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Program Manager

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

Website The Innovation Space

The Home for Science Startups


The Innovation Space is a not-for-profit innovation ecosystem and virtual and physical home for leading science entrepreneurs. The Innovation Space works to “transform science and technology startups into industry-leading companies.” Located on the historic Experimental Station campus in Wilmington, Delaware, The Innovation Space is comprised of 130,000 ft2 of state-of-the-art lab and office space with access to cutting-edge equipment alongside a suite of entrepreneurship programs and opportunities supporting startup growth.

The Program Manager will be seconded from the University of Delaware to the Innovation Space and be a part of the team at the organization. The Program Manager will receive direction from the Director – Learning Experience & Impact Measurement and overall strategic guidance from the CEO/President of the Innovation Space as well as administratively from the Research, Scholarship & Innovation office for UD-specific matters.


  • Manage startup and business-building programs and competitions as part of the Innovation Space’s program team.
  • Coordinate program application cycles and due diligence conducted by the team of Entrepreneur-in-Residence as well as other functional experts.
  • Coordinate activities of the team of Entrepreneurs-in-Residence at the Innovation Space and facilitate their engagement with our current clients.
  • Organize and support external events at The Innovation Space and coordinate appropriate resources to support and execute each event in collaboration with the full Innovation Space team.
  • Support marketing initiatives and collateral development for Innovation Space programs and events.
  • Be a strong team member of the Innovation Space Leadership Team and work collaboratively across the organization to enable all goals to be met or exceeded.
  • Stay in strong sync with the needs of current and future clients of The Innovation Space and partner with other organizations to deliver first-in-class science-based business programs.
  • Perform job-related duties as assigned by the CEO of The Innovation Space.


  • Bachelor’s degree and at least two years of experience with program development and execution, business building, startup companies, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Enthusiasm for innovation and interest in the world of science startups.
  • Experience with or interest in the initiation, development, and delivery of business programs.
  • Strong strategic planning skills with the ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals with particular attention to detail.
  • Ability to plan, organize, execute, and assess the efficacy of programs and events.
  • Excellent project management skills.
  • Ability to conceive, develop, and deliver presentations and training sessions.
  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal, and communication skills. Basic visual communication and design experience a plus.
  • Ability to work independently or within a team, anticipate issues and needs, and proactively seek resolutions while being resourceful.
  • Ability to be flexible in the scope of their role and tactics associated with the role.
  • May require occasional evening and/or weekend hours.
  • Demonstrates an understanding and consideration of the differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying identities, cultures, and backgrounds.
  • Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where diversity is celebrated, and equity is a core value.

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