Career Opportunities

Venture for America is committed to building a team of diverse professionals passionate about our mission. We look for the same qualities in a full-time position as we do in our Venture fellows. Qualities that distinguish successful entrepreneurs, include:

  •     Intellect and Independent Thinking
  •     Determination/Ability to Surmount Obstacles/Resourcefulness
  •     Leadership Ability/Initiative
  •     Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  •     Purpose-Driven/Character
Organization Overview

Venture for America (“VFA”) is a non-profit organization that seeks to 1) Drive talent to create jobs and spur enterprise in lower-cost cities; 2) Provide a path to entrepreneurship for young, talented college graduates; and 3) Help place recent graduates in start-ups around the country. Venture for America will do for entrepreneurship what Teach for America has done for education – provide a program for young, talented grads to spend 2 years in the trenches of a start-up with the goal that these young graduates will become socialized and mobilized as entrepreneurs moving forward. Board members include experienced executives, entrepreneurs, and investors. For more information, go to www.ventureforamerica.org/team.

Current Openings

Development Manager

Venture for America is seeking a Development Manager to drive VFA fundraising activities and initiatives. We’re looking for an energetic, reliable team player who can quickly learn the ropes of this non-traditional development role and gain increasing ownership over VFA’s short- and long-term financial wellbeing.

To date, Venture for America has raised over $3 MM through a combination of national and regional foundations, corporate sponsors, and individuals, including the charitable arms of Bank of America, Blackstone, and PwC, and donors like the CEO of Zappos, Tony Hsieh (see ventureforamerica.org/supporters for more information).  This is an exciting role for someone who wants to grow with the organization, building fundraising infrastructure from scratch and developing strategy and processes to ensure Venture for America’s fundraising success along the way.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree
  • 3+ years relevant experience
  • Excellent organization skills and attention to detail
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; can speak compellingly about our organization, mission, and goals and has a mature presence
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously; high degree of personal responsibility
  • Resiliency; ability to operate under pressure in a fast-paced, deadline-driven startup environment
  • Ability to build and leverage relationships with foundations, corporations, board members and individual donors to achieve ambitious results
  • Strong values alignment with VFA mission and team culture

Responsibilities:

  • Take increasing ownership of Venture for America fundraising activities, serving as a representative of the organization to potential and current funders
  • Help develop fundraising infrastructure and processes
  • Design and implement internal tracking systems for resource development
  • Grow and manage relationships with existing foundation, individual, and corporate donors
  • Research and identify potential funding opportunities; develop and cultivate new relationships
  • Coordinate and attend fundraising meetings and events
  • Write and edit fund proposals, reports, and other fundraising-related materials as needed; develop budgets for grants and corporate giving
  • Assist with board development, including board engagement strategies, preparing for board meetings, and corresponding with board members

Opportunities:

  • Join an innovative and rapidly expanding national organization that is unique among nonprofits
  • Become a core team member at a mission-driven company with a vibrant, fun company culture
  • Enjoy a dynamic startup environment with varied responsibilities and a different challenge each day (we mean it – there are always plenty of interesting problems to work on!)
  • Cultivate resources for a program that will direct top grads to an opportunity that will allow them to make a difference while achieving personal success
  • Contribute to Venture for America’s success in rebuilding the country through entrepreneurship

Compensation, Benefits, Etc.:

  • Compensation commensurate with experience
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance benefits
  • Unlimited vacation time

If interested, please send a resume and cover letter detailing your interest to jobs@ventureforamerica.org. The title of the email should be “Application for Development Manager– [your name].” If you meet our qualifications, we will contact you for a phone interview.

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Recruitment Associate

Venture for America is looking for a Recruitment Associate to support the Recruitment Manager in assembling a talented group of top graduates for the 2014 Venture for America Fellowship and raising national awareness about the program among college students. We’re looking for an energetic, reliable team player with both a passion and an aptitude for talent acquisition.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree
  • 1-4 years of relevant professional experience
  • Great organization skills
  • Ability prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Willingness to travel up to 25%
  • Outgoing and social disposition with a high degree of interpersonal attunement
  • Resiliency; operates well under pressure and tight deadlines
  • Ability to interact with college students, campus administrators, and various stakeholders
  • Exceptional communication skills, particularly public speaking
  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite and Salesforce
  • Strong values alignment with VFA mission and team

Responsibilities:

