Careers

Interested in joining the Venture for America team? We look for the same qualities in full-time team members as we do in our Fellows; after all, we’re a startup ourselves, and we’re on the hunt for smart, tenacious go-getters to propel the VFA rocketship to ever greater heights.

Does this sound like you?

  • You’re comfortable operating under ambiguity, and you don’t wait around to be told what to do — instead, you’re figuring out how you can add value.
  • You’re smart and a quick study, ready to solve problems big and small.
  • You’re high-character, and people like working with you.
  • You’re a strong communicator and a solid writer. You can crank out compelling, on-message emails to different audiences without missing a beat.
  • Above all else, you’re passionate about Venture for America’s mission. You would have jumped at the opportunity to be a Fellow yourself.

If so, we want you on the VFA team! Here are some of the reasons why we love working at VFA, and why we think you will, too:

  • You’ll earn a competitive salary with health, dental, and vision benefits.
  • We have some nice perks, like regular team lunches and weekly gym mornings.
  • You’ll have a ton of autonomy, and be trusted to self-manage and solve problems creatively.
  • You’ll work alongside a team of crazy motivated, high-caliber people who also have a lot of fun together, from impromptu crockpot cookoffs to quarterly team appreciation days.
  • You’ll suddenly have less trouble getting out of bed and going to work in the morning.

Bottom line: we work hard, we get a lot done, but we recognize that you’re a real person with a life outside of your job. And the best part? We’re hiring now.

Full-time openings:
Community Growth Associate
Operations & Admin Associate
Partnerships Manager
VP of Growth

Internship openings:
Campus Marketing Internship
Summer Internship Program

Community Growth Associate

We currently have an opening on our Community Growth team for an outgoing, personable self-starter who’s excited to help change the aspirations, careers, and lives of talented young people across the country. In this forward-facing role, you’ll serve as the face of Venture for America on campus and play a key part in building our next class of Fellows. You’ll canvass college campuses, work with our networks, and play a critical role in shaping our process and our future.

You:

  • Are passionate, persuasive, and know how to tell a story
  • Love meeting new people and are a natural connector and relationship-builder
  • Demonstrate next-level communication skills in person, over email, and on the phone
  • Are exceptionally organized and don’t miss details; you can multitask without dropping anything
  • Have comfort with ambiguity, take initiative, and exhibit calm under pressure
  • Love VFA and can’t wait to spread the word
  • Would enjoy 20% travel
  • Have a B.A./B.S. and 1-3 years of experience, ideally in a sales, recruitment or otherwise forward-facing role

What you’ll do:

  • Plan and execute hundreds of recruitment events and initiatives across the country
  • Act as point of contact for prospective applicants, candidates, and Fellows
  • Serve as a liaison between VFA and career services offices, student organizations, etc.
  • Mobilize current Fellows, VFA team members, and community marketing interns to take part in recruitment activities
  • Keep things organized and continuously improve VFA’s recruitment operation
  • Help VFA understand its audience and better target and reach future entrepreneurs
  • Contribute/pitch in to all aspects of VFA, from application review and Fellow selection to summer Training Camp, fundraising, and beyond

The good stuff:

  • High performers at VFA are given substantial opportunity to grow and develop
  • You’ll earn a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, plus health, dental, and vision benefits
  • VFA is a dynamic startup environment with varied responsibilities and a different challenge each day (we mean it – always plenty of interesting problems to work on!)
  • You’ll work alongside a team of crazy motivated, high-caliber people
  • You’ll suddenly have less trouble getting out of bed and going to work in the morning

How to apply:

To apply, please fill out our application. If you seem like a good fit, we will contact you with next steps.

Campus Marketing Intern

We are building out a national internship program on campuses across the country and are looking for enthusiastic, entrepreneurial undergraduate students to join our team for the 2015-2016 academic year. As a member of our internship program, you will act as a liaison between VFA and your campus community, helping to promote both the fellowship and a passion for entrepreneurship at your university. The position is unpaid, but comes with a ton of perks.

You:

  • Are an undergraduate student at one of our 90+ target universities
  • Are an energetic, enthusiastic person with an interest in startups
  • Are a creative thinker who’s able to work independently and take initiative
  • Are a connector who will proactively partner with student organizations and influential faculty
  • Are organized, reliable, and able to commit at least 10 hours a month

The good stuff:

  • Automatic advancement to the Skype interview round of our Fellowship application, if you choose to apply
  • Exposure to our network of startup company partners, with a possibility of helping you find an internship with one of our partner companies
  • Access to the Fellows and VFA Team
  • Cover letter & resume critiques + LinkedIn endorsements
  • VFA swag
  • Possibility for a performance-based bonus ($$!) for meeting set marketing and Fellowship application goals
  • Pride in knowing you are driving our nation’s talent to growth companies across the country!

