VP, Partnerships

About Activation Energy and Cyclotron Road
Activation Energy supports the world’s top science innovators in bridging the gap from concepts to products that can benefit humanity. As co-creators and managers of the Cyclotron Road entrepreneurial fellowship program, we have supported 42 science entrepreneurs since 2015, leading to 30 new hard tech companies that have attracted more than $80 million in early-stage funding from best-in-class investors and corporations. Thanks to a multi-year grant from a major donor, we aim to expand our program offering to new geographies and impact areas in 2019.

Position Summary
Activation Energy has established a unique and influential network of supporting partners, spanning government agencies, major corporations, and philanthropic donors. Together these partners elevate the quality and impact of our programs and represent our financial lifeblood. For our organization to thrive, our partnerships must thrive.

We seek an entrepreneurial, self-driven VP of Partnerships to oversee all partnerships and top-line revenue for Activation Energy. This leader will identify, cultivate and manage strategic relationships with an emphasis on public sector partners while also leading a team serving philanthropic and corporate engagements. The VP of Partnerships will be hired as a full-time employee of Activation Energy with competitive salary and full benefits and report to the President.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop, execute, and manage strategic partnerships across government, industry, and philanthropy with the goal of strengthening the organization’s revenue base, impact potential, and brand.

  • Grow and manage a small team that will drive and be accountable for development, sales, and management of partners and funders.

  • Work closely with the executive team to continually evolve and improve the organization’s partnership strategy and revenue model.

  • Oversee development of marketing and communication materials needed to recruit new partners and keep current partners informed and engaged.

  • Represent Cyclotron Road at high-profile events and public forums.

The ideal candidate…

  • Has a clear track record in business development, sales, or fundraising, and preferably direct experience working with government partners and sponsors

  • Has a strong network with research, development, or technology organizations across government and industry

  • Has exceptional communication and relationship skills

  • Believes the world's scientific and entrepreneurial talent should be more focused on things like climate resilience and next-generation infrastructure than on dog-walking apps

  • Is preferably based in Bay Area, CA, Boston, MA, or Washington, DC

About Activation Energy
Activation Energy, is an independent not-for-profit organization that partners with world-class research institutions, federal agencies and private sponsors to run a seminal entrepreneurial research fellowship program. Our partnerships provides a platform for deep engagement with both public and private sector partners, allowing our fellows to more effectively address the most critical barriers facing our innovators as they move their ideas from lab the market. Our program is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, DARPA, the California Energy Commission, and a number of the world’s most influential corporations and philanthropies.

Activation Energy, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sex, genetic information, sexual orientation, military and veteran status or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. It also prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics.

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