Careers

Interested in joining the Venture for America team? We look for the same qualities in our team members that we look for in our Fellows: smart, energetic, mission-driven team players eager to build something great.

Does this sound like you?

  • You’re proactive—you don’t wait around to be told what to do, but instead constantly find ways to add value.
  • You’re smart, open-minded, and perceptive, 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 emails to different audiences without missing a beat.
  • Above all else, you’re passionate about Venture for America’s mission—empowering the nation’s best and brightest recent grads to revitalize American cities through entrepreneurship.

If so, we want to meet you! 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 a wellness stipend and weekly gym mornings.
  • You’ll have a ton of autonomy, and be trusted to solve problems creatively.
  • You’ll work alongside a team of super motivated, high-caliber people who also have a lot of fun together, from office trivia nights to team-wide trips.
  • 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:
Chief Financial Officer
Company Partnerships Associate
Detroit Community Manager (Detroit, MI)
Marketing Associate
Programs Associate
Southeast Community Manager (Birmingham, AL)
Training Camp and Curriculum Lead

Internship openings:
Fall Internship Program

Chief Financial Officer

We have an incredible opportunity for an experienced financial professional who is a powerhouse in all things $$$ and is interested in leveling up everything that they touch. VFA is seeking a leader with deep financial domain expertise who will improve the way we think about growth and scale our organization.

This person will be part of the executive management team and supervise the Operations Manager and Accountant.

You:

  • Are an experienced, extremely self-aware manager and will confidently bring high-level expertise and professionalism to VFA
  • Have a record of successfully streamlining financial processes while maintaining transparency and an audit-proof system of controls
  • Can envision but also exquisitely execute
  • Are unafraid of being the bad cop; in fact, you are empowered by it
  • Are a top line executive but also a grounded team member who understands the importance of rote processes with a “can-do” attitude about everything
  • Have at least 7 years of professional financial management experience
  • Have some startup experience (preferred)
  • Have some nonprofit experience (preferred)
  • May have an MBA or CFA/CPA license

What you’ll do:

Coverage Area: Financial Management

  • Monitor use of all organizational funds and own all processes around cash management, A/R, A/P
  • Oversee and also help with monthly close, reconciliations, and reporting
  • Actively maintain the near and long term cash flow models while providing strategic cost/savings allocations to maximize cash position
  • Manage the short and long term investment strategy while supporting liquidity needs and remaining mission aligned
  • Regularly review and update financial policies and metrics around cost efficiencies (e.g. cost per Fellow, costs per initiative, costs per city, etc.)
  • Manage the budget, financial exposure, and efficiencies around every program, departmental initiative, and internal process
  • Work with the Fundraising team to strategize meaningful yet practical ways to track and measure funds raised and released by city, region, etc.
  • Communicate relevant financials internally and externally

Coverage Area: Governance

  • Spearhead meaningful engagement with the audit, investment, and compensation committees of the Board
  • Oversee the audit as well as implement year-round audit best practices
  • Review organizational checks and balances, decision making processes to reduce risk, and especially around financial controls
  • Secure strategic partnerships and resources to enhance VFA’s financial portfolio by leveraging all the VFA networks as well as your own

Coverage Area: Operations/HR

  • Supervise all HR related processes such as onboarding, offboarding, HR-related compliance, benefits planning, and recommend improvements to systems in place
  • Oversee all vendor and contractor relationships and negotiations
  • Quickly become one of the go-to leaders on the team, keeping VFA’s values and priorities close at hand while developing both team and processes

The good stuff:

  • You’ll earn a competitive salary ($100-120K) plus highly subsidized health, dental and vision benefits
  • You’re joining the leadership of VFA and have the opportunity to make an outsized impact on a growing team
  • You’ll encounter a different challenge each day (we mean it – no two days are the same!)
  • 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.

Company Partnerships Associate

We’re on the hunt for a startup-savvy early-career professional to join our Company Partnerships Team. We’re looking for an outgoing hustler who will help to source great company partners and drive the matchmaking process to ensure that each Fellow has an awesome job in a VFA city.

