We're Searching For A Full-Time Director

We are no longer accepting applications for this position. If you are interested in volunteering opportunities, please feel free to email getinvolved@startGNV.com.

We're Searching For A Full-Time Director

As startGNV continues to grow and evolve, we are excited to announce that we are hiring a full-time Director to bring the organization into its next chapter of community impact.

After two years as a purely volunteer-run organization led by a “working board”, we had the exciting opportunity to work with the incredibly talented Lauren Hemingway. Over the past year she launched our Tech Talent Initiative which included the organization’s rebrand, website, and product expansion.

Now we will build on that foundation and the tireless work of previous board members and volunteers with the creation of a permanent full-time staff position. The new Director will both expand our community programming and lead startGNV into the next phase of growth and impact.

If you are interested in the role please read on and apply or if you know someone who would be a good fit please share it with them.

Below are the position details and application instructions.

We are no longer accepting applications for this position. If you are interested in volunteering opportunities, please feel free to email getinvolved@startGNV.com.

startGNV Director

August 31, 2020 preferred deadline.

Who We Are

startGNV is a 501c3 non-profit with a mission to connect, grow and elevate Gainesville’s tech, startup and innovation community.  Through a core portfolio of events and networking opportunities, startGNV drives collaboration, information and support among local professionals and entrepreneurs.  startGNV’s platform is quickly becoming a valued source for information on the Gainesville tech and startup community.

What We are Looking for

We are seeking an organized and entrepreneurial individual passionate about Gainesville, to lead startGNV to the next level.

As both a non-profit organization and a startup, we are seeking a self-starter who is comfortable working in constantly changing environments, adding structure to ambiguity and taking ownership of final outcomes.

The ideal candidate will have the project management skills needed to get new ideas off the ground, combined with flexibility, problem solving skills and scrappiness to pivot when challenges pop up.  As our first Director and only full-time employee, you will collaborate with a group of community leaders to help grow startGNV into the central hub for information on Gainesville startup news, information and events.

Essential Functions

Through collaboration with and project management of board members, volunteers, external service providers and/or student interns, you will be responsible for the following:

Leadership and Project Management

– Create and nurture a strong network of volunteers, startup and technology leaders, sponsors and corporate partners

– Represent startGNV in the local community

– Manage startGNV budget and finance including bookkeeping, preparing of financial statements, payment of vendors, etc.

– Report weekly to the startGNV Board

– Manage monthly board meetings including scheduling, setting meeting objectives, facilitation and follow up

– Maintain a master calendar of events, marketing, etc. and have a high-level understanding of all the pieces in motion

Event Planning and Community Engagement

– Ensure execution of startGNV’s core portfolio of events and programming (BarCamp GNV, CelebrateGNV, etc.  View the full list here).

– Serve as a facilitator for startGNV’s Tech Talent Initiative keeping a pulse on local employer hiring needs.


– Lead and manage new fundraising initiatives such as sponsorships, recruiting partnerships, and individual giving campaigns.  We are also looking to expand into pursuing grants over the next few years.

– Manage existing sponsor relationships increasing sponsor recognition and retention.

Marketing and Communications

– Grow startGNV’s brand through maintaining our monthly newsletter and an active presence on social

– Drive community engagement, participation and event promotion through direct marketing strategies

– Manage startGNV’s website including the event calendar, company directory and job portal

We know this list may look overwhelming, but don’t worry.  Even though you will be the only full-time startGNV employee, you will be supported by the startGNV board and a group of contractors, vendors, volunteers and interns that you will have a direct voice in selecting.


Note: We know that the best candidates won’t have all of these experiences/abilities.  We expect the top candidate to have a mix of these skills combined with the ability to partner/collaborate with others in the areas outside of their expertise.

– Strong organizational and project management skills

– Demonstrated interest in technology, startups, entrepreneurship, etc.

– Experience in a dynamic start-up environment is preferred, but not required

– Highly collaborative- genuine interest in connecting others

– Previous marketing, brand management or communications experience are a plus

Application Instructions

Please submit your resume and cover letter expressing your interest in the position to getinvolved@startGNV.com.  

August 31, 2020 preferred deadline.