The Creative Destruction Lab in the Haskayne School of Business is currently seeking a Full-time Limited Term Partnership Advisor for approximately 20 months.
The Creative Destruction Lab Rockies (CDL – Rockies) is a cohort-based university-linked new venture accelerator program at the Haskayne School of Business. CDL – Rockies 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 – Rockies 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.
A key member of the CDL team, the Partnership Advisor will support the generation of philanthropic and corporate support for the program and fosters engagement amongst our stakeholders and the start-up community at large. Reporting to the Director (Operations), the Partnership Advisor works closely with and on behalf of the Site Lead and the Director (Programs) as well as other members of the team, and internal and external stakeholders. The support of this latter group, which includes world-class mentors and scientist, founding partners, and corporate sponsors is crucial to the continued success of the CDL program and our ability to make a meaningful impact and create influence in the start-up ecosystem across western Canada. The Partnership Advisor is involved in a variety of high-level planning activities, will access highly sensitive and confidential information, interacts with these key external stakeholders, and is the lead for all engagement events. The impact of decisions made by this position will be program-wide, will affect the overall network of CDL sites, in the start-up community across western Canada, and could be university wide.
Diplomacy, tact, discretion, conflict resolution and ability to manage fluid expectations, and prioritize multiple projects and deadlines are key skills required for this role. The position requires an ability to manage complex projects, work under pressure, and balance multiple timelines and competing priorities, with select professional and other staff collaboration on a project-by-project basis.
This position is involved in the planning, development and implementation of development and engagement programs to help achieve fundraising targets and increasing stakeholder satisfaction. Including supporting the Senior Consultant in identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding donors to the program, securing the time commitment of mentors, engaging scientist, and will be overall responsible for the planning and delivery of major events throughout the year.
Occasional extended or alternative hours (evenings and weekends) and travel will be required based on the needs of the CDL Rockies’ Fellows and Associates, Founding and Corporate Partners, and Scientists, and the Director (Operations). The successful candidate should anticipate working approximately three to four weekends per year and around five evenings per month.
Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):
Advisor for the CDL Program at Large:
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Application Deadline: December 16, 2022
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.
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