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Storytelling Project Manager

Employer: La Cocina

Note: This job posting expires April 30th, 2017

La Cocina (“The Kitchen”) is a nonprofit, full-service, shared use commercial kitchen (4400 Sq. feet) and business incubator in San Francisco, CA. The goal of La Cocina is to assist low-income entrepreneurs, primarily women, immigrants and people from communities of color, in becoming economically self-sufficient by providing: (1) a fully approved and equipped commercial kitchen they can use for the development and ongoing preparation of their business; (2) professional food industry technical assistance designed to improve their business operations, market penetration, profit, economic scale and sustainability; (3) access to new markets and (4) access to capital.

The La Cocina Conference invites chefs, placemakers, and policy activists to gather around our table for a conversation about the role of food in inclusivity, equity, and economic justice. These conversations will happen by eating through neighborhoods, getting your hands dirty in the kitchens of cooks from around the world, panels and conversations designed to inspire action within our communities and further abroad and delicious, and occasionally uncomfortable, talks at our dinner tables. San Francisco is our home, and, we think, still one of the best food cities in the world. The amount of inspiration here can be overwhelming, and we look forward to overwhelming you.

The James Irvine Foundation awarded La Cocina project funding to spend 12 months focused specifically on the growth of our ability to convene other organizations and to effectively tell the story of the work we do with low-income entrepreneurs. This position is a 12 month contract, with benefits, that will project manage our existing conference’s growth with a particular focus on La Cocina’s leadership within the context of Economic Development in CA and storytelling about low-income women, people of color and immigrant entrepreneurs.


The La Cocina Conference Project Manager is a 12 month, Full Time, exempt position.

Hours are Monday through Friday with occasional night and weekend requirements.

We envision this position to be rather independent, coming into the office on Folsom Street for a few meetings most weeks, but doing the majority of work off-site.

The La Cocina Conference Project Manager will manage the positioning, growth, and execution of La Cocina’s Conference as well as related storytelling events over the course of 12 months. Working directly with the Deputy Director, and closely with the Program Manager (who will be a thought-partner for content) and Events and Operations Manager (who will lead on the logistics of event operations) the Project Manager will work to create a vision and plan for a conference that will cement La Cocina’s position as a thought leader in the field of food entrepreneurship. Similarly to the way that people buy tickets for The Southern Foodways Alliance events, SOCAP or Skoll World Forum without even knowing who is speaking, we would like to position The La Cocina Conference as THE place where people come together to talk about equitable economic development through food business ownership.

The conference and related storytelling events will highlight La Cocina’s entrepreneurs – by putting the voices of the talented people we provide resources to, we hope to inspire other organizations and their participants to consider food business incubation as a means of achieving economic freedom in low-income communities. This expanded conference will require positioning, outreach, recruitment to partner organizations, marketing, managing content and speakers, and first-class execution to be able to achieve these goals.

Also, to note, is that in general we dislike conferences. We strive to make The La Cocina Conference a place that feels less like a boring something you try to avoid by sitting in the back of the room with your laptop out and more like a dinner table that you feel excited to sit at with guests that you can’t wait to learn from and talk to. For example, instead of our clients hearing from funders, we like having funders hear from our clients.


Project Management

• Create project timelines including all activities and goals as required by the James Irvine Foundation grant agreement.

• Establish schedule of regular meetings with Conference Team. Define roles and serve as the main point of contact that will ensure all deadlines are met and tasks are completed.

• Effectively organize a staff and volunteer team over the course of a year to execute on the team’s shared vision for the project which includes both the conference as well as travelling F&B Performances.

• Manage La Cocina’s relationship with the James Irvine Foundation throughout the grant period, sending periodic check-ins and completing the final project report at the end of the contract.

• Carefully create, manage and maintain a budget for the project that keeps in mind a vision for sustainability beyond the grant period.

Marketing/Outreach and Content Management

• Establish a theme for the conference and general storytelling around the events/grant, ensuring that equity is at the heart of everything we do including the people and organizations we partner with, the speakers we invite, the people who purchase tickets, etc.

• Develop a list of 40 organizations throughout CA and the country who should be a part of the conference, either as attendees or speakers, and create relationships with the organizations, encouraging partnership and eventual ticket sales. At least 100 ticket sales should come from partner nonprofits throughout the country.

