Venture Capital Associate

Posted on 
May 9, 2021
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Job Description

Please submit a cover letter expressing your interest in the position.

About Vulcan

Vulcan was founded in 1986 by Paul G. Allen and Jody Allen with a mission to make and leave the world a better place. We work with partners to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges facing oceans, climate, conservation, and communities. Whether global or local, our work for good is financed by our thoughtful investing and innovative development.

Vulcan Capital is the investment arm of Vulcan, Inc. and is responsible for managing a multi-billion dollar portfolio of public and private investments. Based in Seattle, WA with additional offices in Palo Alto, CA and Singapore, Vulcan Capital was founded in 2003. The Public Securities team manages a global portfolio of public companies with a focus on long-term investing. The Private Investment team also manages a global portfolio, with a focus on technology, internet, and life sciences companies.

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Vulcan believes in recognizing and including all voices. From internal initiatives to the communities and causes we support, we're on a mission to weave diversity, equity, and inclusion into the fabric of everything we do. We are actively investigating and applying best practices in equity and inclusion to our recruiting, hiring, retention and benefits programs. We know that creating a vibrant, diverse culture is essential to achieving our goals of improving the world through sustainable real estate development and strategic capital investments that help fuel social and environmental impact in ocean health, wildlife conservation, combatting climate change and supporting vibrant communities.

About The Role

This position is based in our Seattle, WA headquarters and the Associate will be an integral part of the Venture Capital team managing existing portfolio investments and contributing to the deployment of new investment capital. Associates participate through each stage of the investment process, from initial meetings with entrepreneurs, due diligence, and investment recommendations. We expect Associates to source opportunities and take a primary role driving opportunities forward. Associates also work closely with management of portfolio companies, attending board meetings and actively supporting our companies on strategy, finance, operations, recruiting and product. The Associate will also participate in the development and implementation of the venture team’s investment strategy. This may include the ongoing collection and synthesis of industry data, identification of industry trends, and assessment of new technologies and market opportunities.

As a Member Of Our Team You Will

We are looking for candidates who share our passion for innovation and working with entrepreneurs. More than any particular background, we seek candidates who are collaborative by default and intellectually curious; have strong analytical and communication skills; thrive off of new ideas; and can stretch our thinking. Successful candidates will have an entrepreneurial attitude towards operating in uncertainty and getting things done. The requirements below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

You Will Bring To The Role

Educational and work experience related to investments, finance, technology, consulting, research or operational roles. Additionally, the successful candidate should be able to conduct qualitative and quantitative analysis at an individual company level and more broadly across industry and sector landscapes. Most importantly, the individual should be intellectually curious and engender a strong sense of commitment and integrity.

Required Knowledge, Experience, Skill, And/or Ability

  • Experience with and understanding of technology companies, startups, and entrepreneurship
  • Strong analytical abilities and modeling skills
  • Passion and curiosity for technology and building products
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • A technical background is a plus, but not required
  • Strong communication skills (writing, verbal, and presentations).

Computer Skills

  • MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)


  • Strong academic credentials, including a bachelor’s degree. Advanced degrees will be considered though not required.
  • Experience researching, collecting, and analyzing information to drive investment, business or strategic decisions.

Special Remarks Regarding Work Environment

  • Vulcan Capital is a dynamic work environment. Individual will be expected to be flexible and able to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances.
  • Must be team-oriented and able to work in a close-knit environment.
  • Individual must share a passion and commitment to the values and mission of Vulcan Inc.

Your Characteristics Include

  • Innovation, collaboration and trustworthiness with an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • An authentic appreciation for Vulcan’s mission to solve the world’s toughest problems
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively in an evolving, dynamic environment.
  • A sense of humor and an appreciation for sharing in success with teammates.
  • A keen emotional intelligence quotient and a contained ego.
  • Demonstrated honesty, responsibility, integrity and fulfillment of commitments.
  • And, last but not least, grit. Your demonstrated, sustained and exuberant passion over the long-haul equals grit. We value and celebrate it.

We’re committed to inclusion and equal opportunity

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The job description listed above is representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Vulcan Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment. We do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, parental status, national origin, age, disability (physical or mental), family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, or other protected class.

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