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Director of Innovation & Partnerships

What We Are Looking For: Experienced innovator, former founder and/or project manager who can manage relationships and deliver innovation programs (accelerators, pilot programs, research) for our corporate clients. The ideal candidate is a detail-oriented strategic thinker with strong communication skills and a passion for the startup and innovation ecosystem.

Why It Matters: We are building a dynamic, results-oriented team of innovators who over-deliver for our clients to infuse their organizations with innovation via partnerships with startups. This Director role will be responsible for managing multiple clients, delivering high-quality work, and deepening our relationships across the startup ecosystem. Our business is fueled by delivering tangible value to our clients, and we need a team member who is obsessed with making that happen.
What We Value: We are passionate about creating a diverse environment and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, pregnancy, disability, age, veteran status, or other characteristics. VentureFuel is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.
Your Role:
As a Director of Innovation & Partnerships, your job is to deliver innovation programs for our corporate clients (F500, government, large non-profit).
You will be expected to:
  • Lead day-to-day communications with clients (verbal and written) to understand their business and innovation priorities and communicate strategy and recommendations
  • Research, source and recruit innovative startup solutions for corporate innovation programs
  • Lead calls with startups and coach them on best positioning for clients (serving as the translator between corporates and startups)
  • Ensure all projects are delivered on time, within scope and within budget to hit client KPIs
  • Represent VentureFuel in the startup/investor community
  • Manage a direct report (or multiple) to deliver on team responsibilities and goals
More About You: You are intellectually curious, results-driven, and comfortable in a fast-paced environment. You can work independently but enjoy collaborating with a team and rolling up your sleeves to help support broader team and company strategy. You take pride in effective communication and synthesizing complex ideas or processes to drive actionable outcomes. 
Previous work experience may include (but is not limited to):
  • Consulting, Management Consulting
  • Project Management (ideally with tech focus)
  • Corporate Innovation, Corporate Partnerships or Strategy Roles (in large orgs)
  • Startup Founder or Early Employee
  • This role is remote.
  • Work authorization for the US is required.
To Apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume to Shira Averbuch at

About VentureFuel:

VentureFuel is an independent innovation consultancy helping the world’s best organizations commercialize innovation to ignite change. We unlock what’s next for organizations like Anheuser-Busch, Comcast, AARP Foundation, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and the State of California by building innovation programs that solve business challenges through startup partnerships.

To help large organizations commercialize innovation to ignite change
• Integrity - Act with honesty, transparency, and authenticity
• Simplicity - Make the complex easy to understand
• Bias Towards Action- Get it done attitude
• Grit - Embrace challenges as opportunities
• Enthusiasm - Bring passion for doing great work
• Intellectual Curiosity- Continuously learn
• Knowledge- Bring expertise and unique perspectives