Apply to be NMV's Entrepreneur-in-Residence


By Jessica Salinas

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Calling all serial entrepreneurs and seasoned advisors! If you’re excited to pass on your wisdom and coach the next generation of progressive changemakers, we’ve got an opportunity for you. New Media Ventures is hiring an Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) to serve as the main point of contact, programmatic strategist, sympathetic ear and brilliant tactician for our portfolio founders, including our amazing Voices for Democracy cohort. Help them navigate the tricky parts of scaling their work, from fundraising and hiring to staying on top of the latest industry trends and best practices. This is a part-time role (10-12 hours/week) that can be done remotely, a perfect fit for someone between big projects or with a flexible schedule and extra time to share their knowledge. Further details below, and please submit by November 30!


New Media Ventures (NMV) is a mission-driven venture fund and investor network that invests in entrepreneurs and activists wrestling with the biggest challenges facing our democracy. We work to shift power to benefit more people, and look to find, finance, and support companies and organizations that are telling new stories, building advocacy movements, and driving civic engagement. In the past 12+ years, we have supported over 130 startups, from Swayable and Blavity to Indivisible, Mijente and We have a strong group of founders building progressive power, and we’re looking to deepen our support for our portfolio.

We are thrilled at the opportunity our new EIR will have to help a diverse set of startups. The EIR will help both for-profit and nonprofit organizations of varying experience, size, and traction solve complex problems facing our democracy, from upgrades to the political messaging supply chain to building new models of local and cultural media. We are interested in someone with passion and experience helping early-stage startups grow, and envision the EIR refining and building on the support we offer our startups. 

The application deadline for this role is November 30; we particularly encourage people who are underrepresented in the investment and startup space to apply. 

Position Description
Location for this position is flexible and can be based in Los Angeles (preferably) or remote.

The EIR will:

  • Provide direct coaching to our portfolio of startups, which may include a range of relationships, some higher touch and some lower touch, based on each individual organization’s needs, experience, and trajectory. This may include, among other things:

    • One-on-one conversations over phone or email to provide advice, network connections, etc.

    • Topic-specific advising to provide consistent support on a wide range of areas such as pitching, finding tech vendors, hiring (or firing) practices, etc. 

  • Help build and manage a cohort of coaches/experts that can support the portfolio across a range of issue areas

  • Facilitate and expand the free tech resources program for portfolio startups, including finding and negotiating deals with companies that offer free software to early-stage startups (e.g., Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Credits)

  • Plan, coordinate, and execute recurring webinars/programming for portfolio startups

    • Webinars have historically spanned a broad set of topics, from peer-led panels on bringing products to market, to expert-led discussions on new legislation or fundraising trends that might affect founders

    • Webinar frequency is not set, but generally NMV aims to provide webinars 3-5 times a year

  • Play point with the NMV community, including managing the NMV founder list, membership maintenance, Slack channel, portfolio Notion site, thread moderation, and being available to answer logistical or discussion questions as they arise

  • Pilot new ways to support portfolio startups, e.g.,

    • Expand the community of mentors available to support startups 

    • Explore partnerships with other organizations (e.g., civic innovation consulting firms or incubators) to offer additional support to startups

    • Design in-person gatherings or meetups to foster community

Candidate preferences:

  • At least 10 -12 hours / week supporting NMV portfolio startups for 12 months

  • Experience starting, leading, and/or advising early-stage startups

  • Comfort with ambiguity and changing needs of startups and the consultant role

  • A listening orientation; excited to patiently hear from startups and serve as a trusted and empathetic advisor

  • Team player who is equally willing to think through the direction of entrepreneur support or work through the minute tactics of a webinar

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

Candidate pluses:

  • Access to a network of funders, founders, and other professionals that are excited and willing to support early-stage startups

  • Deep experience and network in the media, tech, and/or civic innovation spaces

  • Investment (VC, PE, etc.) or grant-making experience

  • Direct experience working on social and environmental issues that NMV seeks to address, particularly those that affect underrepresented communities

  • Experience developing programming for startup founders/orgs 

What to expect from us:

  • Up to $7K/month, commensurate with experience

  • Behind-the-scenes access to the most inspiring startups working on civic innovation 

  • A team with a sense of justice, and a sense of humor

  • A low-ego, high performance culture, with a collaborative and flexible work environment

We also recommend checking-out the following information about our work.

Ready to apply? Please fill out this form to upload a 1 page PDF resume and answer the following questions:

  • Why are you interested in this position?

  • Share a personal or professional experience mentoring someone (or an organization) you are particularly proud of and why 

  • Share the top three priorities you would have in this role and why

  • Select the items from the role description that apply to you (see form above)

Apply by November 30.