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Job Opening: Program Coordinator (Full-Time)


Program Coordinator (Full-time)

Job location: Winston-Salem, NC

Venture Café Winston-Salem is a nonprofit organization with a mission to connect innovators to make things happen. We broaden the application of innovation to include a wide range of industries and communities, build a more diverse and inclusive innovation economy, and connect innovation communities locally, nationally and internationally.

At Venture Cafe Winston-Salem, we envision a community of thriving enterprises with a full talent pipeline, sizable venture capital community, and the most successful women and minority entrepreneurial ecosystem in the world.

Our Credo is our set of standards. Each candidate should be able to adhere to the rules of engagement.

The Program Coordinator is responsible for creating an overall exceptional experience for people attending Venture Café events and programs, including the Thursday Gathering and off-site Entrepreneurial Events. This is a full­-time position based in Winston-Salem in Innovation Quarter.


Thursday Gathering, Off-site Venture Café Nights & Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Events

  • Must be available every Thursday between 3pm and 8:30pm for the Thursday Gathering. Exceptions are the week of July 4, Thanksgiving, and last two weeks of December. (Allotted Vacation excluded, of course)
  • Execute weekly logistics to host Venture Café Gatherings and off-site Café i.e., event setup, vendor relations.
  • Help create marketing and communication materials, including social media for each event
  • Assist with follow-up with confirmed sessions for logistical needs and setup
  • Track office supplies and condition for reorders & replenishment for events
  • Setup and breakdown of Thursday Gathering events
  • Setup and breakdown of Café Nights- held quarterly in Regional Locations
  • Develop marketing/PR strategy with Program Director to ensure strong event participation, community awareness and engagement.
  • Identify potential collaborative partnerships within the Triad community to partner with Venture Café WS.
  • Track metrics (i.e. attendance, quality, value) and submit a quarterly report with surveyed feedback.
  • Assist Program Director with search for speakers for Venture Café Theme nights.
  • Volunteer recruitment and training


  • Excellent customer service, communication, problem solving, and proofreading skills
  • Proficient in Google Suite, Microsoft Office, Word Press, Mailchimp, Canva or other graphics creations programs. Database experience a plus.
  • Experience coordinating multiple small-to-medium-scale events at the same time
  • Comfortable with failure; Commitment to improvement
  • Creative and flexible
  • Relentless, obsessive attention to detail
  • Long-term commitment to and passion for mission-driven work
  • Able to work independently
  • Interest in sharing ideas – kick-ass ideas a bonus
  • Support the entire entrepreneurial ecosystem to serve the entrepreneurs and small businesses in our community
  • Able to work in an open-concept office
  • Willingness to ask questions
  • Has great connections within his/her community. Knowing the name of all three Schuyler sisters a plus
  • Enjoys saying phrases like “what’s next?” and “how can I help?”
  • Ability to converse about popular Netflix and Hulu series a plus

Salary: $35,000 plus benefits:

  • The organization provides employer-paid medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. 100% of health care costs.
  • Two weeks of paid time off (PTO) in the first year — increasing to three weeks after the second full year. All federal Holidays observed. Summer hours available between Memorial Day and Labor Day, unless mandatory event is scheduled.
  • Flex time | Work from home an option when schedules allow.
  • After the first year, is eligible to participate in the 401(k) plan

Interested applicants should apply via email at with a cover letter and resume. No phone calls please. References should be available upon request. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Venture Café Winston-Salem is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Employment and program policies of Venture Café Winston-Salem are nondiscriminatory in regard to race, color, gender, religion, age, national origin, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation.