Employment Opportunities

Director of Social Enterprise (posted 11/17/22)

Interviews/Start Date: Interviews will be conducted mid to late January 2023. The earliest start date for this position is the end of January 2023.

Description: The Director of Social Enterprise will work closely with Foundry leadership to continue to develop a successful social enterprise, FOUNDRYmade. Growing this initiative will include workforce supervision, product development, sales and marketing. The ideal candidate is entrepreneurial and a capable project manager with a passion for supporting young people exploring career options. 

More About FOUNDRYmade: For many years The Foundry staff and students informally worked together to make items utilizing The Foundry’s makerspace tools and equipment. To increase organizational revenue and expand part-time employment opportunities for students, we formalized this process by building and strengthening FOUNDRYmade as a social enterprise. FOUNDRYmade has 3 primary revenue streams: public works (benches, bike racks, etc funded through grants, government and other organizations), corporate (employee recognition gifts, awards paid for by corporations), and garden art (trellises, decorative stakes, sold direct to consumer). We are seeking to grow revenue to maintain several full and part time positions within the next 2-3 years.

Duties Include:

  • Collaborating with other staff and instructors to develop, implement and manage FOUNDRYmade
  • Managing students hired for FOUNDRYmade program
  • Ensuring proper materials and tools are on-site to consistently fulfill FOUNDRYmade orders
  • Scheduling and completing production of FOUNDRYmade items, even during non-program spans when students are not available
  • Working to guarantee all aspects of the production/sales process for products are handled professionally
  • Implementing follow-up activities so all sales inquiries are identified, scheduled, completed and documented
  • Acting as FOUNDRYmade liaison with local companies and partners on product requirements and orders
  • Working closely with The Foundry team to maximize FOUNDRYmade revenue

Desired Skillsets

  • Relevant experience in project management and/or entrepreneurship
  • Consistently compelled to see things through - despite fabrication and timeline challenges that arise
  • Familiarity with and/or willingness to learn computer-assisted design, woodworking, metalworking, textile, or tech-related skills
  • Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
  • Creative and strategic thinker with the ability to manage multiple projects
  • Experience developing and managing budgets and supervising personnel
  • Committed to supporting a diverse community, able to work positively and inclusively with participants of different ages, races, gender, economic status
  • Flexible; possessing the ability to wear “different hats” on short notice

This is a full-time position, $21-23/hr with the opportunity for growth based on revenue of social enterprise. We work hard to embrace diversity and inclusion and encourage everyone at The Foundry to bring their authentic selves to work every day. We offer flexible work hours and other benefits to all of our full-time employees including:

  • SIMPLE IRA with employer match
  • Healthcare Stipend toward Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage
  • Generous Paid Time Off and Holidays

The Foundry seeks to hire staff who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. All positions are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. All are encouraged to apply.

To Apply: Send resume, cover letter, examples of past work and references to [email protected]

 


Business Development Assistant Position

Description: The Business Development Assistant will provide one-on-one mentorship to business tenants at The Foundry, manage space rental and develop and implement a series of step-by-step workshops for small businesses focused on tangible, practical solutions to capacity building challenges. This position will be critical in connecting The Foundry to the WNY entrepreneurial ecosystem and ensure we continue to be a resource for small maker businesses, particularly for women and entrepreneurs of color.

Duties Include:

  • Manage Foundry tenant applications and coordinate with Office Manager re: tenant spaces and leases
  • Facilitate one-on-one mentorship and incubator services for Foundry tenants and other businesses within the WNY community
  • Assist business owners with grant / loan applications, as needed
  • Develop and implement a series of step-by-step workshops with implementable solutions for small business challenges, particularly focused on The Foundry’s unique skill sets and resources
  • Assist with marketing and recruitment of small businesses to participate in workshop sessions
  • Monitor business progress throughout step-by-step workshops and one-on-one mentoring sessions
  • Document incubator processes and curriculum to ensure that The Foundry has access to content for future
  • Act as Foundry representative for anything entrepreneurship-related (i.e. monthly Microenterprise Collaborative gatherings, partnership meetings w/ Beverly Gray Business Exchange, etc) 

Desired Skillsets

  • Relevant experience in running a business and/or a degree in a related field
  • Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
  • Must be highly organized and self-motivated
  • Committed to supporting a diverse community, able to work positively and inclusively with participants of different ages, races, gender, economic status
  • Ability to use Zoom and/or other conferencing software
  • Knowledge of or willingness to learn various software systems (i.e. basics of accounting software, CRM systems, etc)

Part time, Flexible hours, but must be available to work some evenings/weekends depending on workshop schedule.

The Foundry seeks to hire staff who reflect the diversity of the communities they serve. All positions are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. All are encouraged to apply.

To Apply: Send resume, cover letter, examples of past work and references to [email protected]




Email [email protected] for more information