Northeast Ohio Community Director


Venture For America is changing the face of entrepreneurship. We scour the country for talented recent college grads who are eager to make a meaningful impact in their careers and in the community. We then place them in startups – in industries from edtech and clean energy to consumer goods – in cities across the U.S. and help unlock their limitless potential as creators and builders by providing access to programming, funding resources, and an expansive network. Visit our website to learn more.


This is an exciting opportunity to drive continued growth for Venture For America in Cleveland & Northeast Ohio (NEO). We’re looking for someone who is a partnerships/fundraising/sales powerhouse interested in building and fostering a diverse and inclusive community. This person is passionate about inclusive innovation, startups and entrepreneurship, and approaches challenges with a can-do attitude. 


As the Northeast Ohio Community Director, you will be the face of Venture For America. You will help build awareness and excitement from the local community and support our Fellows in their professional journeys. You will cultivate a community for the Cleveland and NEO-based Fellows, identify and foster relationships with Company Partners and be responsible for maintaining and building donor relations.


What you’ll do:


Company Partnerships (35%)

  • Connect with 80+ startup leaders annually to identify, evaluate, 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 on their skills and industry interests

  • Help bring an annual cohort of 15+ Fellows to work at Cleveland and NEO-based Company Partners


 Fundraising/Strategic Partnerships (35%)

  • Steward and grow relationships with current VFA funders and secure new funding for the organization, achieving revenue of $350,000 in philanthropic donations and earned revenue annually

  • Build and manage a Regional Advisory Board. Identify and recruit new, diverse members to help determine VFA's strategic direction and connect VFA more deeply with the local community

  • Write top-caliber proposals and reports to funding organizations under strict deadlines


Programs and Fellow Support (20%)

  • Meet regularly with Fellows and serve as a sounding board in their career progression

  • Organize events for Fellows to connect with the Cleveland and NEO community and each other, including panel discussions and cohort-bonding activities

  • Work closely with the Fellow City Leadership Council to strengthen the program

  • Recruit new mentors and volunteers to support the VFA program


Fellow Recruitment and Selection and other internal projects (10%)

In addition to the responsibilities unique to Community Directors described above, all VFA team members devote a portion of their time to Fellow recruitment and selection, which occurs on an ongoing basis between August and March, as well as other internal strategic projects. Activities include:

  • Participating in local recruitment events

  • Evaluating written fellowship applications, conducting candidate interviews and facilitating Selection Days

  • Hosting Selection Days in your city as necessary, including fundraising for the event, securing a venue, and recruiting Selection Day judges

  • Taking part in VFA working groups, strategic projects, and steering committees. Current strategic working groups include: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; Impact Assessment; City Expansion

  • You will also support VFA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives, as is expected of all team members.


What you may have already done:

  • Worked for 5+ years and have a proven track record of growing an organization/company through fundraising, partnerships, hiring and/or sales

  • Have developed a working knowledge of the Cleveland and NEO startup and/or philanthropic community

  • Achieved results while working autonomously with little to no direction

  • Coached diverse, young professionals to navigate challenges in work/personal life

  • Written grant proposals to foundations and corporate donors

  • Worked for a startup or in an organization supporting startups and/or have experience supporting diverse entrepreneurs


The good stuff:

  • High performers at VFA are given substantial opportunity to grow and develop

  • You’ll earn a competitive salary, commensurate with experience

  • We offer a great benefits package including medical, dental, vision, 401(k), commuter benefits, flexible spending account, and gym, tech, and professional development stipends

  • We have a generous vacation policy, plenty of paid holidays, and regular work from home Fridays

  • 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 an inclusive team of exceptionally 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.