Network Manager
Remote, Tamil Nadu - Full Time

The Network Manager is a key role responsible for managing and executing Stanford Seed South Asia’s engagement initiatives, developing and managing strategic partnerships to enhance the reach and impact of Stanford Seed in South Asia. This position will play a crucial role in building a strong network, fostering key partnerships, and positioning Stanford Seed as a thought leader in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The role reports to the Regional Director of Seed India and allows for location flexibility within India.

Your Responsibilities will include:

Network Management

  • Develop and manage the engagement strategy for the Seed Transformation Network  (STN) across South Asia in collaboration with Stanford Seed leadership.

  • Serve as the primary Stanford Seed contact for the Network, managing all communications and relationships.

  • Organize and facilitate frequent Transformation Network events, including networking sessions, speaker series, and webinars.

  • Create value-added initiatives for Network members, such as new support systems and enhanced knowledge sessions.

  • Lead Seed impact-data collection efforts by formulating and executing strategies to collect and analyze critical company growth data from the Network members.

  • Promote the Stanford student internship, coaching, and consultant programs to the STN, and assist members in sourcing projects for these initiatives.

  • Design and execute a program to build a network of credentialed service providers for the Network members.

  • Collaborate with partners to create opportunities for the program participants and Network members, such as joint events, co-branded initiatives, and knowledge-sharing platforms.

  • Facilitate the Network’s engagement with the broader Stanford University community - primarily in South Asia.

Strategic Partnerships and External Relationships:

  • Formulate and execute a strategic plan for the South Asia Network, focusing on identifying, engaging, and managing key partnerships in the region.

  • Build and maintain relationships with potential partners in South Asia, including investors, entrepreneur groups, incubators, industry associations, and academic institutions.

  • Support our global fundraising efforts by securing sponsorships and funding from the Network, mission-aligned corporate partners, and philanthropic organizations, while driving regional initiatives to support Seed programs and events.

  • Ensure Stanford Seed's representation at regional and international conferences, forums, and events, coordinating attendance by appropriate team members.

  • Develop metrics and KPIs to evaluate the effectiveness of partnership and outreach activities, and report on outcomes to senior leadership.

Thought Leadership:

  • Develop and execute strategies to position Stanford Seed South Asia as a thought leader in the entrepreneurial ecosystem - primarily in South Asia.

  • Foster relationships with media outlets, industry influencers, and academic institutions to amplify Stanford Seed’s thought leadership initiatives.

  • Oversee the content creation for thought leadership, including whitepapers, research reports, blog posts, and speaking engagements.

Regional Outreach and Marketing:

  • Oversee regional outreach and marketing activities to recruit participants for the STP.

  • Execute recruitment efforts, including screening, interviewing, conducting site visits, and other admissions processes.

  • Collaborate with the Director of Communications on select marketing and communications campaigns in India, ensuring alignment with overall brand strategy - including serving as brand ambassador for Seed South Asia.

*These duties may be adjusted as needed to suit the business needs of the Stanford Seed South Asia.

To be successful in this position, you will need:

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least 5-10 years of relevant experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience.

  • Extensive understanding and experience in the SME ecosystem, including familiarity with the challenges faced by SMEs and strategies for their growth and development.

  • Experience in building collaborations and partnerships with organizations, developing network nurturing strategies, and demonstrated ability to grow organizational networks while working with multiple stakeholders, including external collaborators and partners.

  • Exposure to or work experience with the startup ecosystem, especially with entrepreneurship support organizations.

  • Experience working with business leaders who volunteer to mentor high-potential entrepreneurs running small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and startups.

  • Proficiency in office software and email applications, including Google Workspace and Microsoft Office.

  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize, multi-task, take initiative and ownership, and operate with limited supervision.

  • Exceptional organizational and project management skills.

  • Proven experience managing social networking platforms, including LinkedIn, Facebook, Workplace, Twitter, YouTube.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.  

  • Excellent customer service, persuasion and interpersonal skills.

In addition, our preferred qualifications include:

  • Experience with Zoom, Canvas, NovoEd, Form Assembly, email automation softwares (such as mailchimp),  Salesforce, Asana, website maintenance tools (WordPress, Wix etc), Slack 

  • Experience in online or blended learning courses/programs either as a student or part of a team conducting such courses/programs.

  • Strong writing and oral communication skills to address a wide variety of audiences.

  • Demonstrated resilience, diplomacy, influence, relationship building, and problem solving skills in a variety of situations.

  • Keen grasp of interpersonal and impact awareness.

  • Prior knowledge in entrepreneurship and management discipline/domain is a plus.

About Seed

Seed is a Stanford Graduate School of Business-led initiative that's working to end the cycle of global poverty. We believe that business is one of the most powerful engines of change to move developing economies to greater prosperity. To maximize our impact, we're working on multiple fronts and across multiple horizons. We partner with entrepreneurs in emerging markets to build thriving enterprises that transform lives. For more information about the Seed program, please visit https://seed.stanford.edu.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.