Ada Jobs Foundation is Now Hiring: Startup Program Manager

Job Type:    Full Time

Organization:     Ada Jobs Foundation

Location:     Ada, Oklahoma


The Ada Jobs Foundation is looking for the right candidate to serve as our full-time Startup Program Manager. This is an opportunity for someone who is passionate about helping entrepreneurs connect with key programs and resources in a supportive community, and we are looking for a candidate to help us improve our outreach to local startups and build new systems to better manage our existing programs. This position will also support and track our work as part of our Build to Scale grant award, including the creation of a scalable technology startup accelerator. This position will report directly to the Ada Jobs Foundation’s CEO and will help us improve, innovate, and scale our existing programs for Ada’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.


  • The salary for this position is $45,000 to $55,000, depending on skill and experience.

  • Full benefits include health/dental/vision insurance, employer matched SIMPLE IRA, and vehicle and cell phone allowances.

  • Opportunities for employer-paid professional development.



  • Work closely to reach and support startups at a grass-roots level.

  • Connect with state and national networks focused on improving outcomes for scalable startups in rural communities.

  • Be part of a growing team who are focused on developing and scaling services for entrepreneurs.



We are looking for a candidate who can help us achieve the following performance outcomes within the first year of starting work at the Ada Jobs Foundation:

  • Double the participation in our current programs for local startups, including the Startup Ada Bootcamp, the Big Pitch, and the monthly Community Entrepreneurship Hour.

  • Convene 4 Rural Innovation Action Team meetings with local community stakeholders and guide the creation of new Action Team initiatives.

  • Identify 5 new potential incubator clients.

In addition to these outcomes, the Startup Program Manager will also be responsible for the following activities

  • Oversee regular communication with local entrepreneurs, partner organization, and other day-to-day work related to entrepreneurship development in Ada.

  • Track key information and metrics related to current grant awards, including the EDA Build to Scale grant program.

  • Create a client relationship manager database of members in the local entrepreneurial ecosystem.

  • Recruit and schedule speakers for regular, startup events throughout the year.

  • Coordinate content needed for an Ada Startup Ecosystem micro-website.

  • Communicate the importance of local entrepreneurship development to local community members and stakeholders.

  • Represent the Ada Jobs Foundation when needed.



  • We prefer a candidate with strong organization skills, an interest in project management, and an ability to communicate in a professional environment.

  • The candidate will need a working familiarity with cloud-based office productivity software and the ability to communicate professionally.

  • There are no education or professional experience requirements for this role.


Application Process

  1. Submit a cover letter, resume, and up to 3 professional references before February 11th, 2022.

  2. The first round of interviews is expected to be scheduled with a select group of candidates starting on the week of February 21st. These interviews will cover a broad range of topics and will allow you to ask questions and learn more about the position and the Ada Jobs Foundation

  3. A second round of interviews will be scheduled on afterwards.

  4. A final decision will be announced once an offer is accepted.

About the Ada Jobs Foundation

The Ada Jobs Foundation a 501(c)3 nonprofit economic development organization in Southern Oklahoma and leads economic development organization in Ada and Pontotoc County, Oklahoma. We are an accredited economic development organization through the International Economic Development Council. Since 2020, we have worked with the Center on Rural Innovation to develop a digital economy strategy and we are a member of the Rural Innovation Network. Recently, we have led a dynamic and community-focused strategic development effort, and we are working to expand our economic development work to encompass local business expansions, workforce development, and community revitalization efforts. We are committed to hiring a diverse and talented team that can best serve the needs of our community and further our goals for inclusive economic development.

Let’s Grow Ada Together