Launc[H] Program Specialist

If interested in applying for this position, please send your resume directly to [email protected]

Job Summary

Launc[H] is the driving force behind the development of Hartford’s innovation ecosystem. We are led by innovators and entrepreneurs from across our community united by one common goal: making Hartford the best place on the East Coast to start or grow a business. We are looking for a highly-organized, motivated, and creative self-starter who wants to help make our community a visible hub of innovation and entrepreneurship activity.

The Program Specialist serves as the primary point of contact, and source of support for a wide array of partners, including Hartford-area corporations, colleges and universities, and community organizations that create a vibrant and connected environment.

Initial responsibilities will include refining and creating new processes for developing partnership agreements, collecting and analyzing and sharing information with Hartford’s innovation community. The Program Specialist will also work closely with Launc[H]’s fiduciary agent to monitor and report on program spending, review and process invoices, and manage the execution of contracts and compliance documents.

The type of person who will fit best within this role will be energized by the opportunity to learn on the job, develop relationships with key influencers, identify areas for program growth and improvement, act on those opportunities to create value for program partners, and the community at large.

In addition, as our presence in the community continues to grow, there will be opportunities for professional growth and development, particularly in assisting with program marketing and communications.

Essential Functions:

  • Primary point of contact for program partners and other community stakeholders
  • Collect and organize data from program partners
  • Organize Launc[H] events and meetings, including scheduling, preparing and distributing relevant background information
  • Capture and distribute minutes from meetings
  • Monitor progress against milestones, evaluate effectiveness, and capture lessons learned
  • Work with the fiduciary agent to collect and support program budgets, accounting of spending, and prepare budget reports.
  • Process invoices and requests; track spending against budget, and intended deliverables
  • Assist with program contracting, on-boarding of new partners, and compliance with terms of engagement
  • Develop and execute a communication strategy for Launc[H] stakeholders

Qualifications and Skills


  • Three to five years of experience in program administration, business or in an entrepreneurial setting.
  • Proven flexibility, initiative, good judgment and discretion in resolving problems efficiently, effectively and independently.
  • Demonstrated experience in delivering information with a high degree of accuracy while meeting deadlines.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office products and the ability to learn new software as necessary.
  • Proven experience planning, organizing and executing events.
  • Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated excellence in interpersonal skills, with ability to work effectively and collaboratively with multiple public and private stakeholders.
  • Willingness and ability to work nights and weekends for events, as needed.


  • Experience working in a startup, with entrepreneurs, and/or economic development initiatives
  • Experience supporting a grant funded or foundation funded program.
  • Experience creating or managing a program management tools, including a database.
  • Experience developing and executing effective marketing and communications strategies
  • Experience creating and updating websites and other digital marketing tools.

Some regional travel may be required. If you are interested in this role and working for a member organization that brings together entrepreneurs and innovators invested in the region’s future economic growth, please submit your resume.

“We’re an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.”

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States. No sponsorship is available for this position.

Job Type: Full-time


  • 8 hour shift

Work Remotely:

  • Temporarily due to COVID-19

If interested in applying for this position, please send your resume directly to [email protected]