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Director of Academic Programs and Awards / Vice President at FAST Foundation

Start Date: ASAP

Duration: Long term with 3 months of probation period

Location: Yerevan, Armenia

Job Description:

Reporting to the senior management, the Vice President and Director of Academic Programs and Awards will be responsible for creative and operational success of FAST Academic Programs and Awards. The candidate will be responsible for seamless program creation, delivery, and quality control and evaluation. In this newly established role, the incumbent will ensure every program is innovative, delivered successfully, and managed with care. The Director is expected to uphold the values and vision of the organization.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Initiate, develop, and implement academic programs and awards according to the strategic objectives of the organization.
  • Plan programs from start to completion, including deadlines, milestones, and processes.
  • Develop and implement strategies that will maximize the synergies among program areas.
  • Develop and meet budget and operational requirements.
  • Devise evaluation strategies to monitor performance and determine the need for improvements.
  • Discover ways to enhance efficiency and productivity of procedures and people.
  • Apply change, risk, and resource management principles when needed.
  • Ensure program operations and activities adhere to legal guidelines and internal policies.
  • Keep senior management informed with detailed and accurate reports and presentations.
  • Monitor the program activities on a regular basis and conduct quarterly evaluations according to the program evaluation framework.
  • Report evaluation findings to the CEO and recommend changes to enhance the program, as appropriate.

Required qualifications:

This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual with program development and team management experience. The successful candidate will build new programs, lead them, and partner and work collaboratively with a high-pace management team.

  • Master’s degree in Management, Business Administration, or other relevant field
  • At least 5 years of experience in program development role
  • At least 3 years of experience in a team management role
  • Demonstrated success developing, evaluating, selecting, and successfully operationalizing innovative programs
  • Experience working with information and communication technology to develop and implement program evaluation systems and metrics
  • Strong project execution skills, managing complex, multifaceted projects resulting in measurable successes and program growth
  • Outstanding knowledge of data analysis, reporting and budgeting
  • Experience working with a high-performance, collaborative, constructive peer group
  • Strength in hiring, recruiting, managing, developing, coaching, and retaining individuals and teams, empowering them to elevate their levels of responsibility, span-of-control and performance
  • Deep understanding of human resources, plans for employee performance improvement, and corrective action policies
  • Demonstrated results in managing through complex systems and proven experience negotiating win-win agreements
  • Excellent English and Armenian verbal and written communication skills
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and commitment to FAST’s mission
  • Analytical mindset with great problem-solving abilities

Application Procedure:

All interested candidates are kindly requested to submit their CVs by e-mail to [email protected]. Please indicate the title of the position “Director of Academic Programs and Awards /Vice President “ in the subject line of your e-mail. FAST Foundation is grateful to all interested applicants; however, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the interview.

ABOUT FAST FOUNDATION

FAST intends to become a platform for bringing the technological breakthrough in Armenia in the areas of IT and computer science, artificial intelligence, robotics, biotechnology, advanced engineering and manufacturing technologies. The Foundation will be based on 4 pillars: education, research, start-ups and production. Expert council will be formed for every direction.

FAST is planned to pursue three main goals: to serve as a catalyst for technological development, concentrate the efforts and last, but not least, to coordinate the progress in the field. At the same time, FAST will operate according to the principle of an open platform that is ready for the development of partnership relations with private, state, public and scientific organizations in Armenia and in foreign countries. Organizationally FAST will operate as a FOF, without pursuing a commercial objective by itself. The initiative will create commercial venture funds and other business structures.

The scope of the initial financing for the development of the Foundation will be up to USD 15 million. The co-founders will launch a global fundraising campaign to attract up to USD 250 million within five years.

About IDeA Foundation:

IDeA (Initiatives for Development of Armenia) Charitable Foundation was established by the entrepreneurs and philanthropists Ruben Vardanyan and Veronika Zonabend. The Foundation focuses on programs which achieve tangible socioeconomic development and assist Armenia in transition from the survival model to the prosperity model. IDeA is committed to promoting social entrepreneurship in Armenia through investments in long-term, non-profit projects, as well as ensuring their sustainability.

Application Deadline: July 07, 2017

Science Evangelist at FAST Foundation

Start Date: ASAP

Duration: Long term with 3 months of probation period

Location: Yerevan, Armenia

Job Description:

If you have the right blend of science training, tech skills, passion, enthusiasm, customer advocacy, curiosity and creativity, you may just be FAST’s Science Evangelist. We are looking for a trailblazer to inspire people, especially the Armenian youth and students, to want to engage and drive scientific advancement and innovation. This role will be on the scientific forefront, representing the ongoing evolution in how people view and interact with science and scientific findings.

The right candidate will have a passion and expertise in applied physical and biological sciences, math, and engineering. The Evangelist will represent FAST by speaking at the most prominent scientific events and as well as in smaller meetings with decision makers and other prominent scientists. The ideal candidates will possess excellent communication skills that will allow them to engage hundreds of people at once or drive in-depth discussions with small group of senior science leaders.

