CalCEF is looking for self-starting, multi-disciplinary individuals who are passionate about turning ideas to action to join us as part of our Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) program.
Our mission is to identify and address issues affecting the transition to a clean energy economy. The primary vehicle by which we research, develop and deploy novel market strategies, business models and public policy solutions is our EIR Program.
Each EIR project seeks to identify novel solutions that leverage both market-based approaches and public support to advance the clean energy industry. Over a 4–6 month period, each EIR is responsible for researching the challenges and opportunities surrounding a particular barrier for clean energy technologies and companies, seeking and incorporating feedback from diverse stakeholders. Results are ultimately published as a white paper, including a set of recommendations. Optimally, a business plan, financial product and/or policy will also be born by the end of their term that CalCEF can pilot—often in collaboration with the EIR—as a solution for the given problem.
Ideal EIR candidates are entrepreneurial, well-versed in a CalCEF-targeted market, and have a strong interest in and experience with clean energy issues. Excellent research and writing skills, a collaborative work style, entrepreneurial drive, strong people skills and a solutions-focused attitude are also musts.
EIRs are expected to dedicate at least 20 hours a week to the project during its duration. They receive a stipend for their work, and successfully completed projects receive support from CalCEF through the implementation phase. Additionally, EIRs have the opportunity not only to advance potential solutions to clean energy challenges but to also establish themselves within networks of current and future industry leaders, and potentially to lead new CalCEF-backed enterprises.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to understand and break down complex issues into component parts
- Critical thinking is highly important
- Engage diverse stakeholders to understand sometimes contradictory and competing perspectives
- Entrepreneurial working style—in other words highly-motivated, self-starting, comfortable in unstructured environments and excited about high-risk opportunities
- Minimum of 10 years work experience required
- Advanced degree preferred
- Work experience in the targeted market
- Some expertise in either finance or policy related to the target market
Please submit your resume, two writing samples and a minimum of three professional references from past work in relevant areas to firstname.lastname@example.org.