Executive Director

symbol NOVEMBER 2021

The Speak Easy is a gathering place and a community for idea-stage startups, aspiring founders, freelancers, remote workers, and others who want to plug in.

We build community and remove barriers to entrepreneurship by creating a shared economy of supportive connections, affordable workspace, and know-how.

Job Description

The Speak Easy, Indiana’s original nonprofit coworking space for entrepreneurs, is seeking its next  Executive Director (ED). This is a cooperative leadership role, working closely with an engaged and supportive board of directors and a leadership partner, the Chief Community Officer, who oversees membership, events, and the space. 

The ED’s responsibilities will fall primarily into three areas: vision/strategy, fundraising, financial management.


The Speak Easy delivers on its mission and serves the community as 1) a structure of belonging, 2) a gathering place that connects people, and 3) an entrepreneur support organization. It does so through its culture and its unwritten rules of Leave it better than you found it and Say hello to someone you don’t know. The ED is responsible for embodying and communicating these values and behaviors while simultaneously understanding—or quickly learning—how a high degree of local connectedness creates the environment for founders, aspiring entrepreneurs, and remote workers to succeed. The ED and the board use data from sources such as the Kauffman Foundation, startusupnow.org, and Right To Start to understand how the organization fits into the larger entrepreneurial ecosystem, and to hone the organization’s vision and programs.

  • Working with the board, refine a shared vision for the future of the organization by developing and facilitating an active planning process
  • Develop appropriate goals and strategies to advance the mission
  • Communicate the organization’s vision, strengths, and impact to external stakeholders
  • Engage with emerging data on entrepreneurial ecosystems
  • Represent the Speak Easy in regional and national entrepreneurial ecosystem programs and entrepreneur-led economic development initiatives.


Fundraising will be a major component of the ED job. Using the organization’s vision, data, and impact, the ED will raise funds from donors, foundations, and other sources. The search committee welcomes a wide range of candidate experience in this space. 

The scope (part-time or full-time) of the ED position, and the compensation of the ED position, will be closely aligned with capacity for fundraising, and fundraising goals. Compensation will also be benchmarked against nonprofit organizations of similar size.

Financial management

As a 501c3 nonprofit, the Speak Easy has a sustainable and innovative business model, with 70-90% of its budget coming from earned income. The ED will oversee the financial management of the organization.

  • Manage business model – understand big picture of financial sustainability
  • Manage financial controls, risk management, and maintain proper records
  • Build and manage annual budget

Qualifications / Skills

  • Demonstrated leadership, preferably in entrepreneurial ecosystems, community building or fundraising
  • Effective communicator. Serving a wide variety of stakeholders, high emotional intelligence, solid writing skills, and public speaking skills are key.
  • Creative problem-solving skills. Supporting entrepreneurs and building community require an entrepreneurial mindset.
  • Enthusiastic and collaborative with a belief system that anchors in optimism and solution-finding through collaboration
  • Flexible
  • Organized & willingness to roll up sleeves. Individuals who thrive in this position can build a vision for our future economy but are also willing to file paperwork and take out the trash.

Education / Experience

Bachelor’s Degree preferred. Strengths in nonprofit finance, accounting, or nonprofit management preferred.

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Please apply with cover letter and resume. Send to info@speakeasyindy.com using subject line attn: BOD|Jessica Ernsberger

The Speak Easy is an equal opportunity employer and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.