Fellowship Manager—Activate Boston

Open Position: Fellowship Manager - Activate Boston 

About Activate

Activate partners with funders and leading research institutions to support the Activate Fellowship, a new path for top scientists and engineers to transform their discoveries into world-changing technologies. Since 2015, Activate has supported more than 50 innovators developing transformative energy, climate, and manufacturing technologies, resulting in more than 30 new companies that have collectively raised more than $100M to support their work. The two-year Activate Fellowship provides funding, access to world-class research facilities, entrepreneurial mentorship, networking, and education. Activate’s fellowship model was originally developed at Cyclotron Road, our Berkeley location, in partnership with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. 


The Fellowship Manager will be responsible for the operational and program management of the Activate Fellowship at its Boston site. The Fellowship Manager will oversee local customization and execution of key fellowship elements including fellow selection, educational programming, and program operations. 

The Fellowship Manager will be hired as a full­ time employee of Activate with competitive salary and full benefits. The Fellowship Manager will report to the Boston Managing Director and work closely with the Activate Chief Fellowship Officer, MIT Lincoln Laboratory operations team, and Activate Fellows. 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Execute the local fellow selection process, and local fellow onboarding, education, and exit

  • Design, develop and incorporate local educational programming elements that leverage Boston’s innovation ecosystem

  • Manage and help scale fellowship site operations including calendar, key meetings, information systems and workflows

  • Support evaluation of the fellowship site by collecting and analyzing data on the performance of the site, the fellows, and the fellow’s companies

  • Work with the Managing Director to cultivate a supportive and inclusive environment for the Boston team and fellows  

Ideal Candidate

  • Has a keen ability to collect, process, organize, and communicate complex information

  • Has demonstrated the ability to manage several different projects concurrently while keeping to aggressive deadlines

  • Is able to quickly and seamlessly transition from working collaboratively as a member of a team to self-motivated individual contribution

  • Has exceptional relationship skills and the ability to work productively with varied personalities

  • Has inherent hospitality and a strong mission orientation

  • Has working knowledge of Boston’s innovation ecosystem

  • Has a track record of successful program management

  • Has exceptional communication and relationship building skills 

  • Feels like the world's scientific and entrepreneurial talent should be focused on more serious pursuits than dog-walking apps

  • Understands that innovation starts with people, not ideas

  • Is based in the Boston area

Activate is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sex, genetic information, sexual orientation, military and veteran status or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. It also prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics.