Enterprise Development Manager


Title Enterprise Development Manager
Reporting Line Chief Executive Officer
Salary Range $90,000-100,000 per annum, plus 9.5% superannuation
Direct Reports None
Existing role? This is a new role, arising from a restructuring of the design and delivery the Mill House Social Enterprise Accelerator
Qualifications and Experience This role requires a tertiary qualification. Experience in consulting or starting or operating a small or medium sized business or social enterprise, would be well suited to this position.Strong financial acumen is essential
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About the Mill House

The Mill House Ventures Limited is the leading social enterprise development organisation in the Canberra Region. Established in 2018, it supports the development of sustainable and financially viable social enterprises that trade to deliver public and community benefits. Mill House provides social enterprises with the capability, investment, and resources to start-up, access markets and grow.

The Role

This role has two components:

  1. Managing the development of a group of social enterprises, and
  2. Contributing to the broader operations and growth of the GRIST program.

i. Enterprise development 

The role is responsible for helping Social Enterprise Accelerator participants build the necessary knowledge, skills, and capability for their enterprise proposals to become viable and investment-ready through group and individual coaching.

This role will work closely with a small team to:

  • liaise with participants in an ongoing advisory and coaching role,
  • facilitate group discussion in a workshop setting,
  • critically evaluate business plans and other written deliverables in order to identify gaps and resolve issues.

ii. Contribution to the broader operations and growth of the Accelerator program

The role will contribute to the broader operations and continued growth of the Accelerator program and our impact through areas including business mentor engagement and management, workshop management and facilitation, and program design.

Key Focus Areas

1.) Core Focus – Enterprise Development

  • Lead consultation, advice, and facilitation of problem-solving with a number of the enterprises participating in the Mill House Social Enterprise Accelerator Program.
  • Work collaboratively with a small team to identify immediate development issues amongst the participants.
  • Participate in Accelerator Program sessions and workshops, facilitating group discussion and feedback (in conjunction with CEO).
  • Evaluate participants’ business plans and other written deliverables in order to provide feedback and advice to resolve critical issues.
  • Assist with pipeline development, social enterprise recruitment and selection.
  • Identify improvement opportunities in The GRIST methodology and tools in conjunction with the Mill House Team.

In conjunction with the above core focus on Enterprise Development, the role will also take on one or more of the following focus areas; Business Mentor Management, Workshop Facilitation and Management and/or Program Design.

2.) Business Mentor Management

  • Manage relationships with existing mentoring partners
  • Identify skill requirements for enterprises and source suitable matches from mentor pool
  • Work with partners to identify, inform and recruit potential mentors of the opportunity
  • Create a strong mentor community throughout the GRIST program
  • Develop a strategy for managing mentor alumni and growing the benefits we provide to the mentor community
  • Ensure Mill House continues to be known for offering a unique, innovative and life-changing mentor experience

3.) Workshop Facilitation & Management

  • Manage the workshop calendar for all Enterprise Development focused workshops
  • Maintain and continuously improve existing workshop content as well as scope, design and deliver a range of new workshops
  • Identify opportunities to grow the workshops beyond traditional audiences

4.) Program Design

Contribute to ongoing program design improvements, potentially taking ownership of key pieces or modules of design

Key Skills and Attributes

The successful applicant for this role will need to demonstrate the following:

Strong skills and experience in:

  • Business analysis
  • Coaching and business advisory
  • Process facilitation and group facilitation

Strong understanding of:

  • Business strategy and business fundamentals
  • Financial forecasting and financial statements
  • Social enterprise and/or small business

An ability to:

  • Present effectively to large groups and articulate clear messages
  • Problem-solve in a business context and generate ideas for innovation and improvement
  • Deliver clear and practical feedback to enterprises on business plans and strategy
  • Work within a structured process
  • Flex between-group facilitation & development and individual development
  • Work collaboratively with a diverse group of social enterprises, colleagues, and partners to achieve outcomes
  • Work at all levels and to pitch in and get the work done

A high level of understanding of community issues and an affinity with social enterprise is also required.

To apply for this position, please send your CV and a detailed cover letter to Cindy.mitchell@millhouseventures.com.au, using the subject line: Enterprise Development Manager application. 

Mill House Clinic Associates (Multiple Student Intern Positions)

The Mill House Clinic is looking for its next group of Associates to deliver projects to Social Enterprise and Indigenous-led businesses based in Canberra.

Students deliver our projects with intensive briefing and theory, support and supervision of Mill House Ventures staff and our professional volunteer mentors from local business, legal, financial firms.  Most of the project work is done in the Social Enterprise Hub at UC. Undertaking MILL HOUSE projects will develop and enhance your entrepreneurship skills for the future. 

We are now recruiting for Semester 1, 2020. 

The preferred student pathway is via Semester 1 enrolment in Unit Social Enterprise 11379 and Strategy, Innovation & Change PG 11506 which equips you with essential social enterprise theory in an intensive mode as well as the 40-hour internship placement in Mill House Clinic. However, if you are interested in the opportunity for Winter Term or cannot enrol in this Unit, please talk to us about other options at our information session detailed below. 

Our Associates embark on an impactful journey to solve business challenges such as rebranding, ethical sourcing, research, event management, social media strategy, IP protection, business plans, strategic plans, SWOT analysis and more.  The types of businesses that we support are very diverse, so we need Associates from all UC Faculties, including Health, Chemistry, Education, Art & Design and Community Development.


For Semester 1 BGL students participating in an internship, you must be enrolled in 11167 Business & Management Internship (Level A) to ensure you are doing an internship for course credit and are covered by UC insurance. If you have any questions about this unit please contact Gregory.Boland@Canberra.edu.au. Other internship units are available for specific disciplines such as Law. 

For Semester 1 FAD students, participating in an internship you must be enrolled in 11017 Professional Practice 1 or 11018 Professional Practice 2, to ensure you are doing an internship for course credit and are covered by UC insurance. If you have any questions about the unit please contact fadinternships@canberra.edu.au.

Interested in more detail for  Unit Social Enterprise 11379 and Strategy, Innovation & Change PG 11506  contact the unit convener Diane.Phillips@Canberra.edu.au

Volunteer Mentor


Do you want to advance your career and be a part of an active and vibrant community? The Mill House Clinic is currently looking for qualified individuals who are applicable to fill the marketing and communication mentorship role during semester 1 at the University of Canberra. We are looking for individuals who can work collaboratively with University students and social entrepreneurs who may have little or no commercial experience.


  • Mentors will provide clarity and mentorship to third and final year students at the University of Canberra.
  • Assist in providing guidance to students at the University of Canberra in the delivery of work to social and Indigenous businesses.
  • Required to provide student supervision in our clinic.
  • Commit 1-2 contact hours a fortnight.


  • Mentors need to be passionate about the marketing and communications industry.
  • Need multiple years of experience (current or prior) within the marketing and communications industry in a commercial environment.
  • Mentors need to have built a sufficient network and possess a key understanding of the drivers within the industry.
  • Mentors need to understand what the major barriers are to help assess the viability of the student’s idea.
  • Competent and eager to work with University students.


  • Being a part of an active and vibrant community.
  • Assist students to produce valid and credible work which can positively impact a business.
  • Build and create new connections within your network.

To express your interest or to find out more, email us at clinic@millhouseventures.com.au. Please specify “Volunteer Mentor” in the subject line.