Job Responsibilities:

As the Science Evangelist, you are responsible for researching, understanding, and communicating key insights and perspectives on best advancements in science. You will create and update information and orientation materials. You will also develop and manage relationships with universities adopting FAST’s priority science areas for classroom use. Your success will be measured by the growth and widespread use of science in many critical economic verticals, including in technology inventions and business innovations.

  • Research, experiment, and stay up to date with cutting edge scientific strides.
  • Serve as a thought leader externally and internally, providing guidance on best practices, science trends, and future potential.
  • Build connections with influencers in the scientific community, and represent FAST with scientists and scientific associations and partners.
  • Engage with scientists by speaking at and attending conferences, speaking at meet-ups.
  • Help build and nurture a robust Armenian scientific community, collect valuable feedback, and champion science needs internally.

Required qualifications:

  • Master’s or PhD (preferable) in hard sciences
  • 3+years hands-on physical science experience
  • Must have scholarly publication(s) in peer-reviewed journal(s)
  • Existing network of senior level science contacts in Armenian academia, professional world, and beyond
  • Very strong English, Russian, and Armenian written and verbal communication skills
  • Effective oral communication skills and proficiency in producing technical reports is required. 
  • Ability to work independently

Application Procedure:

All interested candidates are kindly requested to submit their CVs by e-mail to [email protected]. Please indicate the title of the position “Science Evangelist“ in the subject line of your e-mail. FAST Foundation is grateful to all interested applicants; however, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the interview. 

ABOUT FAST FOUNDATION

FAST intends to become a platform for bringing the technological breakthrough in Armenia in the areas of IT and computer science, artificial intelligence, robotics, biotechnology, advanced engineering and manufacturing technologies. The Foundation will be based on 4 pillars: education, research, start-ups and production. Expert council will be formed for every direction.

FAST is planned to pursue three main goals: to serve as a catalyst for technological development, concentrate the efforts and last, but not least, to coordinate the progress in the field. At the same time, FAST will operate according to the principle of an open platform that is ready for the development of partnership relations with private, state, public and scientific organizations in Armenia and in foreign countries. Organizationally FAST will operate as a FOF, without pursuing a commercial objective by itself. The initiative will create commercial venture funds and other business structures.

The scope of the initial financing for the development of the Foundation will be up to USD 15 million. The co-founders will launch a global fundraising campaign to attract up to USD 250 million within five years. 

About IDeA Foundation:

IDeA (Initiatives for Development of Armenia) Charitable Foundation was established by the entrepreneurs and philanthropists Ruben Vardanyan and Veronika Zonabend. The Foundation focuses on programs which achieve tangible socioeconomic development and assist Armenia in transition from the survival model to the prosperity model. IDeA is committed to promoting social entrepreneurship in Armenia through investments in long-term, non-profit projects, as well as ensuring their sustainability.

 

Application Deadline: July 03, 2017

Event Coordinator at FAST Foundation

Start Date: ASAP

Duration: Long term with 3 months of probation period

Location: Yerevan, Armenia

Job Description:

The Event Coordinator will be responsible for every aspect of FAST events, from conception to completion. The incumbent understands requirements of each event, plans events with attention to financial and time constraints, scouts and books venues, organizes transportation, hires and wrangles keynote speakers or celebrities, hires A/V teams, entertainment, and equipment, makes sure the events run smoothly and efficiently, and handles any crisis that may come up.

The right candidate must make sure the shrimp cocktail stays cold and the hired band stays hot. The Coordinator must be well organized and competent in vendor management. Communication skills and attention to detail will set apart the best among the candidates. Add a shot of enthusiasm and passion for the job and you’ll be our ideal candidate.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate details of events such as conferences, workshops, roundtables, fairs, charity events, trade shows, business meetings, and virtual events.
  • Create event proposals, inclusive of budgets, which fit FAST requirements and present proposals by deadline.
  • Collaborate with Web/Online teams to digitize and optimize organization and administrative activities of all events.
  • Maintain a working relationship with vendors and venues.
  • Plan event aspects, such as venue, seating, dining, and guest list.
  • Delegate event-planning tasks to other staff members where necessary.
  • Coordinate event entertainment, including music, performers, and guest speakers.
  • Stay under budget while planning event specifications.
  • Issue invoices and collect payments in a timely manner, and create comprehensive and readable financial reports.
  • Manage and oversee events on the day of, including problem-solving, welcoming guests, direct event set-up, communicate with staff, and organize vendors.
  • Communicate with marketing team to create effective advertisements for each event, and when necessary craft marketing materials such as print and Internet advertisements for individual events.
  • Select chefs or catering companies to prepare food for event.
  • Coordinate and monitor event timelines and ensure deadlines are met.
  • Develop and oversee fundraising events.
  • Secure sponsorships.
  • Send out invitations and manage RSVP list.
  • Coordinate event logistics, including registration and attendee tracking, presentation and materials support and pre- and post-event evaluations.
  • Ensure the venues are left clean.

