Chief of Staff

Location: San Francisco Bay Area

About Elemental Excelerator

Elemental Excelerator is on a mission to redesign the systems at the root of climate change. We are a leading nonprofit investor focused on scaling climate solutions and social impact for all communities. Elemental fills two fundamental gaps to tackling climate change: funding first-of-a-kind projects for climate technologies in real communities, and embedding equity and access into climate solutions.

As a nonprofit with over a decade of experience in scaling technologies, we are uniquely positioned to provide much-needed support and services to overcome the valleys of death to scale the technologies we need to tackle the climate crisis. Elemental has been innovating on the traditional investment model for over a decade. We do more than simply write a check; we offer a full suite of hands-on services, support, coaching and introductions across the value stream to support growth and deployments. The organization has stood up a half-dozen programs to break down barriers to climate tech innovation through its robust portfolio, policy, equity & access, career pathways, investors/philanthropy and strategic partnerships.

About the role

Elemental is looking for a Chief of Staff who will contribute to the growth of our organization, working together with our team, partners, and portfolio companies. Our ideal Chief of Staff is energized by supporting the complex scheduling, planning, meeting preparation, and key relationship management for the CEO. This role, which reports to the CEO, requires detail-orientation, strategic thinking, organization, and exemplary relationship management and collaboration skills. We are looking for someone with experience navigating complex schedules in a dynamic environment, high-profile meeting and event preparation,  and ongoing relationship management. If you are excited by the prospect of helping to advance our mission and live out our values of joyful work, humble spirit, Kuleana and growth mindset, put your hat in the ring and apply! 

Key Responsibilities Include:                         

Stakeholder Management

  • Across key investors, policy relationships, philanthropic funders, board members, and other high level stakeholders, coordinate preparation, talking point coordination, follow-up, and internal collaboration. 

Calendar Management, Scheduling and Operations

  • Manage schedules, meeting preparation, logistics, and correspondence across the leadership team. 
  • Support engagement strategy, accompany leadership team, and lead meeting logistics, scheduling, and follow-up across local, state, national, and international convenings and events. 
  • Work across the leadership team to determine executive priorities, audit calendars, review and synthesize metrics/ initiatives to support company priority setting.
  • Prepare briefing materials, talking points, and presentations for internal and external meetings, and lead follow-up and coordination.


  • Together with Policy Lab, manage preparation of CEO engagement with Administration officials, Congressional representatives, and other government briefings.
  • Coordinate with Policy Lab to integrate and elevate learnings across high-level stakeholders.
  • Strategic Initiatives & Special Projects
  • Support cross-functional teams on key projects as needed.
  • Support board meetings logistics and operations as needed. 
  • Assist with ensuring org OKRs are on target.

About You

You could be a great addition to our team if you are collaborative, hyper efficient, organized, and take pride in being detail oriented. You bring curiosity, openness, a growth mindset and a diplomatic disposition into your work and all of your professional interactions.  You are skilled in scheduling, communicating across levels and departments, project management, and building relationships. You believe deeply in climate tech and/or climate justice and see our five-year strategy as a vehicle to make meaningful inroads in addressing climate change for all.  You adapt quickly to new and changing situations/circumstances and embrace feedback from your manager and teammates. 

Qualifications (even if you don’t meet 100% of the qualifications, we still encourage you to apply!)            

Desired skills:

  • Support cross-functional teams on key projects  as needed
  • Excellent communicator in written and verbal form
  • Detail-oriented with outstanding organizational skills
  • Comfortable driving toward decisions and actions
  • Exceptional follow up and tracking of conversations, people, and ideas
  • Thrive in a dynamic and changing environment with minimal structure; happy taking on a range of tasks and initiatives
  • Ability to exercise discretion with sensitive company information
  • Ability to efficiently identify and digest information needed for maximum impact as we work towards our 5-year strategy
  • Receptive to feedback and highly coachable
  • Ability to build relationships with internal and external stakeholders

Standout skills:                                                                                     

  • 5+ years experience  working in a business or executive management role,as a Chief of Staff, Executive Assistant, Director of Scheduling, or similar role.
  • Experience working with startups, venture capital, accelerator programs, frontline communities, or social equity organizations
  • Interest and experience with one or more of the following sectors: energy, mobility, water, agriculture, circular economy, and social justice

Compensation & Benefits

This is a full-time "at-will" position working at least 40 hours per week. You will be asked to travel for work periodically (up to 20% of the year).

The salary range for this role is $97,400 - $163,500, which is based on market data and the organization's compensation philosophy. Individual salary offers will depend on and may vary with location, relevant education, knowledge, skills, and experience. We also offer comprehensive employee benefits, including three weeks paid time off. 

Other Details:                                                              

The preferred location for this role is in the Bay Area, California, but we will consider candidates located in other states as well. This role will be expected to be available remotely as needed during Pacific Coast time and be able to align with the CEO’s working hours during travel. 

Elemental Excelerator is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and has a strong commitment to diversity. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Candidates from the following groups are especially encouraged to apply: Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC); members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA+) communities; people who have disabilities; people from low-income backgrounds; people who identify as nonbinary; and women.

We will accept and review applications on a rolling basis. Although all applications will be considered, we may be unable to respond to all inquiries.

Contact Information

Contact: Elemental Excelerator, Elemental Excelerator
Phone: 808-237-5050

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