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Part of a world-wide network, Swissnex in San Francisco is Switzerland’s innovation outpost in the Bay Area. We are a dynamic, international team connecting the dots in education, research, innovation, and the arts. We produce events, exhibitions, and startup bootcamps (to name a few) at Pier 17 on the waterfront in San Francisco.



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  • San Francisco

    Artificial Intelligence – Program Manager


    Status: Full-time
    Start Date: July 1, 2024
    Reports to: Head of Programs

    About Swissnex

    Swissnex is the Swiss global network connecting the dots in education, research, and innovation. The Swissnex global network consists of six locations and outposts established in the world’s most innovative hubs. We contribute to strengthening Switzerland’s profile as a world-leading innovation hotspot.

    Located at Pier 17, Swissnex in San Francisco connects the dots between Switzerland, the West Coast of the USA and the world in education, research, innovation, and the arts. We foster international collaboration and empower next generation innovators to create futures in which the planet and society thrive. In service of this goal, our dynamic and international team produces academic and corporate programs, startup bootcamps, events and much more. Our work space is shared with corporate innovators, researchers, artists, and entrepreneurs, and is connected to an event space and our digital community. We work collaboratively and in a complementary manner with our neighbors at Pier17, the Consulate General, the Swiss Business Hub USA and Switzerland Tourism.

    Positioned at the heart of the artificial intelligence boom, Swissnex in San Francisco aims to enhance its expertise and forge connections with key players in the local artificial intelligence landscape.

    Position Summary

    The Artificial Intelligence Program Manager will cultivate strategic relationships with Swiss and American research institutions, think tanks, corporates, and startups. They will create collaborative projects aimed at enhancing collaboration between Swiss and American entities while strengthening the interdisciplinary approach of Swissnex in San Francisco.

    The ideal candidate possesses robust project management experience, a genuine interest in the latest AI trends, and a well-established network, preferably in Switzerland and/or the Bay Area of the United States. We seek a team player able to navigate between conceptualization and execution, adept at both scaling existing programs and designing new initiatives. The candidate should exhibit a growth mindset, demonstrate entrepreneurial spirit, and feel comfortable working in a fast-paced environment.

    Key Responsibilities

    Program Management (50%):

    • Develop innovative AI programs tailored to Swiss entities, aiming to deliver 1-2 revenue-generating projects annually (e.g. foresight workshops, trend discovery tours, learning expeditions, etc.)
    • Independently execute program implementation, prioritizing partner satisfaction and meeting deadlines.
    • Provide guidance and support to researchers and innovators visiting Pier17, ensuring meaningful connections are made during their time in SF.
    • Coordinate AI-related activities at Swissnex, including residencies, public events, and tours, collaborating with the operations and program teams to optimize experiences for Swissnex and its partners.
    • Enhance existing cross-audience programs such as impact sabbaticals, science communication camps, storytelling camps, and startup bootcamps.

    Stakeholder Management (30%):

    • Create partnerships with local institutions to strengthen Swissnex’s network.
    • Cultivate relationships with stakeholders in Switzerland and the US, articulating Swissnex’s value proposition strategically.
    • Facilitate CEO and Swissnex leadership engagement with high-profile figures in the Swiss/American tech/AI community.

    Research and Communication (20%):

    • Author blog posts on AI advancements to enhance Swissnex’s online presence and knowledge dissemination.
    • Establish thought-leadership on AI and innovation targeting the Swiss audience.
    Our Ideal Candidate

    Our Ideal Candidate:

    • Possesses a minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience.
    • Demonstrates robust project management skills, with a proven track record of successful execution.
    • Exhibits a keen interest in technology and artificial intelligence, coupled with a genuine passion for innovation and emerging trends.
    • Has experience in cultivating and managing stakeholder relationships, designing impactful programs, and delivering tangible outcomes.
    • Demonstrates proficiency in fundraising and/or generating income through activities.
    • Holds a Master’s degree in a related field or possesses equivalent professional experience.
    • Demonstrates excellent English language proficiency in both written and verbal communication.
    • Boasts strong networking abilities and maintains an extensive network, preferably in Switzerland and/or the Bay Area.
    • Displays a proactive approach to problem-solving and collaboration, coupled with a growth mindset and a positive attitude.
    • Excels in navigating between creative ideation and reliable implementation, thriving in a dynamic and fast-paced environment characterized by uncertainty.
    What we offer

    We offer

    • Collaborate with interesting internal and external partners in the fields of science, education, art and innovation in both the SF Bay Area and Switzerland
    • Opportunity for professional growth, both lateral and vertical
    • Attend regular free events and programs, community lunches and have access to professional development opportunities
    • The chance to work with an experimental, engaged, and strengths-based team that is guided by the following principles: We are curious. We value people. We take action. 
    • Emphasis on work-life balance: We prioritize your personal time, fostering a supportive environment that values both productivity at work and well-deserved time off.
    • Nonprofit compensation range depends on level of experience and country of residence for tax purposes. Benefits include: 4 weeks’ vacation, 12+ annual holidays, sick leave, medical insurance. 
      • Salary Range $88K – $93K (for US applicants subject to US taxes); Since Swiss applicants are not subject to taxes, their salary range will be lower to reflect this tax-exempt status.
    Ready to apply?

