Start:ME Program Associate

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Job Type
Regular Full-Time
Goizueta Business School
R.C. Goizueta Bus & Soc Inst
This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
Not Applicable
Job Category
Business Operations
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Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor
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Emory University is a leading research university that fosters excellence and attracts world-class talent to innovate today and prepare leaders for the future. We welcome candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.



The Roberto C. Goizueta Business & Society Institute features a variety of initiatives addressing the biggest issues of our time, including a strategic focus on inequality and climate change.


Within the Institute, the Start:ME Accelerator Program is a continuation of research and fieldwork into the impact of microbusinesses on underserved communities. 


The Institute is hiring a Program Associate  for the Start:ME Accelerator Program. 


Start:ME is an intensive accelerator for promising local entrepreneurs who live in, work in, and/or provide valuable products and services to local communities. During the 3 month program, and well beyond, Start:ME connects those entrepreneurs to the business knowledge, networks, and capital needed to build and develop sustainable businesses. Start:ME currently operates in three metro Atlanta communities – Clarkston, East Lake, and Southside Atlanta – and serves entrepreneurs across a range of industries, from craft brewing to baked goods, construction to clothing, farming to freight trucking. To date, Start:ME has helped more than 300 businesses to start and/or grow across Atlanta.



  • The Program Associate’s overall role will be to support the development, operations, and execution of the Start:ME program. The position is designed as a 24 month Fellowship experience for those entering the social sector after completing their undergraduate studies



  • Support the operations of the program including content review and creation, logistical management, and communications with program participants
  • Manage the program’s communications, including email marketing, website, and social media, to connect with a broad audience
  • Partner and collaboratewith program stakeholders, including community partners, key supporters, and alumni, to ensure successful execution of recruiting and programming
  • Oversee and participate in entrepreneur selection process 
  • Produce and deliver program content for key accelerator info and program sessions
  • Facilitate year-round alumni programming and support in partnership with alumni and program stakeholders
  • Collect data on past Start:ME ventures to evaluate program effectiveness
  • Support program expansion into new communities within metro Atlanta
  • Manage student interns supporting the Start:ME program
  • Contribute to academic research on microbusinesses



  • Bachelor's degree in a field related to the program and two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • Program Associate Fellow positions are designed for new entrants into the job market. Applicants should have graduated from an undergraduate program (business or related) in or after the Fall of 2020
  • Applicants should present tangible indications of accumulated interest in social sector careers. This may include some combination of prior related coursework, extracurricular activities, and employment and/or volunteer experiences



  • Basic business principles
  • Understanding of economic and community development principles
  • Project management, including balancing multiple projects/varying timelines, prioritization, and attention to detail
  • Willingness and interest in engaging with diverse community members and partners
  • Social media, communications, and marketing best practices
  • Data analysis and interpretation
  • Patience and long-term perspective
  • Proficiency in Adobe or other photo editing and layout software
  • Access to transportation for community meetings and evening sessions


The position will report to the Start:ME Program Director. Projects and goals will adjust periodically. Additional assignments may be made by the Institute Managing Director and/or Academic Director based on interests and abilities of the Program Associate and the current needs of the program. The Program Associate will also have ongoing access to the Institute Professionals in Residence for professional development and mentorship. For more information, please visit : https://emory.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eaZO3TaN77EWHye


NOTE: This role will be granted the opportunity to work from home temporarily during the COVID-19 pandemic, with intent to return to an Emory University location in the future. Emory reserves the right to change this status with notice to employees

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