Vice President Posted Jul 15
Powerhouse , Oakland, CA
Position: Vice President
Entity: Powerhouse (Innovation Firm)
Reports to: CEO
Location: Oakland, CA (2-3 days/week in office with the remainder work from home)

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to with subject line ‘Your First and Last Name - VP Application’.

Applications received by Monday, August 9th will be prioritized for review.

About Powerhouse
Addressing the climate crisis requires a complete transformation of our global energy and mobility systems. Our mission at Powerhouse is to identify the most innovative startups, connect them to the world’s leading corporations and investors, and drive decarbonization at scale.

Our innovation firm partners with corporations and investors to help them find and engage with cutting-edge startups, tap into proprietary market insights, and lead the next century of clean technology innovation. Our fund, Powerhouse Ventures, identifies and supports founding teams building innovative software to rapidly transform our global energy and mobility systems.

Who are we looking for?
Powerhouse is hiring a Vice President to lead company growth. The Vice President of the Innovation Firm will manage all innovation firm activities including leading business development, and managing team members that lead on partnerships, product, and operations.

What you will be working on:

Business Development

Lead business development strategy to engage key stakeholders and identify their innovation and decarbonization needs

Use data-driven analysis and interpersonal skills to propose solutions that help clients scale their innovation and decarbonization efforts quickly

Engage in early client discussions to qualify opportunities and build relationships

Lead competitive analysis and evaluate market to improve product ideas and sales strategy with support from the innovation firm team

Manage business development process and materials with support from the Director of Partnerships

Team Management

Lead innovation firm activities, including managing team members that lead partnerships, product, and operations

Enable and support professional development opportunities for the Powerhouse team

Manage tracking of key objectives and results

Strategic Planning and Operations

Lead strategic planning, team growth strategy, and develop objectives and key results in collaboration with the CEO

Oversee financial planning and management with support from outsourced CFO and the Partnerships & Operations Associate

Manage people operations, analyze human resources best practices, and ensure compliance with applicable laws with support from Partnerships & Operations Associate

Develop and implement strategies to assist the innovation firm in meeting its key objectives and identify opportunities for improvement

Prepare and present board materials

Client Management

Ensure Powerhouse is delivering value in all partnerships

Leverage industry knowledge to provide guidance to Powerhouse’s clients

Oversee the management of client deliverables

About You

Hard Skills

15+ years of relevant industry experience including experience leading enterprise business development

Experience working with corporations or utilities to drive innovation and decarbonization

Experience working in consulting or at a startup

Well-versed in clean energy and mobility innovation

Experience with financial planning and management, including budget planning, forecasting, reporting, tax strategy, and contract management

Experience building and managing client-facing products or databases

Experience developing key personnel into strong, autonomous, leaders and managers

Soft Skills

Passion for work that helps to mitigate the impacts of the climate crisis and deploy clean energy and next-generation mobility

Empathy for our partners and a drive to help them decarbonize their businesses

Thrive in a fast-paced environment with limited support staff and a small but highly effective team

Embody and strengthen Powerhouse’s values through model leadership and management

Approachable and collaborative manager

Ability to align scale­up efforts with the company’s mission and vision

Strong strategic, analytical and critical thinking skills and willingness to dive into the details and navigate through ambiguity

Desire to lead Powerhouse’s growth over the long term

Competitive pay will be offered commensurate with qualifications, and competitive benefits will be provided including 100% coverage of select comprehensive medical plans, 401(k) plan, flexible time off, and annual professional development budget.

One of our values is to broaden leadership opportunities for women, people of color, LGBTQ+, and anyone with an experience historically underrepresented in companies, board rooms, and venture funds. We believe that everyone in the industry and at our company has to be committed to anti-racism. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive, safe, and growth-oriented environment for all members of our team.

Purpose, Culture, and Values
Our purpose is to address the climate crisis with innovation.

The Powerhouse team has built a high-performance, results based, and impact oriented environment. We’re committed to cultivating a positive workplace that embraces feedback and supports personal and professional growth.

As Powerhouse has continued to grow, we have remained rooted in our values:

Addressing the climate crisis requires the ambition to completely reimagine and rebuild our energy and mobility systems. At Powerhouse, we challenge ourselves—and our partners—to act boldly, innovate quickly, and decarbonize equitably.

No company—no matter how big—has the ability to decarbonize by itself. Through our partnerships, we’re enabling collaboration between the biggest corporations and the most effective startups.

The structures of the past hundred years are insufficient to address the climate crisis. Rapid decarbonization requires a radical expansion of new technologies to deploy our best solutions at scale.

Every startup, partner, and organization we work with is driven by people. Our work is rooted in strong and personal relationships with the people changing the way we power our world.

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