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 VentureLab Overview

 

At VentureLab, we’re creating the next generation of creative entrepreneurs. That’s why we intentionally design programs where students can actually practice the kind of innovating that entrepreneurs do to bring their creative ideas to life.

 

Our programs include fun, hands-on, experiential learning that focuses on strengthening kids’ entrepreneurial thinking, ingenuity, creativity, and confidence. They encourage young people, and especially girls, to be independent thinkers—to venture outside the box and create unique, norm-defying solutions for the challenges they are passionate about solving. 

 

Our Approach to Entrepreneurship Education

 

Entrepreneurship isn’t just about starting companies; it is a skillset and a way of thinking. The core of entrepreneurship is building a solution to a problem. It involves identifying needs, brainstorming creative solutions, innovating, and taking calculated risks. In short, it’s about having a vision and making it a reality.

 

That’s why at VentureLab we believe the true value in learning and practicing entrepreneurship lies in nurturing and growing an overall mindset and skillset – the ability to be confident and creative, to learn from failure, and to work well with others to bring your ideas to life. Our fun, innovative programs help create courageous, enterprising youths, especially girls, who dare to dream and do!

See current full time opportunities:

Director of Philanthropy

At VentureLab our vision is to be the global Leader in Youth entrepreneurship education and our mission is to create the next generation of innovators by making world-class entrepreneurship education accessible to kids worldwide, especially underrepresented youth and girls in particular. The Director of Philanthropy will oversee development and fundraising strategy for VentureLab. This position will create and implement a fundraising plan to advance the organizational goals and connect potential major donors, foundations, and corporations with opportunities to advance VentureLab both nationally and internationally.

VentureLab has an annual budget of $850K and we are looking to grow our annual budget to over $1 million in 2022. The position offers a unique opportunity for a creative, self-starter to advance the mission of youth entrepreneurship at VentureLab, and help take our development and stewardship to the next level. 

Advancement and Fundraising

• Help grow a culture of philanthropy among VentureLab’s friends and network, shaping the messaging for compelling fundraising appeals and solicitations

• Oversee CFGI (Corporate, Foundation, Government, and Individual) fundraising efforts for the organization

• Maintain a portfolio of 100+ major donors with an emphasis on 5-figure gifts or greater, in support of VentureLab’s programs and strategic plan goals

• Generate development materials such as proposals and case statements

•  Update and individualize solicitation materials (proposals, slide decks, etc.) for a well-articulated case for support

• Engage in qualification, strategy, and relationship building to close major gift(s) of $25,000+

• Work with the Board Members, Advisory Board Members, and key supporters to actively engage new prospects and donors and exceed annual fundraising goals

• Connect donors and potential donors with opportunities to advance VentureLab nationally and internationally

• Collaborate with the marketing and communications team to develop a digital fundraising strategy

• Represent VentureLab at community and national events, convenings, and major events virtually and in-person when possible

Stewardship and Tracking

• Create and implement a stewardship plan to ensure best practices for accuracy in processing and tracking gifts, as well as gift acknowledgement, donor records, donor recognition, and reports

• Build and maintain relationships with existing donors and sponsors

Maintain up-to-date donor records in CRM

• Thank, receipt, and track donations

• Plan cultivation and stewardship visits and events to connect with major donors throughout the year in partnership with Executive Director

Reporting Impact

• Work with program team to collect and report impact numbers

• Work with grant writer to develop customized quarterly reports to major donors

• Furnish the board with regular progress reports.

Requirements:

• Bachelor’s degree

• 10 years+ fundraising or business development experience

• Demonstrated success with raising 5+-figure gifts and exceeding contributed income goals in a competitive fundraising environment

• Proficiency in computer applications, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Airtable or similar fundraising database

• Strong communication skills; articulate, conceptual and persuasive

• Excellent written communication skills

• Proficient with sponsorship solicitation

• Proficient with MS Office applications and CRMs

• Proficient with social media platforms

• Excellent understanding of best practices

• Ability to work independently

• Available to travel, work weekends and evenings

Key Qualifications:

• A passion for VentureLab’s mission and entrepreneurship

• Integrity coupled with the ability to engender trust and confidence

• Outgoing professional demeanor with experience building personal relationships   

• Proactive strategic thinker

• Goal and task oriented with strong organizational skills

Maintains confidentiality

• Ability to make in-person solicitations and assist Executive Director, board and other staff with solicitations

• Ability to work autonomously in carrying out assigned responsibilities while answering formally to the Executive Director

• Personable, highly organized, detail-oriented, and collaborative

• Knowledge of entrepreneurship a plus

• VentureLab is located in Austin, Texas but this position is open to candidates in the Austin and San Antonio areas

To apply, please email [email protected] with the subject line “Director of Philanthropy.” Please include resume, cover letter, and desired salary range.

