Recruiting Accelerator Program Director

November 18, 2019

Our new global startup accelerator needs a world-class Program Director. This program is being organized jointly by New Energy Nexus and Rocky Mountain Institute and the successful candidate will launch, manage and lead a global accelerator program linked to a large venture fund with a coalition of corporate partners. The Program Director will serve as an external face for the new accelerator while ensuring that the launch and implementation of this new initiative is successful—supporting dozens of startup companies per year to scale solutions faster through connections with investors and corporate partners. This role includes fundraising, developing curriculum and other support for startup companies, managing program execution, hosting multiple major events per year, and liaising with corporate partners and accelerator portfolio companies.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide compelling and credible leadership to shape, fund, and launch RMI’s new accelerator initiative
  • Work hand-in-glove with our accelerator partner to shape a global accelerator for the clean energy space
  • Liaise at a high level with investors, corporate groups, donors, and other program partners
  • Develop tailored program curriculum and other support provided to accelerator portfolio companies in collaboration with accelerator partner, fund, and corporate partners
  • Manage a team to execute this program on-time and on-budget, including recruiting and application process, curriculum and other support provided to companies, relationship management, and convening two to three events per year
  • Work with PR team to amplify message and build recognized brand
  • Identify and set up key connections with potential funding sources in collaboration with Development, and join fundraising efforts with Development to enhance program credibility
  • Build a strong mentor network of experts to support startups in the program

Qualifications and Skills

  • 5+ years leadership experience working directly with accelerators, startups and investors
  • Successful management and delivery of previous accelerator cohort(s)
  • Coaching mindset approach to supporting others as they build great companies
  • Excellent public speaking skills and ability to smoothly manage large events
  • Proven project management in complex fast paced environment
  • Strong network of innovative partners in energy around the world
  • Recognized thought leader in the energy innovation ecosystem
  • Experience working at or closely with early-stage startups (software or hard-tech)
  • Ability to travel globally; multinational business experience preferred


We offer a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
  • 403b Retirement Options (5% match immediately)
  • Life, AD&D, Short Term and Long-Term Disability
  • Commuter and Wellness Benefits

Location: Boulder, Colorado or Oakland, California.

How to Apply:

New Energy Nexus is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates for this search. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. We will compensate competitively and have good benefits and a supportive culture. To be considered, please apply via the application form. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.