Portfolio Innovation Analyst

Location: Hawai'i & 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 since 2009. 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 seeking a Portfolio Innovation Analyst. In this role, you will assist with the management of Elemental portfolio companies and cross-functional initiatives. We are looking for an individual who can provide thought-partnership on portfolio company and sector strategy, support recruitment and due diligence of startup applicants, manage deliverables and reporting, and co-design projects. 

This position will report to the Director of Innovation leading food systems, nature-based solutions, and carbon removal. This is a highly collaborative team within the organization that will ultimately be expected to help guide Elemental’s work across those three sectors and beyond.

Key Responsibilities Include: 

Portfolio Management

  • Support overall growth of the portfolio companies
  • Work with entrepreneurs and partners (e.g., host customers, community-based organizations, government entities, etc.) to design projects that are transformational to portfolio companies, as well as partners and communities
  • Prepare for, schedule, and participate in calls with active and alumni companies
  • Support various cross functional programmatic initiatives, content creation, and events
  • Ensure company deliverables are met and project work is organized and kept on track
  • Coordinate with the Elemental Portfolio and Finance teams on contracting documents and processing

Pipeline Management

  • Track and synthesize market trends and technology developments across food & agriculture,nature-based and carbon sectors to identify opportunities
  • Work with the Pipeline team to target and recruit top startups in each sector
  • Support operationally on due diligence and portfolio selection process through applicant correspondence, coordination, and internal diligence documentation

Partnerships and Ecosystem Support

  • Support the Director of Innovation in presenting pipeline and portfolio companies to our Navigator and investor network, and in managing investor relations
  • Compile materials for Director of Innovation speaking engagements and publications

About You

You bring a team-focused demeanor and are a self-starter. You are highly collaborative and proactive in solving problems. You enjoy meeting new people and discovering where and how you can help. You are a continuous learner and bring both a growth mindset and humble spirit to your work. You care deeply about climate change and issues of environmental justice. You also have a specific interest in the startup community within food systems and/or nature-based solutions.

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

Desired skills:                              

  • Experience working in and/or studying climate and sustainability
  • Attention to detail with outstanding organizational and project management skills; a passion for teamwork that includes phenomenal follow-through and documentation
  • Strong interpersonal skills; proven ability to work well in a nimble and flexible environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills; enjoy conducting research, analyzing data, and sharing findings

Standout skills:                                                                                     

  • Interest and work experience within at least one of the following sectors: food & agriculture, nature-based solutions, carbon removal
  • Experience working and building relationships with startups, venture capital, and/or accelerator programs
  • Experience working on environmental justice issues with frontline communities and/or social equity organizations

Compensation & Benefits

This is a full-time "at-will" position working 40 hours per week. You will be asked to travel for work periodically.

The salary range for this role is $54,600 - $85,400, which is based on market data and the organization's compensation philosophy. Individual salary offers will depend and may vary with location, relevant education, knowledge, skills, and experience. We also offer comprehensive health & welfare benefits and top-of-the-market paid time off.

Other Details:

We will consider candidates located in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi or the Bay Area, California. Elemental has a hybrid working model, this role will be expected to be available remotely during HQ working hours, and able to commute to one of our HQ locations: Honolulu, Hawaiʻi or San Francisco, California.

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 group 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
Email: hiring@elementalexcelerator.com
Phone: 808-237-5050

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