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:
Company Partnerships Associate
Marketing Associate
Fellow Engagement Manager
Recruitment Associate
Talent Operations Associate

Internship openings:
Community Marketing Internship
Spring Internship Program

Community Marketing Intern

We are building out a national internship program in communities across the country and are looking for enthusiastic, entrepreneurial undergraduate students to join our team for the 2014-2015 academic year. As a member of our internship program, you will receive benefits exclusive to those in the VFA network. The position is unpaid, but comes with a ton of perks.

The good stuff:

  • Automatic advancement to the phone interview round of our Fellowship application
  • Access to the Fellows and VFA Team
  • Online skills development and educational resources
  • Exposure to our network of startup company partners and the latest updates from VFA HQ
  • Performance bonuses 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 community partner. This could include pitch competitions, hackathons, product challenges, panel discussions, skill sessions, and more.

Who we are looking for:

  • An undergraduate student at one of our 90+ target universities
  • An energetic, enthusiastic person with a strong work ethic and interest in startups
  • A creative thinker who’s able to work independently and take initiative
  • A connector who will proactively partner with student organizations and influential faculty
  • You can construct a marketing plan that ranges from events to e-mail to social media
  • You are organized, reliable, and able to commit at least 5 hours a week, including 2 weekly office hours

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.

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 BA/BS from a top college/university and 1-2 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 to all aspects of VFA, from selection, to summer Training Camp, to Fellow programming, to fundraising

The good stuff:

  • High performers at VFA are given substantial opportunity to grow and develop
  • You’ll earn a competitive salary
  • We have health, dental, and vision benefits
  • This job involves meeting and making friends with smart people doing interesting things
  • 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.

Fellow Engagement Manager

The Programs team (internally referred to as The Sherpas, as a hat tip to the Himalayan mountaineers who guide adventurers to the top of Everest) oversees VFA Fellow training and education, including our legendary five-week summer Training Camp. Our team also connects Fellows with VFA’s broad network of entrepreneurs, industry experts, and investors.

We’re currently seeking someone to serve as a first point of contact for Fellows and alumni of the program, helping resolve and manage challenges, keeping in touch with them personally, planning events in their cities, and tracking and reporting 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 very intuitive, and possess a high processing speed
  • Are adaptable and flexible in every situation. Able to work across teams with varying goals.
  • 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 to most everything. Scrappy is your middle name.
  • Feel there is no task too small
  • Give everything 10% more than it requires
  • Are a top-notch phone, in-person, and e-mail communicator
  • Are adept at delivering critical feedback constructively
  • Have at least 2 years professional experience
  • Know a few things about startups and students
  • Have a BA/BS Degree
  • Experience teaching or with implementing curriculum a plus

What you’ll do:

  • Serve as the first line of defense/routing system for all Fellow needs and issues
  • Identify and implement methods to support Fellows as we scale
  • Analyze and implement ongoing Fellow education, from webinars, to courses, to Fellow-led sessions, and beyond
  • Coach and help solve Fellow challenges and work with the team to craft solutions to more substantive problems
  • Create and improve on materials that can help Fellows tackle common problems, from professional to personal
  • Manage in-city events, contacts, and programs scheduling for VFA cities
  • Write, speak, and travel with passion and purpose
  • Contribute to all aspects of VFA, from selection to startup partnerships to fundraising

The good stuff:

  • High performers at VFA are given substantial opportunity to grow and develop
  • You’ll earn a competitive salary
  • We have health, dental, and vision benefits
  • 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.

Marketing Associate

We’re currently seeking a highly motivated early-career professional to join us on our small but growing marketing team. We’re looking for an energetic, savvy, do-it-all comms and marketing guru who’s ready to dive in and help show the world how awesome VFA is.

