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Velocity is hiring a Community Manager

The search has begun for a Community Manager at Velocity, Canada’s leading entrepreneurship program, based out of the University of Waterloo. We are looking for someone with strong experience managing events and developing community building initiatives. Is that you?

UPDATE: This role has been filled.

As the Community Manager, the candidate’s main priority is to develop and execute a cohesive programs strategy for Velocity. This role is based at the Velocity Garage startup incubator in downtown Kitchener and focuses on programming for startups and founders, as opposed to our student-focused programming on campus. At a strategic level, the Community Manager oversees existing programming for our founders and companies, while also working to create and implement new programs geared towards building a strong sense of community among founders at the Garage.

The Community Manager will apply their event and community experience to plan and execute events that include workshops, dinners, training sessions, socials, pitch competitions and other special events. This will include working with Velocity leadership to develop a strategy to secure speakers, judges, and mentors, including high-profile entrepreneurs, investors, and key stakeholders. The incumbent will also identify and implement successful outreach strategies and collaborations with external partners in the form of events and networking sessions that would bring value to Velocity companies.

Qualifications for this role include experience in program management, event management, or community building, as well as a university degree or relevant equivalent experience. Occasional evening hours are required in support of Velocity events. A vehicle and valid driver’s license is required.

If this sounds like a great fit, please apply at the bottom of the University of Waterloo job posting. Please note, this links to the Manager, Programs position, which is the same role.

VELOCITY BACKGROUND

Velocity’s mission is to ignite and fuel the entrepreneurial spirit in the pursuit of economic and social value creation. We do this in two ways: supporting startups and cultivating an entrepreneurial culture and pipeline within the UWaterloo community. Pipeline building within the campus community is focused around providing inspiration, information and guidance as it relates to entrepreneurship and startup commercialization. Supporting startups is focused around discovering opportunities, building product and preparing for growth and scale. We pay special attention to cultivating a high-performance environment in which founders can grow and succeed.

Our mission is executed via five University of Waterloo entrepreneurship programs, including the Velocity Garage, a 37,000 sq. ft. startup incubator in downtown Kitchener (open to all startups, not just UWaterloo affiliated); campus programs include the Velocity Fund, a startup pitch competition that awards nearly $400,000 in grants per year; Velocity Residence, a dorm for student entrepreneurs; Velocity Science, an on-campus lab and community for science startups; and Velocity Start, a place for students to discover entrepreneurship through weekly workshops, startup coaching, and more.

Velocity has been in operation for 10 years and has a demonstrated track record, having helped incubate 315 companies, which have raised $815 million in investment, and which employ 2,265 people.