Program Manager
Venture Café Cambridge, Cambridge, MA
Posted on 8/18/2023
Cambridge, MA, USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
Customer Service
Public Speaking
Sales & Account Management
Customer Success & Support
  • Executing events or engagement activities
  • Envisioning, developing and implementing innovative event concepts and experiences
  • Experience building and managing relationships, networks, and partnerships
  • Connecting with a broad cross-section of the community
  • Creating, cultivating and executing on programs and priorities that align with our mission and strategic vision
  • Utilizing spaces in creative and engaging ways
  • Public speaking in a formal and informal setting
  • Communicating and promoting programs through digital media channels
  • Availability to work Venture Café Thursday Gatherings, which run 49 weeks per year from mid-afternoon into the evening hours, from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm (with breakdown afterwards)
  • Willingness for domestic and international travel as needed
  • Experience coordinating multiple small-to-medium-scale events at the same time
  • Knowledge of Google Apps, Salesforce and WordPress
  • Knowledge of Cambridge's innovation community, key influencers, networks and organizations
  • Broad understanding of innovation and innovation eco-systems, including business and social components
  • Understanding of start-up operations or entrepreneurship initiatives
  • Awareness of and sensitivity to a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to efficiently manage and prioritize multiple ongoing tasks and projects simultaneously, ensuring seamless coordination between short-term tasks and long-term strategic planning
  • Excellent customer service, communication, problem solving skills, and relentless-obsessive attention to detail
  • Fun people in a dynamic environment. We pride ourselves on finding driven and 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 CICers say they like working here is because of their colleagues!
  • Personal growth. This is a great opportunity to learn and develop skills within the epicenter of the innovation community at a growing company
  • Discounted services and memberships on tools to make your life happier/healthier such as gym memberships, tech and design support, hotel stays, and other fantastic options
  • This role will primarily be responsible for curating program content and coordinating program partners for the weekly Thursday Gathering. This includes building a strong pipeline of community organizations and partners to host live panel discussions, workshops, innovation initiatives (i.e. hacks), office hours mentoring and live performances based on strategic themes. This position will report directly to the Director of Venture Café Cambridge
  • In consultation with the VC Cambridge Director, VCGI Program Director, and Program Experience Coordinator, you will scope and develop a yearly program of weekly gathering events, which align with the Venture Café frameworks and strategic priorities.You will help position Venture Café Cambridge as a valuable but neutral player in the local ecosystem, working to amplify existing efforts, break down silos, and foster collaboration
  • Venture Café Cambridge will look, feel, and operate like a startup. There will be uncertainty and ambiguity and no work will be beneath you (on the same day you may print name tags, move furniture, and have dinner with the CEO of a global company). This environment also creates great opportunities to be creative and to envision new projects that will take Venture Café Cambridge's mission, and particularly its impact in Cambridge, to the next level. We believe in experiments as a way of learning
  • The role of the Program Manager is to manage the execution of weekly Venture Café Thursday Gatherings, including the following: