About the company:
goTenna is a Brooklyn-based startup, building products that enable completely decentralized
communication. We’re starting with an eponymous device that, paired with your smartphone, lets
you communicate with friends even when you have no cell or data service. The first-and-only of
its kind, this product successfully started shipping in October 2015 and moved into nationwide retail
in 2016. We have various new products for both consumers and professional markets which we'll be
releasing in 2017.
goTenna aims to become part of everyone's technology essentials, reducing our reliance on cell towers
and wifi routers; and providing users the ability to create a network on their terms, anywhere in the
world, free of charges or fees. It starts being useful when you're off-grid, but our technology can
be part of the everyday communication stack. Our vision is to build bottom-up communication technology
because we believe that in the near future instead of depending on hard-to-scale, geographically-constrained,
expensive top-down infrastructure (i.e. tubes, wires, towers), connectivity will be created by people and
the things around them in a distributed, modular, scalable way. Beyond B2C and B2B, we have designs on
IoT and emerging markets.
We care a ton about what we’re building — from both philosophical and technological
perspectives — and our team is a scrappy group, armed with a few rounds of
venture capital from some really nice folks (incl. Collaborative Fund, Bloomberg Beta, A16Z, Brooklyn
Bridge, MentorTech, BBG, Walden). Our downtown Brooklyn loft is stocked with snacks, a nap room
named after Freud, and friendly, smart people who like teaching and learning from each other.
About the role:
You are a self-directed Program Coordinator comfortable managing large, community-focused grant programs. Your primary focus will be owning the implementation and execution of goTenna’s RISE-NYC grant, awarded by the New York City Economic Development Council (NYCEDC) with funding from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This program involves the identification and engagement of up to 20,000 beneficiaries in New York City (employees and owners of small businesses in the FEMA-designated 100-year floodplain), followed by the distribution of goTenna’s off-grid communications technology along with related training and services, all the while maintaining grant compliance from start to finish. Strong candidates will have a background in community organizing/outreach, canvassing, compliance documentation, and working across cultural/language barriers. This is a “get-out-of the-office” position with a large administrative component. Think nonprofit-like work embedded within a mission-oriented tech startup.
- Plan, organize, coordinate, implement, monitor, and evaluate all aspects and phases of the project as outlined in grant terms
- Serve as liaison between the project and representatives of key stakeholders (e.g. Business Improvement Districts, Chambers of Commerce, and various community organizations); develop and nurture working relationships with all project partners
- Assess program needs; recruit and manage temporary program staff as needed
- Work with grant administrators to compile and report data, assessment and evaluation reports, and ensure all program documentation is complete, accurate and comprehensive
- Administer grant budget and task schedule, ensuring the timely and accurate preparation and submission of required reports and statistics
- Build a scalable set of standard operating procedures that can be applied to new grant program opportunities
Required qualifications & experience:
- At least 2-3 years of professional experience in community organizing/canvassing, ideally involving leadership roles and bolstered by plenty of relevant volunteer experiences
- Bachelor’s degree — or significant professional experience to make up for it — required
- Excellent project management skills with experience in managing and supervising administrative projects
- Superb written and verbal communication (i.e. you’re allergic to typos & grammar errors)
- Comfortable operating in diverse communities through in-person interactions; ability to establish and foster relationships from scratch
- Ability to prioritize work, meet deadlines, and produce quality results on time with attention to detail
- Technically proficient in use of administrative software (e.g. Excel, Word, task management software, email, Google Drive, etc.)
- “Digital-native” understanding of smartphone applications & at least some familiarity with connected devices (i.e. Do you know how to use Bluetooth?)
- Ability to spend significant portions of the work-week commuting to relevant community areas in multiple New York City boroughs throughout the year
- Open communication style — you prefer to give and receive real-time honest feedback and news rather than bottle things up and share later
- Native or conversational fluency in one (or more) of the languages of our small business immigrant groups: Mandarin, Russian, Spanish
It’d be awesome if you had:
- Experience working with several of these: business improvement districts, small businesses, government entities, immigrant organizations, cultural and/or faith-based community organizations
- Experience hiring & managing volunteers and/or contractors
- Experience managing and/or directly executing translations of written collateral
- Familiarity with grant-writing & grant-execution processes for governmental agencies and/or foundations
- Equal parts passionate for community organizing and innovative technology
- Familiarity with large, community-oriented grant programs in other areas of the country and/or around the world
This is a full-time position based in Downtown Brooklyn, reporting to the Head of Business Operations. Compensation package includes: annual salary, equity, benefits (100% of premiums covered for employees; 50% for dependents), a $1,500 technology stipend, a month of holidays and PTO each year, and other good stuff (e.g. FSA, commuter tax benefits).
To apply, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org, and title your email “Community Partnerships Program Coordinator”. We are hiring immediately.