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Entrepreneurship Program Officer

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Swissnex in San Francisco
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San Francisco, CA
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Published 15 days ago

Status: Full-time

Start Date: January 17th, 2022

Reports to: Head of Entrepreneurship

About Swissnex 

Swissnex is the Swiss global network connecting the dots in education, research, and innovation. Our impact is centered around empowering next generation innovators to become changemakers by connecting talents and expertise from Switzerland, North America and the world. The Swissnex global network consists of six locations and outposts established in the world’s most innovative hubs. We contribute to strengthening Switzerland’s profile as a world-leading innovation hotspot. 

For over a decade, Swissnex has partnered with Innosuisse to help the most promising startups from Switzerland sharpen their entrepreneurial mindset, skills and networks to successfully establish a foothold in the US market. The program has actively supported the development and internationalization efforts of some of the most successful Swiss startups, including Mindmaze, Dacuda, Doodle, Beekeeper and Ava. We also work with Swiss universities and Swiss-based support organizations to complement and expand their offerings.

Position Summary

We are looking for an Entrepreneurship Program Officer (EPO) to manage and scale our startup programs and to be our in-house expert on all things entrepreneurship. The ideal candidate will be passionate about technology and innovation, forward-thinking, impact oriented, entrepreneurial and a solid networker and have experience working for/with startups and the SF Bay Area startup ecosystem. The EPO will be responsible for the successful execution of our entrepreneurship programs and support in designing and building new programs.

Key Responsibilities 

STARTUP PROGRAMS MANAGEMENT (40%)

  • Lead project management for entrepreneurship programs
  • Scouting and pipeline management of qualified participants for startup programs 
  • Manage Innosuisse startup application process and liaise with Innosuisse, including supporting global coordination of Innosuisse startup services
  • Liaise with subject matter experts and Silicon Valley network to arrange sessions and visits during programs and increase visibility for programs and events 
  • Main point of contact for all startup related inquiries
  • Ensure high quality of startup services and track feedback and success of alumni
  • Support design of new programs and continuous improvement of existing ones

STARTUP PROGRAM OPS/ADMIN/COMMS SUPPORT (40%)

  • Ensure accurate documentation of Innosuisse startup programs 
  • Steer communication, marketing and engagement with and about future, present and past program participants and the overall ecosystem in coordination with our communications team
  • Collaborate with operations teams to ensure smooth communication and execution of startup programs (lead for content and format)
  • Push and propose continuous improvement of these processes

NETWORK DEVELOPMENT & GENERAL SUPPORT (20%)

  • Proactively expand the network for startup support (through engagement with the Swiss and US startup ecosystems) and for all of Swissnex’s activities 
  • Benchmarking for new and existing programs 
  • Support entrepreneurship team with other administrative duties, as assigned
  • Support in building a global startup community

Our ideal candidate 

  • 1 to 2 years’ relevant professional experience, ideally working within the Silicon Valley startup ecosystem
  • First Experience leading projects and using project management tools
  • Experience with basic marketing, content development, and event planning is a plus
  • Experience in building and maintaining a community is a plus
  • Excellent English language and communications skills
  • Proactive problem solver and team player with a growth mindset and positive attitude
  • Passionate about entrepreneurship, the impact it can create and connecting people
  • Willingness to experiment and go the extra mile 
  • Reliable “doer” with the ability to follow processes where necessary
  • Ability to deal with uncertainty and thrive in a fast-paced, creative, and fluid work environment
  • Bonus: has connection to Switzerland / a network within the Swiss startup ecosystem 

What we offer

  • Collaborate with interesting internal and external partners in the fields of science, education, art and innovation in both the SF Bay Area and Switzerland
  • Opportunity for professional growth, both lateral and vertical
  • Attend regular free events and programs, weekly community lunches, and optional workout sessions and have access to professional development opportunities
  • The chance to work with an experimental, engaged, and strengths-based team that is guided by the following principles: We are curious. We value people. We take action. 
  • Non-profit and entry-level compensation range depends on background and country of residence for tax purposes. Benefits include: 4 weeks’ vacation, 12+ annual holidays, sick leave, medical insurance. Swiss employees receive a diplomatic visa and continue to pay into the Swiss benefits system.

Ready to apply? 

  • To be considered, you must apply through this link and include in your application both your resume (CV) and a cover letter detailing your qualifications and interest in the position. 
  • Very important: due to our legal status as an annex of the Swiss Consulate, we can only hire Swiss citizens or residents or U.S. citizens or residents. There can be no exceptions. 

Apply soon. Deadline to apply is September 30, 2021

Status: Full-time

Start Date: January 17th, 2022

Reports to: Head of Entrepreneurship

About Swissnex 

Swissnex is the Swiss global network connecting the dots in education, research, and innovation. Our impact is centered around empowering…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Contract
  • Start Date
    January 17, 2022
  • Application Deadline
    September 30, 2021
  • Education
    Other Education Requirement
  • Professional Level
    Entry level

Salary

USD 55,000 - USD 75,000

Benefits

Non-profit and entry-level compensation range depends on background and country of residence for tax purposes. Salary level depends on background and experience, and on country of residence/tax status. Benefits include: 4 weeks’ vacation, 12+ annual holidays, sick leave, medical insurance. Swiss employees receive a diplomatic visa and continue to pay into the Swiss benefits system.

