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Operations Manager


The ISTC/I role is a full time position working for high-impact organizations focused on science and technology-based economic development. This is an ideal opportunity for a candidate with an interest in the intersection of science and technology, public-private partnerships, state/federal level advocacy, program management, and STEM education. These are exciting times for ISTC/I and our state’s innovation economy and we are looking for a candidate who is ready to support our efforts for real and impactful change.



  • Manage the overall operations of the organization, working closely with the CEO
  • Financial management of banking, vendors, contracts, memberships, AP/AR, payroll, Quickbooks
  • Assist accountant with questions and assist with audit and return preparation
  • Work closely with the CEO on financial oversight and preparing financial information in preparation of meetings, budgets, aging, sales pipeline, annual report, etc.
  • Understand and support our people policies as needed; we utilize a PEO
  • Maintain and support ISTC/I’s social and digital platforms and presence, including managing a highly active social media presence – which includes the promotion of technology and innovation news and activities across ISTC’s network
  • Assist in the development and distribution of ISTC publications, including our weekly news brief, monthly e-newsletter Catalyst, and the Illinois Innovation Index, which measures Illinois’ innovation performance across a variety of inputs
  • Maintain and update/refresh ISTC website 
  • Assist in drafting and editing press releases and media outreach as needed
  • Support ISTC/I’s Directors, teams and multiple program efforts as needed
  • Assist program staff with events such as board meetings, workshops, educational events, data releases, etc.
  • Assist in the planning and execution of ISTC/I events, both in-person and virtually.
  • Attend events in the community and at ISTC member entities tied to research and development, technology, innovation, entrepreneurship 


Qualifications/Desired Skills:

We are looking for highly motivated candidates who possess:

  • Bachelor’s degree in public policy, journalism, communications, business, or relevant science/engineering field
  • 1+ years experience with AP/AR, Payroll and financial operations
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • An interest in science and technology, economic development and public policy
  • Proactive, problem solver and a champion for our organizations.
  • Salesforce, Quickbooks experience
  • Proficiency with social media and platforms, specifically LinkedIn, Twitter, WordPress, and HootSuite; Mailchimp or similar software; and design programs such as Adobe Suite preferred
  • Proficient in Google Suite
  • A strong ability to work independently and self-manage time
  • Strong research and writing skills

How to Apply:

Submit a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample, to [email protected]. In the subject line, please include [ISTC/I Operations Manager]. This is a full time salaried position, including a  generous benefits package and an exceptional team!