You:

  • Have worked at a startup and loved the high-growth environment
  • Can connect with founders and understand their businesses
  • Are a natural relationship builder, are generally outgoing, and make friends with strangers
  • Demonstrate next-level communication skills in person, over email, and on the phone
  • Would enjoy traveling across the country to launch markets and meet with entrepreneurs
  • Are organized, self-managing, and don’t miss details
  • Have comfort with ambiguity and take initiative
  • Demonstrate a high degree of situational awareness
  • Believe so strongly in VFA’s mission that your friends know all about us
  • Have a B.A./B.S. from a top college/university and 1-3 years of work experience

What you’ll do:

  • Prospect and evaluate startups in VFA cities
  • Develop relationships with these companies and onboard them as new partners
  • Get to know Fellows, assess strengths and weaknesses, and match with companies based on tangible and intangible aspects
  • Create and improve on processes and materials that can help Fellows and companies navigate this process
  • Write, speak, and travel with passion and purpose
  • Contribute/pitch in on 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 meet our specifications, we will contact you for a phone interview.

Detroit Community Manager (Detroit, MI)

We are currently seeking an outgoing, results-oriented leader to manage Venture for America’s regional operations in Detroit. The Detroit Community Manager serve as the face of Venture for America in the region, liaising with company partners and donors, and helping VFA Fellows develop on their professional journeys.  As VFA’s first hire in Detroit, the Community Manager will help set new strategic directions for the organization in the city. This is a multi-faceted role that requires a strong performer with a proven track record.

You:

  • Are goal-oriented, persistent, and able to work autonomously with little direction
  • Love meeting new people; you’re a natural connector and relationship-builder and prefer face-to-face communication above email
  • 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
  • Anticipate and get in front of challenges, keeping lines of communication to fellow team members open and transparent
  • Have comfort with ambiguity, take initiative, and exhibit calm under pressure
  • Love VFA and are a natural organization builder
  • Have a B.A./B.S. and 5-7 years of experience, ideally in a partnerships, fundraising, or sales role
  • Prior startup experience preferred

What you’ll do:

Company Partnerships (50%)

  • Meet with 40+ startup leaders annually to identify, vet, and onboard company partners to hire VFA Fellows
  • Help company partners identify talent needs and advise them throughout the VFA hiring process
  • Work directly with incoming VFA Fellows to identify ideal roles based in their skills and industry interests

Fundraising (30%)

  • Establish relationships with current VFA funders in Detroit and secure new funding for the organization, raising a total of $600,000+ annually
  • Write top-caliber proposals and reports to funding organizations under strict deadlines
  • Recruit potential Advisory Board members to help lead VFA’s strategic direction in Detroit

Programs and Fellow Support (20%)

  • Meet regularly with Fellows in Detroit and serve as a sounding board in their career progression
  • Organize monthly (or more frequent) events for Fellows including speaker series and community-building exercises
  • Work closely with Fellow City Liaisons to strengthen the program
  • Recruit new mentors and volunteers to support the VFA program

The Detroit Community Manager will work closely with multiple teams at Venture for America headquarters, and should plan to spend 3-5 weeks in residence at Venture for America Training Camp in June-July, as well as one week in our New York City headquarters once each quarter with more time during onboarding. Other travel requirements will include occasional visits to other VFA cities for job fairs, Selection Days, and other events. The DCM will also participate in VFA recruitment and selection events on an ongoing basis, as is expected of all team members.

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.

 

Fall Internship Program

Venture for America is a nonprofit startup that recruits, selects, and trains highly talented recent college grads, places them at startups in emerging US cities for two years of hands-on experience, and provides them with access to the network and resources to become company builders and job creators. The Fellowship is highly selective, as is our team, and we’re looking for people who can jump in and make a huge impact.

We’re currently seeking motivated, passionate college students to join our team at VFA HQ for the fall of 2016. If you’re a talented go-getter with an interest in entrepreneurship, the Venture for America internship program (#InternsforAmerica) is a great opportunity to get hands-on experience at a high-growth, mission-driven nonprofit startup.

