We're Hiring! Open Harvard i-lab positions

Launched in November 2011, the Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab) serves as a resource for students from across Harvard interested in entrepreneurship and innovation and is currently experiencing rapid growth. The programming offered by the i-lab is designed to help students grow their ventures at any stage of development and covers a wide range of disciplines. The i-lab welcomes any student from any Harvard school with any idea, fostering cross-disciplinary, cross-university collaboration, and operates at significant scale and pace.  The i-lab resources support student ventures spanning social and cultural entrepreneurship, health and sciences, technology, and consumer fields and enable students to take their ideas as far as they can go.  The opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration embodied in the i-lab represent the potential to catalyze innovative solutions to many of society’s most important challenges.

If you're interested in joining the dynamic, and exciting i-lab team, please review our two current openings, listed below.

Director, Programming


The Director will provide leadership and day-to-day oversight for i-lab programming.  This programming is intended to provide students the skills and tools necessary to grow and scale their ideas and ventures. The Director is responsible for overall programming, including the program development and implementation efforts of the Assistant Directors in our 3 industry verticals (Social/Cultural Entrepreneurship, Health and Science, Technology). The Director will have the opportunity to work with and advise the high-caliber Harvard students working on addressing big world problems by applying entrepreneurial skills.  Additionally, the Director will be a key leader in helping to set the future direction of Harvard’s dynamic, and exciting locus of entrepreneurial activity on campus, the i-lab.

Specifically, responsibilities will include the following:

  • Overall entrepreneurial program development and execution for Harvard students, and related i-lab partners
  • Management of the Venture Incubation Program which is an application based 12-week accelerator program offered 3 times/year for students teams launching ventures
    - overseeing the application and orientation process
    - programming including workshops, mentorship, roundtables, demo day, etc.
  • Supporting Assistant Directors in the development of i-lab programming
  • Management of experiential events and programs that broaden the reach of the i-lab and introduce students to the entrepreneurial resources available.  Examples include the Startup Scramble, Challenges, the i-lab career fair, and Intrapreneurial Lab
  • Stakeholder management:  cultivate and manage stakeholder relationships tied to delivering programming (alumni, practitioners, venture capitalists).
  • Development of program specific data analytic tools and affiliated metrics
  • Evangelizing the i-lab to a broad spectrum of stakeholders

The desired candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • 10+ years of program design and management in fast-paced organization
  • BA/BS required; MBA preferred
  • Strong understanding of the New England and broader entrepreneurial community and activities – including exposure to the venture capital community
  • Experience as an entrepreneur and/or proven success working with university students.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, as well as sensitivity and tact.
  • Strong team dynamics skills and is inherently comfortable working with minimal supervision, but understands when buy-in is necessary
  • Proven experience leading projects requiring collaboration across teams of diverse people
  • Demonstrated record of superior business and personal performance in a high-functioning, nimble organization and a record of success in developing high quality and impactful programming
  • Fundamental and creative understanding of marketing and communications; particularly utilizing the most current forms of social media for program specific initiatives
  • Fundraising success and/or business development experience, particularly with start-ups
  • Relationships with the innovation and/or entrepreneurial community
  • Experience in a program management role
  • A high comfort level with a changing and evolving agenda

Desired Personal Qualities:

This role requires someone who truly enjoys serving as a mentor, advisor and guide to undergraduate and graduate level students. S/he understands what it means to be invested in the success of others.  S/he should be willing to roll up their sleeves and possess a “can do” and “no job is too small” attitude. Exceptional relationship skills, the ability to build rapport with internal and external constituents are important. The successful candidate will have an execution and action orientation and have experience taking a plan from idea to reality.  Other valuable attributes include excellent organizational, personnel and administrative management skills; and experience working effectively with faculty, University administrators, and advisory board members.

To Apply for the Director Position: Please submit your cover letter and resume at the Harvard i-lab Director, Programming Job Posting.

Director, Operations

The Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab) seeks a senior-level professional to serve as the Director of Operations, a newly created position. As part of the i-lab’s senior leadership team, the Director will provide leadership and management of i-lab operations and ensure the smooth functioning of the i-lab as the campus hub of entrepreneurial innovation. The Director will manage the Operations team and act as the primary liaison with other HBS and University departments.

Specifically, responsibilities will include the following:

  • Operational Oversight – of all i-lab events; the logistics and student marketing of Harvard faculty courses; and senior level management of all administrative and cross university aspects of the Expert in Residence (EIR) program which bring executives to the i-lab as resources to the student ventures;
  • Finance - responsible for supporting financial activities of the i-lab, including managing the i-lab budgeting process and acting as key liaison with HBS finance;
  • Human Resources - responsible for i-lab’s human resource administration and acts as key point of contact with HR for employment, performance management and employee relations issues; Technology infrastructure – responsible for strategic oversight and continuous improvement of all technology at the i-lab;
  • Physical Space - responsible for all space planning related to the i-lab and other affiliated facilities;
  • Communications and Data Analytics – oversees general communications within the University and externally facing; is responsible for the design, management and utilization of data analytics tools and for the research related to and writing of the i-lab’s annual report;
  • Community outreach – responsible for developing policies and the execution of external events to ensure that the i-lab is steward of entrepreneurship to the broader Allston and Boston communities.

This role requires someone willing to roll up their sleeves and do what is necessary at all times. S/he should also possess a “can do” and “continuous improvement” attitude. Exceptional relationship skills, the ability to build rapport with internal and external constituents are important qualifications. The successful candidate will have an execution–orientation and have experience taking a plan from idea to reality; and be able to accomplish a great deal with a lean staff. Other valuable attributes include excellent organizational, personnel and administrative management skills; and experience working effectively with faculty, University administrators, and advisory board members.

The desired candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • 10+ years of operations/business management in fast-paced organization
  • BA/BS required
  • Exceptional financial management skills
  • Strong understanding of the New England and broader entrepreneurial community
  • Experience in technology and facilities management
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, as well as sensitivity and tact.
  • Strong team dynamics skills and is inherently comfortable working with minimal supervision, but understands when buy-in is necessary
  • Proven experience leading projects requiring collaboration across teams of diverse people
  • Demonstrated record of superior business and personal performance in a high-functioning, nimble organization and a record of success in developing high quality and impactful programming
  • Fundamental and creative understanding of marketing and communication;
  • A high comfort level with a changing and evolving agenda is required, along with the flexibility to adapt to that agenda.

Additional Qualifications:

  • MBA preferred
  • Experience in a start-up or incubator environment preferred
To Apply for the Director Position: Please submit your cover letter and resume at the Harvard i-lab Director, Operations Job Posting.