We are looking for an inspiring entrepreneur who is excited about creating a vibrant entrepreneurial culture on campus and in the province and supporting early-stage entrepreneurs.
Reporting to the MCE Director, the successful candidate will foster growth of early-stage business ideas and entrepreneurs by providing personal coaching (for the ideation phase and accelerating the leadership of entrepreneurs), business development mentoring (value proposition development, business models development, early-stage validation, etc.), and relevant connections to early-stage entrepreneurs (programs, funding, mentors, industry experts, first customers, etc.). This will include one-one-one consultation and the design, implementation and evaluation of the student entrepreneur funds. The successful candidate will also manage MCE's contribution to the Entrepreneurial Work Term program in close coordination with co-op offices across campus.
The successful candidate will also design and lead programs, projects and events in and outside the academic curriculum that inspire students, Faculty and staff to take an entrepreneurial path and attract them to MCE's programs including but not limited to, organizing in-classes presentations, specific skills development workshops, guest lectures and brainstorming sessions, and the design, implementation and evaluation of the Startup Semester program.
The Programs Catalyst will achieve those goals with the direct support of MCE's Program Support Coordinator and by leveraging and developing a community of volunteers, faculty members and external organizations who want to develop a stronger entrepreneurial community in the province.
The successful candidate will have considerable experience (3-5 years) in the development of small businesses and startups; and experience in the development of software-based and/or hardware-based startups; graduation from a four-year college or university supplemented by graduate level course work in small business and startup company development services; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provide the following knowledge, abilities and skills.
The successful candidate will have experience in building a software-based and/or hardware-based startup and helping early-stage entrepreneurs; highly skilled in helping people develop startups and in investing in the leadership development of entrepreneurs. The candidate will embody an entrepreneurial spirit and be a creative and action-oriented problem solver. The ability to create trust with a large diversity of people including students and faculty members and to initiate, plan and implement programs. High interpersonal and teamwork skills are required. Ability to analyse course programs, content and training methods to determine adequacy. Knowledge of policies, rules, regulations, procedures and organization of Memorial University and ability to navigate and create change in a university setting. The ability to present ideas clearly and concisely, orally and in writing, is required.