The Program Coordinator for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is a position that works in the Wond'ry, Vanderbilt University's Innovation Center, and is a key member of the team. The Program Coordinator is responsible for ensuring entrepreneurship and innovation initiatives and programs run efficiently, handling communication with participants and partners, assisting with the administration of microgrant funding, pitch competitions, and other events, as well as supporting innovation initiatives and opportunities for collaboration that help build a stronger university innovation ecosystem across the Southeast. Reporting directly to the Associate Director, the Program Coordinator performs duties that are critical to the success of the organization.
The Wond'ry is the university's center for innovation and design. We are an outwardly facing, customer service-oriented unit that serves the entire Vanderbilt community of faculty, staff, and students from all colleges and schools, while also working to build up the innovation ecosystem in Nashville and beyond. We provide a variety of programming, resources, and funding opportunities to help our constituents express and test their ideas, to develop design thinking skills and an innovation mindset, as well as facilitate interdisciplinary and immersive learning experiences. Because we assist with the development of innovations and collaborations across all disciplines, we look for dynamic, curious individuals with a variety of background experiences they can leverage to help people along their innovation journey.
Duties and Responsibilities The Program Coordinator performs a variety of complex duties, ensuring the success of Wond'ry Programs and the Wond'ry generally. Responsibilities include:
Program and Project Coordination
Assist with the organization, communication, and administration of entrepreneurship programs and projects at the Wond'ry, including Ideator, Builder, and Founder programs, as well as the Wond'ry's mentor network.
Ability to work occasional nights or weekends is preferred as some projects and programs operate outside of typical work hours
Coordinate ongoing and future collaborations/strategic initiatives related to innovation and/or entrepreneurship
Recruit participants and organize headlining mentors for a monthly Innovation Open Mic event
Stay up-to-date on articles and publications relating to best practices in innovation and entrepreneurship and synthesize for Wond'ry leadership
Monitor microgrant funds awarded to program participants
Communicate respectfully with program participants and mentors
Project a welcoming attitude that ensures participants feel invited and supported as they engage with the Wond'ry
Assist the administrative assistant to ensure all participant and project data is entered into a database and summarize metrics and outcomes from the information contained in this system
Monitor for new pitch competitions and accelerator/incubator opportunities and distribute where relevant
Assist with the creation of website and social media content
Be an initial point of contact for Vanderbilt community members working on their own ideas and route to the appropriate resources, programs, or people
Partnerships, Collaborations, and Strategic Outreach
Coordinate the design and production of promotional materials on an as-needed basis to create awareness about specific workshops, programs, initiatives, and events
Assist in the on-boarding process and facilitate training of an inclusive network of mentors that support the Wond'ry's entrepreneurial and social impact programming
Participate in weekly team meetings and strategic planning sessions
Assist in the identification of grant opportunities that support entrepreneurship and related initiatives
Provide general support and assistance to other team members on an as needed basis
A bachelor's degree is necessary
A master's degree is strongly preferred
Familiarity with and experience in the nonprofit, social sector or social impact fields strongly preferred
Experience with entrepreneurial programming preferred
Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills are necessary
Celebration of and commitment to inclusivity, diversity, equity, and accessibility
Extremely well organized with excellent time management skills and the ability to successfully handle multiple projects at once with minimal oversight
Excellent interpersonal skills, able to interact fluidly with the many different individuals and organizations that will contact and work with the Center
Experience navigating university policies and procedures, and a desire to expand and deepen that knowledge and experience
Proficient in office software tools (e.g., Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Canva, Airtable), and other software tools for communication, analysis and office operations.
Experience with design thinking and/or Lean Launch methodology a plus
Flexible in the expectations of the job tasks and schedule in an office that is on the cutting edge of innovation
Willing to jump in wherever needed
Positive, energetic, and proactive entrepreneurial attitude with a passion for innovation and creativity
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.
Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.
Internal Number: 10000463
About Vanderbilt University
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