Global Challenges Director

Tel Aviv-Yafo Full-time position

Global Challenges Director

Start-Up Nation Central strengthens the Israeli innovation ecosystem and connects it to global opportunities, through identifying and bolstering locally developed technological solutions to shared global challenges. It acts as a gateway to tap into Israeli innovation, helping governments, companies, and investors navigate the ecosystem and identify solutions to their pain points. Fully funded by philanthropy, Start-Up Nation Central is in a unique position to create mutually beneficial connections for the Israeli innovation ecosystem and its international counterparts in an impartial and objective manner.


Overview:

The Director will lead Start-Up Nation Central efforts to position Israel and Israeli innovation as a player in the global efforts to deal with shared global challenges, such as climate, health and food security. Specifically, s/he will be responsible for identifying the global challenges that Israeli innovation can play a part in addressing. S/he will manage a team of managers that will proactively generate and manage initiatives and opportunities to put forward Israel as a leader in applying innovation to address global issues.

 

Role and Responsibilities:

  • Identify global challenges that Israeli innovation can help address and that by doing so Israel can be positioned as a leading force finding technology solutions for them.
  • Lead the development of deep understanding of the global efforts in addressing shared challenges, including major local, regional and international needs, challenges and initiatives.
  • Build a team of Global Challenges Mangers and lead its activities.
  • Guide the mapping and research of relevant local and foreign government agencies, international institutions, corporate and NGOs active in each global challenge and identify potential partners.
  • Build work plan, with clear KPIs, for creation and execution of initiatives to position Israeli innovation at the forefront of addressing global challenges.
  • Initiate, filter and manage the relationship with organizations, investors, government officials and business leaders.
  • Work with SNC’s Sector Leads to connect global initiatives with the Israeli climate technology sector.
  • Work with the Marketing and Comms departments on promoting Israeli climate innovation vis-à-vis global initiatives and organizations.
  • Lead innovation diplomacy aspects of global challenges related processes and activities within Start-Up Nation Central.

 

Requirements:

  • At least 7 years of experience in Business Development, Strategic Partnerships Management, Trade Promotion, Project Management, Government Relations or an equivalent business function, preferably in the climate sector. Consulting background is a plus.
  • Experience in managing a team of at least 3 people.
  • Ability and experience in setting measurable goals and determining KPIs, leading execution of work plans and driving teams to achieve set targets.
  •  Familiarity with addressing global challenges: existing challenges, policies, initiatives.
  •  Understanding of the Israeli innovation and technology landscape.
  • Ability to translate strategic goals into actionable workplans and proven record of execution.
  •  Ability to juggle multiple responsibilities, projects, and relationships simultaneously.
  •  Analytical and creative mindset, able to visualize the “big picture” and connect it to specific programs
  • High level of people skills.
  •  Fluent in speaking, writing and reading Hebrew and English. Arabic is an advantage.
  • Willingness to travel frequently.
  • Excellent written, oral and digital presentation skills. Experience with public speaking is a plus.
  • High level of energy and positive attitude.



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Working at Start-Up Nation Central

We’re searching for people who are ready to jump right in, love collaborating, and share in our passion for innovation to join our team. Come join us so together we can impact the future of Israel’s economy, society, and global standing.

Building for a stronger future

At Start-Up Nation Central we employ around 100 people across nearly a dozen departments. Our daily tasks may differ wildly, but we all share a vision and a goal of helping to strengthen the Israeli innovation ecosystem.

Innovative

Innovation is at the heart of everything we do, and we encourage all our team members to constantly come up with new and bold ways to accomplish everything we do

Encouraging

We tackle a wide range of difficult challenges, so we make sure to mix demanding assignments with rewarding conditions.

Top professionals

Everyone on the team was carefully selected and thoroughly vetted before coming on board, so you can be confident that you are in excellent company, with top-tier professionals in every role

Organizational Values

The values we’re looking
for in our employees

Collaboration

Committed to open communication, transparency with external and internal partners, responsiveness, and a readiness to support colleagues and partners while working towards shared goals.

Comfortable with unstructured challenges, open to new ways of thinking about and engaging with new opportunities, willing to take bold steps through trial and error, capable of working outside their comfort zone, and willing to kill a project when needed.

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Acts with utmost integrity, professionality, and impartiality, strives to be objective in their work with clients and partners.

Passionately committed to fulfilling Start-Up Nation Central’s mission and vision, possessing a deep sense of personal accountability toward achieving goals, large and small, has a “whatever it takes” attitude, is creative, comes up with new initiatives, assumes personal responsibility for all assignments, available to colleagues, executes work plans.

Strives for excellence in all activities, aims to ensure an ongoing balance between improving the quality and efficiency of our output while pushing boundaries and experimenting with bold new impactful initiatives.

Start-Up Nation Central Employees

Here’s what they had to say

As a sector lead at Start-Up Nation Central, I get to be exposed to a wealth of innovative technologies and business models that I simply couldn’t be if I was working at a specialized company. I have the honor of working both at a strategic and a tactical level, interacting with most key stakeholders in the ecosystem: from gov entities, to multinationals, local corporations, startups & innovators and more. I think the local tech community recognizes and values people who gain such wide-spectrum experience.
Yael Weisz Zilberman
Head of the Climate Tech Sector
Working on Start-Up Nation Finder feels like I am at the heart of Israel’s innovation ecosystem, connecting all the players and having an impact on the sector’s incredible success. Enabling the platform to work as an effective conduit between innovators and their clients, partners, and investors is extremely rewarding in itself, but the organization also knows how to reward its people in more direct ways…. Did anybody say beach party?
Yotam Maman
Information Specialist
Working at Start-Up Nation Central is an entirely unique and eye-opening experience. I am constantly being exposed to exciting new initiatives; my work never becomes ‘routine’ by nature and provides me with endless opportunities to be creative. Being part of an organization that promotes Israeli innovation around the world is a wonderfully fulfilling challenge that keeps us looped into the latest industry developments, and I am privileged to be part of a team that inspires me every day.
Chanel Itzhaki Ganor
Marketing Manager
Every time I read a headline talking about the achievements of the Israeli innovation sector, I can’t help but feel I have a small part in it. Our work helps glue together the various parts of the puzzle that make up the ecosystem. Sitting in the heart of Tel Aviv surrounded by tech companies, also makes you feel like part of something bigger that’s taking place. The restaurant selection nearby is also second to none.
Maor Perlov
Data Specialist
Since I started working at Start-Up Nation Central, I have been exposed to some of the most interesting and exciting technologies out there. Helping the developers of the cutting-edge made-in-Israel innovation find markets and clients around the world provides a great deal of satisfaction and keeps me with my finger on the pulse of this huge industry.
Yael Raviv
Marketing operations manager
For me, working at Start-Up Nation Central feels like a true calling. It is a genuine contribution to Israeli life, not to mention the economy of the country, and gives an authentic sense of belonging.
Jenny Sotnik-Talisman
Senior Information Specialist
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