Non-profit and entry-level compensation range depends on background and country of residence for tax purposes. Salary level depends on background and experience, and on…

Level of Language Proficiency

Status: Full-time

Start Date: January 15th, 2022

Reports to: Head of Entrepreneurship

About Swissnex 

Swissnex is the Swiss global network connecting the dots in education, research, and innovation. Our impact is centered around empowering next generation innovators to become changemakers by connecting talents and expertise from Switzerland, North America and the world. The Swissnex global network consists of six locations and outposts established in the world’s most innovative hubs. We contribute to strengthening Switzerland’s profile as a world-leading innovation hotspot. 

For over a decade, Swissnex has partnered with Innosuisse to help the most promising startups from Switzerland sharpen their entrepreneurial mindset, skills and networks to successfully establish a foothold in the US market. The program has actively supported the development and internationalization efforts of some of the most successful Swiss startups, including Mindmaze, Dacuda, Doodle, Beekeeper and Ava. We also work with Swiss universities and Swiss-based support organizations to complement and expand their offerings.

Position Summary

We are looking for an Entrepreneurship Program Officer (EPO) to manage and scale our startup programs and to be our in-house expert on all things entrepreneurship. The ideal candidate will be passionate about technology and innovation, forward-thinking, impact oriented, entrepreneurial and a solid networker and have experience working for/with startups and the SF Bay Area startup ecosystem. The EPO will be responsible for the successful execution of our entrepreneurship programs and support in designing and building new programs.

Key Responsibilities 

STARTUP PROGRAMS MANAGEMENT (40%)

  • Lead project management for entrepreneurship programs
  • Scouting and pipeline management of qualified participants for startup programs 
  • Manage Innosuisse startup application process and liaise with Innosuisse, including supporting global coordination of Innosuisse startup services
  • Liaise with subject matter experts and Silicon Valley network to arrange sessions and visits during programs and increase visibility for programs and events 
  • Main point of contact for all startup related inquiries
  • Ensure high quality of startup services and track feedback and success of alumni
  • Support design of new programs and continuous improvement of existing ones

STARTUP PROGRAM OPS/ADMIN/COMMS SUPPORT (40%)

  • Ensure accurate documentation of Innosuisse startup programs 
  • Steer communication, marketing and engagement with and about future, present and past program participants and the overall ecosystem in coordination with our communications team
  • Collaborate with operations teams to ensure smooth communication and execution of startup programs (lead for content and format)
  • Push and propose continuous improvement of these processes

NETWORK DEVELOPMENT & GENERAL SUPPORT (20%)

  • Proactively expand the network for startup support (through engagement with the Swiss and US startup ecosystems) and for all of Swissnex’s activities 
  • Benchmarking for new and existing programs 
  • Support entrepreneurship team with other administrative duties, as assigned
  • Support in building a global startup community

Our ideal candidate 

  • 1 to 2 years’ relevant professional experience, ideally working within the Silicon Valley startup ecosystem
  • First Experience leading projects and using project management tools
  • Experience with basic marketing, content development, and event planning is a plus
  • Experience in building and maintaining a community is a plus
  • Excellent English language and communications skills
  • Proactive problem solver and team player with a growth mindset and positive attitude
  • Passionate about entrepreneurship, the impact it can create and connecting people
  • Willingness to experiment and go the extra mile 
  • Reliable “doer” with the ability to follow processes where necessary
  • Ability to deal with uncertainty and thrive in a fast-paced, creative, and fluid work environment
  • Bonus: has connection to Switzerland / a network within the Swiss startup ecosystem 

What we offer

  • Collaborate with interesting internal and external partners in the fields of science, education, art and innovation in both the SF Bay Area and Switzerland
  • Opportunity for professional growth, both lateral and vertical
  • Attend regular free events and programs, weekly community lunches, and optional workout sessions and have access to professional development opportunities
  • The chance to work with an experimental, engaged, and strengths-based team that is guided by the following principles: We are curious. We value people. We take action. 
  • Non-profit and entry-level compensation range depends on background and country of residence for tax purposes. Benefits include: 4 weeks’ vacation, 12+ annual holidays, sick leave, medical insurance. Swiss employees receive a diplomatic visa and continue to pay into the Swiss benefits system.

Ready to apply? 

  • To be considered, you must apply through this link and include in your application both your resume (CV) and a cover letter detailing your qualifications and interest in the position. 
  • Very important: due to our legal status as an annex of the Swiss Consulate, we can only hire Swiss citizens or residents or U.S. citizens or residents. There can be no exceptions. 

Apply soon. Deadline to apply is September 30, 2021

Status: Full-time

Start Date: January 15th, 2022

Reports to: Head of Entrepreneurship

About Swissnex 

Swissnex is the Swiss global network connecting the dots in education…

Location

On-site
17 Pier, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
Suite 800

How to Apply

To be considered, you must apply through this link and include in your application both your resume (CV) and a cover letter detailing your qualifications and interest in the position. 

Very important: due to our legal status as an annex of the Swiss Consulate, we can only hire Swiss citizens or residents or U.S. citizens or residents. There can be no exceptions. 

To be considered, you must apply through this link and include in your application both your resume (CV) and a cover letter detailing your qualifications and interest in the…

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