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  • Innovation Sprints Coordinator, Blackstone LaunchPad
    Student Entrepreneur Development
    University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

    Position Summary

    Blackstone LaunchPad, a campus-based entrepreneurship and innovation center, is accepting applications to fill the Innovation Sprints Coordinator position focused on Innovation Sprints hosted in collaboration with industry partners and faculty.

    In this role, you will lead and manage our portfolio of Innovation Sprint programs with a focus on defining success metrics and learning outcomes, recruiting participants, and ensuring a high quality experience across all of our innovation sprint programs and services. You will also have the opportunity to research, develop, and launch new innovations sprints based on student feedback, campus needs, and industry partner needs.

    Your responsibilities will include:

      • Cultivate relationships with industry partners to establish partnerships to host Innovation Sprints, help industry partners to identify and refine challenge statements to present to students, and facilitate the innovation sprints to meet industry partners outlined goals.

      • Identify learning outcomes that align with NACE competencies, entrepreneurial skills and mindsets embraced by UB’s LaunchPad.

      • Cultivate relationships with faculty partners from all academic disciplines to lead innovation sprints that align with faculty outlined curriculum goals. Support faculty to identify industry partners to serve as mentors and judges for these Innovation Sprints.

      • Coordinate Blackstone LaunchPad competitions to support student entrepreneurs.

      • Manage web presence for Blackstone LaunchPad to highlight program offerings.


    This position would be ideal for someone who values autonomy, impacting the lives of young people through education, and working in a small, dynamic, and collaborative team environment. This position would be a great transitional jump for those coming from educational backgrounds and/or program manager positions in the startup and innovation ecosystem (incubators, accelerators, etc.). This is an opportunity to gain phenomenal experience, broaden your network, and support students pursuing their passions.

    About Student Life
    As a member of Student Life, you will join service professionals, all driven by one shared set of values designed to help ensure students’ well-being, create a safe and supportive environment and promote student success. In Student Life, growth is a shared passion. We aim for excellence, thinking big and going bold. We pursue our goals tenaciously while stewarding the student experience. We build communities and advance diversity in all forms. We encourage discovery and celebrate success.

    Outstanding Benefits Package

    Working at UB comes with benefits that exceed salary alone. There are personal rewards including comprehensive health and retirement plan options. We also focus on creating and sustaining a healthy mix of work, personal and academic pursuit – all in an effort to support your work-life effectiveness. Visit our benefits website to learn about our benefit packages.

    About The University at Buffalo
    The University at Buffalo (UB) #ubuffalo is one of America’s leading public research universities and a flagship of the State University of New York system, recognized for our excellence and our impact. UB is a premier, research-intensive public university dedicated to academic excellence. Our research, creative activity and people positively impact the world. Like the city we call home, UB is distinguished by a culture of resilient optimism, resourceful thinking and pragmatic dreaming that enables us to reach others every day. Visit our website to learn more about the University at Buffalo.

    As an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer, the University at Buffalo will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin and veteran or disability status.

    Minimum Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree with 2 years of experience, or Master’s degree

    • Proficient in Microsoft Office including Word and Excel.

    • Excellent organizational skills

    • Demonstrated proficiency in oral and written communication

    • High level of accuracy and attention to detail

    • Ability to work independently and as part of a diverse team

    • Ability to assess workload, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines to successfully manage concurrent projects for multiple areas with accuracy

    • Ability to learn quickly and be flexible

    • Ability to undertake and complete tasks with minimal supervision and demonstrate individual initiative

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Experience in higher education, program development, and/or supporting college bound students.

    • Experience with learning design and assessment.

    • Experience with marketing communications and outreach activities.

    • Demonstrated interest in technology, startups, entrepreneurship, innovation, venture capital, etc.


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