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:
Assistant to the CEO
Director of Community Partnerships, Ohio
Director of Finance and Operations
Development & Events Operations Associate
Marketing Associate
Programs Associate
VP of Talent

 

Internship openings:
Fall Internship Program

Assistant to the CEO

We’re currently looking for someone to support our CEO and Founder Andrew Yang in all things. From scheduling and emailing to helping Andrew prioritize and optimize his efforts by focusing on the highest-value meetings and activities, there’s a lot to get done, and a lot of opportunity to grow within the role and organization. The Assistant to the CEO will be integrated into the Development Team and will support all aspects of fundraising. This is a great opportunity for a high-achieving entry-level hire to work alongside an entrepreneurship thought leader and the founder of a national organization.

You:
• Are intuitive and possess a high processing speed
• Only need to ask how to do something once (maybe twice)
• Are extremely organized and feel there is no task too small
• Are naturally detail-oriented and live to spot issues/gaps and fix them
• Look to the future so that you are always over-prepared
• Can laugh at yourself from time to time and have thick skin
• Aren’t afraid to admit when you mess up (we ALL do) because it means you won’t make the same mistake again
• Give everything 10% more than it requires
• Work easily with diverse groups of people and exercise good judgment interpersonally
• Have a B.A./B.S. and 0-3 years of experience

What you’ll do:
• Manage Andrew’s calendar and activities, scheduling meetings and calls and keeping him appraised of what’s on the radar
• Handle travel planning and logistics for everything from speaking engagements to press events
• Support fundraising efforts by coordinating meetings and follow ups, researching foundations, and helping write grants
• Get to know and build relationships with VFA supporters
• Serve as a filter, helping handle some of the communications and tasks that can take things off Andrew’s plate
• Serve as a liaison between Andrew and the various departments at VFA, effectively balancing the needs of multiple groups of stakeholders
• Travel occasionally to VFA cities and accompany Andrew to meetings
• Write and speak with passion and purpose, projecting confidence and doing a great job of representing VFA
• Contribute to/pitch in all aspects of VFA as needed, from selection to training to office logistics

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.

Development & Events Operations Associate

We are currently seeking a detail-oriented self-starter to join the Development Team and assist with fundraising operations and events. This is a great opportunity for a process driven entry-level candidate who wants to learn about nonprofit fundraising and flex his/her creative muscles planning and executing beautiful and effective events.

You:

• Are a perfectionist who has next-level organizational skills and detail-orientation.
• Can prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously. You feel there is no task too small.
• Find joy in spotting broken processes and implementing effective solutions and are unafraid to enforce those processes.
• Enjoy working with data and databases. Excel spreadsheets do not make you cross-eyed.
• Have experience creating fun and meaningful events for people (family and friends included!) and are looking to learn how to do it on a larger scale.
• Are always brainstorming ways to add delight to events with the minor details.
• Have a B.A./B.S. and 0-3 years of experience.
• Are familiar with Salesforce or another CRM

What You’ll Do:

• Work with vendors, negotiate contracts, and assist with the execution of events
• Own VFA’s donor management system (Salesforce), implementing and improving processes to ensure that our data is accurate and up-to-date.
• Process donations and become an expert in reporting.
• Support fundraising efforts by compiling reports, analyzing data, and researching and writing grants.
• Get to know and build relationships with VFA supporters.
• Write and speak with passion and purpose, projecting confidence and doing a great job of representing VFA
• Contribute to/pitch in on all aspects of VFA as needed, from selection to training to office logistics

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

How to apply:

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

Director of Community Partnerships, Ohio

We are currently seeking an outgoing, results-oriented leader to manage Venture for America’s regional operations in Ohio. The Director of Community Partnerships in Ohio will 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. They will help set the strategic direction for the organization in Ohio. 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 and are 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+ years of experience, ideally in a partnerships, fundraising or sales role
  • Prior startup experience preferred

What you’ll do:

Company Partnerships (50%)

  • Meet with 75+ 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 Ohio and secure new funding for the organization, raising a total of ($500k-$1mm) 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 Ohio

Programs and Fellow Support (20%)

  • Meet regularly with Fellows in Ohio 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 Director of Community Partnerships in Ohio 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. This position will require significant time in all three VFA cities in Ohio: Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus. Other travel requirements will include occasional visits to other VFA cities for Job Fairs, Selection Days, and other events. They 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.

Director of Finance and Operations

We have an incredible opportunity for a 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 a leader at the organization and directly 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.

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.

VP of Talent

We’re looking for an experienced, goal-oriented, and mission-driven professional to level up VFA’s recruitment, selection and marketing teams. This person will be an inspiring people leader and have a clear vision of what it looks like to recruit and select the highest-potential entrepreneurial talent in the coming years. With experience in the startup world and an expertise in innovative people operations and talent development practices, the VP of Talent will not only drive improvements related to the Fellowship but also play a key role in Venture for America’s internal hiring and serve as a manager, influencer, and advisor across the team.

You:

  • Have led talent or people operations at startups
  • Have a record of success that speaks for itself – you understand how to motivate others to build an organization
  • Have significant professional 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
  • Are equally comfortable in small group settings and addressing large audiences
  • Can move fluidly from looking at the big picture to set a vision to rolling up your sleeves to execute it
  • Have an uncompromising standard for quality and expect the same of others
  • Have strong values alignment with VFA and our team — you truly “get it” and believe in what VFA is doing and want to share it with the world
  • Have 10+ years of experience and a bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant field

What you’ll do:

  • Lead the strategy for candidate acquisition and selection, ensuring consistency across our external messaging and creating a great candidate experience
  • Oversee our top-notch recruitment, selection and marketing teams to increase our effectiveness and reach in identifying, selecting, and converting candidates for the VFA Fellowship
  • Collaborate with other departments to build and a strong class of VFA Fellows and equip them with the tools and resources needed to thrive as startup employees
  • Serve as a leader throughout the organization, keeping VFA’s values and priorities close at hand while developing both team and processes
  • Oversee strategy for internal hiring and people management practices, working closely with our operations team

The good stuff:

  • 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.