Expansion City Project Lead - Boston, MA
Are you passionate about developing innovation ecosystems in new cities? Do you enjoy finding, mobilizing, and organizing resources to complete large-scale projects? Do you enjoy traveling the world to build relationships with stakeholders from governments, universities, investment firms, corporates and startups? If so, read on…
CIC is looking for a Project Lead to help bring CIC to new markets. This is an exciting, full-time opportunity for someone with at least 3 - 5 years of experience in project management and real estate/urban planning.
CIC’s mission is to improve the world by helping exceptional entrepreneurs innovate better and faster. We offer carefully curated working environments that combine private, secure offices alongside shared amenities in locations across Boston, Cambridge, Miami, Rotterdam, and St. Louis and are growing into other cities, within the US and abroad. We currently serve 1400+ startups, growth companies, and branches of larger organizations, representing for-profit, mission-driven, and non-profit sectors across a wide array of industries. We pride ourselves on displaying a high degree of care and accuracy in everything that we do, and we work to ensure that our clients thrive every day that they are in our space. We believe that our ability to support world-changing entrepreneurs is only as good as the people who make up our teams, and as such we are looking for people who are interested in contributing to--and improving--the way we work. We invite you to explore all our openings here and learn more about us here.
ABOUT CIC’S EXPANSION
Our goal is to be in the top 50 innovation cities around the world, and we are actively working to expand to multiple locations domestically and internationally. Governments and innovation leaders from around the world, seeing the impact CIC has generated in Cambridge, Boston, and St. Louis, are approaching CIC to discuss new opportunities. We are looking for a talented member to join our growing expansion team to develop these opportunities into successful new locations, and help us achieve our goal.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
Overall, we like to employ people with integrity who are reliable, clever, personable, and able to work independently.
More specifically, we are looking for someone who possesses the following characteristics:
A commitment to “mission” based work. See your work as an opportunity to make a powerful contribution to a larger effort
Exceptional project management, written/verbal communication, and organizational skills, including the ability to own and manage multiple tasks and be able to get the details right
The maturity, confidence, and communication skills to work seamlessly with senior management.
Ability to be both a creative thought partner and a task manager
Positive, results oriented “doer” with high quality output and ability to work under pressure/meet tight deadlines
Ability to be a jack of all trades, learn quickly, and quickly integrate into new environments
Ability to self direct, anticipate problems and needs
Strong relationship building skills, with stakeholders ranging from college students to prime ministers. Ability to be an ambassador for the CIC brand and product
Ability to spot and find creative ways to make an impact. Natural inclination to improve and iterate on the way we do things
Team player who is personable, happy to help others, and naturally drawn to a very busy, ever-evolving environment
Independent, trustworthy, and willing to learn
GENERAL OVERVIEW OF RESPONSIBILITIES
This person will be a member of the Expansion Team, report to the Director of Global Expansion, and work closely with the Executive Team. This role oversees development process from initial site selection through lease signing with ongoing coordination with our in house design and construction team.
Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
Project managing a portfolio of opportunities in 2-4 cities that the Expansion Team is either evaluating or pursuing
Creating timelines and roll out plans, assisting Finance team in developing overall project financial plan, and coordinating senior management and cross team resources
Completing a wide variety of tasks independently to move a project forward
Communicating project timelines and progress to senior management
Developing and maintaining strong relationships with project partners, and securing buy in and project support from shareholders in public, private, and academic sectors
Managing local consultant and project resources to remain on scope and within budget
Traveling (both independently and with senior leadership) to new markets to meet potential partners and evaluate opportunities. Note that, while travel requirements will vary by project, someone in this role should expect to travel up to 50% of the time
Conducting market research and analysis to evaluate new opportunities and markets
Planning visits and hosting potential partners in Cambridge, Boston, and other CIC sites
ATTRACTIONS OF WORKING AT CIC
Access to incredible opportunities and networks: You will be meeting and working the foremost leaders in innovation along with a proven team.
Personal and professional growth. This is a great opportunity to learn and develop skills within the epicenter of the innovation community in Cambridge/Boston, and develop relationships and expertise in markets around the world.
Startup environment with the resources of an established company. You’ll have autonomy, and the excitement of working in a fast-paced, intense environment while also having the support and experience of a 200+ employee company behind you.
Cool, creative clients. The 1400+ (and growing) clients and staff at CIC are sharp, diverse, motivated, and work in mostly startup high tech and life sciences companies.
Headquarters’ central location. CIC Cambridge is a stone’s throw from the Kendall Square MBTA Red Line stop, and CIC Boston is in the heart of the Financial District with easy access to the Blue, Green, Orange, and Red Lines.
Fun people in a funky environment. What does our staff love most about working here? Their colleagues!
Chic tech workspace that inspires innovation and community. Kitchens with Italian soda machines, peanut M&Ms, a bounty of fruit, kettle cooked chips, and so much more.
Access to Venture Cafe, the largest networking gathering in the entrepreneurial community in the Boston area.
Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree welcome
Minimum of 3 years of professional experience, including experience leading a team or large scale projects
Willingness to travel up to 50% of time, though typical travel demands are closer to 25% of your time
A natural passion for startups, innovation, and entrepreneurship
An interest in a long-term role, we are a growing company, and we like to hire people who can grow with us over the years
Experience with real estate planning/development and/or urban planning
Compensation is commensurate with experience and includes 100% of the cost of a premium healthcare and dental package for candidate and immediate family and full payment of expenses covered by your deductible, long and short-term disability, life insurance, 401k matching after the first year of employment (must be 21+) and holidays plus three weeks of vacation from the start (more with seniority). Annual reviews with raises every year for those on track with strong performance.
CIC is committed to building teams that reflect the fabric of the cities we support. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, ancestry, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, Veteran status, or any other legally protected status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation please let us know.
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