Incubator Programme Co-ordinator

Incubator Programme Co-ordinator

Your people and project skills will help social enterprises and women-led businesses to flourish

Picture this: it’s two years from now. You welcome guests to a reunion of alumni from many of the Incubator and Accelerator programmes that you’ve worked on at Hatch. Many of the talented entrepreneurs who are present are still in business because of the support we gave them. Some of them have gone on to raise investment, and they all have more resilient organisations. As they share their success stories, it becomes clear that the business skills, self-knowledge and networks they gained on the Hatch programme have been vital to all of them.

You know that, thanks to the collaborative team you’re part of our courses are now even more effective now than they were before. Running the programme isn’t always easy – it can feel like a bit of a scramble sometimes, there’s so much to do – but it’s moments like this, seeing the impact of your work, that make it all worthwhile.

If this is the kind of job satisfaction you want to have, then you should join Hatch Enterprise as a Programme Co-ordinator.

We are an innovative charity supporting entrepreneurs to set up businesses and fulfil their individual potential. 2019 will see us growing our Female Founders programme and our Hatch Impact programme for social entrepreneurs and we want you to co-ordinate the successful delivery of both programmes.

In a typical week, you might:

  • Find venues that will work well for our workshops and events, and make all the arrangements with them for a high quality event
  • Make sure everything and everyone gets where it needs to be on the day – which could involve anything from spending time planning and sharing information, through to going down to the venue to deliver kit or put out chairs
  • Keep the wheels of all of our programmes well greased through loving attention to the little details – so everyone gets their pre-reading and digital handouts on time, and knows they will get food they can eat when we’re providing catering, and has their questions answered
  • Set up accounts for our participants (and alumni) on our communication platforms like Slack
  • Find creative ways to identify and contact potential programme participants and encourage them to apply, including working with our marketing team to put the word out on social media
  • Work with programme managers to set up interviews with course applications, and make sure everyone gets timely feedback
  • Provide caring one-to-one support for entrepreneurs on their learning journey and support the course cohorts so that they comes together as a lasting peer group 
  • Make sure the Ts and Is are crossed and dotted on contracts, invoices and payment plans with our entrepreneurs and freelancers
  • Keep the programme budget up to date, so that the rest of the Hatch team can understand it and so we can provide reports to our funders
  • Apply your powers of persuasion to get all the information we need to evaluate our programmes effectively
  • Manage the data we hold about our entrepreneurs to make sure we comply with GDPR

REQUIREMENTS

  • Your ability to be organised is significantly above average. You enjoy solving problems, and are willing to get stuck into any task, big or small because you love making things run smoothly. You may have a track record in project management or programme delivery already, but you don’t have to.
  • It doesn’t put you off to have lots of stuff thrown at you at once – and you may even be someone who works best when things are busy. You’re comfortable working on multiple time-sensitive projects at once.
  • You can collect, organise, and report information with attention to detail and accuracy. That includes an ability to work well with numbers and spreadsheets. Being methodical matters in this role.
  • Your empathy and talent for relationship building helps you in recruitment, project delivery, and in creating inclusive programmes. Since you’ll be working across all our programmes, you’ll work with a lot of people inside and outside the organisation.  
  • It’s important that you have an interest in start-ups or not-for-profits. That’s what we do here at Hatch and we want you to share our passion for it.
  • Ideally you have the flexibility to work some evenings and weekends in order to host or attend networking events and workshops.

About Hatch Enterprise

Hatch Enterprise works with entrepreneurs from underrepresented communities to grow smart ideas into successful businesses. We are one of the leading community enterprise charities in the UK and we have grown 25% year on year through increased support from our partners, supporters and funders. In our first five years over 500 people have taken part in our programmes. Our ambition is to be a catalyst for 1000 businesses by 2020.

Last year, cooperating with Peabody, we launched 55 East, a coworking and event space in Elephant and Castle. It’s a place for entrepreneurs to test their business ideas, and it’s also our beautiful new home.

BENEFITS

We’re not typical of the third sector. As you would expect from a charity focused on teaching start-up skills, we think and act like a business. We are constantly looking for ways to improve and innovate, and our programmes are run by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs.

We care about nurturing our people and giving them the things they need to succeed. You’ll get a desktop Mac in our funky, cheerful, plant-filled office, with free tea and coffee. And, although we can’t afford to pay you like the private sector, we can offer you a generous holiday allowance (29 days plus bank holidays) and an annual training budget. We are also supportive of part-time working, and have many people on the team who work 4 days a week.

This job is offered as a 12 month contract initially, and the full-time salary will be in the region of £25,000 depending on experience.

Equal Opportunities

We believe business can be a force for good. Our mission is to increase diversity among business owners – and we want to do the same for our team. We are committed to representing a wider cross-section of society than a typical start-up, and we know that means we have to make an effort to understand and accommodate different people’s needs.

If you’ve read this far, and you like the sound of the job, but you’re worried you don’t quite fit the requirements – we’d love it if you went ahead and applied.

We plan to fill this post by 31 August 2019 at the latest, so please send your application in as soon as possible.