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Operations Associate, Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator



Birmingham, AL, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2024
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The Techstars Talent Acquisition Team

As an Operations Associate you will work with the next amazing batch of startups as they grow from early stage to venture-backed companies. From entrepreneurs to investors, to mentors, this opportunity is a great way to expand your network. You will have the opportunity to support 12 amazing early-stage companies throughout our 13-week accelerator program while working alongside the Techstars team and many of our program partners. As the Operations Associate, you will work directly with the program team and founders working to support the overall execution of the accelerator.

We are a small team, energized by working with companies that are creating meaningful change in the startup ecosystem and passionate about leading with diversity, equity and inclusion at the forefront of our investment thesis. We find profound purpose in the work we do, and we are looking for a team member who aligns well with this mission, is a culture contributor, excels in operations (the backbone of our program), and gets things done!

Being a Techstars Operations Associate is a chance to get an amazing experience, broaden your network in ways you could never imagine, and get exposure to some of the greatest up-and-coming companies and teams in the country. Historically, many associates end up being employed by one of the teams or by someone they met during the span of the three months. Many also go on to build their own companies.

This role is a temporary contract position through December 2023.

General Job Description
This role is responsible for administrative duties and supports operational execution throughout the duration of the accelerator program. Logistics experience as well as familiarity with the early stage venture-backed company ecosystem is preferred. A willingness to learn, comfort in tackling new problems, and the ability to execute is a must. You’ll need to be flexible and willing and able to pitch in with whatever unforeseen needs the program team and founders may have.

Duties and responsibilities:
• Support the organization and execution of the program (i.e. with Mentor Madness and Demo Day)
• Event planning (for virtual and in-person events) which includes coordination and support the execution of Demo Day
• Engage with Techstars founders and plan activities, meetings, and events that drive them toward success
• Support with calendar management for mentors, partners, founders, and overall program management.
• Follow best practices and execute upon outlined content and curriculum of the program
• Develop scalable processes for the accelerator team to optimize founder work and activities
• Represent Techstars in your local community
• A natural self-starter and problem solver
• Fits the Techstars culture (people-oriented, adaptable, supportive, creative)

What you bring to the table:
Initiative - Proactively create and/or follow through on new ideas and strategies
Attention to Detail - Accomplish a task with a thorough and precise focus on every component of the project, no matter how small or time-consuming
Technical Skills - Skilled at building efficient operational systems, and always interested in finding innovative hacks to improve processes
Written Communication - Excellent written communication skills and ability to accurately communicate to leadership and convey background and interests of funders, ideally associating their interests with Techstars’ organizational need and priorities
Interpersonal Skills - A high level of professionalism and ability to connect with others to build positive relationships and be a true team player while maintaining our “Founder First” mentality
Multitasking - Move seamlessly between any number of prioritized tasks and functions while effectively managing time
Forward Thinking - Anticipate the implications and after effects of situations and take appropriate action to be prepared for possible outcomes
Problem Solving - You will be a "Go To" person, so being able to deliver solutions and answers from your resources is a key responsibility

Location and Timing
• Birmingham, AL (approximately 30 hrs/week) from September 2023 through December 2023 (Contract Position)
• Currently live in Birmingham, AL or would be willing to live here for the duration of the program

• 1-3 years experience in fast-paced project or program management focused position
• Demonstrated interest in technology, startups, entrepreneurship, venture capital, etc.
• Experience in event planning and event logistics
• Strong proficiency in online productivity and data management tools and applications
• Comfortable with a variety of responsibilities, proactive, and able to jump in without being asked and a “no task is too small or too big” attitude
• Ability to effectively multitask, prioritize, organize and collaborate, especially on multiple projects with competing priorities simultaneously
• Ability to manage high stress situations and improvise when problems arise, finding swift and effective solutions
• Strong verbal and written communication skills
• A natural self-starter and problem solver
• Fits the Techstars culture (people-oriented, adaptable, supportive, creative)
• Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
• Proficiency in Airtable, Notion, Google Sheets, Excel, Asana, Canva, and other alike tools is a plus.
• Authorized to work as a contractor in the United States

Compensation: $2,500 Monthly stipend

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About Techstars

Techstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Founded in 2006, Techstars began with three simple ideas - entrepreneurs create a better future for everyone, collaboration drives innovation and great ideas can come from anywhere. Now we are on a mission to enable every person on the planet to contribute to, and benefit from, the success of entrepreneurs. In addition to operating accelerator programs and venture capital funds, we do this by connecting startups, investors, corporations and cities to help build thriving startup communities. Techstars has invested in more than 2,300 companies with a combined market cap of more than $29B.

Techstars’ mission is to help entrepreneurs succeed wherever they are in the world and whatever their background is. Regional accelerator programs all around the world are the cornerstone of the strategy. The investment approach is fundamentally driven by the worldwide network of managing directors, who interact with startup founders daily, guiding, mentoring and cultivating them along the journey. The scale of this reach results in a diversified strategy that provides investors with a uniquely qualified deal flow.

We help Techstars founders connect with other entrepreneurs, experts, mentors, alumni, investors, community leaders, and corporations to grow their companies.

Techstars is an affimative action, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, national origin, religion, physical or mental handicaps or disabilities, marital status, Veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity nor any other basis prohibited by law.