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Like all entrepreneurs starting out, our students need the support of a community in order to navigate the entrepreneurial process, growing personally and professionally.

Whether you're volunteering for us as a mentor, giving back to new students as an alumni intern, or joining our team of full-time staff, you'll play an integral role in helping our students acheive their goals.

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Employment Positions

Summer Program Manager<

Summer Program Manager

Role:

The Summer Program Manager is the on-site administrative leader of the LaunchX summer program. It is a temporary, contract position on-site at our summer program located at:

  • University of Michigan
  • Northwestern University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Summer Program Manager provides high-level oversight and coordination of summer program activities, plus serves as the lead instructor.

The ideal candidate is an individual who is passionate about entrepreneurship education and can operate autonomously and balance strategic importance with quick action. S/he will implement the program, organizing the executive team and interns to deliver the LaunchX summer entrepreneurship program for high school students and support them in starting companies throughout the four-week program.

 

Duration: 

The program runs from:

  • June 16 - July 13 on-site at the University of Michigan (plus prep week June 10 - 14 and training June 3 - 7)
  • June 30 - July 27 on-site at Northwestern University  (plus prep week June 24 - 28 and training June 3 - 14)
  • June 9 - July 6, July 14 - August 10 on-site at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (plus prep/training June 3 - 7 and prep July 8 - 12)

Preparation will consist of several calls during March - June and on-site training in Boston.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:  

The Program Manager is the LaunchX staff lead on site, and as such, is the organizational leader in charge of ensuring the program runs smoothly, including but not limited to:

  • Managing the LaunchX team on-site including the Assistant Program Manager(s) who will provide operational implementation of things like guest speaker coordination, management of the mentor network team matching and communications, management of course platform and course surveys / feedback analysis, and coordination of demo day logistics
  • Ensuring the support and development of a small team of interns, primarily managed by the Assistant Program Manager(s) and given oversight by Program Manager
  • Managing the program schedule, including classroom logistics, student and intern announcements, and adjustments as needed
  • Providing guidance and disciplinary support to student teams and interns as necessary
  • Providing timely program updates (daily call and additional communication as needed) to Director of Summer Programs (LaunchX headquarters team member)
  • Preparing and delivering selected classroom content related to the entrepreneurial process
  • Acting as a liaison with the host university regarding logistics and elevated issues

Requirements:

  • 3-5 years of experience in teaching business or entrepreneurship courses, experience in secondary education and/or training preferred
  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree
  • Believe strongly in the potential of high school students
  • Proven people management skills
  • Patience in mediating team and interpersonal challenges
  • Project management skills, including time management, problem-solving, and decision-making
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills as well as presentation/ public speaking skills
  • Ability to lead and inspire a diverse team 
  • Successfully pass a thorough background check
  • Able to analyze data and perform quantitative analyses
  • High technical and computer literacy in using Microsoft Suite and Google Drive
  • Maker experience is a plus (developing or running a maker space and using maker technologies)
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Assistant Summer Program Manager

Role:

The Assistant Summer Program Manager reports to the on-site Program Manager. This role is a temporary, contract position located at:

  • University of Michigan
  • Northwestern University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Assistant Summer Program Manager provides administrative and learning support to students, manages a team of interns, and coordinates the implementation of key operations of the program such as mentor meetings, guest speakers, and grading. The ideal candidate is passionate about entrepreneurship education and has experience working with an elite group of high school students.

 

Duration: 

The program runs from:

  • June 16 - July 13 on-site at the University of Michigan (plus prep week June 10 - 14 and training June 3 - 7)
  • June 30 - July 27 on-site at Northwestern University  (plus prep week June 24 - 28 and training June 3 - 14)
  • June 9 - July 6, July 14 - August 10 on-site at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (plus prep/training June 3 - 7 and prep July 8 - 12)

Preparation will consist of several calls during March - June and on-site training in Boston.

