Associate Director, Social Enterprise Advising

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Harvard Innovation Labs | Boston, MA

Harvard Innovation Labs

Published 14 days ago

Start Date

July 15, 2019

Application Deadline

June 14, 2019


At least $90,000

Job Title:       Associate Director, Social Enterprise

School/Unit:  Harvard Innovation Labs

Time Status:  Full time

Schedule:       Full time

Salary Grade: 58

About the Harvard Innovation Labs:

The Harvard Innovation Labs is a unique collaboration and education space designed to foster entrepreneurship and innovation across Harvard University. The Harvard innovation labs consists of 3 lab facilities adjacent to each other as follows:

1.    The I-lab which is a “one Harvard” education collaborative open to any Harvard student from any Harvard school with a startup idea at any stage. Every semester, students from all schools can apply to participate in the venture incubation program (VIP), a 12 week integrated program that combines mentoring, workshops and community to help their start up team move their ideas further faster. Post-graduation teams can apply to move into the launch lab to continue working on their startups.

2.    The Launch Lab is a “ONE Harvard” inspired curated co-working space adjacent to the i-lab and Life Lab, designed and resourced to support high potential Harvard Alumni startup ventures who want to continue in the VIP program. This 8,500 square foot co-working space has 140 work stations housing approximately 30 Harvard alumni venture teams which is affordable and flexible offering 8 conference spaces, 6 phone rooms, 2 kitchens and lounge space. The Launch Lab teams can also gain access to the i-lab’s programming, network of faculty, mentors, advisors and investors.

3.    The Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab is a shared laboratory space for high-potential life sciences and biotech startups founded by Harvard faculty, alumni, students, and postdoctoral scholars. The 15,000-square-foot facility has 36 lab work benches and 50 co-working spaces, conference rooms and kitchen adjacent to the i-lab and Launch lab is a fully-equipped and permitted laboratory and office space for early-stage companies.

Job overview:

This position is responsible for leading programming (workshops, etc.) and advising efforts in support of students, student teams and alumni teams interested in social entrepreneurship. The ideal candidate has founded or been part of the leadership team of a social enterprise startup (nonprofit or for-profit), is connected to the Boston social entrepreneurship ecosystem, has experience as a mentor to startups and students, and is an excellent presenter, communicator and project manager. 

Job Mission:

Create meaningful, life impacting value for Harvard students, student teams and alumni teams interested in social entrepreneurship. 

Primary Responsibilities:

·        Develop and implement entrepreneurship skills development programming and resources that align with the four-part i-lab pedagogy. Plans will be developed in coordination with contacts developed from schools (i.e. College, HKS, HGSE, HBS, HLS), student clubs, and/or outside groups. Balance recruiting external speakers with personally delivered sessions

·        Serve as the primary liaison to students, student clubs, selected faculty, and administrative staff from across Harvard schools working on Social and Cultural Entrepreneurship ventures (primary schools include College, HKS, HGSE, HBS – tertiary school would include HLS, GSD, HSPH).

·        Initiate activities and programs that build the i-lab as a community home for student entrepreneurs and innovators pursuing social impact and cultural entrepreneurship ideas.

·        Initiate activities and programs that provide meaningful support to Launch Lab (LLX) teams, our alumni venture teams.

·        Serve as a contact point for faculty across Harvard who are interested in partnering to drive their teaching and program ideas with the i-lab and the Innovation Labs in general.  Particular focus areas would be faculty interested in the Social Entrepreneurship sector in the College, HKS, HGSE, and HBS, but could come from other schools as well.

·        Serve as the primary staff advisor for all Social Enterprise teams in the i-lab and Launch Lab (est. 40 per session)

Other Tasks and Accountabilities:

·        Work with Centralized Programming to:

· Develop high quality events for skill development, networking, and inspiration

·        Work with Centralized Marketing and Centralized Operations to ensure Social Enterprise programming is executed flawlessly (e.g., high NPS scores)

·        Serve the lead role for the Social Track for the annual President’s Innovation Challenge

·        Work with the Director to optimize the Venture Incubation Program Mentor Program. 

·        Actively participate in the broader innovation community and the social enterprise sector in particular

Performance Measures:

•        NPS scores of Social Enterprise events average 55 or better

•        Programming input always meets the 21-day lead time

•        Positive qualitative feedback from i-lab and Launch Lab venture teams

•        Positive qualitative feedback from Innovation Lab team members

Key Behaviors:

•        Proactive

•        Collaborative

•        Methodical

•        Thorough

•        Outgoing

Harvard Innovation Labs Personality Attributes


Essential Business Sensibilities

·        The customer always comes first

·        Innovate everything

·        Balance access with Impact

·        Flexibility – we are a startup

Requirements and Qualifications:

The desired candidate would have the following experience:

-         5-10 years of experience leading or growing a social enterprise startup.

-         Experience working with university students

-         Strong diplomacy and communication skills (verbal, written, presentation)

-         Proven experience leading multiple projects requiring collaboration across teams of diverse people to achieve ‘above and beyond’ results.

-         The ability to work occasional extra hours, including evenings and weekends, to meet deadlines and oversee and/or attend events

-         Agility, gravitas, and high EQ are valued attributes

-         Solid PowerPoint and Excel skills required

-         Proven ability to deliver results with minimal oversight (self-starter)

-         B.A. required, MBA or Masters preferred


•        Services all lab customers

•        Client to Centralized Marketing, Programming and Operations

Direct Reports: Dotted line – lab coordinators

Reports To: Director of Advising

Last Updated: 5.13.2019

Job Title:       Associate Director, Social Enterprise

School/Unit:  Harvard Innovation Labs

Time Status:  Full time

Schedule:       Full time

Salary Grade: 58

About the Harvard Innovation Labs:

The Harvard Innovation Labs is a unique collaboration and…

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  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
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