Director, Entrepreneurs & Ventures @ UpStart

Director, Entrepreneurs & Ventures

UpStart partners with the Jewish community’s boldest leaders to expand the picture of how Jews find meaning and how we come together. Whether someone is starting a new venture, or reimagining what an existing one has to offer, UpStart gives them the entrepreneurial tools and network they need to build the Jewish community of the future.

We are seeking a talented program facilitator, designer, and project manager to create and implement UpStart’s transformative programs for social entrepreneurs and their ventures. The Director, Entrepreneurs & Ventures (D-EV) is responsible for the delivery of best-in-class programs targeted to the needs of social entrepreneurs for each age and stage of venture development.

The D-EV is a full-time exempt position based in any of UpStart’s offices (NY, LA, Chicago, Denver, and Oakland). This position reports to the Senior Director, Entrepreneurs & Ventures, and works closely with the Program Associate-EV to implement UpStart’s portfolio of offerings for early, growth, and later stage ventures.

Design and implement UpStart’s wide range of programs for each age and stage of bold venture development--including the Entrepreneur Sprints, Venture Accelerator, and Alumni programs.

- Lead recruitment and selection process for E&V programs: Lead the processes and outreach activities that make up the recruitment and selection cycle for the Venture Accelerator and Entrepreneur Sprints, including setting timelines, developing communications, and leading candidates, staff and stakeholders through the process.
- Design and implement high-quality curricula and programming:
- Develop, in partnership with the Senior Director-EV, the curriculum for all Sprint and Venture Accelerator programs, both in-person and virtual, based on best practices and assessment of cohort needs.
- Act as the lead facilitator for core E&V programs.
- Serve as a coach to several participants.
- Serve as the lead project manager on the implementation of E&V programs:
- Work closely with the Program Associate-E&V to coordinate programmatic details for cohort labs and gatherings, including identifying locations, working with presenters/facilitators and creating effective run-of-show documents that reflect identified curricula, integration of organizational resources, and desired impact.
- Support the coaching process, managed by the Senior Director-E&V, for the Venture Accelerator; manage the coaching process for Entrepreneur Sprints. This includes coordinating site visits (when applicable), keeping track of deadlines, sharing reports and aligning goals with the curriculum, and being matched as a coach with a small number of our participants.
- Project management support for alumni programs.
- Administer the participant grants award process, reviewing proposals, making funding recommendations, and working with the Chief Development Officer to support participants as they learn.
- Collaborate with other departments on key E&V projects: .
- Support the build-out and implementation of the VA technology platform including communication with participants, training, and reporting.
- Partner with the SD-EV to work with regional staff to deliver programs for entrepreneurs & ventures that are accessible to their local communities.
- Assume primary responsibility for data collection and implementation processes for all of the E&V activities, including setting timelines and communicating with participants around these processes.
- Other projects, as needed.

- A passion for UpStart’s mission to dream, build, and grow bold initiatives that enhance the vitality of Jewish life.
- Foundational experience with at least three of the following, with deep experience in at least one area: business or nonprofit strategy, leadership and management best practices, business model development, human-centered design, entrepreneurship, marketing, finance, governance, and data collection & analytics.
- Front-line experience in business and/or the nonprofit world designing, building, and leading programs and/or organizations.
- Excellent people, communication, time, and project management skills.
- Access to Jewish networks, and understanding of the national Jewish ecosystem.
- Comfort with, and a successful track record of managing immersive and engaging educational programs.
- Ability to adapt with resourcefulness, flexibility, and a positive attitude in an entrepreneurial culture.
- Comfort with technological systems.
- Track record of demonstrating a high degree of professionalism and emotional intelligence.
- 5+ years’ experience in entrepreneurship or non-profit spaces, or 3+ years’ experience with an MBA or related graduate degree.


- Experience working in a remote workplace.
- Experience mentoring or coaching others in a business or nonprofit context, including mastery of the hard and soft skills associated with the work.

The salary range will be discussed during your first round interview and we can answer any questions you may have about compensation during that conversation. UpStart is an equal opportunity employer. All individuals are entitled to equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, genetic information, medical condition, veteran status, or any other class protected under federal, state, or local laws.

UpStart offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, matching 401K, FSA, commuter benefits, and an annual professional development stipend. We value the time you spend outside the office as much as we value your time spent with us, and so, our flexible scheduling and open vacation policies enable you to hold both.

Please submit your resume, along with a thoughtful and concise cover letter, to our hiring team to the email below with the subject: UpStart D-E&V.

UpStart strives to model our vision of a just, vibrant, and inclusive future. As an equal opportunity employer, UpStart strongly encourages applications from individuals with varied identities and backgrounds, including Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews, Jews of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, LGBTQIA people, and people who come from low income or working class backgrounds.

At UpStart, our Team Philosophy is to Dream with Purpose, Build the ‘What Might Be’, and Grow the Good. This philosophy underpins how we work -- and how we work together. For more about UpStart’s organizational culture, check out our culture deck.
We will be openly recruiting for this position until it is filled. We will directly follow up with candidates who have advanced to our first interview round. Candidates who have been selected to advance to an initial call will be contacted directly. Due to the volume of applicants, we are unable to contact each applicant, but we still recognize and value the time and effort you’ve taken to submit your application.

Our internal process from submission to offer will look as follows:
- A preliminary call will be scheduled with our internal recruiter.
- Candidates who advance to the first interview will meet with the Hiring Manager.
- Candidates who advance to a second round will complete an experiential assignment in advance of interviewing with two primary collaborators for this position.
- Finalists will participate in a third-round interview with the Hiring Manager. References will be requested of all finalists in advance of this final meeting.

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Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: paid vacation, sick leave, medical, vision, dental, leave early for Shabbat
  • Preferred Experience: Professional (6-10 years)
  • Preferred Degree: Bachelors
  • Job Posted: 2020-02-07
  • Times this job has been viewed: 425 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Director, Programming
  • Organization Type: Consulting Services, Other
Job Location
1111 Broadway
Oakland , California 94607


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