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Startup Seeks Veteran for General Managers Position in Atlanta ($50K Salary + Housing and Micro-Masters Training)

Posted on 9 June 2017 by

The Institute for Finding New Direction (FIND) 
Atlanta, GA  

Dear Friends:

I wanted to share an opportunity with you from a firm in our network. We’ve agreed to help identify veterans to fill a General Managers Position in Atlanta, GA which I believe could be a great fit for highly qualified veterans with an interest in joining a social startup. This person would be the organization’s first official hire, so it’s a great position with long-term potential for upward mobility. Their organization provides mindfulness and life skills training to young men (18-25) in need of mentorship.

They are only seeking veteran applicants, and are eager to find the right candidate!! To help with the search, I’ve uploaded their application onto our website: The position description has been attached below. Please review, and feel free to share with any veteran in your network who would be interested.

GENERAL MANAGER POSITION | The Institute for Finding New Direction
The Institute for Finding New Direction (FIND) is a startup program for young men focusing on life skills and career building. FIND will provide mindfulness-based executive functioning and life skills training to young men 18-25 years old who for a lack of a better term fit the description of "failure to launch." The institute will offer residential, commuter, and social club programs informed by neuroscience with comprehensive interventions pushing the limits of cognitive, affective, and neural plasticity. Students or interns of the program will be enrolled in and complete practical, real-world certifications in one of three career tracks: information technology, finance, or building trades. The program is 9-12 months in duration and individualized to each intern’s strengths and weaknesses based on a comprehensive neurogenetics assessment. The end goal of the FIND is to support these emerging adults to either secure a career track job or enrollment in college.

Position Requirements:
The General Manager position would require physical presence on-site for five days a week with additional on-call duties. The first site is in Atlanta, GA with many more planned in the United States. The Institute is a start-up, and will require focused time on task and leadership by the General Manager. This translates into approximately 60 hours a week of onsite leadership. The General Manager would be responsible for overseeing all day-to-day programming and operations. Part of the programming would include traditional classroom type activities and part of the programming would include building projects and outdoors excursions (e.g., building or renovating a house; outdoor survival trips, rock climbing, white water rafting, etc.). The General Manager would be required to identify and interview support staff that will be present at the Institute during the General Manager’s time off. Final support staff candidates would have to be approved by Institute Architect, Dr. Bart Brigidi, and advisory board. Support staff would report directly to the General Manager. The General Manager would be available to the support staff for consultation and troubleshooting as needed. Preference is for applicants with high ranking US military veteran status with demonstrated excellence in leadership, flexible thinking, reliability, stability, and business operations. Housing is provided for the General Manager.

The ideal candidate for this position will have a military background, a Bachelors Degree (or comparable skills and experience in management fields), as well as a deep passion for youth development. He or she must be highly disciplined, preferably with a unique combination of medical, wilderness, survival, educational, management, and leadership skills and experiences. Candidates must be adaptable to any administrative task or situation, work cohesively with others, and be passionate about how exploration and discovery of the outdoors can assist in helping to improve mindfulness-based executive functioning and life skills development.

FIND has budgeted an annual contract of $50,000 for the General Manager's position, with opportunities for advancement as the startup institution grows in capacity. Relocation assistance in the form of housing accommodations is provided (details of which are explained during the interview process) and will be made available to those relocating to the Atlanta area. Other benefits and professional needs are subject to negotiation.

Continuing Education and Certificate Training:
Lastly, to support the General Manager's professional development, eMerging, Inc. has agreed to offer a 12-month scholarship into the organization's eLaunch program, allowing the GM to earn "Micro-Masters" certifications in Leadership, Social Entrepreneurship, and Social Work. eLaunch is a customized curriculum of online training courses made available by an alignment with EdX: the world's leading provider of online, advanced-level educational resources. The program will consist of a curriculum of carefully selected courses from EdX’s library of over 1,400 professional development and continuing education programs; led by Sr. Administrators from MIT, Harvard University, the University of Michigan, Babson College, The University of California at Berkeley, The Catalyst Institute, and others. Upon the completion of each course, the GM will receive a verified certificate from the institution(s).

The proposed start date of the first cohort is September 1, 2017.

To apply, please visit:

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