Business Strategy and Operations - Cleantech Non-profit

United States | Full-time | Fully remote

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This is a unique opportunity to drive impact in an operational role and at an environmental tech nonprofit. What makes us unusual is our ability to do data-driven work at the scale and speed of a tech start-up with our north star on mission impact over all else. We’ve been up to some news-worthy efforts on this front related to marginal decision making and measuring emissions from space and working with Google Nest - it’s an exciting time. 

A key enabler for moving fast and keeping mission at the center, is our ability to provide and grow the capacity of the team. If you're an MBA, you'd be the first one on the team and provide that perspective to round out the team. We have an incredible team -  strong on AI, sector expertise, and pitches; an additional person who can pitch in business language would add a lot. Currently, that’s a skill our economist-by-training ED has and we need to replicate it.

This is where you come in. In this role we’re looking for you to jump in on three critical areas of opportunity: 

  1. 10% Metrics and Strategy: You hold the dashboard for key OKRs for the team and what that implies for strategy. What is our runway? How many tons of emissions have we reduced on different projects? What is going better and worse?
  2. 50% Numbers-driven Pitches: Using the insights gleaned from the dashboard and your business mindset, you'll help the ED and other team members tell our story. You’ll most often do this in the form of pitch decks: helping decide what part of our work to pitch, the narrative that best matches the audience (funders, partners, collaborators etc.) and putting it all together in a deck we can share. 
  3. 30% Operations and compliance: We recently spun up our own back office and on-boarded some wonderful vendor partners to support our finance, accounting and HR work. You’ll manage those relationships and activities to tackle the daily to annual processes and compliance projects to keep us moving forward with speed and efficiency and to prevent surprises. This work is done most often with the support of the COO and a little bit with the Partnerships team.
  4. 10% Special projects: We’re a nimble, many-hat-wearing team which is an asset that we continue to cultivate and achieve success from. We all rotate leaning in on projects big and small when the need arises. This is an opportunity to both stretch and flex muscles to get the work done. You’ll do this work most often in partnership with the COO and ED.

We’re opening this role as our current Director of Operations takes on a new challenge of sailing to a new coast. This means, you’ll come into a high-functioning team with nearly all back office vendors up and running and also have space to grow as we continue to modestly grow the team, expand our partnerships and engage in with an increasingly diverse and robust group of funders and partners. 

Have you prepared quantitative and qualitative presentations for board members, funders and investment bankers? Have you set up and run operations for a start-up? Do you know how to chase down a hard problem and interact with a sense of humanity? If so, we’d love to talk with you. 

ABOUT THE WORK

TL;DR: Work on a small team to (1) craft financial and impact proposals and decks (2) manage the organization’s operations to ensure the team and work are set up for success (3) take on special projects as needed

  • Pull together budget and impact proposals, funder and board reports, financial forecasts and be a business strategy thought partner with our bookkeeping team and ED
  • Craft slide decks that cater to a variety of audiences
  • Ensure completion of operational tasks (payroll, state and federal registrations, audits, mail, contracts, etc.) on your own and in partnership with our vendors with urgency, trust-worthiness and attention to detail
  • Make authentic connections (most often via slack, video meetings and email in our remote-first culture) internally and externally to move the work forward, celebrate milestones, untangle new and sticky situations, replicate patterns of success

A consistent theme at WattTime and the capacity team is rolling up your sleeves to take on new exciting challenges and mundane mission-critical tasks. 

 

ABOUT YOU

  • BA, MBA or related field with relevant experience
  • 5+ years of full time work experience in operational, project management, reporting type roles in a fast-moving environment
  • Managerial accounting experience and familiarity with relevant tools (eg. QuickBooks Online)
  • Work daily in excel and have for some time to do both financial and impact calculations and interpretation; you’ve done this for so long your brain gravitates towards thinking in numbers
  • Put together so many slide decks you can’t remember them all but you do know what data to include to investor-banker-types and the level of technical matter to share with former-CTOs and how to make a deck that can be passed around inside an organization after the presentation is made
  • Use water-tight organizational skills to manage deadlines that are tomorrow and a month from now and can plan accordingly
  • You’re known for your attention to detail and often asked to review a presentation or body of work before it goes out 
  • You’re highly ethical - you’ve held roles where you’re in charge of sensitive information and proven yourself trustworthy 
  • Highly motivated, collaborative, action-oriented, able to lead and to take direction
  • Bonus points: Prior experience working for a start-up, tech organization and/or non-profit 

 

HOW WE MEASURE SUCCESS

  • Doing the work: you know you’re priorities and you embrace flexibility
  • Productivity: You complete work with urgency and deliver it on time through hard work and grit
  • Quality: You leverage your subject matter knowledge to implement complex projects and you practice relevant new skills
  • Judgement: You make impact-focused decisions and adjustments as you work on projects and break apart problems
  • Help others meet their goals: You practice self-awareness and cultivate high-trust 

LOGISTICS

  • Submit a resume and include a cover letter that explains: the skills and life/work experience that make you a fit for this role
  • Remote location, anywhere in the U.S. 
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S. 
  • Full-time role with salary and benefits
  • Salary: $90,000 - $105,000 based on experience
  • We offer full health coverage (medical, dental, vision) for employees and 80% for dependents + paid paternity leave + flexible time off + 403b and up to 5% matching + more
  • Timing: Opening posted 10/11. Accepting applications on an aggressive, rolling basis thur 11/5.

 

HIRING PROCESS

  • Resume screening for the above
  • Initial phone call to answer any of your questions about the role
  • Take home project to see your work in action. You’re most likely to do well if you have:
    • Numerical mindset: you use data and numbers to solve problems, draw insights, and share outcomes 
    • Content creation experience: you can create decks and one-pagers that bring people along, get them the information they need to know and enable decision making; your attention to detail catches errors that otherwise lead to inaccuracy and/or distraction
    • Strategy chops: in prep documents and in real-time conversation, you know how to frame the key topics to meet the needs of that particular audience 
  • Half-day of interviews with the team at large
  • Reference checks and an offer

 

WORKING WITH WATTTIME

We are practical, results-driven change makers. We believe nothing has more potential for fast, world-changing impact, than software. We embrace change. We are lean and rapid prototypers. We never confuse growth with impact. We are all personally, fiercely committed to our mission. We are quietly radical in unexpected ways. We have allies, not competitors. Our band of expert volunteers helps us punch above our weight class. We trust in data and everyone’s voice being heard. We know diversity is central to success. We consider respect non-negotiable: there are no jerks here. 

Unlike most start-ups, our team is backed by a host of more than 300 volunteers who contributed to our founding and are happy to support us in terms of advice, networking and perspective. 

WattTime is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, disability, or sexual orientation or classification