Program Director: Social Enterprise


  • Location: New York, NY or Detroit, MI (remote during the pandemic)
  • Compensation: Competitive
  • Application requirements: Email cover letter and resume to

Samvid Ventures

Samvid Ventures (SV) is committed to applying technology and innovation to improve lives of underserved individuals through entrepreneurship, education, and wellness. It has staff and board presence in Detroit, New York, and Miami, and a national footprint in its programming.

The SV team values collaboration, intellectual curiosity, creativity, continuous improvement, a commitment to professional growth and development, and maintaining a service orientation in all we do. Our team strives to embody these values every day. We are looking to build our team with an individual who is aligned with, and committed to, this way of working.

Social Enterprise Programming

Samvid Ventures is excited to launch multiple programs to build and support social enterprises that meaningfully promote inclusive economies. The programming will focus on two areas: 1.) advancing enterprises’ ability to create and sustain earned revenue streams that encourage self-sustainability and 2.) utilizing technology to improve program outcomes and deepen the enterprises’ reach. The social enterprise programming will eventually take place in SV’s physical locations in Detroit and New York, but in the near term will focus on launching a virtual cohort-based offering.

Program Director Role

The Program Director will work alongside SV’s leadership team and Board of Directorsto launch and manage social enterprise programming. This individual will have the ability to engage in both the design phase of the program and help with ongoing management of SV’s social enterprise body of work.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Program design and launch: Building on the vision set by the board, collaborate with SV’s leadership team to design and
    launch SV’s first social enterprise program. Conduct research to ensure the program design is sound and meets the needs of
    social entrepreneurs who are aligned with SV’s vision.
  • Program management: Fully own all details of SV’s social enterprise programming, including partner selection process;
    driving marketing and communications efforts; planning and helping to execute training and community -building opportunities; and leading all program tracking, evaluation, and improvement efforts.
  • Strategic program growth: Under direction of the board, participate in building out SV’s full set of social enterprise
    initiatives, which will include innovative approaches to investment, education, and ecosystem development.
  • Relationship building: Authentically and meaningfully engage with social entrepreneurs, the communities they serve, and
    the SV team and board to ensure needs are met, curiosities are satisfied, and positive partnerships are built and maintained
    both internally and externally.

Who We’re Looking For

  • 7-10+ years of experience, preferably with some time in program design and management and social enterprise
  • Experience launching a program and improving operations and core strategy over time
  • Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree preferred
  • Commitment to and passion for social enterprise, with an interest in earned revenue and technology as promising tools for
    social change
  • Entrepreneurial mindset with the capacity to think creatively and rapidly come up with new ideas and solutions
  • Ability to balance bold ideas with a humble attitude, always seeking to learn more
  • Outstanding active listening skills with a keen ability to take action after conversations and meetings
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse concepts, individuals, and organizations; ability to engage a wide range of
    stakeholders and cultures
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively; possess a strong team spirit while maintaining professional confidence to get things done on your own