You:

  • Are a current student at an NYC-area college or university, in any major
  • Welcome challenges and responsibility; you’re an ambitious self-starter who’s reliable and conscientious
  • Demonstrate next-level organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Give everything 10% more than it requires, and feel there is no task too small
  • Prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills on the phone, over email, and in person
  • Have strong values alignment with VFA and are excited about our mission

What you’ll do:

  • Work 10-20 hours a week at our Manhattan office
  • Pitch in on all major events and organizational priorities, from recruiting and selecting our next class of rock star Fellows to planning major events
  • Work closely with one department at VFA (see below!) – we’ll help you determine the best fit for your interests and skill set
  • Manage at least one major project that will serve as the capstone of your internship – again, we’ll help you figure this out

VFA departments hiring interns:

  • The Community Growth team is responsible for building a class of the most talented, interesting, and high-character Fellows we can find by doing on-campus recruitment and marketing. We’re looking for someone to manage the logistics of the fall recruitment season, coordinate on-campus recruitment events and the Community Marketing Internship program, and help manage communications with candidates.
  • The Marketing team handles everything related to the VFA brand and helps amplify our message to the right audiences. We’re looking for someone to help manage our website and blog, assist with PR efforts, and create awesome, on-brand content for VFA. Desire to pitch in on photo, video, or design work is also a huge plus!
  • The Operations team manages the internal processes and systems that keep the VFA ship afloat. We’re looking for someone to specialize in data management and help us with data cleanup and process streamlining.
  • The Selection team coordinates and executes the admissions process at VFA including the review of over 1,000 online applications each year, hundreds of Skype interviews, and 10 Selection Days, the final round in the application process for the Fellowship. We’re looking for someone who is eager to scale the process with us while simultaneously helping to manage efficient logistical processes.

The good stuff:

  • The VFAmily: we have a fun, social office culture, and you’ll have an opportunity to make a real impact on a small but growing team.
  • The inside scoop: you’ll get a front row seat to the VFA Fellowship program and the recruitment and selection of our 2017 class.
  • The substantive, marketable experience: we treat our interns like VFA team members. We’ll give you lots of responsibility from day one, and the more you rise to the occasion the more we’ll have you take on.
  • The network and expertise: we’re pros when it comes to applying and interviewing for jobs and have an extensive network of partners and supporters. If you’re great, we can be a career resource for you down the line.
  • The perks: we offer a $500 stipend and plenty of free coffee and snacks.

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.

Marketing Associate

We’re currently seeking a highly motivated, insanely detail-oriented early-career professional to join us on our small but growing marketing team. We’re looking for an energetic, savvy, do-it-all marketing guru who’s ready to dive in and help share the stories of VFA with potential Fellows, and drive the organization’s growth.

You:

  • Have worked in a marketing/branding/communications role (whether through rigorous internships or full-time), with experience in content creation, writing, social media, design, and/or other areas. Startup experience is a plus
  • Have a growth-oriented mindset while still valuing high-touch, quality content
  • Are a perfectionist who has next-level organizational skills and detail-orientation. Typos make you sick.
  • Not only have very strong writing skills, but you love doing it. You can produce compelling content quickly in the VFA brand voice, tell a story, and adapt your writing for different audiences.
  • Have an eye for design. You don’t need to be a professional designer, but you should be savvy when it comes to layout, consistency, and knowing what looks good.
  • Are familiar with email and content marketing, and excited to learn more.
  • Can prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously. You feel there is no task too small, and work well in the absence of structure.
  • Possess social media savvy, and are able to identify opportunities and channels for sharing content and engaging our audiences
  • Have good instincts, and only have to ask how to do something once (maybe twice)
  • 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
  • Have a B.A./B.S.; 1-3 years of professional experience is preferred
  • Familiarity with design platforms, PowerPoint, photo and/or video editing is a plus

What you’ll do:

  • Identify and implement improvements to our marketing and communications, with a focus on potential applicants to the VFA fellowship
  • Work across the Community Growth and Marketing teams to create high-quality content, messages, and materials targeted primarily at potential VFA applicants
  • Find new methods to grow VFA’s reach while still maintaining personal, targeted communications
  • Manage our blog and all social media accounts
  • Help widen the funnel of high-quality, potential VFA applicants by increasing brand awareness among our target demographic (both on campus and through online channels)
  • Capture and deliver inspiring VFA stories that educate potential VFA applicants and keep them excited about VFA from first touch point through hitting apply
  • Strike a balance by establishing and and reinforcing our value proposition in everything you do without “selling” – we strive to represent the VFA experience genuinely at every turn
  • Track and report on our digital presence and the effectiveness of marketing efforts, including email marketing, website, blog, and social media

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, keeping in mind that this is your chance to impress us with your writing skills, storytelling, and ability to market yourself. We aren’t looking for a cover letter – we want to know who you really are and why you’re the best person to join our marketing team. If you seem like a good fit, we will contact you with next steps.

