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Director, Venture Capital and Impact Investing

POSITION OVERVIEW

The Sorenson Impact Institute’s Venture Capital & Impact Investing team seeks a Director to join our Salt Lake City-based, venture investing and student training program. The Director will be primarily responsible for managing the Joan and Tim Fenton Founders Fund, an early-stage venture fund housed within the Impact Investing program that is focused on catalyzing innovation in the Utah tech ecosystem. We’re seeking a team member with 7+ years of experience in venture or related fields and a commitment to training and mentoring students. The right candidate is a leader and a teacher – entrepreneurial, bold, creative, and can excel in a fast-paced, startup environment.

The Director will play a leadership role on the team and report to the program’s Managing Director. With a primary focus on the Joan and Tim Fenton Founders Fund, the Director will source new investments, lead due diligence, structure deal terms, and close investments – all while training and mentoring student interns.

The ideal candidate is a seasoned investment professional with experience across the lifecycle of an investment and a fund. This includes fundraising and portfolio construction; sourcing, underwriting, and executing new investments; and running portfolio operations. Candidates should have a strong commitment to impact and bring an entrepreneurial and innovative approach to the role. The Director should also have a passion for teaching and mentoring, as training and inspiring the next generation of venture capital and impact investing professionals is core to our work.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Mentor and Train Student Interns
    • Mentor student interns as they gain exposure and experience in venture capital
      and impact investing
    • Teach underwriting and due diligence processes to a rotating group of student
      interns
    • Contribute to recruitment and training activities for new student interns
  • Early-stage Venture Investing
    • Identify, maintain, and prioritize a pipeline of early-stage venture investment
      opportunities for the Joan and Tim Fenton Founders Fund
    • Conduct comprehensive due diligence and investment analysis
    • Oversee preparation and presentation of investment opportunity materials to the
      Joan and Tim Fenton Founders Fund Investment Committee
  • Portfolio Management
    • Lead strategic initiatives to improve investment thesis and portfolio construction
    • Develop and maintain relationships with portfolio companies
    • Track performance for annual reporting and provide support as needed
  • Portfolio Operations
    • Manage quarterly and annual financial reporting
    • Liaise with service providers for audit, taxes, insurance, etc.
  • Relationship Development and Management
    • Build and maintain a network with investment professionals at other VC firms
    • Support fundraising and strategic partnership initiatives

QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Health Care Administration or related area, or equivalency (one year of education can be substituted for two years of related work experience); eight years of progressively more responsible management experience; and demonstrated leadership, human relations and effective communications skills required. Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 7+ years of transactional experience in venture capital, private equity, or investment management; or 7+ years in relevant non-finance fields, including financial or operational experience in early-stage businesses or fund management, if the candidate has at least 3 years of transactional deal experience
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

PREFERENCES

  • Experience across equity and debt investing
  • Masters degree in business administration, finance, accounting, or related field
  • Mentorship or teaching experience
  • Demonstrated leadership experience
  • Ability to collaborate and function effectively on a highly motivated and entrepreneurial team

 

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Communications Assistant, Lead Writer

POSITION OVERVIEW

Postdoc with a primary duty consisting of lead writer and copy editor. The position will play a crucial role in the development of written materials produced by the Institute, including project and client work as well as white papers, research papers, and other communications aimed at advancing our mission. They will work closely with the Marketing, Communications and Storytelling teams and collaboratively with multiple departments, project teams, and others associated with the Institute to create and refine written content. They should bring a blend of technical expertise, creativity, and close attention to detail to ensure our messaging is accurate, engaging, and impactful.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work closely with all departments and project teams to research, outline, write, and edit written materials for project deliverables, client presentations, and marketing.
  • Coordinate with staff to develop research papers, white papers, thought leadership pieces, etc.
  • Contribute to content ideation and conduct applicable research to inform writing projects.
  • Facilitate collaboration between Marketing/Communications and other departments to integrate written materials into the content/publishing schedule.
  • Copy editing written materials from across the Institute.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Background or familiarity with social impact and impact investing.
  • Experience working with a large and diverse team.
  • Experience collaborating across a university campus.
  • Postdoc – Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.
  • Doctorate degree in English, Communications, Journalism, or other relevant field.
  • 2 + or more years experience in technical, business, and/or creative writing and copy-editing.
  • Strong ability to communicate complex ideas or information in accessible and compelling ways.
  • Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills.
  • Experience with Google Suite – Experience with academic writing, including research papers and white papers.

 

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