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Director of RealmSpark & Investor Engagement

at ASU RealmSpark in Tempe, AZ

About the Job

The Director of RealmSpark and Investor Engagement is responsible for assisting the Managing Director of RealmSpark with all venture transactions and activities, including managing the InvestU Angel Investor Network.

InvestU supports our entrepreneurial ecosystem by bringing together innovative startups from within the Arizona State University and Thunderbird School of Global Management ecosystem with affiliated investors. By connecting affiliated startup companies with alumni and community network expertise, we hope to foster collaboration and further success of ASU and Arizona’s venture ecosystem. RealmSpark is the venture arm that engages in venture investment, largely in EdTech opportunities, in support of the mission of the University.

This position reports to the Managing Director of RealmSpark and must be able to routinely interact with individuals at all levels of ASU Enterprise Partners, the University, and external venture partners.

What you’ll do:

  • Coordinate with various stakeholders from Enterprise Partners, Thunderbird, ASU, Skysong Innovations, Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development, and the ASU Alumni Association in operating the program
  • Grow, engage with and manage a pipeline of ASU-affiliated companies that are looking for early-stage funding
  • Work with ASU and Thunderbird faculty and students to execute company diligence and research
  • Coordinate quarterly investment meetings and educational sessions for in-person and virtual attendance
  • Engage current and potential investors to grow the network’s membership
  • Communicate program events, success, and needs through newsletters, articles, and social media
  • Support overall venture ecosystem within ASU
  • Strong collaboration with stakeholders and leaders in Arizona and strategic global venture communities
  • Manage governing bodies and advisory boards to ensure a systematic process and robust governance
  • Occasional travel to build out spheres of influence in other areas
  • Run technology platform to facilitate onboarding of companies and investment by angels
  • Support other RealmSpark initiatives including the EdTech Accelerator, Corporate Development, ASU Foundation donor relations, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor's degree in business or related area and 3+ years experience working in startup/VC/PE-related roles. Masters degree preferred.
  • Knowledge of financial markets, startups, private equity, and venture capital
  • Strong ability to research and analyze information; summarize quantitative and qualitative data in reports
  • Collaborative style, combined with the ability and desire to work in a team-based environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate effectively in person, in writing, and by phone
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality and responsibility regarding information related to Enterprise Partners, the University, confidential prospect data, and proprietary venture information
  • Attention to detail and thoroughness in completing assigned duties
  • Highly organized and able to handle multiple projects with sometimes competing constituencies
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Salesforce and ability to quickly learn new software programs as needed
  • Problem solver who can take initiative and set priorities while being flexible
  • Ability to represent the institution well
  • An advocate’s belief in the vision of ASU as the New American University
  • Team-oriented strategist adept at navigating complex environments with evolving priorities

To apply

ASU RealmSpark

RealmSpark accelerates EdTech ideas and innovation to the world in support of universal, lifelong learning at Arizona State University.

A business unit of ASU Enterprise Partners, a private nonprofit that serves as the resource raising arm of ASU, RealmSpark:

  • Is ASU’s investment umbrella that makes enterprise technology bets within a strategically managed portfolio.
  • Facilitates access to ASU, a university operating at scale, and deploys capital to early stage education technology companies.
  • Is part of a network of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and thought leaders in the education space.

RealmSpark supports ASU’s five realms of teaching and learning, each of which provides unprecedented educational opportunities to learners of all ages and backgrounds:

  • Campus immersion and campus synchronized digital learning
  • Digital immersion
  • Massively open digital immersion
  • Education through high-intensity, technology-based learning experiences
  • Massively distributed, universally accessible, high-intensity learning solutions

RealmSpark provides access to ASU as a functional accelerator. Through ScaleU, RealmSpark offers companies the chance to pilot, test and validate a product in a complex and dynamic university environment.