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Are you outgoing, organized, and self-motivated? Are you passionate about innovation, technology and entrepreneurship? We are looking for a well-rounded Operations Coordinator with experience in supporting a fast-paced office. This is a great opportunity for an extraverted self-starter who possesses strong organizational, communication, and creative problem-solving skills. Working under minimal supervision, the Operations Coordinator will oversee the daily operation and success of VCET’s coworking facilities, building and supporting a robust and diverse member community, and promoting VCET and Vermont’s innovation ecosystem.

This is a new, part time (20 hours/week), at will, professional position offering flexibility in scheduling to meet professional and personal demands. However, the role may require nights, weekends, and holidays in service to the organization and in support of VCET programs and clients.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

Membership Operations:

  • Assist in recruiting new members and manage logistics to sustain and grow a great community of coworkers
  • Manage the VCET onboarding process for new members: provide tours, administer paperwork, and serve as the go-to resource for all members in-house
  • Manage VCET’s coworking software: keep information up to date and assist members in learning and utilizing the platform
  • Work with VCET’s controller to coordinate member billing
  • Open and maintain communication with all members through phone, email, text, and Slack
  • Organize annual badge renewals
  • Keep internal process documents and signage up to date
  • Overall, own the processes that keep VCET running smoothly, and constantly think of ways to streamline and improve the organization

Facilities:

  • Maintain principle ownership for operations of VCET’s three facilities (UVM, FairPoint – BTV, and Middlebury).
  • Ensure access to members across all three locations (ID/Keys)
  • Manage logistics around upkeep for all three facilities:
    • Order and stock supplies
    • Coordinate technology use
    • Maintain exceptional cleanliness and order
    • Manage landlord/partner needs: FairPoint, UVM, Middlebury College, and more
  • Continuously think of new ways to improve our facilities

Events, Ecosystem, & Engagement:

  • Get to know each and every VCET member to help build an ecosystem of engagement, positivity, inclusion, and mutual success
  • Provide a physical presence at all three VCET locations, (especially during peak morning hours at BTV)
  • Participate, organize, or lead events in our spaces for members and with third party organizations
  • Represent VCET externally as appropriate

Commitment to learn:

  • Professional growth and development are essential for the individual’s advancement, but also for the benefit of the team and entire VCET organization. Staying current, proactively informed and knowledgeable on technology, trends, and entrepreneur programs are essential for your success and ours

Other:

  • Support team members with various projects and administrative tasks as needed
  • Duties and tasks may overlap and change as your skills develop and the needs of VCET, our members, and key stakeholders evolve
  • Intelligence, commitment, adaptability, resilience, humor, trustworthiness, desire to learn, and best in class delivery of services to our customers, partners, and among the VCET team are the key attributes required of all VCET team members

Location:

  • The @BTV location is the position’s home base. Travel to other VCET offices and around Vermont should be expected. Business mileage will be reimbursed at the federal rate.

Interested parties should send cover letter, resume, and references to Sam Roach-Gerber (sam@vcet.co)

(July 6, 2017) – The Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET) announced the promotion of Samantha “Sam” Roach-Gerber to Director of Innovation, a role in which she will continue to accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship throughout Vermont.SRGheadshot

Since starting as VCET’s Manager of Community Engagement and Operations in February 2016, Roach-Gerber has expanded membership to over 170 members across three locations, launched and co-hosted VCET’s podcast, Start Here, and spearheaded the Female Founders Speaker Series, which highlights some of Vermont’s most innovative women entrepreneurs.

“Sam adds value to entrepreneurs and Vermont’s innovation ecosystem in so many ways,” said David Bradbury, President of VCET. “She is moving the needle forward for Vermont’s startups and the VCET organization.”

Roach-Gerber will take on the role of Director of Innovation beginning July 1st, working to expand the organization’s programming and partnerships for the continued benefit of Vermont’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. She will also take on a more active role in coaching and consulting the 300+ entrepreneurs that come through VCET’s doors each year seeking business advice and mentoring.

 

Congratulations to VCET member Artur Adib on the launch of AllYouCanTech, a resource that alleviates a problem we’ve all faced: finding tech employers, jobs, and events in Vermont. You can read more about the launch of AllYouCanTech in this press release.

Read on here…

Start Here co-hosts Sam Roach-Gerber and David Bradbury had the pleasure of joining the team at Fox 44 this morning to discuss entrepreneurship, podcasting, and innovation.

Check out the full interview here, and be sure to subscribe to Start Here on Soundcloud and iTunes!

Today, we are proud to announce the official release of Start Here: a podcast sharing the stories of active, aspiring, and accidental entrepreneurs! Hosted by David Bradbury & Sam Roach-Gerber and produced by Ryan Bahan, Start Here bridges the gap between entertainment and inspiration by showcasing the raw, unfiltered stories of today’s top innovators. It is available on Soundcloud now, and will be streaming on iTunes beginning 12/14/16!

