Archive | October, 2010

Catchafire is Hiring a Head of Biz Dev & Corporate Sales!

25 Oct

Catchafire is hiring!

Catchafire is one of the hottest new technology companies in New York City with a social mission. Now that our powerful Beta website is live, we are scaling quickly.  Only apply if you’re looking to join a fast-paced, nimble and hard-working team and are hungry to change the world.

About us

Catchafire is a web based solution that matches nonprofits and social enterprises (“organizations”) with skilled volunteers. We are changing the way people volunteer and the way that organizations both find and utilize skilled volunteers. Our platform allows organizations to identify their needs as short-term, discrete, individual projects, which Catchafire then matches to volunteer profiles in our system. Catchafire’s mission is to improve the quality of the volunteer experience, and our vision is a world where it’s easy for every professional to volunteer their skills and for every nonprofit and social enterprise to access and effectively use skilled volunteers.

Catchafire is located in New York, NY. This position is open immediately.

Please don’t apply unless you meet all of the following criteria:

You are motivated by the opportunity to: 1) put your mark on an early-stage start-up, 2) chart uncharted waters in your job, and 3) make the world a better place.

You are: 1) an independent worker and thinker, 2) team-oriented, 3) hardworking and resourceful, 4) trustworthy, and 5) funny (or, at least, have some sense of humor; we don’t care if it’s warped)

If you possess all of the above, read below for more information and how to apply:

How to apply

Please email Rachael Chong, rachael@catchafire.org, with your resume. It would also be nice if you could send a cover letter along with your resume to let us know why you’re interested in working with us and why you think you’d be a great fit.

Head of Business Development and Corporate Sales

You will be responsible for developing, establishing and growing a highly successful affiliate sales and corporate sales model to meet our aggressive volunteer and revenue goals. We currently have 3,000 volunteers registered, and we are looking to double this number by the end of 2010. In 2011, we want to triple these numbers. As first point of contact for potential clients, you are key to building an extremely successful and dynamic sales team. The right candidate will view this role as an opportunity to be an integral part of a team that’s pioneering for-profit social mission business and revolutionizing the way that people volunteer to make significant social change. Success in this role will afford you the opportunity to share in the success of this company as part owner.

Your responsibilities and our expectations

  • Lead and manage the development and growth of these profitable new business models
  • Build and maintain affiliate partnerships and corporate partnerships
  • Ensure that business growth is in alignment with Catchafire’s social mission and vision
  • Develop, review and report on the business development strategy to ensure that the strategic objectives are well understood and executed by the team
  • Work with team to ensure that the organization achieves business and social mission goals
  • Support and strengthen organizational culture, values and reputation
  • Participate with the management team to make key business decisions
  • You will report to the CEO

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree a must. MBA a plus.
  • At least 5 years of work experience driving sales revenue and marketing initiatives and/or business development
  • Demonstrated strong analytical and business background necessary to establish relationships at the “C” level and drive company business
  • Ability to develop, plan, implement and manage all sales and marketing initiatives to maximize sales and profits consistent with the goals of the company
  • Experience assisting in the creation of long-term strategic plans for a company
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Exceptional communication (written and verbal) skills
  • Exceptional persuasion and negotiation skills
  • Motivation to develop a long term career in business development, marketing or sales
  • Proven leadership in a team-based environment
  • Exceptional ability to execute on ideas
  • Motivation to work in a fast-paced, goal oriented environment and thrive under pressure
  • Enthusiasm to chip in and do anything that helps the team. Nothing is beneath you.

Compensation & Benefits

  • High competitive salary and benefits for a NYC-based start-up
  • Options (negotiable)
  • Commission on new business profit (negotiable)

Catchafire is Hiring a Project Menu Intern/Associate!

25 Oct

Catchafire is hiring!

Catchafire is one of the hottest new technology companies in New York City with a social mission. Now that our powerful Beta website is live, we are scaling quickly.  Only apply if you’re looking to join a fast-paced, nimble and hard-working team and are hungry to change the world.

About us

Catchafire is a web based solution that matches nonprofits and social enterprises (“organizations”) with skilled volunteers. We are changing the way people volunteer and the way that organizations both find and utilize skilled volunteers. Our platform allows organizations to identify their needs as short-term, discrete, individual projects, which Catchafire then matches to volunteer profiles in our system. Catchafire’s mission is to improve the quality of the volunteer experience, and our vision is a world where it’s easy for every professional to volunteer their skills and for every nonprofit and social enterprise to access and effectively use skilled volunteers.

Catchafire is located in New York, NY. This position is open immediately.

Please don’t apply unless you meet all of the following criteria:

You are motivated by the opportunity to: 1) put your mark on an early-stage start-up, 2) chart uncharted waters in your job, and 3) make the world a better place.

You are: 1) an independent worker and thinker, 2) team-oriented, 3) hardworking and resourceful, 4) trustworthy, and 5) funny (or, at least, have some sense of humor; we don’t care if it’s warped).

If you possess all of the above, read below for more information and how to apply:

How to apply

Please email Rachael Chong, rachael@catchafire.org, with your resume. It would also be nice if you could send a cover letter along with your resume to let us know why you’re interested in working with us and why you think you’d be a great fit.

