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Join Team Catchafire – we are looking for an Intern!

8 Sep

Our team is growing quickly, and we’re now looking for a Community Intern!

Are you a college student in New York City? Do you want to be a part of one of New York City’s coolest, most innovative startups? Are you interested in social enterprise and building community? If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, Catchafire is looking for someone like you to be their Community Intern. If you or someone you know shares our values and would be interested in joining our team, please visit our jobs board for more info.

Join the team!

Catchafire is looking for a passionate college student with a social conscience. You will be a member of a small, high performing Community team responsible for managing accounts, providing customer service, and growing our community of pro bono professionals. You will serve our nonprofit and social enterprise members by recruiting and engaging with pro bono professionals. We are a fast-paced, highly-collaborative, mission-focused startup located in midtown Manhattan. Ours is a small and highly leveraged team where self-motivation, task-focus, and efficiency are essential.

5 Tips for Crushing an Internship in Social Enterprise

12 Aug
Intern Profile
Name: Tim Kutnick
School: Rising senior at UC Berkeley
Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Yorba Linda, California (20 minutes from Disneyland)
Company: Catchafire – matches professionals who want to give their skills to nonprofits and social enterprises that need their help.
Fun Fact: I ate DunkinDonuts 5-6 times a week for 10 weeks because of NYU’s excessive meal plan but didn’t gain any weight.  Not a recommended life choice.
(Tip #1) Be proactive about getting hired.
I found Catchafire nearly a year ago when the launch of the beta website was getting press.  I sent a cover letter that I redrafted six times in my business communication class at UC Berkeley (I never got my grade back, but I hope I got an A since it worked) even though Catchafire hadn’t listed any open positions.  After two initial interviews, two interview assignments, two more interviews, and a conversation with Rachael, the Founder and CEO, I flew from California to New York City and started my 10 week internship in June.
(Tip #2) Get involved in multiple teams and (Tip #3) manage up.
I split my time 50/50: 5 weeks on the pro bono professional team, 5 weeks on the social good organization team.  With each team I had the opportunity to increase Catchafire’s impact by increasing the quantity of participants getting matched while also improving the quality of participants’ experiences.

The Pro Bono Professional Team

  1. Increasing the number of pro bono professionals:
    I was asked to implement a volunteer acquisition strategy with two Catchafire partners: VolunteerMatch and NYC Service.  2 days and 96 project listings later, both partners’ websites jumped to Catchafire’s top web traffic referral sites and continues to bring more people to Catchafire to “Give What They’re Good At.”
  1. Improving the experience of pro bono professionals:
    After recognizing Catchafire could increase the number of professionals we work with by improving the experience of professionals we currently work with (great experiences lead to increased word of mouth), I asked and was approved to develop a strategy for improving the experience of our professionals in conjunction with one of Catchafire’s advisers, a former McKinsey consultant.  Within 4 weeks, I recommended 2 short-term improvements and 2 long-term improvements.  In the short-term, Catchafire is tightening post-match communication processes and developing more robust project management tools.  In the future, look out for an online community and a rewards system.

The Social Good Organization Team

  1. Increasing the number of social good organizations:
    After a week of training, shadowing, and supporting the social good organization team, I began my own search for nonprofit and social enterprises that could benefit from Catchafire’s project matching.  Through the course of the next 4 weeks, I initiated conversations with over 100 social good leaders.  Of those I initiated conversations with, I had the opportunity to interview 20 nonprofit executives and recommend how Catchafire’s pro bono professionals could alleviate some of their toughest challenges.  Not only that, I helped transition the team to a referral strategy so that our nonprofit leaders are now helping us further our mission by referring Catchafire to their fellow executives.
  1. Improving the experience of social good organizations:
    I simplified and improved our training materials to make them easier for our social good executives to comprehend and remember.  These materials are used to train 14-20 nonprofit executives monthly.
Getting involved in multiple teams doubled my opportunities to grow and make an impact.  Asking for responsibilities beyond what I was initially hired for allowed me to work on the things I found interesting and far surpass the company’s expectations for me.

(Tip #4) Know yourself. Know who you’re working with. Actionize!

