Senior Associate

Duke Angel Network

Durham, NC, USA

Full time

Oct 29

The mission of the Office for Translation & Commercialization (OTC), which houses Duke Angel Network (DAN), is to ensure that Duke innovations reach the marketplace and that Duke-related startups are connected to Duke alumni for potential investment opportunities. DAN supports the global Duke entrepreneurial community through its angel investing platform and co-investment fund that engage and leverage the power of the global Duke network. The DAN team sources and curates investment opportunities in Duke-affiliated companies on behalf of its angel investor members, and it matches Duke expertise with DAN portfolio companies to support their growth. 

Occupational Summary

The Senior Associate, Duke Angel Network, will contribute to the mission of DAN by planning, analyzing and implementing strategies to facilitate process management and portfolio development initiatives for DAN investment activities.    

Work Performed

Under the supervision of the DAN Managing Director: 

  • Investment Assessment: Screen potential investments for fit with DAN investment criteria, performing pitch deck review, company assessment, and general due diligence as necessary. 
  • Deal Management and Operations: Manage and track individual investment opportunities from initial screening to post-closing. Propose and implement process improvements, coordinating with team members for continuous streamlining of operational processes. Produce reports and presentations on investment performance, metrics, and various network initiatives. Communicate with DAN members regarding inbound operational questions and provide regular updates on active deals and portfolio companies.
  • Process & Information Management: Coordinate data capture across various systems; design and implement efficient data management workflows as needed within DAN.
  • Graduate Student Programs: Assist in coordination of DAN Associate Program including recruiting, training, and educating students entering the program. Cultivate community amongst the various student programs in venture investment and startup development. 
  • Meetings and Events: Assist in coordinating various meetings with investors, startups, and entrepreneurs and provide follow up. Assist in creating events for attracting investors and for providing entrepreneurial education on campus. 
  •  Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified. 

Skills:

  • Ideal candidate will have an MBA, JD or advanced degree in science with emphasis on venture capital, entrepreneurship, innovation and/or research
  • Experience in fund operations, investor relations, or other business operations is a plus
  • Strategic thinker with strong business operations skills
  • Experience in financial modeling and company valuation.
  • High level of initiative and motivation combined with exceptional ability to effectively manage and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously
  • Forward thinker who actively seeks opportunities and proposes solutions with a sense of urgency
  • Attention to detail and follow-through
  • Excellent customer service, interpersonal, team work, written communication and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated clear, concise written communication. 

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values. 

Essential Physical Job Functions 

Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

Minimum Qualifications 

Education

Work requires a Bachelor's degree

Experience

Work requires a minimum of three years of related OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE business/administration experience.

Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

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