NC IDEA is an independent private foundation committed to supporting entrepreneurial ambition and economic advancement across North Carolina. We fulfill this mission through multiple grant and mentorship programs for entrepreneurs, and work with partner economic support organizations across the state. Learn more at

We are hiring a Program Director who is excited about working with startups and the outcomes that those startups will create for the North Carolina economy.

The Program Director will be responsible for:

  • Mentoring and coaching startup entrepreneurs.
  • Directing and delivering our programs that directly impact entrepreneurs, including identifying opportunities to enhance and improve those programs. The primary focus will be our NC IDEA LABS program, as well as our other educational offerings.
  • Working with our alumni and volunteer mentors and speakers – scheduling, identifying new mentors and building a helpful, connected community through personal contacts and our online community.
  • Along with all of our staff, evaluating grant and program applications, and monitoring progress of startups in our programs.

The most important qualifications are the experience and background to be an effective mentor and coach of startups. We also require an entrepreneurial mindset, agility, initiative to learn and being a team player. We expect candidates will have a bachelor’s degree and at least five years’ experience, ideally at a startup or entrepreneurial support organization.

This is a full-time salaried position with benefits. NC IDEA values inclusion in our work and we encourage diverse candidates to apply. Apply online here by 12:00pm EST Friday, October 11, 2019 for full consideration.