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The Nashville Entrepreneur Center

Manager of Equity, Inclusion & Community

The Nashville Entrepreneur Center


Job Summary

Organization Summary
Created and supported by the community, The Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to help make Nashville the best place to start and grow a business.

Our Culture
Entrepreneurs are the true innovators that shape our future.  It’s our role to lift their voices and tell their stories to celebrate the ones that make our world better and teach others how to evolve their businesses.

Our Values:

  • Innovative:  we help turn ideas into action
  • Excellent:  we strive to be exceptional, best-in-class
  • Results-driven:  we are action-oriented
  • Trusted:  we are reliable and approachable
  • Inclusive: we make the extra effort to make sure everyone is welcome
  • Adaptive: we are agile in response to changing circumstances

Position Overview

The Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC) is seeking a Manager of Equity, Inclusion, and Community.

The EC is committed to democratizing access to entrepreneurship and runs an industry-leading effort to fulfill that vision through its Twende initiative and related programming.  The EC is seeking a dynamic, highly organized, and people driven leader to help drive the next phase of growth for this work.

As the Manager of Equity, Inclusion, & Community, you will report directly to the VP of Equity, Inclusion, & Community. You will be primarily responsible for managing project work and timelines, program operations and execution, and communications with program participants and supporters. You will thrive in this role if you enjoy managing multiple projects simultaneously, working in a fast-paced environment, are naturally organized and detail-oriented, and enjoy working with a wide variety of stakeholders. In a typical day you may update the team on Twende’s expansion timeline, book speakers for future events, run the operations for a guest lecture, and coordinate the matching of homework assignments to advisors. The ideal candidate is independently motivated, thrives in changing and entrepreneurial environments, is naturally collaborative, and enjoys bringing order, process, and systems to new areas of work. While you will work with the full EC team and most closely with the VP of Equity, Inclusion, & Community, you will be most successful if you enjoy having the independence to determine much of your own workflow and processes in service of company objectives. You will be expected to proactively identify and solve problems independently.

As this role is in our Equity, Inclusion, & Community department, some familiarity with current Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion theories, language, and knowledge is preferred, but not necessary. We can help the right candidate develop that formal knowledge set if they don’t already have it.

At the end of the day, you will work with an outstanding team to make the world a better place.

Job Responsibilities

Responsibilities (not limited to)

  • Managing project work and timelines
    • Helping to create, manage, and execute on marketing, programming, recruitment, and operational plans as we expand Twende and related work.
  • Managing program operations
    • Enrolling, onboarding, and handling administration of program participants.
    • Booking and coordinating speakers, advisors, and program events.
    • Tracking program participants needs and progress.
    • Managing scholarship selection process, awards, tracking, and reporting.
    • Serving as first point of contact for program participants needing support or help accessing EC resources.
  • External support
    • Manage efforts to recruit prospective program participants
    • Support the VP of Equity, Inclusion, & Community’s high-level partner, customers, and stakeholder engagement

Key domains: project management, program operations, customer service, data management and reporting, communication


  • 3-5 years professional experience, preferably in lean work environments (startups, nonprofits, education, etc…)
  • Requirements:
    • Experience managing multiple projects
    • Strong organizational skills: Highly organized, attention to detail, punctual
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills with a wide range of stakeholder groups
    • Ability to influence people without authority
    • Ability to work with diverse groups of people, particularly with respect to age, race, economic background, gender and national origin
  • Preferred, but not required skills:
    • Experience leading groups of adults
    • Experience in the entrepreneurial ecosystem
    • Experience with both virtual and in-person professional engagements
    • Baseline understanding of contemporary DEI practices/orientations in the workforce
    • Familiarity with key tools to be deployed in the role including Zoom, Google Meet, Slack, G-Suite

Additional Information


This is a full-time exempt position based in Nashville, TN.

  • Salary range dependent on the level of experience
  • Comprehensive benefits package, including medical and life insurance with dental, vision and disability options plus a 401(k) matching option
  • Flexibility in how work is accomplished with respect for work/life balance

How to Apply

To apply please go to www.ec.co/careers

We are an equal opportunity employer and do not unlawfully discriminate in employment. No question on this application is used for the purpose of limiting or excluding any applicant from consideration for employment on a basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. Equal access to employment, services, and programs are available to all persons. Those applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application and/or interview process should notify a representative of the organization at ops@ec.co.


  • Date Posted: May 18, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
  • Service Area: Community Development