Learnings from kickin’ it (sitting next to and working) with Rachael, Founder and CEO of Catchafire

1. Embrace your identity and use it to your advantage

Rachael has an impressive background in investment banking and microfinance as well as a public policy degree. I haven’t even graduated from undergrad yet.  Rachael is the Founder and CEO.  I’m the rockstar intern (the rockstar part doesn’t impress other CEOs).  What I found was that I couldn’t communicate my passion to others by imitating Rachael.  I had to find my own voice and way of communicating why I was passionate about the social sector. Only when I found my own voice was I able to effectively articulate my passion for Catchafire’s mission and the social sector overall to the nonprofit leaders I was speaking with.

2. Seek to understand what is informing your teammates’ decision-making so you can evaluate their decision-making objectively.

Rachael consistently asked what was informing the way my teammates and I made decisions or recommendations so that she could better understand how we were arriving at our conclusions.  What I didn’t tell her was that my recommendation to include some game mechanics to the pro bono professional experience originated in my experience playing Starcraft 2.  See, all those countless hours playing video games weren’t (completely) wasted!

3. Actionize by understanding next steps

From my first meeting at Catchafire it was clear that things were going to get done.  My first meeting was a presentation on how the Catchafire matching algorithm works.  Although it was an informational presentation, before the meeting ended there was a list of 5 new things that should be done and who was going to do them.  In a small organization, if you don’t “actionize” your ideas immediately, you’re going to let a lot of good ones fall through the cracks.

(Tip #5) Intern/Work with Catchafire.
I’m headed back to school at UC Berkeley to finish up my senior year.  I’ll be linking up with Catcahfire post-grad in some capacity, whether that’s as a member of their team or a pro bono professional.

However, if you’re reading this and you have recently graduated or are thinking about where your next internship might be, you’re passionate about making a difference, and you want to join a dynamic, efficient, and growing team of changemakers, I highly recommend you contact jobs@catchafire.org immediately.  Check out Catchafire’s (listed) jobs here.

Follow Tim @timkutnick on twitter to keep track of his progress toward making the world a better place.

Join Team Catchafire! Now Hiring a Software Engineer

29 Apr

Our team is growing quickly, and we’re now hiring a Software Engineer! If you or someone you know would be interested in joining our team, and share our values, please visit our jobs page for more info.

Catchafire is looking for a passionate, quality-focused engineer with a social conscience. Your job will be to support, enhance, and expand Catchafire’s pro bono matching website. This is a mid-level position at a fast-paced, highly-collaborative, mission-focused startup located in midtown Manhattan. If you have passion not only for technology but also for applying technology to further social causes in new and innovative ways, we’d like to speak with you. Ours is a small and highly leveraged team where self-motivation, task-focus, and efficiency are essential.

View the full job description on our jobs page.

Join the Catchafire Team! Now Hiring a Social Good Organization Consultant

15 Mar

Catchafire is currently seeking a Social Good Organization Consultant to join our small, high performing Sales team responsible for meeting our revenue and social mission goals. The Consultant will work directly with current nonprofit and social enterprise customers to deliver our Membership package, and work tirelessly to grow the scope of our organization.

Among other responsibilities, the Consultant will set and work toward aggressive personal sales goals, conduct diligent follow-up with organizations, test different messaging strategies, and generate new leads through networks, industry events, and other channels. The ideal candidate will have at least two years of work experience in sales or marketing, exceptional interpersonal and negotiation skills, and motivation to develop a long term career in sales, marketing or business development.

Catchafire is growing quickly, and this is a dream job for the right person. Come join us and be an integral part of a team that’s pioneering for-profit social mission business and revolutionizing the way that people give pro bono.

You can read the full job description and our Company Values here. If our values resonate with you, we hope you will apply.

Catchafire is Hiring a Nonprofit Sales Manager!

18 Nov

We’re 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) have a sense of humor.

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.

Nonprofit Sales Manager

You will be responsible for developing a successful nonprofit sales model, building and managing a nonprofit sales team to meet our revenue and social mission goals. You will serve our nonprofit and social enterprise customers to deliver high quality matches at scale. 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

  • Develop a strategy to make large numbers of project sales to our nonprofit and social enterprise customers
  • Build and manage the nonprofit sales team
  • Figure out the right pricing strategy for our nonprofit and social enterprise clients
  • Cultivate partnerships to drive nonprofit sales to our site
  • Ensure that business growth is in alignment with Catchafire’s social mission and vision
  • Support and strengthen organizational culture, values and reputation
  • Participate with the management team to make key business decisions
  • Directly 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 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

  • Competitive base salary and commission on top
  • Comprehensive benefits
  • Options (negotiable)


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
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