Program Manager
Techstars San Diego Accelerator
Posted on 3/9/2023

1,001-5,000 employees

Seed-stage startup accelerator
Company Overview
Techstars believes entrepreneurs can change the world, collaboration drives innovation, and great ideas can come from anywhere.
San Diego, CA, USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
Sales & Account Management
  • A genuine passion for technology and startups, an entrepreneurial mindset, and an insatiable desire to always be learning
  • 5+ years of experience in fast-paced environments with a focus on event planning, business operations, and/or project management
  • Good verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Extraordinary ability for self-learning and learning by doing, with a demonstrated ability of learning from available documentation and quickly applying it with little direction
  • Proven superpower in organization and attention to detail through prior work or life experience
  • Comfortable working in ambiguity but with high expectations
  • Can anticipate the needs and requests of multiple stakeholders
  • Systems thinker with an eye for things that do not scale and the capability to design new processes and systems for implementation across programs
  • Experience working in/with early stage companies or other roles that demonstrate experience in above responsibilities
  • Strong interest in the discourse around technology, startups, entrepreneurship, and venture capital
  • Strong emotional intelligence, active listening skills, and high level of empathy
  • Work with the team to develop the program plan and own the overall responsibility for the successful execution of the Techstars San Diego powered by San Diego State University accelerator program, including end of program celebrations and Demo Day
  • Ensure the program is following best practices and executing upon outlined content and curriculum of the Techstars playbook
  • Deliver the best possible accelerator experience to founders, mentors, partners, investors and other stakeholders as measured by NPS and company performance
  • Manage the logistics for the program calendar, mentor schedules, investor meetups, demo day and ensure the founders, mentors, speakers, partners, and investors are fully informed about all program facing activities
  • Manage the logistics of the application, screening, and onboarding process in partnership with the program Investment Manager
  • Implement network events/programs to support founders and alumni both during program and outside of program
  • Support relationship management with San Diego State University and Techstars' Global Network Partners
  • Work remotely from almost anywhere, outside of program, most of the time
  • Recruit, hire and manage the seasonal Associate team
  • Develop relationships with entrepreneurial support organizations, the Techstars perk network, and the cross Techstars network that can support our founders
  • Share new best practices with the Techstars' team globally as you identify areas for innovation and improvement
  • Help in planning occasional staff retreats with the San Diego and Anywhere teams
  • Represent Techstars in the local community and ecosystem
  • Support the development of a strong pipeline of startups with diverse and underrepresented founders
  • Travel for this role is light and will primarily be for occasional staff retreats and Techstars corporate events
Desired Qualifications
  • Advanced skills with Google Sheets, Docs, and Slides is a plus
  • Experience working with "No Code" and automation tools like Airtable, Notion, Hubspot, Zapier, etc., is a plus
  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university is a plus but not required