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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 our current openings below:

Curriculum Writer (CTE Background)

We are seeking a freelance Curriculum Writer to be responsible for developing, creating, and editing a variety of educational materials that make entrepreneurial learning come to life for young people, and especially girls. Our learning materials incorporate the mindset (e.g. creativity, curiosity, empathy, and courage) and skillset (e.g. idea generation, market research design thinking, prototyping and pitching) and are intentionally designed with how girls’ learn best in mind.

 

We are looking for multiple writers who have experience creating or teaching Career and Technical Education programs.

 

Ideal candidates will:

• Share the company’s vision and commitment and be passionate about preparing today’s youth with the mindset and skillset they need to succeed in 21st century jobs.  

• Implement best practices to engage high school students.

• Understand the principles of maker education, design thinking, and project/problem based learning.

• Have an understanding of how girls learn best/how to keep girls from falling into a set of limited beliefs about their potential.

• Have experience writing or teaching youth entrepreneurship (preferred, not required).

 

Requirements:

• College graduate with a degree in Education or a related field

• 3+ years teaching high school students (in school or afterschool setting)

• Experience in curriculum writing 

• Ability to align with applicable CTE standards

• Experience in adult education (preferred)  

 

Responsibilities:

• Review, revise and develop original activities around entrepreneurship and CTE that:

          • Are simple to implement

          • Are interactive, hands-on and engaging

          Promote collaboration, communication and problem-solving

          • Are consistent with our brand promises: fun, innovative, inclusive

• 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.

Strong preference will be given to candidates who have a background in delivering training and professional development to adults. VentureLab curriculum writers may have additional opportunities to deliver professional development based on VentureLab’s youth entrepreneurship curriculum.

 

To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to VentureLab at hello@venturelab.org.

Marketing and Communication Intern (Paid)

Benefits:

• Diverse work experience in a nonprofit environment

• An opportunity to substantially contribute to VentureLab’s growth

• A network of nonprofit leaders, tech enthusiasts and entrepreneurs!

We greatly value our interns and work hard to find a good fit for both parties involved. Read on if meaningful projects and handling responsibility sound appealing!

 

What we’re looking for in a candidate:

• You’re a creator. You can develop compelling and creative content for social media, email, blog, and other mediums as needed and welcome feedback to make your excellent work, amazing.

• You live and breathe social media: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Instagram. You know how to take new content and refreshed pieces and present it in a compelling way on each platform. (And you find this fun!)

• You have design savviness: an interest in promoting our brand by creating fun polished designs for social media posts, one-pagers, and other marketing materials, whether you’re a Canva guru or an Adobe Creative Suite aficionado.

• You have a sharp eye for the little things. You are a keen editor and take pride in work that requires minimal editing.

 

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 have an open mind and a willingness to learn, take on new and varied projects, and add value to the team!

• You’re comfortable asking for help and clarification when you need it but attempt to problem-solve first.

 

While experience is important, passion and interest is equally as valuable. If you are willing to put in the work and initiative, we will work with you to help pick things up quickly!

 

Contact:

To apply, please email Drew Lacy at drew@venturelab.org

Office Intern (Paid)

VentureLab is looking for an office intern to help us as we bring entrepreneurial education to the world! Gain non-profit management experience by supporting VentureLab with office communications, data entry, donor relations, organization of educational materials, community events, marketing outreach, and a variety of ever-emerging office tasks. You will work directly with the VentureLab team and learn valuable non-profit skills.

 

What we’re looking for in a candidate:

• Ability to work at our east Austin office;
• Positive attitude and willing to learn new things;
• Demonstrated commitment to the VentureLab’s mission;
• Desire to work in a non-profit setting;
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
• Great organizational skills, self-motivated, attention to detail;
• The ability to juggle several tasks while meeting deadlines;
• Proficient with Microsoft Office, Google Drive, and Excel; and
• Knowledge of HubSpot preferred but not required.

 

Contact:

To apply, please email Drew Lacy at drew@venturelab.org

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