Keep up with the podcast here, and make sure to subscribe!

 

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Hey VCET Members!

“I’ll never understand why Superman wears the same outfits every day.”

Us either, Harley.

 

So here’s your chance to wear a totally different outfit, dress up for Halloween, win some swag, and drink some beer!

On Monday, VCET is hosting a Halloween Photo Contest. Get dressed up in your most impressive costume, snap a photo, put it up on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, and tag us!

Submit your photos by 4pm on Monday, 10/31, for a chance to win some awesome VCET prizes!

There will be an awards ceremony at 4 at the downtown BTV office. Feel free to come in costume! We’ll look through all the entries, drink beers, eat candy!

To tag us use the following accounts:
Twitter: @VCET
Instagram: @vcet.co
You really put the ‘fun’ in funeral. 
 Contact Hunter@vcet.co with any questions.

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What’s your story? How did you get here?

Ethan has a fairly extensive professional history in healthcare management and IT. Personally, he’s been working in the field for twelve years, but his family is also involved in the same industry. Because of all of that experience, Ethan knew he wanted to impact patient care, so he started working on solutions to improve healthcare using innovation and his entrepreneurial instincts.

Break down OhMD for us in a one-liner. Go ahead and brag about your successes!
Essentially, OhMD is WhatsApp for healthcare; a secure messaging system for doctors and patients. Ethan and OhMD put emphasis on understanding consumer trends to leverage them for healthcare benefits. One of those trends is that people prefer texting over calling. The other is that patients and healtcare professionals both have universally frustrating experiences with doctor patient communication. For Ethan, combining the two phenomenon seemed a natural choice. Investors agree. Recently, OhMD has raised a seed fund of $1.2million from some very experienced healthcare IT professionals, which is HUGE. He has big plans for how this funding will be used for the benefit of the app, but he did also get some t-shirts made, because swag is important.

What’s coming next down the OhMD pipeline?
The company has found its product, found its product market fit, and secured funding. The next step is making it scalable and getting it in front of people. OhMD is currently taking off and growing efficiently.

What’s your favorite thing about working with VCET?
According to Ethan, “VCET is a place you feel good about going to everyday”. I didn’t even ask him to plug us, but he legitimately had nothing bad to say. He said that it’s easy to want to work at home, but the office is a more productive environment. It’s a great physical space, as well as networking opportunity because almost everyone in this community has some sort of expertise you can leverage.

Finally, if you had to give up either chocolate or cheese, which would you choose?
He must be some kind of monster. He didn’t even hesitate to cut out cheese, because “There is no other chocolate”. We admire your dedication, Ethan.

Check out OhMD here

 

Hunter is a senior at the University of Vermont working as a Social Media and Communications Associate at VCET. She is majoring in Public Communication with an emphasis in visual communication. At VCET, Hunter works with social media, communication content creation, graphics and visual design, and event planning. When not in the office, Hunter is usually climbing up the side of a mountain, coaching a rock climbing team, or taking pictures of the world around her.

 

Interested parties please contact Sam Roach-Gerber with cover letter and resume: sam@vcet.co

Digital Media and Technology Intern:

Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET) is seeking a Digital Media and Technology Associate. If you consider yourself tech savvy and self-motivated, this position is for you!

Requirements:

  • Ability to record and edit audio files including proficiency with GarageBand
  • Experience with creating newsletter email campaigns through MailChimp
  • Proficient in WordPress with the ability to implement simple web updates in a timely manner

Responsibilities:

  • Record and edit company audio files using GarageBand
  • Create custom campaigns through MailChimp in coordination with the VCET team
  • Implement simple web updates
  • Assist with other tech-heavy tasks as needed

Compensation and Schedule:

  • $15/hour, no other benefits
  • ~10-20 hours/week

Social Media and Communications Intern:

Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET) is seeking a Social Media and Communications Associate. If you consider yourself a social media expert, and enjoy writing and meeting new people, this position is for you!

Requirements:

  • Experience creating social media plans and schedules
  • Skilled with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and social media management platforms (like Hootsuite)
  • Exceptional writing skills
  • Comfortable meeting and interacting with new people

Responsibilities:

  • Manage VCET’s social media channels
  • Interview VCET’s current and former members to share their stories
  • Create content for biweekly newsletter
  • Draft press releases as needed
  • Assist with VCET’s events
  • Take on various research projects as assigned

Compensation and Schedule:

  • $15/hour, no other benefits.
  • ~10-20 hours/week

Interested parties please contact Sam Roach-Gerber with cover letter and resume: sam@vcet.co