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Nonprofit Innovation Lab and Social Impact Edge Manager

Social Enterprise Greenhouse Intern

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Social Enterprise Greenhouse: Nonprofit Innovation Lab and Social Impact Edge Manager

About Social Enterprise Greenhouse
Based in Providence, Rhode Island, Social Enterprise Greenhouse helps grow businesses that change lives, harnessing the creative energy of its entrepreneurs to cultivate high-impact, purpose-driven, and financially sustainable businesses. Our rapidly growing and highly committed team offers a comprehensive menu of services including:
● Business development services including workshops, an Incubator program, an Accelerator program, and later stage customized strategy support;
● The SEG Hub, a coworking and community space;
● A loan fund and accompanying technical assistance;
● A Talent Matchmaking program to engage students in learning about and supporting social enterprises.

About the Program
Social Enterprise Greenhouse connects mission-driven social entrepreneurs with the networks, resources, and knowledge they need to refine their business model, grow strategically, and create positive impact in Rhode Island and beyond.

This position will design and launch two distinct new pilot programs: the Nonprofit Innovation Lab in partnership with the United Way of Rhode Island; and Social Impact Edge, a program that will help social ventures secure contracts with larger Rhode Island based companies (anchor institutions) in partnership with Supply RI.

The Nonprofit Innovation Lab will support the development of self-sustaining, new solutions that will enable local nonprofits to expand and speed up their ability to create positive social impact. This program will select up to 10 nonprofit leaders through a competitive process who will then participate in a Boot Camp, Milestone Accelerator, and Pitch Event to further develop their ideas and compete for seed funding. The program will conclude in June of 2020.

Social Impact Edge is a redesign of the Best for RI program that aims to help businesses assess and improve their social impacts. This position will focus specifically on the social procurement aspect of the program which aims to provide the connections and technical assistance to support increased contracts between local social enterprises and socially responsible businesses and Anchor institutions such as local hospitals and universities. The manager will work closely with the Commerce RI’s Supply RI team to design and execute recruitment, information sessions, trainings, and marketplace events that will ultimately result in more anchor institutions working with local social ventures and socially minded businesses to fulfill their purchasing needs.

Both of these programs are pilots. While SEG hopes to continue both programs beyond July 2020, future funding beyond this contract period will depend on the success of these pilots.

About the Candidate
We seek a collaborative, creative leader who will take initiative to design and execute these new programs and lay the groundwork for longer term sustainability and impact.

This position will be based in Providence and will report to the CEO. This position will be accountable for the following goals:
– Incorporate principles of equity and inclusion in all efforts.
For the Nonprofit Innovation Lab:
– Develop and execute a successful selection process, bootcamp, accelerator, and pitch night for approximately 10 existing nonprofits;
– Understand the unique needs of program participants to ensure program components are adapted to their specific needs;
– Further develop relationships with participants, volunteers, additional service providers, etc.
For Social Impact Edge:
– Designing and executing information sessions, workshops and trainings;
– Designing and executing two marketplace events in which local social ventures can advertise and sell their products and/or services;
– Conducting outreach to support above events:
– Working with the communications team to ensure success stories are documented and shared.

This position is full-time starting as soon as possible through July 2020. Compensation for this 9 month contract is expected to be approximately $50K.

Primary Responsibilities
New Program Development and Execution: The Program Manager will collaborate with SEG staff, the United Way and Supply RI to lead program adaptation/design and execution to meet the needs of program participants.
Build and Nurture Relationships: The Program Manager will be a relationship builder – developing strong relationships as well as recruiting, managing and engaging program participants, volunteer advisors, and partner/funder organizations.
Grow Visibility and Support Communications: The Program Manager will collaborate with the communications team to raise visibility of enterprise development programs and SEG as an organization including identifying and supporting implementation of new communications tools and methods

Core Skills & Capacities
Passion: Exuberant passion for social entrepreneurship (creating ventures that strive to achieve their social mission while achieving financial sustainability);
Experience: 6+ years demonstrated success in community building/development, program development, business/entrepreneurship; and/or project management;
Execution: Passionate about and excellent aptitude for getting things done. Able to step in proactively and make progress where others are not;
Commitment to Addressing Issues of Race & Equity: Demonstrates an active commitment to viewing their work through a race and equity lens and finding and supporting opportunities to address issues of structural racism and economic inequity through their work;
Relationship Builder: Able to build relationships with a wide range of people. Easily connects and builds trust;
Organization and Planning: Plans and organizes in an efficient, productive manner;
Business Acumen: Understands and can coach others on business basics;
Communicator: Errs on the side of over communicating progress, success, and challenges using strong communication skills;
Problem-solver: Easily assesses complex challenges and takes timely action to resolve;
Detail-Orientation: Sweats the small stuff. Does not let important details fall through the cracks;
Empathy: Listens deeply to others and seeks to understand their goals, interests, and experiences from their perspective and demonstrates diplomacy and empathy in all efforts;
Coaching Approach: Firmly believes in the potential of all people to learn and grow, able to identify and support strengths and provide accessible advice to address challenges; Entrepreneurial Mindset: Easily identifies business opportunities and ways in which opportunities can be translated into successful ventures;
Team Player: Looks beyond their individual goals to support overall work of the organization, quick to leverage opportunities to effectively improve outcomes, works well with others.

Strongly preferred, but not required: Fluency in Spanish.

How to apply:
Please email a resume and 1-page cover letter to as .pdf attachments. Include your name and the position title in the header of your email and titles of attached documents. Deadline to apply is Monday Oct. 28.

Social Enterprise Greenhouse Intern 

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