Recently named Fast Company’s Design Company of the Year, Newlab opened in the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 2016, transforming what was once a naval machine shop into an 84,000 square foot center for applied innovation. Today, Newlab is home to over 200 companies, more than 900 entrepreneurs, and domain experts – all working together to apply transformative technologies to the world’s most pressing challenges. To date, Newlab has helped its member companies raise over $450M in capital, with over $400M of successful exits, and a collective valuation of over $2.8B. This fall, Newlab will open its second flagship location as part of Ford’s $1B mobility innovation district in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit.


Newlab is seeking a Senior Program Manager to join our innovation studio team to support. This role will report to a Program Director and be responsible for running a specific innovation program to stakeholders including: startups and entrepreneurs, corporate partners, government agencies and academic institutions. Sr. Program Managers support the operations of multi-year Studios, and project manage research sprints, startup recruitment, workshops and partnership development efforts tied to these initiatives.

Candidates should have prior experience working in public-private partnerships, a strong technical competency and have the ability to pick up high level complex technical issues. Additionally, prior exposure to consulting, emerging technology, an engineering or science background, is critical.

Key Responsibilities

  • Operations: Work collaboratively across functions to create a strong partnership with sales, membership, marketing, operations and finance to deliver multi-year Studios, support the delivery of research, product design insights, startup recruitment and evaluation, pilot design and workshops. Taking inputs from program partners and relevant Newlab departments, Program Managers lead the operations for Studios including developing program materials, managing day-to-day engagement with startups, advisors and Studio partners from industry and government. Additionally they work closely with the Partnerships team to cultivate interest and additional sponsorship and grant opportunities to grow programs.
  • Reporting: Program Managers are responsible for working with Program Directors to develop timelines, key milestones, project management systems and client reporting structures (meeting agendas, reports, decks) for each program they are involved with. They take the lead on day-to-day client and participant management in order to effectively reach milestones, anticipate challenges, manage strategy based on learnings, ensure alignment and engage leadership as needed.
  • Ecosystem Engagement: Program Managers stay up to date on industry trends relevant to their program areas and engage with relevant ecosystems in NYC and globally which are points of interest and opportunity for Newlab’s Innovation Studios. Reaching out to entrepreneurs and subject matter experts to proactively gage opportunities to collaborate and to vet startups for participation in Studios is a key focus. Additionally, sharing learnings with the Product and Programs team is encouraged as it ensures the team is leveraging insights to develop and evolve high caliber programs to deliver to our clients.


  • 4+ years of operational experience in innovation or government programs
  • Strong track record of working with government, corporate and/or entrepreneurs in multi-stakeholder programs
  • Proven track record of appropriately managing stakeholders with diverse needs and understanding how to adapt message and style depending on audience
  • Some experience or exposure to an engineering, manufacturing, or technical field, preferably in energy and/or mining
  • Previous project management experience of delivering at least one full project from start to finish using project management software
  • Some background and familiarity working in frontier technology, innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Familiarity with Google’s business tools (docs, team drives, slides, sheets etc) and project management and CRM tools such as Monday, Hubspot and Airtable

Skills & Attributes

  • Project Management – ability to manage multiple deadlines and priorities across a single project
  • Stakeholder Management – comfortable engaging with and managing multiple internal and external stakeholders, including the client (e.g. a corporate innovation team) and startups (e.g. CEOs)
  • Communication – A clear and succinct style with low errors, a speaking style that is to the point and mindful of audience
  • Advanced user of Airtable or similar database and project management tool
  • Advanced Google Suite user demonstrating proficiency in template use, gmail organization and gcal communication tools.
  • Strong ability to pick up new software and apply appropriately to work.

Compensation & Benefits

  • Competitive salary 100 -130K target total cash
  • Equity in Newlab
  • Employer sponsored Medical & Dental insurance
  • Generous paid time off 
  • Professional development stipend
  • Access to array of add on insurance options (Accident, Vision, Life, etc)

We at Newlab are committed to providing equal opportunity and embracing diversity.    We are an equal opportunity employer that strives to go beyond the bare minimum of buzz words to actually make decisions based on individual qualifications, job requirements and business needs, while championing diversity and inclusivity. This begins with hiring. We’re committed to expanding our reach to as diverse a candidate pool as possible. Part of holding ourselves accountable is collecting information to measure those efforts. We ask that you please support us in this regard by completing our EEOC survey. There is no obligation to complete this survey, but doing so would help us uphold our values, and would be greatly appreciated. All of the responses are anonymized; the only information we receive is a summary of candidate responses.