    To be considered for this role, apply through the link below and include your resume (CV) and a thoughtful cover letter not exceeding one page that answers: 

    1. Why you are interested in this position and why you want to work at Swissnex and
    2. Why you should be chosen to join our team – including the experiences, personal qualities or strengths that make you well-suited for the position

    Any other documents that may support your candidacy are welcome and can be attached via the application platform linked below.

    Click HERE to apply. The deadline to apply is May 27, 2024

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  • India

    IT & Administration Manager

    “It’s not a bug, it’s a feature.”

    “We don’t ever let trouble shoot back.”

    If you relish having everything under ctrl in a tech microcosm as well as in our office space, this opportunity is for you!

    “If it’s broken, we see a project, not a problem.”

    “Ready to turn every challenge into a checklist?”
    Join our team if you delight in mastering the mechanics of both software and structure, ensuring perfection in every pixel and place.
    We are excited to add a talented, self-driven IT and Administration Manager to our team. We depend on technology to enhance our productivity to do more and better in less time. If you like to help your colleagues keep up with the latest productivity tools and hacks, and help them understand how technology can work seamlessly, you will be a great addition to our team. And a better one If your eyes light up at the prospect of ensuring the smooth operation of spaces, from meticulous attention to detail in maintenance to the orchestration of seamless logistics and administrative processes.
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  • Boston and New York

    Programs Associate

    Job Information

    Full Time | Swissnex in Boston and New York

    Location: Boston/Cambridge, MA
    Desired starting date: August 1, 2024

    Swissnex connects Switzerland and the world in education, research, innovation, and the arts. Our vision is to nurture and orchestrate a global network of people and organizations that together advance the frontiers of knowledge and solve key issues for the world of tomorrow.​


    In the role of Programs Associate, you will be a generalist responsible for supporting our Academic Engagement and Innovation teams on an ongoing basis, as well as helping the Arts and Creative Industries, Communications, and Operations teams on a project basis. Your main tasks will include:

    • Executing programs and events in our focus areas that create value for Swiss and American stakeholders. In consultation with the Swissnex team, you will engage in all aspects of project creation and implementation.
    • Conducting background research and identification of relevant contacts for clients and events.
    • Supporting daily operations, logistics, hospitality, and administrative tasks.

    You will support the Academic Engagement team by managing academic exchange programs and tailored services for Swiss universities, developing networks in American and Swiss higher education, hosting partners, and conducting research on specific topics of interest to academic partners.

    The Innovation team provides services and programs to support Swiss startups exploring and expanding in the US. You will support the team through researching relevant partners, clients, and startups that meet our stakeholders’ needs, as well as executing events and projects that support the team’s mission.

    You will support the Arts and Creative Industries, Operations, and Communications teams as needed related to specific events or projects.

    Our Ideal Candidate Demonstrates
    • Academic background from any discipline
    • Evidence of program or event management, either individually or on a team
    • Experience working in a team environment
    • Independent research and structured presentation skills
    • Ability to complete deadline-oriented tasks
    • Flexibility to juggle multiple projects and tasks and adapt to changing circumstances
    • Strong interpersonal skills to relate to diverse stakeholders
    • Strong orientation to client-focused hospitality and service
    • International experiences and experience working with startups are a plus
    • This internship requires that the candidate studies in a university or university of applied sciences in Switzerland towards a bachelor’s or master’s degree, or has graduated within one year before the start date of the internship.
    • The candidate must not yet have professional experience in the field of his/her studies.
    • The total period of internships in the federal government (including this one) may not exceed 12 months.
    • Applicants must be Swiss citizens. Those with a Permit B, C, or any other status are not eligible for this position.
    • Excellent written and spoken English is expected.

    Please Note: applicants must fit all of these requirements to be considered.

    What We Offer
    • A full-time position (40hrs/week) for 6 months with the possibility of extension for an additional 3 months. Students without a Bachelor’s degree will be limited to a 6-month maximum internship.
    • Four weeks of vacation per year (pro rata temporis) and select Swiss and US holidays
    • A multicultural, creative, inspiring, stimulating, and team-oriented work environment
    • Continuing education possibilities and a platform to grow your skills, professional experience, and network.
    • Experience in an international and highly dynamic environment (English as the official working language) with ample networking opportunities.
    • Limited domestic (US) travel may be undertaken to support projects and events.
    To Apply

    Please submit your letter of motivation and CV in English. Emailed applications will not be considered. Please apply by May 31, 2024.

    Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis until then. Questions may be directed to Brendan Karch.



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