Venture Support & Communications Coordinator
UBC Sauder
Vancouver, BC
Job Posting

Job ID:

Vancouver - Point Grey Campus

Employment Group:
Management&Professional (AAPS)

Job Category:
Information Services

Classification Title:
Information Services, Level A

Business Title:
Venture Support & Communications Coordinator

VP Research & Innovation


Salary Range:
$57,260.00 (minimum) - $68,738.00 (midpoint) - $82,485.00 (maximum)

Full/Part Time:


Desired Start Date:

Funding Type:
Budget Funded

Closing Date:

Available Openings:

Guiding principle: "Midpoint" of the hiring salary range means the individual possesses full job knowledge, qualifications and experience.

Job Summary

The Venture Support & Communications Coordinator plays a critical role in helping ventures within entrepreneurship@UBC tell their stories to the local technology community by working closely with founders to craft communication materials in both print and digital form. The role will also lead the writing and development of key reports (to UBC partner faculties, VPRI Communications, funding partners, etc.) that highlight the progress of entrepreneurship@UBC's ventures as they journey through the program. This role will also assist ventures as needed in developing press releases for their accomplishments in order to build brand awareness in their market.

Organizational Status

The Venture Support & Communications Coordinator will work closely with entrepreneurship@UBC staff, founders, Entrepreneurs-in-Residence and the UBC VPRI Communications team to enhance the reputation of entrepreneurship@UBC's venture portfolio in the startup community through various venture story-telling efforts. This role will report to the Senior Manager, Operations and will collaborate with the UBC VPRI Communication team to ensure venture story-telling efforts are cohesive and consistent with the larger Innovation UBC and overall UBC brand.

Work Performed

  • Working closely with venture founders and CEOs to develop copy for venture marketing materials in both print and digital form; while also offering a suite of coaching services that will help founders implement marketing and communication best practices.
  • Copy-writing and proof-reading of entrepreneurship@UBC program materials which include: newsletters, social media posts, blogs/articles, venture press releases, venture success stories, website content, venture profiles, venture 1-pagers etc., working closely with UBC VPRI as well as the Creative Specialist, who develops the complementary visual materials (video, photography, and graphics).
  • Under communication frameworks developed in collaboration with UBC VPRI; responsible for developing and project managing venture recruitment campaigns that encourage UBC faculty, students, staff and alumni to participate in entrepreneurship@UBC programming and events.
  • Providing stories and general intelligence to Innovation UBC and UBC Marketing/Communications teams upon request of venture successes and upcoming programmatic opportunities that target UBC faculty, students, staff and alumni.
  • Communicating with entrepreneurship@UBC alumni and current ventures to record recent major milestones, successes and general updates.
  • Coaching entrepreneurship@UBC ventures on communications and marketing strategies and execution.
  • Writing and development of ad hoc, quarterly and annual program reports for internal stakeholders, external stakeholders and funders in a timely manner; working closely with the Operations Coordinator who is responsible for gathering and organizing quarterly venture data and metrics.
  • Writing/posting social media content and updating entrepreneurship@UBC website with the goal of highlighting venture progress and success; working closely with the Creative Specialist, who creates complementary visual materials (video, photography, and graphics).
  • Collects stories from UBC-led sponsorship opportunities (like Reboot, Hatching Health, etc.) by ensuring they have the e@UBC materials they need related to entrepreneurship; and to collect stories from the event that can be retold to the greater community.
  • Keeps current on evolving technologies and communication and engagement practices and is responsible for managing various communications platforms including Social Report, MailChimp, Hootsuite, etc.
  • Performs other related duties as required.
Supervision Received

The Venture Support & Communications Coordinator is responsible for overseeing a range of projects and ongoing initiatives that support entrepreneurship@UBC's venture portfolio, and will report to the Senior Manager, Operations, with minimal direct supervision.

Supervision Given

This position may supervise student workers as well as external contractors.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

The role of the Venture Support & Communications Coordinator must exercise tact and diplomacy when dealing with internal and external stakeholders. This role will balance multiple projects with competing deadlines and must make decisions on how best to manage the work given, based on the timeframe, the relative strategic importance of the projects and the impact for failing to meet deadlines. This role is responsible for representing various UBC ventures who are part of entrepreneurship@UBC program; error in judgement could have grave impacts on their brand and image in the BC startup and business community. The consequence of error in this position could be serious for the entrepreneurship@UBC since it concerns the public image and profile of the entrepreneurship@UBC in the startup community at the local, national and international level.


Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, or Bachelor of Journalism preferred. Masters degree in Business, Journalism, or Communications an asset Minimum of four years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in email marketing, social media creation and management, copywriting and website design is required
Knowledge of the local, provincial and national start up community an asset
Understanding of the entrepreneurial ecosystem on UBC campus an asset
Experience working in a startup environment an asset

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.