Project Menu Intern/Associate

You will help develop and grow the Catchafire Project Menu, our secret sauce, and a key part of what makes us unique. Our Project Menu allows nonprofits and social enterprises to identify their needs and easily connect to professionals who are willing to work on the projects that will fulfill these needs. Every Catchafire Project is defined by 3 characteristics:

  1. Short-term – Catchafire projects take no more than 5 hours a week of a volunteer’s time and can be completed in less than 3 months.
  2. Discrete – Catchafire projects produce a concrete deliverable and outline the steps a nonprofit and volunteer need to take to achieve it.
  3. Individual – Catchafire projects can be completed by one individual.

This is a unique opportunity to get to know and contribute to the blood and guts of Catchafire. If you can master our Project Menu, we will want to consider you for a full-time opportunity in volunteer and nonprofit sales, business development or communications. The right candidate for this job will someone who wants to use this as a launchpad for a longer-term position at Catchafire.

Your responsibilities and our expectations

  • Identifying and developing nonprofit and social enterprise needs that can be added to the Project Menu
  • Identifying higher priority projects for the Project Menu
  • Liaising and managing Catchafire’s industry experts, nonprofit & social enterprise experts, and nonprofits requesting projects to develop new projects for the Project Menu
  • Ensuring that project guidelines are clear and that projects meet Catchafire parameters
  • Researching and developing specific project details as necessary
  • Creating qualification quizzes for projects, coordinating with experts as necessary

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree a must. MBA preferred.
  • You must have at least 4 years of full-time work experience, preferably with corporate and nonprofit experience
  • You must be an excellent communicator both verbally and in writing
  • You must have an exceptional ability to execute on ideas
  • You must be a strategic thinker
  • You must be excited to work in a fast-paced, goal oriented environment and thrive under pressure
  • You must be driven and hungry to learn (this is a learning and growth opportunity more than anything)
  • You must be willing to chip in and do anything that helps the team. Nothing is beneath you.

Compensation & Benefits

  • This is a part-time or full-time internship position
  • For full-time candidates we will provide a generous stipend to live in NYC
  • Opportunity to transition into a full-time paid position in nonprofit and volunteer sales or communications

Catchafire is Hiring a Volunteer Recruitment & Engagement Intern/Associate!

25 Oct

Catchafire is one of the hottest new technology companies in New York City with a social mission. Now that our powerful Beta website is live, we are scaling quickly.  Only apply if you’re looking to join a fast-paced, nimble and hard-working team and are hungry to change the world.

About us

Catchafire is a web based solution that matches nonprofits and social enterprises (“organizations”) with skilled volunteers. We are changing the way people volunteer and the way that organizations both find and utilize skilled volunteers. Our platform allows organizations to identify their needs as short-term, discrete, individual projects, which Catchafire then matches to volunteer profiles in our system. Catchafire’s mission is to improve the quality of the volunteer experience, and our vision is a world where it’s easy for every professional to volunteer their skills and for every nonprofit and social enterprise to access and effectively use skilled volunteers.

Catchafire is located in New York, NY. This position is open immediately.

Please don’t apply unless you meet all of the following criteria:

You are motivated by the opportunity to: 1) put your mark on an early-stage start-up, 2) chart uncharted waters in your job, and 3) make the world a better place.

You are: 1) an independent worker and thinker, 2) team-oriented, 3) hardworking and resourceful, 4) trustworthy, and 5) funny (or, at least, have some sense of humor; we don’t care if it’s warped).

If you possess all of the above, read below for more information and how to apply:

How to apply

Please email Rachael Chong, rachael@catchafire.org, with your resume. It would also be nice if you could send a cover letter along with your resume to let us know why you’re interested in working with us and why you think you’d be a great fit.

Volunteer Recruitment & Engagement Intern/Associate

You will be responsible for increasing volunteer numbers significantly. We currently have 1,000 volunteers in NYC and we need to increase this number by 6 times by year end. You will be bold and creative in how you recruit volunteers. Nothing will be beneath you when it comes to recruiting highly qualified and highly engaged volunteers – cold calls, events, campaigns.

Your responsibilities and our expectations

  • Set aggressive weekly goals and work tirelessly every day to achieve these numbers
  • Test different messaging strategies to determine what resonates with our volunteers
  • Engage volunteers who have registered but who have not yet completed their profiles to convert them into active volunteers
  • Develop strategies to recruit and engage new volunteers in a highly leveraged way through professional networks and other channels
  • Plan and organize events, including our monthly happy hours, volunteer orientations, nonprofit orientations, panel discussions

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • You must have at least 2 years of work experience
  • You must be a great communicator
  • You should have a record of success in cold calling, qualifying leads, positioning value added services and closing deals
  • It’s a plus if you have event planning experience
  • You should be outgoing, enjoy networking, and forging new relationships
  • You must be excited to work in a fast-paced, goal oriented environment and thrive under pressure
  • You must be driven and hungry to learn (this is a learning opportunity more than anything else!)
  • You must love customer service

Compensation & Benefits

  • Generous stipend to live in NYC
  • Opportunity to transition into a full-time paid position

Design for Crunch Time

25 Oct

By Brielle Maxwell, Catchafire Volunteer


I like to volunteer to see the inner workings of innovative non-profits.  In skill-based volunteering you get to use your skills for a mission you’re passionate about. In my case I got to use my design skills for Sparkseed. Sparkseed is a non-profit organization that invests in college social entrepreneurs.

