US Venture Operations Associate

Ashoka U.S. Arlington, Virginia


Position at Ashoka

US Venture Operations Associate
Ashoka: Innovators for the Public

Forty years ago, Ashoka changed the framework of the social sector by introducing the idea that there is nothing more powerful than a bold, new idea in the hands of an exceptional social entrepreneur.

Ashoka is aiming for its next paradigm shift: a world in which everyone can be a changemaker.  We're assembling a team of entrepreneurs and builders around the world to help us get there.  If this sounds like the kind of institution you want to help create, consider joining us.


Ashoka hires people who have been starting and transforming things all their lives, whether that’s a school newspaper, a large company, or a local movement.  We have a compelling opportunity for doers and changemakers who are passionate about spotting new ideas and building entrepreneurial teams.

The US Venture Operations Associate will possess strong multi-tasking abilities, as well as creativity, passion and demonstrated commitment to positive social change and social entrepreneurship. This individual will be responsible for efficient and effective support of Ashoka US Venture & Fellowship Team.

The ideal candidate is:

  • An expert organizer
  • Fluent in Spanish
  • Extremely articulate in written and oral communication
  • Excited about working with Ashoka Fellows
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and is a self-starter
  • Able to multi-task and innovates efficiently in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment

The US Venture Operations Associate will be responsible for:

Pipeline and operations support:
  • Prepare candidate briefs for weekly review sessions
  • Communicate and schedule next steps with nominators and candidates
  • Ensure data quality on Salesforce
  • (Over time, join interviews with candidates and take on more of a role guiding candidacies.)
Engagement management and events:
  • Coordinate 3-4 selection panels per year: liaise with and support individual candidates, and manage all travel, accommodations, events, vendor, and finance-related logistics.
Content creation and communications:
  • Routinely prepare short candidate summaries, longer-form new Fellow profiles, and memos on patterns and trends for internal and external use.
  • Work collaboratively with other content producers at Ashoka, media partners, designers, and video editors.
Location and Salary expectations:  Arlington, VA; salary commensurate with experience.
How to apply: Apply via Jobvite. In addition to the prompts of the application, please attach a cover letter that includes the answers to these application questions below. Applications without responses to these three questions will be rejected automatically. Applicants can reapply at any time should they include the responses to these application questions.

Application Questions
1. What's a powerful idea or changemaker you've encountered in the last year or two? How did you come across it?
2. What qualities or skills would you bring to the work of interviewing Ashoka Fellow candidates?
3. What aspect of the role is most energizing to you?