Ventures Community Lead - supporting humanitarian innovators to do the hardest and best work of their lives

What are the technological solutions that might rise to humanitarian grand challenges?

Brink has recently been appointed to support inventors, technologists and entrepreneurs who are answering this question.

The teams who have been selected for support are looking to save and improve the lives of people affected by humanitarian crises around the world.

We’re on the hunt for a passionate and thoughtful Ventures Community Lead to shape and steer the programme. As Ventures Community Lead you will play a key role in getting to know the cohort of innovators then designing a programme of non-financial support as they test and scale their ventures.

You will be responsible for convening and facilitating the innovators online and curating or creating educational content to meet their evolving needs.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate:

1.  Needs assessment:

  • Understands the world of incubators and accelerators: knows how to assess the needs of a cohort working on making their ideas real

  • Hears what isn’t being said: is a sharp interviewer who knows how to get to the root cause of stated needs and desires to what’s really going on

  • Is coach-like: works for the best outcome for others, is a natural critical friend who is comfortable and capable having difficult conversations

2.  Community management:

  • Effective whatever the channel: can adapt to and still be authentic across a range of contexts from a relaxed, in-person workshop in Zurich to a WhatsApp message from a crisis zone

  • Facilitates skilfully: understands the power of bringing people together on and offline and holds space for groups to be at their very best

  • Acts entrepreneurially: is constantly joining the dots between users, audiences and opportunities

3.  Content curation:

  • Knows how to put on a show: can design learning experiences that stick

  • Knows where to dig: is familiar with the best online resources for innovation curricula, keynotes, templates and artefacts and can bring it together into a coherent learning journey

  • Experiments to see what works: knows how to test and learn across a portfolio of content and is really happy to let stuff go when it doesn't quite hit the mark

4.   Interpersonal skills (being a ‘Brinkster’):

  • Reads the room: people people, who know how to let go of the script and go with the flow

  • Is ‘interoperable’: quickly establishes rapport with all kinds of people and works with empathy for the goals of the team

  • Enjoys making others shine: Brink is a low-ego zone that thrives on making our colleagues, clients and collaborators shine


This is a unique role and a significant opportunity to support innovators on their journey to prove then scale potentially life-saving innovations.

If you’re interested in applying, please submit a CV with covering letter outlining why you’re interested, what you’d bring to this role, your salary expectations and a note on the top 3 things you think innovators designing solutions for humanitarian crises may need help with

Please also confirm you're eligible to work in the UK.

  • 12:00 noon BST on Monday 24th June: deadline for applications

  • Wednesday 26th June: Shortlisted candidates notified

  • w/c 1st July: Collaboration session and presentation to the Brink team

  • Friday 5th July: Position awarded

Questions candidates often ask us:

How many years of experience does the Ventures Community Lead need to have?

We’re not really about ‘number of years’ at Brink and way more interested in the level of substance you bring. Overall, we imagine this role would best suit someone with between three and seven years of experience.

Does the Ventures Community Lead need to have humanitarian aid experience?

Development and humanitarian experience is desirable but at Brink we also believe in the power of ‘not knowing how things are done around here’ and welcome candidates who would like to apply proven innovation, startup and community management expertise to a new challenge. For this work we’re fortunate to have a roster of humanitarian aid experts we can call on for wisdom and advice, so it’s more important candidates understand testing and scaling ideas, and how to design learning.

Why won’t you say what the salary is?

Brink is lucky to be the kind of place that many talented and excellent people would like to work. Often, in the past, overqualified people have responded to job roles that we’ve advertised at a certain pay grade, willing to take a meaty pay cut to work with us. We don’t like this and believe people should get paid their fair market value. That’s why we ask people to tell us what their salary expectations are so that we can make sure they’re getting a fair deal.

Where is this role based?

This role is London based with occasional travel for project consortium meetings and gatherings of the innovator cohort, in international locations across Europe, Africa, Central Asia or North America.