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Program Specialist Technology and Entrepreneurship

Job Summary

US Ignite is searching for a Program Specialist of Technology and Entrepreneurship will support a diverse group of historically underutilized businesses across Opportunity Zones in DC and Northern Virginiawith technical assistance and capacity building. They will hold in-person and online training events to educate startups and small businesses on emerging technologies (e.g., IoT, advanced manufacturing, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, AR/VR, unmanned aerial vehicles, big data, etc.) and the problems young companies face. Ideal candidates should have created or assisted startups in the past, should be able to open doors, and provide sound advice.

Major Responsibilities

  • Navigate US Ignite through the DC and Northern Virginia startup and small business ecosystem while enhancing specific competencies and development phases.
  • Evaluate technical and training requirements for targeted businesses, creating new smart city prototypes and market strategies from ideation to commercialization.
  • Develop assessment and appraisal tools to understand gaps existing startups and small and medium-sized businesses face entering the smart city market for Washington D.C, Arlington, VA, and the region.
  • Leverage in-person discussions for stakeholders and teams to hear details about the program and provide feedback and updates to program materials
  • Document technical requirements for workshops and publish materials for public consumption. Maintain contact with attendees to solicit feedback and make improvements to programming.
  • Train existing local businesses to expand their projects and services to smart city markets, including DC priority sectors of Professional Services, Data Science and Analytics, and Security Technology.
  • Work alongside the Program Manager of Business and Community Engagement to interpret results and present findings, proposals, and recommendations with members of the US Ignite team regarding program operations and processes when required.


  • Bachelor’s in economics, business, information technology, or a related field preferred.
  • 2-5 years of relevant experience.
  • Work as a sole proprietor or as intrepreneur within a technology company. Work with an incubator, startup business, or experience as an entrepreneur is preferred.
  • Live and work in the Washington, DC metropolitan area strongly preferred.

Compensation and Benefits

Qualified candidates for this full-time position can anticipate a salary between $65,000 – $90,000 and commensurate with experience and education. US Ignite offers a competitive benefits plan that includes paid time off, health/dental/vision insurance, and a 401k retirement plan. EOE

How to Apply

Please apply via Indeed.com send your resume and a cover letter to [email protected] Responses will be reviewed regularly until a suitable candidate(s) is hired.

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