Director of Strategic Development

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-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
Reporting to the VP of Partnerships and working closely with the CEO, the Director of Strategic Development will manage and expand fundraising partnerships, with a primary focus on philanthropy. This position will be hired as a full time employee of Activation Energy with competitive salary and full benefits.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Support the CEO in managing top-­tier relationships through the design and execution of strategic communications, engagement, and events.

  • Serve as the relationship manager for a growing philanthropic partner portfolio, working with the VP of Partnerships to ensure brand continuity across partners and bring the philanthropy point of view to strategy discussions.

  • Own execution of the full development and management life cycle, including creating prospectus materials, formalizing proposals, managing reports, and providing ongoing stewardship.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Has a strong instinct on people, relationships, and social dynamics

  • Is a superb communicator across all media; can craft strategic written communications, documents, and presentations, even when fast turnaround is needed

  • Is highly service and detail oriented; a self-­starter

  • Has exposure to and preferably direct experience with C-­level relationships and partnerships, especially in philanthropy

  • Functions well in a fast­-paced environment where constant change is the norm and the bar for quality is set high

  • Has a bachelor’s or master’s degree and preferably 5+ years of experience in development, sales, partnerships, or fundraising

  • Believes the world's scientific and entrepreneurial talent should be focused on more serious pursuits than dog-­walking apps


About Activation Energy
Activation Energy is an independent not-for-profit organization that partners with world-class research institutions, government agencies, and private sponsors to launch and manage entrepreneurial research fellowship programs. Our partnerships provide a platform for deep engagement with both public- and private-sector partners, allowing us to address the most critical barriers facing science innovators as they move their ideas from lab to market. Our programs are 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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