• Work closely with designers and staff to create a unified brand for La Cocina’s Conference that will be used both in advance of and the day of the event.

• Lead the marketing and outreach campaign for the conference, managing the social, digital and printed content for the event. We’re hoping that all of the events sell out.

• Manage content for conference – create a schedule of events, confirm speakers, envision and create printed collateral.

• Maintain website adding content as needed.

 Sponsor Development

• Work with La Cocina’s development coordinator to recruit financial sponsors to the event. Our goal is to secure at least $50,000 in sponsor dollars and to create relationships that will continue year over year in order to create a sustainable event.

• Manage sponsor relationships from contract through to execution and thank yous.

• Note: While this is a 12 month position, funded by the James Irvine Foundation grant, we welcome a candidate who will fund their own future and make this conference a viable (economically sustainable) event for years to come.


The ideal candidate needs to meet the following requirements:

• Culturally competent and confident working in low-income and diverse communities.

• Ability to passionately advocate on behalf of La Cocina to a diverse set of stakeholders that are involved with this project – everything from large corporations to small nonprofits to individual speakers and everything in between.

• At least 5 years of experience in project management.

• At least 3 years of experience in event management, preferably with conference experience.

• Ability to communicate eloquently both orally and in writing.

• Highly organized with excellent time and people management skills.

• An ability to communicate personally and intimately with our program participants as well as an innate understanding or willingness to learn the San Francisco food scene.

The ideal candidate will have the following professional experience and personal qualities:

• Good people and conflict resolution skills. Job requires constant interaction with community partners, funders, partner organizations, speakers, etc.

• Patience, flexibility and a good sense of humor

• Culturally competent

• A passion for great food and a willingness to taste anything

• Ability to speak passionately and articulately about our mission


$65,000-$75,000 DOE with excellent benefits.


Please send an email to [email protected] with your cover letter and resume as attachments. In your cover letter, please include stories of your best and worst conference-attending experiences.

Managing Director

Employer: High Tech Rochester


High Tech Rochester is a 14-person non-profit that helps entrepreneurs launch and grow successful startups and established companies grow their revenues and profitability. HTR manages a number of different programs including early stage technology commercialization, business incubators and accelerators, educational boot camps, training programs, and project-based consulting services.

Photonics Venture Challenge Overview

The Photonics Venture Challenge is a new startup accelerator program being launched by HTR with funding from Empire State Development (NY State’s primary economic development agency). The program was a priority project of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, and was funded as part of the region’s Upstate Revitalization Initiative, with an initial 2-year, $10M commitment. With a focus on startups in the optics, imaging, and photonics sectors, the photonics venture challenge will be run in annual cohorts, with 10-15 startups being selected each year, with each team receiving an initial $100k-150k investment. Teams would go through an intensive 4-6 month mentor-driven accelerator program which would end in a large Demo Day where up to $2M of additional investment may be awarded.

Position Description

Essential Functions:

The Managing Director will be responsible for all initial program design activities of this new initiative as well as all ongoing day-to-day operations of the program, including:

  • Developing and managing the budget
  • Hiring and managing staff
  • Developing corporate / industry partner relationships
  • Leading all outreach and recruiting efforts
  • Leading the selection process for each annual cohort of selected teams
  • Managing the development of a mentor network
  • Setting up and managing an advisory board and selection/judging committees
  • Developing program’s educational curriculum
  • Reporting as required to Empire State Development

Marginal Functions:

Coordinate Photonics Venture Challenge activities, where appropriate, with other HTR and regional community programs that support startup companies in the optics, imaging and photonics space to maximize leverage of resources and program results.



