President – Venture Café Global Institute
Posted on 12/17/2022
Cambridge, MA, USA
Experience Level
  • At least 10-15 years of overall professional experience as a manager/leader of an organization
  • Currently reside within Boston, Philadelphia, Providence, Miami or St. Louis
  • Be strongly connected into the startup and innovation ecosystems in at least one of those cities
  • Be able to travel 25% of the time which includes existing sites (Americas, Europe & Asia) and ad hoc expansion related requirements
  • Be comfortable gathering regularly with large groups including after hours
  • Management of an international multi-site organization preferred
  • Significant board development, fundraising, marketing/branding and fiscal management experience are a must
  • Keen analytic, organization and problem solving skills, which support and enable sound decision making
  • Excellent coalition-building skills, with an ability to communicate and work effectively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders; you are a persuasive negotiator able to achieve consensus amongst differing opinions
  • Outstanding presentation and communication skills, and the experience and proclivity to be an outgoing spokesperson, relationship builder, and fundraiser
  • Strong commitment to the professional development of staff; successful track record of recruiting and retaining a diverse team
  • Experience scaling an international organization
  • Act as the principal thought-leader for VCGI and develop yourself and your reputation as a recognized thought-leader in the innovation and entrepreneurship support industry
  • Collaborate with the Board and stakeholder partners in each Venture Café city to refine and implement the strategic plan while ensuring that the budget, staff, and priorities are aligned with VCGI's core mission
  • Provide inspirational leadership and direction to all executives, ensure the continued development and management of a professional and efficient organization, and establish effective decision-making processes that will enable VCGI to achieve its long- and short-term goals and objectives
  • Cultivate a strong and transparent working relationship with local stakeholders and the networks to ensure open communication about the measurement of financial, programmatic, and impact performance against stated milestones and goals
  • Build a diverse and inclusive workforce, representative of the community at each location, that is highly engaged and willing to leverage and secure resources
  • Ensure that the flow of funds (the combination of fees from member cafes, partners with whom we collaborate, and external sources) permits VCGI to make continuous progress towards the achievement of its mission and that those funds are allocated properly to reflect present needs and future potential
  • Formulate and execute comprehensive external communications/marketing, branding and development strategies that will ensure consistency throughout the organization and enhance revenue from major donors, foundations, government agencies, and corporations
  • Ensure the delivery of high-quality services while managing for current and future growth
  • Facilitate cross-member collaboration and strengthen internal communications with teams throughout the organization; create and promote a positive, multicultural work environment that supports consistency throughout the organization's strategy, operational methods, and data collection needs
  • Achieve a healthy financial status for the organization, including developing long and short range financial plans, monitoring the budget and ensuring sound financial controls are in place; set financial priorities accurately to ensure the organization is operating in a manner that supports the needs of the program and staff
  • Identify and obtain substantial grant funding for the organization
  • Lead innovation on developing new products and programs for Venture Cafe, while simultaneously rationalizing the delivery of existing programs through new and existing locations and partnerships
  • Target new locations for Venture Café and work with the regional stakeholders to propose a program and attract funding for launch and long term sustainability. Hire and train the staff for these new Venture Cafés
  • Possess strong relationship building skills and the ability to be the face of the Venture Café brand and community
  • Be a positive, results-oriented “doer” with high quality output and ability to work under pressure/meet tight deadlines
  • Be a financially savvy and politically astute leader with the ability to set clear priorities, delegate, and guide investment in people and systems
  • Be trustworthy and always willing to both learn and teach, with a love for problem-solving and comfort working with ambiguity. A quick and adaptable learner
  • Serve as a natural mentor and developer of people; personable with an innate desire to help others. This role requires a significant amount of organizational development
  • Be committed to seeing your work as mission-based and an opportunity to make a powerful contribution to a larger effort
  • Be someone known to lead by example - comfortable helping out with day-­to-­day tasks as necessary, e.g. happy to get your hands dirty, clean up the mess, or set up chairs
  • Have an interest in a long-term role - we are a growing organization, and we like to hire people who can grow with us over the years
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