Hire A Fellow

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Hire a Fellow

Hire A Fellow

We’re on the hunt for promising companies with great leaders and teams who will give our Fellows the experience of a lifetime.

Venture For America recruits top recent college grads, puts them through rigorous training and connects them with opportunities at startups in the cities where we work.  Our Fellows are excited to learn how to build lasting businesses, join young companies with strong cultures, and grow alongside your team. Whether you’re looking for a high potential product manager, a natural salesperson, or the Chief of Staff of your dreams, our team will work with you to find a great fit.

We’ve partnered with over 450 companies that span industries, product types and customer segments to source the best startup opportunities for our Fellows.  We look for Company Partners with strong leadership, a positive and inclusive culture, and dynamic roles with a clear trajectory for growth.

 

How It Works

FEB & MARCH
Meet VFA and join Match

APRIL & MAY
Interview Fellows

MAY & JUNE
Make offers

AUGUST
Fellows start work after Training Camp

What to Expect

VFA Match & Job Fairs

Using our private online job search portal, you’ll be able to reach out directly to Fellows who might be the right fit for your company. They’ll also be able to reach out to you and pitch you on their skills. We encourage everyone to meet in person, so we also host regional job fairs where you’ll have the chance to speed interview multiple Fellows in one day.

Once you’ve found the right person, you’ll hire a Fellow as a full-time salaried employee of your company, just like your other employees, and they’ll start work in August after Training Camp.

Salary & Benefits

We encourage our Company Partners to offer compensation similar to what they’d offer entry-level talent for that role. As a minimum, we require Fellows to be paid at least a $38,000 annual salary plus benefits, though many do pay more. Offering equity is also encouraged.

Placement Fee

In exchange for the effort we invest upfront in recruiting, selecting, coaching and training our Fellows, we require a placement fee starting at $5,000 per Fellow hired. This helps offset the $30,000 it costs us per Fellow to run our program.

Coaching & Development

Our program works because we believe in the apprenticeship model, where our Fellows can learn and grow in their roles. We expect our Company Partners to invest time and effort in Fellows’ professional development by providing mentorship, feedback and regular performance reviews.

How You'll Hire

VFA Match & Job Fairs

Using our private online job search portal, you’ll be able to reach out directly to Fellows who might be the right fit for your company. They’ll also be able to reach out to you and pitch you on their skills. We encourage everyone to meet in person, so we also host regional job fairs where you’ll have the chance to speed interview multiple Fellows in one day.

Once you’ve found the right person, you’ll hire a Fellow as a full-time salaried employee of your company, just like your other employees, and they’ll start work in August after Training Camp.

What You'll Pay Your Fellow

Salary & Benefits

We encourage our Company Partners to offer compensation similar to what they’d offer entry-level talent for that role. As a minimum, we require Fellows to be paid at least a $38,000 annual salary plus benefits, though many do pay more. Offering equity is also encouraged.

What You'll Pay VFA

Placement Fee

In exchange for the effort we invest upfront in recruiting, selecting, coaching and training our Fellows, we require a placement fee starting at $5,000 per Fellow hired. This helps offset the $30,000 it costs us per Fellow to run our program.

How You'll Work with Your Fellow

Coaching & Development

Our program works because we believe in the apprenticeship model, where our Fellows can learn and grow in their roles. We expect our Company Partners to invest time and effort in Fellows’ professional development by providing mentorship, feedback and regular performance reviews.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Fellows work for VFA?

No. Fellows are full-time, salaried, at-will employees of their companies. Venture For America provides the training, coaching, and support they need to be successful at their jobs but they are not our employees.

What kinds of roles are Fellows typically hired for?

Most Fellows fill roles on the business side – from sales and marketing to finance and operations depending on their experience and skill set. Historically, about 15% of each class will occupy or grow into technical roles. Often they join in hybrid roles and their responsibilities shift over time depending on the needs of the company or interests of the Fellow. Above all else, Fellows are looking for exposure to leadership, a great manager, and room to learn and grow within the company.

How do I know Fellows are top-notch?

We’ve developed a process that selects for individuals with an exceptional track record of “adaptive excellence,” high integrity, resilience, and potential to significantly contribute to a startup. We have historically accepted between 10%-18% of applicants. Candidates submit a written application and conduct a Skype interview before being invited to Selection Day. This final round is an eight-hour long group and individual interview where we test for critical thinking skills, social and emotional intelligence, leadership potential, and business acumen. We also survey company partners throughout the two years to track performance—to date, 86% of our Fellows are rated in the top 1% or 10% of all entry-level employees.

Should I attend a job fair?

With over 300+ companies hiring in 2019, it’s more important than ever to meet Fellows in person and differentiate yourselves. Above all else, our Fellows are looking for the right culture fit – Job Fairs are the most effective way to convey the personality of your organization and find the right fit for your team. Our three job fairs in 2019 will be held in Birmingham on April 5th, Cleveland on April 12th, and Baltimore on May 3rd. Join us!

What if I need someone before August?

Some of our Fellows do transition mid-fellowship, thus we may have alums or current Fellows seeking re-placement. Feel free to let us know if you have current openings by sending us a note at companies@ventureforamerica.org or to your contact on our team. We will then share your post on our internal VFA job board.

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