Programs Associate

The Programs team oversees VFA Fellow training, education, and ongoing professional support, including our five-week summer Training Camp. Our team also connects Fellows with VFA’s broad network of entrepreneurs, industry experts, and investors and supports Fellow founders who are starting their own ventures.

We’re currently seeking a Programs Associate to join our team and serve as a point of contact for Fellows and alumni of the program, helping to track Fellow data and interactions, resolve and manage challenges, keep in touch with them personally, plan events in our cities, build out our Fellow content hub, assist with Training Camp operations/logistics, and report on Fellow performance to help improve how we train and develop them as young professionals and future entrepreneurs. There’s a lot to get done, and a lot of opportunity to take ownership over projects and innovate on what we’re doing.

You:

  • Are organized and comfortable managing several simultaneous requests/needs from Fellows
  • Possess a high degree of professionalism, but aren’t afraid to laugh at yourself
  • Are able to work with little direction and take a proactive approach. Scrappy is your middle name
  • Feel there is no task too small
  • Are a top-notch communicator on the phone, in person, and over email
  • Are adept at delivering critical feedback constructively (you’re comfortable with a little
  • tough love, too)
  • Know a few things about startups and students
  • Have some analytical chops­ – you’re comfortable with data
  • Have a B.A./B.S. Degree and at least 2 years of professional experience

What you’ll do:

  • Stay in close contact with all Fellows and develop solutions for Fellow needs and issues
  • Track Fellow data, expenses, and financial support resources
  • Implement ongoing Fellow education throughout their two years
  • Analyze Fellow data points to identify patterns and help us develop solutions for Fellow support
  • Coach and work with Fellows to help solve challenges.
  • Build out content for our Fellow facing content hub and manage ongoing changes/site updates
  • Manage in-city events and programs in our VFA cities
  • Write, speak, and travel with passion and purpose
  • Help manage operations and logistics throughout the 5-week Training Camp in Providence, RI

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.

Southeast Community Manager (Birmingham, AL)

We are currently seeking an outgoing, results-oriented leader to manage Venture for America’s regional operations in Birmingham, Nashville, and Atlanta. The Southeast Community Manager serve as the face of Venture for America in the region, liaising with company partners and donors, and helping VFA Fellows develop on their professional journeys. As VFA’s first hire in the Southeast, the Community Manager will help set new strategic directions for the organization in the region. This is a multi-faceted role that requires a strong performer with a proven track record. The position is based in Birmingham and requires significant travel (up to 50% of time).

You:

  • Are goal-oriented, persistent, and able to work autonomously with little direction
  • Love meeting new people; you’re a natural connector and relationship-builder and prefer face-to-face communication above email
  • 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
  • Anticipate and get in front of challenges, keeping lines of communication to fellow team members open and transparent
  • Have comfort with ambiguity, take initiative, and exhibit calm under pressure
  • Love VFA and are a natural organization builder
  • Have a B.A./B.S. and 5-7 years of experience, ideally in a partnerships, fundraising, or sales role
  • Prior startup experience preferred

What you’ll do:

Company Partnerships (50%)

  • Meet with 50+ startup leaders annually to identify, vet, and onboard company partners to hire VFA Fellows
  • Help company partners identify talent needs and advise them throughout the VFA hiring process
  • Work directly with incoming VFA Fellows to identify ideal roles based in their skills and industry interests

Fundraising (30%)

  • Establish relationships with current VFA funders in Birmingham, Nashville, and Atlanta and secure new funding for the organization, raising a total of $500,000+ annually
  • Write top-caliber proposals and reports to funding organizations under strict deadlines
  • Recruit potential Advisory Board members to help lead VFA’s strategic direction in the Southeast

