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Venture Leader - CDL - Rockies, Dean's Office, Haskayne School of Business

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Job ID: 13382

Updated: August 24, 2017

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The Dean's Office in the Haskayne School of Business invites applications for two Venture Leaders - CDL - Rockies. These are Full-time Fixed Term positions is for approximately 2 years (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

The Creative Destruction Lab Rockies (CDL-R) is a cohort-based university-linked new venture accelerator program at the Haskayne School of Business. CDL-R helps innovators transition from science projects to high-growth companies, inviting some of the world’s top, early state high technology ventures to Calgary for this innovative 9-month program.  After a rigorous application and selection process, the CDL-R program engages senior entrepreneurial leaders as well as noted scientists, engineers, economists, investors and business-school students in support of new venture founders with a goal to prepare these founders for seed stage financing and accelerated growth.

This position reports to the CDL-R Associate Director (Operations) and works in a collaborate team environment with the Venture Leaders and the Associate Director, Operations (supervisor). Provides leadership to the Program Coordinator and the Administrative Coordinator.

This is a full-time Fixed-Term 2 year position and is a part of the AUPE bargaining unit. This position normally works Monday to Friday, 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M, 7 hours per day (35 hours per week), although extended or alternative hours (evenings and weekends) will be required based on the needs of the CDL-R, the G7 Fellows and Associates as well as the venture teams.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

CDL Operations

  • In collaboration with CDL National, the Director CDL-R and national program Associate Directors @ CDL-R, supports the extension and implementation of the CDL methodology and program at the Haskayne School of Business. This entails regular information sharing with the venture companies, working to achieve the goals set by the Fellows and Associates, supporting access to resources and the application of research and strategic guidance undertaken by Associates and students, access to Chief Scientists and industry experts to support
  • Continuously works to expand the CDL-R network and maintain ongoing relationships (e.g. with CDL-R alum, national and international university research labs, tech associations, accelerators, and any other relationships that promote the objectives and growth of CDL-R
  • Regularly engages with CDL-R corporate partners to ensure partner satisfaction and engagement with CDL-R ventures.  This involves ensuring access to information on venture progress, access to specialized partner programing and overall engagement of the partners in the 9 month program

Recruitment & Selection of CDL-R

  • In partnership with the Associate Director - Industry Chair and the Associate Director, and under the direction of the Associate Director (Operations), sources and proactively reaches out to start-ups, hosts meetings at the Haskayne School of Business and via Skype to promote CDL-R, with emphasis on recruiting start-ups from Alberta, across Canada, and US
  • Under the leadership of the Associate Director (Operations) and in partnership with the Industry Chair, applies analytical tools and evaluation frameworks to assess fit for early-stage science and engineering-based start-ups that applied for the CDL-R program

Startup Venture Leadership & Management @ CDL

  • Manages a portfolio of 10-15 early stage technology start-up companies over the course of a year.  This involves regular progress advising and reporting  to the Fellows  and Associates on the venture progress to goals, with the goal of maximizing the possibility of investment (a success metric)
  •  As the lead staff member in support of the ventures, supports the resolution of issues relating to advice and research support to meet established goals
  • Provides founders and students with advice on strategic decisions with the goal of maximizing their equity value
  • Manages in-kind service support for all ventures with corporate partners
  • Writes and maintains the venture briefing documents for each company

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Master’s degree required, MBA preferred
  • 7+ years of experience (or equivalent of education + experience) leading teams and working in senior startup/technology company, angel investor or venture capital firm preferred
  • Strong understanding of business models and drivers of success in startups across several verticals
  • Deep financial literacy and experience with fundraising and venture deals
  • Experience and confidence working with senior technology executives and angel investors
  • Highly motivated with strong interest in all aspects of business development and relationship management
  • Ability to analyze and systematically evaluate ventures – proficient with financial modeling, conducting market analysis, and strategic planning  required
  • Project management expertise an asset
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and public speaking skills
  • Passion to consistently meet or exceed performance objectives absolutely required
  • Strong, team-oriented work ethic with willingness to work independently and autonomously
  • Experience working as consultant or advisor to startup companies is an asset

Application Deadline:  July 26, 2017

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Specliast/Advisor Job Family, Phase III.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Haskayne School of Business visit Careers in the Haskayne School of Business.

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