The role of the Innovation Manager is to support the Innovation Institute’s efforts to promote economic development activities that lead to the expansion and growth of emerging or existing technology and innovation sectors within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Working in close collaboration with Innovation Institute staff and key external stakeholders, the Innovation Manager coordinates strategies designed to improve the competitiveness of the firms and other organizations that advance these sectors. The Innovation Manager coordinates engagement in projects to secure approvals and oversees deadlines, responsibilities and deliverables and prepares summaries and briefings for management about the status of programs and partners.
The successful candidate will need to demonstrate the ability to:
- Develop, promote & implement economic development projects and programs tailored to address unmet needs in the Massachusetts technology economy;
- Communicate the status and effectiveness of program work through oral, written and power point presentation;
- Evaluate results for the purpose of process improvements and improved outcomes with future economic development activities.
- Organize, and support steering committees and working groups that provide leadership for various industries such as FinTech, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Robotics, etc.
- Manage grant awards to third party intermediary organizations and academic institutions working to support economic growth in priority focus areas.
- Collaborates with state government, industry and academia to identify key state interventions for sector research and innovation or the conversion of technology to commercially available products and services.
- Design and oversee select workshop, conference and other strategic and business development activities.
- Assume lead responsibility on projects assigned, from time to time, by the Division Director or Deputy Director to advance or implement key findings or strategies that are part of Innovation Institute priorities.
- Work with other departments within MassTech, such as Legal, Finance and Administration, and Human Resources, in order to monitor project scope, schedule measure project performance and to report outcomes.
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or equivalent experience
- Three to five years of experience leading/managing collaborative initiatives
- Three to five years’ experience managing projects that involve data collection, analysis and presentation.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Experience designing and managing complex projects to successful completion
- Ability to work independently, to establish priorities, multi-task, and meet deadlines with minimal supervision.
- Demonstrated ability to listen to stakeholders, understand complex issues, and design and deliver creative solutions
- Proven ability to coordinate, organize, support and execute collaborative efforts across diverse constituencies.
- Utilize software applications/tools as a means for enhancing communication, improving productivity and enabling broad stakeholder participation.
- Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.