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Houston Program Manager, temporary

Department: Programming
Location: Houston, TX

MassChallenge Texas (MCTX) is looking for a Program Manager based in Houston, Texas. This person will be building out and executing all things related to the inaugural MassChallenge Houston Accelerator, including building and hosting curriculum and speakers, executing judging rounds 1 & 2, owning the relationship with all experts, managing the Accelerate platform for Houston, and much more. You will collaborate with the MassChallenge Texas team and partners along the way to best understand how to shape content and work with other community events. This person will report to the Senior Programming Manager and work closely with the team based in Austin.

This is a temporary role from January through October 2019, in conjunction with the dates of the 2019 MassChallenge Texas program. This position will be paid on an hourly basis and is expected to work approximately 35-40 hours per week.

What You’ll Do:
Research and Insight:

  • Research, develop, and implement 2 curriculum workshops by surveying our partners and startups to understand their program needs via informational interviews and surveys, and create the relevant content based on these recommendations.
  • Identify key external parties and people we aim to engage in this curriculum, clearly communicate the opportunity/expectations to them, and solidify their commitment.
  • Survey the existing Houston entrepreneur landscape to determine where we can leverage existing events and infrastructure rather than re-inventing the wheel.

Events, Programming, Workshops, Curriculum and Community:

  • Build out an Orientation schedule for startups and partners.
  • Work closely with MCTX Senior Programming Manager to build out a complimentary Houston curriculum strategy.
  • Work with the MC Houston Marketing Manager to support larger community facing events, such as happy hours, panels, and workshops.
  • Curate high quality event experiences for our startups that foster networking with our partners and community.
  • Own the Accelerate platform and assist the Marketing Team in recruiting and pushing applications through the funnel.

Startup Services and Mentorship:

  • Develop MassChallenge Houston mentorship program and strategy.
  • Train and support startups and mentors on building a mentor-mentee relationship and hosting office hours.
  • Develop communications and onboarding strategy for mentors, judges, and other MassChallenge stakeholders.

Who You Are:

  • You have 3-5 years account management or operations-based experience in the field of business or entrepreneurship.
  • You understand Houston, the culture, the opportunities, the challenges, the industry direction, and the economics.
  • You bleed the MassChallenge mantra, “We Help Entrepreneurs Win.”
  • You have exceptional project management skills with the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment.
  • You have strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
  • You are exceptional with customer relationship-building skills across multiple levels of management with the ability to manage multiple stakeholders at once.
  • You have strong project management skills with the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment.
  • Most importantly, you are excited to help build a brand new program for MassChallenge and become a key member of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Houston.

How to Apply:
In addition to completing the online application and providing your resume, please include a one-page cover letter in which you tell us about yourself, why you want to work at MassChallenge and why you are a perfect match for this job.

Employment at MassChallenge is contingent upon verification of identity and eligibility to work in the country that the position is based in, based on applicable laws.


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