Join Our Team

VELA is growing, and we need exceptional team members to join us!

Director of External Affairs

The Director of External Affairs will be a scout, a concierge, and an ambassador, identifying and interacting with a range of external audiences, and connecting them to the right on-ramps into the VELA community. This role will work closely with VELA’s Director of Brand and Communications to connect key messages with external audiences. Responsibilities include accelerating the fund’s impact through proactive and strategic stakeholder engagement. Our ideal leader is a critical and creative thinker who naturally cultivates relationships. Download the full job description here.

Director of Brand and Communications

The Director of Brand and Communications will be a designer, storyteller, and amplifier – building VELA’s identity and elevating stories of everyday entrepreneurs. Responsibilities include establishing a comprehensive brand and content strategy and overseeing the organization’s communications, storytelling, multi-channel marketing efforts. Our ideal leader is equal parts strategist and executor with communications experience. Download the full job description here.

Associate, External Affairs

The Associate of External Affairs will collaborate closely with VELA’s Director of Brand and Communications and its Director of External Affairs to advance the organization’s brand, content, and development strategies. Through a combination of operational support, writing, event coordination, and special projects, this role will accelerate impact, connecting more stakeholders with VELA’s work. Download the full job description here.

Associate, Programs

The Associate of Programs will be an essential utility player, collaborating closely with VELA’s Director of Grant Programs and Director of Strategic Partnerships to ensure that a range of strategic priorities are executed with excellence. This is a unique opportunity to provide critical support across a broad range of initiatives – grantmaking, partnerships, community programming, internal operations – with substantial opportunity for professional exploration and growth. Download the full job description here.

Community researcher: coming soon!

The Community Researcher will oversee the development, design, and analysis of community research at VELA. This is an exciting opportunity to work directly with the grantee community to identify and curate participatory research questions and opportunities for community learning activities. This role will produce learning spotlights that are practitioner-focused and elevate innovations, program models, and impact.