  • Highest ethical standards
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities and experience running complex programs/teams
  • A solid understanding of tech commercialization, startup company formation, and early stage angel and venture capital investing
  • P&L responsibility
  • Proven ability to initiate and manage multifaceted sets of relationships, including private and public sectors, academia, inventors, entrepreneurs, investors, etc.
  • Familiarity with Lean Startup type methodology for creating scalable startup companies
  • Proven ability to plan, communicate and execute
  • Good organizational skills, time management, and attention to detail
  • Outstanding writing and communications skills, including public speaking
  • Self-sufficient in Microsoft Office and general computer use


  • Hands on experience running a startup accelerator or business incubation program
  • Experience as a founder or member of early stage technology startup
  • Experience in the optics, imaging, or photonics fields
  • Experience with venture capital types of investments
  • Familiarity with Upstate New York start-up environment and ecosystem


  • High Integrity
  • Resourceful
  • Thoughtful
  • Collaborative


  • Bachelor’s degree required



Reports To:                 President

Manages:                      Multiple direct reports, tbd

Coordinates With:       Managing Director, Finance and Administration

Additional Details

Location:                     HTR’s Lennox Tech Enterprise Center / moving to Sibley Building in downtown Rochester in late 2017

Compensation:            Salary and significant bonus opportunity based on equity returns

Work Schedule:           Full-time (40 hours) 

Important Note

HTR reserves the right to modify, interpret, or apply this position description in any way the company desires. This position description in no way implies that these are the only duties, including essential duties, to be performed by the employee occupying this position. This position description is not an employment contract, implied or otherwise. The employment relationship remains “at-will.”

Qualified employees who, because of a physical or mental impairment that significantly limits a major life activity, require a reasonable accommodation to perform the essential functions of this position should notify their manager. 

All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability or marital status.

To Apply for this position

Please email your resume and cover note/letter to: [email protected], with “Managing Director, Photonics Venture Challenge” in the subject line. All applications are due by April 21, 2017.

Program Manager

Employer: CTNext (a subsidiary of Connecticut Innovations, CI) 

CTNext, a quasi-public subsidiary of Connecticut Innovations (CI) is currently seeking a Program Manager who will be responsible for the administration and program development of the Innovation Places Program. CTNext aims to foster innovation and entrepreneurship by building a more robust and collaborative entrepreneurial environment within Connecticut. CTNext is comprised of a full array of strategic economic development programs in an effort to stimulate and sustain a community infrastructure for entrepreneurs in Connecticut.

The Innovation Places program, launched in July 2016, is an innovation place-based economic development strategy designed to support entrepreneurs and local leaders developing places that will attract the talent high-growth enterprises need and increase knowledge sharing that leads to innovation.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree plus five (5) years’ leadership experience in project management, grants management and program development; extensive knowledge of community and economic development, specifically innovation place-based economic development and innovation districts; working knowledge of infrastructure, and transit-oriented development; familiarity with policy, contract and procurement, tech entrepreneurs, small business, and higher education institutions. Hands-on operating experience and demonstrated leadership is required as this position will represent CTNext in a variety of forums. An MBA or master’s degree can be substituted for up to one year of the above-described experience.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Act as project manager and team leader for the Innovation Places Program as well as oversee activities related to the Higher Education Initiative;
  • Manage and provide oversight of funding assistance to grant recipients, ensuring appropriate uses of funds, and timely and in-budget deliverables;
  • Develop, coordinate, plan and manage all Innovation Places Program activities as well as related activities for the Higher Education Initiative;
  • Act in supervisory role and actively manage team members and/or consultants and vendors to execute work product;
  • Act as liaison and work with other economic development agencies to ensure awareness and alignment with the intent of the Innovation Places Program;
  • Contribute to the development of content for all materials and documents related to the process and procedures, implementation and ongoing analysis and evaluation of the Innovation Places program as well as the Higher Education Initiative;
  • Coordinate with marketing staff as necessary to manage the development and updates made to all collateral, including but not limited to brochures, flyers and website, and work with marketing to supply information to generate press releases and awareness;
  • Coordinate and ensure compliance with statutory and reporting requirements relevant to the Innovation Places Program;
  • Communicate and work with internal and external stakeholders and interested parties to ensure program understanding of goals and objectives related to the Innovation Places Program as well as the Higher Education Initiative;
  • Monitor progress, evaluate, analyze and interpret the impact decisions will have on the successful implementation and sustainability of the Innovation Places Program;
  • Manage and coordinate ongoing stakeholder engagement opportunities for Innovation Places Program grant awardees and participants providing a network of resources, support and technical assistance linking participants to appropriate resources as needed, including but not limited to workshops, webinars, subject matter expertise, etc.;
  • Assist with ideation and execution of new strategic initiatives;
  • Monitor legislation related to economic development and conduct policy research and general research as required for the success of the program; and
  • Provide status reports periodically as needed; and perform related duties as directed by the Executive Director.

