Job Listing: Technology and Life Science Talent Manager

Verge

Reports to: Associate Director, Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council (RBTC)

Education: Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in Business Administration, Marketing, Urban Studies, Human Resources, or a related field.

Overview:

The Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council (RBTC) is adding a Technology and Life Science Talent Manager to focus on a sustainable talent strategy for the Go Virginia Region 2 market.  The goal is to attract and retain technology and life sciences talent to fuel our innovation ecosystem. The candidate will have strong initiative, as well as a propensity for working and thinking creatively and collaboratively. The Technology and Life Science Talent Manager will work in tandem with regional and state-wide stakeholders while building and executing a blueprint for a robust technology talent program.

The position requires effective project management, strategic thinking, strong written and verbal communication, ability to identify and engage varied internal and external stakeholders, and the ability to create and foster partnerships and collaborations. The Technology and Life Science Talent Manager brings their own creative ideas to the organization’s programs and events. The ideal candidate is a people person who is naturally curious and delights in trying new things.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Creatively and collaboratively address the need for technology and biotechnology specific talent in the Roanoke-Blacksburg region
  • Assist with strategically connecting early and mid-stage technology talent to the innovation ecosystem with the goal of retaining them in Region 2
  • Support talent and workforce divisions of regional and state-wide partners including colleges and universities, VEDP, Roanoke Regional Partnership, Virginia Career Works Blue Ridge, and others
  • Build and execute a blueprint for a robust pipeline of technology and life-science talent program
  • Advocate for and provide support to regional employers seeking technology talent
  • Create avenues to retain early-stage talent in Region 2, including cohorts for remote workers living locally and working outside of Region 2
  • Maintain and engage a consistent database of regional and statewide contacts for channeling technology talent to Go Virginia Region 2
  • Work closely with marketing team to create custom campaigns to complement regional messaging
  • Act as an information broker on behalf of stakeholders to appropriate audiences through programming and key feeder market engagements
  • Build benchmark and reporting system to show progress and growth of technology talent attraction and retention using clear metrics that serve the regional alliance mission
  • Involvement in after-hours events planning, coordination and activities
  • Travel as required

Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of professional work experience in a related or transferrable field is required
  • Passion for service to others
  • Ability to collaborate and work well with others
  • Self-starter who desires an active learning environment of building a new program
  • Strong project management, analytical and organizational skills
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and complete projects on time and within budget, while working on long-term initiatives and strategies of the Verge alliance
  • Knowledge of local business community and ability to interact with senior level executives, government officials, academic institutions, and other stakeholders including workforce and economic development entities
  • Highly developed and effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Proactive thinking with detail-oriented and creative problem-solving approach
  • Experience overseeing creative marketing and communication campaigns
  • Excellent research, computer and technology skills are required. MS Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint are essential
  • Strong administrative skills including email management, scheduling, and problem solving

To Apply:

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