To design enthusiasts like myself,  the design process is exciting at every stage, especially launch time! I find those launch dates and deadlines creep up very fast.  Pretty soon it’s time to design to communicate those great world changing ideas and it needs to happen fast. I find this time exciting… it’s all the energy and excitement that’s been built up for months and now it is time to unleash the latest program, website, or campaign.

So that’s why I was the perfect volunteer for a quick volunteer match up. The holiday weekend of July 4th was approaching but that was far from the minds of the folks at Sparkseed. They were focused on their Dangerously Ambitious conference that was only six weeks away. They needed a  print materials project, to communicate all of the awesome innovations they packed into their Dangerously Ambitious conference. They already had Sponsors eagerly awaiting their  materials.  Being resourceful they called on Catchafire.  Catchafire matched me to Sparkseed. Then it was smooth sailing and Sparkseed got their print materials right on time and had a very successful Dangerously Ambitious Conference.

My takeaway from the experience if you’re a nonprofit don’t push back the launch date again, get a skilled volunteer and get you game changing idea out there.

This is my Catchafire volunteer story.

24 Oct

Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give”….

Last week I journeyed across the largest ocean, through 10 time zones, covering 9,937 miles, over two whole calendar days. Flying from Sydney, Australia to New York City is no small feat.  There is yet to exist a commercial flight that covers this distance without a stopover.

Delirious from travel after 1 missed flight, 4 glasses of wine and 24 hours later, I finally arrived at JFK International. Holding on tightly to my newly acquired non-immigrant visa, for the first time ever I waited in the “U.S. Citizens” line at customs, not “Visitors”. I felt welcome, like I was returning to a place I’d always known as home.

Back in my real home, Sydney, life was comfortable.  In fact, it was pleasurable. I worked a 9-5 job with a good salary and visited the beach every day after work. I enjoyed two months of paid leave every year along with all the other wonderful benefits the Australia Government provides their citizens (such as free health care and cheap education). Most New Yorkers think I’m mad for swapping it out for this over-populated, grime-caked City. But my life was a little too comfortable and I was dissatisfied with the ease of it all. In Sydney I was making a living, but I wasn’t creating the life I wanted.  My career was devoid of intent and meaning.

I came to New York and to Catchafire wanting to create a life worth living by giving.  I jumped on the opportunity to give my marketing skills to a mission I believe in. It’s completely ironic and not short of wonderful that the Catchafire mission perfectly aligns with what I am doing – “skills-based volunteerism” for a company that is providing a platform for “skills-based volunteerism”!  There isn’t a better way for me to get closer to our Catchafire volunteers than to experience skills-based volunteering for myself.

Over the next few months I will be frequently blogging about my experience as a volunteer for Catchafire.  I encourage you to follow my journey, one that I hope will be insightful, if not inspiring.

Best,
Emily

Changing the way people volunteer?

21 Oct

I’m revisiting our  tagline “Changing the way people volunteer”. We’ve had this tagline for a while now, almost since Catchafire was born. It’s our blood and bones; it is our branding.

Catchafire is certainly ‘Changing the way people volunteer’.  Not only are are we providing professionals the opportunity to volunteer in a meaningful way by giving their skills to great causes, but we are making it easier for them to do so by structuring our projects as short-term and flexible so that people can volunteer around their busy schedule.

But is this tagline still relevant or is the Catchafire movement stirring something much greater? Perhaps it’s evolving the way people think about volunteering all together.

I started thinking about what “volunteering” traditionally signifies.

  • Giving my time to a good cause
  • Giving back
  • Doing good
  • Being a part of a project, usually a collaborative volunteer effort
  • Creating value

If the above keywords are what first comes to mind when someone thinks of volunteering, then Catchafire is creating the next generation of volunteers. We are expanding what it means to volunteer.

Volunteering is shifting from:

  • Giving my time to a good cause    TO    Giving my skills to a good cause to make a bigger impact
  • Giving back   TO  Giving back and Getting back (building my resume, expanding my professional network, developing my leadership skills etc)
  • Doing good   TO   Doing even better
  • Being a part of a collaborative volunteer effort   TO    Leading the show & guiding your organization through unfamiliar territory in your area of expertise
  • Creating value   TO   Creating greater value  (The average hour of traditional volunteering is valued by the Independent Sector at between $18–20 an hour. Skills-based volunteering is valued at $40–500 an hour depending on the market value of the time.)

I’m now in search of a new, more appropriate tagline to represent the Catchafire movement. Something that encompasses this thought shift.

Got any ideas? Leave me a comment or email me: emily@catchafire.org

Posted by: Emily

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