Innovation Works, Inc. Coordinator, Startable in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Coordinator, StartableAlphaLabGear - Pittsburgh, PA - Full Time

Company Overview

Innovation Works’ mission is to increase the success rate of the region’s technology companies and technology-adopting manufacturers by providing business expertise, direct investment and hands-on support.

Job Summary

Startable helps make entrepreneurship more accessible to young people who may never have thought of starting a business. The program teaches maker skills, entrepreneurial skills and important life skills that help put young adults on a path to success while opening their eyes to a host of new career options. It's a privilege for our team to work with so many talented students.

Responsibilities and Duties


  • Develop the Startable program strategy in collaboration with the Program Manager, AlphaLab Gear based on available assets, partners and priorities

  • Develop Startable program maker and entrepreneurship curriculum

  • Implement program, focusing on creating a pipeline of students into IW programs and portfolio companies

  • Manage program timelines, supply acquisition, and contracts

  • Manage relationships and contracts with community partners

  • Pursue new strategic partnerships with partners and vendors

  • Direct recruitment strategies to drive student participation

  • Recruit and engage consultants to serve as Instructors and Mentors

  • Manage all program partners, instructors, speakers and staff

  • Act as point of contact for all Startablerelated matters, including press, outreach, etc.

  • Maintain all Startable marketing assets, such as website, social media, etc.

  • Act as public face of Startable, representing the program and IW to various stakeholders

  • Direct Startable students to internships, accelerators and other IW and partner org opportunities

  • Continue to engage and provide resources for both recent and past program alumni

Startable Year-Round Pipeline Programming

  • Design and implement programming modeled after 2017’s National Robotics Week programming that engages younger students in entrepreneurship, technology and the AlphaLab Gear space as a means of creating a pipeline of students into the Startable program

  • Engage with participating students on a regular basis throughout the year through formal programming

Qualifications and Skills

Other Youth Programming

  • Direct initiatives to expand replicable Startable programing in southwestern PA

AlphaLab Gear Shop

  • Manage AlphaLab Gear shop including maintaining physical space and all equipment

  • Create working documentation and safely training for all shop tools

  • Actively engage AlphaLab Gear cohorts in the shop trainings

  • Maintain reservation schedule for equipment in instances of high demand

  • Advise ALG companies on processes and equipment usage in order to fulfill company product development needs

AlphaLab Gear Resource

  • Provide manufacturing and prototyping resources knowledge base

  • Minimum three years experience


  • Client Relationship management

  • Education/teaching experience, including with underserved students

  • Program coordination experience

  • Project management experience

  • Technical writing experience

  • Marketing, graphic design for print and web, and web design

  • Maker/tool and Fabrication knowledge and expertise

  • Experience creating and maintaining inventory systems

  • Experience working in or managing a shop or similar environment

  • Entrepreneurship/startup experience

Please forward qualified resumes to:

Innovation Works provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.