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.

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 Job Posting.

Events and Operations Coordinator

Overview of responsibilities:

Reporting to the Assistant Director, i-lab Operations, the Coordinator will support and lead operations efforts in running the day-to-day operations of the l i-lab facility. The position will be serve as a primary point person within the i-lab team for managing day-to-day events, operations, policies, and resources. This role includes heavy personal interaction with faculty, students, and staff.

Role Responsibilities:

  • Primary point person within the i-lab team for managing day-to-day events, operations, policies, and resources
  • Support Harvard University students in their exploration and pursuit of entrepreneurship, as a source of advice, information, referral and support.
  • Develop and manage data related to student participation including monthly metrics reporting, pulling from multiple sources.  Prepare statistics and reports; identify interesting and relevant trends from data.
  • Creatively reinforce the values of the i-lab community of the i-lab by working with, and connecting students, ventures, and expert resources.
  • Must be customer focused, enjoy working with undergraduate and graduate students, and be comfortable serving as a key point person.
  • Support requests from a community with multiple stakeholders, and multiple, often competing interests with creativeness and discretion.
  • Develop relationships with colleagues across Harvard; serves as point of contact for colleagues across Harvard. 
  • Contribute to i-lab website and related communication, including analyzing web trends;  responsible for maintaining site content.
  • Support the communication of the work of the student ventures and the i-lab through various media; develop targeted communications, newsletter content, and identifies compelling student and community stories, we well as author blog posts.
  • Other duties, tasks, and special projects as required

Other Skills and Experiences:

  • Naturally inclined to say yes, and problem-solve to help arrive at the solution.
  • Enjoys working as part of a team and pitching in to accomplish an evolving agenda.
  • Must have a “no job is too big or small” philosophy about work.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills required.
  • Prior Events and Operations or coworking-space experience and excellent organizational skills with particular ability to prioritize work in an environment with multiple and changing interests.
  • Proven organizational skills and project management experience, required.
  • Practical entrepreneurial experience and avid interest in staying current on new developments in technology, tools, and products that would be useful to and appreciated by constituent group.
  • Competency using a variety of computer software, including Excel, Word, and databases.
  • Demonstrable experience in HTML or Adobe CreativeSuite
  • Experience in communications, including web management, graphic design, and creative uses of other forms of media required.  
To Apply for the Coordinator Position: Please submit your cover letter and resume at the Harvard i-lab Coordinator Job Posting.