  • Plan and execute recruitment events and initiatives
  • Build and maintain strategic relationships/partnerships
  • Act as liaison between VFA and career services offices, student organizations, etc.
  • Develop informational and promotional media
  • Manage recruitment calendar
  • Engage in direct outreach through social media, email, in-person events, etc.
  • Coordinate Campus Ambassador program
  • Support application review, selection processes, and admissions protocol
  • Act as point of contact for prospective applicants, candidates, and Fellows
  • Perform various administrative functions including Salesforce upkeep
  • Provide broad operational support for the Recruitment Department

Opportunities:

  • Work at a mission-driven organization with fantastic company culture
  • Join a team of young, passionate professionals
  • Enjoy a dynamic environment with varied responsibilities and a different challenge each day
  • Travel to college campuses nationwide
  • Interact with talented undergraduates, professors, campus administrators, etc.
  • Develop communication and organization skills
  • Direct top grads to an opportunity that will allow them to make a difference while achieving personal success
  • Contribute to Venture for America’s success in rebuilding the country through entrepreneurship

Compensation, Benefits, Etc.:

  • Compensation commensurate with experience
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance benefits
  • Unlimited vacation time

If interested, please send a resume and cover letter detailing your interest to jobs@ventureforamerica.org. The title of the email should be “Application for Recruitment Associate – [your name].” If you meet our qualifications, we will contact you for a phone interview.

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Operations Associate

Venture for America is seeking an Operations Associate to support the Chief Operating Officer in ensuring effective and well-managed organizational execution and growth. The Operations Associate will have broad operational responsibilities, including but not limited to driving the integration of various platforms (Salesforce, Smartsheet, etc.) to improve workflow, collecting and presenting a wide range of program-related data, assisting development of the company’s technical infrastructure, and generally assisting with administrative functions.

Qualifications:

  • High degree of organization and detail-orientation
  • Proficiency in data analysis
  • Familiarity with basic finance concepts
  • History of resourcefulness, initiative, and action-orientation as well as very high work product
  • Exceptional work ethic, character and integrity
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects/tasks within demanding deadlines
  • Experience conceptualizing and implementing strategies to streamline processes
  • Technical proficiency, with web/graphic design skills a plus
  • Belief in and passion for organizational mission

Responsibilities:

  • Data analysis related to recruitment, selection, fundraising, etc.
  • Financial tracking and reporting
  • Planning and implementation of special projects
  • Development of standard procedures for new staff onboarding, Fellow selection, etc.
  • Website maintenance and updates
  • Integration and maintenance of Smartsheet, Salesforce, and other platforms
  • Logistical support and event planning
  • General office management

Opportunities:

  • Work at a mission-driven organization with fantastic company culture
  • Problem-solve to lead the organization to greater efficiency
  • Employ creative tactics to build lasting infrastructure related to growth and scalability
  • Join a team of young, passionate professionals
  • Enjoy a dynamic environment with varied responsibilities and a different challenge each day
  • Contribute to Venture for America’s success in rebuilding the country through entrepreneurship

Compensation, Benefits, Etc.:

  • Compensation commensurate with experience
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance benefits
  • Unlimited vacation time

If interested, please send a resume and cover letter detailing your interest to jobs@ventureforamerica.org. The title of the email should be “Application for Operations Associate – [your name].” If you meet our qualifications, we will contact you for a phone interview.

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Campus Ambassadors

Venture for America is looking for Campus Ambassadors at universities across America to help us generate awareness and interest among prospective applicants on campus. If you want to learn more about our program, this is a great way to get plugged in!

This is an unpaid internship for the 2012-2013 school year. However, there are several perks including:

  • A guaranteed phone interview for the Venture for America fellowship, if you choose to apply
  • Exposure to start-ups
  • Lots of VFA swag
  • The satisfaction of knowing you helped drive our nation’s talent to growth companies across the country!

Campus Ambassadors will be tasked with:

  • Raising awareness through flyers, listserv/email campaigns, Facebook, Twitter, and other online and offline initiatives
  • Developing partnerships with on-campus student organizations and faculty members
  • Assisting with on-campus Venture for America events
  • Brainstorming innovative online Venture for America marketing campaigns

Qualifications:

  • An enthusiastic, energetic personality
  • Interest in startups and entrepreneurialism
  • A strong work ethic
  • Involvement in student organizations and extensive knowledge of college networks

If interested, please send a resume and cover letter detailing your interest to jobs@ventureforamerica.org. The title of the email should be “Application for Campus Ambassador – [your name].” If you meet our qualifications, we will contact you for a phone interview.

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