Job Openings

Updated 08/14/2017

Network Coordinator (6299U) Job #23729 – BLUM

Full-Time | Job ID: 23729

Blum Center for Developing Economies, UC Berkeley

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 8/28/17

Role Overview

The Network Coordinator supports the Big Ideas Contest with student outreach, judge and mentor recruitment and management, event management, startup advising, and general contest administration. Reporting to the Contest Director, the Network Coordinator is responsible for strengthening the existing Big Ideas network of 1,000+ judges, mentors, and advisors, 1,200 alumni, and numerous other collaborators, while simultaneously exploring new, untapped networks and partnership opportunities. Additionally, they support the development of programs, services and events designed to build the capacities and networks of aspiring student entrepreneurs.


  • 50%  Network Development: In coordination with the Big Ideas Program Director, lead the identification, recruitment, training and coordination of judges and mentors for the 2017-2018 Big Ideas Contest.  This involves developing new outreach strategies, training materials and content management protocols to boost engagement levels. Identify and steward high-potential partnerships with technology, social impact, and international development companies and NGOs to explore opportunities for new Big Ideas & Blum Center programmatic offerings, such as the Blum Center’s “Practitioners in Residence“ advising sessions and guest lecture opportunities.
  • 25%  Student Outreach (UC Berkeley): Develop and execute a plan for ensuring high quality and quantity participation from UC Berkeley’s 40,000-large student body through numerous outreach mechanisms: emails, class announcements, events, etc. Maintain and foster on-campus partnership for opportunities for cross-promotion and collaboration.
  • 15%  Entrepreneurial Support: Routinely interact with Big Ideas student teams on proposal and project development: problem identification, market strategy, implementation goals, financial sustainability, partnership development, etc. Provide ongoing connections to students that can lead to the development of new partnerships, funding prospects, networking opportunities, strategies for scaling up, etc.
  • 5%   Event Coordination: Lead the organization of several high profile Big Ideas events such as Innovators@Cal, Grand Prize Pitch Day, and the Awards Celebration. Assist with other Big Ideas events, workshops, and information sessions as needed.
  • 5%   General Support: Support the team to ensure that all contest pieces are in motion, including survey development, data management, copy, editing, M&E etc.

Required Qualifications

  • Knowledge of basic concepts and principles of building and maintaining effective relations with a variety of constituencies (i.e. industries, non-profit organizations, and universities).
  • Organizational skills including skill to meet prescribed deadlines; event planning skills.
  • Written, verbal and interpersonal skills, including tact and political acumen to effectively represent the institution.
  • Strong understanding of the entrepreneurial, innovation, and international development landscape, both in California and nationally. Experience launching, working for, or with social mission-driven initiatives.
  • Ability to think creatively and provide thoughtful, agile insights.
  • Background advising or mentoring college and/or adult students.
  • Applicable computer skills.
  • A strong team player.
  • Bachelor degree in a related field (economics, business, international development, public policy) or equivalent experience. 3-5 years work experience in social innovation, entrepreneurship, or international development.

Salary & Benefits

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The salary for this position is $55,000;  However,  salary is commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

Apply on the Berkeley Jobs website and search for  Job ID: 23729. Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

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