Program Associate, ShelterTech Mexico 2017

Mexico City, Mexico
Emerging Markets Ventures
Full-time

Village Capital supports and invests in entrepreneurs solving the world’s most pressing problems. We run programs to the success of these businesses: over the last seven years, we have trained over 500 entrepreneurs across the world through over 40 programs. We’ve also made direct investments in over 70 companies to date through a unique peer review model, which democratizes the entrepreneurial process.
 
In January 2017, Habitat for Humanity will launch an investment readiness program for early-stage companies focused on energy, water & housing with support from Village Capital. This role will bolster the strategic development and implementation of the program, which will support top energy, water, & housing entrepreneurs from across Mexico who are improving quality of life for low income populations throughout the region through a 3-month venture training program. The role will be based in Mexico City.   
 
Role Description
 
The Associate will play a critical role in developing and implementing the Energy, Water, and Housing program, with general responsibilities including:
        Sourcing: you’ll identify and recruit high-potential companies to apply to the Habitat for Humanity program;
        Due diligence: you’ll manage the application and selection processes;
        Programming: You’ll plan and implement three investment-readiness workshops for the participating ventures;
        Community-building: you’ll engage a community of sector experts, investors, and strategic partners to support the participating ventures.
 
If you’re looking to gain experience in entrepreneurship or startup investing in in Mexico, while gaining valuable experience in project management and program delivery, this role will help you launch your career.
 
Specific Responsibilities – Entrepreneur Recruitment
        Identify a robust pipeline of startups that meet Habitat for Humanity’s investment criteria.
        Act as a point of contact for interested entrepreneurs, manage these relationships, and actively recruit high-potential entrepreneurs to apply to the Habitat for Humanity program.
        Engage potential company pipeline partners—individuals, companies and organizations that can refer high-quality startups/applicants or otherwise contribute to our scouting strategy that improves our understanding of the Energy, Water and Housing sectors.
 
Specific Responsibilities – Investment Analysis
        Aggregate application materials and prepare the selection committee as it deliberates which companies to admit into the program.
        Develop and maintain a regional database of investors who could support entrepreneurs during the program.
        Research the market trends and fundamentals of the energy, water, and housing sectors in Mexico. Use this research to hone pipeline development strategy and improve assessment of program applicants.
 
Specific Responsibilities – Program Management
 
        Oversee logistical implementation of core program sessions and associated special events.
        Work with Village Capital’s program director and communicate with partner organizations to ensure effective delivery of content and managing events.
        Help to lead and facilitate program sessions, experience permitting.
        Adapt existing program materials for the Habitat for Humanity Energy, Water and Housing program, and help translate into Spanish necessary materials for cohort, partners, and mentors.
        Lead relations with program mentors and investors, ensuring that they make meaningful connections with entrepreneurs.
        Recruit investors to participate in our Investor Discovery session that facilitates meaningful connections between participating companies and our investor community.

Essential Qualifications
 
You’re excited about working with entrepreneurs in Mexico
You may have experience working in energy, water and/or housing sectors, or are eager for the opportunity to do so. You have worked in an emerging market before, and have deep understanding of the needs or rural or underserved communities. You are fluent in Spanish and familiar with Mexican business and cultural practices.
 
You’re interested in exploring a career in entrepreneurship or early-stage investing.
Village Capital works with for-profit ventures that are creating sustainable business models solving real world problems and are looking to improve their investment readiness. If you’re interested in exploring a career in early-stage investing, working with startups, or starting your own company one day, this could be the role for you. (And if you don’t have any investment experience but want to get your foot in the door—don’t worry, no prior investment experience required.)
 
You are an effective project manager
You are highly organized and detail oriented. You have experience in program or event planning and logistics. You’re comfortable—and excited—to take a bunch of moving parts and create a highly organized machine.
 
You’re looking to build your network
This role will interact with entrepreneurs, policymakers, foundations, investment funds, corporates, and more—if you’re excited about working with people and like building a network, this could be the role for you.
 
You’re a leader
You will be working with 15-20 CEO’s. You are an expert at interacting with them and not afraid to push back where needed.
 
Preferred Skills
        Commitment to accuracy, highest-quality results, going above and beyond assignments.
        Demonstrated interest in emerging markets and entrepreneurship.
        You believe in our mission and you like to sell what you believe in. This role will constantly be explaining the value of the program to entrepreneurs, pipeline partners and others.
        You are excited about taking a broad pipeline of entrepreneurs and leading an analytically rigorous process that identifies the best investment opportunities.
 
Compensation: This is a contract position. Stipend will be determined based on experience.
 
Languages: English & Spanish: Fluent or business-level written and spoken.
 
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted by the Village Capital team. Unfortunately, we may not have the capacity to answer individual candidate questions until qualified candidates reach the interview stage.