Associate Director, Creative Destructive Lab

  • Job posted by New York University

Job Type

Full Time




New York
New York
United States


NYU's Stern School of Business has established the first Creative Destructive Lab (CDL) in the U.S. CDL-NYC. The objective of the nine month program is to maximize the probability of success for seed stage, science and technology based, startups. The program will bring together highly successful serial entrepreneurs, startup founders, top scientists from NYU, Stern MBA students, and venture capitalists. Startups selected for the program will receive mentorship from the serial entrepreneurs, technical advice from scientists and execution help from Stern MBAs. The program is delivered in partnership with the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management.

To support these efforts, the Stern School has created an exciting opportunity for an Associate Director of CDL-NYC. The selected candidate will work with the Director to strategically develop, implement, and evaluate the CDL-NYC with particular emphasis on building external business relationships and internal partnerships to ensure programs' success. S/he will lead CDL-NYC operations including: venture recruiting, venture evaluation/selection, venture management, securing follow on investment, communications, and resource mobilization. The Associate Director will identify and cultivate relationships with centers of innovation in universities, incubators & accelerators, tech associations and venture capital funds to build a strong pipeline of CDL applicants. S/he will also manage and advise a cohort of 25 science and engineering based early stage startups and be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the CDL.

The selected candidate will have a bachelor's degree (MBA or advanced degree in a science discipline preferred) and a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience working in startup/technology industry cultivating relationships with senior executives, angel investors or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Proven ability in business development and relationship management is required along with the ability to analyze and systematically evaluate ventures, create financial models, conduct market analysis, and strategic planning. Strong understanding of business models and drivers of success in startups across several verticals is also essential. Deep financial literacy, experience with fundraising and venture deals, project management and experience managing interdisciplinary teams is also needed. Previous experience founding a startup and/or experience working as consultant or advisor to startup companies is preferred. A strong background in a science discipline is also preferred.

New York University Stern School of Business, located in Greenwich Village, is one of the nation's premier management education schools and research centers. We offer a collegial and supportive culture, an excellent benefits package, which includes NYU tuition reimbursement for self and eligible family members, flexible work program for eligible employees, generous vacation, health, dental and retirement plans. For more information about working at NYU and to apply for this position online (2018-4255) please visit our web site at: In your cover letter, please indicate where you learned about this opportunity. We accept online applications only.

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4-year degree

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