Community & Impact Manager (Venture Support)

Allia Future Business Centres Cambridge & Peterborough

Salary: £34k to 38k per annum, depending on experienceBenefits• Company pension scheme; free on-site parking (Cambridge/Peterborough); Bike2Work Scheme• Various discounts, a Healthcare cash plan, wellness programme, electric car lease scheme through salary sacrifice (subject to eligibility) and more• Life Insurance• Flexible working• Casual dress• Previously awarded the best not for profit employer in the Eastern Region.• Be a part of a community that drives innovation with a focus on addressing environmental and social challenges

Closing: 18/02/2023

Location: Based in London or Cambridge, with occasional travel to other Allia Future Business Centres (Cambridge, Peterborough, and London)
Hours: Full time (35 hours per week), 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri
Salary: £34k to 38k per annum, depending on experience
Reports to – Director of Ventures
You must be able to work in the UK without sponsorship

Allia’s venture support team works with social enterprises, local entrepreneurs, and tech for good start-ups to amplify their impact. With programmes such as Grow Your Business addressing the challenge of local economies, Impact Accelerator serving pre-seed start-up founders in the tech for good landscape and Amplify working with more established ventures who need a community of likeminded leaders to challenge each other to rethink assumptions. Allia supports social enterprises, aspiring entrepreneurs, and innovative changemakers.

Our people are pivotal to our success, and we have grown expediently. Our team is almost 50 strong in 3 locations and we continue to add to this number. We are an equal opportunities employer who embraces diversity, inclusion and flexible working. We offer a great working environment, true team working ethos, great benefits and much more.

About you
As our Community & Impact Manager, you will be supporting a respected and effective organisation dedicated to supporting the founders and leaders of purpose led enterprises looking to transform society for good. From start-up founders to local entrepreneurs, you will work closely with our community to understand and track their impact, create resources for them to leverage, and facilitate an active and engaged alumni community. Our C&I Manager will also be responsible for capturing and telling compelling stories and data to understand and promote the impact of Allia’s work. This role will engage with a diverse range of stakeholders and have opportunity to collaborate with our Clients, Trustees and Senior Management Team.

Role Responsibilities:
• Curation and leadership of the alumni/beneficiary community across the Allia Programmes including Grow Your Business, Impact Accelerator, and other initiatives.
• Creation of a meaningful content series that provides value to alumni and tenants of Allia Future Business Centres.
• Relationship building with founders/leaders of alumni start-ups to track impact post programme.
• Designing, maintaining, and measuring impact and its methodology across Allia’s portfolio. Supporting the Director of Ventures in building compelling impact reports to be shared with clients, prospective funders, and stakeholders.
• Fostering connection points for alumni and current participants to bridge the gap between experienced founders and current programme participants.
• Directly engage 1×1 with founders to understand their resource needs and help them navigate their access to Allia’s broad resource set.
• Work in collaboration with the other venture support team members to create exciting opportunities for programme beneficiaries to be highlighted to their desired audiences.
• Opportunity to shape the impact storytelling of the organization by collaborating with Marketing team
• Any other tasks that are deemed as appropriate and within the competence of the individual

Person Specification
The role would suit someone with experience in impact measurement/tracking or community building. You should also have knowledge of, and commitment to, social and environmental innovation, the challenges of purpose led ventures, and the state of private and third sector collaboration.

• An ecosystem operator with experience in the impact/tech ecosystem or start-up/small business experience.
• Ability to work independently, solve problems, and work in a fast-moving growth environment
• Experience in fostering relationship development for others. Creating connection points, activities, and content designed to engage people.
• Sound knowledge of, and commitment to, social and environmental innovation, ventures and entrepreneurship
• Experience in designing activity to stimulate enterprise, ideation and early-stage venture support whether they be start-ups or local SMEs
• Experience in recording/tracking, analysing and reporting on impact data
• Eager to build new relationships with entrepreneurial venture stakeholders (e.g., investors, supporters, sponsors, academia, and service providers)
• Eligible to live and work in the UK and fluency in English
• 3 years+ experience supporting accelerators, membership communities, or community building organisations.

• Previous experience in a start-up or a small business environment
• Prior experience of delivering ERDF or other EU funded programmes
• Previous involvement in supporting the long term unemployed to start businesses

We are committed to equality and diversity for our ventures, tenants, colleagues, volunteers, trustees, and supporters. We value the strength that comes with difference and the positive contribution that diversity brings to the communities in which we serve. We are working to increase diversity and would particularly welcome applications from groups that are currently under-represented, including those from a BAME background.

To apply for this role, please send an up-to-date CV with a supporting covering letter highlighting your skills and experience along with why we should consider you for the role and your salary expectations to . Applications will not be considered without this information.

Closing date for applications is Friday 17th February 2022. However early application is encouraged, as we will be interviewing strong candidates as they apply.

This role is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund. The UK’s departure from the European Union has no bearing on this role nor its funding. The project is fully funded to end September 2023.