Director of Programs


The Company Lab (CO.LAB) is a nonprofit startup accelerator that supports entrepreneurial growth in southeast Tennessee. We work to increase the viability of startups in our region and strengthen the ecosystem of support behind them. The companies we serve range from mom and pop shops to high growth potential startups. Established as the front door for entrepreneurs in our region, we help launch and sustain new businesses by connecting entrepreneurs with mentors, investors, and a community of support. We also work to create environments that inspire entrepreneurial activity, open doors within our business community, and promote job creation. These efforts may take place at the street level, on a national stage, or even globally.

Our work has been featured in The New York Times, CNBC, Fox News, Fortune, Forbes and Fast Company, and we’re only just getting started. You’ll have the opportunity to help us build upon our past successes while supporting new ones that advance our mission.


The Director, Programs will be responsible for the development and management of CO.LAB’s programs, including accelerator programs, CO.STARTERs, and community events.


  • Develop programming and events to engage entrepreneurs and provide resources to help their startups grow and succeed.
  • Lead CO.LAB’s Mentor Program, attending all check-ins and serving as the primary point of contact for participants
  • Direct and manage GIGTANK/Accelerator program, recruiting mentors and participants for each cohort
  • Work with CO.LAB leadership to determine GIGTANK/Accelerator program design & scheduling
  • Partner with local and regional partners to build CO.LAB’s network of support and to recruit participants
  • Establish and leverage collaborative relationships with community partners to achieve relevant organizational goals
  • Manage CO.LAB’s mentor network, recruit new mentors and serve as a primary point of contact for prospective and current mentors
  • Work closely with the CEO to develop and execute strategic plans for each of the organization’s programs, events and initiatives
  • Work closely with CEO and other directors to uphold sponsorship commitments
  • Represent CO.LAB within various community groups
  • Represent CO.LAB at conferences and seminars when appropriate
  • Perform other duties as needed


  • Highly independent, proactive and entrepreneurial. You need to be a self-starter who is comfortable with ambiguity and defining your own direction.
  • Passionate about your work, and expanding economic opportunity in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
  • Able to successfully juggle multiple projects. You are also ?exible and comfortable with change.
  • Someone with a well-developed, balanced skillset. You should be comfortable answering challenging strategic questions, executing analyses, interacting with people, and rigorously driving operational execution.
  • A hustler – you thrive on destroying goals and beating benchmarks, and you won’t let anything stand in your way of doing that.
  • Positive and enthusiastic, with a deep passion for what we do!
  • Detail oriented, highly organized, great note taker, comfortable navigating CRMs, the Google Suite, especially spreadsheets.
  • At least 4 years experience in entrepreneurship, program management, strategic partnerships, and community engagement

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