Programs and Fellow Support (20%)

  • Meet regularly with Fellows in Birmingham, Nashville and Atlanta and serve as a sounding board in their career progression
  • Organize monthly (or more frequent) events for Fellows including speaker series and community-building exercises
  • Work closely with Fellow City Liaisons to strengthen the program
  • Recruit new mentors and volunteers to support the VFA program

The Southeast Community Manager will work closely with multiple teams at Venture for America headquarters, and should plan to spend 3-5 weeks in residence at Venture for America Training Camp in June-July, as well as one week in our New York City headquarters once each quarter with more time during onboarding. Other travel requirements will include quarterly trips to Atlanta and Nashville and occasional visits to other VFA cities for job fairs, Selection Days, and other events. The SCM will also participate in VFA recruitment and selection events on an ongoing basis, as is expected of all team members.

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.

 

Training Camp and Curriculum Lead

We have an incredible opportunity to help shape and drive Venture for America’s summer Training Camp program in Providence, RI. Our Fellows are new college grads in training to become entrepreneurs, so our ideal candidate has an interest in entrepreneurship and an understanding of how to shape great entrepreneurs. This year we’re focusing on scaling to meet the demands of a 50% larger class size, making 2016 our biggest Training Camp yet.

We’re seeking an experienced educator or entrepreneur with a surplus of energy, the ability to engage one person or several hundred, and an ability to adapt their teaching and coaching style as they work. You should be comfortable working independently while managing multiple stakeholders. We’re looking for someone who can continue to make progress on the awesome program we’ve built but also improve each aspect of it.

Outside of building Training Camp curriculum and managing logistics, you’ll focus the rest of the year on building out trainings and curriculum for Fellows to learn how to be amazing startup employees and eventually start their own companies. You’ll need to relocate to Providence, RI for the duration of the program (June 17 – July 22nd), with room and board covered.

There’s a ton of opportunity to better support our Fellows and Founders by engaging the right trainers and community, and we’re looking for a great addition to the Programs team to help us do so.

You:

  • Have a knack for engaging large groups of people in a classroom or similar setting and have experience and success working with groups of all sizes
  • Have an uncanny ability to inspire, challenge, and keep people accountable around you
  • Are thought of as a mentor and resource to colleagues, friends, and/or students
  • Are adept at delivering critical feedback constructively and comfortable with the concept of tough love
  • Are intuitive, possess a high processing speed, and are able to work with little direction and take a proactive approach to most everything
  • Are meticulously organized, comfortable prioritizing demands, and able to manage several competing initiatives at once
  • Embody Venture for America values with everything you do: you’re high integrity, courageous, risk-tolerant, and give everything 10% more than it requires
  • Possess a high degree of professionalism, but aren’t afraid to laugh at yourself
  • Are a top-notch verbal and written communicator, whether it’s with one person or several hundred
  • Have experience planning and running large-scale trainings, have experience building curriculum, and understand how high capacity adults learn
  • Have at least 5 years of professional experience and have worked at a startup or high-growth company

What you’ll do:

  • Begin and end each day of Training Camp with the Fellows by sharing objectives and framing why it matters for them as aspiring entrepreneurs
  • Lead discussions, answer questions, and come up with compelling daily activities to encourage active learning and participation from the entire group
  • Manage a compact, rigorous Training Camp schedule with many moving pieces, working closely with the Programs team to plan schedules in advance but remaining nimble and adaptable
  • Work closely with the Director of Programs on curriculum development and how to effectively engage with trainers, visitors, and speakers
  • Pay close attention to energy levels and attention spans of Fellows and make game time decisions about how to energize the room between trainings or events
  • Build year-round curriculum to support Fellows and Founders in startup life. Engage our network and grow it with top notch educators and facilitators.
  • Create and deliver meaningful presentations on the skills necessary for startup life
  • Provide real-time individual feedback and coach Fellows at Training Camp and throughout the year

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 motivated, high-caliber team members as well as a large group of high achieving, intelligent Fellows. You’ll be inspired by them daily
  • 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 meet our specifications, we will contact you for a phone interview.