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19 Jan 2017

Full-Time Executive Director

Social Enterprise Incubator of Charlottesville – Posted by socentcville Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Job Description

We are a group of experienced and motivated investors with a shared belief in the power of entrepreneurs to generate social and environmental solutions that build regional workforce opportunity. Some local-to-global enterprise examples that we greatly admire include Greyston Bakery, Women’s Bean Project, The Giving Keys and Code 2040.
We have come together to build a social enterprise incubator in Charlottesville, and we are seeking a one-of-a-kind innovator, entrepreneur and executive who can nurture its growth and development.

We offer our initial vision, seed funding, extensive networks and our own “sweat-equity”. There is a desk to sit in, a paycheck for at least a year and more importantly a team and community ready to travel this journey with you.

Questions we’d ask you, and so you may want to ask yourself, include:
– What makes a successful social enterprise incubator?
– How do you understand the link between a thriving incubator and workforce development?
– Can you build a social enterprise vision into a financially viable, mission driven organization? Do you have a demonstrated track record in this work?
– How will you go about realizing and/or refining our vision, and what core principles and local reference points will you choose to guide you along the way?
– Are there other incubator models – locally, nationally or globally – that you would draw upon, and why? Where do you see a Charlottesville-based incubator breaking new ground?
– How would you go about building awareness, ownership and investment in an emerging social innovation ecosystem in our local community?
Because this is a social incubator leadership position, we’ll be looking for a special set of qualities:
– A passion for mentoring talented individuals and growing promising innovations:
– Broad and compelling communication skills addressing diverse audiences;
– Relevant and impressive academic and real-world education in social enterprise development;
– A proven track record in organizational and business development, and achieving revenue or fundraising goals;
– An ability to position an organization within a broader market, and build its value proposition and competitive advantage.
– Diplomatic and relationship skills for navigating a complex landscape.
– If possible, relationships within the Charlottesville region’s investment, philanthropic, entrepreneurship and civic communities; if not, strong ability to build those relationships independently and through the existing team.

And, you will be asked to assume these multi-faceted leadership responsibilities:
– Generate enthusiasm and buy-in for the incubator’s overarching vision;
– Finalize the design of the incubator program;
– Oversee the recruitment and selection of candidates for the incubator program;
– Guide and integrate the organization’s strategic, financial, organizational, and external development to effectively advance the incubator’s mission; and,
– Measure, document and communicate the incubator’s achievements, learning and results.

About us: Our leadership team is made up of a locally-based serially-successful entrepreneur, the CEO of a local philanthropic network, two leaders focused on workforce development and social enterprise development at two very different local academic institutions, and a locally-based international philanthropist and social-enterprise investor as well as two of her senior staff. We also have a passionate, hard-working, energetic and well-networked “founder” of the incubator with significant project-management, executive-support, communications and outreach skills who was savvy enough to identify to our board that we needed to hire an Executive Director to lead the team.

How to Apply

If our vision, guiding principles and requirements resonate, we want to hear from you. Please send us an expression of interest, your resume, and the names of three references to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis from February 9th onward. As you prepare your response, feel free to also send us any questions or requests for further information, at the same email address. We will respond.

Job Categories: Social Entrepreneurship. Job Types: Full-Time.

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