You:

  • Have worked in a marketing/branding/communications role, with experience in content creation, writing, social media, design, and/or other areas. Startup experience is a plus.
  • 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. Have the ability to 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 able to “wow” us with your ability to produce beautiful marketing collateral, documents, and presentations.
  • Have strong skills in editing, proofreading, layout, and/or web publishing.
  • Can prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously. Feel there is no task too small.
  • Social media savvy, and able to identify opportunities and channels for sharing content and engaging our audiences.
  • Have good instincts. Only have to ask how to do something once (maybe twice).
  • Have strong values alignment with VFA and our Team. Truly believes in what VFA is doing and wants to share it with the world.
  • Familiarity with design platforms and PowerPoint is required. Photo and video editing skills are a plus.

What you’ll do:

  • Work with different teams to create the high-quality content, messages, and materials each needs to accomplish its goals (including reports, presentations, e-mail campaigns, blog posts, web copy, and more).
  • Design/update compelling collateral and materials for multiple departments, with a focus on Programs and Development. This will include materials for the internal team/stakeholders, VFA supporters, and our larger audiences.
  • Single-handedly manage VFA’s blog and social media presence (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin, and more) to amplify our message to the right audiences.
  • Produce content to tell the stories of our Fellows, companies, and cities to VFA friends and supporters.
  • Be a gatekeeper and help ensure that everything VFA puts out there is on-brand and well designed.
  • Help with other ongoing comms/marketing needs like website updates, compiling data, organizing and maintaining contact lists, and more.
  • Create a system to keep VFA’s media organized. Occasionally capture photos or video footage at VFA events.

The good stuff:

  • You’ll work in a fast-paced environment where one day is never the same as the next.
  • We have fun, and laugh A LOT.
  • High performers at VFA are given substantial opportunity to grow and develop.
  • You’ll make a competitive salary.
  • We have health, dental, and vision benefits.
  • 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, 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 meet our specifications, we will contact you for a phone interview.

Recruitment Associate

We’re currently seeking someone to join our Recruitment and Marketing team who’s excited to help change the aspirations, careers, and lives of talented young people across the country. You’ll canvass college campuses, work with our networks, and play a critical role in shaping our process and tactics.

You:

  • Are passionate, persuasive, and know how to tell a story
  • Demonstrate next-level communication skills in-person, over email, and on the phone
  • Would enjoy 20% travel
  • Are organized, diligent, and don’t miss details – can multitask without dropping anything
  • Have comfort with ambiguity, take initiative, and intuitively know what needs to be done
  • Are generally outgoing and make friends with strangerrs
  • Believe strongly in the VFA mission and would love to be a Fellow
  • Have a BA/BS from a top college/university

What you’ll do:

  • Plan and execute recruitment events and initiatives across the country
  • Act as a liaison between VFA and career services offices, student organizations, etc.
  • Create marketing materials
  • Help VFA understand its audience and better target and reach future entrepreneurs
  • Communicate constantly across social media, email, phone, and in person
  • Keep things organized and continuously improve VFA’s recruitment operation
  • Support application review and Fellow selection
  • Act as point of contact for prospective applicants, candidates, and Fellows
  • Write, speak, and travel with passion and purpose
  • Contribute/pitch in to all aspects of VFA, from selection, to summer Training Camp, to Fellow programming, to fundraising

The good stuff:

  • High performers at VFA are given substantial opportunity to grow and develop
  • You’ll earn a competitive salary
  • We have health, dental, and vision benefits, plus some nice perks
  • 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.

Spring Internship Program

We’re currently seeking highly motivated college students to join our team at VFA HQ for the spring of 2015. 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 startup nonprofit.

