Ford Motor Company Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Specialist in Topeka, Kansas
The Ford Motor Company Fund is the corporate foundation and philanthropic arm of the Ford Motor Company. For more than 70 years the Ford Fund has been supporting communities and has invested more than $2.1 billion in initiatives that ensure basic needs are met, provide access to essential services, offer tools to build new abilities and open pathways to high quality jobs.
The Fund’s work is rooted in Ford’s long-standing commitment to making a positive impact on society and builds on Ford’s legacy of helping create strong communities wherever Ford does business. Working with nonprofit organizations, community partners, and across the Ford network in the U.S. and around the world, Ford Fund provides resources and opportunities that build equity and help people reach their highest potential.
Working with hundreds of nonprofits worldwide, Ford Fund uses a variety of tools to advance its mission, including:
Programming: Initiatives the Ford Fund has created, which are unique to the organization, and are replicated in multiple countries around the world.
Volunteerism: Through the Ford Volunteer Corps – a global network of Ford employees and retirees who volunteer their time for community service projects.
Grantmaking: Awarding grants to organizations and initiatives that support the Ford Fund’s key areas of focus: essential services, social justice, education, and workforce development.
Come join our team as we work to transform the Ford Fund to meet the needs of communities around the world!
At Ford Motor Company, we believe freedom of movement drives human progress. With our incredible plans for the future of mobility, we have a wide variety of opportunities for you to accelerate your career and help us define tomorrow’s transportation.
Help to develop and manage several key Ford Fund economic mobility initiatives, with a focus on cultivating an entrepreneurial ecosystem and helping to coordinate the Fund’s major entrepreneurship and social enterprise initiatives
Serve as liaison to several key economic mobility initiatives including College Community Challenge (C3), and Henry Ford Entrepreneurship Program
Oversee global replication of U.S.-based economic mobility programs
Manage annual budget and grant approval process for key entrepreneurship programs
Program implementation with minimum oversight
Engage with economic mobility program partners regularly, including C3 university partners and recruiting schools
Implement metrics and data collection process around key entrepreneurship programs
Develop and manage positive relationships with key external partners related to entrepreneurship and social enterprise development
Monitor potential risks to program success and raise with management when necessary
Collaborate with internal Ford organizations to obtain the operational support needed, including working with Human Resources with recruiting schools to engage in our programming and connect to the business
Understand Ford Fund operational systems and governance process to ensure efficient and timely grant processing
Be knowledgeable and understand project confidentiality to protect sensitive information and internal/external relationships
Effectively represent Ford and Ford Fund in a professional manner including public speaking at external events and media interactions
Develop the knowledge and skills needed to present opportunities to management for consideration as it relates to future programs
The minimum requirements we seek:
3+ years of entrepreneurship/SME program development in collaboration with education organizations, or related non-profit organizations in a non-volunteer capacity
2+ years of experience coordinating or managing social enterprise/entrepreneurship related programs
2+ years of strategy development
2+ years in budget management
2+ years in conducting research and data analysis
2+ years developing and maintaining relationships with key internal/external customers
Our preferred requirements:
Experience in developing, implementing programming related to entrepreneurship development and ecosystem management
Strong communication skills (verbal and written)
Critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities
Data collection and impact measurement experience
Self-starter with attention to detail and a process-driven mentality
Passion for entrepreneurship and social enterprise
Ability to think strategically and work across a range of business units
Understanding of the business organization/structure
Substantive understanding of the issues being advocated
Experience/Interaction with senior management preferred
Experience working across organizations to coordinate activities/implementation
Previous program management experience that demonstrates flexibility and strong problem-solving skills.
Some experience with external community engagement
What you’ll receive in return:
As part of the Ford family, you’ll enjoy excellent compensation and a comprehensive benefits package that includes generous PTO, retirement, savings and stock investment plans, incentive compensation and much more. You’ll also experience exciting opportunities for professional and personal growth and recognition!
If you have what it takes to help us redefine the future of mobility, we’d love to have you join us!
Candidates for positions with Ford Motor Company must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire.
Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status or protected veteran status.
For information on Ford’s benefits and compensation, click here: https://corporate.ford.com/content/dam/corporate/us/en-us/documents/careers/2022-benefits-and-comp-GSR-sal-plan-1.pdf
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Requisition ID : 3394