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Dirigo Labs Growth Manager

Job Description

Do you love startups as much as we do? Do you thrive on networking and know how to navigate Maine’s entrepreneurial ecosystem? Do you have a knack for incredible presentations and a solid understanding of scaling innovation-based companies? If so, we’d love to hear from you! 

Central Maine Growth Council (CMGC) is seeking a Growth Manager to join the Dirigo Labs (DL) team. In this newly created position, you’ll be an integral part of building a startup hub for emerging companies, mentors, and supporters. As the face for DL, you will engage with a wide variety of organizations, startups, founders, and business professionals across the state, evangelizing for both the mid-Maine region and the accelerator. As a critical team member, you will track and manage performance metrics, including readiness assessments, while maintaining a competitive cohort applicant pipeline.

This is an excellent opportunity to work in a fast-growing community while leveraging partnerships with academia, area economic development collaborators, and the larger entrepreneurial ecosystem. The role will require travel 50% of the time throughout Maine and New England. 

Ideal candidates are master communicators who understand startup evolution, capital formation, and have experience connecting people and resources. This role is well-suited for organized multi-taskers who possess strong people skills, thrive under pressure, understand product development cycles and are highly collaborative. A background in technology, sales, or business development is highly desired.

Responsibilities

  • Serve as a key member of the region’s startup ecosystem and helps drive the overall DL market and technical strategy
  • Understand startup funding paths and scale trajectories 
  • Develop and manage relationships between statewide startup accelerators, incubators, and startup companies to ensure success using the DL platform(s) and suite of services 
  • Execute strategic initiatives for Central Maine Growth Council and DL while working closely with internal stakeholders 
  • Understand and actively utilize the DL CRM tracking software and other internal systems to operationalize the startup acquisition funnel, manage to report, and relays tracking analysis
  • Actively recruit founders, mentors, and startups that will contribute to the long-range growth of DL and the CMGC region 
  • Possess strong business lead generation and client/account management skills
  • Manage competing priorities and work independently
  • Proven ability to utilize social media and other networking activities 
  • Partner with other entrepreneurial organizations, including hiring managers and Maine-based innovation networks to identify, manage, and fill current and upcoming DL cohorts
  • Conduct interviews with startup candidates, including first-level interviews and technical screening
  • Participate in weekly strategy meetings, contributes feedback and updates on active candidates
  • Ensure candidates from underrepresented groups are included in the applicant pools 
  • Assist in building and implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies

Minimum Requirements

  • 4-year degree preferred; relevant growth management or accelerator experience may be substituted for the right candidate, including relevant experience in building scalable tech teams, raising capital, or accelerator experience
  • In-depth knowledge of Maine’s economic development service providers and entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • Familiarity with startup fundraising, including general familiarity with grant programs, angel investing, venture capital, and debt financing
  • Knowledge of New England’s startup environment, including conferences, networking events, accelerators, 
  • Experienced with public speaking and giving presentations
  • In-depth understanding of scaling high-growth potential companies  
  • Computer literacy and proficiency in common PC applications with a high degree of technical acumen
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to build credibility at all levels and proactively network to establish relationships
  • Demonstrate ability to execute recruiting strategy, including employer promotion in the marketplace, candidate management, diversity sourcing, and interview process management
  • Strong negotiation and in-person meeting facilitation skills
  • Ability and willingness to travel throughout the State of Maine and New England
  • Must have an active driver’s license

For those interested in applying, please forward your resume, a cover letter, and a writing sample to susan@centralmaine.org

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