                                                                                                                      

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Assists in facilitating student education and learning outcomes, activities, and well-being while in the program

  • Delivery of educational content consisting of business and or professional development subjects

  • Provides support for guest speakers by uploading presentations and providing logistical support

  • Provides classroom and logistics support to the Program Manager and guest speakers

  • Provides support and assistance to visiting mentors during mock board meetings by assigning teams and facilitating productive mock board meetings  

  • Serves as a resource to students during their journey from business idea to launch

  • Manages logistics of the demo day pitch event including attendance tracking, grading  

  • Provides guidance and support to student teams and interns as necessary

  • Engages students and interns in the development of LaunchX marketing content, including blog posts, classroom and event photography, etc.

  • Provides timely program updates to the Summer Program Manager  

  • Attends any scheduled conference calls with senior management during the program

 

Requirements:

  • 1-3 years of experience in teaching business or entrepreneurship courses

  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • Believe strongly in the potential of high school students

  • Patience in mediating team and interpersonal challenges

  • Project management skills, including time management, problem-solving, and decision-making

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills as well as presentation/ public speaking skills

  • Successfully pass a thorough background check

  • High technical and computer literacy in using Microsoft Suite and Google Drive

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Curriculum Designer

Role: 

We are a growing team, currently in search of a Curriculum Designer (full-time salaried position with benefits) who will be responsible for collaboratively building upon aspects of our curriculum, primarily taking guidance of the Summer Programs Director to develop updated evaluations, revamp specific lesson plans and slides, guiding the development of a new online course platform, plus managing the materials and usage of the platform across both the summer and after-school entrepreneurship programs.

The ideal candidate has developed a curriculum previously, understands what motivates and engages a variety of types of high schools students, and has worked with entrepreneurship materials or in a startup environment. We are looking for a team player who can help us navigate and adapt to the fast-paced innovations of online education, ensuring our users’ experience is high quality, fun, and relevant.   

 

Duties and Job Responsibilities:

  • Assess content delivery system(s) (online learning management system and communication tools) and determine potential new tool(s) that would best allow for student engagement with course materials given the challenges of remote education, then develop these new system(s) and/or project management the development of a new system, then be in charge of getting all course materials and students onto the new system and able to fully access and engage in the new system, plus troubleshoot challenges

  • Develop lesson, plan teaching guides and revamp some entrepreneurial course materials, including ensuring materials are aligned with branding guidelines, updating company examples, and revising some activities

  • Design and develop new materials, including LaunchX Clubs leadership team training materials and advanced course materials for startup teams who continue their companies

  • Design new evaluation tools to be used to measure the success and engagement of students, mentors, etc. and analyze these to determine potential changes in curriculum and other areas of programs

  • Other responsibilities to be determined as one grows in the role, potentially to include additional educational responsibilities such as teaching webinars and summer program sessions, though the role is intended to start as curriculum design and online platform management

 

Requirements:

  • Background in content writing, curriculum or training design development for high school youth

  • Bachelors or Masters Degree

  • Strong communication skills, including written and presentation, primarily with the use of visuals (minimal use of text)

  • Believe strongly in the potential of high school students

  • Ability to work effectively across different cultures

  • High technical and computer literacy (Microsoft Suite, Google Drive, Learning Management Systems)

  • Ability to troubleshoot, to make content decisions, and to meet deadlines - there is a lot of content to develop and the person in this role needs to have the capacity to make decisions quickly and run with them

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Volunteer Positions

LaunchX mock board member event<

Mock Board Member

Role:

While our curriculum and framework guide students through a disciplined process of starting companies, the skill and mindset are not enough to ensure their success. Like all entrepreneurs starting out, they need mentorship and guidance from people with more experience to turn to as they navigate the process.

As part of our summer program, we simulate a rigorous board room experience in which students are required to present their startup companies and seek feedback. As a member of this mock board, your role will be to provide honest and actionable advice and feedback to student cofounder teams, based on specific milestones and deliverables that students are expected to meet as part of our curriculum.

 

Commitment:

2-3 hours/week for 4 weeks

 

Duration and Location:

  • June 16 - July 13 on-site at the University of Michigan
  • June 30 - July 27 on-site at Northwestern University
  • June 9 - July 6, July 14 - August 10 on-site at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 

Qualifications: 

Entrepreneur, MBA graduate, engineering/business degree holder, or otherwise qualified professional who has business and startup knowledge to guide teams on how to build their companies.

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