Program Manager, Venture Café Foundation

Boston, Massachusetts, United States Full-time

Do you love startups and innovation in general? Are you outgoing, love working with the public, and have exceptional organizational skills?

We are a dynamic non-profit startup working at the intersection of entrepreneurship and innovation, and we are seeking a Program Manager for the Venture Café Foundation. Reporting to the Director of District Hall & Roxbury Innovation Center, two highly visible and active gathering places specifically designed for the innovation community. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to enhance the impact of a mission-driven not-for-profit and event space as part of a small and effective team. This team member will assist in all aspects of creating and managing programming events that support early-stage entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Essential Responsibilities:

For each of the programs within the Program Manager’s scope, s/he will be expected to do the following:

  • Manage all aspects of planning and executing programs. This includes annual planning, schedule of activities, speaker & subject matter expert recruitment, stakeholder engagement & management, onsite and day-of management of each program and program reporting.
  • Track programs against plan and report status to Director on a regular basis.
  • Collaborate with marketing to ensure programs are promoted in a timely and effective manner.
  • Collaborate with the Program Managers and Marketing Managers across the Venture Café Foundation to align and coordinate cross-site programming that benefits the entrepreneur community.

The Scope Oversight:

  • District Hall Cafe Night Café Nights are our signature quarterly themed event series focused on topics of interest for the entrepreneurship/innovation community.  
  • Entrepreneur/Small Business Workshops – Organize curated workshops on key startup topics.
  • Business Clinics – Organize 3 to 4 week clinics on specific topics related to the early stages of starting a business.
  • Business Development Program – Work with an outside partner to host the Business Development Program that allows a cohort of students to work week by week on various business planning components. The curriculum and duration of the program is currently being determined.


  • Appreciation and understanding of urban challenges (i.e. income inequality and unequal access to opportunity) and embrace them as opportunities for change using innovation focused economic development. Therefore, this role will spend time both at the Roxbury Innovation Center and District Hall Boston.  
  • Capture and work with the Starthub Program Manager and Head of Partnerships and Philanthropy to develop and share stories from our programs with the broader public to support & increase grant-funding.
  • Support execution of newsletter creation in conjunction with Marketing & Community Outreach Co-Op
  • Identify and develop opportunities for new programming
  • Conduct community outreach to identify new partner agencies for specific program areas
  • Develop and coordinate program partners
  • Work with the rest of the team as necessary to support event staffing, where applicable
  • Support and assist broader Program Management team with further development of: Entrepreneur One on Ones, Office Hours, Community Coffees, Entrepreneur Mixers 

A minimum of 3-5 years of work experience is required include the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Program management, and project management principles.
  • Familiarity with Greater Boston’s small business, entrepreneurship, and innovation ecosystem.


  • Exceptional organizational, project management, and time-management skills.
  • Making effective and timely decisions.
  • Creative problem-solving.
  • Engaging external stakeholders professionally and consistently.


  • Plan and manage programs end to end
  • Effectively communicate both verbal and written thoughts, ideas, and facts.
  • Work in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment.
  • Work with all forms of technology.
  • Work cooperatively with others and demonstrates professional, ethical, respectful, and courteous behavior when interacting with others.
  • Interact pleasantly and positively with others to meet customer expectations, and provide follow up with customers.
  • Ability to work after hours to manage programs as required
  • And the single most important thing: being excited about becoming a critical part of the success of a unique, fast-paced and diverse cross-functional team.


District Hall & The Roxbury Innovation Center are programs of the Venture Cafe Foundation. The Venture Café Foundation, is a non-profit that helps catalyze entrepreneurship and innovation. We believe anyone with an idea has the potential to be an innovator, and that innovation is present everywhere. Our vision is to create a network of empowered individuals and communities who feel confident in their ideas and have the resources to achieve them. By providing spaces, programming, and connections, we can strengthen our local and global communities to tackle problems with creative solutions. Our mission is to broaden, connect, and support an inclusive innovation community through a public network of spaces and programs to help anyone with an idea have the opportunity to succeed.

The Venture Café Foundation is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization which also operates Venture Café Cambridge, Venture Café Providence, District Hall Providence and StartHub. Venture Café Foundation is part of a growing global network of Venture Cafes

The Venture Café Foundation is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants without regard to race, gender, disability, veteran status, or other protected category.



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