Assistant Director, Innovation Programs, startAD - startAD (Fixed Term for 1 year)

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UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply

New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) seeks to appoint an Assistant Director, Innovation Programs, startAD (Fixed Term for 1 year - subject to renewal)  reporting to the Associate Director, startAD.

We are looking for an innovative collaborative individual to power the team and ensure successful and smooth implementation of startAD programs.

The Assistant Director of Innovation Programs elevates the strategy, planning, operations, marketing and execution of startAD programs.  The candidate will support startAD’s leadership by providing direction and guidance for core programs and establishing key metrics and milestones for short- and long-term goals.  The role will also work closely with the Associate Director in designing and developing special projects that will strengthen startAD’s impact and revenue generation.

Key Responsibilities:

Business Development

  • Work closely with the Associate Director on strategic planning and continuing development of overall mission, vision and implementation of short and long term goals for startAD
  • Power revenue growth, reach, and impact by startAD by conceptualizing, designing and delivering multiple comprehensive and impact-focused innovation programs and partnerships
  • Produce compelling proposals and drive the preparation of technical bids, proposals, and business cases with specific definitions of objectives, methodologies and success factors for individual initiatives
  • Build and maintain effective relationships and co-create impact-driven programs with startAD partners including governmental agencies, corporate partners, and stakeholders
  • Expand the startAD network and represent startAD at ecosystem events, conferences, and workshops
  • Foster productive and valuable partnerships with startup alumni, other NYUAD departments and programs, graduate student groups, and the larger startAD community
  • Keep up to date with the latest developments in innovation methods and practice, review and assess their relevance and applicability to startAD

Team Management 

  • Manage startAD Program team, coach and mentor team members and oversee their performance and professional development
  • Lead the coordination between internal and external teams in all aspects of project planning ensuring cohesive and successful collaboration
  • Manage and ensure successful execution of all innovation programs through their entire life cycle. Define and manage program budgets, content, implementation, and governance
  • Identify, recruit, and manage engagements with trainers, experts, and mentors for startAD programs
  • Mentor startAD program participants in the areas of business model development, market analysis, hardware/software product development and fundraising

Program Management 

  • Create and implement systems, metrics and processes for reviewing and analyzing the effectiveness of startAD programs and initiatives. Track and monitor progress, produce reports
  • Monitor program resources and budgets ensuring effective and efficient budgeting
  • Proactively identify and address potential risks, escalate issues requiring stakeholder resolution, and ensure effective mitigations are in place
  • Establish startup recruitment processes and selection metrics for various startAD programs
  • Facilitate key program meetings, workshops and events
  • Design and execute tech workshops for the UAE community members, government /corporate partners and startups on various topics and assist them with prototyping

Required Education:

  • Degree education (or equivalent) ideally in a quantities discipline (e.g., engineering, science, economics, finance and business administration)

Preferred Education:

  • MBA

Required Experience:

  • Strong knowledge and understanding of the innovation & startup Ecosystem
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in innovation management, innovation program management, project management, product or service development or project planning, professional experience in the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • Experience in an academic setting working with faculty, researchers, undergraduate/graduate students and student groups
  • 2-4 years’ experience in designing and executing impactful incubation programs to support local mSMEs and startups
  • Strong change management background, a person that lobbies for change to impact business direction and spearheading change initiatives
  • Experience in early stage investments and due diligence processes
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral) and demonstrated ability to manage professional relationships across a variety of stakeholder groups
  • Ability to work well in small teams
  • Previous experience founding, investing in and mentoring tech startups
  • Proven track record of managing a team

Preferred Experience:

  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks while sticking to deadlines
  • Experience in designing and executing academic research commercialization programs
  • Data driven
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Arabic speaker

Other Information

NYU Abu Dhabi is a degree-granting research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science undergraduate program in the Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Engineering. NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU New York, and NYU Shanghai, form the backbone of NYU’s global network university, an interconnected network of portal campuses and academic centers across six continents that enable seamless international mobility of students and faculty in their pursuit of academic and scholarly activity. This global university represents a transformative shift in higher education, one in which the intellectual and creative endeavors of academia are shaped and examined through an international and multicultural perspective. As a major intellectual hub at the crossroads of the Arab world, NYUAD serves as a center for scholarly thought, advanced research, knowledge creation, and sharing, through its academic, research, and creative activities.