What you’ll do:

  • Develop partnerships and facilitate introductions with relevant student organizations and influential faculty members
  • Create and execute a holistic marketing plan that raises awareness about VFA and drives applications on your campus
  • Promote, participate, and at times lead marketing events at your university and in your community
  • Brainstorm innovative initiatives that VFA could host, sponsor or co-host with a local partner, like pitch competitions, hackathons, and more.

How to apply:

If you’re interested in applying, please complete our application. We will contact you for a phone interview if you meet our qualifications.

Operations Admin & Associate

We’re currently seeking a capable and detail-oriented administrator who’s excited to make VFA a better and more efficient organization, streamlining and taking ownership of a wide array of processes. As Operations & Admin Associate, you’ll report to the Operations department, but support the logistical and operational needs of multiple departments as a cross-functional team player. This is a great opportunity for either an entry-level candidate or an experienced administrative professional to learn a lot about how startups and nonprofits work and to make a significant impact on a growing team.

You:

  • Are happiest supporting others
  • Are exceptionally organized, naturally prefer neatness, and don’t miss details — you can multitask without dropping anything, and never miss a deadline
  • Demonstrate next-level communication skills, and are adept at balancing multiple people’s needs
  • Have a mind for process and logistics, and can think through every aspect of a problem while developing a solution
  • Are comfortable with ambiguity and take initiative to solve problems before being asked
  • Sweat the small stuff — you believe that no task is too minor and give everything 110%
  • Are very tech savvy — you are comfortable in the cloud and eager to learn about new productivity tools
  • Have a B.A./B.S. and some experience managing administrative processes (internship experience counts!)

What you’ll do:

  • Own the office management domain, and tackle daily tasks like inventory and ordering, mailings and shipping, reception, etc.
  • Meticulously document processes and policies — you’ll literally write the book on admin practices at VFA
  • Support the VFA team over the summer at Training Camp (our 5-week professional development program for incoming Fellows) by living with us in Providence, RI and assisting with logistics and planning
  • Support our Programs, Recruitment, Marketing, and Development teams in an administrative capacity, and report to our Operations department
  • Serve as a capable mini-IT department, helping team members with things like printers, internet, phones, etc.
  • Manage data entry for multiple departments with a sharp eye for data integrity
  • Identify process gaps and consistently find ways to make VFA a more organized, more efficient organization 

The good stuff:

  • High performers at VFA are given substantial opportunity to grow and develop
  • You’ll earn a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, plus health, dental, and vision benefits
  • VFA is a dynamic startup environment with varied responsibilities and a different challenge each day (we mean it – always plenty of interesting problems to work on!)
  • You’ll work alongside a team of crazy motivated, high-caliber people
  • You’ll suddenly have less trouble getting out of bed and going to work in the morning

How to apply:

To apply, please fill out our application. If you seem like a good fit, we will contact you with next steps.

Partnerships Manager

We’re currently looking for someone to work with the Director of Partnerships to support and grow our portfolio of corporate partners and execute launch initiatives for VFA Fellows such as crowdfunding and social enterprise competitions, an accelerator program in Philadelphia, seed funding for founders and corporate employee engagement events. The Partnerships Manager will be responsible for prospecting new sponsor relationships and delivering compelling programming and events to aspiring entrepreneurs. This is a unique growth opportunity that straddles fundraising and program delivery. The Partnerships Manager is equally at ease in conversation with the head of global philanthropy at a major financial institution as with a young entrepreneur raising a seed round for her tech startup.

You:

  • Are intuitive and possess a high processing speed
  • Have strong interpersonal skills and are goal-oriented
  • Follow startup, tech, and business trends and enjoy mentoring young professionals
  • Are a natural writer and storyteller with experience crafting proposals or pitches
  • Have a strong presence in meetings and an ability to connect authentically with VFA’s partners
  • Give everything 10% more than it requires
  • Have 2-5+ years of professional experience, preferably with exposure to corporate philanthropy
  • Have a B.A./B.S. or advanced degree
  • Salesforce proficiency a plus

What you’ll do:

  • Write compelling proposals to secure five and six figure grants from corporate partners and innovate creative and nontraditional ways to engage partners
  • Speak with passion and purpose, projecting confidence and doing a great job of representing VFA
  • Build and fortify a diverse network of corporate partners
  • Maintain a calendar with multiple deadlines for corporate grants, reports and events
  • Work with internal teams at VFA to design, deliver and increase participation in launch programs and events
  • Cultivate and expand network of entrepreneurs and investors to advise and invest in Fellow-led ventures

The good stuff:

  • High performers at VFA are given substantial opportunity to grow and develop
  • You’ll earn a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, plus health, dental, and vision benefits
  • VFA is a dynamic startup environment with varied responsibilities and a different challenge each day (we mean it – always plenty of interesting problems to work on!)
  • You’ll work alongside a team of crazy motivated, high-caliber people
  • You’ll suddenly have less trouble getting out of bed and going to work in the morning

How to apply: 

To apply, please fill out our application here. If you seem like a good fit, we will contact you with next steps.

