Cintrifuse is Hiring! Director of External Relations & Development

Cintrifuse Overview

Cintrifuse’s mission is to lead and accelerate the continued development of Greater Cincinnati as a disruptive, tech-based innovation economy. Our vision is to establish Greater Cincinnati as the #1 startup hub in the Midwest and among the top innovation hubs in the nation. To do this, we connect and catalyze startups, corporate innovation champions, and high-impact venture capitalists to attract talent, technology and capital to our region. We are nationally known with strong relationships among founders, venture capitalists, Fortune 500 executives and brand builders, tech-sector leaders, and political leaders at the city, state and national levels.

Cintrifuse plays a unique role in our community.

  • We are the only institution focused on Cincinnati’s entire startup ecosystem and the curator of StartupCincy, which is both an annual week-long event – hosted at our historic Union Hall home – and an invigorated community of entrepreneurs.

  • We are the only institution directly funded by the region’s largest corporations, with board representation including CEOs and other C-Suite leaders from its largest investors.
  • We manage the largest syndicate fund in the region, with more than $115 million in assets under management that attract the engagement of venture capitalists from throughout the nation, including Silicon Valley, New York, Boston, and other VC hubs.

  • We have aligned Cincinnati’s innovation community to focus on key strategic pillars where the region has critical advantages to win. This includes Sustainability, Supply Chain, and FinTech/InsureTech.

Cincinnati has been touted as the “absolute best model for startup success” by Inc. Magazine – and its influence is growing. It is playing a highly collaborative leadership role in the region’s post-pandemic revitalization, along with VC partner CincyTech, and is bringing urgent focus on sustainability innovation as a game-changer for the region and for Cincinnati’s startup ecosystem. To get a sense for the momentum we’re building, check out “Inflection Point by Cintrifuse” and Greater Cincinnati: Our Queen City is a Green City.

Director of External Relations & Development

As Director of External Relations & Development, reporting directly to the CEO and serving as a member of the Senior Leadership Team, you’ll exert visible influence on every aspect of Cintrifuse’s strategy and community engagement.

Key Responsibilities

  • Cultivate and leverage strong relationships with key stakeholders – including Cintrifuse Board of Directors, founders and entrepreneurs, corporate partners, venture capitalists, high-net-worth individual investors, local/state/national political leaders, philanthropic donor organizations, and the Cincinnati startup ecosystem.

  • Create and execute Cintrifuse Development plan to ensure sustainable funding through grants, sponsorships and events. Work hand-in-hand with Cintrifuse Board, Fund Team, Startup Services and Union Hall Experience Team to ensure seamless, catalytic collaboration across VC fundraising, LP partner investments, and programming revenue.

  • Lead the StartupCincy community and annual week-long event, with emphasis on growing and leveraging the Cincinnati startup ecosystem. Create a bold vision for growing this community and Cintrifuse sub-brand, building on strong existing equity and engagement. This includes but is not limited to leading StartupCincy Week design, planning and execution, and sponsor recruiting/engagement.

  • Lead development and delivery of the Cintrifuse Communications and Community Engagement strategy and plan.

Characteristics of Successful Candidates

  • • Balances strategic vision and executional discipline. The ideal candidate is both a strategist and an operator, capable of seeing how to achieve long-term goals while delivering day-to-day deliverables
  • • Approaches this role with a “Big Tent” mindset, instinctively focused on making the pie bigger for every stakeholder and focused on what is needed to win as a region and as a holistic organization
  • • Thrives on “win-win” scenarios that create competitive advantage for the region and for every player in the ecosystem
  • • Passionate about cultivating highly productive, collaborative relationships inside and outside of Cintrifuse – with experience managing ecosystems and achieving influence with and without positional authority
  • • Skilled communication strategist and communicator, with demonstrated expertise in communication strategy, content development, and inspiring great creative in internal/external partners

Desired Skills

  • • B.S. or B.A. degree
  • • Ability to successfully engage and close development opportunities
  • • Ability to shape and deliver high-impact communication and influence activities
  • • Experience with CRM a plus (Salesforce, Pardot) including administration, reporting, process documentation, training
  • • Comfortable with data – including analysis (Excel), creating reports and combining different data to tell a story
  • • Ability to be a team player and operate in a high-functioning team environment

To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to

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