Executive in Residence

Venture for America’s Executive-in-Residence (EIR) program is seeking experienced tech professionals to serve as resources to the innovation and entrepreneurship communities in select VFA cities. The EIRs will live and work full-time in an innovation hub in their host city for one year. They will work with local entrepreneurs and startups, serve as a mentor and advisor, and activate resources and networks on behalf of local companies. They may take on an operational role with a local organization or company if they find a successful fit during the year.

Goals of the Executive in Residence Program:

* Accelerate the development of startup communities in markets around the country.
* Provide a leadership and growth opportunity for key executives.
* Establish a direct connection between leading companies and innovation communities in regional markets.
* Enable EIRs and companies to meaningfully engage with the challenges faced by entrepreneurs in different regions.
* Inform organizational and personal development through exposure to new perspectives


* Have multiple years of experience leading teams in a highly collaborative environment
* Are excited about the opportunity to drive innovation and social impact as part of a community
* Care deeply about mentoring and building relationships
* Can’t wait to use your expertise to create wins for others
* Have experience hiring and onboarding new team members, from new grads to management level
* Have experience presenting at the Executive/Board level

Sample background experience for our EIRs include:

Engineering Leadership
* Experience leading the development and maintenance of  a product/infrastructure
* Running a product development process alongside Product Management and Design
* Mentoring and coaching peers and associates, helping their professional growth
* Cross-functional experience with multiple stakeholders
* Building roadmaps and long-term team vision in partnership with a Product team

Product Management Leadership
* Experience running a product development process alongside Engineering and Design
* Experience with Agile, story points, task and project tracking tools (Jira, Trello, Asana)
* Cross-functional experience with multiple stakeholders

Business Development
* Experience developing strategic partnerships
* Proven success through the entire sales cycle, from prospecting leads to closing deals
* Successfully carried quotas and demonstrated significant revenue growth
* Familiarity with multiple business models and industry patterns
* Experience with financial forecasting, strategic planning, and management consulting a plus

A list of potential opportunities at innovation hubs in VFA cities can be found here

Application Process

    • Applications for the 2017 EIR Program will be open from March 1- March 31st 2017.
    • Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter in addition to answering the questions below.
    • Interested parties should indicate their speciality and desired VFA cities below.
    • Applicants will be asked to identify a company, organization, or individual who will sponsor their EIR salary for one year
    • Interviews with Venture for America will take place in April and successful applicants will be notified by May 1st.
    • The innovation organizations in each city will then have an opportunity to interview each EIR, if they are chosen to advance.
    • Final offers will be extended by June 1st, along with invitations to the VFA EIR Training Camp.  
    • Training Camp will take place from July 9th through 15th at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.  EIRs will relocate to their cities in August and begin work September 1st
If you have any questions, please reach out to eir@ventureforamerica.org.