See current internship opportunities:

Pinterest Intern

VentureLab is searching for an enthusiastic intern to grow our Pinterest presence. As our intern, you’ll have full ownership over all things Pinterest, from high level strategy to pin creation to regular sharing of outside content.

 

You’ll utilize existing content from our blog and entrepreneurship curriculum to cultivate our Pinterest to draw in educators and parents and engage them with youth entrepreneurship.

 

What we’re looking for in a candidate:

• You live and breathe Pinterest. You know how to build compelling boards and posts that inspire others to follow and re-pin. (And you find this fun!)
• You have design savviness and know what designs work for Pinterest. You’re excited to make fun, polished designs for Pinterest posts, whether you’re a Canva guru or an Adobe Suite aficionado.
• You’re a strategizer and excited to come up with a Pinterest plan. You’re comfortable researching hashtags, trends, and Pinterest best practices for VentureLab’s brand.
• You have a sharp eye for the little things. You are a keen editor and take pride in work that requires minimal editing.
• You can analyze what is and isn’t working on Pinterest, and you’re ready to make changes if a current plan isn’t delivering results.

What we’re looking for in a human:

• You’re up for working collaboratively with a small team and have great communication skills.
• You meet deadlines, receive and give feedback, and drive tasks forward like nobody’s business.
• The opportunity to help position VentureLab as a leader in the educational and youth entrepreneurship space excites you.
• You’re comfortable asking for help and clarification when you need it but attempt to problem-solve first.

About the position:

• Seeking intern for summer 2021
• Remote with flexible scheduling, 10-15 hours per week
• Internship is unpaid; contact for college credit information if applicable
To apply: Email resume and cover letter to [email protected]

See current contract opportunities:

Curriculum Writer

We are seeking a Curriculum Writer responsible for developing, creating, and editing a variety of educational and assessment materials. The ideal candidate will be creative and resourceful, must be able to collaborate effectively within a team-oriented environment, and is technology savvy. The candidate must share the company’s vision and commitment to publish high-quality educational content. Experience in Entrepreneurship & STEAM or standards-based education is desirable. This is a short term contract. Hourly contractor rate commensurate with experience and ability.

Ideal candidates will:

• Minimum 2 years of experience in curriculum writing
• Minimum 2 years of teaching experience
• Experience writing K-12 content
• Experience with ESTEAM & Technology is a plus

Responsibilities:

• Develop original activities around entrepreneurship and financial literacy

• Collaborate with other curriculum writers 

• Respond to and implement feedback from VentureLab team in a timely manner

• Consistently meet assigned deadlines

 

Note

VentureLab is located in Austin, TX.  This is a remote position/can be done from anywhere.

 

To apply, please email your resume, cover letter, and one sample of your work to VentureLab at [email protected].

Contract Content Developer (Financial Literacy & Business Finance)

We are seeking an educator who has experience in financial literacy, specifically business finance at the middle and/or high school level. You will be responsible for creating a tool that youth can use to create a working business plan to determine basic cost, revenue, and profit.

This is a short term contract. Hourly contractor rate commensurate with experience and ability.

Requirements:

• Experience teaching high school students (in school or afterschool setting)
• Knowledge of basic spreadsheets functions and formatting

Ideal candidates will:

• Have experience working with middle school and high school students

Responsibilities:

• Develop original activities around entrepreneurship and financial literacy

• Collaborate with other curriculum writers 

• Respond to and implement feedback from VentureLab team in a timely manner

• Consistently meet assigned deadlines

Note

VentureLab is located in Austin, TX.  This is a remote position/can be done from anywhere.

To apply, please email your resume, cover letter, and one sample of your work to VentureLab at [email protected].

Contract Content Developer (Career & Technical Education)

We are seeking someone with experience in career and technical education, specifically in teaching entrepreneurship and/or administrating CTE programs. You will be responsible for creating a curriculum that will allow youth to apply the entrepreneurial mindset and process of innovation within the context of the career pathway they are pursuing. Hourly contractor rate commensurate with experience and ability.

Requirements:

• Experience teaching high school students (in school or afterschool setting)
• Experience in curriculum design
• Strong writing skills

Responsibilities:

• Develop original activities around entrepreneurship

• Collaborate with other curriculum writers 

• Respond to and implement feedback from VentureLab team in a timely manner

• Consistently meet assigned deadlines

Note

VentureLab is located in Austin, TX.  This is a remote position/can be done from anywhere.

To apply, please email your resume, cover letter, and one sample of your work to VentureLab at [email protected].

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