CTNext is a leader in fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in Connecticut. We offer a full array of programs designed to equip entrepreneurs with the tools they need to grow and succeed in Connecticut. We offer a great opportunity to learn, be creative, and have a measurable and significant impact.

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Director, Business Accelerator and Entrepreneurship

Employer: East Stroudsburg University 

The Economic Development and Entrepreneurship (EDE) division at East Stroudsburg University is seeking a motivated and innovative team member to serve as Director of the Business Accelerator and Entrepreneurship. The Business Accelerator program is open to early stage and start-up companies in various industry sectors, including international, student and faculty companies. The program features over 9,000 sq. ft. of office space including a wet lab wing. Construction is underway to expand the Business Accelerator with an addition 16,000 sq. ft.

Job Duties:

  • Research, market, recruit, plan, and coordinate development of new and expanding entrepreneurial businesses.
  • Plan, organize and manage the daily operations of the Business Accelerator Program including leases, facility management, business development, mentoring and implementation of best practices.
  • Cultivate strategic partnerships with economic development entities that support and promote entrepreneurship including Ben Franklin Technology Partners and the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA).  
  • Market and promote the Business Accelerator Program to community/business partners, faculty, students and legislative representatives. 
  • Work with faculty and students to identify and support student participation in regional Business Plan Competitions including the State System and TecBridge.
  • Identify and engage faculty and business mentors to support start-up companies.
  • Identify and work with entrepreneurs interested in the Business Accelerator Program and Pocono Mountains Keystone Innovation Zone (PMKIZ).
  • Recruit start-up companies in industry sectors including but not limited to: life sciences/biotech, homeland security, healthcare, information technology, financial services and advanced manufacturing, and ensure compliance with Business Accelerator Program Guidelines.
  • Establish a professional advisory committee for clients.  Develop a mentoring relationship between advisory committee and client
    companies as opportunity allows.
  • Work with clients on intellectual property/technology transfer opportunities.
  • Prepare weekly and annual reports, identify funding opportunities, and coordinate entrepreneurial opportunities for students.
  • Manage the grants, revenue and expenses associated with these programs.
  • Manage the Business Accelerator J-1 Visa International Innovation Program including recruitment and business
    development support.    
  • Design, implement and assess entrepreneurial and business support programs and workshops.
  • Entrepreneurial activities – Set the direction and oversees the operation of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Center and ESU Student Entrepreneurship Club.
  • Manage the activity and deal flow of the Pocono Mountains Angel Network (PMAN).
  • Identify space and lease opportunities for graduating companies.
  • Represent the PMKIZ at all statewide meetings.
  • Review business plans, pro forma figures, and assist Entrepreneurs in identifying support services: legal, student interns, etc.
  • Complete all BFTP and PMKIZ reports and audits. 

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree. Minimum four years of proven business development and finance experience.  Experience in working with start-ups. Demonstrated record of building strong networks with business leaders. The successful candidate will demonstrate supervisory skills, experience working with diverse populations, and strong communication/presentation skills in addition to experience in business finance, technology transfer/intellectual property and ability to work in a fast-paced deadline driven environment. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups including businesses, entrepreneurs, major corporations, universities, the public and economic development organizations.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree. Experience in being part of a growing company management team with supervisory experience and being a team player. Experience desired in any aspect of small business such banking, or personally owning and/or operating a commercial venture

 Work Hours:  Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Additional Hours may be required. 

Minimum Salary: Final selection will be based upon a successful interview and background check. All candidates must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. at the time of employment. Reimbursement for interview and relocation expenses are not available for this position.

Click here to apply.

Director of Marketing, Communications & Events, Office of Economic Development

Employer: University of Buffalo

Hiring Salary: $80,000 – $100,000 

The Director of Marketing, Communications & Events is responsible for the Office of Economic Development’s marketing strategies, marketing communications, and public relations activities – both external and internal – as well as all events, sponsorships and market research/business intelligence. The position reports directly to the Associate Vice President for Economic Development and will work directly with CBLS, CMI and BIG directors on initiatives specific to their entities and programs. This individual leads the marketing team.

To view the primary responsibilities and required and desired qualifications, please click here.

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