Community Manager @ The Global Entrepreneurship Network / by Haley Smith

The Global Entrepreneurship Network is hiring a full-time community manager to develop its Global Entrepreneurship Week campaign in the USA. The CM will drive partnerships, manage regional committees, and more. Learn more about the role and how to get in touch here. 

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The Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) is seeking a full-time community manager to further develop its Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) campaign in the United States. GEW USA is a national movement that seeks to inspire more Americans from all walks of life to explore their potential to start and grow new businesses – providing new entrants to our nation’s emerging startup ecosystems.

Through a collection of programs, GEN works throughout the year to support entrepreneurs and create environments that enable them to thrive. Its largest and most visible program is GEW, when more than 10 million people in 170+ countries participate in roughly 35,000 events, activities and competitions.

GEN is looking for an outgoing and energetic individual to grow and strengthen the GEW community within the United States. The Ecosystem Builder position will report directly to the president of the organization and be responsible for leading the GEW campaign in the United States by: communicating daily with existing partners to actively plan and conduct events during GEW; helping develop activity packets and other materials to encourage participation; identifying, initiating and nurturing new partnerships throughout the United States; and increasing the national level of engagement in Global Entrepreneurship Week events and other activities.

The ideal candidate has experience and familiarity with startup communities and entrepreneurial ecosystems; enjoys talking to people in person, by phone, and through social media; sees opportunities where others see obstacles; and is exceptionally well-organized and efficient.

Responsibilities:

  • Drive GEW USA partnership recruitment – invite, welcome and engage new partners

  • Networking and lightly maintaining active, ongoing relationships with existing partners, finding creative ways to increase partner engagement throughout the US from all parts of the entrepreneurship ecosystem

  • Identify the most promising GEW USA events and secure their status as featured events

  • Manage local / regional committees throughout the United States to coordinate, plan and promote model Global Entrepreneurship Week celebrations

  • Oversee the organization’s Ecosystem Connect initiative to connect emerging US ecosystems with complementary ecosystems in other parts of the world

  • Measure and analyze performance of partners and communicate results and success stories to the marketing / communications team

  • Help raise awareness of partner events and ecosystem activity regularly throughout the year through GEW USA digital channels

  • Serve as a liaison with the global community of GEW hosts – sharing the US experience and incorporating new ideas tested with other similar national campaigns

Qualifications:

  • Strong relationship management skills with the ability to manage a network of people and balance individual and group needs

  • Natural community-building and interpersonal skills with a willingness to communicate frequently with partners

  • An interest in the marketing elements of engaging a wide variety of individuals and organizations in a national campaign

  • Excellent organizational and customer service skills

  • Self-starter, motivated to work independently and prioritize weekly tasks based on organizational needs

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to develop and confidently present information, including opportunities for public speaking

  • Proven experience with integrating regular use of using social media into ongoing priorities and objectives

  • Ability to navigate entrepreneurial ecosystems and startup scenes – existing industry connections a plus

The position may require infrequent / occasional travel.

Please submit a resume and relevant work samples to Alan Simensky at alan@genglobal.org.

GEN is a not-for-profit organization with global headquarters in Washington, DC, and host organizations in more than 150 countries. This position is based in Washington, DC.  GEN will only consider applications from U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States.