Director, Investor Advocacy (San Francisco, Washington, DC, or remote)
Engine is hiring a new team member to lead our efforts to organize and activate venture investors throughout the country to promote pro-innovation public policies. This individual will be responsible for managing all aspects of Engine’s investor outreach and advocacy work.
As Engine’s Director, Investor Advocacy, you will:
- Create and execute an engagement strategy for identifying and activating venture investors interested in influencing public policy;
Grow Engine’s network of investor advocates through in-person and remote recruitment efforts;
Develop a policy agenda that reflects the interests of a geographically diverse set of investors;
Coordinate educational and direct advocacy campaigns on technology and entrepreneurship policy issues;
Expand Engine’s presence in the investor community through collaboration with key stakeholders;
Publicly represent Engine in press appearances and meetings with policymakers.
What we’re looking for:
A background in political organizing, venture capital, or entrepreneurship;
A dynamic organizer—someone who understands the strategy and tactics of building and managing a diverse constituent network;
A leader—someone who will take ownership of Engine’s venture capital advocacy work and establish Engine’s presence within the investor community;
An independent self-starter—someone who can multitask on everything from operations to comms to policy with minimal oversight;
A demonstrated interest in and understanding of technology, entrepreneurship, and venture capital;
If you are interested in this role, please send a resume and cover letter to email@example.com. Please reference "Investor Advocacy" in the subject line.
Please note Engine does not offer fully paid or unpaid internships.
Policy focused undergraduates, MPP & law students: Research and Policy Analysis Projects
If you’re an MPP candidate, law student, or policy-focused undergraduate with an interest in policies that impact startups, Engine is accepting volunteers to collaborate on policy research or analysis projects. Volunteers will work with Engine’s policy staff to help develop their own policy research ideas related to the tech entrepreneurship issues Engine cares about—from immigration and patent reform to startup financing and telecommunications issues. Volunteers will have the opportunity to release a piece of original research, co-branded with and supported by Engine.
If interested, please send your resume and a proposal of no more than 500 words outlining your research idea and how you would execute this project to firstname.lastname@example.org. Reference “Policy Project” in the subject line. Please note Engine has a limited capacity to oversee volunteer projects.
Policy focused undergraduate & graduate students: Startup City Assessment
If you’re an undergraduate with an interest in startups, new business development, technology, or local policy, Engine is accepting volunteers to conduct research and generate a report on the startup community in their current city or town.
Over the course of 6 – 12 weeks, students conduct 1:1 interviews, collate online materials, and analyze available data to draft a report on the state of startups in their city. Students will schedule regular check-ins with Engine staff to help guide the direction of the report and offer advice and resources.
The final report should identify and describe:
- Major players in their startup community: companies, entrepreneurs, accelerators, civic groups, etc.
- Leading startup industries
- Resources available to new entrepreneurs
- Local policy initiatives to support the growth of startups
- Talent pool: universities, training centers, larger companies
- Capital sources: foundations, local government, angel investors, venture capital firms
The report may be featured on Engine’s website. In addition to the report, we encourage students to write a blog post presenting the final report to be published on our blog.
Volunteers should have excellent writing and communication skills; some experience with research projects and exhibit professionalism in representing Engine.
If interested, please send your resume and a proposal of no more than 500 words outlining how you would execute this project to email@example.com. Reference “Startup City Assessment” in the subject line. Please note Engine has a limited capacity to oversee volunteer projects.
We welcome all qualified candidates regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, or political affiliation. We are committed to building a diverse organization where employees can gain experience that will serve them for the rest of their careers.