Vice President of Strategy & Operations

  • Powerhouse
  • Oakland, CA, USA
  • Jul 19, 2021
Full time role

Job Description

Position: Vice President of Strategy & Operations

Entity: Powerhouse (Innovation Firm)

Reports to: CEO

Location: Oakland, CA (2-3 days/week in office with the remainder work from home)


To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to with subject line ‘Your First and Last Name - VP of Strategy & Operations Application’.


About Powerhouse

Addressing the climate crisis requires a complete transformation of our global energy and mobility systems. Our mission at Powerhouse is to identify the most innovative startups, connect them to the world’s leading corporations and investors, and drive decarbonization at scale.

Our innovation firm partners with corporations and investors to help them find and engage with cutting-edge startups, tap into proprietary market insights, and lead the next century of clean technology innovation.

Who are we looking for?

Powerhouse is hiring a Vice President of Strategy & Operations to lead all innovation firm activities including business development, partnerships, product, and operations.

What you will be working on:

Strategic Planning and Operations

  • Lead strategic planning, team growth strategy, and develop objectives and key results in collaboration with the CEO

  • Develop and implement strategies to enable the innovation firm to meet its key objectives and identify opportunities for improvement

  • Lead financial planning and management with support from our outsourced CFO

  • Manage people operations, analyze human resources best practices, and ensure compliance with applicable laws with support from the Partnerships & Operations Associate

  • Prepare and present board materials

Team Management

  • Lead innovation firm activities, including hiring and managing team members that lead business development, partnerships, product, and operations

  • Attract, develop, and retain outstanding talent

  • Ensure that key objectives and results are met

Business Development

  • Partner with the Head of Business Development to develop and refine our BD strategy 

  • Engage with potential clients to identify key opportunities for innovation and decarbonization in collaboration with the Head of Business Development

  • Lead competitive analysis and evaluate market to improve product and sales strategy in collaboration with the Head of Business Development and the Director of Partnerships

Client Management

  • Ensure Powerhouse is delivering value in all partnerships

  • Direct the management of client deliverables

  • Leverage industry knowledge to provide guidance to Powerhouse’s clients

About You

Hard Skills

  • 15+ years of relevant industry experience

  • Experience working with corporations or utilities to drive innovation and decarbonization

  • Experience leading a consulting agency or startup 

  • Well-versed in clean energy and mobility innovation 

  • Experience developing key personnel into strong, autonomous leaders and managers

  • Experience leading business development and closing enterprise contracts

  • Experience leading financial planning and management, including budget planning, forecasting, reporting, tax strategy, and contract management

  • Experience building and managing client-facing products or databases

Soft Skills

  • Passion for work that helps to mitigate the impacts of the climate crisis and deploy clean energy and next-generation mobility

  • Empathy for our partners and a drive to help them decarbonize their businesses

  • Thrive in a fast-paced environment with limited support staff and a small but highly effective team

  • Embody and strengthen Powerhouse’s values through model leadership and management

  • Approachable and collaborative manager

  • Ability to align scale­up efforts with the company’s mission and vision

  • Strong strategic, analytical and critical thinking skills and willingness to dive into the details and navigate through ambiguity

  • Desire to lead Powerhouse’s growth over the long term


Competitive pay will be offered commensurate with qualifications, and competitive benefits will be provided including select comprehensive medical plans, 401(k) plan, flexible time off, and an annual professional development budget.


One of our values is to broaden leadership opportunities for women, people of color, LGBTQ+, and anyone with an experience historically underrepresented in companies, board rooms, and venture funds. We believe that everyone in the industry and at our company has to be committed to anti-racism. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive, safe, and growth-oriented environment for all members of our team.

Purpose, Culture, and Values

Our purpose is to address the climate crisis with innovation.

The Powerhouse team has built a high-performance, results based, and impact oriented environment. We’re committed to cultivating a positive workplace that embraces feedback and supports personal and professional growth.

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Climate Risk, Funding

Drawdown solutions

Distributed Energy Storage, Distributed Solar Photovoltaics, Electric Cars, Geothermal Power, Green and Cool Roofs, Grid Flexibility, Micro Wind Turbines, Microgrids, Offshore Wind Turbines, Onshore Wind Turbines, Small Hydropower, Smart Thermostats


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