Extension Professional I/II (ATDC Startup Catalyst)-44689

Atlanta, Georgia, United States | ATDC (Advanced Technology Development Center) | Full-time


Extension Professional I/II (ATDC Startup Catalyst)

Job Purpose: Serving within the Research Faculty of The Institute, Startup Catalysts directly support the extension, service, and economic development missions of Georgia Tech to the State of Georgia and beyond.  Primarily this role provides entrepreneurial incubation and acceleration services to Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) companies in strategic areas that foster their development and encourage growth. Specifically, this position will specialize in the startup incubation of companies building a physical product.  The incumbent will recruit technology startups; market the ATDC Hardware/Manufactured Products Program; and direct/coordinate all efforts involved with relevant program partners/stakeholders/constituents.   


Major Responsibilities:

  • Advise ATDC member companies in strategic areas (business operations, fundraising, marketing, etc.) that foster their development and encourage growth. Specific experience to include but not limited to: prototyping, getting a manufacturing-ready product (whether manufactured in-house or contracted out), QA/QC, regulation, testing, sourcing materials, inventory management, returns and customer service, warranties, etc.
  • Manage and cultivate ATDC relationships with investors, prospective business advisors/partners, CEOs, and community technology leaders to promote market outreach and business development.
  • Serve as ATDC member company advocate for conferences, and recognition.
  • Identify and/or develop resources to cultivate and assist member ATDC companies and applicants (including the delivery of entrepreneurial programs/events that promote business development & growth).
  • Represent the Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership (GaMEP) services to ATDC community companies.
  • Collaborate with GaMEP management to report appropriate metrics to GaMEP federal sponsors.
  • Evaluate and assess the business potential of ATDC applicant companies and provide recommendations for membership.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Education: Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Business, Technology, Mathematics, or related/relevant field.
  • Work Experience: Five to seven years of job-related experience (or equivalent combination of education and work experience).
  • Skills: Ability to analyze, evaluate, and assess complex information; coaching and consulting experience; and an ability to use independent judgment and communicate effectively.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Preferred Education: MBA and/or Master’s Degree in technology or related/relevant field.
  • Preferred Skills/Work Experience: Ten years of job-related work experience. Preferred applicant backgrounds include: (1) Founder of a technology startup or early-stage startup experience in a company that built physical products; (2) Leadership experience managing a technology company; (3) Leadership or supporting role in securing multiple rounds of financing (angel or venture).



The Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) at Georgia Tech is a startup incubator that helps technology entrepreneurs in Georgia launch and grow successful companies.  ATDC is one of the oldest and most successful research university-affiliated incubators in the United States and was named by Forbes as one of the "Top 12 Business Incubators Changing the World.”  Founded in 1980, ATDC has fostered innovation and economic development by graduating more than 150 companies, which together have raised over $2 billion in outside financing.  To learn more about ATDC, visit: atdc.org


Georgia Tech Extension Professionals are research personnel that fulfill the extension and service mission of Georgia Tech to the State of Georgia and beyond.  This mission includes, but is not limited to, technology-based economic development, technology commercialization and deployment, entrepreneurship, start-up company incubation, and business/industry outreach.  Extension Professionals also provide educational programs for business and industry in support of these missions through facilitating and fostering increased industrial engagement and sponsorship of applied research activities at Georgia Tech.  Extension Professional appointments are based on the merit and special qualifications of the individual and follow the same general ranking, hiring, and promotion principles as other professional research faculty ranks. 


Extension Professional I – Positions filled at this level are candidates who possess a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and who will be performing on a professional level.

Extension Professional II – Positions filled at this level are candidates who possess a master’s degree and three years of relevant full-time experience after degree completion; a master’s degree and five years of relevant full-time experience after degree completion; or a doctoral degree.



 Applicants are required to submit a PDF document containing a resume and a one-page cover letter of interest. 

 Final applicant(s) will be required to undergo an extensive pre-employment background check including verification of education credentials through providing “official” (non-student issued) higher education transcripts; a detailed online past performance report from at least 3-5 professional references; and verification of any other applicable credential information submitted with application.