Required qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (preferably in hospitality management, marketing, advertising, or business management) and at least two-year experience working in the planning or related field.
  • Very strong English and Armenian written and verbal communication skills
  • Russian written and verbal communication is desired
  • A proven track record of organizing successful events.
  • Communication: Outstanding ability to communicate with senior management. Understand their needs and present ideas and solutions to their requirements. Ability to also work with suppliers, contractors, employees, wait staff and many other parties at the same time. Customer service and interpersonal skills are required.
  • Monitoring: During the course of the event, the Coordinator must be on-site. The incumbent will monitor all activities, ensure staff is on task and make sure attendees of the event are satisfied with their experience.
  • Calm under Pressure: Many things can go wrong during an event, and something eventually will. The coordinator must have the ability to remain calm during crisis and the high pressure of an event in progress.
  • Computer Skills: Ability to use relevant computing hardware and software to communicate, plan, budget and organize events.
  • Negotiation Skills: Excellent negotiation skills to work out prices with contractors.
  • Organization: Many things happen all at once at meetings. The coordinator must have the ability to stay focused and organized so that the event goes off without a hitch.
  • Problem-Solving Skills: Ability to quickly solve the issue is required.
  • Follow-Up: Following the event, the Coordinator must review how the event went, conduct a satisfaction evaluation with the management team, pay bills, and provide an end of an event summary report.

Application Procedure:

All interested candidates are kindly requested to submit their CVs by e-mail to [email protected]. Please indicate the title of the position “Event Coordinator“ in the subject line of your e-mail. FAST Foundation is grateful to all interested applicants; however, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the interview. 

ABOUT FAST FOUNDATION

FAST intends to become a platform for bringing the technological breakthrough in Armenia in the areas of IT and computer science, artificial intelligence, robotics, biotechnology, advanced engineering and manufacturing technologies. The Foundation will be based on 4 pillars: education, research, start-ups and production. Expert council will be formed for every direction.

FAST is planned to pursue three main goals: to serve as a catalyst for technological development, concentrate the efforts and last, but not least, to coordinate the progress in the field. At the same time, FAST will operate according to the principle of an open platform that is ready for the development of partnership relations with private, state, public and scientific organizations in Armenia and in foreign countries. Organizationally FAST will operate as a FOF, without pursuing a commercial objective by itself. The initiative will create commercial venture funds and other business structures.

The scope of the initial financing for the development of the Foundation will be up to USD 15 million. The co-founders will launch a global fundraising campaign to attract up to USD 250 million within five years. 

About IDeA Foundation:

IDeA (Initiatives for Development of Armenia) Charitable Foundation was established by the entrepreneurs and philanthropists Ruben Vardanyan and Veronika Zonabend. The Foundation focuses on programs which achieve tangible socioeconomic development and assist Armenia in transition from the survival model to the prosperity model. IDeA is committed to promoting social entrepreneurship in Armenia through investments in long-term, non-profit projects, as well as ensuring their sustainability.

Application Deadline: July 03, 2017

Program Development Associate

Start Date: ASAP

Duration: Long term with 3 months of probation period

Location: Yerevan, Armenia

Job Description:

IDeA Foundation is seeking a Program Development Associate to join the Program Development team, reporting to Program Development Manager. Program Development Associate will be involved in the development and incubation process of projects in the Foundation’s program portfolio.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Screening and documentation of idea/project proposals
  • Preparation of concept papers
  • Preparation of investment packages/business plans
  • Preparation of grant proposals/applications
  • Carrying out specific project related case studies
  • Preparation of investor reports, donor notes
  • Maintenance and periodic update of Foundation’s project pipeline
  • Carrying out industry/sector research and analysis 

Required qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Economics or Finance
  • 2-3 year experience in business advisory, sector/industry analysis
  • Prior experience in information research, data mining, processing and visualization
  • Advanced MS Office skills
  • Excellent technical writing skills
  • Excellent knowledge of English, working knowledge of Russian will be a plus
  • Attention to details
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Proactivity and innovativeness

Application Procedure:

All interested candidates are kindly requested to submit their CVs by e-mail to [email protected]. Please indicate the title of the position “Program Development Associate" in the subject line of your e-mail. IDeA Foundation is grateful to all interested applicants; however, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the interview.

About IDeA Foundation:

IDeA (Initiatives for Development of Armenia) Charitable Foundation was established by the entrepreneurs and philanthropists Ruben Vardanyan and Veronika Zonabend. The Foundation focuses on programs which achieve tangible socioeconomic development and assist Armenia in transition from the survival model to the prosperity model. IDeA is committed to promoting social entrepreneurship in Armenia through investments in long-term, non-profit projects, as well as ensuring their sustainability.

Application Deadline: June 30, 2017

Please note that the applications must be received no later than the closing date of the announcement. But even if there are no current positions that match your qualifications, you may still send us your CV for future consideration.