Program Associate

  • Full-time
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands

Program Associate

Job description

A bit about Rockstart

Rockstart, one of Europe's first multi-vertical startup accelerators, was founded in Amsterdam in 2011 with a goal to provide startups with access to the market, capital, knowledge, and community. Since then Rockstart has become the specialist in building entire ecosystems around specific domains—such as Digital Health and Smart Energy.
Our Smart Energy Accelerator program was launched in 2014, with the 4th edition currently running. In that time, almost 40 startups from all over the world working on digital energy solutions have received funding and support through the program.


The role

As a Program Associate, you are at the center of a flawlessly planned and executed program. You work independently and also with the team’s support to make sure the Program hits its targets on timing, execution quality and startup satisfaction levels.
As the right hand of the Program Director, you support wherever needed while keeping an eye on the bigger picture, so the startups and the Program Director can focus on building their products.


Your main responsibilities will be:

  • Program Planning:  In depth & detailed program planning in collaboration with the Program Director for the entire Smart Energy program;
  • Smooth Operations: The most important aspect of this role. This includes but is not limited to operationalising the program plan and setting it into motion, setting up and administering internal operations tools & systems, preparing for events, sending out periodic communication and supporting the startups on operational queries about the program;
  • Continuous improvement: Make improvements to the process as we go and capture this knowledge and share it with the relevant roles.  



What makes you the perfect candidate?

You are a real organisational freak who loves to stay on top of things and find smarter ways to do them. You are an avid follower of all things tech and startup. You always look ahead while never losing sight of the details. You are the glue that holds the Accelerator’s operations together. You are excited about working in a hectic startup environment and are not afraid to speak your mind. You are a team player who picks up slack when you see it and you work at a blazing pace to deliver on deadlines. You’re smart and savvy with a critical eye for processes and systems. Oh, and you love a good curveball thrown your way.

Must have requirements:

  • Living in or around Amsterdam (or willing and able to quickly relocate);
  • Fluent in English;
  • Some experience in operations, project management and/or events (0,5 - 2 years);
  • You’re tech-savvy and super efficient;
  • Experience using online tools like Trello/Prosperworks/Google Apps;
  • Proactive, entrepreneurial, results-oriented attitude with an ability to work effectively in a non-hierarchical environment.

Bonus points: 

  • Knowledge of/a special interest in Smart Energy;
  • Writing/communications skills;
  • A deep interest in the startup scene and/or having organised/attended events like Startup Weekend or other startup related meetups. 

Start: ASAP

Availability: 40 hours per week.

Duration: This is a long-term position. We’ll start with an initial 6 month contract.

Remuneration: Entry level. Based on experience and knowledge.

Location: Amsterdam

Apply before 26th of June!

Applications close on June 26th, and shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview in the week after.

If you have any further questions about the role, please don’t hesitate to contact Floran van der Harst (

Please check the Working @ Rockstart section of this page for more information on our working culture.