companies.

The program will administer annual grants, creating annual cohorts of between 4-10 awardee organizations per year. This three-year initiative will identify new and different program models and solutions to allow traditionally underserved communities better access to the entrepreneurial resources and innovation economy of the Chicago region.

The Director position is a full-time, three-year contract position that reports to the Executive Director of ChicagoNEXT.

Responsibilities

The program Director will support the Inclusive Entrepreneurship Challenge program’s mission, vision and values in collaboration with World Business Chicago, ChicagoNEXT, and other program partners. The program Director will be responsible for managing all aspects of the Challenge over the three-year period. Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Communication and relationship management, and any additional support as needed to all awardees and stakeholders, including program advisors and leadership
  • Work with Challenge leadership to receive and review RFPs, grant funds, and work with awardees on utilization of grant funds
  • Organizing, and when applicable hosting, all events and meetings related to the Challenge including a launch event and quarterly awardee cohort gatherings that build an environment of collaboration to share learnings and address common barriers
  • Organizing, and when applicable hosting, all events and meetings related to the Challenge including a launch event and quarterly awardee cohort gatherings that build an environment of collaboration to share learnings and address common barriers

Qualifications

ChicagoNEXT is seeking a candidate who thinks entrepreneurially and who can operate effectively in a complex environment. The Director will need to effectively manage relationships with a variety of senior leaders from the private, public and non-profit sectors. The Director will work closely with the various organizations that currently exist in Chicago’s technology ecosystem and should be proactive in developing and implementing ideas to build a more inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem in Chicago.

Interested candidates should meet the following qualifications:

  • Familiarity with and established relationships within Chicago’s tech and/or entrepreneurship community
  • Substantial knowledge of trends, resources and barriers within the tech entrepreneurship sector
  • Experience working in a startup and/or closely with entrepreneurs
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize workload in a dynamic work environment
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to communicate clearly to multiple audiences
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively and effectively with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum 7 years’ experience

To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to HR@worldbusinesschicago.com. All applications must be submitted by February 28. 2017.

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