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22 Jun 2021

Part-Time Part-time Innovation Researcher – CIC Captains of Innovation

SaraThomasCIC – Posted by SaraThomasCIC Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Job Description

Captains of Innovation seeks an enthusiastic, creative, and detail-oriented Innovation Researcher with demonstrated experience conducting high-quality qualitative research and a deep commitment to innovation and startup culture. The Innovation Researcher will work primarily with the Director of Implementation to support clients seeking to connect with startups and other elements of the innovation ecosystem. Captains’ portfolio clients are primarily global corporations working to innovate their business models and find new technologies to disrupt their industries. This is a part-time opportunity for an innovation-focused qualitative researcher who thrives in independent working environments. Starting wage for this position is $20.62/hr for approximately 25 hours/week.
Captains of Innovation – CIC’s internal boutique consultancy – is a full spectrum corporate innovation program designed to help large organizations find new products, services, business models, and technologies in today’s global hyper-competitive environment.
Captains of Innovation helps corporations and large organizations focus on the full spectrum of innovation, while leveraging the power of the innovation ecosystem in concert with CIC and Venture Café. Captains of Innovation provides bespoke, white-glove service to help clients design new products, find new technologies, connect with startups, and build innovative business models through innovation exploration, learn best practices and connect with thought leaders, ecosystem engagement and mindset change.
CIC is a global leader in building and operating innovation communities. Founded in 1999 in Cambridge, MA, CIC is one of the first companies to offer flexible office space and coworking options, providing a platform for the world’s most impactful entrepreneurs to innovate better and faster.
We have locations in Boston, Cambridge, Miami, Philadelphia, Providence, Rotterdam, St. Louis, Warsaw, and Tokyo and are growing into other cities, within the US and abroad. CIC has supported over 6,000 startups, growth companies, and branches of larger organizations, representing for-profit, mission-driven, and non-profit sectors across a wide array of industries.
CIC co-founded a number of mission-aligned organizations including Venture Café, CIC’s primary non-profit programming partner, and CIC Health, offering COVID-19 testing services to companies and the public.
We invite you to explore all our openings and learn more about our teams here.
You will join the Captains of Innovation research team.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Sourcing and collating primary and secondary qualitative research sources relevant to technology, innovation, and startups.
• Profiling  solutions providers and developing highly nuanced recommendations based on narrowly-defined client shopping lists.
• Conducting fast, high-quality, confidential research and large-scale global innovation ecosystem analysis on a variety of topics and industries for the industry-agnostic Captains of Innovation group.
• Attending project-related internal meetings, taking comprehensive notes, and demonstrating an understanding of objectives to effectively assist in scoping research.
• Demonstrating a comprehensive understanding of the client’s business, products, services, and value proposition to potential partners, along with the broader industry, particularly related to client objectives.
Many industries employ Innovation Researchers, however Captains of Innovation’s Innovation Researcher team is composed of individuals from a variety of backgrounds with differing areas of expertise. Captains of Innovation encourages its researchers to deploy their own qualitative research methods and leverage their history and experience throughout projects, and applicants for the role will be considered, in part, based on their demonstrated research methods and experience. All Innovation Researchers must be driven by a passion for innovation, startups, and technology and have robust experience performing qualitative research.
Successful Innovation Researchers in the past have included:
A serial entrepreneur with a knack for research and finding innovative solutions.
A mid-career professional with a multi-disciplinary background and passion for innovation.
A design-focused thinker who always keeps an eye on future trends.
A burgeoning tech-enthusiast and future product engineer.
A former consultant with a deep knowledge of startup and corporate operations.
We like to employ service-minded people who are dependable and able to work independently.
More specifically, we are looking for someone who possesses the following characteristics:
• A voracious qualitative researcher, driven by a passion for startups, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
• Strong communication skills, including the ability to build a persuasive written argument in both short-form and long-form reports.
• A self-starter with a strong work ethic who is comfortable multitasking multiple research tasks while remaining detail-focused.
• Ability to work independently for lengthy periods on projects.
• Strong relationship with technology; Mac and Google Suite proficient.
• A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
• At least 1 year of relevant professional experience, including passion for qualitative research with demonstrated results to match.
• A highly detail-oriented and organized work style with solid time-management skills.
• An efficient and focused approach to daily tasks, and able to self-direct additional work when appropriate.
If you don’t meet all the requirements or qualifications but bring some other unique skills and experience that would be valuable in this role, please apply and highlight those attributes for us in your cover letter.
• Starting compensation is $20.62/hour.
• Up to 25 hours per week with a set schedule, co-defined with you.
• 401k (must be 21+).
• 13 unpaid holidays per year.


In addition to helping our clients achieve great things, we work to ensure that our employees are healthy and supported. Some of the benefits of being here include:
• Fun people in a dynamic environment. We pride ourselves on finding driven and bright collaborators who are eager to lend their own unique skills to the team, as well as to our inspiring clientele. The number one reason CICers say they like working here is because of their colleagues!
• Personal growth. This is a great opportunity to learn and develop skills within the epicenter of the innovation community at a growing company.
• Discounted services and memberships on tools to make your life happier/healthier such as gym memberships, tech and design support, hotel stays, and other fantastic options.
• Free weekly COVID-19 testing when required to work on site.

How to Apply

Apply here: Application Link
CIC is committed to building teams that reflect the fabric of the cities we support. We welcome all candidates regardless of race, color, ancestry, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, Veteran status, or any other legally protected status. Any other human expressions and experiences not mentioned here are equally welcome. If you require an accommodation please let us know. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Job Types: Part-Time.

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