You:

  • Are a current undergraduate or graduate student at an NYC-area college or university. All majors are welcome.
  • Are a motivated self-starter who’s excited to take on a lot of responsibility.
  • Demonstrate next-level organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Give everything 10% more than it requires, and feel there is no task too small.
  • Can 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 our annual gala fundraiser.
  • Either work closely with one department at VFA or serve as a cross-functional generalist – we’ll work with you to 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 Recruitment and Selection team is responsible for finding and choosing the most talented, interesting, and high-character Fellows we can get our hands on. We’re looking for someone to coordinate on-campus recruitment events, analyze data about our applicant pool, and manage some of the logistics of our selection process.
  • The Corporate Development team sources great opportunities for our Fellows by identifying expansion cities and finding promising startups that need talent. We’re looking for someone to mine venture financing datasets and assemble relevant content for Fellows and companies.
  • The Programs team is responsible for the ongoing training, job support, and skill development opportunities that help transform our Fellows from newly minted college grads to value creation machines at their startups and beyond. We’re looking for someone to assist with curriculum development, plan event logistics, and drive the rollout of our Fellow mentor program.
  • The Development team is the fundraising powerhouse that makes everything else we do possible. We’re looking for someone to research high value supporters, organize systems, and help craft compelling pitches.
  • The Marketing and Communications team handles everything related to the VFA brand and helps amplify our message to the right audiences.. We’re looking for someone to make updates to our website and blog, manage our social media, assist with PR efforts, and create on-brand content for VFA.

The good stuff:

  • We treat our interns like VFA team members. We’ll give you lots of responsibility from day one, and you’ll have an opportunity to make a real impact on a small but growing team.
  • Get an inside look at the VFA Fellowship program, including the recruitment and selection of our 2015 class.
  • Build your resume while working in a fun, friendly office culture.
  • We’re experts on 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 internship is unpaid, but we offer some nice perks, like transit reimbursement, free coffee and snacks, and regular team lunches.

How to apply:

To apply, please fill out our internship application. If we think you might be a good fit, we will contact you for a phone interview.

Talent Operations Associate

Venture for America is looking for a Talent Operations Associate to help manage the entire Fellowship application and selection process, from soup to nuts. An analytical, process-oriented team player, he or she will carry out current practices as well as innovate and improve upon existing systems. The Talent Operations Associate will master our application and review software, coordinate with team VFA and Fellows to execute VFA’s world-class internal applicant review process, and help select future cohorts of builders.

The Talent Operations Associate will report to the Senior Talent Manager. This is a dream role for someone with an analyst-type background who is interested in learning more about talent acquisition and joining a dynamic startup nonprofit where growth, change, and goofiness are the only constants.

You:

  • Have a BA/BS or an advanced degree
  • Have 2+ years of relevant professional experience
  • Are ridiculously organized and process-oriented
  • Are as flexible as Gumby, as adaptable as a chameleon, and a faster learner than Jimmy Neutron
  • Could basically teach a class on Excel. You manipulate large data sets to extrapolate trends and draw conclusions even before you’ve had your first coffee of the morning
  • Are an email ninja. You communicate in the warm, friendly (and typo-free!) “VFA voice” and document all interactions in Salesforce without breaking a sweat
  • Can juggle—that is, prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Hate excuses; no matter what, you get things done and do them well
  • Thrive under pressure and fit in well in a fast-paced, deadline-driven startup environment
  • Love VFA. Our mission, culture, team: you can’t get enough

What you’ll do:

  • Coordinate the nuts and bolts of the four-part VFA Fellowship selection process using our application and review tracking software
  • Create and execute processes to increase efficiency and improve existing practices
  • Monitor data integrity, troubleshoot bugs, generally problem-solve
  • Analyze data to draw conclusions about the applicant pool and reviewer trends
  • Communicate with applicants via email to answer questions
  • Document interactions with candidates in Salesforce, pull reports, etc. to ensure all information relating to candidacy is tracked
  • Evaluate submissions to help select the next class of Fellows
  • Oversee progress of team and Fellow reviewers to ensure all reviews are complete by set deadlines
  • Assist with efforts to scale application/selection infrastructure and processes

The good stuff:

  • High performers at VFA are given substantial opportunity to grow and develop
  • Know that you do every day is having a real positive impact on individuals, organizations, and the country!
  • 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 meet our specifications, we will contact you for a phone interview.