Summer Internship Program

We’re seeking highly motivated college students to join our team and help make sure Training Camp 2016 goes off without a hitch. Training Camp is a rigorous 5-week program, held on campus at Brown University, that will prepare the 2016 class of Venture for America Fellows to hit the ground running as early-stage startup employees and entrepreneurs. We’re looking for energetic, reliable team players who are excited to work closely with one department at VFA, while still pitching in each day to ensure that Training Camp’s (many!) moving parts run smoothly.

This 10-week internship runs from May 31-August 5, with some flexibility around start and end dates. Before and after Training Camp, you’ll work from VFA headquarters in NYC.

You:

  • Are a student at a top college or university, in any major.
  • Have had one or more previous internships or other professional experience.
  • Welcome challenges and responsibility; you’re an ambitious self-starter with exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Are a team player who feels that no task is too small. You’re ready to fix A/V problems, take out the trash after events, and generally do whatever it takes to keep Training Camp running seamlessly.
  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills and can represent VFA professionally while interacting with Fellows, high-level supporters, and other Training Camp guests.
  • Have strong values alignment with VFA and are excited about our mission.

What you’ll do:

  • Work full-time in Providence, RI from June 20-July 22, and from VFA’s headquarters in New York City before and after Training Camp.
  • Be part of the core team managing daily operations at Training Camp, including the schedule and other logistics.
  • Work closely with one team (marketing, events, operations, recruitment, guest experience, or Fellow experience), where you’ll manage at least one major project that will serve as the capstone of your internship.
  • Serve as a capable utility player. You’ll do everything from preparing materials for training sessions to working with outside vendors to setting up spaces for events.
  • Be a resource for Fellows and plan activities to enhance their experience.

The good stuff:

  • The VFAmily: we have a fun, tightly-knit team culture (a must to live together in Providence for five weeks!), and you’ll have an opportunity to make a real impact over the course of the summer.
  • The substantive, marketable experience: we treat our interns like VFA team members. We’ll give you tons of responsibility from day one, and the more you rise to the occasion the more we’ll have you take on.
  • The inside scoop: you’ll have a front-row seat to a premier entrepreneurship training program, and will have the opportunity to regularly sit in on trainings.
  • The network: our past interns tell us that the best part of this internship is getting to know VFA Fellows, alumni, and supporters.
  • The perks: we offer all interns a stipend, and will cover your room, board, and travel expenses while in Providence (you’ll secure your own housing while in NYC).

How to apply:

To apply, please fill out our internship application. If we think you might be a good fit, we will contact you with next steps.

VP of Growth

We have an awesome opportunity for an experienced, analytical, and creative professional who is a powerhouse in all things growth and is interested in leveling up recruitment and marketing efforts for our Fellowship. This person will be the driving force behind executing an ambitious plan to expand our reach, resulting in hundreds of high-quality Fellows and young entrepreneurs in just a short few years. VFA is seeking a leader with a new skillset and set of experiences to bring to our high-growth organization, and someone who can improve the way we think about growth and scale within our talent pipeline.

You:

  • Have led a successful growth marketing team in a high-touch business
  • Have a record of success that speaks for itself– you’ve been the driving force behind the exponential expansion of talent or customer pipelines
  • Can translate a combination of qualitative and quantitative data into a metrics-driven process
  • Have significant startup experience and are interested in applying that to a fast growing, mission-driven nonprofit with a young, driven team
  • Are sage-like in your ability to listen, motivate and build leadership in others: someone who leads by example, thrives on coaching and supporting others, and is committed to developing a strong team
  • Understand the levers of growth and are not afraid to try new things to move the needle
  • Have strong values alignment with VFA and our team. You truly believe in what VFA is doing and want to share it with the world

What you’ll do:

  • Help VFA scale its acquisition and retention of top talent while maintaining our high-touch, person-focused values
  • Identify and implement ways to rapidly grow the number of high-quality VFA applicants through on campus and online channels for an order-of-magnitude leap, from 1600 to 10k
  • Continue to develop VFA’s brand, messaging, and voice to best connect with our target
  • Work with top notch recruitment, selection and marketing teams to drive efficiencies in scaling the business
  • Collaborate with other departments to develop strategies, share resources and content, and drive VFA’s core goals of attracting and developing aspiring entrepreneurs
  • Serve as a leader throughout the organization, keeping VFA’s values and priorities close at hand while developing both team and processes

The good stuff:

  • High performers at VFA are given substantial opportunity to grow and develop
  • You’ll earn a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, plus health, dental, and vision benefits
  • VFA is a dynamic startup environment with varied responsibilities and a different challenge each day (we mean it – always plenty of interesting problems to work on!)
  • You’ll work alongside a team of crazy motivated, high-caliber people
  • You’ll suddenly have less trouble getting out of bed and going to work in the morning

How to apply:

To apply, please fill out our application here. If you seem like a good fit, we will contact you with next steps.