Program Manager

Company Name
FORGE
Company Website
Location (City)
Somerville
Job Category
Project Management
Job Sector
Services and Support
Job Type
Full Time
Degree Requirement
Bachelors
Salary
$50,000
Contact Info Laura Teicher apply@forgemass.org

FORGE is a mission-driven 501(c)3, and the nonprofit sister organization of Greentown Labs, located at the epicenter of the vibrant Boston area innovation ecosystem. 

Mission: To help startups on the journey from physical prototype to impact at scale. We work with a broad range of startups with physical products or components across sectors including robotics, medical devices, cleantech, agriculture, advanced materials, and more. Through its Manufacturing Initiative, FORGE connects innovators with makers, with the goal of breaking down barriers to scale.
Our next Program Manager will be adept at both creating and managing relationships. They will first and foremost be here to serve our startups, ensuring we provide them with continuous and impactful support, connections, and events. They will also be responsible for engaging with supply-side experts and learning their capabilities so that they can make right-fit introductions for our startups. The role extends beyond the completion of individual projects to supporting the long term realization of organizational success on mission, including the opportunity to introduce new and creative solutions for driving - impact and ROI across program activities.

 

Job Duties/Responsibilities: 

Key Responsibilities: We are looking for an excellent relationship builder and programmatic operator who is excited to support startups in a fast-paced environment. The Program Manager will be passionate about helping our startups, and proactive about continually improving and adding value to our core program - including reporting that impact with accuracy. They will be a strong executer who excels both at collaborating with teammates and working independently. In more detail, key responsibilities include:
 
Manage Relationships and Day-to-Day Program Activities:

  • Manage relationships and ensure timely communication with startups and suppliers
  • Plan, design, and execute programmatic activities and events
  • Ensure ­preparation and timely delivery of programmatic metrics and communications

 
Plan and Report to Achieve Program Goals: 

  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of impact and goals performance data
  • Conduct programmatic reporting and analysis, research as needed 
  • Collaborate with team and board members to support strategic planning efforts and impact, including proactively proposing improvements to activities and systems

 
Support Growth and Management of External Relationships and Visibility

  • Working with Executive Director, help to identify funding opportunities and prepare supporting materials; ensure delivery on programmatic commitments to funders
  • Represent FORGE publicly to strengthen and drive growth of pipeline of startups and suppliers, ecosystem partnerships
Qualifications: 

Job Expectations:

  • 1-3+ years of professional experience working in or with startups
  • Strong communicator and operator with bias towards action
  • Excellent project and detail management
  • Team player with the ability to accomplish tasks both collaboratively and independently 
  • Enthusiasm for our mission to support startups by engaging with manufacturers and broader supply chain. Technical background in engineering or manufacturing is advantageous but not required. The successful candidate will be eager and dedicated to learning and improving the basics of how we assess startups needs and support those startups with resources and right-fit connections to supply chain expertise
  • Fluency with Microsoft Office Suite and Google Drive
  • Experience/comfort working with marketing and relationship management tools a plus
  • Role requires driver’s license and ability and willingness to travel, work some evenings 
  • Occasional periods of prolonged standing during set-up for events and during events
  • Must be able to lift or move items up to 25 lbs using proper lifting techniques
Benefits: 
  • Immersion in a fun, high impact community of innovators and makers  
  • A flexible, high energy, supportive working environment with excellent health benefits and added perks like bike racks, showers, free flowing coffee, and snacks on site
How to Apply: 

Please send your resume, cover letter, and a list of 3 references to
apply@forgemass.org
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. The subject of your email should be “Program Manager Application, [Your Name].” Your cover letter must address why you’re a good fit and why we would be psyched to have you join us, your salary requirement, how you learned about the role, and the date you’re available to start.
Equal opportunity: We actively encourage candidates from broad, diverse backgrounds to apply. FORGE is an equal opportunity employer.

 

About the Company: 

The Problem: Startups making physical products are solving some of the world’s toughest problems, but face added roadblocks to scale. High early production costs and burn rate make right choices in design, supply, and manufacturing crucial to runway and success - yet many innovators have gaps in the specific expertise and connections needed to support the scaling process.
Our Solution: FORGE addresses crucial gaps and accelerates path to market for these startups by making right-fit introductions to industry expertise, combined with the training and support needed to ensure readiness for the connections to be productive. 
The Manufacturing Initiative helps startups in a wide range of industries to source their supply chains from initial prototyping and design through to full scale production, connecting them with right-fit suppliers to establish early working relationships, and increase readiness to scale production together. Our programming and resources prepare startups and suppliers to work effectively together. Our work has led to the creation of 130+ contracts between the startups and suppliers in our network, with a known economic value of over $18.8 million and counting.
The Manufacturing Initiative was built at Greentown Labs in 2015, when its CEO Emily Reichert recognized the opportunity to create value for both startups and suppliers through forging these connections. FORGE (formerly Greentown Learn), the nonprofit sister organization of Greentown Labs, was created to execute this impactful initiative. Today, FORGE maintains innovation headquarters at, and partners closely with, Greentown Labs (the largest cleantech incubator in North America) to serve its community of 100+ companies. Beyond Greentown Labs, we reach and serve a broader community of hardware and materials startups through strong relationships with a wealth of regional innovation support organizations including MassRobotics, BOLT, MIT, and others. Through these networks we’ve reached and helped 200+ startups to date.

 

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