Greentown Labs is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit catalyzing climate solutions through entrepreneurship, partnership, and collaboration. As the largest climatetech startup incubator in North America, Greentown Labs brings together startups, corporates, investors, policymakers, and many others with a focus on scaling climate technologies. Driven by the mission of providing startups the resources, knowledge, connections, and equipment they need to thrive, Greentown Labs offers lab space, shared office space, machine shops, electronics labs, tool shops, software and business resources, and a large network of corporate customers, investors, and more. With incubators in Somerville, Mass. and Houston, Texas, Greentown Labs is home to more than 200 startups and has supported more than 525 since the incubator’s founding in 2011. These startups have collectively created more than 24,000 jobs and raised more than $5.1 billion in funding. For more information, visit www.greentownlabs.com or follow Greentown on LinkedIn .
About The Position
Launched in 2022, the Texas Entrepreneurship Exchange for Energy (TEX-E), is a first-of-a-kind collaboration among The University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, University of Houston, Rice University, and Prairie View A&M University—powered by Greentown Labs and MIT’s Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship—to create a powerful student-driven entrepreneurship ecosystem in Texas.
This inaugural position of TEX-E Director of University Engagement will be located at Greentown Houston and report to the Houston General Manager. As the TEX-E Director of University Engagement, your goal will be to catalyze the energy and climatetech innovation ecosystem in regions where Greentown Labs operates or plans to operate in support of the TEX-E program. In this role, you will lead university and student engagement across the company, working to ensure coordination, communication, and collaboration across Texas, Massachusetts, and beyond. You will proactively build relationships with universities, students, faculty, and academic partners to help recruit the energy and climatetech entrepreneurs of the future.
The TEX-E Director of University Engagement role will focus on the following key objectives:
TEX-E Programming and Recruitment, 2) TEX-E Partnership Management, and 3) Administrative responsibilities
Primary Responsibilities Of The Role
Lead the day-to-day operations of the TEX-E Program.
Develop a target list of universities with climatetech and energy entrepreneurship programs.
Develop a recruitment engagement strategy for the TEX-E program.
Collaborate with Greentown’s marketing team to develop recruitment materials and content.
Host and attend on-campus recruitment events.
Participate in the development of career fairs to support Greentown’s community team.
Develop a university events calendar.
Serve as the primary point of contact for university engagement.
Establish and strengthen strategic relationships with key constituencies at partner universities including university leadership, faculty, career center staff, and student organizations.
Negotiate partner contracts as they relate to university engagement.
Coordinate with Greentown’s community team to identify and prioritize university resources requested by the startup community.
Develop and manage program budgets and fundraising targets.
Maintain the creation and distribution of the weekly newsletter.
Support TEX-E events and tours as needed.
Maintain a commitment to diversity and to serving the needs of a diverse community.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Who we're looking for
Someone with a bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in the field of partnership development, engagement, and relationship stewardship.
Highly collaborative, communicative, and transparent, with the ability to build strong and effective internal and external relationships.
Excellent writing and organizational skills; strong follow-through and attention to detail; high-level analytical, problem-solving, and presentation skills.
Experience planning, managing, and executing program elements and events.
Experience in climatetech, climate, environmental justice, or environmental services is a plus (may be professional, academic, or volunteer experience).
Awareness and experience in engaging in conversations about all aspects of identity, as well as experience developing programs grounded in diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Comfort with the fast-paced nature of a startup, including the ability to receive, prioritize, and react to information with minimal oversight.
Curious, eager to learn, and a team player; a “no task is too small” mentality.
Ability to work evenings, typically one evening per week.
Compensation, Location, + Benefits
The salary for this position is $94,000 and is commensurate with experience up to $111,000. In addition to a competitive salary, Greentown Labs also offers a generous benefits package (please see the benefits overview attached to the job posting) , including medical, dental, and vision insurance, a paid parental leave policy, a 401k plan, and 25 days (5 weeks) of vacation plus holidays. This role is expected to be onsite in Houston TX at least three days per week with the option to work remotely two days per week.
Employment with Greentown Labs is on an “at will” basis which means either the applicant/employee or Greentown Labs can end the employment relationship at any time, for any reason, with or without prior notice.
Greentown Labs seeks to fully represent our community and constituencies—particularly low-income communities and communities of color—to amplify those voices and provide opportunities to participate in the direction and leadership of the organization. We actively encourage candidates from broad, diverse backgrounds to apply. Greentown Labs is an equal-opportunity employer.
Greentown Labs is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, status as a veteran, marital status, disability status or any other federal, state or local protected class. Disabled applicants may request any reasonable accommodation needed to perform the essential functions of this role.