Our vision is to become Indiana’s center of gravity for entrepreneurship.
As the center for entrepreneurship in Bloomington, The Mill provides critical access, first and foremost to a community of peers and mentors, and secondly to capacity-building resources and startup capital. Our programs help accelerate innovative ideas and technologies into business concepts.
We began offering programming for startups and entrepreneurs in 2017. In November 2018, our membership-based coworking facility opened. Entrepreneurs, innovators, creatives, remote workers, techies, and others benefit from like-minded community, programming, and mentoring. With financial support from the City of Bloomington and the Redevelopment Commission for the building renovation and our launch, we have a stated goal of becoming self-sufficient by the end of year three.
Today, The Mill is 19,000 square feet of beautifully renovated, century-year-old factory space in the downtown Trades District. We are home to hundreds of members and dozens of companies. Our diverse members include innovators creating startups and small businesses as well as independent freelancers, creatives, and remote workers, for example. Some choose The Mill for our coworking amenities and the great community. Others join for specialized entrepreneurial support: for accelerating their startups, pitching to investors, and securing capital, for instance. We serve members, our thriving startup community, and the public at large.
The Mill would not be possible without the generous support of our cornerstone sponsors. See all sponsors here.
We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and we have a standing policy of nondiscrimination at The Mill. We respect the unique and diverse perspectives of all employees. We accord all qualified persons an equal opportunity for employment or promotion without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other status or condition protected by federal, state, or local law.
We are adding a full-time Program Manager to our team. The Mill is Bloomington’s center of gravity for innovators, entrepreneurs, creators, and remote workers. We operate out of a 105-year-old building that’s been transformed into a 19,000 square-foot coworking space and business incubator. Operating as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, The Mill’s mission is to launch and accelerate startups, and our vision is to become Indiana’s center of entrepreneurship.
ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
As the Program Manager, you will:
Manage signature Mill programs. Your work will matter starting on day 1 because you’ll be working on two of our flagship programs. You will manage the day-to-day operations of:
- Code/IT Academy—The Mill’s tech upskilling program. We partner with Ivy Tech Bloomington and local companies to connect brand new tech talent with employers who need it. You’ll recruit program participants, engage partners and employers, adapt programming, create a network of tech talent, and ultimately support Bloomington’s growing tech sector.
- Crossroads—The Mill’s statewide pitch competitions. Crossroads has quickly grown from a once-a-year regional pitch competition to a statewide suite of programming for entrepreneurs, college students, and future founders. You’ll organize the competitions, select judges, engage with colleges and universities across the state, and build The Mill’s reputation as an Indiana powerhouse for entrepreneurship.
Be central to the team. The Mill offers a jam-packed schedule of programming, and you’ll be an important part of much of the success. From celebrating our peers at Community Innovation Awards to welcoming our newest residents through Bloomington Remote to making entrepreneurship accessible with ReBoot to encouraging K-12 and college students to think about owning their own business someday, you’ll get to assist with the execution of all Mill programming. We need someone who is organized, an excellent communicator, and able to track/report performance metrics.
Leave your mark. You’ll work alongside a fast-paced and ambitious team at The Mill. There will be a lot of support, and we have a pitch-in mentality. You’ll need to be comfortable with some ambiguity and approach challenges with a problem-solving mindset. We like big ideas, creative thinking, and do-ers. It’s a place where intrapreneurs will thrive.
DOES THIS SOUND LIKE YOU?
You have a big action bias. You bring clarity to situations. You’re decisive but not hasty in your decision-making. But you’re still coachable—you’re one of those people who likes it if your friends tell you that you’ve got a piece of food in your teeth.
Nothing gets past you. You are a master of the details without getting lost in them. You are able to anticipate problems and can come up with multiple solutions. You keep the trains running on time.
Excellent communicator. You have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with all types of people. You will need to effectively communicate with the team, whether you’re delivering good news or bad.
You’re a team player in the truest sense of the word. You want the organization to win, and whatever role it needs you to play that day is the role you want to play.
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
- 3 weeks of PTO in year 1, 4 weeks in year 2 and beyond
- Health, life, vision, and dental insurance
- 401(k) with company match
- Use of company MacBook Pro
- Performance reviews with the opportunity for raises twice annually
- You’ll work in downtown Bloomington in a visually stunning building that seamlessly blends old and new
HOW TO APPLY
Email a cover letter and resume as PDFs to Melissa Ward. This is your chance to describe why working at The Mill would be a great fit for you. Include the following information:
- A short bio / introduction
- Why this position at The Mill interests you
- Why you’re excited about our programming
- How you learned about The Mill and the position
Applicant review is ongoing, with a preference for candidates who apply by Christmas.
Due to the expected number of applications, we cannot reply to every applicant. If you make it beyond the first round, though, you can expect regular communications from us.