The Expansion Project Lead will help develop & implement the Venture Caf Network's expansion strategy & provide ongoing support for current Network members. We seek a dynamic, seasoned, creative, & energetic individual who is an effective project manager, driven by a strong relationship-based approach, & has a deep commitment to innovation & startups. The role will focus on our growing, active pipeline of new city expansion & provide the highest quality service & relationship management for our current network members
The ideal candidate will possess the following characteristics:
Exceptional project management, written/verbal communication, & organizational skills, including the ability to own & manage multiple tasks & get the details right
Strong relationship building skills & the maturity & confidence to work with stakeholders ranging from university administrators to local volunteers. Ability to be an ambassador for the Venture Caf brand & community.
Positive, results-oriented doer with high quality output & ability to work under pressure/meet tight deadlines.
Ability to proactively spot & find creative ways to make an impact. Natural inclination to improve & iterate on the way we do things.
Team player who is personable, happy to help others, & naturally drawn to a continually-evolving environment. Ability to work well on a small (but mighty!) team.
Trustworthy & always willing to both learn & teach; a love for problem-solving & comfortable working with ambiguity. A quick & adaptable learner.
Commitment to seeing their work as mission-based & an opportunity to make a powerful contribution to a larger effort.
Strong relationship with technology; Mac proficient; experience with Slack, Trello, & CRM platforms a plus.
GENERAL OVERVIEW OF RESPONSIBILITIES
You will be a member of the Venture Caf Global Institute staff & report to the President of the Venture Caf Global Institute. Your responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
Managing a portfolio of city-based expansion opportunities that Venture Caf is either evaluating or pursuing. This includes responsibility for the process from start to finish, from market assessment & proposal development, to operational & programming launch. You will complete a wide variety of tasks independently to move projects forward, collaborate with key partners & stakeholders, & communicate ongoing progress with senior management. You will also manage local consultant & project resources to remain on scope & within budget
Traveling (both independently & with senior leadership) to new markets to meet potential partners & evaluate opportunities as well as to support current Network Members. While travel requirements will vary by project, you should expect to travel up to 50% of the time.
Providing high-quality support service for new Venture Cafs during their initial launch year. You will be expected to successfully transition key relationships fostered during the Caf's development process. You will be a trusted, reliable resource to local Caf leadership & staff offering proven expertise, creative advice, & a listening ear.
Planning visits & hosting partners at other Venture Caf & CIC sites.
Working closely with CIC's Global Expansion & Launch Teams on the sourcing, development, & roll out of new Venture Caf's aligned & in partnership with CIC's expansion efforts.
Actively developing a robust expansion pipeline, with tasks including fielding new partnership inquiries, hosting delegations & visitors from different cities, & managing & growing strategic relationships that may grow into future Venture Cafe partnerships.
Minimum of a bachelor's degree or equivalent experience
Minimum of 4-5 years of professional experience
Willingness to travel up to 50% of the time, though typical travel demands are closer to 25% of your time.
An interest in a long-term role, we are a growing company, & we like to hire people who can grow with us over the years
A natural interest for helping/supporting others
A deep understanding of building & nurturing innovation ecosystems/communities
Dual-language fluency strongly preferred
ATTRACTIONS OF THE JOB
In addition to helping our communities achieve great things, we work to ensure that our employees are healthy & supported. Some of the benefits of being here include:
Fun people in a dynamic space. We pride ourselves on finding driven & bright collaborators who are eager to lend their own unique skills to the team, as well as to our inspiring clientele. The number one reason our team members say they like working here is because of their colleagues!
Personal growth. This is a great opportunity to learn & develop skills within the epicenter of the innovation community at a growing company
Great benefits for full-time employees (see below)
Regular massages, access to a nursing room, secure bicycle parking, a game room, a gym, & shower rooms with towels
Starting compensation for this position is $75,000 plus 100% of the cost of a premium healthcare & dental package & full payment of expenses covered by your deductible, long & short-term disability, life insurance, 401K matching after the first year of employment (must be 21+) & three weeks of vacation from the start (more with seniority). Annual reviews with raises significantly above the national average every year for those on track with strong performance.
VCGI is committed to building teams that reflect the fabric of the cities we support. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer & consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, ancestry, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, Veteran status, or any other legally protected status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation please let us know.
ABOUT VENTURE CAFE AND THE VENTURE CAFE GLOBAL INSTITUTE (VCGI)
Venture Caf's mission is to connect innovators to make things happen. Founded in 2009 at CIC, Venture Caf is now a global movement of local nonprofits working to build stronger & more inclusive innovation ecosystems & accelerate & enhance the innovation process, in cities around the world. It does this through its use of programming, physical spaces, storytelling, & broad innovation engagement.
The Venture Caf Global Institute is a public benefit corporation that operates as a nonprofit organization to support the Global Network of independent Venture Cafes. VCGI provides support in key areas including staff training, knowledge sharing, fundraising, shared systems & services, intellectual property, & guides expansion to new sites.
ABOUT VENTURE CAFE'S EXPANSION
Venture Caf is in eight locations globally, with three planned additions by the end of 2019. Our goal is to be in the top 50 innovation cities around the world, & we are actively working to expand to multiple locations domestically & internationally. Innovation leaders from around the world & across sectors recognize the impact Venture Caf, & CIC, our primary growth partner, have generated & are approaching us to discuss new opportunities.