Job Opening: Program Analyst, UMD I-Corps (full-time)
The University of Maryland (UMD) is seeking a full-time Program Analyst to help with various aspects of analysis, assessment, research, coordination, management, and reporting for the Mid-Atlantic I-Corps Hub, the Maryland Innovation Extension, and related programs. I-Corps is a National Science Foundation program designed to foster, grow and nurture innovation ecosystems regionally and nationally. UMD is the lead university in the Mid-Atlantic I-Corps Hub and a member of the larger National Innovation Network, and also leads the Maryland Innovation Extension.
This is a very exciting opportunity for individuals seeking to support the innovation ecosystem at UMD and in Maryland, in the broader Mid-Atlantic region, and nationally. This individual will be involved in building exciting and impactful programs from the ground up, to help grow the next generation of deep technology startups to solve critical societal problems.
The Program Analyst will be a core member of the team and will have a wide-range of responsibilities. The ideal candidate embodies a demonstrated commitment to, and interest in, innovation, research, data science, and longitudinal formative assessment. The Program Analyst will be responsible for all data analysis related to Hub activities, including coordination with Hub Partners, and will also serve as the Hub’s Evaluation Lead for NSF I-Corps. The Hub Analyst will produce reports to guide iterative improvement of Hub activities and will organize analytical output for Hub reporting needs. The Program Analyst will work at the direction of the Hub Director and will work closely with the Hub’s Research Lead and with all Senior Personnel and Hub Leadership team.
The ideal candidate will use their experience, training, and knowledge to ensure the approach and execution of data collection, analysis, interpretation, and reporting not only educates Hub leadership and stakeholders on how to utilize these processes but also uses these methodologies to continuously improve program offerings through longitudinal formative assessment. This position plays a critical role in ensuring the I-Corps programs are delivered efficiently, rigorously, and effectively, while serving a broad range of participants and engaging with stakeholders from the innovation ecosystem throughout UMD, the state of Maryland, the broader mid-Atlantic region, and NSF’s National Innovation Network (NIN.)
Roles and Responsibilities
Roles and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Analyst responsibilities include:
- Manage the design and production of assessment approaches and strategy to support Hub formative assessment activities.
- Review program applications and engage relevant stakeholders of the Hub in the selection, review, and assessment process.
- Work with the Hub Leadership team to maintain up-to-date records of participants, mentors, instructors and capture the achievements of program alums across the Hub.
- Ensure pre- and post-program assessment is captured and that feedback is reviewed with the Hub Leadership and Hub Partner teams, instructors, and mentors. Feedback should be utilized in an iterative fashion to continuously improve program offerings.
- Summarize program metrics and participant outcomes in creative and engaging ways that showcase the innovations being developed.
- Explore predictive approaches to anticipating outcomes or stakeholder needs.
- Outline and oversee events to supplement core programming.
- Work with Hub partners and alliance partners to collect data on activities to promote the Hub and the innovative endeavors its participants and stakeholders undertake.
- Participate in regular team meetings and strategic planning sessions.
Program administration and function support responsibilities include:
- Assist in the identification and pursuit of grant opportunities that could support core Mtech and I-Corps areas and related initiatives.
- Provide assistance to other team members and work on other projects on an as-needed basis.
- Coordinate, manage and deliver regional cohorts
- Manage and develop syllabus and classroom materials
- Manage Learning Management System (LMS) and other course platforms
- Design and support recruitment processes
- Support all project management systems, CMS, data management, communications platforms, and reporting requirements
- Support all research and evaluation processes and systems to inform timely and accurate reporting
- Create reports, plans, and presentations required by UMD and funders
Minimum Qualifications Required to Perform Work
- BS/BA required
- Advanced STEM degree or equivalent preferred
- Experience with data management, project management, communications, grant management, evaluation, and reporting
- Familiarity with and experience with innovation studies and data science is strongly preferred.
- Ability to generate and present data insights using statistical software and data visualization tools (e.g., SPSS, Tableau or similar) is necessary.Experience supporting startup companies or related technology commercialization activities preferred
- Experience with NSF I-Corps programs and lean startup methodologies preferred
- Demonstrated commitment to inclusivity, diversity, equity, and accessibility.
- Experience successfully supporting partnerships and collaborations with minimal oversight.
- Extremely well organized with excellent time management skills and the ability to successfully handle multiple projects at once.
- Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to interact fluidly with the many different individuals and organizations that will contact and work with the Hub.
- Experience navigating university policies and procedures.
- Proficient in office software tools (e.g., Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint), and other software tools for communication, analysis, and office operations.
- Flexible with job expectations and schedule in an office that is on the cutting edge of innovation.
- Willing to jump in wherever needed.
- Positive, energetic, “can-do,” proactive entrepreneurial attitude with a passion for innovation and creativity.
About UMD I-Corps and the Mid-Atlantic I-Corps Hub
I-Corps programs at UMD are funded in part by NSF, and serve researchers seeking to translate inventions into startup activities to address societal needs. The program is part of the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) in the A. James Clark College of Engineering. Applicants should familiarize themselves with the details of the UMD I-Corps program, NSF’s national I-Corps program, and with the Mid-Atlantic I-Corps Hub.
The program provides real world, hands-on training on how to successfully incorporate innovation into successful products to solve societal problems. The curriculum is based on the Lean Startup framework and provides an immersive learning experience through which researchers can better understand the market potential of an innovation.
About the Maryland Innovation Extension
The Maryland Innovation Extension is an Economic Development Administration (EDA) University Center, with additional support coming from matching partners at the UM Ventures Baltimore Fund, TEDCO MII, TEDCO RBII, TEDCO UBII, and the University System of Maryland (USM). Through the extension, the University of Maryland, along with partner institutions Bowie State University, Morgan State University, Coppin State University, and the University of Baltimore, are collaborating to bring entrepreneurial resources to the entire state of Maryland, with a particular focus on underrepresented groups in entrepreneurship.
Applicants should send a resume (or CV) and cover letter to Dave Sandrowitz at firstname.lastname@example.org. Email inquiries only, please.