Job Requisition Number: 25498. The CITRIS Foundry is an entrepreneurship program that helps top entrepreneurs from the University of California build transformative technology companies that will have a significant impact on the world. CITRIS Foundry startups tackle complex challenges in industries ranging from cleantech to medical devices to consumer products and software.
The Foundry supports early-stage startups before they have raised money or chosen a go-to-market strategy and provides expert guidance and resources to navigate these critical steps. This on-campus program is headquartered on the UC Berkeley campus and all managerial and administrative activities are housed here. Eligible participants are affiliated with UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Merced, UC Santa Cruz, or UC San Francisco. By leveraging the resources and expertise at UC Berkeley, the program helps launch new companies that can influence entire industries. Founded in 2013, the CITRIS Foundry has helped build 48 companies that have collectively raised over $68 million from sources including angel and venture capital investors, crowdfunding, and federal grants. Additionally, CITRIS Foundry companies have added more than $100 million to California’s economy. Now in its 5th year of operation, CITRIS Foundry has reached an important milestone in its growth as a program. Similarly, the entrepreneurship ecosystem at UC Berkeley has evolved together with it into a vibrant and supportive environment for technology startups. However, the support gap for deep tech entrepreneurship - startups solving important challenges in the world based on science and research - is still a critical challenge. The University of California is best positioned to help the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs bridge this gap and bring these truly disruptive technologies to the market. As the program look towards the next 5 years, the CITRIS Foundry Program Director will work with CITRIS leadership to define the future vision of, build and grow the premier program for deep tech entrepreneurs on the Berkeley campus and throughout the CITRIS ecosystem. The incumbent is responsible for developing, managing, and executing the full scope of the program’s mission and objectives in conjunction with the CITRIS leadership. In addition to management responsibilities, the incumbent will develop a strong pipeline of new startup companies; recruit and mentor cohorts of new startups; and connect them with well-matched business and legal resources, experts in their industry, and sources of capital.
20% Program Management: Directs and administers the multi-campus CITRIS Foundry entrepreneurship program with complete administrative and programmatic responsibility.
20% Entrepreneurship Program: Selects, guides, and evaluates a portfolio of startup companies through a competitive program for deep tech startups. Provides expert knowledge, technical advising, referrals, resource matching, and coaching to increase success rate of University of California entrepreneurs.
15% Strategic Planning & Business Model: Drives business model to support strategic direction, including identification of new revenue streams, and cost control opportunities. Oversees job scoping and staff hiring if additional staff are approved. Leads strategic planning process, ensures plan implementation, and oversees development of annual program calendar. Supports prospect targeting, contract scoping, and proposal writing to align the strategic and financial infrastructure of program. Participates in the program budgeting and accounting processes to support financial infrastructure of program.
10% Network Development: Facilitates efforts of various departments, managers and outside constituencies to to develop and maintain a strong pipeline of potential startup companies, expert mentors, campus resources, service providers, program alumni, and early-stage investors. Ensures effective interdisciplinary collaboration among these stakeholders to accelerate startup ventures from five University of California campuses. Serves as visible representative for program through speaking engagements, professional conferences, and public relations support. Serves on university and external committees representing the program, participating in short-term and long-term planning.
10% Communications and Public Affairs: Develops full-scope communications and public relations strategy for CITRIS Foundry program. Works with CITRIS Communications staff with brand and marketing initiatives across all stakeholder groups and media channels, in partnership with the CITRIS Communications team. Oversees all event-related strategies related to the CITRIS Foundry Program.
10% Spokesperson: Serves as visible representative for program through speaking engagements, professional conferences and provides public relations support. Serves on university and external committees representing the program, participating in short term and long term planning.
5% Program Evaluation: Assesses program's effectiveness and return on investment. Recommends changes to program's content, policies and procedures accordingly.
5% Curriculum Development: Leads design of educational resources and skill modules for program participants. Assesses learner’s needs, evaluates curriculum effectiveness, and implements improvements.
5% Industry Research: Sources industry insights, best practices, and knowledge-sharing resources for emerging technologies, entrepreneurship, and early-stage investment. Applies insights to strengthen strategic direction and maintain leadership positioning among university accelerator programs.•Academic or business background and experience in entrepreneurship, especially with technology companies.
•Advanced knowledge of administrative, budgetary, human resources and financial principles and practices. •Advanced oral and written communication skills. •Advanced ability to think creatively and independently on concepts requiring advanced analytical skills. •Advanced interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse groups to achieve results. •Advanced ability to work collaboratively with internal and external peers and managers. •Advanced knowledge of entrepreneurship fundamentals important to early stage startups including technology/product development/validation, customer research, market research, finance, and fundraising. •Advanced knowledge of startup investing mechanics and willingness to develop strong relationships with venture capital community •Advanced ability to develop strong personal relationships with domain experts to consistently attract experienced mentors to support entrepreneurs. •Prior experience founding or working in early-stage startup companies within a leadership role. •Prior experience operating a people-centric operation: managing a portfolio of participants, building a strong community and providing mentorship. •Highly skilled fundraising experience, with preferred experience developing business models that include grant funding and/or philanthropic support. •Thorough knowledge of entrepreneurship landscape within the university system, the Bay Area and globally. •Advanced degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
The University of California was chartered in 1868 and its flagship campus - envisioned as a "City of Learning" - was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Today the world's premier public university and a wellspring of innovation, UC Berkeley occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a sylvan 178-acre central core. From this home its academic community makes key contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Bay Area, California, and the nation.