Venture For America is currently searching for a highly organized self-starter to manage the pre-planning and day-to-day of VFA’s annual Accelerator program as an independent contractor.


ABOUT VENTURE FOR AMERICA:

Venture For America is a two-year fellowship that recruits, selects, and trains highly talented recent college grads, places them at startups in emerging US cities, 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 an impact. 


THE ACCELERATOR:

The 2021 Accelerator program is a virtual Accelerator that will take place from August 16 - November 19. The Accelerator is designed to support founders who have successfully completed the Fellowship and are ready to jump into their ventures full time. 


The Accelerator provides the time, space, and support founders need to make progress on their businesses. This program supports early-stage companies from any industry through skill workshops, professional mentorship, and goal setting & accountability. Participants will receive monthly stipends. The program culminates with a National Virtual Demo Day, as well as a pitch for additional funding.


The goal of the VFA Accelerator is to ensure participating companies are well-positioned to take the right next step for their business, be it a national accelerator, fundraising round, or product launch. In many ways, the VFA Accelerator should be thought of as a zero equity pre-Accelerator. 


THE PROGRAM COORDINATOR:

The Accelerator Coordinator will manage program logistics, build relationships with mentors and guest speakers, and work closely with VFA alumni as they prepare to launch their businesses. This is an 8-month remote contract position and will run from mid May - the first week of December 2021. Although hours may vary, this position will be 40 hours per week for May through the first two weeks of August and will ramp down to 15 - 20 hours per week through December. 

You

  • Have worked in an externally facing role for 2-3 years and are comfortable interacting with executives and individual contributors alike. Startup experience is strongly preferred.

  • Understand how startups work and the language used by founders and investors, and eager to learn more.

  • Are extremely organized and detail-oriented, and get excited whenever you’re tasked with planning something.

  • Have strong communication skills and can craft emails that get people to act.

  • Have experience organizing events from start to finish - virtual events a plus!

  • Are comfortable with changing priorities and thrive in unexpected situations.

  • Demonstrate a willingness to do the little things and go the extra mile to accommodate your colleagues, customers, advisors, and whoever else you interact with on a daily basis.

  • Have an interest in learning about the critical early days of building a startup from the ground up.

What You’ll Do

  • Support our Senior Entrepreneurship Manager in running the Venture For America Accelerator.

  • Assist in planning the program by:

    • Participating in the Accelerator application and selection process

    • Finding, vetting, securing, and onboarding Accelerator Mentors

    • Serving as the point person for communication for Accelerator Founders

    • Developing and leading onboarding curriculum for Founders

    • Building out zoom tech/logistics/ internal infrastructure for Accelerator program

    • Planning special events for Accelerator

  • Support the execution of the program by:

    • Supporting Fellow Founders daily by managing scheduling and technical support.

    • Coordinating the logistics of all workshops, events, office hours, and cohort meetings with the help of the Program Manager. 

    • Working with our Finance department to manage Fellow Founders expense reports and stipends. 

    • Connecting Fellow Founders with available resources that can help their companies grow (VFA technology partners and service providers).

    • Supporting the planning and execution of Demo Day.

    • Helping to create a supportive virtual environment.

  • Support the Entrepreneurship Manager in additional entrepreneurship programs, as needed.

The Good Stuff

  • This position is for an independent contractor. You’ll earn $35/hour.

  • 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.